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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Studies by Once Top Secret Government Entity Portrayed Terrible Costs of Nuclear War

Categories: History,Nuclear Arms,Russia,Spying/Intelligence,WMD

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nukevault/ebb480/

A collection of 12 formerly classified documents dating from the late 1950s and early 1960s which reveal estimates of potential damage from a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.  The documents are mostly summaries from the still-classified full-length reports from the National Security Council’s highly secret Net Evaluation Subcommittee.  From the National Security Archive

 

Soldiers, Spies and the Moon: Secret U.S. and Soviet Plans from the 1950s and 1960s

Categories: Defense/Military,History,Russia,Science/Technology,Spying/Intelligence

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB479/

A set of 16 declassified documents about previously secret American and Soviet plans for using space for military purposes.  From the National Security Archive

 

Big Data, Crime, and Security

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-470.pdf

A British view of how “big data” applications are expanding opportunities and challenges for police and security agencies.  This report examines the use of data in three key areas: crime prevention, crime detection, and national security. Also covers regulatory issues, and public perceptions about privacy, civil liberties, and social benefits.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Report on the Surveillance Program Operated Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.pclob.gov/All%20Documents/Report%20on%20the%20Section%20702%20Program/PCLOB-Section-702-Report.pdf

Analyzes the Section 702 program’s development and operation, statutory basis, constitutional implications, and whether it strikes a proper balance between national security and privacy/civil liberties.   Includes recommendations for policy reform.  From the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

 

Iran 1953: US Envoy to Baghdad Suggested to Fleeing Shah He Not Acknowledge Foreign Role in Coup

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Iran,Spying/Intelligence

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB477/

A collection of six declassified documents from U.S. and British sources that add to the controversy about the events surrounding the removal of Iranian Prime Minister Mossaddeq and the restoration of the Shah to power in 1953.  From the National Security Archive

 

Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities: Annual Statistics for Calendar Year 2013

Categories: Headlines,Spying/Intelligence

http://www.dni.gov/files/tp/National_Security_Authorities_Transparency_Report_CY2013.pdf

 

First ever report from the federal government on its sensitive foreign intelligence-gathering efforts.  Covers frequency of use of various intelligence surveillance authorities and the estimated number of targets.  Follows a presidential  executive order  to declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain intelligence programs.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

 

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

 

Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC): Selection of Judges

Categories: Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/R43534.pdf

Discusses legislative proposals to amend the process for selecting the judges on the FISC and the FISA Court of Review.   The proposals would shift authority from the Chief Justice alone to other officials in the judicial, legislative, or executive branches. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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