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Secrecy News -- 05/20/05

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 10:20:00 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 12:12:36 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 05/20/05


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2005, Issue No. 48
May 20, 2005


**	FULL REPORT ON OVERSEAS BASES RESTORED TO WEB
**	NUCLEAR RESEARCH IN ALGERIA
**	US-RUSSIA MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING
**	COMBAT AIRCRAFT SALES TO SOUTH ASIA (CRS)


FULL REPORT ON OVERSEAS BASES RESTORED TO WEB

The full text of the report of the Overseas Basing Commission,
which was removed from a government web site after the
Department of Defense said it contained classified information,
is now available on the FAS web site.

The partial version of the report described in Secrecy News
yesterday included only 92 of the report's 262 pages, and lacked
several of the detailed appendices.

The full 262 page report was obtained from InsideDefense.com. It
is available (at the same URL given yesterday) here:

	http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/obc.pdf

According to press accounts, one of the disputed passages that
led the Pentagon to demand withdrawal of the report from the web
was a reference to ongoing negotiations over U.S. bases in
Bulgaria and Romania.

"While formal negotiations with either Bulgaria or Romania have
not yet been finalized, DOD has funded a small portion of the
costs to build facilities at these locations," the Commission
report stated on page M5. A footnote indicates that "exact
funding data is classified" and did not reveal such data, but
the Pentagon reportedly opposed any mention of the matter.

Official data on deployment of U.S. military personnel around
the world, including Bulgaria and Romania, may be found on a
Defense Department web site here:

http://www.dior.whs.mil/mmid/military/miltop.htm

"The just-released report of the Overseas Basing Commission is a
much bolder document than the highly praised 9/11 commission
report," according to one op-ed writer's assessment.

See "How Not to Move Troops" by Ralph Peters, New York Post, May
6, 2005:

 http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/43474.htm


NUCLEAR RESEARCH IN ALGERIA

A bibliography of research published by Algerian scientists on
nuclear physics, plasma physics, reactor safety and other
aspects of nuclear science and technology has recently been
prepared by researcher Mark Gorwitz, as part of his ongoing
bibliographical investigation into the spread of nuclear
knowledge.

See "Algerian Nuclear Science Bibliography," May 2005:

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/algeria/biblio.pdf

Algeria, once suspected by the U.S. of pursuing nuclear weapons
with Chinese aid, signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in
1995.


US-RUSSIA MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING

Several memoranda of understanding on arms control and bilateral
relations signed by the United States and the Russian Federation
during the past decade were released by the State Department
last month in response to a Freedom of Information Act request
from researcher Mike Ravnitzky.

"Memorandum of Understanding on Notifications of Missile
Launches," December 16, 2000 (partially excised):

http://www.fas.org/nuke/control/mou-launch.pdf

"Memorandum of Understanding on Warhead Attribution and Heavy
Bomber Data," January 3, 1993:

http://www.fas.org/nuke/control/mou-warhead.pdf

"Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Open Lands," June 17,
1992:

http://www.fas.org/nuke/control/mou-open.pdf


COMBAT AIRCRAFT SALES TO SOUTH ASIA (CRS)

A new report from the Congressional Research Service considers
the political, military and economic consequences of resuming
sales of combat aircraft to Pakistan and India, as the Bush
Administration has proposed.

"If completed, such sales would have implications for political-
military relations among the United States, Pakistan, and India;
for combat aircraft proliferation; and for the U.S. defense
industrial base."

See "Combat Aircraft Sales to South Asia: Potential
Implications," May 19, 2005:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RS22148.pdf



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