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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Information Security Oversight Office Report to the President 2013

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Statistics

http://www.fas.org/sgp/isoo/2013rpt.pdf

Annual report on the level of government classification of information.  Reports that original classification decisions declined by 20% over the past year.  From the Information Security Oversight Office, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

National Security Archive v. Central Intelligence Agency

Categories: Cuba,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/9FBA79A32DDF129585257CDE004E1080/$file/12-5201.pdf

2-1 decision that a 30 year old study of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion fiasco by the CIA can be withheld from the public under the “deliberative process” provision.  Four other volumes of the study have been previously released.  The case arose from a 2005 FOIA request for the volume from the National Security Archive.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

 

Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Portions of CIA Study

http://www.fas.org/irp/news/2014/04/feinstein-040314.html

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/othergov/omb/suitsec-2014.pdf

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

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/ebb457/

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RL33320.pdf

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

http://static.history.state.gov/frus-history/ebooks/frus-history.pdf

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/ceg-ppd/memop.pdf

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

 

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