Domestic Security Department: Eliminating Hot Button Issues on a Local Level (Part 2 of 2)
The Domestic Security Department （国内安全保护支队）is a branch of the police force within the Ministry of Public Security, specializing in collecting intelligence, infiltrating and dealing with political dissidents, human rights activists, petitioners, religious groups as well as “subversive” activities in the cultural, educational and economics domains. It is a massive, secretive and omnipotent security apparatus within the giant police machine of the PRC. [Read more about the Domestic Security Department, or DSD, here.]
The following document includes a report from a DSD branch in Inner Mongolia and provides details about how the DSD offices operate on the local level. Part 1 can be read here. Translated by CDT:
(4) (Inner Mongolia) Noteworthy Deeds of the Public Security Bureau Domestic Security Department (DSD) Corps Captain
…one person whom the Deputy Minister of the State Ministry of Public Security mentioned specifically to be provided with police bodyguards is named ***. He is forty-six years old, a member of the Chinese Communist Party, and is currently the Captain of the *** Region Public Security Bureau (PSB) Domestic Security Department (DSD).
The DSD was formerly called the Political Security Police. Its main work responsibility is to protect national security, strike down evil cults, search out and understand information relating to [forces] that oppose the government and [oppose] society, and provide leaders at every level with the basis upon which to make well-informed decisions, so as to protect social and political stability.
In 1982, Comrade *** began participating in the PSB Political Security Police. In April 1999, because of his solid work and strong professional and organizational abilities, *** was appointed as Corps Captain when the *** Region PSB organized the Domestic Security Department Corps. From the time he became Corps Captain, he led the DSD Corps Police in conducting a thorough investigation of evil cultists that existed throughout the region.
In order to stay on the offensive at all times in the battle against the enemy, he drafted and established the *** Region PSB Intelligence Information Work System, organized a village, county, and region three-tiered intelligence network, established a corps of over 400 informants, expanded the channels of receiving intelligence, and increased the timeliness and usefulness of information received.
In only three months, [his] investigation was able to provide a detailed grasp of the number of evil cultists within the region, their distribution and their activities. [This investigation] provided a great foundation upon which to base the subsequent work of severely striking down and punishing the evil cults. In the last several years, the DSD Corps has altogether discovered and reported 3,800 items of information concerning [forces that] oppose the government and society. Of these, 2,500 have been used by relevant departments within the central government, all levels of Party committees, the government, and higher level PSB organs.
The intelligence work of [*** Region’s DSD] has for the last seven consecutive years been the best in the entire city. With regard to the work of [gathering] intelligence and performing investigation and research, he creatively proposed the work model known as “The Three Extensions.” This work model gained the full approval of relevant leaders within the provincial level PSB and has been spread throughout the entire [Inner Mongolia Autonomous] Region. Since 1999, their intelligence work, striking down of evil cults, and establishment of archives have all been amply developed. For seven consecutive years they achieved “zero errors” in their handling of cases, and therefore for seven consecutive years the City PSB has awarded them a group third-degree merit citation.
During these seven years, [the *** Region DSD] uncovered 415 cases of evil cults, arrested 628 people involved, destroyed 265 organizations such as “The Disciple’s Society,” and “Eastern Lightning,” blocked the dissemination of evil cults, eliminated 102 secret meeting places, and destroyed 32 gangs. Moreover, [the *** Region DSD] solved over ten relatively influential cases involving evil cults such as the May 26th case and the August 25th case. [In so doing, the *** Region DSD] protected social stability by vigorously striking down all manner of evil cult organizations and illegal criminal activities.