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Secrecy News -- 03/15/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 11:12:19 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 06:58:50 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 03/15/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 29
March 15, 2007

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**	DOCUMENT DENIED: DHS BOOSTS COOPERATION WITH RUSSIAN INTEL
**	HOUSE ADOPTS OPEN GOVT BILLS
**	AP: MORE THAN A MILLION PAGES REMOVED FROM ARCHIVES
**	NEW ARMY REGULATION REDEFINES LEADERSHIP


DOCUMENT DENIED: DHS BOOSTS COOPERATION WITH RUSSIAN INTEL

Two new U.S. Secret Service agents are to be stationed in Moscow
this year, in accordance with a secret memorandum of
understanding between the Department of Homeland Security and
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), that country's foreign
intelligence agency.

The four-page memorandum of understanding was signed in November
2006 by DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and the FSB Director.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the
Federation of American Scientists, DHS denied the release of any
portion of the document, citing FOIA exemption (7)(E) which
protects law enforcement information.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/01/dhs012607.pdf

The denial is being appealed. DHS officials have independently
disclosed some of the contents of the memorandum.

Information about the document was first reported last December
by Russia's Tass News Agency. The DHS-FSB memorandum "envisages
the exchange of information between the two sides on border
control and related matters," according to a Tass report.

DHS Acting Assistant Secretary Paul Rosenzweig described the
agreement in a December 20, 2006 briefing.

"One of the products of [the new memorandum] is that either
already or within the new year there will be two new Secret
Service agents stationed in Moscow. [The Secret Service is now a
DHS component -- SN] That's a return to a post that has been
vacant for quite some time which we're very pleased about. There
remain several other DHS people there already."

"With Russia in particular, there's been some very strong
positive movement in the past six months, as reflected by the
signing of this agreement," Mr. Rosenzweig said.


HOUSE ADOPTS OPEN GOVT BILLS

The House of Representatives yesterday adopted a slate of open
government bills by large, veto-proof majorities in the face of
sharp opposition from the Bush White House.

"Today, Congress took an important step towards restoring
openness and transparency in government," said Rep. Henry
Waxman, who expeditiously moved the bills through his Committee
on Oversight and Government Reform.

"Over the past six years, the Bush Administration has done
everything it can to operate in secret, to avoid public
scrutiny, and to limit congressional oversight," Rep. Waxman
said. "I am pleased that Congress is reversing this course by
passing four critically important good government bills with
strong bipartisan support."

The vote coincided with Sunshine Week, a national campaign by
media organizations and others to promote values of openness and
accountability.

The House debate on amendments to the Freedom of Information
Act, adopted by a vote of 308-117, is here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2007/h031407-foia.html

The White House statement of opposition is here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/03/sap-hr1309.pdf

The debate on provisions to strengthen whistleblower protections
(adopted 331-94) is here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2007/h031407-wpea.html

The White House opposition is here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/03/sap-hr985.pdf

The House debate on amendments to the Presidential Records Act
which, among other things, would nullify President Bush's
executive order on the subject (adopted 333-93) is here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2007/h031407-pra.html

And the White House statement of opposition is here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/03/sap-hr1255.pdf

A fourth bill adopted by the House would require increased
disclosure of donors to presidential libraries.


AP: MORE THAN A MILLION PAGES REMOVED FROM ARCHIVES

More than 1 million pages of historical government records have
been removed from public access at the National Archives on
asserted security grounds since September 2001, according to an
Associated Press investigation.

Some of the records are more than 100 years old.

See "AP: 1M archived pages removed post-9/11" by Frank Bass and
Randy Herschaft, Associated Press, March 14:

 http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-03-13-
archives_N.htm

To illustrate the sometimes questionable nature of the document
withdrawals, the Associated Press has posted an interactive
"quiz" for readers (thanks to resourceshelf.com):

 http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/wdc/foia_quiz/index.
html


NEW ARMY REGULATION REDEFINES LEADERSHIP

A new U.S. Army regulation "updates the definition of leadership
and introduces the concept of the Pentathlete."

The regulation identifies various aspects and levels of
leadership, describes the warrior ethos and its place in Army
culture, and discusses the responsibility of leaders and how
they are trained.

Pentathletes in this context "are multi-skilled, innovative,
adaptive, and situationally aware professionals who demonstrate
character in everything that they do, are experts in the
profession of arms, personify the warrior ethos in all aspects
from war fighting to statesmanship to enterprise management, and
boldly confront uncertainty and solve complex problems."

See "Army Leadership," Army Regulation AR 600-100, March 8,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/ar600-100.pdf


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