Tusk’s special services operated against chief editor, journalists and lawyers of the Gazeta Polska

When the coalition of Civic Platform and Polish People’s Party (PO-PSL) was in power the Military Counterintelligence Service put under surveillance the board members and journalists of Strefa

Krzysztof Sitkowski/Gazeta Polska
When the coalition of Civic Platform and Polish People’s Party (PO-PSL) was in power the Military Counterintelligence Service put under surveillance the board members and journalists of Strefa Wolnego Słowa, as well as other related companies such as "Rejtan". Also lawyers who represented independent media were under surveillance. 

According to our sources, 10 days ago the Public Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro was informed on cases of illegal surveillance of conservative communities. 
As we have established, the scale of the surveillance was immense, and the activity of military services intensified after the tragic Smolensk air crash on April 10, 2010, right in the middle of Bronisław Komorowski’s presidential campaign.

Under Donald Tusk’s government the Military Counterintelligence Service (Polish: Służba Kontrwywiadu Wojskowego, SKW) unlawfully and on an unprecedented scale collected information on opposition to the government formed by Civic Platform (Polish: Platforma Obywatelska, PO) and Bronisław Komorowski. Those targeted by SKW were put under constant surveillance, had their phone conversations analysed and were localised through base transceiver stations (BTS). In this way, SKW knew when, where and with whom the person under surveillance met - it was enough to download the phone’s data of a person connecting with a given BTS at the same time as the person being under surveillance.

The military special services selected a significant number of people belonging to conservative communities in order to collect information on them. Through SKW’s contacts entire communities were put under surveillance – as we have found out they operated against Tomasz Sakiewicz, leading journalists of the Gazeta Polska, the Gazeta Polska Codziennie, a web portal Niezależna.pl, and also management boards members of companies Srebrna, Rejtan and Niezależne Wydawnictwo Polskie. In this way, they obtained information on planned actions and publications in the media.

Anita Gargas, a journalist working on a documentary on the Smolensk disaster, was one of the journalists targeted by SKW. Owing to that, people who contacted her were also being operated against.

Other surveillance victims 

According to our findings, on the list were celebrities from the world of politics: Jan Olszewski – a former Prime Minister, Antoni Macierewicz - an MP and Chairman of the Verification Commission on Military Information Services (Polish: Wojskowe Służby Informacyjne, WSI) from November 2007 to June 2008., as well as the staff of his office, Jan Dziedziczak – an MP, and his collaborators, Marek Suski – an MP, and the staff of his office, Romulad Szeremietiew – a former Deputy Minister of National Defense, the staff of the Chancellery of the President of Poland Lech Kaczynski and employees of the Institute of National Remembrance.

Under the surveillance were put employees of Polish Public Television (TVP), Radio Maryja and the Nasz Dziennik. Also on the list were: Tomasz Kaczmarek, Grzegorz Braun, Piotr Bączek (the current head of SKW) and his family.

The most surprising is the fact that the military counterintelligence operations were conducted against lawyers. The list of people put under observation included such names as Sławomir Sawicki, who represented the journalists of Free Speech Zone (Strefa Wolnego Słowa), and Andrzej Lew Mirski, a former defense attorney for Antoni Macierewicz in his law suits.

One of the most famous cases in which Sławomir Sawicki took part as an attorney was a lawsuit Pawel Pitera, the husband of Julia Pitera, an MEP, brought against Tomasz Sakiewicz, Dorota Kania, the author of this text, and Maciej Marosz for publishing information on Paweł Pitera being registered as a secret collaborator of the Security Service (Polish: Służba Bezpieczeństwa, SB) codenamed “Piotr”.

Another noteworthy lawsuit Sławomir Sawicki took part in as an attorney was the one brought against the author of the text by Edward Zalewski, a former State Prosecutor and Deputy Public Prosecutor General when the coalition of Civic Platform and Polish People’s Party (PO-PSL) was in power, a former President of the National Council of Public Prosecution (appointed by Bronisław Komorowski). The suit was about the publication on the investigation into the Military Information Services and Antoni Macierewicz.

The Smolensk team under surveillance

The military special services collected information on the activities of the parliamentary club of Law and Justice (Polish: Prawo i Sprawiedliość, PiS) through observing Lydia Gall, a former television journalist working for TVP, a specialist in media image. At the time Ms Gall, the owner of Gall Media, dealt with media relations trainings and organized trainings for TV Biełsat and for Law and Justice. In 2009 she participated in the congress of Law and Justice as an expert on the activity of women in public life.

The services tried to obtain as much information as possible on the planned actions of the Parliamentary Committee for the Investigation into the Causes of the April 10, 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154M Crash chaired by Antoni Macierewicz – to that end, among other things, the politician was under surveillance.
 

 

 



Źródło: Gazeta Polska Codziennie

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