[govinfo] problem with transmission

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 12:22:44 -0400

Only part of what I sent out in the 8-16-06 issue made it through. I have 
contacted the tech support to try to figure out what happened.  In the interim, 
I will try again.  Patrice

- Bill targeting intelligence leaks meets criticism (this bill is identical to 
the one Sen. Shelby introduced in 2000
   and 2001)
- Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB); Notice of Meeting
- DHS warns Federation of American Scientists about Anti-Missile Report On Site
- Hentoff op-ed on State Secrets ruling in EFF case
- Services Acquisition Reform Act panel wants better reporting

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- Bill targeting intelligence leaks meets criticism

August 8, 2006
From National Journal's Technology Daily

Senate legislation aimed at punishing intelligence leaks by government 
employees and contractors has received a chilly reception from a major 
newspaper in the home state of bill sponsor introduced by Christopher (Kit) 
Bond, R-Mo.
The bill, S. 3774, would make it easier for the government to prosecute 
whistleblowers who reveal information about "sensitive intelligence programs."
The Kansas City Star urged Bond to "withdraw his proposal immediately," saying 
it is "not well thought out."
The Missouri Press Association planned to send a letter to Bond on Tuesday 
opposing the bill, the group's president Doug Crews said.
In floor remarks about his proposal, Bond said each government leak is "a 
window of opportunity for terrorists to discover our sources and methods," 
which guarantees "chaos and violence in the world."
The bill is backed by the Association of Intelligence Officers. President 
Clinton vetoed a similar measure in 2000.
- Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB); Notice of Meeting

[Federal Register: August 16, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 158)][Notices][Page 47258]
Information Security Oversight Office

Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB); Notice of Meeting

Pursuant to Section 1102 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism
Prevention Act of 2004 which extended and modified the Public Interest
Declassification Board (PIDB) as established by the Public Interest
Declassification Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-567, title VII, December 27,
2000, 114 Stat. 2856), announcement is made for the following committee

Name of committee: Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB).
Date of meeting: Saturday, September 9, 2006.
Time of meeting: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Place of meeting: National Archives and Records Administration,
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington Room, Washington, DC 20408.

Purpose: To discuss declassification program issues.

This meeting will be open to the public. However, due to space
limitations and access procedures, the name and telephone number of
individuals planning to attend must be submitted to the Information
Security Oversight Office (ISOO) no later than Tuesday, September 5,
2006. ISOO will provide additional instructions for gaining access to
the location of the meeting.

For Further Information Contact:
J. William Leonard, Director Information Security Oversight Office,
National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
20408, telephone number (202) 357-5250.

Dated: August 8, 2006.
J. William Leonard,
Director, Information Security Oversight Office.
[FR Doc. E6-13393 Filed 8-15-06; 8:45 am]


- Federation of American Scientists Removes Anti-Missile Report From Site

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..

- Brave judge overrules government secrecy
Article Last Updated: 8/15/2006 07:32 AM

AT LAST, a federal judge has refused to automatically, reverentially bow to a 
Bush administration lawyer demanding a case be shut down without being heard 
because it involves "state secrets." The Electronic Frontier Foundation had 
filed a suit against AT&T claiming the company "has given the National Security 
Agency secret, direct access to phone calls and e-mails - handing over 
communications logs detailing the activities of millions of ordinary Americans."

Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco - pointing to the 
continuing, widespread public controversy over the president's secretly 
authorizing the NSA's warrantless disregard of individual privacy rights - 
ruled that there was no urgent state need for secrecy.

Moreover, he added significantly, "it is important to note that even the 
state-secrets privilege has its limits. While the court recognizes the 
executive's constitutional duty to protect the nation from threats, the court 
takes seriously its constitutional duty to adjudicate the disputes that come 
before it ... To defer to a blanket assertion of secrecy here would be to 
abdicate that duty."

Most importantly - if other federal judges take courage from Judge Walker's 
insistence on the rule of law - he said (and future historians will quote): 
"The compromise between liberty and security remains a difficult one. But 
dismissing this case at the outset would sacrifice liberty for no apparent 
enforcement of security."

- Services Acquisition Reform Act panel wants better reporting

BY Matthew Weigelt
Published on Aug. 14, 2006
The Acquisition Advisory Panel said Aug. 11 it has made recommendations focused 
on data collection and transparency in the competitive process.
The panel said it wants to conduct studies concerning interagency data on 
awards of contracts, grants and agreements through a Web-accessible database 
that the public can search, according to a press release.
It also recommended requiring that the reports the Federal Data Procurement 
System-Next Generation creates for the panel should be made available for 
scrutiny, and it wants to correct reporting flaws. Moreover, officials need to 
reiterate how important it is that workers use good data to get accurate 
information for the reports, the panel said.

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