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Secrecy News -- 10/19/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 12:00:01 -0400
Archived: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 18:54:41 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 10/19/07



SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 103
October 19, 2007

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

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**	WANTED: ISOO DIRECTOR
**	CLASSIFICATION CLASH OVER IRAQI CORRUPTION
**	POST OFFICE BOX 1142
**	CHUCK HANSEN'S SWORDS OF ARMAGEDDON
**	ARMY WEAPON SYSTEMS, 2007-2008


WANTED: ISOO DIRECTOR

It's an impossible job, and perhaps it was meant to be.

The Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)
has "responsibility for security classification, safeguarding
and declassification policy and oversight throughout the
Executive Branch of the United States Government." Ability to
leap tall buildings in a single bound is preferred but not
required.

Except for the last part, that is the job description that was
posted online yesterday as the search for a new ISOO Director
commenced in earnest.

Bill Leonard, the highly regarded current Director, announced
his retirement last month, to the surprise and dismay of many
(Secrecy News, 09/28/07).

See the Job Announcement for the position of ISOO Director here:

http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/ftva.asp?seeker=1&JobID=64097696


CLASSIFICATION CLASH OVER IRAQI CORRUPTION

"It is an abuse of the classification process to withhold from
Congress and the people of the United States broad assessments
of the extent of corruption in the Iraqi Government."

Remarkably, that complaint was endorsed Tuesday by a large
majority of the House of Representatives, which voted 395-21 to
condemn the Administration's restrictions on disclosure of
information about Iraqi corruption.

The resolution condemning the restrictions, sponsored by Rep.
Henry Waxman, emerged from the conflict between his Oversight
Committee and the State Department over access to and disclosure
of government records on this topic.

See the October 16 floor debate on House Resolution 734 here:

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

One of the assessments of Iraqi corruption that was
retroactively classified after Rep. Waxman's committee requested
it has been made widely available on the Federation of American
Scientists web site (Secrecy News, 09/26/07).

State Department official David Satterfield disputed allegations
that the Department had improperly withheld information in an
October 16 conference call:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/10/state101607.html


POST OFFICE BOX 1142

A resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives
to honor the participants in "Post Office Box 1142," a military
intelligence interrogation program from World War II.

"In advancing the Nation's interests and uncovering vital
secrets, the interrogators at P.O. Box 1142 never resorted to
tactics such as sleep deprivation, electrical shock, or
waterboarding. Their captives were never sexually abused,
humiliated, or tortured. They never resorted to the methods that
have recently branded our Nation so negatively," said Rep. Jim
Moran (D-VA).

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/hres753.html

See also "Fort Hunt's Quiet Men Break Silence on WWII" by Petula
Dvorak, Washington Post, October 6:

http://tinyurl.com/2grzr7


CHUCK HANSEN'S SWORDS OF ARMAGEDDON

The late Chuck Hansen, a relentless and resourceful researcher,
worked for decades to document the history, technology, design
and development of nuclear weapons. His findings helped nurture
a continuing wave of scholarship and historical reflection on
nuclear policy and technology.

An extensive new collection of his most valuable and important
acquisitions has recently been published on compact disk under
the title Swords of Armageddon, Version 2. It is a veritable
encyclopedia of nuclear weapons history.

More details about the collection and ordering information can
be found here:

http://www.nuclearweaponhistory.com/coldwar/


ARMY WEAPON SYSTEMS, 2007-2008

Earlier this year, the U.S. Army updated its Handbook on Weapon
Systems. A copy of that illustrated and annotated catalog is now
available online.

Along with basic system data, each entry includes information
about program contractors and foreign military sales, and other
useful reference material.

See "2007-2008 Army Weapon Systems" here:

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/wsh2007/index.html



_______________________________________________
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