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Secrecy News - 11/05/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2007 11:00:01 -0500
Archived: Tue, 06 Nov 2007 07:24:39 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News - 11/05/07

from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 110
November 5, 2007

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

Support Secrecy News:



If you find Secrecy News useful and informative, please consider
supporting our work with a financial donation.

The value of a publication like this can sometimes be hard to
define, and its impact difficult to trace. Yet we believe that
Secrecy News has made an identifiable contribution, particularly
by introducing significant government information and documents
into the public domain.

So, for example, the Washington Post reported on October 16 that
a controversial internal U.S. government report on Iraqi
corruption had been made "widely available on the Internet." In
fact, a Google search indicates that the report was made
available only on the Federation of American Scientists web
site, where it was published by Secrecy News.

The New York Times reported on October 30 that "several advocacy
groups" had filed legal challenges seeking disclosure of the
intelligence budget total after September 11, 2001. But there
is no record of such a legal challenge brought by anyone other
than the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, Secrecy News'

A widely-noted New Yorker article (February 19) on torture and
U.S. government policy stated that the Intelligence Science
Board had "released a report" criticizing coercive
interrogation. In private correspondence, however, author Jane
Mayer courteously acknowledged that she merely assumed the Board
had released the report and that she had actually read it on the
FAS web site after it was posted there by Secrecy News. (It has
since been published elsewhere.)

What these stories indirectly confirm, even without crediting
Secrecy News, is that we have succeeded in creating an effective
conduit for transmitting restricted or inaccessible government
information to the public.

With almost every issue of Secrecy News, we publish government
records that members of the general public cannot readily locate
elsewhere - unique resources on foreign affairs and domestic
surveillance, psychological operations and special operations,
and much more. And we make them available on demand and without
charge to a large audience. (Less than a day after we published
a U.S. Army Field Manual on "Survival" last week, it had already
been downloaded more than 35,000 times.)

We were fortunate to have had support for this work over the
past year from several philanthropic foundations - including the
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the HKH Foundation, the
Open Society Institute, and the Stewart S. Mott Charitable
Trust. But their assistance does not cover all of our costs.

So if you count yourself among those who have benefitted from
Secrecy News, we invite you to help sustain our work for another

A secure online contribution to the FAS Project on Government
Secrecy can be made by credit card here:


Checks payable to the Federation of American Scientists and
earmarked for Secrecy News can also be mailed to us here:

Federation of American Scientists
Attn: Secrecy News
1725 DeSales St NW, Sixth floor
Washington, DC  20036

Help us get the job done.

 - Steven Aftergood

Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the
Federation of American Scientists.

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Steven Aftergood
Project on Government Secrecy
Federation of American Scientists
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Washington, DC 20036

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email: saftergood.nul
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