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Secrecy News -- 04/06/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2007 10:53:26 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2007 07:57:31 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/06/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 38
April 6, 2007

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**	ARMY SEES GAP IN JURISDICTION OVER MIL CONTRACTORS
**	1967 HEARINGS OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMM
**	HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN IRAQ, AND MORE FROM CRS


ARMY SEES GAP IN JURISDICTION OVER MIL CONTRACTORS

Contractors accompanying U.S. military forces in Iraq or
elsewhere who commit crimes may be beyond the reach of law
enforcement, a recent Army publication warns, because the
Defense Department has not yet updated its regulations to
conform to a Congressional mandate, resulting in a "gap" in
legal jurisdiction.

"In November 2006, Congress expanded UCMJ [Uniform Code of
Military Justice] authority over contractor personnel authorized
to accompany the force. However, as of February 2007, DOD has
provided no implementation guidance for this change in law."

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/army/contractors-p31.pdf

As of mid-March, there was still no such implementation
guidance.

"The liability and accountability of contractor personnel in
most cases is already provided for in U.S. law, international
agreements, conventions, treaties, and Status of Forces
Agreements."

"However, in some cases a gap may emerge where the contractor
personnel are not subject to the UCMJ (only in time of declared
war) and the contractor commits an offense in an area that is
not subject to the jurisdiction of an allied government (for
example, an offense committed in enemy territory)."

"In such cases, the contractor's crime may go unpunished unless
other federal laws, such as the military extraterritorial
jurisdiction act (MEJA) or the war crimes act (WCA) apply, or
the contractor is otherwise subject to the UCMJ (for example, a
military retiree)."

See "Contractors Accompanying the Force - Training Support
Package," 12 March 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/army/contractors.pdf

and related explanatory material:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/army/contractors2.pdf


1967 HEARINGS OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMM

Declassified transcripts of dozens of closed hearings of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1967 have now been
published.

The hearings feature testimony by Director of Central
Intelligence Richard Helms and other Johnson Administration
officials on Soviet nuclear weapons policy, anti-ballistic
missiles, Vietnam, the Middle East, and other topics of
contemporary concern.

See "Executive Sessions of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee Together with Joint Sessions with the Senate Armed
Services Committee (Historical Series)," Volume XIX, 1967, made
public in 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_hr/1967executive.html


HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN IRAQ, AND MORE FROM CRS

"The humanitarian crisis many feared would take place in March
2003 as a result of the war in Iraq appears to be unfolding,"
says a new report from the Congressional Research Service.

"It is estimated that in total (including those displaced prior
to the war) there may be two million Iraqi refugees who have
fled to Jordan, Syria, and other neighboring states, and
approximately two million Iraqis who have been displaced within
Iraq itself."

See "Iraqi Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: A
Deepening Humanitarian Crisis?," March 23, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33936.pdf

Another Congressional Research Service report provides a
detailed examination of the pending defense supplemental
appropriations bills, which include congressional direction on
redeployment or withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

See "FY2007 Supplemental Appropriations for Defense, Foreign
Affairs, and Other Purposes," updated March 28, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33900.pdf

Other recent CRS products which have not been made readily
available to the public include the following.

"V-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft," updated March 13, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL31384.pdf

"U.S. Assistance to the Former Soviet Union," updated March 1,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32866.pdf

"Nuclear Power: Outlook for New U.S. Reactors," updated March 9,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33442.pdf

"Military Medical Care: Questions and Answers," updated March 7,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33537.pdf

"Military Construction, Military Quality of Life and Veterans
Affairs: FY2007 Appropriations," updated March 6, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33427.pdf

"U.S. International HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
Spending: FY2004-FY2008," updated March 6, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33485.pdf



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