Analyst says security report reveals serious faults in the system
The Czech intelligence service, BIS, released its annual report on Wednesday, which highlighted the dangerous influence of foreign intelligence agents and mafia groups on Czech politics and business. Radio Prague spoke to Andor Šándor, former head of the Czech Military Intelligence Agency and a security analyst, about the most significant concerns the security report brings up.
One of the main threats that the report mentions are the Russian secret service agents who, at least according to the report, are influencing public tenders in addition to gathering intelligence. What exactly can they achieve on a global scale?
“The Russians have their own interests in this country. They try to influence our security within NATO. They look at the integration trends within European Union. They are interested in our energy security and resources security and obviously they are interested in the results of scientific research. And there are many things they want to influence. The worse thing about this, in my opinion, is that they try to influence the decisions of the government.
The other main topic that is becoming very popular these days is lobbying and corruption. Do you think that public prosecutors and the police have now understood how to actually prosecute corruption in Czech politics?
“I’m not really sure. The one or two cases that have become public knowledge because of media interest, are not showing me that the whole system that is here to fight the corruption is really doing what it needs to do. I think we need more time to be sure that the prosecutors and the police are on the right track of fighting corruption in this country properly.”
“The problem is that much of the intelligence that the BIS gathers cannot be used in court, because BIS is not a part of the legal investigation system. So politicians could prepare a new law that would enable a part of the intelligence gathered by BIS to be used within the legal system. But if it’s not done, it can be considered a big waste of taxpayer money. Because only to bring information that something is wrong is not enough, what we need to do is use the information in order to prosecute the perpetrators.”