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Revamping the Korean Intelligence Services: A Viewpoint of the Agency for National Security Planning

NCJ Number
International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice Volume: 18 Issue: 1 & 2 Dated: (Spring/Fall 1994) Pages: 197-208
Y S Jung
Date Published
12 pages
The Agency for National Security Planning (NSP) is South Korea's national intelligence organization, responsible for performing intelligence functions for the entire government and providing intelligence analysis to national policy makers.
The NSP is now organized into two divisions, with one vice- director in charge of domestic affairs and one vice-director in charge of foreign affairs. The NSP's responsibilities, as outlined in law, include collecting and distributing foreign intelligence and domestic security intelligence, creating security procedures to safeguard documents and establishments critical to national security, conducting criminal investigations pertaining to breaches of national security, and planning and coordinating intelligence and national security affairs. Some of the problems that challenge the international acceptance and legitimacy of the NSP include its involvement in political activities, its habitual use of illegal investigative practices, the lack of strong external control, the concentration of power over all intelligence activities in a single agency, the overlap of NSP jurisdiction with departmental intelligence organizations, and reliance on excessive secrecy. This article proposes specific reforms to deal with each of these problem areas. 29 notes