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Re: Secrecy News -- 11/02/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 17:00:02 -0400
Archived: Sat, 03 Nov 2007 09:23:52 -0400
Subject: Re: Secrecy News -- 11/02/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 109
November 2, 2007

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

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**	COURT AUTHORIZES SUBPOENAS OF SENIOR OFFICIALS IN AIPAC CASE
**	NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN US POLICY, AND MORE FROM CRS


COURT AUTHORIZES SUBPOENAS OF SENIOR OFFICIALS IN AIPAC CASE

A federal court authorized issuance of subpoenas to more than a
dozen current and former government officials to testify in the
case of two former officials of the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee who are accused of unauthorized receipt,
transmission and disclosure of classified information.

According to the defense, the testimony of the subpoenaed
officials will show that the defendants did "nothing more than
the well-established official Washington practice of engaging in
'back channel' communication with various non-governmental
entities and persons for the purpose of advancing U.S. foreign
policy goals."

The government disputes that claim and says such testimony is
irrelevant to whether the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to
obtain and disclose classified information.

The court, however, ruled that circumstantial evidence of the
official use of "back channel" communications could be probative
of the defendants' state of mind and could show a lack of
criminal intent.

Judge T.S. Ellis III therefore authorized issuance of subpoenas
to the following officials:

Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State (then-National Security
Advisor)

Richard Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State

William Burns, U.S. Ambassador to Russia

Marc Grossman, former Undersecretary of State for Political
Affairs

Lawrence Silverman, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy
to the Slovak Republic

Matthew Bryza, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Marc Sievers, Political Officer, U.S. Embassy to Israel

David Satterfield, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State and
Coordinator for Iraq (then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State,
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs)

Stephen Hadley, National Security Advisory (then-Deputy National
Security Advisory)

Elliot Abrams, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy
National Security Advisory for Global Democracy Strategy Affairs

Kenneth Pollack, former Director for Persian Gulf Affairs for
the National Security Council

Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense

Douglas Feith, former Undersecretary of Defense

Michael Makovsky, former employee of the Office of the Secretary
of Defense, Office of Near East and South Asia

Lawrence Franklin, former Department of Defense employee

A copy of the November 2, 2007 Memorandum Opinion in the case of
United States of America v. Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman
is available here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/aipac/memop110207.pdf


NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN US POLICY, AND MORE FROM CRS

Noteworthy new reports from the Congressional Research Service
include the following.

"Nuclear Weapons in U.S. National Security Policy: Past,
Present, and Prospects," October 29, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL34226.pdf

"National Strategy for Combating Terrorism: Background and
Issues for Congress," November 1, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL34230.pdf

"China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy
Capabilities -- Background and Issues for Congress," updated
October 18, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33153.pdf


_______________________________________________
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