Mon, Mar 25, 2002 - Page 3 News List

Liu case controversy: Legislator says reform should include the NSB


The status of the National Security Bureau (NSB) and other intelligence agencies should be included in a plan being drafted to reform the government, a DPP legislator said yesterday.

Trong Chai (蔡同榮) told reporters that the NSB should be elevated to become a Cabinet-level national security administration, which would bring Taiwan's disparate intelligence agencies under an umbrella organization and would have an independent budget that could be reviewed by a legislative committee on intelligence affairs.

Under the current system, the NSB is subordinate to the National Security Council, which in turn is under the Presidential Office. But the NSB's budget is divided into a number of portions within the country's defense budget.

Taiwan's other intelligence agencies, including the Military Intelligence Bureau under the Ministry of National Defense, the Intelligence Office under the Military Police Command, and the intelligence department of the coast guard administration, should also be brought under the umbrella organization, Tsai said.

Tsai also called for a separate umbrella organization bringing together various law enforcement agencies, including the police, fire and coast guard administrations.

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