General Directorate of General Security
-General Security Service
Within the General Directorate of General Security is the General Security Service. The General Security Service is one of Lebanon's three intelligence services and cooperates very closely with Syrian Intelligence. The duties of the General Security Service include identifying potential dissidents and maintaining internal and external national security. These broad objectives are primarily achieved though media censorship, control of foreign visitors, and active pursuit of banned parties and organizations. The General Security Service's wide range of powers and close relationship with Syrian Intelligence lead many to believe that it is behind the majority of mysterious disappearances that occur in Lebanon.
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