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Secrecy News -- 04/04/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 10:06:30 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2007 11:01:46 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/04/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 36
April 4, 2007

Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

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**	CIA BLOCKS BOOK ON CHINESE NUCLEAR WEAPONS
**	A SURVEY OF GEOSPATIAL DATA ON HAITI
**	A JASON STUDY ON LOS ALAMOS' DAHRT
**	DECLARATIONS OF WAR, AND MORE FROM CRS
**	IN MEMORIAM: GARY SELLERS


CIA BLOCKS BOOK ON CHINESE NUCLEAR WEAPONS

An eagerly awaited book on the history of the Chinese nuclear
weapons program will not be published due to objections from
the Central Intelligence Agency, which said it contains
classified information.

A federal court last week ruled that the CIA was within its
rights to block disclosure of 23 sections of a manuscript by
former Los Alamos intelligence specialist Danny B. Stillman,
who had brought a lawsuit asserting his First Amendment right
to publish the volume.

During the 1990s, Mr. Stillman traveled to China nine times,
including six trips that took place after his retirement in
1993. He visited nuclear weapons facilities and "engaged in
extensive discussions with Chinese scientists, government
officials, and nuclear weapons designers," resulting in a
506-page manuscript entitled "Inside China's Nuclear Weapons
Program."

Since he was a Los Alamos employee prior to retirement, and
maintained a security clearance thereafter, he submitted his
manuscript to the government for pre-publication review, as
required by the non-disclosure agreements that he had signed.

His book was written for publication and did not include
classified information, in the author's judgment.

Significantly, the Department of Energy, which has principal
classification authority over nuclear weapons design data,
concurred. After initial resistance, DOE gave its approval
for publication of the entire volume.

But the Central Intelligence Agency, DIA and DoD were opposed.

In a March 30 ruling, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the DC
District Court wrote that the non-disclosure agreements signed
by Mr. Stillman contain "incredibly broad language" with
regard to protection of classified information.

And upon review, the Court said it was persuaded that "the
government has properly classified the twenty-three passages
in Stillman's manuscript."

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/stillman033007.pdf

Since those passages constitute about 15% of the total
manuscript and include some of the most interesting and
valuable information that he gathered in his travels to China,
the author said he would not publish the remainder.


A SURVEY OF GEOSPATIAL DATA ON HAITI

A study performed recently for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture documented the search for geospatial information
-- satellite imagery, maps, aerial photography and other
records -- on Haiti.

In so doing, the authors provided a template and a guide to
accessing the wealth of worldwide geospatial data that is now
in the public domain. Detailed information on products and
sources is given.

See "Geospatial Data Availability for Haiti: An Aid in the
Development of GIS-Based Natural Resource Assessments for
Conservation Planning" by Maya Quinones, William Gould, and
Carlos D. Rodriguez-Pedraza, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
February 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/imint/haiti.pdf


A JASON STUDY ON LOS ALAMOS' DAHRT

The Dual Axis Radiographic Hydro-Test facility (DARHT) at Los
Alamos Laboratory was the subject of a technical assessment
from the mysterious JASON defense science advisory panel.

A copy of the October 2006 study, simply entitled "DAHRT," is
here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/jason/dahrt.pdf

It was first reported on April 1 in the Albuquerque Journal
by John Fleck, who also blogs at www.inkstain.net/fleck/.


DECLARATIONS OF WAR, AND MORE FROM CRS

Some recently updated reports from the Congressional Research
Service that have not been made readily available to the
public include the following.

"Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military
Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications," updated
March 8, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL31133.pdf

"The Iran Sanctions Act (ISA)," updated January 25, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS20871.pdf

"Homeland Security: Compendium of Recommendations Relevant to
House Committee Organization and Analysis of Considerations
for the House, and 109th and 110th Congresses Epilogue,"
updated March 2, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL32711.pdf

"Cuba: U.S. Restrictions on Travel and Remittances," updated
February 27, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL31139.pdf

"Kosovo and U.S. Policy," updated February 27, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL31053.pdf

"Industrial Competitiveness and Technological Advancement:
Debate Over Government Policy," updated March 19, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33528.pdf


IN MEMORIAM: GARY SELLERS

Gary Sellers, who was an attorney, a cherry farmer, a former
congressional aide, husband, father and many other things,
died last month in a car accident.

"He was very interested in openness in government," his wife
Sally Determan said, and so the family asked fellow mourners
to give donations to the FAS Project on Government Secrecy in
lieu of flowers.

One of the first "Nader's Raiders" who supported Ralph Nader's
consumer advocacy campaigns in the late 1960s, Sellers pleaded
with Nader unsuccessfully in 2000 not to campaign against Al
Gore in battleground states, the Washington Post noted in a
March 24 obituary.

As a congressional staffer and attorney, he was instrumental in
the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) and in the development of miner safety
laws.

"Millions of American workers who will never know his name are
safer today because of Gary Sellers," said one colleague.

A crowded March 30 memorial service for Mr. Sellers at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington contained much more
laughter than might have been expected, but not any fewer
tears.

Mr. Sellers was known to be generous to friends and strangers.

"At the end of the season, he always gave away what was left of
his [cherry] crop," the Rappahannock News reported on March
14.

Now his family and friends are expressing their own generosity
with donations to the FAS Project on Government Secrecy to
help promote open government in his memory. And that's what
we're going to do.




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