Experts call for reform “commission Secretly ‘

Jan

15

2016

Three experts call for reform of the Committee on the Intelligence and Security Services, also known as commission-Secretly. The committee that oversees the AIVD would be unnecessarily secretive.

According to the opinion piece in the Times would have the commission charge of “lack of political affinity, low frequency of meetings, absenteeism and lack of time.” The committee would frantically try to keep everything secret, ensuring that confidence in the parliamentary control is damaged. The experts suggest not everything discussed in the committee, automatically label as secret, as now by a kind of secrecy reflex ‘happens.

They indicate that it would be better to introduce a policy to disclose everything, unless there are real reasons for keeping information secret. Another improvement would be to provide political groups in the committee support staff. At present this is lacking and therefore they would be dependent on information from ministers and the services themselves.

The CIVD is a committee consisting of the chairmen and parliamentary control carries on the activities of the GISS and DISS. The content of the meetings are confidential and the commission shall once a year report to the House.

In 2013 appeared from the data published by Edward Snowden in a month that the NSA intercepted the metadata of approximately 1.8 million Dutch phone calls. In February 2014 was however known that the Dutch security services themselves had collected the metadata. Moreover subsequently proved that it does not make phone calls but was satellite communications. Also came out to Interior Minister, Ronald Plasterk, since November 2013 was in possession of this information and had not been to the House informed.

Around that time, leaked information that the CIVD indeed was informed. It was concluded that there was someone from the committee confidential information released, after which committee Halbe Zijlstra filed a complaint. Because it is a malfeasance, the executive committee of the House of Representatives in November 2015 set up a commission of inquiry to establish who is responsible for releasing the information.

According to the three authors of the opinion piece this whole affair just a reason to eliminate the unnecessary secrecy surrounding the CIVD. The experts are history teacher Eleni Braat, PhD student and lecturer Constant Hijzen and intelligence analyst Cees Wiebes.

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