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Secrecy News -- 02/27/04

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 10:02:02 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 16:33:26 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 02/27/04


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2004, Issue No. 23
February 27, 2004


**	PENTAGON PUBLISHES INTELLIGENCE BUDGET DATA
**	DDI MISCIK ON THE STATE OF ANALYSIS AT CIA
**	BILL HARLOW, ZEN MASTER
**	IAEA REPORT ON IRAN
**	IS THE RECIPE FOR RICIN ON THE INTERNET?
**	OTHER NEWS AND RESOURCES


PENTAGON PUBLISHES INTELLIGENCE BUDGET DATA

In an implicit repudiation of the Director of Central
Intelligence's budget secrecy policies, the Pentagon has
published proposed 2005 spending figures for classified
intelligence research and development programs and for
procurement of classified equipment by defense intelligence
agencies.

According to the DCI, public disclosure of a single aggregate
figure for all intelligence-related spending would damage
national security and compromise intelligence sources and
methods. (And even fifty year old budget data remain classified
at CIA.)

But although DCI Tenet swore under penalty of perjury that such
secrecy was necessary, his views on the subject do not command
respect, not even at the Pentagon, which has included more
detailed and current intelligence spending figures in its latest
budget request.

Thus, the Pentagon is asking for close to $4.1 billion in
intelligence research and development funds and $544 million in
procurement funds in FY 2005 "for classified equipment procured
by the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial
Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and the
Counterintelligence Field Activity." The figures represent a
slight decrease from the current year.

The figures themselves are fairly opaque and do not begin to
reveal the substance of the programs they fund. Which is why
there are no grounds for classifying them, let alone a much
broader aggregation of all intelligence spending government-
wide.

The intelligence budget data sheets were published on the DoD
Comptroller web site, and were reported on February 26 by John
Liang in InsideDefense.com. They are excerpted here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/fy05class.pdf


DDI MISCIK ON THE STATE OF ANALYSIS AT CIA

CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence (DDI) Jami A. Miscik
presented her view of the "state of analysis" at CIA in a
February 11 speech that was alternately defensive and self-
critical.

"First and foremost, you need to know our integrity has held
firm," she declared. "Our integrity goes hand-in-hand with our
analytic objectivity."

But she admitted analytical failures, such as the continued
reliance on an intelligence source that had been tagged as a
fabricator, while noting that CIA had discovered and
acknowledged the lapse at its own initiative.

Ms. Miscik expressed uncertainty about the proper format for the
President's Daily Brief and the relationship between the
National Intelligence Council and the Directorate of
Intelligence.

She also observed that analysts in CIA's Directorate of
Intelligence are "younger, more junior and more inexperienced
than ever before."

And she announced "a new requirement for a one-day Tradecraft
Refresher Course that will be mandatory for all analysts and
managers.... This is that serious."

The text of the "DDI's State of Analysis Speech" was obtained by
Secrecy News and is now available here (11 pages, 2 MB PDF
file):

http://www.fas.org/irp/cia/product/021104miscik.pdf


BILL HARLOW, ZEN MASTER

We have much to learn from Bill Harlow, the Director of the CIA
Office of Public Affairs which reliably rebuffs our requests for
information.

When Secrecy News initially called CIA Public Affairs to request
a copy of DDI Miscik's speech above, we were told that Mr.
Harlow was "exercising his discretion not to give it to you"--
 even though it had been previously provided to the Washington
Post and the New York Times. (SN, 02/23/04).

At first glance, this response appeared to be the petty act of a
minor bureaucrat bent on stifling criticism of his troubled
agency.

But beneath the small-minded facade, Mr. Harlow was propounding
a deeper lesson.

Go out and cultivate your own sources, Bill was saying. Don't
become dependent on our "Office of Public Affairs." When
authorized channels are blocked, seek out the unauthorized
channels. Be creative. Get what you need by your own devices.

And so we did.

http://www.odci.gov/cia/information/harlow.html


IAEA REPORT ON IRAN

New evidence of previously undisclosed research in Iran on
enrichment and reprocessing of nuclear materials was described
in a February 24 report from the International Atomic Energy
Agency.

A copy of the IAEA report, marked "restricted distribution" and
"for official use only" perhaps in order to ensure a wide
readership, is posted here:

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/iran/iaea-0204.pdf


IS THE RECIPE FOR RICIN ON THE INTERNET?

The widely reported assertion that one can find the "recipe" for
manufacturing the toxin ricin on the internet is investigated
and debunked by analyst (and chemist) George Smith in National
Security Notes, a new publication of GlobalSecurity.org. See:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/nsn/index.html


OTHER NEWS AND RESOURCES

Democratic members of the House Select Committee on Homeland
Security presented their critique of homeland security policy in
a new report presented on the first anniversary of the
Department of Homeland Security. See "America at Risk: Closing
the Security Gap" here:

http://www.house.gov/hsc/democrats/

In 1968, the U.S. military planned to attack the Soviet anti-
ballistic missile system (ABM) with more than 100 nuclear
weapons, according to an article in the March/April issue of the
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. See "The Protection Paradox"
by Hans M. Kristensen, Matthew G. McKinzie and Robert S. Norris:

 http://www.thebulletin.org/issues/2004/ma04/ma04kristensen.html

Selected documents on U.S. military space policy, including
descriptions of new intercontinental ballistic missile concepts,
are provided by the Western States Legal Foundation here:

http://www.wslfweb.org/space/spacedocs.htm

A Freedom of Information Act officer at FBI Headquarters was
sentenced to a year in prison yesterday because she unlawfully
accessed the FBI's Automated Case Support (ACS) computer system.
See this Justice Department news release:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2004/02/doj022604.html



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