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  • Navy Builds Underground Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility; Seattle Busses Carry Warning - Federation Of American Scientists

    fas.org 27 Jun '16, 12pm

    Seattle busses warn of largest nuclear weapons base. Click image to see full size. By Hans M. Kristensen The US Navy has quietly built a new $294 million underground nuclear weapons storage complex at the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC), a high-security base in Washington ...

  • Dozens of Leak Referrals Sent to DoJ Each Year

    fas.org 25 Jul '16, 1pm

    The Department of Justice said last week that it received dozens of “crimes reports” concerning unauthorized disclosures of classified information each year for most of the past several years, although only 18 such referrals were made in 2015. In a July 20 response to a Freedom of Inf...

  • Archivist Won't Call "Torture Report" a Permanent Record

    fas.org 06 May '16, 1pm

    Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero last week rebuffed requests to formally designate the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation practices a “federal record” that must be preserved. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy had urged the Archivist to ...

  • "Fact of" Nuclear Weapons on Okinawa Declassified

    fas.org 19 Feb '16, 2pm

    The Department of Defense revealed this week that “The fact that U.S. nuclear weapons were deployed on Okinawa prior to Okinawa’s reversion to Japan on May 15, 1972” has been declassified. While this is indeed news concerning classification policy, it does not represent new informatio...

  • Number of New Secrets in 2015 Near Historic Low

    fas.org 29 Jul '16, 2pm

    The production of new national security secrets dropped precipitously in the last five years and remained at historically low levels last year, according to a new annual report released today by the Information Security Oversight Office . There were 53,425 new secrets (“original class...

  • Improved Coordination of HUMINT Collection Sought

    fas.org 18 Jul '16, 3pm

    The Director of National Intelligence issued — and last week published — a pair of Intelligence Community Directives (here and here ) that aim to improve the coordination of human intelligence collection for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The directives are int...

  • DNI Establishes Intelligence Transparency Council

    fas.org 11 Apr '16, 3pm

    The notion of “intelligence transparency,” which once would have been considered an oxymoron, is instead becoming institutionalized with the establishment of a new Intelligence Transparency Council . Director of National Intelligence James Clapper signed the Charter of the new Council...

  • Punishing Leaks Through Administrative Channels

    fas.org 03 May '16, 8pm

    The Obama Administration has famously prosecuted more individuals for unauthorized disclosures of classified information to the media than all of its predecessors combined. But behind the scenes, it appears to have sought administrative penalties for leaks — rather than criminal ones ...

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