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Forwarding Secrecy News--02/24/05

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I was especially interested in item #3 -- and in its timing!
Maarja
Subj:    Secrecy News -- 02/24/05
  Date:    2/24/2005 1:44:02 PM Eastern Standard Time
  From:    "Aftergood, Steven" <[log in to unmask]>

SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2005, Issue No. 20
February 24, 2005


**  COURT VIEWS SECRECY AND PRESS CONFIDENTIALITY
**  AGENCY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICES SWELL
**  SELECTED BUSH, CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS OPEN
**  ARMY LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION MANUAL
**  THIS AND THAT FROM CRS
**  TIME OUT


COURT VIEWS SECRECY AND PRESS CONFIDENTIALITY

"Secrecy may well be seen as the enemy of freedom when it conceals
facts important to public understanding," wrote Judge Robert W.
Sweet of the Southern District of New York in a decision today.

Moreover, he opined, "Secrecy in government appears to be on the
increase."

The decision came down in the case of New York Times v. Gonzales
and addressed the question of whether the Times was obliged to
surrender certain confidential telephone records sought by the
government as part of a leak probe.  The judge concluded that the
Times could continue to withhold the records.

See a copy of the 121 page ruling here:

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/nyt022405.pdf


AGENCY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICES SWELL

The number of public affairs officers in federal agencies has
increased markedly in the past four years, Newsday reported today.

Newsday analyzed government personnel records and found that "The
staffs that handle public relations for government agencies grew
even faster than the federal work force."

But does that mean that public access to government information has
grown correspondingly?

To the contrary.  "At the same time the White House tightened its
control over messages to the news media and restricted access to
public information."

See "Cadre Grows to Rein in Message" by Tom Brune, Newsday,
February 24:

    http://tinyurl.com/5kjj4


SELECTED BUSH, CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS OPEN

The National Archives and Records Administration has announced the
opening of selected documentary records from the papers of former
presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

"Approximately 9,700 pages of George H.W. Bush Presidential records
that were previously withheld under the Presidential Records Act
restrictions for appointments to federal office and/or
confidential advice are now open for research," NARA said in a
February 18 news release.

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2005/02/nara021805.html

Meanwhile, "The William J. Clinton Presidential Library ... Is
making over 100,000 pages of Clinton presidential records
available for research. They represent the first public release of
Clinton presidential records since the end of the Clinton
Administration," according to another NARA news release.

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2005/02/nara022205.html

Public access to records of former presidents remains a subject of
some controversy due to a November 2001 executive order by
President George W. Bush which made it easier to curtail such
access.


ARMY LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION MANUAL

What is the proper method to obtain fingerprints from a corpse?

A newly issued U.S. Army field manual on law enforcement
investigations explains that (page 20-9) and much more.  The
manual, intended for military police and other military
investigators, reviews the basics of investigative procedure, from
the crime scene to the interrogation of witnesses.

See "Law Enforcement Investigations," Field Manual 3-19.13,
Department of the Army, January 2005 (in an extremely large 22 MB
PDF file, 507 pages):

    http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm3-19-13.pdf


THIS AND THAT FROM CRS

Recent publications from the Congressional Research Service
obtained by Secrecy News include the following:

"Nuclear Threat Reduction Measures for India and Pakistan," updated
February 17, 2005:

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL31589.pdf

"Millennium Challenge Account: Implementation of a New U.S. Foreign
Aid Initiative," updated January 21, 2005:

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32427.pdf

"A Free Trade Area of the Americas: Major Policy Issues and Status
of Negotiations," updated January 3, 2005:

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS20864.pdf

"Taiwan: Recent Developments and US Policy Choices," updated
January 10, 2005:

    http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IB98034.pdf


TIME OUT

Secrecy News will be away next week.  Publication will resume the
week of March 7.




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