Government Secrecy

The FAS Project on Government Secrecy works to reduce the scope of official secrecy and to promote public access to national security information by seeking reform of national security classification and declassification policies.

The Project also publishes previously undisclosed or hard-to-find government documents of public policy interest, as well as resources on intelligence policy. The Project is directed by Steven Aftergood.

Government Secrecy Links

Government Secrecy

Selected CRS Reports on National Security Policy

Some notable, newly updated reports of the Congressional Research Service, obtained by Secrecy News and published on the Federation of American Scientists web site, include the following: “Conventional Warheads For Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues for Congress,” updated February 13, 2006. “U.S. Nuclear Weapons:… Read More

Schopenhauer and Unconscious Thought

“Contrary to conventional wisdom, it is not always advantageous to engage in thorough conscious deliberation before choosing,” according to a paper published in the latest issue of Science magazine. Unconscious thought, defined as “thought or deliberation in the absence of conscious attention directed at the problem,” can sometimes yield… Read More

CRS on Nuclear Weapons Policy

Several reports of the Congressional Research Service on nuclear weapons policy have recently been updated, including the following: “Nuclear Weapons: Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty,” updated January 23, 2006. “North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program,” updated January 17, 2006. “Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons,” updated January 13, 2006. Read More

Washington Post on the AIPAC Case

The Washington Post took further note today of the potentially severe implications for the press of the controversial prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). “The Bush administration said that journalists can be prosecuted under current espionage laws for receiving and publishing… Read More

Reclassification Program at National Archives Exposed

U.S. military and intelligence agencies have assigned personnel to review and reclassify declassified historical records at the National Archives where they have withdrawn thousands of records from public access. The seven year old secret program was reported today on the front page of the New York Times. See “U.S. Read More

CRS on Appropriation Earmarks

The number of earmarks included in congressional appropriations bills, directing that money be spent in a particular and often self-interested way, has multiplied over the past decade, according to a study by the Congressional Research Service. The CRS study has been widely cited in the press, but has not been… Read More

A Sixteenth Member of the U.S. Intelligence Community

With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, the U.S. intelligence community gained its fifteenth member. Last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) became the sixteenth member. “This designation does not grant DEA new authorities, but it does formalize the long-standing relationship between the DEA and the… Read More

Govt Presses AIPAC Prosecution

In its prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Bush Administration is staking out new legal territory, arguing that it is a crime for a reporter or any other non-government employee who does not hold a security clearance to receive and communicate… Read More