The new vision of the national intelligence system is not unified. The Assembly and the Executive have different ways that are still not articulated. The only thing that coincides is the announced elimination of the National Secretariat of Intelligence (Senain).
The Occasional Border Security Commission of the Assembly approved, in recent days, the report for the first debate of the State Security Law. The discussion will resume the first days of September when the legislative vacancy ends.
It is a document, contained in 63 articles, which aims to make a comprehensive look at security and emphasizes intelligence.
What is the proposal? To replace the Senain by the National Intelligence Directorate, which will be ascribed to the National Intelligence System and no longer to the Presidency of the Republic.
Independent Assemblyman Fernando Burbano, head of the Commission, said that the current Senain is transformed into the head of the intelligence system, but all operative faculties will be removed. “I had about 300 people in charge of doing field operations, competed with military and police intelligence; we make it a governing body for the provision of strategic intelligence, “he said.
The plan of the Assembly, however, faces some problems. The main one is that he is not walking hand in hand with the Executive. In July, the Minister of Defense, Oswaldo Jarrín, announced that the Senain will be replaced by the National Intelligence Center (CIN) and that the Secretariat of the Public Security Council and the State will be created.
Jarrin’s idea was to approve an Organic Security Code that would include four laws: Defense, Public Security, Intelligence and Risk Management.
The objective of the legislators, on the other hand, is that the intelligence system is subject to political control, there is a permanent accountability of the officials and that the intelligence bodies are not available to the President of the Republic.
Another drawback is internal disunity. The legislative table, which was created to respond to the security crisis on the border, has gone through several operational problems. They gave up half of their members and even changed their president.
Faced with the new threats of cyber-attacks that has developed worldwide, the cybersecurity subsystem is created, which will aim to protect a large number of strategic areas that could be vulnerable, such as hydroelectric plants, banks, among others. The regulation will develop its application.
The National Mobilization Office is created, which prepares all levels of support for emergency situations, which will be and is coordinated by the National Security Secretariat. There are the GADs, the citizen security entities (metropolitan police, ECU 911, firemen). (I)