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Secrecy News -- 01/10/02

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood@fas.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 10:42:59 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 15:05:39 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 01/10/02


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2002, Issue No. 4
January 10, 2002


**	NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW MAY NOT COMPLY WITH LAW
**	BILL WOULD BAN SPACE-BASED MIND CONTROL WEAPONS


NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW MAY NOT COMPLY WITH LAW

Contrary to an explicit legal requirement, the Pentagon has
still not produced an unclassified report on its Nuclear Posture
Review (NPR), which defines the role of nuclear weapons in U.S.
military strategy.

The Pentagon held a press briefing yesterday outlining the
conclusions of the Review, and released a three-page Foreword
from the otherwise classified report.

But, as noted by analyst David Isenberg and others, the FY 2001
Defense Authorization Act specifically directed that a report on
the Review be submitted in December 2001 "in unclassified and
classified forms as necessary."  See the statutory language
here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2000/npr.html

"It's hard to have any kind of public discussion or debate about
the issue until there's an unclassified version," Sen. Jeff
Bingaman (D-NM) told the Albuquerque Journal last week.  See
"Nuke Weapons Policy Still Secret" by John Fleck from the
January 5 Journal here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2002/01/aj010502.html

The January 9 Pentagon press briefing was a welcome, if not
quite satisfactory, occasion for government officials to be
questioned about U.S. nuclear policy, a topic that remains
largely shrouded in official secrecy.  See the transcript of the
briefing here:

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

In a briefing slide describing the Congressional mandate to
conduct the Nuclear Posture Review, the Pentagon stated that a
"written report" was required, but neglected to note that it was
required in "unclassified form."  See:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2002/01/020109-D-6570C-004.jpg

The unclassified Foreword to the classified NPR report is posted
here:

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

Whether this Foreword, which merely presents "a summary of the
highlights" of the report, satisfies the requirement for an
unclassified report will ultimately be for Congress to decide
after it returns on January 23.

Secretary Rumsfeld said last week that he had requested
preparation of a declassified version of the NPR report, but it
remained unclear whether or when that would be accomplished.


BILL WOULD BAN SPACE-BASED MIND CONTROL WEAPONS

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced a bill in the House of
Representatives late last year that would ban weapons in space.
But while there have been many similar legislative initiatives
in the past, Rep. Kucinich's bill is distinguished by its
unusually expansive definition of "weapons."

Among the weapons that it would proscribe the new measure
includes "psychotronic" devices that are "directed at individual
persons or targeted populations for the purpose of ... mood
management, or mind control."

No explanation for this peculiar proposal was immediately
available. But the text of "The Space Preservation Act of 2001"
(H.R. 2977), introduced on October 2, may be found here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2001/hr2977.html

The Kucinich bill was hailed by Citizens Against Human Rights
Abuse, one of a number of organizations of people who say they
are victims of government experimentation involving
electromagnetic and other psychotronic weapons.  See their web
site here:

http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~welsh/

The bill has been referred to three House Committees.


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