SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 6 1997
Illegal files kept with the Swedish Security Police
The former member of the Swedish Security Police (SÄPO), Stig Johansson,
reports on illegal files on political views kept within the force. In spite
of ta government decree in 1969, which banned all files keeping information
based on the political views, the SÄPO kept a force spying on participants
in a right-wing group organizing lectures for policemen in Stockholm. Among
lecturers were a former chief of the Archives of the Swedish Labour Movement
Tage Lindbom and a judge from the City Court of the City of Västerås
(Sweden's sixth largest city). Participants in the lecture series were registered
and the police later destroyed the files.
Inefficiency with the Swedish Police Force
The Swedish legal system is inefficient, twice as expensive as Finland,
if you look at the cost per capita. The Swedish legal system is also more
expensive than the systems in Denmark and Norway. The Swedish police is
most unsuccesful in solving crimes and every year fifty percent more speedings
are reported than the number of thefts and burglaries solved. The police
seems happy to concentrate its resources on things like guarding hockey
games (popular as the policemen usually get a free access to the game).
Edmund Burke - the father of conservatism
Edmund Burke died 200 years ago, but is still an important philospher for
conservatives around the world. Burke was an eloquent proponent of liberty,
supporting the independence movements in America and India - opposed to
the policy of his native Britain. Burke's most renowned book was "Reflections
on the Revolution in France" (the first translation into Swedish ever
published by Contra in 1982). It must be noted, however, that Burke was
critical against what we today see as the fundaments of democracy, claiming
that the majoriity of the people would be volatile and open to the changes
of views caused by political fashion. Although he was sceptical towards
democracy he was very much in favour of the free market economy, in opposition
to the mercantilist views of his time.
The legal framework for closing down nuclear power plants
Contra legal correspondent Carl Johan Hardt studies the legal framework
behind the decision taken by the Swedish government to close down reactor
one at the Barsebäck nuclear power plant (located close to the Swedish
city of Malmö and the Danish capital Copenhagen). Barsebäck has
a permit according to the present law on nuclear power, but in spite of
this the government wants to withdraw the permit and close the plant down.
Is this legally possible? The plant is owned by a listed company, Sydkraft,
which has a 60 percent foreign (40 per cent German and 20 per cent Norwegian)
Advertising and Men
Todays modern advertising seems to develop a sexist view on men, which are
seen as incompetent and weak, and more and more as "sex objects".
Heroes of the cold war, Richard Wurmbnrand
The Romanian (Jewish) protestant pastor who served sentence in Romanian
jail, was released in exchange for 5,000 US dollars. After his release he
started his Voice of the Martyrs, distributing Bibles and religious litterature
to the countries behind the iron curtain. Rev Wurmbrand is still active
in his movement.
A scenario on a possible war in the Middle East
What would happen after a Syrian attack on Israel? Will Israel be forced
to use its nuclear potential, and if so, what would be the reaction of the
international opinion, if Israel defends itself against a possible annihilation.
A biography of the head of the the German concentration camp Auschwitz.
How could a responsible and decent family father turn into a ferocious