PORTUGAL: Sinking the Lusitanian

One evening last week, television viewers in Portugal were watching a live broadcast celebrating the nation's recently won—and increasingly unruly —freedom. Suddenly, in the midst of a skit in which an actor impersonating the former Catholic patriarch of Lisbon was blessing the old secret police, the screen went blank. A few minutes later, a woman announcer appeared to say that a representative of the junta had ordered the program off the air. Four days earlier, in the small hours of the morning, plain-clothes police had knocked on the door of José Luis...