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Secrecy News -- 03/21/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 11:23:24 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 17:42:26 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 03/21/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 31
March 21, 2007

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**	THE WIKIPEDIA FACTOR IN U.S. INTELLIGENCE
**	CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY OF PRESIDENTIAL ADVISERS (CRS)
**	VARIOUS RESOURCES
**	THE FINANCIAL COST OF WAR (CRS)


THE WIKIPEDIA FACTOR IN U.S. INTELLIGENCE

The collaboratively written online encyclopedia Wikipedia,
created in 2001, has steadily grown in popularity, credibility
and influence to the point that it is now used and referenced in
U.S. Government intelligence products.

A March 19 profile of Indian Congress Party Leader Rahul Gandhi
prepared by the Open Source Center (OSC) of the Office of
Director of National Intelligence is explicitly derived from
"various internet sources including wikipedia.org." A March 21
OSC profile of Rajnath Singh, president of India's Bharatiya
Janata Party, is likewise "sourced from wikipedia.org."

An OSC report last year on the leader of the terrorist group
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Velupillai Prabhakaran, noted
that he and his wife "have two children, a girl and a boy.
According to wikipedia.com, the boy is named Charles Anthony and
the girl, Duwaraha."

The relatively new attentiveness of U.S. intelligence agencies
to Wikipedia and other unorthodox sources (including fas.org)
seems like a healthy development. Of course, like any source and
moreso than some, Wikipedia cannot be used uncritically.

Last December, according to another OSC report, a participant in
an online jihadist forum posted a message entitled "Why Don't We
Invade Wikipedia?" in which "he called on other participants to
consider writing articles and adding items to the online
Wikipedia encyclopedia.... and in this way, and through an
Islamic lobby, apply pressure on the encyclopedia's material."

For various topics related to space physics, "Wikipedia was the
most complete source of information" compared to other highly
ranked web sites, according to an article in the American
Geophysical Union's Eos magazine (13 March 07) by Mark B.
Moldwin, et al. But some Wikipedia entries on space physics, the
authors found, also contained mistaken use of terminology,
factual errors and omissions.

"Wikipedia lets anyone write or edit it, which of course makes
it vulnerable to vandalism--as when a picture of the evil
Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars briefly adorned the entry for
the new Pope [Benedict]," notes Eric Rauchway in The New
Republic Online (March 21).

Someone (not us) created a brief Wikipedia entry for Secrecy
News.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secrecy_News


CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY OF PRESIDENTIAL ADVISERS (CRS)

The suggestion that it would be inherently inappropriate for
presidential advisers to testify under oath before Congress
regarding the firing of U.S. attorneys was swiftly batted down
with numerous references to a 2004 Congressional Research
Service report on the subject.

CRS analyst Harold C. Relyea identified dozens of cases in which
presidential advisers had been summoned to testify to Congress,
and did so.

See "Presidential Advisers' Testimony Before Congressional
Committees: A Brief Overview," April 14, 2004:

http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RL31351.pdf


VARIOUS RESOURCES

The Office of Naval Intelligence has published an unclassified
assessment of Chinese naval forces, which have been modernizing
and growing in capability over the past decade. See "China's
Navy 2007":

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/oni/chinanavy2007.pdf

The National Intelligence Council released an April 2006 "Annual
Report to Congress on the Safety and Security of Russian Nuclear
Facilities and Military Forces." See:

http://www.fas.org/irp/nic/russia0406.html

U.S. Army space operations in the 2015-2024 timeframe are
considered in a recent Concept Capability Plan from U.S. Army
Training and Doctrine Command. See "Space Operations: 2015-
2024," 15 November 2006:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/spaceops.pdf

Military doctrine to support joint operations with foreign
military forces is addressed in a new Joint Chiefs of Staff
publication. See "Multinational Operations," Joint Publication
JP 3-16, 7 March 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3-16.pdf


THE FINANCIAL COST OF WAR (CRS)

The cost of post-9/11 U.S. military operations has now reached
$510 billion, according to an updated estimate from the
Congressional Research Service.

See "The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on
Terror Operations Since 9/11," updated March 14, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33110.pdf



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