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Secrecy News -- 07/25/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 10:00:01 -0400
Archived: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 12:54:59 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 07/25/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2004, Issue No. 76
July 25, 2007


**	CRS VIEWS CONGRESS'S CONTEMPT POWER
**	CRS REPORTS ON VARIOUS TOPICS
**	COMBATING WAR PROFITEERING

CRS VIEWS CONGRESS'S CONTEMPT POWER

A major new report from the Congressional Research Service
provides a detailed account of Congress's contempt power,
including the use of contempt proceedings to coerce compliance
with congressional demands for information or testimony and to
punish non-compliance.

"This report examines the source of the contempt power, reviews
the historical development of the early case law, outlines the
statutory and common law basis for Congress's contempt power,
and analyzes the procedures associated with each of the three
different types of contempt proceedings. In addition, the report
discusses limitations both nonconstitutional and
constitutionally based on the power."

The 68-page report also examines the Justice Department position
that "Congress cannot, as a matter of statutory or
constitutional law, invoke either its inherent contempt
authority or the criminal contempt of Congress procedures
against an executive branch official acting on instructions by
the President to assert executive privilege in response to a
congressional subpoena."

See "Congress's Contempt Power: Law, History, Practice, and
Procedure," July 24, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34097.pdf


CRS REPORTS ON VARIOUS TOPICS

Recently updated reports of the Congressional Research Service
that have not been made readily available to the public include
these.

"Supreme Court Appointment Process: Roles of the President,
Judiciary Committee, and Senate," updated June 25, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL31989.pdf

"U.S.-Japan Economic Relations: Significance, Prospects, and
Policy Options," updated July 9, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32649.pdf

"Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program: Oversight Issues and
Options for Congress," updated June 11, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL33741.pdf

"U.S. Army and Marine Corps Equipment Requirements: Background
and Issues for Congress," updated June 15, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL33757.pdf

"Pakistan: Significant Recent Events, March 26 - June 21, 2007,"
July 6, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34075.pdf

"Ballistic Missile Defense: Historical Overview," updated July
9, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RS22120.pdf


COMBATING WAR PROFITEERING

The U.S. Senate is placing increased emphasis on exposing
corruption and profiteering in military contracting in Iraq.

Last week, Sen. James Webb (D-VA) introduced a bill with twenty
co-sponsors that would establish a Commission on Wartime
Contracting to investigate fraud and abuse in government
contracts, including intelligence contracts, in Operation Iraqi
Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/s1825.html

"We are outsourcing this war in ways we've never seen," said
Sen. Webb. "Defrauding the government of millions of taxpayer
dollars should not be considered 'the cost of doing business'."

There are now more contractors (180,000) than military personnel
(156, 247) in Iraq, according to a July 18 news release from
Sen. Webb.  A list of companies contracted in support of
Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom does not exist, it said.
 Nor has information on how much the government is paying
contractors been made available.

http://webb.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=279253&

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on "war
profiteering," the record of which has just been published.  See
"Combating War Profiteering: Are We Doing Enough to Investigate
and Prosecute Contracting Fraud and Abuse in Iraq?," March 20,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_hr/warprofit.html



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