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Secrecy News -- 06/13/07

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 13:00:01 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 08:38:25 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 06/13/07


SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2007, Issue No. 61
June 13, 2007

Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

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**  DNI ISSUES NEW POLICY ON INTELLIGENCE AWARDS
**  ATTORNEY IN FOGGO CASE SEEKS TO "OPT OUT" OF SECURITY CLEARANCE
**  SELECTED CRS REPORTS


DNI ISSUES NEW POLICY ON INTELLIGENCE AWARDS

The U.S. intelligence community may acknowledge professional
excellence by presenting employees or others with one of several
monetary or honorary awards specified in a new Intelligence
Community Directive.

"It is the policy of the DNI to recognize and honor all
individuals and groups for distinguished service and/or
exceptional contributions to the security of the U.S.; the
development and execution of the U.S. National Intelligence
Strategy and its various implementation plans; the integration
and transformation of the IC, and/or the accomplishment of its
mission;" and so forth.

Awards may range from certificates and "keepsakes" of no
monetary value to large financial gifts. Amounts in excess of
$25,000 must be approved by the President.

Covert personnel are not permitted to take possession of their
awards.

Instead, "the IC element and/or the ODNI retain(s) the award
when the individual is covert or a future covert assignment or
affiliation is likely."

Intelligence Community Directive 655, entitled "National
Intelligence Awards Program," was issued by Directive of
National Intelligence Mike McConnell on May 23, 2007.

http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-655.pdf


ATTORNEY IN FOGGO CASE SEEKS TO "OPT OUT" OF SECURITY CLEARANCE

A defense attorney in the prosecution of former CIA executive
director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo and contractor Brent Wilkes on
bribery charges has refused to undergo a background
investigation or submit to other procedures required in order to
obtain a security clearance for access to classified
information.

Defense counsel should not be required "to undergo any kind of a
process by which my adversary in an adversarial system is going
to determine whether or not I can represent my client," argued
celebrity attorney Mark Geragos, who represents Brent Wilkes.

Instead, he indicated, the government should simply provide the
defense with all exculpatory material.

But it doesn't work that way, government attorneys said. In a
June 8 pleading, they asked the court to require imposition of a
security clearance, administered by a judicial branch official
if necessary, or to take other steps to safeguard up to 15,000
pages of classified discovery materials.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/foggo060807.pdf

The unusual dispute was first reported by Justin Rood in
"Attorney Geragos Accused of Subtle Extortion," ABC News' The
Blotter, June 11.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/06/attorney_gerago.html


SELECTED CRS REPORTS

Notable new reports of the Congressional Research Service
include the following.

"Iran: Ethnic and Religious Minorities," May 25, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL34021.pdf

"National Continuity Policy: A Brief Overview," June 8, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/RS22674.pdf

"'No Confidence' Votes and Other Forms of Congressional Censure
of Public Officials," June 11, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34037.pdf

"Veterans and Homelessness," May 31, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL34024.pdf

"Border Security: The San Diego Fence," updated May 23, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RS22026.pdf

"Latin America and the Caribbean: Fact Sheet on Leaders and
Elections," updated June 1, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/98-684.pdf

"U.S.-European Union Relations and the 2007 Summit," updated May
14, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS22645.pdf

"Russian Oil and Gas Challenges," updated May 16, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33212.pdf

"Secret Sessions of the House and Senate," updated May 25, 2007:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/98-718.pdf




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