Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: September 2014
- Science group asks U.S. energy secretary to intervene in case of fired Los Alamos researcher by David Malakoff, Science, August 22. "A science advocacy group is calling on Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to get involved in the case of political scientist James Doyle, who was fired by the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) after publishing a scholarly article questioning the value of nuclear weapons."
- Scientists urge rehiring of fired nuke lab worker, Associated Press, August 22. "In a letter obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican, Federation of American Scientists President Charles Ferguson urged Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to ensure that that Doyle isn't penalized for participating in the national dialogue over nuclear policy."
- Scientists urge energy chief to reverse LANL actions against anti-nuke worker by Patrick Malone, Santa Fe New Mexican, August 22. "An organization of scientists committed to nuclear nonproliferation wrote a letter Thursday to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz urging him to intervene on behalf of Santa Fe political scientist James Doyle, who claims he was fired from Los Alamos National Laboratory for his anti-nuclear views."
- FAS Asks DOE Secretary Moniz to Review the Case of James Doyle of Los Alamos, letter from FAS President Charles D. Ferguson, August 21. "We urge you to direct that the relevant classification guidance be reviewed and clarified to eliminate all potential ambiguity of the sort that was on display here."
- Top Secret Air Force Bomber Program Moves Forward by Stew Magnuson, National Defense, September 2014. "After a half-decade of discussions about what the aircraft should be in unclassified settings, 2014 has seen some revelations and movement in the program."
- U.S. Intelligence Can't Stop the Next Snowden for Years by Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast, August 18. "A new leaker is spilling secrets while the government rushes to build systems to track access to classified info and find potential spies."
- For kitchen staff at federal agencies, background checks are a must-order item by Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, Washington Post, August 9. "Hiring has ground to a crawl because of lengthy waits for security clearances."
- CIA shouldn't get away with redacting torture report by Dana Milbank, Washington Post, August 8. "If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe."
- White House Must Decide Who Will Be Named in the CIA 'Torture Report' by Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, Daily Beast, August 7. "The CIA and the Senate can't agree on how to mask the identities of those who helped the U.S. in its secret detention. Whose identities will Obama protect?"
- Shrewd Feinstein shows restraint in bid to reverse CIA torture report redactions by Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, August 6. "As the Senate intelligence committee continues its battle to declassify evidence of CIA torture, two members of the panel have called for Director John Brennan's head. Not among them is the committee chairwoman, and her restraint is striking observers as a shrewd strategic move."
- Feeding the government's hunger for security clearances -- literally by Dan Verton, Fedscoop, August 6. "It's no secret the federal government has a voracious appetite for security clearances. But what many probably don't know is that even if your dream is to prepare and serve lunch to those hard-working analysts at the CIA, you're still going to have to pack a top-secret security clearance with cleared access to sensitive compartmented information."
- Pentagon Training Still Says Dissent Is A Threat 'Indicator' by Matt Sledge, Huffington Post, August 4. "A new version of a computer-based cyber-security training course from the Pentagon still classifies disillusionment with U.S. foreign policy as a 'threat indicator' that a federal employee might be a spy."
- DNI Clapper Statement on the Minimal Redactions to Senate RDI Report, ODNI news release, August 1. "More than 85% of the Committee Report has been declassified, and half of the redactions are in footnotes. The redactions were the result of an extensive and unprecedented interagency process, headed up by my office, to protect sensitive classified information."
Older News: July 2014