National Security Intelligence

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National Security Intelligence
জাতীয় নিরাপত্তা গোয়েন্দা
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Agency overview
Formed 29 December 1972; 45 years ago (1972-12-29)[1]
Preceding agency
  • Independent
Headquarters Dhaka, Bangladesh[2][3]
Motto Watch and Listen for the nation, To protect national security
Annual budget Confidential
Agency executive
Parent agency None (Independent)

The National Security Intelligence (Bengali: জাতীয় নিরাপত্তা গোয়েন্দা), commonly known as the NSI, is the principal intelligence agency of the People's Republic of Bangladesh (গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ). The NSI's headquarters is in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The NSI is the leading body of the Government of Bangladesh in the field of internal security, counter terrorism, counter intelligence and foreign intelligence. NSI is largest among the intelligence agencies in Bangladesh, the others are as Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), SB, CID, army intelligence, naval intelligence etc. The agency stands under the direct authority of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.[6]

This is an independent international intelligence agency. Like other intelligence agencies, NSI is believed to have branch offices outside Bangladesh. The NSI also has territorial units in all of the 64 districts of Bangladesh, headed by a Joint Director/Deputy Director or Assistant Director.[6]

Being the largest, highest and the only independent intelligence agency in Bangladesh, the NSI's principal activities are gathering information about foreign governments, individuals, corporations, political parties, different religious groups, terrorists and counter-intelligence against foreign intelligence agencies etc.[1]

Organization

  • The Directorate General of National Security Intelligence is headed by a Director General (D.G) with the rank of Secretary of the Government of Bangladesh or equivalent.
  • The force is mostly staffed by civil personnel.[7]

Duties

The NSI has three principal activities: gathering information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals; analysing that information, along with intelligence gathered by other Bangladesh intelligence agencies, to provide national security intelligence assessment to senior Bangladesh policymakers; and, upon the request of the President of the people republic of Bangladesh, carrying out or overseeing covert activities and some tactical operations by its own employees, by members of the military, or by other partners.[1]

Controversies

Human Rights abuses

According to Human Rights Watch's May 2009 issue, during the 2006–08 Bangladeshi political crisis in Bangladesh, the NSI was actively involved in harassment and arbitrary arrest of labour activists.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "জাতীয় নিরাপত্তা গোয়েন্দা অধিদপ্তরের বহুতল বিশিষ্ট প্রধান কার্যালয় ভবনের ভিত্তি প্রস্তর স্থাপন, ভাষণ, মাননীয় প্রধানমন্ত্রী, শেখ হাসিনা (১৭ জানুয়ারি ২০১৫)". 
  2. "প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা এনএসআই এর প্রধান কার্যালয়ের ভিত্তিপ্রস্তর স্থাপন অনুষ্ঠানে বক্তৃতা করেন… -The Prime Minister's Office-Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh – প্রধানমন্ত্রীর কার্যালয়-গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ সরকার". 
  3. Pratidin, Bangladesh. "গোয়েন্দাদের সতর্ক থাকতে বললেন প্রধানমন্ত্রী". 
  4. "NSI gets new chief". print.thefinancialexpress-bd.com. The financial express. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  5. "Shamsul Haque made NSI boss". archive.dhakatribune.com. Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "৫৬ কোটি টাকায় এনএসআই-এর জন্য বহুতল ভবন". 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Alffram, Henrik (May 2009). "Ignoring Executions and Torture: Impunity for Bangladesh's Security Forces". Human Rights Watch Bangladesh (May 2009): 20.