eseoulpost
Domesticmilitary
New intel unit bans monitoring military personnel, installs whistleblowing system
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2018.09.02  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   
 

The newly minted security intelligence unit will be banned from monitoring military personnel and keeping their records, and install a whistleblowing system as part of efforts to ensure its political neutrality, officials said Sunday.

The Defense Security Support Command (DSSC) was launched Saturday after its predecessor, the Defense Security Command (DSC), was disbanded last month following a series of political allegations, including its consideration of martial law to quell anti-government protests in 2017.

The DSSC is tasked with gleaning military intelligence needed to counter any activities harmful to national security, such as espionage. Its predecessor had long been accused of abusing its authority to serve the interests of political leaders.

The official instructions that govern the DSSC operation bar DSSC operatives from surveilling the military personnel, including civilian workers, and keeping their records, which critics said had enabled the DSC to wield inordinate authority prone to abuse.

"Surveillance (of military personnel) itself was an authority that is ridiculous," Nam Young-sin, the DSSC commander, said during a meeting with reporters.

"We will review the records (that have been collected so far), keep only what is needed for our investigation and turn the rest over to archives," he added.

Lt. Gen. Nam Young-sin, the commander of the Defense Security Support Command, speaks during a ceremony to launch the unit in Gwacheon, 18 kilometers south of Seoul, on Sept. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)Lt. Gen. Nam Young-sin, the commander of the Defense Security Support Command, speaks during a ceremony to launch the unit in Gwacheon, 18 kilometers south of Seoul, on Sept. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

The instructions will also limit the DSSC's authority to conduct background checks of the military personnel. The new command will thus be able to carry out such checks only in cases of corruption or illegal activities by military staff.

Under the new command structure, the DSSC chief will report any intelligence to the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae after briefing the defense minister. The DSC chief used to report directly to Cheong Wa Dae without the minister's knowledge, triggering speculation that the unit was meddling in politics.

The instructions also codified a series of obligations for the DSSC staff, such as maintaining political neutrality, banning the illicit collection of information on civilians, protecting human rights and giving up any sense of privilege.

Also in the instructions is a right for the DSSC members to file a complaint with the internal inspector about any inappropriate order that could potentially lead to political interference or surveillance of civilians.

Lee Yong-il, a former chief of the Yeoju division of the Suwon District Prosecutors' Office, has been appointed as the first DSSC inspector.

The new command now has some 30 provincial branches, compared with its precursor's 50 regional wings. The number of its staff is around 2,900, a 30 percent reduction from that of the DSC.

The DSSC now has six general-grade officers, whereas the DSC had nine.

What triggered the DSC disbandment were the revelations that the scandal-ridden command drew up a document about the possible imposition of martial law last year to quash public protests that called for the dismissal of then corruption-tainted President Park Geun-hye.

The document, which many say reeked of the country's past military authoritarianism, entailed detailed emergency procedures, such as censoring the media, seeking support from foreign diplomats here and precluding the parliament from lifting martial law. (Yonhap News)

< 저작권자 © eseoulpost 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
자동등록방지용 코드를 입력하세요!   
확인
- 200자까지 쓰실 수 있습니다. (현재 0 byte / 최대 400byte)
- 욕설등 인신공격성 글은 삭제 합니다. [운영원칙]
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
Most Read
1
UAE committed to UN-led political process in Yemen
2
UAE participates in celebrating International Day of Sign Languages
3
Taiwan officials to attend events in New York during U.N. assembly
4
Art exhibition "Into The Light" opens at G&J Gallery in Seoul
5
IPM DUBAI 2018 to draw attention to sustainable urban planning
6
Ahmed Al Zaabi receives Secretary-General of Royal Charity Foundation of Bahrain
7
Thani Al Zeyoudi Highlights UAE’s Proactive Climate Action on Global Stage
8
Zayed University, FANR sign MoU on ‘Environmental Radiological Monitoring’
9
Abdullah bin Zayed receives Under-Secretary-General of UN Counter-Terrorism Office
10
How Muslim women deal with pain, trauma 5 years after Zamboanga siege
Photo News Green Biz
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional Biodiversity Forum in the Gulf Region
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional...
min
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more t...
min
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discuss cooperation to protect environment
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discu...
min
Earth Hour 2018: Lights out across UAE as Earth Hour is marked
Earth Hour 2018: Lights out across...
min
Suqia plays key role in enhancing UAE's global efforts to address water challenges
Suqia plays key role in enhancing ...
min
Photo News Sports
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
S. Korean table tennis player savors 'historic' title with N. Korean partner
S. Korean table tennis player savo...
min
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young sets LPGA scoring records to win Thornberry Creek Classic
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young set...
min
Photo News World
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
S. Korean table tennis player savors 'historic' title with N. Korean partner
S. Korean table tennis player savo...
min
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young sets LPGA scoring records to win Thornberry Creek Classic
S. Korean golfer Kim Sei-young set...
min
Photo News Opinion
Two Koreas to hold working-level military talks
Two Koreas to hold working-level m...
min
Koreas to open liaison office in Kaesong on Friday
Koreas to open liaison office in K...
min
Police to question Korean Air chairman for using company money for home security
Police to question Korean Air chai...
min
Third Moon-Kim summit to be held Sept. 18-20: envoy
Third Moon-Kim summit to be held S...
min
N. Korean leader Kim meets S. Korean president's special delegation
N. Korean leader Kim meets S. Kore...
min
Former police chief summoned in probe of illicit cyberoperations
Former police chief summoned in pr...
min
Moon to meet with security ministers on eve of special envoy's trip to N.K.
Moon to meet with security ministe...
min
POSCO to invest 45 tln won to fuel growth over next 5 yrs
POSCO to invest 45 tln won to fuel...
min
Newspaper AboutNews ReportAdvertiseComplaintsPrivacy PolicyJuvenile protectionRejection of E-mail Collection
Gangnam-gu, Teheran 52 street in Tehran Bldg, 616(Yeoksam-dong)  |  Main Phone: 02) 563-0604  |  Fax: 02) 538-5665
Chairman : jeong-woo Lee  |  Advisor : byung-il Min  |  Publisher: jae-mo Kah  |  Editors: il-hong Kim
Registration Number 1928 Seoul ah  |  eseoulpost.com / eseoulpost.net / Global Korea.,Ltd
Copyright © 2011 eseoulpost. All rights reserved. mail to jaemokah@daum.com , kih10kr@empas.com/ www.globalkorea.info
arabafrica.net / UAE Interract / Emirtes News Agency(WAM)/ http://wam.org.ae / www.uaeinteract.com