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Secrecy News -- 11/13/02

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 14:21:16 -0500
Archived: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 15:59:00 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 11/13/02


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2002, Issue No. 113
November 13, 2002


**	NEW PENTAGON INTELLIGENCE POST ESTABLISHED
**	DOD COVERT OPS ON THE RISE
**	SECRECY IN THE NEWS


NEW PENTAGON INTELLIGENCE POST ESTABLISHED

Congress has enacted legislation to create a new Under Secretary
of Defense for Intelligence, a senior U.S. intelligence
community position whose occupant must be confirmed by the
Senate.

"The establishment of this new position does not supercede or
modify the authorities of the Secretary of Defense and the
Director of Central Intelligence as established by the National
Security Act of 1947," according to a congressional report on
the measure.

Nevertheless, the move represents a shift in the center of
gravity of U.S. intelligence away from the Central Intelligence
Agency and towards the Pentagon, which already controls the vast
majority of the intelligence budget.

The provision establishing the new position, which was included
in the Fiscal Year 2003 Defense Authorization Act, is posted
here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2002_cr/usdint.html


DOD COVERT OPS ON THE RISE

"The secret side of the U.S. military's war on terrorism is
quietly growing," writes Robert Burns of the Associated Press,
following up on reports by William Arkin and others over the
past month.

With new money, new personnel and a "front" that extends around
the globe, clandestine military operations are poised to expand
further.

See "Pentagon Takes Quiet Aim at Terror" by Robert Burns,
Associated Press, here:

http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/11/13/secret.warriors.ap/

Relatedly, see "Hellzapoppin' at the Pentagon" by Bill
Berkowitz, WorkingForChange.com, here:

http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=14076

Both items refer to the Defense Science Board DSB "Summer Study
on Joint Forces and Operations in Support of Countering
Terrorism." (Secrecy News erroneously attributed this work to
Ashton Carter in the October 28 issue).

The full 78 page DSB PowerPoint briefing on the Summer Study,
minus a few classified slides, is now posted here (1.7 MB PPT
file):

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/dsbbrief.ppt


SECRECY IN THE NEWS

Some U.S. agencies are refusing to declassify information that
would highlight the serious nature of terrorist threats,
outgoing Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Sen. Bob Graham
told the Miami Herald. "There's a considerable amount of
material that can and should be declassified," said Graham.

See "Graham: FBI lacks focus in terror fight" by Frank Davies,
Miami Herald, November 13:

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/4505512.htm

The U.S. Government's attempts to block the publication of
former Los Alamos official Danny Stillman's manuscript on
China's nuclear weapons program persisted this week with the
Government arguing that Stillman should not even be allowed to
show the manuscript to his own attorney, Mark S. Zaid.

See "Author of Chinese nuclear arms book fights U.S. censors" by
Deborah Charles, Reuters, November 12:

http://asia.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/News/11/13/us.china.book.reut/

GlobalSecurity.org's robust collection of satellite imagery and
other resources on Iraq and the buildup of U.S. forces in the
region is extolled by Robert Windrem of MSNBC in "Nice Digs, Mr.
Hussein" (flagged by Cryptome.org):

http://www.msnbc.com/news/832218.asp

The controversy regarding the still-undefined information
control category "sensitive but unclassified" is now percolating
well beyond Washington, as individual university campuses and
others try to sort out its implications.

See "New federal policy may restrict research access" by
Jonathan York, Daily Texan, November 11:

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/11/11/3dcf6edeb7a0b


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