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Secrecy News -- 10/12/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 11:00:02 -0400
Archived: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 11:14:59 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 10/12/07



SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 100
October 12, 2007

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

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**	INFORMATION SHARING, BY HOOK OR BY CROOK
**	SELECTED CRS REPORTS


INFORMATION SHARING, BY HOOK OR BY CROOK

The disclosure of a clandestine network of U.S. military
officers that diverted classified documents from military
agencies and illegally provided them to law enforcement agencies
serves as a vivid reminder that improved information sharing
within the government is a goal that has still not been
achieved.

"Marine Gunnery Sgt. Gary Maziarz said patriotism motivated him
to join a spy ring, smuggle secret files from Camp Pendleton and
give them to law enforcement officers for anti-terrorism work in
Southern California," the San Diego Union-Tribune reported last
Saturday.

Sgt. Maziarz and his men acted like Robin Hood in the forest of
national security information, taking classified documents from
the cleared and giving them to the uncleared.

"He knew his group was violating national security laws," the
Union-Tribune reported. "But he said bureaucratic walls erected
by the military and civilian agencies were hampering
intelligence sharing and coordination, making the nation more
vulnerable to terrorists."

This is of course a self-serving story, and it doesn't explain
the stolen weapons or steroids found along with the pilfered
documents by military investigators.

But neither is there any evidence so far of espionage on behalf
of a foreign power, or any indication of a financial motive in
stealing the records.

Taken at face value, the rise of the interagency document
smugglers points to a continuing defect in government
information policy. It also suggests that the national security
classification system may break before it bends. In other words,
it may fail catastrophically before it can be substantially
reformed.

See "Marine Took Files as Part of Spy Ring" by Rick Rogers, San
Diego Union-Tribune, October 6:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20071006-9999-
1n6spies.html

The story was also picked up today by the Los Angeles Times.

  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-
laspy12oct12,0,1983331.story

The failure to achieve optimal information sharing is not in
dispute.

"Institutional rules and legacy culture continue to hamper
effective information sharing," a report from the Office of the
Director of National Intelligence admitted yesterday.

"There are outdated policy, customs, and technical constraints
on information access and dissemination that impede the
production of finished products our customers require."

See "500 Day Plan: Integration and Collaboration," Office of
Director of National Intelligence, October 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/500-day-plan.pdf


SELECTED CRS REPORTS

Noteworthy new reports from the Congressional Research Service
that have not been made readily available to the public include
the following.

"China-U.S. Relations: Current Issues and Implications for U.S.
Policy," updated October 1, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33877.pdf

"North Korean Refugees in China and Human Rights Issues:
International Response and U.S. Policy Options," September 26,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34189.pdf

"Saudi Arabia: Terrorist Financing Issues," updated September
14, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL32499.pdf

"Terrorism in Southeast Asia," September 11, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL34194.pdf

"Bangladesh: Background and U.S. Relations," updated August 2,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33646.pdf

"Cuba: Issues for the 110th Congress," updated August 21, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33819.pdf

"Presidential Directives: Background and Overview," updated
August 9, 2007:

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




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