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The U.S. Intelligence Community: Selected Cross-Cutting Issues

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Secrecy,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/R44455.pdf

Focuses on management issues that affect the Intelligence Community’s ability to counter pervasive and emerging threats.  Describes 8 issues of importance including a policy of continuous evaluation as a substitute for polygraph tests to monitor employee behavior and reliability.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Transparency Report: The USA Freedom Act Business Records FISA Implementation

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Secrecy,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Privacy

https://www.nsa.gov/civil_liberties/_files/UFA_Civil_Liberties_and_Privacy_Report.pdf

Announces steps taken to implement the USA Freedom Act and specific procedures adopted to protect privacy rights. From the National Security Agency

 

FOIA is Broken: A Report

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/FINAL-FOIA-Report-January-2016.pdf

Claims the power of the Freedom of Information Act to promote transparency in government is being lost to lengthy executive agency delays, excessive fees, and redactions in filling requests. From the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

 

Wrongful Classification of Information Regarding CIA Torture, in Violation of Executive Order 13526

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Iraq,Laws/Regulations,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.openthegovernment.org/sites/default/files/ISOO_Complaint_CIA_torture.pdf

Complaint filed by a private organization with the Information Security Oversight Office of the federal government alleging that the Central Intelligence Agency is improperly classifying information related to mistreatment of prisoners during the Iraq War period. From Openthegovernment.org

 

Barack Obama v. Larry Klayman

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/ED64DC482F286F1785257EAF004F71E8/$file/14-5004-1570210.pdf

Federal appeals court decision overturning a District Court case which had blocked the National Security Agency from gathering phone information on U.S. citizens.  The judge ruled that the conservative activist lacked standing to sue the agency, because he lacked evidence that records involving his calls had been collected.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

 

Department of Energy Declassification Decisions: Selected DOE Memoranda of Decisions on Declassification

Categories: Energy,Govt Secrecy,Nuclear Arms

http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/doe/decl/index.html

A list of declassification memos spanning the time period 2011-2015 made in compliance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 which mandates review of restricted data which may be declassified without undue risk to national security.  From the Department of Energy, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Dark Web

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Govt Secrecy,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44101.pdf

Discusses the darker corners of the deep or unindexed web, what it is used for, how it is accessed, and how law enforcement, the military, and intelligence officials are using it.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2014 Report to the President: Information Security Oversight Office

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy

http://www.fas.org/sgp/isoo/2014rpt.pdf

Annual statistical report and analysis of the federal system of classification and declassification of information.  The creation of new classified material declined by 20% during the year.  From the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives

 

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