FAS Roundup: July 5, 2016

By July 5, 2016

Scientist Spotlight with Dr. Cameron Reed

Scientist Spotlight returns with Dr. Cameron Reed, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics at Alma College, who teaches courses ranging from first-year algebra-based mechanics to senior-level quantum mechanics. His research has included both optical photometry of intrinsically bright stars in our Milky Way galaxy and the history of the Manhattan Project. Read the full interview here.

From the Blogs

Navy Builds Underground Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility; Seattle Buses Carry WarningThe US Navy has quietly built a new $294 million underground nuclear weapons storage complex at the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC), a high-security base in Washington that stores and maintains the Trident II ballistic missiles and their nuclear warheads for the strategic submarine fleet operating in the Pacific Ocean. To bring public attention to the close proximity of the largest operational nuclear stockpile in the United States, the local peace group Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action has bought advertisement space on 14 transit buses. The buses will carry the posters for the next eight weeks. FAS is honored to have assisted the group with information for its campaign.

FOIA Improvement Act Signed Into Law: President Obama signed into law the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Improvement Act of 2016 yesterday. The Act places a 25 year limit on the use of the deliberative process exemption, codifies a presumption of openness, and makes various procedural improvements in the FOIA. The Department of Justice summarized its understanding of the new law here.

Slow Economic Growth, and More from CRS: Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service.

Security-Cleared Population Continues to Shrink: The number of people with security clearances for access to classified information dropped in 2015 for the second year in a row, according to a new report to Congress from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. See the 2015 Annual Report on Security Clearance Determinations, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, June 2016.

The Right to Remain Silent Around the World: The Miranda warning advising detained persons that they have the right to remain silent has counterparts in the legal systems of 108 countries or jurisdictions around the world. These were collected and described in anew staff study performed for the Law Library of Congress.

Censure and Condemnation, and More from CRS: Between 1973 and 2016, Members of Congress introduced resolutions of censure directed against federal officials on 59 occasions, according to the Congressional Research Service. Of those, 14 were filed against the Obama Administration. Such resolutions have little or no practical significance, though they may serve a limited political purpose.

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