Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: October 2014
- NARA proposed disposition of CIA non-senior email, National Archives schedule and appraisal for comment, September 2014. "It is unlikely that permanent records will be found in these email accounts that is not filed in other appropriate files appraised as permanent, per current Agency policy or the new policy to be issued upon approval of this schedule."
- The Difficulties of Nuclear Containment by Sam Roberts, New York Times, September 29. "Espionage Threatened the Manhattan Project, Declassified Report Says"
- Founder of secret science team dies by Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, September 28. "The group's shadowy role and existence bubbled up last week when word spread that JASON Project co-founder Keith Brueckner had passed away at 90 in Escondido. The UC San Diego physicist created the JASONs in the late 1950s with the help of three other physicists, two of whom later joined the faculty."
- No lie: Obama administration issues new polygraph policy by Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers, September 26. "The Obama administration has issued a new polygraph policy for tens of thousands of federal employees who take lie detectors for security clearances or to obtain 'sensitive' jobs."
- Fight Club: Israel Nuke Edition by Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy, September 26. "The first rule of Israel's nuclear arsenal is that there is no Israeli nuclear arsenal."
- Why Is Government Seeking To Kill United Against Nuclear Iran Lawsuit? by Nathan Guttman, Forward, September 25. "The Justice Department is doing so on the grounds that trying the case will reveal the secret information in UANI's possession. But legal experts observing the case are riveted by the unprecedented nature of the government's intervention."
- Wanted by NASA: Space Telescope Director with Spy Credentials by Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, September 17. "The leader of the James Webb Space Telescope must have clearance that allows access to the highest level of classified information, according to a NASA want ad."
- 6 Of The Most Fascinating Stories From The CIA’s Huge Archive Of Now-Declassified Files by Paul Szoldra, Business Insider, September 18. "The Central Intelligence Agency on Thursday released a huge cache of declassified articles from its in-house journal 'Studies In Intelligence' as a step in settling a lawsuit from one of its former employees."
- DoD Investigative and Adjudicative Guidance for Issuing the Common Access Card (CAC), Interim Final Rule, Federal Register, September 17. "The CAC is the DoD personal identity verification (PIV) credential. Individuals appropriately sponsored for a DoD CAC must be investigated and adjudicated in accordance with this part."
- Israel's Worst-Kept Secret by Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith, The Atlantic, September 16. "Is the silence over Israeli nukes doing more harm than good?"
- Senior DOE Official Wants Probe Into Firing of Los Alamos Dissident by Douglas Birch, Daily Beast, September 16. "The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production has requested an inspector general's review of the dismissal of analyst James Doyle, who supported Obama's nuclear-free vision."
- DOE/NNSA Replies to FAS Regarding the Case of James Doyle, letter from NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz, September 15. "Without commenting on the particulars of Mr. Doyle's case, I have asked the Department's Inspector General to examine whether Mr. Doyle's termination resulted in whole or in part from the publication of an atiicle he authored."
- Special Operations Wants Portable Lasers, Better Night Vision Goggles by Bob Brewin, NextGov, September 11. "The Special Operations Command requires 'revolutionary game-changing' technologies to support its mission, including portable lasers, color night vision systems and advanced battlefield wound dressings."
- 9/11's secret 28-page history by Robert Kennedy, Al Jazeera, September 10. "Twenty-eight pages from an official 2002 report detailing foreign-government assistance to the September 11 attackers remain classified. Determined 9/11 family members and sympathetic congressmen are pushing hard, however, for the long-awaited release of the missing history of one of the United States' greatest tragedies."
- Department of Defense Freedom of Information Act Program, proposed rule, Federal Register, September 3. "The rule updates DoD policy and procedures that implement the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and incorporate the provisions of the executive order directing agencies to improve the disclosure of information."
- What to Expect From Obama's Resurgent Intel Advisory Panel by Aliya Sternstein, Defense One, September 2. "The Obama administration is resuscitating the President's Intelligence Advisory Board after membership dwindled to four people a year ago."
Older News: August 2014