from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
November 1, 2000
BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS ON SECRECY
- BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS ON SECRECY
- MORE ON THE “LEAK" STATUTE
- AMERICAN JOURNALISM REVIEW ON WEN HO LEE
With exquisite timing -- though any time would be right -- the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has published a special issue on government secrecy.
It includes a reasonably diverse range of views. (The view that everything is fine is not represented.) As summarized by editor Linda Rothstein:
“Steven Aftergood describes the reasons the American government wants to keep secrets from its citizens and suggests a few ways the habit might be curbed when the government’s reasons are not very good. Bulletin publisher Stephen Schwartz updates us on the twists and turns in the Wen Ho Lee case. Historian Peter Westwick revisits secrecy in the early post-war days. Howard Morland, who beat the censors in the Progressive case, says there is no secret-- or shouldn’t be. Proliferation expert David Albright disagrees. Historian Chuck Hansen updates the record of nuclear accidents."
Three of the articles are available online. The remainder are a sufficient reason to subscribe to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. See:
MORE ON THE “LEAK" STATUTE
Opposition to legislation that would criminalize disclosures of classified information has continued to build on several fronts, leading to growing expectations of a Presidential veto of the Intelligence Authorization Act that contains the measure.
“Chief executives of four of the nation's largest news organizations wrote to President Clinton [Tuesday] urging him to veto" the leak statute, reported Raymond Bonner in the New York Times today:
AMERICAN JOURNALISM REVIEW ON WEN HO LEE
“The New York Times uncritically embraced the outlook of investigators in its breathless coverage of the Wen Ho Lee case. As a result, the nation's premier news organization tarnished not only the scientist but also its own reputation." So says the American Journalism Review in a lengthy article by Lucinda Fleeson in the November 2000 issue:
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