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Secrecy News -- 05/24/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 12:00:01 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 07:45:35 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 05/24/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 54
May 24, 2007

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

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**	JUDGE WALTON NAMED TO FOREIGN INTEL SURVEILLANCE COURT
**	LOS ALAMOS SAYS LAB ARCHIVES NOW AVAILABLE TO RESEARCHERS
**	AIR FORCE HANDBOOK 2007
**	SELECTED CRS REPORTS


JUDGE WALTON NAMED TO FOREIGN INTEL SURVEILLANCE COURT

Judge Reggie B. Walton was appointed to the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court by the Chief Justice of the United States
effective May 19, Secrecy News has learned.

The FIS Court, established by the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act of 1978, is composed of eleven District Court
judges who are responsible for authorizing government requests
for electronic surveillance and physical search of suspected
foreign agents or terrorists within the United States.

Judge Walton has been a U.S. District Judge for the District of
Columbia since 2001, having been appointed by President George
W. Bush.

He replaces Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of
Virginia, whose term on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance
Court expired on May 18.

His appointment to the Court was confirmed for Secrecy News by
Mr. Sheldon Snook, media liaison and assistant to the chief
district judge of the D.C. District Court.

An updated list of members of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court may be found here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/fisa/court2007.html

A biography of Judge Walton is here:

http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/walton-bio.html

Judge Walton has gained prominence lately as the presiding judge
in the trial of former Vice Presidential aide Lewis "Scooter"
Libby.

Last year he ruled in favor of the Federation of American
Scientists in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the
National Reconnaissance Office.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/foia/nro-cbjb/rbw072406.pdf


LOS ALAMOS SAYS LAB ARCHIVES NOW AVAILABLE TO RESEARCHERS

Historians and other researchers may continue to access archival
records at Los Alamos National Laboratory, officials said last
week. But they also affirmed strict new limits on such access.

A story in Secrecy News (May 3) describing new restrictions on
researchers was based on a misunderstanding by Lab personnel,
Department of Energy and Lab officials said last week. Although
there was a technical change in policy, access to the archives
remains unaffected, the officials asserted.

The technical change occurred because Los Alamos National
Security (LANS), the contractor that replaced the University of
California as Lab manager, is not subject to the California
Public Records Act (CPRA).

But "the actual practices at the [LANL] archives have not
changed substantially due to this situation with CPRA,"
officials said, particularly since the California law did not
affect federal records.

Despite the new assertions, however, the current access policy
for private researchers at Los Alamos is significantly
constrained compared to the recent past. And the latest
statement of policy is crafted in such a way as to limit direct
access to unclassified records to those that have been
specifically marked for public release.

In the past, Lab archivists would assist researchers by looking
for relevant materials and making them available if they were
unclassified. If the materials were classified, the archivists
would assist with processing the records for review. That is
apparently no longer the case.

Priscilla McMillan, author of the 2005 book "The Ruin of J.
Robert Oppenheimer," recalled that she had requested and
received numerous archival records from Los Alamos over a period
of two decades beginning in 1983 without ever filing a Freedom
of Information Act request. She also performed research in the
archive itself (usually but not always under supervision), a
practice that is no longer permitted.

Today, according to an official statement, only records that are
"clearly marked 'Approved for Public Release' may be released by
the Lab archives without a FOIA request."

"When anyone requests something from the archives that has a
classification issue, FOIA has always been required," the
statement said, inaccurately.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/05/lanl-access.html

It is of course understandable that some kind of formal review
would be required prior to release of any classified records.
But the wording of the current policy now requires researchers
to file a FOIA request for any document -- even an unclassified
or previously declassified document -- that is not "clearly
marked 'Approved for Public Release'."

Notwithstanding official insistence that the current restricted
access policy is "not new," this is a departure from past
practice that does not correspond to the recent experience of
Ms. McMillan or other scholars and researchers.


AIR FORCE HANDBOOK 2007

An unclassified catalog of U.S. Air Force aircraft, weapons, and
other systems -- from the A-10 Thunderbolt to the Wind Corrected
Munitions Dispenser -- is presented in a new Air Force
publication.

See The Air Force Handbook 2007 (326 pages, 17 MB PDF file):

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/usaf/handbook.pdf


SELECTED CRS REPORTS

Some noteworthy new (or newly acquired) reports of the
Congressional Research Service include the following.

"Homeland Security Department: FY2008 Request for
Appropriations," May 17, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL34004.pdf

"U.S.-Funded Assistance Programs in China," May 18, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS22663.pdf

"North Korean Provocative Actions, 1950-2007," updated April 20,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL30004.pdf

"North Korea: Terrorism List Removal?," updated April 6, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL30613.pdf

"The North Korean Economy: Overview and Policy Analysis,"
updated April 18, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32493.pdf

"Presidential Directives: Background and Overview," updated
April 23, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-611.pdf



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