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Secrecy News -- 01/09/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 15:49:26 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 09:07:47 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 01/09/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 3
January 9, 2007

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**	AUTOMATIC DECLASSIFICATION: DID ANYTHING HAPPEN?
**	NRO RELEASES UNCLASSIFIED BUDGET DOC
**	NEW BILLS IN CONGRESS
**	DOE MANUAL ON IDENTIFYING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
**	SELECTED CRS REPORTS


AUTOMATIC DECLASSIFICATION: DID ANYTHING HAPPEN?

The December 31, 2006 deadline for automatic declassification of
historically valuable 25 year old classified records has come
and gone. Was anything automatically declassified?

Yes, said Bill Leonard, director of the Information Security
Oversight Office.

"Hundreds of millions of pages of records were automatically
declassified at the FBI alone," he said yesterday. Numerous
other records were also declassified at some other executive
branch agencies.

But he stressed that automatic declassification did not mean
disclosure or immediate availability.

Declassified documents may still need to be reviewed for exempt
material other than classified information (such as privacy
data), and will need to be processed for public access.

Even so, public access to the records should be expedited by the
elimination of a classification review requirement, Mr. Leonard
said. And the deadline will continue to take new effect as more
documents become 25 years old with each passing year.


NRO RELEASES UNCLASSIFIED BUDGET DOC

In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the
National Reconnaissance Office last week released to the
Federation of American Scientists the unclassified portions of
the NRO Congressional Budget Justification Book for Fiscal Year
2006.

"You have joined a very exclusive club of people who not only
win FOIA cases but actually get some documents as a result,"
wrote Harry Hammitt, editor of the newsletter Access Reports
(www.accessreports.com).

The two-volume, 582-page document was almost entirely blacked on
national security classification grounds. But a few substantive
narrative portions were released (and will be posted once our
scanner is fixed).

Perhaps more important, the lawsuit successfully countered the
claim that such records can be excluded from FOIA processing by
designating them as "operational files."

See "Watchdog wins release of National Reconnaissance Office
documents" by Daniel Friedman, Federal Times, January 9:

http://federaltimes.com/index.php?S=2468310


NEW BILLS IN CONGRESS

Several noteworthy pieces of legislation on intelligence and
national security have already been introduced (or in some cases
re-introduced) in the new Congress, including these.

A Resolution to Enhance Intelligence Oversight (H.Res. 35) by
Rep. Obey, January 5:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/hres35.html

Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007
(H.R. 1), January 5:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/hr1.html

NSA Oversight Act (H.R. 11), introduced by Reps. Schiff and
Flake, January 4:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/hr11.pdf

Introduction of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Oversight
and Resource Enhancement Act (S. 187) by Sen. Specter, January
4:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/s187.html

Introduction of the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 (S.
185), by Sens. Specter and Leahy, January 4:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/s185.html

Introduction of the Intelligence Community Audit Act of 2007
(S.82), by Sen. Akaka, January 4:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/s82.html


DOE MANUAL ON IDENTIFYING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

The Department of Energy has published a new draft manual to
help authorized personnel identify information that is
classified by executive order or under the Atomic Energy Act.

See "Manual for Identifying Classified Information," DOE M
475.1-1B, published January 8, 2007 (1.3 MB PDF):

http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/doe/m4751-1b.pdf


SELECTED CRS REPORTS

Some recent reports of the Congressional Research Service that
are not readily available in the public domain include the
following.

"Department of Homeland Security Grants to State and Local
Governments: FY2003 to FY2006," December 22, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL33770.pdf

"International Crises and Disasters: U.S. Humanitarian
Assistance, Budget Trends, and Issues for Congress," December
21, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33769.pdf

"Cuba: Issues for the 109th Congress," updated December 19,
2006:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32730.pdf

"Russian Natural Gas: Regional Dependence," January 5, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22562.pdf

"Islam: Sunnis and Shiites," updated December 11, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS21745.pdf



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