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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

 

Controlled Unclassified Information

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/news/2015/05/cui-proposed.pdf

New proposed federal rules for standardizing treatment of information that is unclassified but considered too sensitive for public disclosure, such as information related to law enforcement, nuclear security, and grand jury proceedings.  Would replace more than 100 different categories for such information previously used by agencies. From the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

American Civil Liberties Union et al v. Clapper et al

http://cases.justia.com/federal/appellate-courts/ca2/14-42/14-42-2015-05-07.pdf?ts=1431009005

Decision of three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, which gathered millions of civilian phone records, violates the PATRIOT Act and is unconstitutional.  From Justia

 

2014 Report on Security Clearance Determinations

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

http://fas.org/sgp/othergov/intel/clear-2014.pdf

Reports on the number of persons with security clearances for classified information in the federal government and trends in the number of such clearances.  In 2014 the number of persons holding such clearances declined by 12.3% or 164,000 persons.  From the office of the Director of National Intelligence

 

Revision of Justice Department Freedom of Information Act Regulations

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/news/2015/04/doj-foia.pdf

Updates regulations to lower copying fees, recognize Internet news organizations as representatives of the news media making them exempt from search fees, and increase responsiveness to requests for classified information by determining whether continuing classification is proper. From the Justice Department

 

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