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Secrecy News -- 06/05/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 14:00:01 -0400
Fwd Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 15:17:36 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 06/05/07



SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 58
June 5, 2007

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**	ODNI DOCUMENT SUGGESTS A LARGER INTELLIGENCE BUDGET
**	ODNI FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT POLICY
**	LETTERS ON SCOOTER LIBBY RELEASED BY COURT


ODNI DOCUMENT SUGGESTS A LARGER INTELLIGENCE BUDGET

Classified budget numbers concealed in an unclassified
PowerPoint document suggest that total U.S. intelligence
spending is significantly larger than generally assumed, perhaps
around $60 billion annually.

The briefing document, prepared by Terri Everett of the Office
of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), was first
obtained by Tim Shorrock of Salon, who wrote a probing account
of the growing prominence of contractors in U.S. intelligence
agencies, who now consume 70% of the total intelligence
community budget.  See "The corporate takeover of U.S.
intelligence," Salon, June 1, 2007:

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/06/01/intel_contractors/

Annual intelligence contract awards were illustrated in a bar
chart in Ms. Everett's briefing document, without dollar figures
attached.  But by using the edit function in Power Point, it is
possible to discern the classified figures that were used to
prepare the bar chart.

R.J. Hillhouse, an author and former intelligence officer who
writes on intelligence and outsourcing, explained how to
retrieve the concealed data in her blog The Spy Who Billed Me.
 See "Office of Nation's Top Spy Inadvertently Reveals Key to
Classified National Intel Budget," June 3:

http://www.thespywhobilledme.com/the_spy_who_billed_me/

The data appear to indicate that $42 billion was awarded to
contractors in FY 2005.  If so, and if that represented 70% of
the total budget, as stated in the preceding Power Point slide,
it would follow that the total is $60 billion, rather than the
$45 or $48 billion usually cited.

Intelligence officials were not available to comment on the
disclosure, and a certain amount of deliberate obfuscation
surrounds the subject such that it is hard to draw a firm
numerical conclusion regarding overall spending.  The new budget
figures on contractor awards do not distinguish, for example,
between "national" and military or tactical intelligence, nor is
it clear whether they account for supplemental appropriations.

The Everett briefing document, which had been publicly available
on the Defense Intelligence Agency web site, was withdrawn
yesterday.  But a copy has been posted here (see slide 11):

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/everett.ppt


ODNI FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT POLICY

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has issued a
proposed regulation for public comment on implementation of the
Freedom of Information Act.

"The proposed regulations address all aspects of FOIA
processing, including how and where to submit FOIA requests,
fees for record services, procedures for handling business
information, requests for expedited processing and the right to
appeal denials of information," according to the notice
published in the June 4 Federal Register.  See:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/06/fr060407.html

The ODNI FOIA case log, listing the subjects of all FOIA
requests submitted to the ODNI through April 2007, is available
here (courtesy of James Klotz and Michael Ravnitzky):

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/foia2007.pdf

Naturally, the fact that an item was requested does not
necessarily mean that it will be released.


LETTERS ON SCOOTER LIBBY RELEASED BY COURT

Letters sent to Judge Reggie B. Walton regarding the sentencing
of vice presidential aide Lewis I. "Scooter" Libby, who was
convicted of obstruction of justice, were released by the court
today.  Several of them touched on matters of secrecy and
national security policy.

"If there is anyone who fully understands our 'system' for
protecting classified information, I have yet to meet him,"
wrote John R. Bolton, former ambassador to the United Nations,
implying that infractions of classification rules are to be
expected.

Former CIA officer Fritz Ermarth recalled that Mr. Libby had
assisted him "in a matter, although less grave, somewhat similar
to that which put him on trial.  It concerned official secrecy
and classification, its definition and interpretation, varying
recollections of who behaved how with respect to it, and aspects
of abuse by authorities."

"Mr. Libby has done more to enable the United States to address
the challenges of bioterrorism than any other single person,"
ventured Seth Carus of National Defense University.

"Scooter worried that liberties restricted during times of
danger do not always get restored when the danger passes," wrote
Doug Feith, the controversial former Pentagon official.  "A
major part of the terrorist threat, he and I agreed, was the
danger that a series of 9/11-type attacks could fundamentally
alter -- perhaps permanently -- the state of civil liberties in
America."

Somewhat ironically, Mr. Libby once undertook "to persuade a
newspaper not to publish information that would have endangered
the life of a covert CIA agent working overseas," wrote former
deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz.  "Late into the
evening, long after most others had left the matter to be dealt
with the next day, Mr. Libby worked to collect the information
that was needed to persuade the editor not to run the story."

Most of the letters favor clemency for Mr. Libby.  Many of them
are poignant and heartfelt.  Quite a few others are pompous and
self-aggrandizing.  An angry minority demand the maximum
possible sentence.

The full set of letters in alphabetical order by author may be
found here (373 pages in an 18 MB PDF file):

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/libby/letters.pdf

Mr. Libby was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and
fined $250,000.



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