Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: October 2016
- CIA Rule on Access to Classified Information by Historical Researchers and Former Government Officials, Federal Register, September 19. "CIA is providing greater clarity about the procedures under which it may provide historical researchers and certain former Government personnel with access to classified CIA information."
- Pentagon Eases Blockade of Access to Science Group's Website by Charles S. Clark, Government Executive, September 16. "In this case, the Federation of American Scientists' domain (FAS.ORG) was hosting content marked as classified and access to the domain via Department of Defense networks was blocked to avoid potential unauthorized access."
- In Washington, reviews of Ed Snowden, the man, remain mixed by Tara McKelvey, BBC News, September 16. "Oliver Stone's new film, Snowden, offers a fresh look at the US intelligence leaker. It could make some people change their minds about him."
- Thanks to Streamlining, the DOJ Generated Fewer "New" Secrets in 2015 by Sam Sacks, District Sentinel, September 14. "An internal inspector general gave high marks to the Department of Justice for correcting its classification procedures, and cutting down on the number of secrets it creates."
- Controlled Unclassified Information: Final Rule, Federal Register, September 14. "ISOO is issuing this rule to establish policy for agencies on designating, safeguarding, disseminating, marking, decontrolling, and disposing of CUI, self-inspection and oversight requirements, and other facets of the Program."
- Intelligence Oversight: New Rules for a New Day by Greg Nojeim, Center for Democracy and Technology, September 13. "Congressional oversight efforts are falling short. Too many intelligence committee hearings are closed. Only three of the substantive hearings HPSCI conducted in the past two years were open to the public."
- Donald Trump and the Art of Spinning Secrets Into Lies by Mattathias Schwartz, The Intercept, September 12. "Trump was singing a familiar refrain, one that is heard whenever classified information touches political ambition. It goes like this: Trust me. You don't know what I know."
- Strange Allies in the Battle Over Government Secrets by Eli Lake, Bloomberg View, September 8. "I realize I may be in a minority of one, but I think Obama's is the most transparent administration ever."
- Remarks of DNI James Clapper, Intelligence and National Security Summit, September 7. "At some point, there will need to be, I believe, a fairly fundamental change in the classification system, not just in the I.C. but across the government." (via INSA)
- FBI Director Comey's memo to FBI employees on Clinton email investigation, September 7 (via CNN). "Despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn't a prosecutable case. The hard part was whether to offer unprecedented transparency about our thinking."
- Clinton's experience with classified data contradicts unsophisticated excuse by Stephen Dinan and S.A. Miller, Washington Times, September 6. "Hillary Clinton wasn't a newcomer to secret documents when she reached the State Department."
- New FOIA restrictions deserve 2nd look by Tobias Naegele, Stars and Stripes, September 5. "Congress is on the verge of granting the Pentagon new rights to exclude from release certain information under the Freedom of Information Act."
Older News: August 2016