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Secrecy News -- 05/25/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 16:00:01 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 08:56:11 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 05/25/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 55
May 25, 2007

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

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**	ANONYMOUS SENATOR BLOCKS FOIA REFORM BILL
**	DOD ISSUES POLICY ON CONDUCT AT RAVEN ROCK MOUNTAIN
**	CRS ON TERRORIST PRECURSOR CRIMES


ANONYMOUS SENATOR BLOCKS FOIA REFORM BILL

An unidentified Republican Senator placed a secret hold on the
Open Government Act, a bipartisan bill to strengthen the Freedom
of Information Act, thereby preventing the Senate from acting on
the bill this week.

"Regrettably, an anonymous Republican hold is stalling this
important Freedom of Information Act legislation, needlessly
delaying long-overdue reforms to strengthen FOIA and to protect
the public's right to know," said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), a
co-sponsor of the bill along with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

"It is both unfortunate and ironic that this bipartisan bill,
which promotes sunshine and openness in our government, is being
hindered by a secret and anonymous hold. This is a good
government bill that Democrats and Republicans alike, can and
should work together to enact," Sen. Leahy said in a May 24
floor statement.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2007/s052407.html

"I hope that the Senator placing the secret hold on this bill
will come forward, so that we can resolve any legitimate
concerns, and the full Senate can promptly act on this
legislation," he said.


DOD ISSUES POLICY ON CONDUCT AT RAVEN ROCK MOUNTAIN

The Department of Defense has issued a new statement of security
policy for the Raven Rock Mountain Complex, also known as Site
R, which is one of the U.S. government's emergency command
centers and relocation sites.

Although it is located in Pennsylvania, not Virginia, Raven Rock
was legally designated in 2003 as part of the Pentagon
Reservation, and the new policy reflects that change.

Among other things, the policy dictates that "it shall be
unlawful to make any photograph, sketch, picture, drawing, map
or graphical representation of the ... Raven Rock Mountain
Complex without first obtaining the necessary permission."

The policy was published in the Federal Register on May 25.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/05/fr052507.html


CRS ON TERRORIST PRECURSOR CRIMES

The role of domestic criminal activity in generating financial
and operational support for terrorism is considered in a new
report from the Congressional Research Service.

So-called "terrorist precursor crimes" may include various types
of fraud, counterfeiting, narcotics trade, and illegal weapons
procurement.

"This report provides an overview of the types of terrorist
precursor crimes known, and/or alleged, to have been employed by
individuals and/or groups in the United States. The report
highlights issues related to the breadth of this activity in the
United States, as well as the opportunities for intelligence
collection and law enforcement-related countermeasures."

But it is not immediately clear that "terrorist precursor crime"
is a useful analytical construct since only "a very small
percentage of individuals engaged in such activity" are likely
to have any "nexus to terrorism."

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

See "Terrorist Precursor Crimes: Issues and Options for Congress," May
24, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL34014.pdf




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