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Secrecy News -- 10/22/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 13:00:02 -0400
Archived: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 15:56:10 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 10/22/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 104
October 22, 2007

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

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**	INTELLIGENCE BUDGET WILL BE DISCLOSED, ODNI SAYS
**	TREATMENT OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS CASUALTIES


INTELLIGENCE BUDGET WILL BE DISCLOSED, ODNI SAYS

Within a week, the Director of National Intelligence will
formally disclose the size of the National Intelligence Program
budget for fiscal year 2007, an ODNI spokeswoman said.

The anticipated disclosure marks the culmination of decades of
advocacy, debate and litigation.

Last July Congress enacted an intelligence budget disclosure
requirement over White House objections as part of a bill to
implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

"The Administration strongly opposes the requirement in the bill
to publicly disclose sensitive information about the
intelligence budget," according to a February 28 statement of
administration policy.

But on August 3 President Bush nevertheless signed the final
bill, which allows the (next) President to waive the disclosure
requirement on national security grounds, if necessary, starting
in 2009.

The disclosure requirement states (in section 601 of H.R. 1):

"Not later than 30 days after the end of each fiscal year
beginning with fiscal year 2007, the Director of National
Intelligence shall disclose to the public the aggregate amount
of funds appropriated by Congress for the National Intelligence
Program for such fiscal year."

Since fiscal year 2007 ended on September 30, the legal deadline
for budget disclosure is October 30.

Will the DNI comply?

"That's what the law requires," said Vanee Vines of the ODNI
public affairs office today, "and we're going to follow the
law."

The aggregate intelligence budget (a broad term which included
"tactical" as well as "national" intelligence spending) was
first officially disclosed ten years ago, in October 1997, in
response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the
Federation of American Scientists. At that time, the (FY 1997)
budget figure was $26.6 billion. The last officially authorized
disclosure was in March 1998, when the budget was $26.7 billion.


TREATMENT OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS CASUALTIES

The treatment of injuries caused by chemical weapons and other
chemical agents is addressed in a new military field manual.

The manual, issued jointly by the Army, Navy, Marines and Air
Force, characterizes the threat from chemical weapons, describes
the diagnosis of chemical injuries and outlines preventive and
remedial measures.

See "Multiservice Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for
Treatment of Chemical Agent Casualties and Conventional Military
Chemical Injuries," FM 4-02.285, September 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm4-02-285.pdf

Last week, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential
Directive 21 on "Public Health and Medical Preparedness," which
is intended to advance "preparedness for all potential
catastrophic health events."

http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/nspd/hspd-21.htm



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