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National Intelligence Agency Opens Bali Office

Spy Center to Boost Island's Security and Nation-Wide War on Terror.

(1/1/2006) In a low-key ceremony on Friday, December 30, 2005, closed to the press, the Chief of Indonesia's National Intelligence Agency (BIN), Syamsir Siregar, officially opened the Bali office that will serve as a base for at least 20 intelligence officers.

The Bali headquarters has been given the name "Bali Indah Nirwana" (perhaps not coincidentally resulting in the same acronym as "Badan Intelijens Nasional" –BIN), is located directly behind the offical office of Bali's Governor.

Although the press were not allowed to tour the facility, Siregar, the retired general who now heads the spy agency, explained the decision to open a branch BIN office in Bali to the Jakarta Post saying, "the idea is that we will be faster in reporting and knowing the situation in each territory."

Local high-ranking officials who attended the opening ceremony for the Bali BIN offices refused comment to reporters seeking details of the internal facilities and high-tech equipment believed to now be in place at the new Bali intelligence center.