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Secrecy News - 01/04/02

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood@fas.org>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 14:22:01 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 05 Jan 2002 09:15:08 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News - 01/04/02



SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2002, Issue No. 2
January 4, 2002


**	NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW STILL CLASSIFIED
**	DOE IG FAULTS NUCLEAR WEAPON INSPECTIONS
**	SOME REAGAN PAPERS RELEASED
**	WHAT ABOUT THE CIA?


NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW STILL CLASSIFIED

The Bush Administration's long-awaited Nuclear Posture Review,
which defines the structure of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and
proposes "a significant change" to it, was transmitted to
Congress on December 31, but only in classified form.

"I have asked our folks to see if we can take that classified
version and declassify it," said Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld at a January 3 press briefing. "Because of its
importance and because of the new direction it takes, I think it
belongs in the public in some form." See:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2002/01/npr.html


DOE IG FAULTS NUCLEAR WEAPON INSPECTIONS

The Department of Energy has not investigated defects and
malfunctions in nuclear weapons in a timely fashion, according
to a recent DOE Inspector General (IG) report.

"In some instances, confirming the need for an investigation
took over 300 working days," according to the report. "Once
initiated, the majority of investigations examined [by the IG]
were open more than one year."

The findings "raise serious concerns about the process the
Department has employed to maintain a satisfactory confidence
level in the nuclear weapons stockpile."

The December 18 report is posted here:

http://www.ig.doe.gov/pdf/ig-0535.pdf

See also "Report Finds Shortcomings in Energy Dept. Arms
Testing" by Walter Pincus in the January 3 Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54073-2002Jan2.html


SOME REAGAN PAPERS RELEASED

Eight thousand pages of Reagan Administration papers were
unsealed January 3 out of 68,000 pages that are subject to the
Presidential Records Act.

The partial release came pursuant to a Bush Administration
executive order which imposes new restrictions on public access
to such records.

A detailed inventory of the new release is available here:

http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/p5inv010302.htm

Despite the release, "The legality of the [Bush] executive order
is still very much a live issue," according to Scott Nelson of
Public Citizen, who represents a coalition of historians and
public interest organizations that have filed suit to challenge
the Bush order. See:

http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=979


WHAT ABOUT THE CIA?

The terrorist attacks of September 11 clearly rank among the
biggest failures of U.S. intelligence.

Put another way, the events of September 11 are bound to hold
extraordinarily important lessons for every aspect of
intelligence, from structure and function to interagency
coordination to personnel, information dissemination, and so on.
The very definition of intelligence - its essential attributes
and whom it is supposed to serve - may be ripe for
reconsideration.

Yet the lessons of September 11 may go unlearned because of the
positive aversion in official Washington to asking the questions
about intelligence that need to be asked. An attempt to
establish a statutorily-based investigative commission was
recently derailed in the House of Representatives.

"The reason for drawing heightened attention to this single
greatest failure of American intelligence since Pearl Harbor is
that no official steps have so far been taken to find out how it
could have happened," writes Thomas Powers in the latest New
York Review of Books.

Powers presents the views of CIA's most ardent critics: "a vocal
group of former intelligence officers - mostly young, mostly
field officers from the Directorate of Operations, mostly
well-respected and destined for solid careers until they chose
to leave - who believe that the CIA is in steep decline."

But even those who disagree with those critics told Powers that
what ails the CIA cannot be remedied without a thorough and
officially sanctioned investigation.

See "The Trouble with the CIA" by Thomas Powers in the New York
Review of Books (17 January 2002) here:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/15109

Last month, Senators Joseph Lieberman and John McCain announced
their own initiative to establish an investigation of the events
of September 11.

"With the first stage of the war against terrorism now drawing
to a close," said Senator Lieberman on December 20, "and with
many perplexing questions still before us, we must now begin in
earnest the process of finding answers to how it happened."

Accordingly, Senators Lieberman and McCain introduced a pending
bill (S. 1867) to establish the "National Commission on
Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States." See:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2001_cr/s1867.html


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