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Secrecy News -- 09/28/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 13:00:01 -0400
Archived: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 13:41:37 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 09/28/07



SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 95
September 28, 2007

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

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**	ISOO DIRECTOR LEONARD TO STEP DOWN
**	SOME CRS REPORTS ON DEFENSE POLICY
**	KNIGHT FOUNDATION SEEKS INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR NEWS


ISOO DIRECTOR LEONARD TO STEP DOWN

J. William Leonard, the director of the Information Security
Oversight Office, is resigning from that position effective
January 2008, leaving a significant void in the fragile
mechanism for overseeing the government's national security
classification system.

The move was announced today in a National Archives news
release.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2007/09/nara092807.html

Since becoming ISOO director in 2002, Mr. Leonard has been the
preeminent official spokesman for a credible classification
policy, which means he has also been an outspoken critic of
classification practice as it actually exists.

"To be effective, the classification process is a tool that must
be wielded with precision," Mr. Leonard said last year.

Despite this fact, he added, "few, if any, both within and
outside Government, would deny that too much of the information
produced by our agencies is classified."

"The integrity of the security classification program is
essential to our nation's continued well-being. The consequences
of failure are too high."

In pursuit of that integrity earlier this year, Mr. Leonard
famously challenged the Office of the Vice President, which
decided in 2003 that it would no longer submit to longstanding
classification oversight procedures.

After the Federation of American Scientists filed a formal
complaint concerning the OVP's non-compliance, Mr. Leonard urged
Cheney aide David Addington to reconsider its position.  When
Addington ignored the request, Mr. Leonard exercised his
authority to raise the issue with the Attorney General, who is
obliged by the executive order on classification to render an
interpretation of the order's requirements.

Although no response from the Attorney General was forthcoming,
the episode turned the Vice President and his unchecked secrecy
into an object of public ridicule.  (See "Vice President Makes
Secrecy Policy a Joke (Literally)," Secrecy News, June 26,
2007).

Mr. Leonard's unexpected resignation naturally invites
speculation that the friction between him and the Office of Vice
President was a factor in his departure.  However, his
associates say there is no specific evidence of that.

As a career security professional, Mr. Leonard has been immune
to bluster and to bogus national security claims.  He could not
be intimidated by the cult of secrecy, since he was practically
a founding member of it.  As ISOO director, he conducted himself
with dignity and with respect for the citizens and the national
security that he served. It's hard to imagine who will replace
him.


SOME CRS REPORTS ON DEFENSE POLICY

Recent publications of the Congressional Research Service on
defense policy and related topics include these.

"Navy CG(X) Cruiser Program: Background, Oversight Issues, and
Options for Congress," September 20, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL34179.pdf

"The FY2008 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected
Military Personnel Policy Issues," updated September 17, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL34169.pdf

"Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76: Implications for the
Future," August 21, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34140.pdf

"Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies:
FY2008 Appropriations," updated August 2, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34038.pdf


KNIGHT FOUNDATION SEEKS INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR NEWS

If you have a bold new idea for improving the production and
delivery of news and information, the John S. and James L.
Knight Foundation wants to hear about it.

The Knight Foundation, a backbone of American philanthropy in
journalism and First Amendment causes (and a supporter of
Secrecy News), has millions of dollars to give to help nurture
new ideas for the future of news.

"Whether you're a high school student, a college professor, a
truck driver, a brain surgeon, a stay-at-home parent, a
journalist, an entrepreneur, a nonprofit organizer or anything
else, anywhere in the world:  If we like your idea, we will give
you money to make it happen."

The deadline for proposals is October 15.  See the Knight
Foundation News Challenge site:

http://www.newschallenge.org/htb/main_e.html




_______________________________________________
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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Washington, DC  20036

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