from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2005, Issue No. 17
February 15, 2005
REPORTERS ORDERED TO TESTIFY BEFORE GRAND JURY A federal appeals court panel today said that two reporters must respond to a grand jury subpoena requiring them to identify their confidential sources or else they may be jailed for contempt. Judith Miller of the New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine have no First Amendment protection from a grand jury subpoena seeking the identity of sources for their reporting on the matter of former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame, the court said. The decision is posted here:
- REPORTERS ORDERED TO TESTIFY BEFORE GRAND JURY
- DENIAL OF HISTORICAL INTEL BUDGET DATA CHALLENGED
- INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT: A COMPARATIVE ASSESSMENT
- DECEPTION 101
- MORE FROM CRS
DENIAL OF HISTORICAL INTEL BUDGET DATA CHALLENGEDThe decision by a federal court last week to categorically deny release under the Freedom of Information Act of historical intelligence budget data from 1947 to 1970 (SN, 02/11/05) was challenged today in a motion to amend the decision. The decision included a technical error, the Federation of American Scientists argued, because it failed to require the CIA to disclose the 1963 CIA budget figure even though the court found that that number -- $550 million -- was not exempt from disclosure. The possibility of an appeal of the decision as a whole remains open. See the FAS motion to amend here:
INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT: A COMPARATIVE ASSESSMENTThe challenge of legislative or parliamentary oversight of intelligence and security agencies is explored in a new study published last week by the Parliament of Norway. Based on a comparative analysis of oversight practices in liberal democracies in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, the authors derive some proposed legislative standards and best practices. See "Making Intelligence Accountable: Legal Standards and Best Practice for Oversight of Intelligence Agencies" by Hans Born and Ian Leigh (editors), February 2005, here:
DECEPTION 101A new U.S. Army War College report provides an introduction to the practice of deception as a tactic in military and political conflict. The report, which does not represent official Army policy, surveys a variety of past and present instances of deception and proposes some broad general principles. See "Deception 101 -- Primer on Deception" by Joseph W. Caddell, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, December 2004:
MORE FROM CRSSome newly updated publications of the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. "Tactical Aircraft Modernization: Issues for Congress," updated January 19, 2005:
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