Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: October 2011
- Panel's War-Waste Records Sealed as Work Ends by Nathan Hodge, Wall Street Journal, September 30. "The internal records of a congressionally mandated panel that reported staggering estimates of wasteful U.S. wartime spending will remain sealed to the public until 2031, officials confirmed, as the panel closed its doors on Friday. The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan was established by Congress in 2008 and spent three years probing more than $206 billion the U.S. government spent on contracts and grants during a decade of conflict."
- CIA Proposed Rule on Freedom of Information Act, Federal Register, September 23.
- CIA Proposed Rule on Privacy Act, Federal Register, September 23.
- CIA Rule on Access by Historical Researchers and Certain Former Government Personnel, Federal Register, September 23.
- CIA Rule on Mandatory Declassification Review, Federal Register, September 23.
- CIA Classification Challenge Regulations, Federal Register, September 23.
- CIA Says Global-Warming Intelligence Is 'Classified' by David Kravets, Wired Threat Level, September 22. "Richelson, in a Thursday telephone interview from Los Angeles, said the CIA has not released anything about its climate change research, other than its initial press release announcing the center's founding."
- 4.2 million have security clearances, report says by Sean Reilly, Federal Times, September 21. "The report marks the first time the government has inventoried the number of people having access to classified material."
- How many security clearances have been issued? Nearly enough for everyone in the Washington area by Greg Miller, Washington Post, September 20. "More than 4.2 million people have security clearances for access to classified information, a number that vastly outstrips previous estimates and nearly rivals the population of metropolitan Washington."
- CIA Denies Access to Reports of Climate Change Center, September 13. The material "is currently and properly classified and must be denied in its entirety."
- Does Navy depot pose a danger to public? by Kyung M. Song, Seattle Times, September 12. "It's been eight years since Glen Milner first asked the Navy just how big an explosion could be triggered by an accident or an attack at its munitions depot on Indian Island. And it's been six months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down one of the Navy's grounds for rejecting Milner's request under the Freedom of Information Act. Now the Department of Defense is back in U.S. District Court in Seattle, where it's pursuing its second legal argument."
- Perpetual security state by Eli Lake, Washington Times, September 9. "The national security state that has expanded in response to the Sept. 11 attacks will not shrink in the near future, even though al Qaeda's top leadership has been decimated and the U.S. government faces extreme budget pressures."
- Has Sept. 11 Changed How Agencies Share Secrets? by Rachel Martin, NPR Morning Edition, September 6. "In the aftermath of 9/11, the U.S. intelligence community was forced to answer questions about why key pieces of information were not shared. One reason: an obsession with secrecy. Nearly 10 years later, has the culture of secrecy changed?"
- WikiLeaks Now Victim Of Its Own Leak by Tom Gjelten, National Public Radio, September 3. "The entire WikiLeaks collection, consisting of a quarter-million diplomatic files, is now out in raw form on the Internet. They are unfiltered, unanalyzed and unedited. No names of diplomats or secret sources have been removed."
Older News: August 2011