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Secrecy News -- 10/24/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 10:00:01 -0400
Archived: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 06:45:17 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 10/24/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 105
October 24, 2007

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

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**	COVERT ACTION, AND MORE FROM CRS
**	JOINT STAFF VIEWS PEACE OPERATIONS
**	ADMINISTRATION OF TORTURE
**	AMERICA AND THE ISLAMIC BOMB


COVERT ACTION, AND MORE FROM CRS

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

"Covert Action: Legislative Background and Possible Policy
Questions," updated October 11, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RL33715.pdf

"U.S.-China Counterterrorism Cooperation: Issues for U.S.
Policy," updated October 10, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/RL33001.pdf

"Mexico's Drug Cartels," October 16, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34215.pdf

"Burma-U.S. Relations," updated October 4, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33479.pdf

"The Export Administration Act: Evolution, Provisions, and
Debate," updated September 28, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RL31832.pdf

"Status of a Member of the House Who Has Been Indicted for or
Convicted of a Felony," updated October 5, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33229.pdf


JOINT STAFF VIEWS PEACE OPERATIONS

A new publication from the Joint Chiefs of Staff defines
military doctrine regarding "peace operations."

Peace operations utilize "all instruments of national power with
military missions to contain conflict, redress the peace, and
shape the environment to support reconciliation and rebuilding
and facilitate the transition to legitimate governance. Peace
operations include peacekeeping, peace enforcement, peacemaking,
peace building, and conflict prevention efforts."

There are 15 fundamental elements of peace operations, according
to the new doctrine, including: transparency, impartiality,
credibility, freedom of movement, restraint and minimum force,
and so on.

See "Peace Operations," Joint Publication JP 3-07.3, October 17,
2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/jp3-07-3.pdf


ADMINISTRATION OF TORTURE

Much of what is publicly known regarding the abuse of detainees
held in U.S. custody did not emerge from congressional
investigations -- there were no such investigations -- or from
other conventional means of oversight.

Instead, a large portion of the public record on interrogation
policy was uncovered through an unusually effective Freedom of
Information Act lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties
Union.

A new documentary collection on detainee abuse edited by ACLU
attorneys Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh has just been published
by Columbia University Press under the title "Administration of
Torture," with a narrative introduction by the editors.

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/catalog/data/978023114/9780231140
522.HTM


AMERICA AND THE ISLAMIC BOMB

The U.S. Government was acquiescent in Pakistan's acquisition of
nuclear weapons technology over a period of decades, according
to a new book on the subject.

The activities of individual members of Pakistan's nuclear
procurement network in the United States are examined in detail
by investigative reporters David Armstrong and Joseph Trento in
"America and the Islamic Bomb," Steerforth Press, 2007.

http://www.islamicbomb.org/

Richard M. Barlow, a former CIA and Defense official who
attempted to "blow the whistle" on Pakistan's pursuit of nuclear
technology in the 1980s, was effectively punished for his
efforts.

"For his candor, and despite the backing of some top
intelligence officials, Barlow was stripped of his Top
Secret/Codeword clearances and hounded out of the Pentagon,"
wrote Jeff Stein in "The Nuclear Bombshell That Never Went Off,"
CQ Homeland Security, October 19:

http://public.cq.com/docs/hs/hsnews110-000002609396.html




_______________________________________________
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Federation of American Scientists.

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