The Mission of the Information Office
|| "Efficient intelligence does not
necessarily result in wise political responses. Without sound intelligence,
however, top political decisions, measures can neither effectively
correspond to the conditions, nor actually reflect the national
interests or properly safeguard (…) the nation´s security." (excerpt
from the report of the Rockefeller Committee)
In the aftermath of regime change in Central Eastern Europe, the
fully independent new democratic states - including the Republic
of Hungary as well - formulated their security and defence political
principles and their national security strategies respectively.
Besides world political and regional developments and crises, the
various states have to face global dangers like terrorism, spread
of weapons of mass destruction, and international organised crime.
The Information Office is a civilian intelligence service primarily
operating outside of the country. Its mission is to obtain confidential
information on foreign countries, or of foreign origin to help enforce
the interests of the nation, to participate in guaranteeing the
sovereignty and protection of the constitutional order of the Republic
Intelligence information serves to inform government decisions.
The government identifies the topics that it wants to be advised
on via the intelligence service. On the ground of these intelligence
requirements the Information Office, through its special tools and
methods, gathers data, information and documents that are unavailable
or just restrictedly available through official channels.
In an effort to discharge its duties the Office conducts operational
activity. From human
and technical sources it collects secret and confidential data,
but it also uses open sources and exploits the opportunities provided
by the international-level co-operation, too. It analyses the data
it has collected, and compares them with already available pieces
of information, evaluates them, then it produces and distributes
intelligence reports to the decision-makers.
That is why the work of an intelligence service is inevitable.