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Presidential Authority to Permit Access to National Security Information

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/access.pdf

Examines the controversy over the disclosure of classified information by the president and related government standards for classifying and declassifying information. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Summary of Annual FOIA Reports for Fiscal Year 2016

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/oip/reports/fy_2016_annual_report_summary.pdf/download

Shows total number of Freedom of Information Act requests for information received by federal agencies during 2016, a 10% increase over 2015, and the highest number received in any year since the passage of the law.  Also shows number of requests processed, the outcome of requests, backlogged requests and average processing time.  From the Justice Department

 

FOIA Request: Number of “Crimes Reports” Concerning Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified Information Received

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy

https://fas.org/irp/agency/doj/crimes-reports-2016.html

In response to current administration concerns about “out-of-control “government leaks, this letter responds to a FOIA request and reveals that 37 crime reports relating to leaks of classified information were received by the Justice Department during 2016.  The average number of such leaks reported between 2009 and 2015 was 39.7.  For 2009-2015 year-by-year data, see https://fas.org/irp/agency/doj/crimes-reports.html

 

 

 

CREST: 25-Year Program Archive

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,History,Spying/Intelligence

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/collection/crest-25-year-program-archive

Introduces a revised site for accessing declassified Central Intelligence Agency reports.  From the Central Intelligence Agency

 

Review of the Unauthorized Disclosures of Former National Security Agency Contractor Edward Snowden

Categories: Congress,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

http://intelligence.house.gov/UploadedFiles/HPSCI_Snowden_Review_Declassified.pdf

Completed in September 2016 but released to the public in unclassified form in December 2016.  Reviews how the Snowden disclosures occurred, what the U.S. government knows about the man who released the information, and whether the security shortfalls have been remedied.  From the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

 

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation: Draft Volume V: CIA’s Internal Investigation of the Bay of Pigs: Alternate site: CIA’s Electronic Reading Room

Categories: Communism,Cuba,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,History,Latin America,Spying/Intelligence

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/document/0001254908

Search blog by publication title: Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation to find links to all previously issued volumes in series on CIA’s Electronic Reading Room site.

 

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation: Draft Volume V: CIA’s Internal Investigation of the Bay of Pigs

Categories: Communism,Cuba,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,History,Latin America,Spying/Intelligence

https://nsarchive.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/cia-bay-of-pigs-v51.pdf

Long withheld 1984 5th part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s history of what went wrong at the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.  Volumes 1-4 were previously released.  The CIA claimed a “deliberative process” privilege for the volume, an internal investigation, but changes in the FOIA require release of drafts if they are more than 25 years old.  Posted by the National Security Archive.  Previous volumes in the CIA’s Electronic Reading Room

 

Compliance Follow-up Review of the Department of State’s Implementation of Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy

http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/state-roca-2016.pdf

Finds shortcomings and inaccuracies in the reporting on classification decisions by department officials.  Similar extrapolation and sampling techniques, however, are used by all departments and considered normal according to Information Security Oversight Office officials.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the State Department.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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