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The Old and the New Security Apparatus

Osman Mirghani

It seems that we don’t learn lessons from history, as we repeat the same mistakes in absolute inattention.

24 hours after April 1985 uprising, a disastrous decision was taken to dissolve the General Security Service, which resulted exposing the country’s secrets in no time, to the extent that some political parties were proud of publishing the secrets of the state.

Now it is apparent that the same scenario will be repeated in front of, and behind the scenes, as a new draft act of the new security service will be tabled for endorsement.

The questions are:

  • Why should be there a new security act?
  • What is the fate of the previous security services?
  • Why did the politicians stand against the executive powers of the old security service and now support granting such power to the newly proposed internal security apparatus?

The legal institutions belong to the nation and the people and not to occupiers of positions, so if there is suspicion on the intentions of any security apparatus officials, then those officials could be removed without compromising the whole apparatus.

The building of security apparatuses is a very complicated process and takes years; it is not just offices and equipment, but international relations and accumulated experiences.

The Security Services officer, just like officers in the army or the police, depends on the accumulation of his experiences and not only his academic qualifications.

It is wise not to lose or miss on experiences and competencies just because of obsessions and delusions.

As long as the new revolutionary era requires national spirits removed from partisan loyalties, it would be better to boost such spirits instead of the usual replacement and substitution which usually gives consideration to political balances.

A strong security apparatus will help any democratic government boost the hopes of the army and police in preserving security in general.

In the USA, the president-elect usually reappoints the chief of the CIA and the FBI but never thinks of abolishing those two (very) important apparatuses.

There is difference between replacing the official and changing the institution.

The step of establishing new internal security apparatus will have its negative impact on Sudanese national security.

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