BAKIN State Intelligence Coordinating Agency (now BIN State Intelligence Agency)
Update 2004: In October 2000, President Abdurrahman Wahid revamped BAKIN and changed its name to State Intelligence Agency (BIN), scrapping its coordinating authority. In October 2002, President Megawati Soekarnoputri issued Presidential Decree No.5/2002 that reinstated BIN's coordinating power. In 2004, Megawati was expected to sign a presidential decree to establish BIN regional offices throughout the country.
The State Intelligence Coordinating Agency [BAKIN - Badan Koordinasi Intelijen Negara], established by President Suharto in the 1980s, is the central intelligence-gathering body, which studies both domestic and foreign intelligence gathered by its own personnel as well as by the army and the police. BAKIN is directly under the control of the president and maintains its own communications network outside the civilian and military administrations. BAKIN is normally headed by an army lieutenant general. Armed forces officers are sometimes seconded to BAKIN for special duties. It was probable that BAKIN, responsible for intelligence gathering relating to defense matters, was strengthened considerably under the 1992 reorganization and operated many of the security and intelligence functions under the BAKORSTANAS system that were formerly performed by KOPKAMTIB.
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Updated January 13, 2004