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  • Govt Rebuts Criticism of State Secrets Privilege

    fas.org 20 Oct '14, 2pm

    Last week government attorneys submitted 28 documents concerning “watchlisting” procedures to a federal court for in camera review that they said should be protected from disclosure under the state secrets privilege. The documents had been sought by the plaintiff in Gulet Mohamed v. E...

  • Report on Disclosures to the Media is Classified

    fas.org 09 Oct '14, 2pm

    A report to Congress on authorized disclosures of classified intelligence to the media — not un authorized disclosures — is classified and is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, the National Security Agency said . The notion of an authorized disclosure of clas...

  • Insider Threat Program May Not Be Ready by 2017

    fas.org 09 Oct '14, 2pm

    Security policies in the executive branch are being overhauled in response to a potential “insider threat.” But while some progress is being made, the intended functionality will not be available for several more years to come. The insider threat includes “the threat of those insiders...

  • Transcript of 1954 Oppenheimer Hearing Declassified in Full

    fas.org 06 Oct '14, 2pm

    The transcript of the momentous 1954 Atomic Energy Commission hearing that led the AEC to revoke the security clearance of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who had led the Manhattan Project to produce the first atomic bomb, has now been declassified in full by the Department of En...

  • CIA Posts Hundreds of Declassified Journal Articles

    fas.org 18 Sep '14, 2pm

    The Central Intelligence Agency has posted hundreds of declassified and unclassified articles from its in-house journal Studies in Intelligence , in an effort to settle a lawsuit brought by a former employee, Jeffrey Scudder. Until lately, the CIA had resisted release of the requested...

  • Wanted: Astronomer with Top Secret Clearance

    fas.org 08 Sep '14, 6pm

    NASA’s orbiting James Webb Space Telescope will be “the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide, and studying every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar syst...

  • Court Requires Review of State Secrets Documents

    fas.org 16 Sep '14, 1pm

    Over the objections of government attorneys, a federal judge said yesterday that he would require in camera review of documents that the government says are protected by the state secrets privilege. The issue arose in the case of Gulet Mohamed v. Eric Holder , challenging the constitu...

  • WWII Atomic Bomb Project Had More Than 1,500 "Leaks"

    fas.org 21 Aug '14, 12pm

    The Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb during World War II was among the most highly classified and tightly secured programs ever undertaken by the U.S. government. Nevertheless, it generated more than 1,500 leak investigations involving unauthorized disclosures of cla...

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