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Secrecy News -- 02/22/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 14:51:09 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 16:23:20 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 02/22/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 21
February 22, 2007

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

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**	GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO PHONE RECORDS, AND MORE FROM CRS
**	VARIOUS RESOURCES


GOVERNMENT ACCESS TO PHONE RECORDS, AND MORE FROM CRS

The statutes that enable the government to gain legal access to
telephone records, whether for law enforcement or intelligence
purposes, are examined in a newly updated report from the
Congressional Research Service.

The report also discusses prohibitions on access to, or disclosure
of, such records, along with exceptions to the prohibitions.

See "Government Access to Phone Calling Activity and Related Records:
Legal Authorities," updated January 25, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RL33424.pdf

Some other notable CRS products obtained by Secrecy News that are not
readily available in the public domain include these:

"Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia: Security Issues and Implications
for U.S. Interests," updated February 1, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL30679.pdf

"Vienna Convention on Consular Relations: Overview of U.S.
Implementation and International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Interpretation of Consular Notification Requirements," May 17, 2004:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32390.pdf

"Pipeline Safety and Security: Federal Programs," updated January 25,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL33347.pdf

"Russian Political, Economic, and Security Issues and U.S.
Interests," updated January 18, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33407.pdf

"Terrorist Capabilities for Cyberattack: Overview and Policy
Issues," updated January 22, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL33123.pdf


VARIOUS RESOURCES

A new study by the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government says
that federal agencies have made little progress in improving their
Freedom of Information Act programs, despite a year-old executive
order directing them to become more requester friendly. See:

http://www.cjog.net/documents/CX__FOIA_report_Part_1.pdf

The JASON defense science advisory panel released a slightly revised
unclassified summary of its classified study on nuclear weapon pit
lifetimes which concluded that most nuclear weapons primaries have
"credible minimum lifetimes in excess of 100 years as regards aging
of plutonium." See "Pit Lifetime," January 11, 2007:

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

In a careful review of the Zapruder film of the assassination of
President Kennedy, Max Holland and Johann Rush propose a new way of
understanding what the film does and does not reveal. See "1963: 11
Seconds in Dallas":

http://hnn.us/articles/35445.html

PBS Frontline has been running an exceptionally interesting series
called "Newswar" on current conflicts between government and the
press, with an episode this week that focused on government secrecy.
A website associated with the series includes transcribed
interviews with dozens of national security and journalistic
luminaries, and with me.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/newswar/interviews/



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