New agency planned in Lithuania for monitoring State Security Dept’s, DefMin intelligence activities

June 3, 2009 at 8:50 pm Leave a comment

A new agency of intelligence inspector general should be established in Lithuania to monitor intelligence operations of the State Security Department and the Defence Ministry’s Second Intelligence Department, as envisaged in amendments to the Intelligence Law, the BNS reported.

The amendments were presented by their author, parliamentary National Security and Defence Committee Chairman Arvydas Anusauskas, during a public discussion on objectives and potential of the department’s reforms on 3 June.

Under the draft, the intelligence inspector general would be a state official appointed by the parliament to guarantee protection of human rights and liberties, as well as probing complaints on activities of intelligence services.

The proposal is to establish more than a single position but an entire office of the intelligence inspector general, with one inspector general proposed by the president, the parliamentary speaker and the prime minister each. The candidates would be approved by the parliament for a five-year term. One of the inspectors general would be appointed to head the office writes BNS.

According to the draft legislation, intelligence inspectors would carry out investigations initiated by themselves, the president, the parliament or the prime minister.

Their main tasks would include monitoring of compliance of intelligence activities, internal legal acts and procedures with legal requirements and controlling the use of financial and other resources granted to the State Security Department and the Defence Ministry’s department.

BNS reminds that under the current version of the Intelligence Law, the parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee’s subcommittees in charge of security and defence control the activities of the two bodies.

Defence Minister Rasa Jukneviciene, a member of the committee, said at the 3 June’s discussion that politicians cannot properly monitor these services. Furthermore, in her words, it is necessary to set a clear line between secret services and politicians.

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