There are several security bodies in Syria, the most terrifying of which is the Military Intelligence, presently headed by Hasan Khalil, General Intelligence headed by Hisham Bukhtiyar and Political Security Force headed by Ghazi Kan’an. In addition there are a number of bodies, including the Air Force Intelligence and Republican Guards, amounting to more than 13, which have full authority to arrest and detain any citizen for whatever reason. Needless to say that the entire Syrian people have become an easy prey for any one of those numerous security elements and bodies.
As a result of events relayed by these statements, reports and witness statements, there can be little doubt that severe corruption has become rife, especially over the recent past, where these elements all have very little to do. Therefore, a number of high ranking officers have resorted to arresting Syrian citizens and then demanding a substantial ransom to be paid in exchange for their freedom. In light of the absence of law and accountability, any officer or interrogator may accuse any person of anything he so wishes, and considering that any accusation may possibly lead to one’s detention for the rest of his her life, this is far from any promising prospect.