Potential drone sites, leaks of classified information, new CRS reports and much more.
From the Blogs
- Not All Leaks of Classified Information Violate the Law: A resolution introduced by Sen. John McCain and twenty Republican colleagues calling for appointment of a special counsel to investigate recent leaks stated flatly that “the unauthorized disclosure of classified information is a felony under Federal law.” Steven Aftergood writes that while some unauthorized disclosures of classified information are indeed contrary to law, it is not the case that all such disclosures violate the law. In fact, there is no law that categorically prohibits the release of classified information.
- Pentagon Lists 110 Potential Drone Sites: The Department of Defense has identified 110 sites in the U.S. that could serve as bases for military unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones. The actual or potential drone bases are located in 39 of the 50 states, from Fort McClellan in Alabama to Camp Guernsey in Wyoming, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico.
- Nuclear Explosives: In the 1950s and 1970s there was a big push to find a way to use nuclear explosives peacefully-in high explosives in road construction, mining, and even some aspects of industry. In a new post on the ScienceWonk Blog, Dr. Y examines the history of nuclear explosive use for industry.
- Some Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified Info are Routine: The brewing controversy over leaks of classified information presumes that disclosures of classified information to unauthorized persons are always impermissible and undesirable. But that presumption does not correspond precisely to the reality of government operations as they are conducted in practice.
- Latest Crop of CRS Reports: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as Iran’s nuclear program, alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology incentives, and Navy Destroyer Programs.
- Loophole in Law May Allow Warrantless Surveillance of Americans: Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are divided over whether there is a loophole in current law which would permit government agencies to monitor the communications of American citizens without any kind of warrant or other judicial authorization. The dispute was presented but not resolved in a new Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act (FAA) Sunsets Extension Act, which would renew the provisions of the FISA Amendments Act through June 2017.
FAS in the News
- Jun 15: New York Times, “Iran’s High Card at the Nuclear Negotiation Table”
- Jun 15: iWatch News, “Drones Not Used Effectively on U.S. Borders”
- Jun 14: The Daily Beast, “The Man Behind the ‘Blue Ball’ Emails Scandal That Snared Brett McGurk”
- Jun 13: Gizmodo, “This is What it Looks Like When a Giant Drone Crashes on U.S. Soil”
- Jun 13: Security News Daily, “Congressmen Support Hunt for Stuxnet, Drone Leakers”
- Jun 12: National Public Radio, “Does Leaking Secrets Damage National Security?”
- Jun 12: Los Angeles Times, “India’s Cold Shoulder”
- Jun 11: Reuters – The Great Debate blog, “Sometimes Leaking Classified Information is Perfectly Fine”
- Jun 11: Washington Times, “White House Backs Holder’s Decision to Appoint U.S. Attorneys to Probe Leaks”
- Jun 10: Washington Post, “Leak Probe’s Risks for Administration Depend on Two Veteran Prosecutors”
- Jun 9: New York Times, “For U.S. Inquiries on Leaks, a Difficult Road to Prosecution”
- Jun 9: New York Magazine, “Eric Holder Launches National Security Leak Investigation”
- Jun 8: Politico, “The ‘Leak’ Wars”