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Secrecy News -- 11/07/01

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood@fas.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 15:20:56 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2001 09:44:43 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 11/07/01


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
November 7, 2001


**	BUSH ORDER ON PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS BLASTED
**	FBI REBUFFS REQUEST FOR DETAINEE INFORMATION
**	ODDS AND ENDS


BUSH ORDER ON PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS BLASTED

The new Bush Administration executive order that creates
problematic new procedures for public access to presidential
records was severely criticized at a congressional hearing
yesterday and some members of Congress are now calling on the
President to rescind it.

"I am concerned that the new procedures may create additional
delays and barriers to releasing ... records," said Rep. Stephen
Horn (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Government Reform
Subcommittee on Government Efficiency which held a hearing on
the matter.

A Justice Department witness demurred. "There is no reason to
anticipate... greater withholding of records," said acting
assistant attorney general M. Edward Whelan III.

The issue was examined at yesterday's hearing with impressive
rigor from various points of view. Scott L. Nelson of Public
Citizen Litigation Group provided a particularly acute analysis
of the new executive order's legal and policy defects.

See the witnesses' prepared statements here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2001/index.html#pra

"The Executive Order violates the intent of Congress and keeps
the public in the dark," wrote Reps. Henry Waxman and Janice
Schakowsky in a November 6 letter to President Bush. "We urge
you to rescind that order." See:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2001/11/pra_let.html

See also "Bush Urged to Rescind Order on Presidential Materials" by
George Lardner in the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51774-2001Nov6.html


FBI REBUFFS REQUEST FOR DETAINEE INFORMATION

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has denied a Freedom of
Information Act request seeking information on the identities
and status of individuals detained in connection with the
September 11 terrorist attacks.

Kate Martin of the Center for National Security Studies said an
appeal was immediately filed. Related FOIA requests are still
pending at the Department of Justice and the Immigration and
Naturalization Service.

"The information sought is not that complicated," the Washington
Post editorialized today. The government "could tell or try to
tell a lot more about this seemingly massive law enforcement
effort than it has." See:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51800-2001Nov6.html


ODDS AND ENDS

** The Defense Department's personnel security system is clogged
with people holding security clearances they no longer need.
Some contractors possess multiple clearances they are no longer
entitled to. One individual was recently found to hold 21
different clearances, said Rosalind Baybutt, Deputy Director for
Industrial Security in the Office of Secretary of Defense. "If
you're not using them," she told industry representatives at a
meeting of the NISP Policy Advisory Committee today, "please get
these people out of our inventory."

** The long-delayed FY 2000 annual report of the Information
Security Oversight Office had to be trashed after it arrived
back from the printer last Friday colored orange, white and
blue. "Guess which color was wrong?" said an ISOO spokesman. A
reprinted version should be released in a couple of days.

** As the Bush Administration considers amendments to the
executive order on classification and declassification policy,
the Central Intelligence Agency is pressing its own secrecy
agenda. In particular, the CIA is seeking a new categorical
exemption from disclosure for the President's Daily Brief, no
matter how old or insensitive it might be. This self-serving
proposal is viewed with weary contempt by at least some other
agencies, since it would promote reflexive secrecy rather than a
more discriminating approach to classification. But nothing has
been ruled out.


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