Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: November 2012
- U.S. Spy Budget Falls to $75.4 Billion in Second Decline by Gopal Ratnam and Tony Capaccio, Bloomberg, October 30. "U.S. intelligence spending in the past year fell to $75.4 billion, the second straight year of decline since such budgets reached their highest level in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to figures released today."
- U.S. intel budget topped $75 billion in 2012 by Shaun Waterman, Washington Times, October 30. "The U.S. spent $75.4 billion on its military and civilian spy agencies in the last fiscal year, officials announced Tuesday."
- Intelligence spending fell in 2012 for second year in a row by Mark Hosenball, Reuters, October 30. "The U.S. government's total spending on intelligence activities fell in 2012, the second year in a row of declines after years of soaring security spending since the September 11 attacks in 2001."
- DNI Releases FY2012 Appropriated Budget Figure for the National Intelligence Program, news release, October 30. "The aggregate amount appropriated to the NIP for Fiscal Year 2012 was $53.9 billion."
- DOD Releases Military Intelligence Program Appropriated Top Line Budget for Fiscal 2012, news release, October 30. "The Department of Defense released today the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) appropriated top line budget for fiscal 2012. The total request, which includes both the base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations appropriations, is $21.5 billion."
- Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte Request Declassification of Benghazi Surveillance Video, October 26. "It is vitally important that the American people know all of the facts surrounding the attack in Benghazi last month, and this surveillance video can shed important light on the nature of the attack and what kind of response could have been effective while it was ongoing."
- FAS Letter to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, October 24. "I suggest that the Board inquire into the privacy and civil liberties implications of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, as interpreted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court."
- Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to Hold First Public Meeting, Federal Register, October 23. "The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board will hold its first public meeting on October 30, 2012 for the purpose of receiving the public's input on its forthcoming agenda."
- Former CIA officer in leaks case pleads guilty to a single charge by Greg Miller and Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, October 23. "A former CIA officer who was charged with repeatedly leaking classified information pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to a single charge of disclosing the identity of an undercover CIA operative."
- Feds win round in CIA leak case by Josh Gerstein, Politico, October 17. "Prosecutors pursuing former CIA officer John Kiriakou for allegedly leaking the identities of two other CIA officers involved in interrogating terror suspects need not prove that Kiriakou intended to harm the United States or help a foreign nation, a federal judge ruled in an opinion made public Wednesday."
- Before Debate, Experts Spar on Secrecy by Adam Klasfeld, Courthouse News, October 17. "The United States could lift its ailing economy with a jobs program declassifying state secrets, a former federal judge joked at a secrecy debate Tuesday at Fordham University."
- The Big Chill by Dan Froomkin, Nieman Reports, October 17. "The Obama administration is operating amid unprecedented secrecy--while attacking journalists trying to tell the public what they need to know."
- US a nation of secrets -- and leaks: experts by Sebastian Smith, AFP, October 16. "The United States is simultaneously becoming enmeshed in ever-increasing government secrecy -- and a complex culture of leaks, experts said Tuesday."
- Conference on Government, Secrecy, and National Security, Fordham Law School, October 16.
- Three journalists subpoenaed by defense in CIA leak case by Josh Gerstein, Politico, October 11. "Three journalists subpoenaed by the defense in the criminal case against of former Central Intelligence Agency officer John Kiriakou will fight efforts to force them to testify in the case, according to court filings and spokespeople for the news outlets involved."
- Pentagon News Briefing: Excerpts on Pre-Publication Review of Manuscripts That May Contain Classified Information, October 2. "We have a very consistent policy. With respect to our employees, our employees are not to disclose classified information... Outside authors are not necessarily encumbered by the same obligations. "
Older News: September 2012