Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: January 2012
- A case for the Guantanamo exemption by Mark J. Prendergast, Stars and Stripes, December 31. "It has been a year now since the Defense Department announced restrictions on Stars and Stripes in the wake of the WikiLeaks affair, the epic breach of national security that this newspaper's reporters and editors and nearly every other American alive had nothing to do with. And yet they and a multitude of other Americans are being forced to pay the price by being told they must cede a measure of the most precious right after life itself -- intellectual freedom."
- NARA Rule on Declassification of National Security Information, Federal Register, December 29. "The rule incorporates changes resulting from issuance of Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information, and its Implementing Directive."
- Science and Censorship: A Duel Lasting Centuries by William J. Broad, New York Times, December 27. "Science and secrecy go back centuries, their conflicting agendas often rooted in issues of war and advanced weaponry. Now the call for concealment is falling on one of the hottest of contemporary fields -- virology, where researchers are tinkering with the fundamentals of life to better understand whether altered flu germs might set off deadly epidemics."
- Bradley Manning's WikiLeaks case: The larger issue by Josh Gerstein, Politico, December 23. "The hearing also produced equally compelling evidence of the larger issue that is often overlooked in discussions of Manning's alleged misdeeds: the systematic breakdown in security that enabled a low-ranking enlisted man to abscond with a staggering quantity of classified Pentagon and State Department documents."
- Report: Solar Flares Unlikely to Spark Electrical Armageddon, National Defense blog, December 22. "Energy from solar flares can indeed harm electrical grids on Earth, but a new study says the sun probably won't plunge the United States into the Dark Ages, as some theorists have imagined."
- Why are we censoring bird flu science? by Jack Shafer, Reuters, December 21. "Even an unenforceable request by the government to suppress the flow of information rankles free-speech radicals like me. We believe in open inquiry and unfettered communications, and battle the redaction machine whenever the censors start its engine."
- NIH Press Statement on Recommendation to Limit Disclosure of Bird Flu Research, National Institutes of Health, December 20. "The NSABB recommended that the general conclusions highlighting the novel outcome be published, but that the manuscripts not include the methodological and other details that could enable replication of the experiments by those who would seek to do harm."
- Uncle Sam's 'Mal-intent' by Michael Solomon, In These Times, December 21. "With its FAST program, the federal government is trying to read minds to fight terrorism."
- The Bradley Manning treatment by Justin Elliott, Salon, December 20. "Is the government's harsh handling of Wikileaks suspect designed to deter others handling classified information?"
- WikiLeaks' collateral damage by James Kitfield, National Journal, December 16. "Whether you see Manning and Assange as heroic whistleblowers or traitors, however, the argument that they caused no harm is dubious. In fact, the WikiLeaks episode is one of those rare cases from which almost no player has escaped unscathed."
- Manning documents reveal security lapses by Shaun Waterman, Washington Times, December 15. "Court documents in the case of an Army intelligence analyst accused of giving classified files to WikiLeaks show a catalog of problems in the Army's handling of classified materials in war zones, especially the use of supposedly secure computer networks."
- The Wikileaks Effect by Arun Rath, The World, December 15. "The importance of the source--the individual leaker--is becoming clearer now, as attention shifts from a globe-trotting provocateur to a troubled 24 year old Army private about to face the courtroom in Fort Meade, Maryland."
- Appeal of FOIA Denial of FY 2012 Military Intelligence Program budget request, December 13. "The MIP budget request is not properly classified under the terms of Executive Order 13526 since its disclosure would cause no damage to national security, and so it must be disclosed upon request under the FOIA."
- DoD Denies Release of FY 2012 Military Intelligence Program budget request, reply to FOIA request, December 7. "The requested information is exempt from release pursuant to Exemption 1 of the FOIA because it is currently and properly classified in accordance with Executive Order 13,526."
- National Archives works on declassifying massive backlog of documents by Peter Finn, Washington Post, December 3. "To cut through the mountain of paper, the NDC has introduced a risk-management approach to the documents. Instead of attempting to look at every document, all the relevant agencies agreed to look at a small sample of a particular series."
Older News: November 2011