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Intelligence budget disclosed in Netherlands (EN)

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mercredi 11 mai 2005, sélectionné par Spyworld

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In the United States, where intelligence budget secrecy is a deeply rooted dogma that defies rational criticism, it takes a court order to compel the disclosure even of a forty-two year old budget figure (Secrecy News, 05/09/05).

But in other mature democracies such as the United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere, annual publication of intelligence spending figures has now become the norm.

In the Netherlands, the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) included budget data in its latest annual report as a matter of course.

Thus, in 2004, the AIVD spent 52.2 million Euros on personnel, 32.2 million on material costs, and 3.1 million on secret expenditures.

See the 2004 AIVD annual report here (in Dutch, at pp. 109-110 ; 750 kb PDF file ; thanks to Prof. Cees Wiebes) :

http://www.fas.org/irp/world/netherlands/aivd2004.pdf

A recent AIVD report analyses the threat posed by radical Islam. See "From dawa to jihad - the various threats from radical Islam to the democratic legal order," English translation dated March 2005, here :

http://www.fas.org/irp/world/netherlands/dawa.pdf

(Dawa refers to the propagation of Islam by missionary activity, and is perhaps something like the Islamic counterpart of Christian evangelism.)


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