Patrice McDermott, Director OpenTheGovernment.org 202-332-OPEN (6736) www.openthegovernment.org Federation of American Scientists Removes Anti-Missile Report From Site http://www.nysun.com/article/37885 By JOSH GERSTEIN - Staff Reporter of the Sun August 15, 2006 WASHINGTON A scientific watchdog group has removed from its Web site an unclassified government report on anti-missile technology after receiving a warning letter from the Department of Homeland Security. The Federation of American Scientists said yesterday that it decided to take down the report while reviewing the agency's concerns. "I have no interest in the absolute disclosure of absolutely everything," the head of the association's program on government secrecy, Steven Aftergood, said. "I think that's a ridiculous position to hold." [.] The 74-page report was delivered to Congress late last month and summarizes the Department of Homeland Security's response to the threat posed by shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, referred to by specialists as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems, or Manpads. On August 3, Mr. Aftergood posted the report to his organization's Web site. Last week, the group's president, Henry Kelly, received a letter from a Department of Homeland Security attorney, William Anderson. "Due to the sensitive nature of the report, I request that your organization immediately remove the report from its Web site," Mr. Anderson wrote. "If the report is not removed from your Web site within two business days, we will consider further appropriate actions necessary to protect the information contained in the report." [.] Mr. Aftergood said his decision to acquiesce to the government's request was influenced by a recent ruling in a criminal case against two former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman. Judge Thomas Ellis III declared that individuals could be prosecuted for obtaining or distributing closely held information related to national defense, even if it is unclassified. Asked if the keeping the anti-missile report on the Web could have triggered criminal charges, Mr. Aftergood said, "Until last week, I would have laughed and said, 'Of course not.'" The scholar and critic of government classification policy said he is no longer so sanguine..