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Secrecy News -- 04/11/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 15:07:48 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 16:17:00 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/11/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 39
April 11, 2007

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**	VISUAL AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION (FOUO)
**	CIA PERSONNEL REGULATIONS DISCLOSED
**	IN MEMORIAM: PAUL LEVENTHAL, JOHN W. LEONARD


VISUAL AIRCRAFT RECOGNITION (FOUO)


More than 160 U.S. and foreign military aircraft are catalogued
in a U.S. Army manual which describes their distinctive physical
characteristics in order to permit visual identification of the
aircraft in flight.

The manual is nominally a restricted document, marked "for
official use only," and it has not been approved for public
release. But a copy was obtained by Secrecy News.

Proper identification of aircraft is obviously a matter of
military significance.

Incorrectly identifying a friendly aircraft (such as an F-15
Eagle) as an enemy aircraft (such as a MiG-29 Fulcrum) in
wartime "could cause fratricide," meaning the destruction of
friendly aircraft, the manual states.

Conversely, incorrectly identifying an enemy aircraft (a Su-24
Fencer) as a friendly one (such as a Tornado) "might allow a
hostile aircraft entry into, or safe passage through, the
defended area."

On the other hand, mistaking one type of hostile aircraft (a Su-
17 Fitter) for another type of hostile aircraft (a MiG-21
Fishbed) would generally have "no impact" -- except "if friendly
countries were flying some aircraft types that are normally
considered hostile."

Likewise, mistaking one type of friendly aircraft (an F-4
Phantom) for another (an A-4 Skyhawk) would normally not be a
great problem unless "a hostile country was using an aircraft
type that is normally considered friendly."

The manual covers both well-known and relatively obscure
systems, but does not include classified aircraft.

Although an earlier edition of the manual was published without
access restrictions, the current edition (2006) was not approved
for public release.

But as the government imposes publication restrictions on an
ever larger set of records, the control system seems to be
breaking down at the margins, permitting unauthorized access
with increasing frequency.

In this case, contrary to the restriction notice on the title
page, the document does not reveal sensitive "technical or
operational information."

See "Visual Aircraft Recognition," U.S. Army Field Manual FM 3-
01.80, January 2006 (413 pages in a very large 28 MB PDF file):

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm3-01-80.pdf


CIA PERSONNEL REGULATIONS DISCLOSED

The Central Intelligence Agency has released three of its
internal personnel regulations in redacted form as part of a
defense against charges that it improperly dismissed a former
undercover contract employee.

A 2002 regulation signed by then-DCI George Tenet established
the CIA Personnel Evaluation Board, which is "the primary
mechanism for reviewing employee suitability and security cases
that may result in the imposition of serious discipline,
termination of employment, or revocation of security
clearances."

http://www.fas.org/irp/cia/peb.pdf

The "circumstances under which Agency employment may be
terminated" are described in another 2002 regulation.

http://www.fas.org/irp/cia/term.pdf

The role of "contract employees" -- which are not the same as
"contractors" -- is described in a third redacted CIA
regulation.

http://www.fas.org/irp/cia/contract.pdf

The regulations were disclosed by CIA in response to a lawsuit
filed by "Peter B.," a covert contract employee who alleged that
he was wrongly terminated and was subjected to unlawful
retaliation by the CIA.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/peterb011207.pdf

The CIA replied that the CIA Director "has discretion to
terminate a person employed by the CIA for any reason and the
decision is not subject to review."

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/peterb032607.pdf

The newly disclosed CIA personnel regulations were characterized
in a declaration by CIA information review officer Linda Dove.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/peterb-dove.pdf


IN MEMORIAM: PAUL LEVENTHAL, JOHN W. LEONARD

Almost every day brings forceful reminders of the transience of
all human endeavors, challenging us to consider our own
mortality and to act with compassion, if we can.

Paul Leventhal, a tireless advocate for the cause of nuclear
non-proliferation, died this week of cancer. As president of the
public interest Nuclear Control Institute, he was a relentless
critic of nuclear policy, a font of new ideas, and a mentor to a
generation of younger activists. He is remembered
here:

http://www.nci.org/news.htm#paul-leventhal-died-today-at-age-69

John William Leonard, who also died this week at age 30, was the
son of Bill Leonard, the respected director of the Information
Security Oversight Office. "He was more than a good son, he was
a good man," said an obituary notice in the Washington Post
today (4/11/07, page B8). The notice stated that charitable
contributions may be made to the John William Leonard Memorial
Fund, c/o Bank of America, 28250 Three Notch Road,
Mechanicsville, MD 20659.



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