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Secrecy News -- 01/11/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 13:48:39 -0500 (EST)
Fwd Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 19:39:52 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 01/11/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 4
January 11, 2007

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**	REPORT: MILITARIZATION OF U.S. EMBASSIES AROUSES SUSPICION
**	NEW LEGISLATION AND CONGRESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS
**	NRO BUDGET BOOK FOR FY 2006 (REDACTED)
**	DOD DOCTRINE ON RECOVERING CAPTURED MILITARY PERSONNEL
**	MORE FROM CRS


REPORT: MILITARIZATION OF U.S. EMBASSIES AROUSES SUSPICION

The growing military presence at U.S. embassies abroad is
arousing suspicion among some foreign officials and producing
friction between civilian foreign service officers and military
personnel, according to a new staff report from the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee.

"There is evidence that some host countries are questioning the
increasingly military component of America's profile overseas,"
the report found. "Some foreign officials question what appears
to them as a new emphasis by the United States on military
approaches to problems that are not seen as lending themselves
to military solutions."

"For the most part, ambassadors welcome the additional resources
that the military brings and they see strong military-to-
military ties as an important ingredient in a strong bilateral
relationship. Nonetheless, State and USAID personnel often
question the purposes, quantity, and quality of the expanded
military activities in-country."

"One ambassador lamented that his effectiveness in representing
the United States to foreign officials was beginning to wane, as
more resources are directed to special operations forces and
intelligence. Foreign officials are 'following the money' in
terms of determining which relationships to emphasize, he
reported."

"Left unclear, blurred lines of authority between the State
Department and the Defense Department could lead to interagency
turf wars that undermine the effectiveness of the overall U.S.
effort against terrorism. It is in the embassies rather than in
Washington where interagency differences on strategies, tactics
and divisions of labor are increasingly adjudicated."

See "Embassies as Command Posts in the Anti-Terror Campaign,"
Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff report, December 15,
2006:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_rpt/embassies.html


NEW LEGISLATION AND CONGRESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

A recent Presidential signing statement on the Postal Reform Act
"has resulted in considerable confusion and widespread concern
about the President's commitment to abide by the basic privacy
protections afforded sealed domestic mail," said Sen. Susan
Collins (R-Maine). "For some, it raised the specter of the
Government unlawfully monitoring our mail in the name of
national security."

To mitigate such concerns, Senator Collins yesterday introduced
a proposed resolution to "reaffirm the fundamental
constitutional and statutory protections accorded sealed
domestic mail." See:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/sres22.html

The Federal Agency Data Mining Reporting Act of 2007 was
introduced by Senators Russ Feingold (D-Wisc) and John Sununu
(R-NH) to require agencies to report to Congress on their data
mining activities. See:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/s236.html

The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded its review of the
ABLE DANGER program with a letter report finding that, contrary
to claims advanced by former Rep. Curt Weldon and others, the
program "never produced a chart with Mohammed Atta's photograph
or name prior to the 9/11 attacks." See:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_rpt/abledanger.pdf

There are still "unanswered questions" about former national
security advisor Samuel R. Berger's unauthorized removal of
classified records from the National Archives, according to a
House Government Oversight Committee minority staff report. See
"Sandy Berger's Theft of Classified Documents: Unanswered
Questions," January 9, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_rpt/berger.pdf

"Catching Terrorists: The British System versus the U.S. System"
was the subject of a September 14, 2006 hearing of a Senate
Appropriations Committee subcommittee hearing. See:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_hr/british.html


NRO BUDGET BOOK FOR FY 2006 (REDACTED)

A redacted version of the National Reconnaissance Office
Congressional Budget Justification Book for Fiscal Year 2006 was
released to the Federation of American Scientists last week in
response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and in
compliance with a court order.

The more intelligible portions of the document are now posted
here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/nro/fy2006cbjb.pdf

Jargon-heavy and formulaic, the redacted volume will
nevertheless be of interest to close students of the NRO.

"The NRO develops and operates unique and innovative space
reconnaissance systems and conducts intelligence related
activities essential for U.S. national security."


DOD DOCTRINE ON RECOVERING CAPTURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

The recovery of American personnel who are lost or captured in
the course of military operations abroad is the subject of a new
Department of Defense doctrinal publication.

"The President of the United States can choose to exercise
military, diplomatic, or civil options, or a combination
thereof, to recover isolated personnel" and each of these
options has been utilized over the past two decades, the report
notes.

The practices and procedures for locating missing personnel and
for planning and executing their recovery are discussed.

See "Personnel Recovery," Joint Publication 3-50, January 5,
2007 (283 pages, 2.5 MB PDF):

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3_50.pdf


MORE FROM CRS

Some recent products of the Congressional Research Service
obtained by Secrecy News and not readily available in the public
domain include the following:

"Maritime Security: Potential Terrorist Attacks and Protection
Priorities," January 9, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL33787.pdf

"The Protection of Classified Information: The Legal Framework,"
updated December 21, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RS21900.pdf

"Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004: 'Lone
Wolf' Amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,"
updated December 19, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RS22011.pdf


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