Bezpecnostni informacni sluzba (BIS – the Security Information Service) is the counter-intelligence agency of the Czech Republic. According to its website, it is responsible for “acquiring, collecting and evaluating information of major impact on the security of the country, protection of its constitutional setup [sic!] and economic interests“.
Most buildings of similar nature have safety perimeters, tall fences, do-not-enter signs, guard dogs on lawns. The BIS Brno bureau is unique. Its windows are just six meters from two busy bus stops and it has none of the aforementioned features.
The building does not even have a barbwire fence. The type used is a very cheap type that has been used for decades, especially by private home owners who do not want to invest into a sophisticated and nicer (in terms of design) type. BIS is said to have claimed that “nobody knows it is their building” and that it is better not to attract attention. However, there are public records that prove that it is indeed a BIS building. There are private companies that list BIS as their “customer”.
The building does not even have its own parking lot – but the nearby apartment buildings do, so one could assume that BIS employees park their cars away from the building. BIS employees are encouraged not to disclose their status with BIS if it is not necessary so having a car parked outside would be against this instruction, too…