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Secrecy News -- 01/11/01

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood@igc.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 12:14:45 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 15:14:13 +0000
Subject: Secrecy News -- 01/11/01

from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
January 11, 2001



The Department of Energy announced this week that it will begin
monitoring email communications into and out of U.S. national
laboratories, including Los Alamos, Sandia, Livermore and
Pacific Northwest National Labs.

"The purpose of the pilot program is to test whether e-mail
monitoring is an effective device to address threats to DOE
assets by foreign governments, groups, or persons that attempt
to gather classified and other protected information through
e-mail communications with DOE and contractor personnel,"
according to a DOE Notice issued on January 8.

"Actual review of e-mail content by a CI [counterintelligence]
e-mail analyst will be permitted only where there is evidence of
possible CI concern," according to DOE.  However, any email
which is directed to, or originates from, a foreign source is
considered to be "of possible CI concern."

The new DOE Notice is posted here:



In an act that tends to compromise the already tenuous quality
of intelligence oversight, the Director of Central Intelligence
has presented awards to two members of the President's Foreign
Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) -- which has oversight
responsibility over the intelligence community.

DCI George J. Tenet "presented the National Intelligence
Distinguished Service Medal--the highest award bestowed by the
U.S. Intelligence Community--to both Sen. Warren B. Rudman and
renowned physicist Sidney D. Drell in recognition of their
decades of distinguished service to the nation," according to a
CIA press release.

Rudman and Drell are indeed distinguished public servants.
Among the contributions not noted by DCI Tenet, Senator Rudman
has argued for annual disclosure of each year's total
intelligence budget and the next year's total budget request.
(In contrast, demented CIA officials claim that even 50 year old
budget totals could damage U.S. national security today.)  Dr.
Drell was among the earliest and most prominent figures in the
scientific community to repudiate the hyperbolic claims
concerning the consequences of Wen Ho Lee's actions in
downloading nuclear weapons secrets.

Neither Rudman nor Drell is likely to sell his soul for a measly
award.  And yet the bestowal -- and acceptance -- of such awards
is a transaction that often entails subtle coercive effects,
generating subconscious feelings of identification and
obligation towards the bestower.  It should not have happened as
long as either individual continues to serve in an oversight

The new award, which signifies the intimate relationship between
the parties, means that it is more unlikely than ever that PFIAB
will fully meet its oversight responsibilities under Executive
Order 12863.

So, for example, one should not look to PFIAB to deal with CIA's
unconstitutional budget practices; with its routine violation of
the executive order on classification policy; or with its
violations of laws such as the Freedom of Information Act.  That
kind of oversight will have to come from somewhere else.

The CIA announcement of the award is posted here:


The 1993 Executive Order 12863 defining PFIAB's responsibilities
is posted here:



A torrent of official reports on intelligence and national
security policy has come out this week.  More are on the way.
They include the following:

The January 9 Report of the Independent Commission on the
National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA):


The January 9 Report of the DoD Commission on the October 2000
attack on the U.S.S. Cole:


A January 10 Defense Department report on proliferation of
weapons of mass destruction entitled:  "Proliferation: Threat
and Response - 2001" (this is a very large -- 5MB --PDF file):


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