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Selected CRS Reports

Some recent reports of interest from the Congressional Research Service include the following. “U.S. and International Responses to the Global Spread of Avian Flu: Issues for Congress” (pdf), updated May 1, 2006. “U.S. Policy Regarding the International Criminal Court” (pdf), updated April 26, 2006. “Russia” (pdf), May 8, 2006.

05.16.06 | 1 min read
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The New York Times and the Espionage Act: Letters

A provocative article written by Gabriel Schoenfeld in the March 2006 issue of Commentary Magazine proposed that the New York Times should be held liable under the espionage statutes for having published the December 16, 2005 article that revealed the existence of the Bush Administration’s warrantless domestic surveillance program. Discussion of that proposal continues with […]

05.16.06 | 1 min read
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Rep. Royce introduces legislation on shoulder fired missiles

Yesterday Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA) introduced a far-reaching bill that, if passed, would boost US efforts to curb the threat posed by Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS). The “Shoulder-fired Missile Reduction Act of 2006” (HR 5333), which already has 13 co-sponsors from both sides of the political aisle, contains provisions that would **Expand US stockpile […]

05.11.06 | 2 min read
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Biosecurity Resource Update: new Legislation and Reports pages

FAS has added two new sections to its biosecurity resource page. The first section contains information and text on all US laws, pending legislation, and international treaties relating to biosecurity and bioterrorism. We have also launched a page that contains reports on various biosecurity issues from a wide variety of sources including the National Academies, […]

05.11.06 | 1 min read
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GAO report on anthrax vaccine production does not instill confidence

The Government Accountability Office released a progress report on the production of a safe effective vaccine against anthrax. We have posted copies of the May 9th report and the highlights on the FAS website. The report, like their past reports on this issue, cites continued disorganization on the part of the government. Namely, they note […]

05.10.06 | 1 min read
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NRC Reconsiders Secrecy of Nuclear Fuel Exports

In response to a request from a public interest group, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) agreed (pdf) to disclose the amounts of highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel sought for export by two foreign countries. But the NRC said it reserved the right to withhold similar information in the future. The Nuclear Control Institute (NCI) had […]

05.10.06 | 2 min read
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“Unprecedented” AIPAC Prosecution Draws Growing Attention

The prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for allegedly mishandling classified information is attracting growing attention as the momentous character of the case and its implications for American civil liberties become clear. (AIPAC itself is not a defendant and is not accused of wrongdoing.) “When we say that […]

05.10.06 | 2 min read
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In Print

** The new Journal of National Security Law & Policy has recently published its second issue featuring several meaty articles on interrogation, torture and the rule of law. The full contents of the issue, along with subscription information, are available online here. ** “Regulatory transparency–mandatory disclosure of information by private or public institutions with a […]

05.10.06 | 1 min read
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DNI Report Views Proliferation, Circa 2004

“We remain concerned that Tehran may have a clandestine nuclear weapons program,” according to a new but rather anticlimactic U.S. intelligence report (pdf) to Congress. The new report on foreign acquisition of weapons of mass destruction during 2004 was released by the Deputy Director of National Intelligence this week. Such a report is required by […]

05.10.06 | 1 min read
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Update on the Reliable Replacement Warhead

At first glance, who could complain about replacing current nuclear warheads with ones that are more reliable? After all, since we have them they should work. But the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) program may do no good, may do much harm, and will cost a lot if carried forward. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Reliable […]

05.08.06 | 5 min read
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Civil Liberties as an Antidote to Violent Extremism

It is often asserted or assumed that American traditions of open government and civil liberties place the United States at a disadvantage in confronting terrorism. But the opposite may be closer to the truth. “In an open society like ours… it is impossible to protect against every threat,” said President Bush in an August 24, […]

05.08.06 | 3 min read
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Rethinking Intelligence Analysis

A paper by Jeffrey R. Cooper on “Curing Analytical Pathologies” (pdf) that was withheld from the CIA web site but posted on the Federation of American Scientists web site last week has now been downloaded tens of thousands of times, suggesting that there is widespread interest in a critical assessment of intelligence analysis. One of […]

05.08.06 | 2 min read
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