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Secrecy News -- 04/26/02

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood@fas.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 10:15:30 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 21:43:31 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/26/02



SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2002, Issue No. 36
April 26, 2002


**	NEED FOR "ANTI-LEAK" STATUTE DISPUTED
**	ANOTHER HEARING ON PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS


NEED FOR "ANTI-LEAK" STATUTE DISPUTED

A pending Justice Department report on unauthorized disclosures
("leaks") of classified information -- due to be submitted to
Congress next week -- is likely to revive controversy over the
need for a legislative response to such disclosures.

In the past two years, some members of Congress, led by Senator
Richard Shelby, have advanced proposals to criminalize all
unauthorized disclosures of properly classified information.

But such proposals "are fundamentally misconceived, rife with
unintended consequences, and neither necessary nor sufficient to
achieve their goal," writes Steven Aftergood in an article in
the Winter 2002 issue of National Security Studies Quarterly,
published by Georgetown University. See:

http:
//www.georgetown.edu/sfs/programs/nssp/nssq/randraftergood.pdf

That article was written in response to an earlier piece
defending the need for new legislation to outlaw leaks authored
by Michael Hurt, a congressional staffer.  In reply, Mr. Hurt
restates his original position here:

http://www.georgetown.edu/sfs/programs/nssp/nssq/randrhurt.pdf

The requirement for a Justice Department report on the issue,
which is due May 1, was enacted in last year's intelligence
authorization bill and may be found here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2001_rpt/hrep107-328.html#leaks


ANOTHER HEARING ON PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS

A House Government Reform subcommittee held its third hearing
last Wednesday on President Bush's controversial executive order
13233 that imposes new restrictions on public access to
presidential records from past Administrations.

The latest hearing focused on legislation recently introduced in
the House (H.R. 4187) that would effectively overturn the
executive order. Under the bill's provisions, said Rep. Stephen
Horn, a principal co-sponsor, "It would no longer be possible
for a former or incumbent President to prevent the release of
records indefinitely simply by inaction."

Prepared statements from the April 24 hearing are posted here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2002/index.html#pra2


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Project on Government Secrecy
Federation of American Scientists
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