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Secrecy News -- 04/26/01

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood@igc.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 14:06:50 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 13:51:10 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 04/26/01


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
April 26, 2001

**FREEDOM OF INFORMATION GAINS IN EUROPEAN UNION
**SENATE HEARING ON POLYGRAPH
**DOES THE U.S. SPY TOO MUCH?


FREEDOM OF INFORMATION GAINS IN EUROPEAN UNION

The European Parliament reached agreement yesterday on a new
Regulation governing public access to European Union (EU)
documents that is said to offer an unprecedented degree of
transparency. It provides EU citizens for the first time with a
formal right of access to official documents.

The move is "a roaring rip in the veil of secrecy," said Graham
Watson, the chairman of the Parliament's citizens' rights
committee. See "EU Strikes New Deal on Freedom of Information"
by Ian Black in the London Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4176014,00.html

Some advocates were disappointed by the move. Statewatch, a
London-based civil liberties organization, criticized several
provisions of the new Regulation as ambiguous and termed others
"unacceptable." Members of the Green Party voted against the
measure as inadequate.

Other freedom of information proponents welcomed the agreement
as a marked improvement over previous proposals and a promising
foundation for further development.

The text of the new code of access, which is expected to be
ratified by the full Parliament next week, can be found on
Statewatch's web site, along with critical commentary, here:

http://www.statewatch.org/news/2001/apr/08brussels.htm


SENATE HEARING ON POLYGRAPH

The continuing controversy over use of the polygraph as a
security measure was ventilated at a hearing of the Senate
Judiciary Committee on April 25.

The prepared statements of supporters and critics are posted
here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2001/index.html#poly

Meanwhile, the Department of Energy is "sharpening up our
policies" on polygraph testing, said Gen. John A. Gordon of the
National Nuclear Security Administration at a hearing before the
Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday. "I expect to come
back to the Congress and ask for some perfections in the
[polygraph] legislation that exists out there."


DOES THE U.S. SPY TOO MUCH?

The question of whether espionage could or should be constrained
by international agreement, discussed in Secrecy News on April
17, is explored further by Fiona Morgan in Salon Magazine today.
See "Does the U.S. Spy Too Much?":

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2001/04/26/espionage/


CORRECTION

The National Intelligence Daily, mentioned in Secrecy News of
April 23, was not known by that name until 1973. The precursor
publication, some issues of which are now subject to a request
for declassification, was called the Central Intelligence
Bulletin. (Thanks to W. Burr.)

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Steven Aftergood
Project on Government Secrecy
Federation of American Scientists
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