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Re: Secrecy News -- 06/12/02

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood@fas.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 11:45:55 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 10:53:46 -0400
Subject: Re: Secrecy News -- 06/12/02


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2002, Issue No. 51
June 12, 2002


**	FAS SUES FOR DISCLOSURE OF 2002 INTELLIGENCE BUDGET
**	CRS REPORTS
**	SECRECY IN THE NEWS


FAS SUES FOR DISCLOSURE OF 2002 INTELLIGENCE BUDGET

The Federation of American Scientists filed suit today against
the Central Intelligence Agency, seeking declassification and
disclosure of the intelligence budget total for 2002.

"Arbitrary and obsolete restrictions on the flow of information
have degraded the performance of U.S. intelligence, to the
detriment of American security," according to the FAS lawsuit.
  "Independent review and adjudication of such restrictions can
help to correct deficiencies in U.S. intelligence."

In 1997 and 1998, in response to Freedom of Information Act
challenges, the CIA disclosed the budget totals for those years
($26.6 billion and $26.7 billion respectively).  But the Agency
has refused since then to declassify any additional budget
information.

Today, CIA officials even make the obviously false claim that
disclosure of the intelligence budget totals from 1947 and 1948
would cause damage to national security and compromise
intelligence sources and methods. This purely historical data is
the subject of a separate lawsuit, filed last December.

Both Rep. Porter Goss and Sen. Bob Graham, the chairmen of the
congressional intelligence committees, have expressed verbal
support for annual disclosure of the intelligence budget totals.
  But since assuming the chairmanship, neither they nor their
committees have acted on this professed support.

The text of the new lawsuit, brought under the Freedom of
Information Act and filed on June 12, is posted here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/foia/2002int.html


CRS REPORTS

The Congressional Research Service has released or updated a
number of noteworthy reports lately, including the following:

"Military Transformation: Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance," by Judy G. Chizek, updated May 31, 2002:

http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RL31425.pdf

"Fair Use on the Internet," by Christopher Alan Jennings, dated
May 21, 2002:

http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RL31423.pdf

"Terrorism, the Future, and U.S. Foreign Policy," by Rensselaer
Leer and Raphael Perl, updated May 30, 2002:

http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/IB95112.pdf


SECRECY IN THE NEWS

"As the Pentagon boosts spending and intensifies development of
a national antimissile system, it is also taking steps to shield
the program from Congress and the public as well as traditional
oversight measures within the Defense Department."  See "Secrecy
on Missile Defense Grows," by Bradley Graham in the June 12
Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A34643-2002Jun11.html

"Secret FBI files show how the Bureau's covert 1960s campaign to
disrupt the Free Speech Movement and topple UC President Clark
Kerr helped launch the political career of an actor named Ronald
Reagan."  See "Reagan, Hoover, and the UC Red Scare," by Seth
Rosenfeld in the June 9 San Francisco Chronicle:

http://www.sfgate.com/campus/

The potentially conflicting interests in combating terrorism and
upholding constitutional values, highlighted by the treatment of
suspected "dirty bomber" Abdullah al Muhajir, were neatly
captured in a June 11 Washington Post editorial entitled
"Detaining Americans":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28730-2002Jun10.html


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