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Secrecy News --02/02/04

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 15:10:20 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 16:47:58 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News --02/02/04


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2004, Issue No. 11
February 2, 2004


**	INTELLIGENCE REVIEW: PLAY IT AGAIN
**	NIC NICKED IN PUBLIC FORUM
**	JASON ON VERIFICATION TECHNOLOGY (1990)
**	SECURITY CLASSIFICATION IN A POST 9/11 ENVIRONMENT


INTELLIGENCE REVIEW:  PLAY IT AGAIN

Congress "implored" President Bush in 2002 to take steps to
reform U.S. intelligence, but those steps were never taken.

Various intelligence reforms were proposed early on in the Bush
Administration, according to press reports and government
documents, but they were not implemented.

"President Bush has ordered a comprehensive review of the
nation's intelligence capabilities, asking Director of Central
Intelligence George J. Tenet to determine how the CIA and a
dozen sister agencies are coping with rapid technological change
and difficult new targets," the Washington Post reported nearly
three years ago.

See "U.S. Intelligence Efforts to Get Major Review" by Vernon
Loeb, May 12, 2001:

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16603-
2001May11.html

The reference of course was not to the new intelligence review
that will be announced this week but to an earlier study that
was initiated by President Bush when he issued National Security
Presidential Directive 5, dated May 9, 2001.

NSPD-5, the text of which has never been disclosed, is cursorily
summarized here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/nspd/nspd-5.htm

Gen. Brent Scowcroft, who helped lead the NSPD-5 review, told
Congress in 2001 that a report on the review was submitted to
the White House, though it has remained classified.

When President Bush took no action on the NSPD-5 review, the
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence begged him to
finally give due attention to it.  Thus, the Committee stated in
its July 2002 report on the FY 2003 intelligence authorization
act:

"The Committee implores the President, in particular, to receive
the findings from the NSPD-5 review and act upon them with
expediency."

"The President's own review resulting from NSPD-5 will ... aid
in assessing the nation's intelligence effectiveness and what
barriers impinge on that effectiveness."

See:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2002_rpt/hrpt107-592.html

But there are no indications that President Bush ever acted upon
the NSPD-5 findings.


NIC NICKED IN PUBLIC FORUM

In a small but telling sign of mounting public dissatisfaction
with U.S. intelligence, even the DCI's National Intelligence
Council (NIC), a sort of intelligence community think tank, is
coming under fire for its perceived inadequacies.

"The NIC is precisely the place where ... comprehensive,
forward-looking thinking is supposed to happen," writes one
anonymous poster on a web-based bulletin board.  "Instead, it's
where sharply argued views go to die."

"The Middle East to 2020," which is a recent NIC publication,
"turns out to be mainly an assortment of pabulum and truisms,
leavened with occasional bits of pseudo-profound gibberish."
See:

http://www.mideastweb.org/log/archives/00000173.htm


JASON ON VERIFICATION TECHNOLOGY (1990)

The JASON defense advisory group produced a detailed survey of
nuclear arms control verification technologies in a 1990 report
that may still be of interest to specialists in the field.

"This study analyzes several of the principal new challenges to
effective verification of compliance to agreed limits to weapons
now under discussion at the START negotiations.  The new
requirements are analyzed, new technologies are described, and
specific proposals are presented for enhancing our capabilities
to verify treaty compliance."

See "Verification Technology: Unclassified Version" (139 pp, in
a very large 5.8 MB PDF file) here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/jason/verif.pdf


SECURITY CLASSIFICATION IN A POST 9/11 ENVIRONMENT

The effectiveness of the national security classification system
in protecting classified information depends on a robust
declassification process, said William Leonard, director of the
Information Security Oversight Office, in a speech to the
American Historical Association last month.

"We cannot depend upon [the classification] system to protect
today's sensitive secrets unless we regularly purge it of
yesterday's secrets that no longer require protection in the
interest of national security.  Allowing such material to remain
classified, in addition to contributing to an incomplete or
distorted view of our history, also can have a corrosive effect
on the efficacy of the classification system in general."

"To allow information that can no longer cause damage to
national security to remain in the classification system places
all classified information at needless increased risk," Mr.
Leonard said.

Mr. Leonard's ISOO is the federal agency responsible for
overseeing classification and declassification activity
throughout the executive branch.

See his January 9 presentation on "Security Classification in a
Post 9/11 Environment" here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/isoo/wl010904.html


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