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Secrecy News -- 06/07/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2007 13:00:02 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2007 07:15:43 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 06/07/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 59
June 7, 2007

Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

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**	NRO RELEASES COMPENDIUM OF DECLASSIFIED DATA
**	NSA REPORTS HUGE GROWTH IN CONTRACTOR BASE
**	CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATIONS ON DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE
**	THE "PROBLEMATIC" DEFENSE ACQUISITION STRUCTURE


NRO RELEASES COMPENDIUM OF DECLASSIFIED DATA

The National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. intelligence agency
that builds and operates spy satellites, has released a redacted
version of its declassification guide for review of historical
records that also provides a unique overview of the agency.

Although the primary purpose of the document is to assist
official reviewers in the declassification process, it also
serves as an authoritative compendium of declassified data
regarding the NRO, which was established in 1961 and publicly
acknowledged in 1992.

From organizational history to satellite programs to agency
products and capabilities, the declassification guide itemizes
the various "facts" in each category that are now declassified.

Valuable appendices identify key individual participants in the
National Reconnaissance Program and provide a glossary of code
words. Excerpting at random:

"The term 'Area 58' [may be released] when limited to the
context of a very general association with the NRO, intelligence
activities, imagery intelligence, or satellite reconnaissance
but not revealing any geographic location information."

"EVEN STEVEN" is "the code word associated with 29 U-2 flights
in 1970 that overflew the Suez Canal ceasefire zone between
Israel and Egypt."

"ECI" stands for "Exceptionally Controlled Information," which
is "an NSA administrative COMINT flag."

The document was declassified and released in response to a
Freedom of Information Act request from researcher Michael
Ravnitzky, who kindly provided a copy to Secrecy News.

See "National Reconnaissance Office Review and Redaction Guide
for Automatic Declassification of 25-Year-Old Information," 2006
edition (165 pages, 6.5 MB PDF file):

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


NSA REPORTS HUGE GROWTH IN CONTRACTOR BASE

The industrial base of contractors in industry seeking to do
business with the National Security Agency has mushroomed in
recent years, according to an NSA acquisition official.

In 2001, only 140 contractors were eligible to compete for NSA
contracts. Today, there are six thousand such contractors, said
Deborah Walker of the NSA. She spoke at a contractor conference
sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency last month.

The number of contractor facilities cleared by the NSA has grown
from 41 in 2002 to 1265 in 2006, according to a chart that she
presented in her talk.

The result is an increase in competitiveness and improved
communication with industry, Ms. Walker indicated. "Partnerships
with industry [are] vital to mission success," she said.

See "Acquisition Resource Center," presentation by Deborah
Walker, National Security Agency, May 2007, Unclassified/FOUO:

http://www.fas.org/irp/nsa/walker.pdf

Contractors now consume as much as 70% of U.S. intelligence
spending, reported Tim Shorrock in Salon last week.


CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATIONS ON DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE

The constitutionality of the so-called Terrorist Surveillance
Program was examined from various points of view at a hearing of
the House Judiciary Committee today.

"The President had ample authority to authorize the Terrorist
Surveillance Program under acts of Congress and the
Constitution," said Steven Bradbury of the Justice Department.

It's not so simple, said Louis Fisher of the Law Library of
Congress in an extended analysis. "Federal courts have rejected
the theory that the President has 'inherent' constitutional
authority to engage in warrantless domestic surveillance."

The President's program is clearly illegal, argued conservative
critic Bruce Fein. "If Congress leaves the Bush administrationís
illegal spying programs unrebuked, a precedent will have been
established that will lie around like a loaded weapon ready for
permanent use throughout the endless conflict with international
terrorism," he said.

See the prepared testimony from the June 7 hearing on
"Constitutional Limitations on Domestic Surveillance" here:

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


THE "PROBLEMATIC" DEFENSE ACQUISITION STRUCTURE

The convoluted procedures by which the U.S. government purchases
weapons and other military systems are rendered almost
intelligible in a new report of the Congressional Research
Service.

The report introduces the defense acquisition structure,
summarizes several recent analyses of that structure, and points
towards some unfinished business.

"The unparalleled complexity of DOD's defense acquisition
structure lends itself to the continued emergence of many
problematic issues," the CRS report said.

"Simply put," the House Armed Services Committee said last year,
"the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition process is
broken... The rising costs and lengthening schedules of major
defense acquisition programs lead to more expensive platforms
fielded in fewer numbers."

A copy of the new CRS report was obtained by Secrecy News.

See "Defense Acquisition: Overview, Issues, and Options for
Congress," June 4, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL34026.pdf



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