Thursday, July 21, 2016

Securitatea era si ea om (II)

Stocul intangibil trebuie ... atins
Membrii CSS discuta despre starea materialelor si tehnicii aflate in stoc:

"Bine! Vom face o aplicatie, si va scoatem cu tot stocul intangibil, pentru ca nu avem ce pierde. Numai de castigat avem, pentru ca trebuie sa fim foarte atenti, si tot ce avem sa ingrijim, si sa nu mai mergem pe ideea ca nu avem voie sa umblam la stoc. Din contra: sa umblam, daca este nevoie, si de doua ori pe saptamana, ca sa il pot avea oricand in stare de functionare, pentru ca nu imi foloseste la nimic daca il am si este ruginit si nu poate functiona." - Ion Stanescu, presedintele CSS
(ibid, pag 467)

Sa stam de vorba cu sotiile ... dar sa nu ne angajam
Membrii CSS discuta despre audientele in care se prezinta sotiile, parintii angajatilor Securitatii, in locul acestora; de obicei solicitand locuinte, mutarea serviciului si alte asemenea:

"In legatura cu propunerea facuta pentru rezolvarea cererilor sotiilor, mamelor si tatilor cadrelor noastre ... Le spunem ca am luat la cunostinta, dar ca in problema respectiva ofiterul trebuie sa se adreseze sefului sau. El este cel in masura se se ocupe de problema aceea. Sa folosim, deci, aceasta metoda: stam de vorba, dar sa nu ne angajam, sa nu le promitem ca se rezolva. De multe ori, sotul nici nu stie ... Ar fi bine chiar sa il intrebam daca cunoste despre ce este vorba, daca el s-a adresat mai intai comandatului sau. De multe ori, nici comandantul nu stie nimic." - Ion Stanescu, presedinte CSS
(ibid, pag. 461)

Este bine sa te ocupi de sotie ... Dar sa vedem cum ...
"Am primit foarte multe sesizari, si sa avem si noi in atentie, faptul ca se mai fac inca - si chiar de catre cei din conducere - aubuzuri in privinta folosirii masinii. Este bine ca te ocupi de sotie, de fiul tau ... Dar sa vedem cum ... S-au ridicat unele probleme in aceasta privinta. Nu este ceva caracteristic, dar sa ii punem capat; bineinteles, in modul cel mai corespunzator. Nu este nevoie sa folosesti masina pentru ca sotia sa mearga la coafor. Sunt lucruri care se vad si, din pacate, nu le fac lucratorii de rand, ci cadrele cu munci de raspundere. Nu spun ca, daca tu pleci cu masina, nu poti sa iei copilul sau sotia, dar sa nu se abuzeze. Trebuie sa prevenim atari situatii. Cred ca si tov. Geica este de acord sa ne gandim foarte serios la aceasta sarcina, pentru ca daca o vom rezolva, vom avea numai de castigat ..." - Ion Stanescu, presedinte CSS
(ibid, pag 460)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Securitatea era si ea om

Studiez la CNSAS pentru o tema de cercetare. Independent de asta, am descoperit ca Securitatea era si ea om ... in stenogramele sedintelor Consiliului Securitatii Statului (CSS) din 1968/1969, dosar 000088, vol. 9. Adica:

Si certitudinea poate fi relativa

Membrii CSS discuta despre adoptarea unui act normativ care reglementeaza luarea in evidenta a persoanelor de interes, astfel incat sa se micsoreze volumul de munca ...

"Cine sa fie inclus in evidenta generala? Iar ajungem la 7 milioane!?"
"Dar aici se spune (in proiectul de act normativ, n.r.) ca (luarea in evidenta, n.r.) se face pe baza de materiale certe. Nu sunt certe, nu il ia in evidenta. Adica se porneste de la faptul ca nu admitem greseli" - gal mr Constatin Stoica
"Dar avem, totusi, asemenea greseli. Si certitudinea poate fi relativa" - Gheorghe Raduica, prim vicepresedinte CSS
(ibid, pag 6)

La Vaslui, unde vinu-i ...
Membrii CSS discuta despre conduita profesionala si personala a subordonatilor, relevata cu prilejul controalelor facute in teritoriu ...

"Cand am fost acolo (judetul Vaslui, n.r.) si am dat alarma, ofiterul de serviciu era beat, si mai avea intr-o sticla un pic pe fund. Iar cand i-am spus ca este alarma, a intrebat ce sa faca. Apoi a dat telefon la Inspectorul Sef si nu stia ce sa spuna la telefon. Pana la urma, tot el l-a intrebat (pe Inspectorul Sef, n.r.) ce ordona." - Gheorghe Raduica, prim vicepresedinte CSS
(ibid, pag. 45)

Despre frumusetile patriei?!
Membrii CSS discuta despre calificativele acordate Inspectoratelor judetene ale Securitatii Statului, in urma verificarilor facute in sase judete.

"Calificativul judetului Covasna este bine cu minus. Este inca un teren virgin, am putea spune, acest judet Covasna." - mr. Rapilet
(ibid, pag. 27)

Tehnica de varf, at last ...
Membrii CSS discuta despre administrarea bazelor de date, sisteme si tehnici de arhivare.

"In legatura cu doatarea tehnica, raportez ca am primit un real sprijin din partea tov. col Diaconescu. Am primit de la dansul un aparat pe care noi punem, la ora actuala, reteaua informativa. Este un aparat cu fise perforate, in care este pusa reteaua aparatului central." - lt. col Lucian Mateescu
(ibid, pag 193)

Pe repede inainte ...
Membrii CSS discuta despre planul de investitii pe care trebuie sa il inainteze Consiliului de Stat al Planificarii (CSP) pentru a fi inclus in planul national cincinal.

"Planul cincinal l-au cerut intr-o noapte. Or, nu este posibil sa faci totul asa de repede si bine documentat." - Marinescu
"In aceeasi idee, vreau sa raportez ca noua ni se cere planul pentru 1970 pana la pranz, iar planul pe 1976-1980 ni l-a cerut azi ..." - col. Motoroga
(ibid, pag 203)

Daca nu s-au ocupat de ea ...
Membrii CSS discuta despre angajatii Securitatii care sunt vulnerabili, care pot deveni tinte ale racolarilor in retele de spionaj straine, in urma unor scurgeri de informatii a caror sursa nu au identificat-o inca. Se ajunge la cazul unei dactilografe tinuta sub observatie, dar care a fost avertizata ca este verificata de catre un ofiter de Securitate casatorit, dar care avea relatii intime cu ea.

"Dactilografa a fost avertizata de Banu ca este verificata. Se stie ca in mod special cauta barbati cu bani, pentru ca vrea sa aiba conditii bune. Si, cu toate acestea, tovarasii nostri nu s-au ocupat de ea, si nici acum nu se ocupa cum trebuie ..." - Gheorghe Raduica, prim vicepresedinte CSS
(ibid, pag. 345)

Sexismul facea ravagii. Si atunci
Membrii CSS discuta despre reclamatiile si sesizarile primite la adresa comportamentului angajatilor Securitatii Statului.

"O problema in care trebuie sa luam masuri, si care nu a fost ridicata aici, este aceea ca am primit multe sesizari ca mai sunt unii lucratori care, in relatiile cu agentura feminina, incalca regulile muncii de securitate. E un fapt care ma ingrijoreaza. Nu s-a spus, dar cred ca a venit momentul sa punem capat acestei racine pacatoase. Mi se pare ca sunt foarte multe cazuri ... Sa fim necrutatori, sa luam masuri drastice impotriva celor care nu inteleg." - Ion Stanescu, presedintele CSS
(ibid, pag 459)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Locust Tree Flowers in the Pan

While walking my two dogs in my neighborhood I noticed that locust trees have shed most of their flowers. I took one flower from a branch and started to munch on it. It had a faint taste of green, leafy stuff. And I remembered a story my grandma told me: that during the war and in the very lean years following it, she had no money to buy the ingredients going into home-made cookies. So, to give her four daughters something sweet to eat, she made a light dough which she sprinkled with locust tree flowers and fried in the pan. That was to stay for my family as a symbol of the extreme poverty they lived in. I believe nowadays, “locust-tree flower pan-cakes” would be quite a treat in posh restaurants. Consider only the amount of manual labor going into picking the flowers and then plucking down the petals, to leave only pistils of mild-sweet, mild-green leafy taste going into the dough. That alone would make for a steep price … I wonder what changed: same pan-cakes, different times? Not quite. What changes, always, is our take on life. As I see it now, the paupers of yester years were in fact quite rich. Let me take one look now into my own frying-pan, for the locust tree flowers ... I might find out to be richer than I thought I were ...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Jacqueline Bisset: most amazing two words

I was introduced today to Jacqueline Bisset. Just like that. An actress-friend of mine invited me to the opening of a ballet by Gigi Caciuleanu, in Bucharest, and since we were two seats apart, and my friend knew Jacqueline, she introduced us. Jacqueline extended her hand, took mine and shook it and said the most amazing two words: "Jacqueline Bisset". I was lost for words. And I seldom am. My friend had to say for me which was my name. I wondered why was I speechless. I had no expectations, I guess. And I guess finding such an unassuming nature wrapped up in the form and shape of an actress I knew and liked for all my life, must have caused that.

Monday, June 27, 2011

nature vs nurture

Bucharest has a lot of stray dogs, and while walking my own dogs, I noticed the children. All children up to the age of four or five notice, react, attempt to communicate with the dogs they see in the streets, be they on a leash or stray. Unlike the adults, who move oblivious of not only the dogs – as life forms – but also of other people. It may be that they are oblivious to their own selves as living creatures. Anyway, what could be there in our nurture, that perverts our nature?! Which could be the suppressor of such natural instincts of reaching out we all have while toddlers? What makes us forget to make connections with others based on one characteristic alone: that we are all alive at the same time, in the same place on the earth?!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

(no) tutoring

Roberto is 14 and the tallest in the class of teenagers I teach journalism to. He is also the wealthiest, I was told. Today Roberto sighed and said: “I really would not like to be here, but I already paid for the class.”
“No, you did not pay,” I told him. “Your money are with the principal, and he will pay me at the end of the semester, according to your attendance. Now, you get out and save your parents' money.”
He listened in disbelief, and stayed intent on disrupting the class, getting in and out of it several times. I called the principal and he stopped from doing that.
In the teachers' room I found out that this was just Roberto's way.
A way paved with money.
Some rejoiced hearing I kicked the boy out of my class, while apologizing they could not do the same, as their classes were part of the mandatory curricula, while mine was not …
From here on there is not much to say, other than it all had been said in hundreds of years of good literature probing into people's minds and souls, and pondering over the reasons for their behavior.
The only thing for me to add, though, would be: why giving up on the idea that there is still time to counter the ill-effect of big money on a young mind, with good tutoring?!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

tap and jump

I was walking my dogs this morning. Jimmy was trotting along, his tail wagging left and right more for balancing his wobbly strut than for anything else, his back feet caught in a constant tremor that gives them an extra movement, as if he were a tap dancer who just cannot keep from rehearsing his steps while walking. When he suddenly started to jump up, pushed by the effort on his behind, his teeth gleaming with excitement at a crow that glided over the roof tops. I started laughing, struck by the way he leads his life, driven by one and one commandment only: to be in the moment. So, while others may see Jimmy as a mutt not fully recovered from a car accident, it is not the eye of the beholder, it is not my eyes that see him as this extraordinary tap-dancer holding back from giving a full performance. It is he, Jimmy, who simply is just that: a perfomer at all times, always on the ready to glee his teeth at the next bird flying way too high over his head, and jump up and down, just in case.

Well, I think I should take stock of that and do more of what Jimmy does: tap along while walking, and jump - just in case.