Alexis Tsipras new National Emergency Management Service agency may be the embryonic government agency tasked to purge Greeks modelled on the Soviet Cheka, which ran the Red Terror.
The Cheka was established by an emergency decree, set up operations throughout the country within a year, and expanded to 200,000 strong force in just two years.
The Chekists also arrested judges, prosecutors etc in a warning to any Greek prosecutor or judge or police officer who goes along with any purge plan. Stalin purged his secret police and allies and raped and killed his colleagues wives.
Tsipras may seek to exploit a false flag political assassination to declare a national emergency and issue an emergency decree investing the National Emergency Management Service, under the control of the Interior Ministry, with the task and authority to eliminate the networks allegedly behind the assassination.
The NEMS agents could become the secret police fanning out across the country to arrest people at midnight and transport them to the Ministry of Interior or other torture prisons or gulags without due process under the pretext of a national threat posed by some network.
The Cheka became judge, jury and invariably executioner.
This is how they executed people…
The ingenuity of the Cheka’s torture methods was matched only by the Spanish Inquisition. Each local Cheka had its own specialty. In Kharkov they went in for the ‘glove trick’ – burning the victim’s hands in boiling water until the blistered skin could be peeled off: this left the victims with raw and bleeding hands and their torturers with ‘human gloves’. The Tsaritsyn Cheka sawed its victims’ bones in half. In Voronezh they rolled their naked victims in nail-studded barrels. In Armavir they crushed their skulls by tightening a leather strap with an iron bolt around their head. In Kiev they affixed a cage with rats to the victims torso and heated it so that the enraged rats ate their way through the victim’s guts in an effort to escape. In Odessa they chained their victims to planks and pushed them slowly into a furnace or a tank of boiling water. A favourite winter torture was to pour water on the naked victims until they became living ice statues.
Cheka torture methods are described by historian Orlando Figes in his book “A People’s Tragedy”
The Cheka however operated outside the rule of law: it acted of its own accord, investigated and arrested whoever it chose, and answered to no-one. It was never restricted by the rule of law or any obligation to due process or the rights of suspects. Chekists operated as investigators, arresting authorities, interrogators, prosecutors, judges, juries and executioners. The Cheka was of extreme importance, along with the Red Army (headed by Trotsky) in providing the support Lenin needed to secure his powers and ideals of the new union.
The Terror was soon expanded to include anyone who might pose a threat to the Bolshevik party or its policies: former tsarists, liberals, Mensheviks, members of the Russian Orthodox church, foreigners, anyone who dared to sell food or goods for profit. Peasants who refused to meet state requisition orders were branded as kulaks – greedy parasitical speculators who hoarded grain and food for profit, while other Russians starved – and were subject to arrest, detention and execution. Later, industrial workers who failed to meet production quotas or dared to strike were also targeted. As the Bolsheviks expanded their definition of who was an enemy of the revolution, they also expanded the Cheka. A small force of just a few hundred men in early 1918, within two years the CHEKA was large government agency employed around 200,000.