Posts tagged with Secrecy News

FAS Roundup: November 13, 2012

Policy recommendations to the Obama administration, conflict with Iran and much more. FAS Symposium on Catastrophic Threats and Awards Ceremony Only three days after the national election, FAS hosted a day-long symposium that featured distinguished speakers and recommendations to the Obama administration on how best to respond to catastrophic threats to national security at the […]

FAS Roundup: November 5, 2012

Intelligence spending drops, extreme weather and much more. From the Blogs Court Orders FBI to Release Withheld Information: A few years ago, the FBI invoked national security to justify withholding certain information from a Freedom of Information Act requester named Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler. But as rarely happens, a court last month critically assessed the FBI […]

FAS Roundup: October 29, 2012

Syria’s chemical weapons, plea in Kiriakou case, Cuban Missile Crisis order of battle and much more.   Up for Debate: Syria’s Chemical Weapons A 2011 unclassified report to Congress said Syria’s chemical weapons “can be delivered by aerial bombs, ballistic missiles, and artillery rockets.” The U.S. has monitored closely these stockpiles as the Syrian civil […]

FAS Roundup: October 22, 2012

50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, radioactive waste cleanup and much more. 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis October marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a time when the United States and the Soviet Union almost went to nuclear war. In 2012, with threats from North Korea, Iran, and terrorist […]

FAS Roundup: October 15, 2012

NATO and nuclear transparency, Obama directive on intelligence whistleblowers and much more. From the Blogs Obama Issues Directive on Intelligence Community Whistleblowers: On October 10, President Obama issued Presidential Policy Directive 19 on “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information.” The directive generally prohibits official reprisals against an intelligence community employee who makes a “protected […]

FAS Roundup: October 9, 2012

New START data, Supreme Court ruling on FISA, India’s SSBN and much more. From the Blogs Fusion Centers Flayed in Senate Report: Steven Aftergood writes that the state and local fusion centers supported by the Department of Homeland Security have produced little intelligence of value and have generated new concerns involving waste and abuse, according […]

FAS Roundup: October 1, 2012

U.S.-NZ relations, new DNI directives, declassification at Department of Energy and much more. From the Blogs In 1962, Kennedy was Urged to Take “Drastic Action” Against Leakers: Fifty years ago, the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) urged President John F. Kennedy to take “drastic action” against whoever had leaked classified intelligence information to a […]

FAS Roundup: September 24, 2012

Nonstrategic nuclear weapons, surveillance of journalists, building a new foundation with Yemen and much more. From the Blogs Declassification Declassified- PRC and the W88 Warhead: In 2006, the Department of Energy formally declassified the already widely publicized fact “That the People’s Republic of China obtained some Restricted Data information on the W88 [nuclear] warhead, and […]

FAS Roundup: September 17, 2012

Summer issue of the PIR, nuclear energy debate, legality of targeted killing of terrorists and much more. Up for Debate: Nuclear Energy in the United States The U.S. nuclear power industry currently generates about 20 percent of the nation’s electricity. While nuclear plants generate more than half the electricity in six states, the nuclear power […]

FAS Roundup: September 10, 2012

Thorium reactors, new CRS reports, DoD security policy and much more. From the Blogs Greater Autonomy for Unmanned Military Systems Urged: The Department of Defense should focus on increasing the autonomy of drones and other unmanned military systems, a new report from the Defense Science Board said. “Autonomy” in this context does not mean “computers […]