ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SECURITY INFORMATION SERVICE FOR 2016
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The activities, the status and the scope of powers and responsibilities of the Security Information Service (BIS) as an intelligence service of a democratic state are provided for in relevant legislation, especially in Act No. 153/1994 Coll., on the Intelligence Services of the Czech Republic, as amended, and in Act No. 154/1994 Coll., on the Security Information Service, as amended. The BIS is also governed in its activities by the Constitution of the Czech Republic, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, international treaties, and other legal regulations of the Czech Republic.
Under Section 2 of Act No. 153/1994 Coll., intelligence services are state agencies for the acquisition, collection and evaluation of information (hereinafter referred to as “securing information”) important for protecting the constitutional order, major economic interests, and the security and defense of the Czech Republic. Under Section 3 of Act No. 153/1994 Coll., the BIS is an intelligence service securing information within its powers and responsibilities defined in Section 5, Paragraph 1 of Act No. 153/1994 Coll. on:
schemes and activities directed against the democratic foundations, the sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the Czech Republic,
the intelligence services of foreign powers,
activities endangering state and official secrets,
activities, the consequences of which may jeopardize the security or major economic interests of the Czech Republic,
organized crime and terrorism.
Under Section 5, Paragraph 4 of Act No. 153/1994 Coll., the BIS also fulfills further tasks as defined by specific legislation (e.g. Act No. 412/2005 Coll., on the Protection of Classified Information and Security Clearance, as amended) or international treaties, by which the Czech Republic is bound.
Furthermore, Section 7 of Act No. 153/1994 Coll. stipulates that the responsibility for the activities of the BIS and for the coordination of its operation lies with the Government. According to Section 8, Paragraph 4 of this Act, the Government assigns tasks to the BIS within the scope of the Service’s powers and responsibilities. The President of the Czech Republic is entitled to task the BIS with the knowledge of the Government.
To fulfill its tasks, the BIS is authorized to cooperate with other intelligence services of the Czech Republic. Section 9 of Act No. 153/1994 Coll. stipulates that this cooperation must be based on agreements concluded between the intelligence services with the consent of the Government.
Under Section 10 of Act No. 153/1994 Coll., the BIS may cooperate with intelligence services of foreign powers only with the consent of the Government.
2. Intelligence Activities and Findings
A summary of all the intelligence activities, in which the BIS engaged in 2016, is part of the classified Report on the Activities of the Security Information Service for 2016 – a report the BIS submits to the President of the Czech Republic and to the Government in accordance with Section 8, Paragraph 1 of Act No. 153/1994 Coll.
During the course of the year, again in accordance with Section 8, Paragraph 1 of Act No. 153/1994 Coll., the BIS informed entitled addressees about individual intelligence findings and the results of analyses, on which the overview of its activities in this public annual report is based. In 2016, the BIS submitted more than 500 documents to the President and Cabinet members. More than 600 documents were sent to relevant state authorities, the Police of the Czech Republic (in Czech: Policie České republiky – PČR), the Office for Foreign Relations and Information (in Czech:Úřad pro zahraniční styky a informace – ÚZSI), and to Military Intelligence (in Czech: Vojenské zpravodajství – VZ).