BY naming communist suspects the armed forces - perhaps concerned about a diminishing role in political life - have gone one step further than the well-practised ritual of raising the spectre of a communist comeback. The generals have stepped up their campaign against so-called 'formless organisations' ever since this year's 30th anniversary of GS30/PKI, the official acronym for an attempted coup by leftist troops on September 30, 1965, the suppression of which took President Suharto to power. Although anti-leftist rhetoric is a normal part of political life, the attack on Pramudya Ananta Tur, Muchtar Pakpahan and George Aditjondro comes as a surprise. 'To be honest, the role of ABRI is significant when there is a communist threat, but without it, the military has little or no political role,' said one political analyst. 'I hope ABRI is not jeopardising its credibility by making these kinds of accusations.' The treasurer for the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party, Laksamana Sukardi, said ABRI should not accuse people unless it was prepared to take them to court. He said the authorities had released Pramudya after a long jail term on charges related to communist activities, and the Supreme Court exonerated Mr Pakpahan of allegations of inciting unrest in Sumatra. 'We have a legal system here and ABRI is not above that. If they have proof, why not make it transparent and bring it to court?' Mr Sukardi said. He added the comments probably came from higher up and were intended as a warning to pro-democracy and human rights groups to tone down their activities. National Resilience Institute vice-governor Juwono Sudarsono believes the claims were aimed at activists in general, though he stopped short of saying ABRI was trying to strengthen its political position. He said there was some truth on both sides - the issues of social inequity and democracy were legitimate ones, but some activists were using them as a cover to snipe at the Government and at ABRI's dual role in defence and politics.