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Archived Since:June 12, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Post-9/11 War Costs Reach $1.6 Trillion

The U.S. has spent $1.6 trillion on post-9/11 military operations, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other counterterrorism activities, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. “Based on funding...Show More Summary

Dept of State Delays Release of Iran History

The U.S. Department of State has blocked the publication of a long-awaited documentary history of U.S. covert action in Iran in the 1950s out of concern that its release could adversely affect ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Show More Summary

CRS Resources on Detention and Interrogation

New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Selected CRS Materials on Detention and Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects and Enemy Belligerents, CRS Legal Sidebar, December 16,Show More Summary

Set Priorities for Declassification, Study Urges

Each year millions of pages of government records are declassified that few if any members of the public will ever look at. This is an awkward fact which is not often discussed because it might call into question the whole declassification enterprise. Show More Summary

Cybersecurity Information Sharing, and More from CRS

New products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis, December 11, 2014 FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Issues, December 11, 2014 Analysis of H.R. Show More Summary

CIA Torture Report: Oversight, But No Remedies Yet

The release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program is, among other things, an epic act of record preservation. Numerous CIA records that might not have been disclosed...Show More Summary

The Role of Inspectors General, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Federal Inspectors General: History, Characteristics, and Recent Congressional Actions,Show More Summary

Congress Tells DoD to Report on Leaks, Insider Threats

For the next two years, Congress wants to receive quarterly reports from the Department of Defense on how the Pentagon is responding to leaks of classified information. The reporting requirement was included in the pending National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 (Sec. Show More Summary

Defense Authorization Act Highlights, and More from CRS

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Fact Sheet: Selected Highlights of H.R. 3979, the Carl Levin and Howard “Buck” McKeon National...Show More Summary

New Books Received

New books sent to Secrecy News for review (thanks!) but not yet read include these: Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter (reviewed in WaPo, WSJ) Predator: The Secret OriginsShow More Summary

IC Inspector General Oversees the Intelligence Community

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (IC IG) received a tip last year that the Intelligence Community might have assembled a database containing US person data in violation of law and policy. “A civilian employee with the Army...Show More Summary

New Releases from the National Declassification Center

The National Declassification Center at the National Archives yesterday announced the availability of 240 sets of records that have recently undergone declassification processing. Many of the record collections are listed in such banal or generic terms that it is hard to imagine they would attract any interest at all. Show More Summary

Iran: Interim Nuclear Agreement, and More from CRS

New products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Iran: Interim Nuclear Agreement and Talks on a Comprehensive Accord, November 26, 2014 U.S. International...Show More Summary

Invention Secrecy Orders Reach a 20 Year High

On October 27, 1977, Dr. Gerald F. Ross filed a patent application for a new invention he had devised to defeat the jamming of electromagnetic transmissions at specified frequencies. But it was not until June 17, 2014 — nearly 37 years...Show More Summary

US Military Casualty Statistics, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. A Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics: Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom, November 20, 2014 Iran: U.S. Show More Summary

NARA Backs Away from CIA Email Destruction Proposal

The National Archives and Records Administration told the Central Intelligence Agency last week that it was withholding approval of a CIA proposal to allow the destruction of the email records of all but 22 senior Agency officials. “NARA...Show More Summary

DoD Updates Doctrine on “Detainee Operations”

When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons, “unlawful enemy combatants” are a thing of the past. That term has been retired and replaced by “unprivileged enemy belligerents” in a new revision of Joint Publication 3-13 on Detainee Operations, dated November 13, 2014. Show More Summary

Some State Secrets Cases Are a Secret, Govt Says

The government has occasionally invoked the state secrets privilege in a legal proceeding without ever publicly revealing that it had done so, government attorneys disclosed in a pending state secrets case this week. Last September,Show More Summary

Internships in the Federal Government, and More from CRS

New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, November 20, 2014 U.S. Show More Summary

Rep. Moran Urges Presidential Pardon for John Kiriakou

Rep. James P. Moran this week called on President Obama to pardon John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer who was convicted of disclosing the name of an undercover intelligence officer and who is currently serving a prison sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Show More Summary

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