The fifth paragraph of the 7th article of the National Defense Law dated 16/09/1983, amended by a legislative decree, no.1, dated 26/09/1984   amended by a legislative decree, no.39, dated 23/03/1985 dictated the establishment of the General Directorate of State Security as the executive agency of the Supreme Council of Defense which is chaired by the President of the Republic, with the purpose of safeguarding Lebanon  against external and internal threats.