[govinfo] GovInfo News 9-11-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 15:44:13 -0400

- Part of GAO Iraq Audit Classified by Pentagon
- Senator wants sections of GAO report on Iraq declassified
- Request for Comment on Privacy and Security Implications of Public Access to 
Certain Electronic Criminal Case File Documents
- World Law Bulletin 2000-2006 Posted Online [Secrecy News]
- Draft Nara Digitizing Plan Available For Public Comment

Patrice McDermott, Director
OpenTheGovernment.org
www.openthegovernment.org
202.332.OPEN (6736)
- PART OF GAO IRAQ AUDIT CLASSIFIED BY PENTAGON
Fri Sep 7
...Walker was unable to go into further details, as the rest of the GAO's 
conclusions in the report on sectarian violence have been declared secret by 
the Pentagon, and urged senators to read the classified version of the study.   
 Democratic Senator Jack Reed asked why such vital information to assessing the 
state of US policy in Iraq was such a closely guarded secret.    "This may seem 
like a dumb question -- why is this classified? I mean, who are we trying to 
keep this information from: the American people?" Reed said.    Democratic 
committee chairman Carl Levin meanwhile said he would make a request by the end 
of Friday for relevant portions of the report to be declassified, so senators 
could discuss them in a public setting. more [Yahoo]  AND
- SENATOR WANTS SECTIONS OF GAO REPORT ON IRAQ DECLASSIFIED
By Megan Scully
September 7, 2007
Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., will urge the Bush 
administration Friday to declassify several sections of a Government 
Accountability Office assessment of the Iraqi government's performance that 
were not included in a public version of the report released this week.     
Specifically, Levin wants to make public details in GAO's classified assessment 
of the levels of sectarian violence in Iraq. In its public report, GAO said it 
was impossible to measure whether sectarian violence in particular had 
decreased because it is often difficult to conclude the intent behind an 
attack.    During a break in the hearing, Walker acknowledged to reporters that 
the Bush administration could have made some of the report's classified 
material available to the public: "I think certain information in this report 
arguably should not have been classified because there are some examples of 
where there is information that has been classified that have been in public 
speeches that have been given by various officials in the Pentagon previously." 
more [CongressDaily via GovExec]
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- REQUEST FOR COMMENT ON PRIVACY AND SECURITY IMPLICATIONS OF PUBLIC ACCESS TO 
CERTAIN ELECTRONIC CRIMINAL CASE FILE DOCUMENTS

The federal Judiciary is seeking comment on the privacy and security 
implications related to electronic public access to certain documents in 
criminal case files. ... specifically, the Committee is interested in comments 
on a proposal to restrict public Internet access to plea agreements in criminal 
cases, which may contain information identifying defendants who are cooperating 
with law enforcement investigations.    All comments should be received by 
October 26, 2007 more [U.S. Courts]

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- WORLD LAW BULLETIN 2000-2006 POSTED ONLINE

Secrecy News has posted issues of the World Law Bulletin from 2000-2006, from 
the Law Library of Congress, not otherwise available to the public. These 
resources were in large measure provided through the efforts of Michael 
Ravnitzky. [thanks to beSpacific.com]
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-DRAFT NARA DIGITIZING PLAN AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
September 10, 2007


The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is seeking public 
comment on its draft Plan for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access, 
2007-2016. This draft plan outlines our planned strategies to digitize and make 
more accessible the historic holdings from the National Archives of the United 
States. Comments due: November 9, 2007 more [NARA]

Link: Draft Plan
 

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