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Secrecy News -- 09/19/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2007 14:00:02 -0400
Archived: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 08:22:45 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 09/19/07



SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 93
September 19, 2007

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

Support Secrecy News:
http://www.fas.org/static/contrib_sec.jsp


**	US EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD SEES WIDESPREAD IRAQI CORRUPTION
**	GUIDELINES ON FBI CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES
**	FAS IS MOVING


US EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD SEES WIDESPREAD IRAQI CORRUPTION

"Currently, Iraq is not capable of even rudimentary enforcement
of anticorruption laws," according to a confidential draft
assessment prepared by the United States Embassy in Baghdad.

As a result, corruption has become "the norm in many [Iraqi
government] ministries."

"All indications point to corruption as undermining the support
of the population for Iraq's government."

The new report presents the detailed findings of an Embassy
review of corruption cases in major Iraqi government ministries
and the ineffectiveness of the anti-corruption Commission on
Public Integrity.

The Maliki government is an enabler of the spreading corruption,
the report said.

"The Prime Minister's Office has demonstrated an open hostility
to the concept of an independent agency to investigate or
prosecute corruption cases."

"The Iraqi Government has been withholding basic support and
resources" from the anticorruption Commission.

The 82-page document, which has not been approved for public
release, is marked "Sensitive But Unclassified: Not for
distribution to personnel outside of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad
Iraq."

It was first reported by David Corn in The Nation. See "Secret
Report: Corruption is 'Norm' Within Iraqi Government," August
30:

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/capitalgames?bid=3&pid=228339

A copy of the Embassy report was obtained by Secrecy News and
posted today on the Federation of American Scientists web site.

http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/anticorruption.pdf

"Corruption is rampant," according to the December 2006 Report
of the Iraq Study Group (at page 20). "One senior Iraqi official
estimated that official corruption costs Iraq $5 to 7 billion
per year."


GUIDELINES ON FBI CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES

Late last year the Attorney General approved revised guidelines
for the use of confidential informants by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation.

The guidelines require that confidential human sources be
subjected to a new validation process to help ensure that their
information is reliable.

The guidelines also generally require that the FBI and
prosecutors inform responsible law enforcement authorities if
they discover that an FBI source is engaged in "unauthorized
criminal activity."

"The FBI does not have any authority to make any promise or
commitment that would prevent the government from prosecuting a
Confidential Human Source for criminal activity that is not
authorized....."

See "Attorney General Guidelines Regarding the Use of FBI
Confidential Human Sources," approved December 13, 2006:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/doj/fbi/chs-guidelines.pdf

The Guidelines were included in voluminous FBI answers to
questions for the record of a recently published Senate
Judiciary Committee hearing on "FBI Oversight," December 6, 2006
(14 MB PDF file):

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2006_hr/fbi120606.pdf


FAS IS MOVING

Effective Monday, September 24, the new mailing address for the
Federation of American Scientists (and Secrecy News) will be:

Federation of American Scientists
1725 DeSales St NW, 6th floor
Washington, DC 20036

Telephone numbers and email addresses will be unchanged.



_______________________________________________
Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the
Federation of American Scientists.

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_______________________
Steven Aftergood
Project on Government Secrecy
Federation of American Scientists
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email: saftergood.nul
voice: (202) 454-4691



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