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Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Portions of CIA Study

Describes the vote of the Senate Intelligence Committee to authorize public release of the 500 page Executive Summary with findings and conclusions of the five year study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  Also contains statements of Committee Chair Feinstein on the importance of the vote.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Suitability and Security Processes Review: Report to the President

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Personnel,Govt Secrecy,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence

Finds that 5.1 million individuals now have security clearances.  Reviews process by which the clearances are acquired and recommends that the number of clearances be reduced to reduce costs and avoid risks to sensitive information. From the Government Accountability Office


Dubious Secrets of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Categories: Cuba,Defense/Military,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt Secrecy,History

A set of three recently declassified documents relating to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis which reveal contradictory practices about current declassification policies by the Defense Department.  From the National Security Archive


National Security Letters in Foreign Intelligence Investigations: Legal Background

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence

Describes what they are, what laws authorize their use by law enforcement authorities, and what recent revisions and recommendations have been made relating to their use, including recommendations of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Toward “Thorough, Accurate, and Reliable”: A History of the Foreign Relations of the United States Series: Preview Edition

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,History,Laws/Regulations

Traces the evolution of the FRUS documentary history series from its antecedents in the early republic through 20th Century disclosure controversies and the implementation of its current mandate, the 1991 Foreign Relations statute. E-book preview edition will be replaced by eventual published version.   From the Office of the Historian, U.S. State Department


Center for Effective Government v. U.S. Department of State

Categories: Foreign Assistance,Govt Secrecy,Presidency,Supreme Court/courts

Federal District Court decision that ordered the Obama Administration to release to the public an unclassified presidential directive on issues of foreign aid.  The decision also criticized the administrative view that unclassified presidential directives to Executive Branch agencies could be withheld from public view.  Legal decision posted by the Federation of American Scientists’ Secrecy News Project


The Open Government Partnership: Second Open Government National Action Plan for the USA

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Presidency,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

Follows the 2011 plan that launched, among other things, the We the People petitions platform.  The new plan calls for transforming the security classification system, modernizing the Freedom of Information Act, increase transparency of foreign intelligence surveillance activities, and strengthen privacy compliance efforts.  From the Executive Office of the President, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


NSA Spying on Americans

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

A chronological archive of National Security Agency documents, declassified or made public by media sources since June 2013, related to agency surveillance of American communication media.  From the Electronic Frontier Foundation


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