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Secrecy News - 05/21/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 17:00:02 -0400
Fwd Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 10:33:01 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News - 05/21/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 53
May 21, 2007

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**	DOD IG REVIEWS DETAINEE ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS
**	DNI URGES UPDATE OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT
**	SELECTED CRS REPORTS


DOD IG REVIEWS DETAINEE ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS

The Department of Defense did a poor job of investigating and
addressing reports of detainee abuse committed in Iraq by U.S.
military personnel, according to a newly declassified report of
the DoD Inspector General.

"Allegations of detainee abuse were not consistently reported,
investigated, or managed in an effective, systematic, and timely
manner," the IG found.

"Reports of detainee abuse by special mission unit task force
personnel dated back to June 2003, but we believe it took the
publicized abuse at Abu Ghraib [in spring 2004]... to elevate
the issue to the Flag Officer level."

"There are many well-documented reasons why detention and
interrogation operations were overwhelmed [including]...
inconsistent training; a critical shortage of skilled
interrogators, translators, and guard force personnel; and the
external influence of special operations forces and OGAs [other
government agencies, a euphemism for the CIA]."

The August 2006 Inspector General report, originally classified
Secret, was released in redacted form last week.

See "Review of DoD-Directed Investigations of Detainee Abuse,"
DoD Inspector General, August 25, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/abuse.pdf


DNI URGES UPDATE OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT

According to the Director of National Intelligence, the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978, the law that
regulates domestic intelligence surveillance, desperately needs
to be updated to accommodate the latest technologies.

"Technology and threats have changed, but the law remains
essentially the same," wrote DNI Mike McConnell in a Washington
Post op-ed on May 21. "The failure to update this law comes at
an increasingly steep price."

http://www.dni.gov/press_releases/20070521_release.pdf

But contrary to Director McConnell's surprising claim, FISA has
been repeatedly and substantively modified and updated over the
years.

"Abiding by FISA does not mean clinging to [an obsolete] 1978
structure," said Rep. Jane Harman, then-ranking member of the
House Intelligence Committee, last summer. "FISA has been
modernized."

"Each time the Administration has come to Congress and asked to
modernize FISA, Congress has said 'yes'," she recalled.

The Congressional Research Service tabulated dozens of
legislative changes that were made to the FISA between 1994 and
2006. See:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/m071906.pdf

Glenn Greenwald elaborated on some of the changes made to FISA
in a vigorous rebuttal to the DNI's op-ed. See "The
administration's FISA falsehoods continue unabated," Salon, May
21:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/05/21/fisa_changes/i
ndex.html


SELECTED CRS REPORTS

Some recently updated reports of the Congressional Research
Service that have not been made readily available to the public
include the following.

"Congressional Oversight Manual," updated May 1, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL30240.pdf

"China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and
Missiles: Policy Issues," updated May 9, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL31555.pdf

"Sea-Based Ballistic Missile Defense - Background and Issues
for Congress," updated April 27, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL33745.pdf

"Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First
Amendment," updated April 26, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/95-815.pdf

"The Military Commissions Act of 2006: Analysis of Procedural
Rules and Comparison with Previous DOD Rules and the Uniform
Code of Military Justice," updated January 26, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33688.pdf



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