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Secrecy News -- 06/26/02

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood@fas.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 17:11:35 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 07:18:46 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 06/26/02


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2002, Issue No. 57
June 26, 2002


**	MISSILE DEFENSE SECRECY DISPUTED
**	US-AUSTRALIA AGREE ON CLASSIFIED INFO
**	FBI LEAK PROBE STIRS DEBATE


MISSILE DEFENSE SECRECY DISPUTED

The news that previously unclassified information about tests of
emerging missile defense technologies will be classified in the
future was met with skepticism yesterday during the Senate
debate over the Defense Authorization Act for 2003.

"If the tests are rigorous and our anti-missile system is
meeting our expectations, would it not be to our advantage to
let our adversaries know how effective this system will be?"
asked Sen. Robert Byrd.

"But perhaps this national missile defense system is not
progressing as rapidly as hoped. Then would it not be to our
advantage to encourage constructive criticism in order to
improve the system?" Sen Byrd continued.

"In either case, I cannot see how these secrecy edicts will
promote the development of a missile defense system that
actually works," he said. See:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2002/s062502.html

The new secrecy policy was defended yesterday by Gen. Ronald
Kadish, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, who declared
that "we will not give our adversaries a free ride as we develop
the system."  See:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2002/06/dod062502.html


US-AUSTRALIA AGREE ON CLASSIFIED INFO

The US and Australia on June 25 signed a new agreement governing
the handling and exchange of classified information.

"As the closest of allies, it is appropriate that Australia and
the United States continue to maintain arrangements that allow
the unhindered exchange of classified information," according to
a statement from the Australian foreign minister.  See:

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2002/fa093_02.html


FBI LEAK PROBE STIRS DEBATE

"The decision by the leaders of the House and Senate
intelligence panels to ask the Justice Department to investigate
whether someone on Capitol Hill leaked classified material
bypassed the rules of both chambers and raises thorny
constitutional questions about the oversight checks between the
two branches of government, experts said last week."

See "Justice Leak Probe Gets Under Way," by Damon Chappie in the
June 24 issue of Roll Call:

http://www.rollcall.com/pages/news/00/2002/06/news0624c.html


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