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Secrecy News -- 09/04/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 11:00:01 -0400
Archived: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 12:54:38 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 09/04/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 89
September 4, 2007

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

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**	DOD UPDATES POLICY ON INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES
**	ARMY WARNS AGAINST "FALSE IMPRESSIONS" OF INFORMATION SHARING
**	SECRECY REPORT CARD 2007
**	CONGRESS AND THE INTERNET, AND MORE FROM CRS


DOD UPDATES POLICY ON INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES

The Department of Defense last week issued a new directive that
regulates the conduct of its intelligence activities. It
replaces a prior directive from 1988, and reflects the
structural changes in national and military intelligence that
have occurred since then.

"All DoD intelligence and CI [counterintelligence] activities
shall be carried out pursuant to the authorities and
restrictions of the U.S. Constitution, applicable law,
[Executive Order 12333], the policies and procedures authorized
herein, and other relevant DoD policies...," the new directive
reaffirms.

"Special emphasis shall be given to the protection of the
constitutional rights and privacy of U.S. persons."

"No Defense Intelligence or CI Component shall request any
person or entity to undertake unauthorized activities on behalf
of the Defense Intelligence or CI Component."

"Under no circumstances shall any DoD Component or DoD employee
engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination."

See "DoD Intelligence Activities," Department of Defense
Directive 5240.01, August 27, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/d5240_01.pdf

The new directive renews the authorization of a 1982 DoD
Regulation on "Procedures Governing the Activities of DoD
Intelligence Components that Affect United States Persons," DoD
5240.1-R, December 11, 1982, available here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/d5240_1_r.pdf


ARMY WARNS AGAINST "FALSE IMPRESSIONS" OF INFORMATION SHARING

The U.S. Army says it will fulfill its obligations to share
information with foreign governments and organizations pursuant
to international agreements, but it cautions against promising
too much.

"The policy of the United States is to avoid creating false
impressions of its willingness to make classified or
unclassified information/technology available," according to an
August 2 memorandum on international disclosure policy from the
US Army Armor Center at Fort Knox.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/dod/080207disclosure.pdf

The new DoD Directive on intelligence activities presents a
seemingly more forthcoming statement of DoD disclosure policy
(sect. 4.5.2):

"The broadest possible sharing of intelligence with coalition
and approved partner countries shall be accomplished unless
otherwise precluded from release by law, explicit direction, or
policy."


SECRECY REPORT CARD 2007

By most available quantitative measures, government secrecy
continues to grow in problematic ways, according to a new annual
survey from the advocacy coalition OpenTheGovernment.org.

While the creation of new secrets (termed "original
classification decisions") actually declined in the past year,
total classification activity grew significantly, as did the use
of controls on unclassified information, and the costs of
maintaining the apparatus of national security classification.

"The current administration has increasingly refused to be held
accountable to the public, including through the oversight
responsibilities of Congress," said Patrice McDermott, Director
of OpenTheGovernment.org.

See "Secrecy Report Card 2007," September 2007:

http://www.openthegovernment.org/otg/SRC2007.pdf


CONGRESS AND THE INTERNET, AND MORE FROM CRS

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

"Congress and the Internet: Highlights," August 29, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RL34148.pdf

"Pakistan-U.S. Relations," updated August 24, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33498.pdf

"United Nations Peacekeeping: Issues for Congress," updated
August 21, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33700.pdf

"Intelligence Issues for Congress," updated August 7, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RL33539.pdf

"Extradition To and From the United States: Overview of the Law
and Recent Treaties," updated August 3, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-958.pdf

"Congressional Commissions, Committees, Boards, and Groups:
Appointment Authority and Membership," updated April 4, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL33313.pdf



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