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Venezuela Replaces Decades-Old Intelligence Institutions
Mrida, May 29, 2008 ( The Venezuelan Minister of Justice and the Interior, Ramn Rodrguez Chacn, announced Wednesday that the Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention Services (DISIP) and Military Intelligence Division (DIM) of the federal government will be eliminated and replaced by new state intelligence organisms that will operate under the new Law on Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence passed by presidential decree on Wednesday.

President Chavez passed the law-decree under the 18-month enabling law authority he received from the National Assembly in early 2007.

The new intelligence policies portray how these organisms should act and how Venezuela of the 21st century, as threatened as it is, now has the tools and the capacity to produce all of the intelligence and counterintelligence in order to make the strategic decisions of the State, the minister declared at an event in Petare, the largest barrio in Venezuelas capital city.

The creation of new intelligence organizations responds to the urgent need to confront interference by the United States in the internal affairs of Venezuela, Rodriguez Chacn explained.

The minister also highlighted that deconstructing intelligence institutions is complicated and the process must be systematic. He said the DISIP and DIM would be gradually replaced by a General Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence ascribed to the Ministry of Justice and the Interior, and a General Director of Military Intelligence and Counterintelligence ascribed to the Defense Ministry.

To train and equip new intelligence officials and educate them about the Law on Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence, a special University of Security will be created. Current intelligence personnel will be put through university training programs to assure ideological commitment and academic formation before being absorbed into new institutions, Rodriguez Chacn announced Thursday.

When asked about the character of the new institutions, Chacn responded, basically, we are talking about secret organizations. If a functionary is working on intelligence, well nobody should know this.

The text of the new law is not available to the public yet. The Bolivarian News Agency reports that the law contains 29 articles which outline the general dispositions and competencies of the institutions and their relationship to other institutions, define intelligence and counterintelligence, and review the activities, types of documents and things which will be subject to investigation by intelligence agencies, as well as the laws regarding confidentiality.

The eliminated DISIP and DIM had been created by presidential decree in 1969 with the purpose of, in the ministers opinion, obeying the capitalist vision that existed in that era.

These institutions were notoriously repressive during their nearly four decades of existence. It was widely speculated that they coordinated directly with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and supported anti-Castro Cuban terrorists, such as Luis Posada Carriles, who is currently wanted by Cuba and Venezuela for the 1973 bombing of an airliner and is now living in the U.S.
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