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          During past 20 years certain employees in military intelligence services were very rarely called on to their responsibility.  Breach of competencies and connections with criminal organizations were following the work of the involved those that were involved in affairs that were attracting significant public attention.

           

          The problem of the control of the Agencies was actualized by the Draft of the Law in the Military Intelligence Agency (hereinafter: MIA) and the Military Security Agency (hereinafter: MSA). Reasons for the issues of control and responsibilities of these services being taboo topic should be looked for in the nature of its activities. Because of the principle of secrecy on which is based the functioning of all of the intelligence services in the world, it is very problematic to control their work. Partially, reasons for this are also rooted in the fact that the members of the agencies have significant number of secret information, thus knowing who has “dirty hands”. This fact is helping restraining those responsible who are able to open processes of control.

           

          The Law on the MIA and the MSA sets internal control, in other words control of the intelligence by the Government. The main body is the General Inspector, who is appointed for the period of 5 years, by the Government and on the proposal of the Minister of Defense, whom he reports to.

           

          In order to enable General Inspector to effectively perform his tasks, it is necessary to enable complete insight in all of the reports and documents of the agencies, to allow him interviews with the officials and employees of the agencies, and to oblige the agencies to allow before mentioned procedures and controls.

           

          However, the Draft does not foresee the former. The Draft indicates that “the procedure of internal control of the MIA and the MSA, as well as the other issues of importance for the work of the General Inspector would be prescribed by the Ministry of Defense” The greatest problem would be the implementation of the Law. Neither the members of the opposition are not using control mechanisms to attack the Government; in fact they are treating these problems in show business manner.

           

          The new Law is a positive but not sufficient step. Many important issues were not included in the provisions of this Draft, which was also shown in currently ongoing public discussion.

          Translated by Igor Novakovic, CCMR Intern

        • Tags: vba, voa, military intelligence, draft law, Law, Defence, control, surveillance
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