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Secrecy News -- 01/03/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2007 14:18:41 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2007 16:52:08 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 01/03/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 1
January 3, 2007

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**	WIKILEAKS AND UNTRACEABLE DOCUMENT DISCLOSURE
**	DSS VIEWS FOREIGN COLLECTION OF U.S. TECHNOLOGY
**	VARIOUS RESOURCES


WIKILEAKS AND UNTRACEABLE DOCUMENT DISCLOSURE

A new internet initiative called Wikileaks seeks to promote good
government and democratization by enabling anonymous disclosure
and publication of confidential government records.

"WikiLeaks is developing an uncensorable version of WikiPedia
for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis," according
to the project web site.

"Our primary targets are highly oppressive regimes in China,
Russia, central eurasia, the middle east and sub-saharan Africa,
but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who
wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and
corporations."

"A system [that] enables everyone to leak safely to a ready
audience is the most cost effective means of promoting good
government -- in health and medicine, in food supply, in human
rights, in arms control and democratic institutions."

Wikileaks says that it has already acquired over one million
documents that it is now preparing for publication.

The project web site is not yet fully "live." But an initial
offering -- a document purportedly authored by Sheikh Hassan
Dahir Aweys of Somalia's radical Islamic Courts Union -- is
posted in a zipped file here:

http://www.wikileaks.org/som.zip

An analysis of the document's authenticity and implications is
posted here:

http://www.wikileaks.org/inside_somalia_v9.html

Wikileaks invited Secrecy News to serve on its advisory board.
We explained that we do not favor automated or indiscriminate
publication of confidential records.

In the absence of accountable editorial oversight, publication
can more easily become an act of aggression or an incitement to
violence, not to mention an invasion of privacy or an offense
against good taste.

So we disagree on first principles? No problem, replied
Wikileaks:

"Advisory positions are just that -- advisory! If you want to
advise us to censor, then by all means do so."

See Wikileaks here:

http://www.wikileaks.org

While Wikileaks seeks to make unauthorized disclosures
technologically immune to government control, an opposing school
of thought proposes to expand U.S. government authority to seize
control of information that is already in the public domain when
its continued availability is deemed unacceptably dangerous.

"Although existing authorities do not directly address the
subject, it appears that reasonable restrictions upon the
possession and dissemination of catastrophically dangerous
information can be constitutionally implemented," suggests
Stewart Harris of the Appalachian School of Law.

See "Restrictions are justifiable," National Law Journal,
December 11,
2006:

http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1165501509178


DSS VIEWS FOREIGN COLLECTION OF U.S. TECHNOLOGY

Foreign efforts to gather information on defense-related U.S.
technologies are characterized in a 2006 report by the Defense
Security Service (DSS) Counterintelligence Office.

"In 2005, DSS identified 106 countries associated with
suspicious activities based on U.S. cleared defense industry
reporting, up from 90 countries in 2004."

Information systems, lasers, sensors and aeronautics were among
the technology areas most frequently targeted by foreign
intelligence.

The unclassified DSS report is posted on the DSS web site, but
is password-protected to block public access. A copy was
obtained by Secrecy News.

See "Technology Collection Trends in the U.S. Defense Industry,"
Defense Security Service, June 2006 (33 pages, 2.5 MB PDF):

http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/2006trends.pdf

The report was first reported by Bill Gertz in the Washington
Times today. See his "Foreign spy activity surges to fill
technology gap":

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20070102-111005-9819r.htm


VARIOUS RESOURCES

The State Department today invited public comment on its
proposed revision of regulations on the control of classified
national security information. See this January 3 Federal
Register notice:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/01/fr010307.html

The People's Republic of China published a new edition of its
annual White Paper on national defense on December 29. Boasting
of increased transparency, the document features a new section
on defense expenditures. See "China's National Defense in 2006":

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/china/doctrine/wp2006.html

A comprehensive overview of records management in the U.S. Army
is presented in "Guide to Recordkeeping in the Army," Pamphlet
25-403, December 20, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/pam25-403.pdf

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently provided over 100
pages of answers to Senate questions for the record from a May
2, 2006 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI Oversight. The
responses on diverse topics concerning FBI operations were
completed in July, but were only cleared for release to Congress
on November 30, and were recently published in a Committee
hearing volume. See the FBI responses here (147 pages, 7 MB
PDF):

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_hr/fbi-qfr.pdf




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