Secrecy and Security News
Newer News: November 2020
- Murphy, Wyden Introduce Legislation To Prevent Politicization Of Classified Information, Establish Congressional Oversight Of Classification System, news release, October 21. "Senator Chris Murphy Senator Ron Wyden introduced legislation to enhance Congressional accountability and oversight of the classification system, codify the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), establish a streamlined Congressional appeal of classification decisions, and establish whistleblower-type protections for employees that challenge classification decisions."
- DNI Releases Appropriated Budget Figure for 2020 National Intelligence Program, news release, October 21. "Congress appropriated an aggregate amount of $62.7 billion to the National Intelligence Program (NIP) for Fiscal Year 2020."
- Department of Defense Releases 2020 Military Intelligence Program Budget, news release, October 21. "The total MIP budget, which included both the base budget and Overseas Contingency Operations appropriations, was $23.1 billion."
- President's tweets on declassification do not imply any actual declassification, declaration of WH chief of staff Mark Meadows, October 20. "The President indicated to me that his statements on Twitter were not self-executing declassification orders and do not require the declassification or release of any particular documents."
- Prepublication Review -- How to Fix a Broken System by Jack Goldsmith and Oona Hathaway, Just Security, October 19. "The federal government runs an extensive, sprawling, and disorganized system of prepublication review that imposes extraordinary constraints on the capacity of former government employees to write and speak freely."
- Six Russian GRU Officers Charged in Connection with Worldwide Deployment of Destructive Malware and Other Disruptive Actions in Cyberspace, Justice Dept news release, October 19.
- FAS petitions DOE for declassification of the size of the US nuclear stockpile, FY 2020, October 1. "As the first nuclear weapons state, the United States should strive to set a global example for clarity and transparency in nuclear weapons policy by disclosing its current stockpile size. Ambiguity is not helpful to anyone in this context."
- Court denies defendant's motion for dismissal in USA v. John Bolton prepublication review case, October 1. "The United States alleges that Bolton breached both his fiduciary obligations to the government and his contractual duties by (a) publishing his memoir before completing prepublication review and (b) by disclosing classified information."
Older News: September 2020