Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: March 2016
- Privacy debate overshadows what's on San Bernardino killer's phone by Kevin Johnson, USA Today, February 29. "Whether there is useful information on the device is a question that appears to increasingly shrink in the shadow now cast by the larger debate over the bounds of personal privacy and national security."
- ODNI Mandatory Declassification Review Program: Final Rule with Request for Comments, Federal Register, February 26. "It provides procedures for members of the public to request from ODNI a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) of information classified under the provisions of Executive Order 13526 or predecessor orders such that the agency may retrieve it with reasonable effort. This rule also informs requesters where to send requests for an MDR."
- Homeland Security Is Spilling a Lot of Secrets by Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View, February 25. "The Department of Homeland Security suffered over 100 'spills' of classified information last year, 40 percent of which came from one office, according to a leaked internal document I obtained."
- Why the Clinton email scandal and Petraeus leak are not really alike by Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, February 24. "Petraeus disclosed classified information to an unauthorized person. Clinton did not. Petraeus lied to the FBI. Clinton did not. Petraeus was charged with a crime and pleaded guilty. Clinton has not been charged with a criminal offense."
- CIA Releases Declassified Documents to National Archives, CIA news release, February 16. "Today, CIA released about 750,000 pages of declassified intelligence papers, records, research files and other content which are now accessible through CIA's Records Search Tool (CREST) at the National Archives in College Park, MD."
- Obama Keeps Public in Dark About 'Black Budget' Requests by Steven Nelson, U.S. News, February 9. "Agency-specific figures will be reviewed and debated behind closed committee doors, where only some representatives will have a meaningful opportunity for input."
- Obama establishes privacy council, cyber commission by Sean Lyngaas, Federal Computer Week, February 9. "The interagency privacy council is Obama's latest effort to restore public trust after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed far-reaching NSA surveillance programs."
- How did 'Top Secret' emails end up on Hillary Clinton's server? by Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Fact Checker, February 4. "Many readers continue to ask questions about Hillary Clinton's private email set-up and whether or not she mishandled classified information. We have looked at this issue in the past, but the reader interest spiked again after the revelation that seven email chains contained 'Top Secret' information and would not be released."
- Clinton's Security Clearance Is Under Scrutiny by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, BloombergView, February 4. "Now that several e-mails on Hillary Clinton's private server have been classified, there is a more immediate question than the outcome of the investigation: Should the former secretary of state retain her security clearance during the inquiry? Congressional Republicans and Democrats offer predictably different answers."
- Would a GOP president take legal action against Clinton? by Julian Hattem, The Hill, February 3. "To hear Republicans tell it, Hillary Clinton could be in trouble next year if she doesn't win the White House."
- 'Eyewash': How the CIA deceives its own workforce about operations by Greg Miller and Adam Goldman, Washington Post, February 1. "Senior CIA officials have for years intentionally deceived parts of the agency workforce by transmitting internal memos that contain false information about operations and sources overseas, according to current and former U.S. officials who said the practice is known by the term 'eyewash'.
Older News: January 2016