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Secrecy News -- 03/04/04

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 15:07:45 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2004 16:21:14 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News -- 03/04/04


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2004, Issue No. 25
March 4, 2004


**	BYRD BLASTS WHITE HOUSE COMMISSION ON IRAQ INTEL
**	THE VIRTUES OF RED TEAMING
**	INTELLIGENT AGENT SOFTWARE AGAINST TERRORISM
**	CHINA AND BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE


BYRD BLASTS WHITE HOUSE COMMISSION ON IRAQ INTEL

The commission that was established by President Bush on
February 6 to review pre-war intelligence on Iraq is "ill-
equipped to discover just what went wrong," argued Sen. Robert
Byrd in a sharply-worded critique on the Senate floor.

Therefore, he said, "Congress should act quickly to create an
independent Iraq intelligence commission."

"The President has described the panel that he created as being
an independent commission," Sen. Byrd noted.  "Well, nothing
could be further from the truth."

"Who created the panel's charter?  The President.  Who chooses
the panel members?  The President.  To whom does the panel
report?  The President.  Whom shall the panel advise and assist?
 The President.  Who is in charge of determining what classified
reports the panel may see?  The President. Who gets to decide
whether the Congress may see the panel's report?  The
President."

"I was born at night but not last night," said Sen. Byrd.

See his March 3 statement here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2004_cr/s030304.html

In a bold move that could test the validity of Sen. Byrd's
concerns, Senator John McCain, a commission member, has asked
the White House to give the commission subpoena power, according
to a story in The Hill.

Without such power, Sen. McCain argued, the commission will be
ineffective.  The White House has rebuffed the request.

See "Seeking subpoenas:  McCain and Bush clash on powers, scope
of intel probe" by Alexander Bolton, The Hill, March 4:

http://www.thehill.com/news/030404/mccain.aspx


THE VIRTUES OF RED TEAMING

"Red teams" that challenge the premises, goals and operations of
government programs can serve a catalytic role in transforming
military and intelligence organizations, according to a recent
Defense Science Board (DSB) report.

The DSB identified the attributes of successful red teams and
cited instances in which they had played a constructive role.

The U.S. missile defense program, the DSB noted without irony,
has been the beneficiary of much "free red teaming" from critics
such as MIT professor Ted Postol and the Union of Concerned
Scientists.

"Unfortunately, it is often the case that those organizations in
need of red teaming have a culture inimical to its use," the DSB
report said.

See "The Role and Status of DoD Red Teaming Activities," Defense
Science Board, September 2003:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dod/dsb/redteam.pdf


INTELLIGENT AGENT SOFTWARE AGAINST TERRORISM

Information technology in the form of automated "intelligent
agents" holds the promise of advancing defenses against
terrorism that goes well beyond mere "information sharing,"
according to a briefing prepared by the Institute for Defense
Analyses (IDA).

"Some form of intelligent automation is required to continuously
search ... a large amount of ever-changing data to locate
patterns that will not only help generate the desired picture,
but also provide insight into terrorist intentions."

"Intelligent automation will also provide the capability needed
to predict terrorist acts and prevent their occurrence," the IDA
briefing asserted.

See "Defender's Edge: Utilizing Intelligent Agent Technology To
Anticipate Terrorist Acts" by L. B. Scheiber, Institute for
Defense Analyses, June 2003:

http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/agent.pdf


CHINA AND BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE

A study performed last year for the Defense Intelligence Agency
considers China's potential responses to U.S. deployment of
ballistic missile defenses in light of the historical
development of Chinese policy.

"China's attitudes toward BMD have passed through a series of
distinct phases since the beginning of the nuclear era,"
observed author Brad Roberts of the Institute for Defense
Analyses. "Throughout this era it has also pursued its own
strategic defense capabilities."

See "China and Ballistic Missile Defense: 1955 to 2002 and
Beyond" by Brad Roberts, IDA, September 2003:

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/china/doctrine/bmd.pdf


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