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Post-9/11 War Costs Reach $1.6 Trillion

Posted on Dec.22,2014 in budget, CRS by Steven Aftergood

The U.S. has spent $1.6 trillion on post-9/11 military operations, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other counterterrorism activities, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service. "Based on funding enacted from the 9/11 attacks through FY2014, CRS estimates a total of $1.6 trillion has been provided to the Department of Defense, the State Department and the Department of Veterans Administration for war operations, diplomatic operations and foreign aid, and medical...

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Dept of State Delays Release of Iran History

Posted on Dec.18,2014 in CIA, Declassification, History, Iran by Steven Aftergood

The U.S. Department of State has blocked the publication of a long-awaited documentary history of U.S. covert action in Iran in the 1950s out of concern that its release could adversely affect ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The controversial Iran history volume, part of the official Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series, had been slated for release last summer. ("History of 1953 CIA Covert Action in Iran to be Published, " Secrecy News...

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CRS Resources on Detention and Interrogation

Posted on Dec.16,2014 in CRS by Steven Aftergood

New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Selected CRS Materials on Detention and Interrogation of Terrorist Suspects and Enemy Belligerents, CRS Legal Sidebar, December 16,2014 The SSCI Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program: Issues to Consider, CRS Insights, December 16,2014 Big Deal? U.S. Changes Stance on Cruelty Prohibition, CRS Legal Sidebar, December 16,2014 Special Prosecutors: Investigations and Prosecutions of Police Use of Deadly

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Set Priorities for Declassification, Study Urges

Posted on Dec.15,2014 in Declassification, Oversight by Steven Aftergood

Each year millions of pages of government records are declassified that few if any members of the public will ever look at. This is an awkward fact which is not often discussed because it might call into question the whole declassification enterprise. "Statistical Records Relating to Ship Stability,1918-67, " anyone? A new collection of declassified records on that subject was among those processed for release recently by the National Declassification Center. Like too many other...

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Cybersecurity Information Sharing, and More from CRS

Posted on Dec.15,2014 in CRS by Steven Aftergood

New products from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Legislation to Facilitate Cybersecurity Information Sharing: Economic Analysis, December 11,2014 FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Issues, December 11,2014 Analysis of H.R.5781, California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, December 11,2014 Addressing the Long-Run Budget Deficit: A Comparison of Approaches, December 9,2014 Cost-Benefit and Other Analysis Requirements in the Rulemaking...

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CIA Torture Report: Oversight, But No Remedies Yet

Posted on Dec.10,2014 in CIA, Congress, Declassification, Oversight by Steven Aftergood

The release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program is, among other things, an epic act of record preservation. Numerous CIA records that might not have been disclosed for decades, or ever, were rescued from oblivion by the Senate report and are now indelibly cited and quoted, even if many of them are not yet released in full. That's not a small thing, since the history of...

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The Role of Inspectors General, and More from CRS

Posted on Dec.10,2014 in CRS by Steven Aftergood

Noteworthy new reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Federal Inspectors General: History, Characteristics, and Recent Congressional Actions, December 8,2014 Attorney General Nominations Since the Reagan Administration, CRS Insights, December 4,2014 Army Active Component (AC) /Reserve Component (RC) Force Mix: Considerations and Options for Congress, December 5,2014 Nuclear Energy Cooperation with Foreign Countries: Issues for Congress, December 8,2014 Hospital-Based Emergency Departments: Background

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Congress Tells DoD to Report on Leaks, Insider Threats

Posted on Dec.08,2014 in Congress, Leaks by Steven Aftergood

For the next two years, Congress wants to receive quarterly reports from the Department of Defense on how the Pentagon is responding to leaks of classified information. The reporting requirement was included in the pending National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 (Sec.1052) . "Compromises of classified information cause indiscriminate and long-lasting damage to United States national security and often have a direct impact on the safety of warfighters, " the Act states. "In 2010, hundreds...

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Defense Authorization Act Highlights, and More from CRS

Posted on Dec.08,2014 in CRS by Steven Aftergood

New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. Fact Sheet: Selected Highlights of H.R.3979, the Carl Levin and Howard "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for FY2015, December 3,2014 FY2015 Budget Requests to Counter Ebola and the Islamic State (IS) , December 4,2014 Proposed Train and Equip Authorities for Syria: In Brief, December 3,2014 U.S. Assistance Programs in China, December...

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New Books Received

Posted on Dec.08,2014 in new books by Steven Aftergood

New books sent to Secrecy News for review (thanks!) but not yet read include these: Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter (reviewed in WaPo, WSJ) Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution by Richard Whittle (reviewed in WaPo, WSJ) National Security Affect from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Joseph Masco Russlands "neuer Adel": Die Macht Des Geheimdienstes Von Gorbatschow...

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Poems About July

  1. 351. Secrecy News , michael walkerjohn
  2. 352. Autumn In July , Waldon Pond Productions
  3. 353. Out Of Words Haiku (Senryu) , Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel ..
  4. 354. July Sun , Mat Langford
  5. 355. Faith Lost , Matthew Herinckx
  6. 356. The Accident , Sarah Stetler
  7. 357. Marshmallow Turtle , Mark Allen Murphy
  8. 358. Remember Me , Max D. Hornbogen
  9. 359. Happy Fourth Of July! , Marjorie DeBol DeFazio
  10. 360. July , Assorted Thoughts
  11. 361. Standing Still With You , Max D. Hornbogen
  12. 362. My Four Seasons , Twilight Whispers
  13. 363. In Memoriam , Elmer Romulo Valdez
  14. 364. 07/07 , Marie Lovett
  15. 365. Flight 1122 , Curtisj Johnson
  16. 366. Got Any Change , Curtisj Johnson
  17. 367. A Protest Note To God.(Khuda Ke Naam) , mazHur Butt
  18. 368. Raila Odinga's Approach To National Dial.. , alexander opicho
  19. 369. I; July Guy; Her October , Vizard Dhawan
  20. 370. July , Laa Finita
  21. 371. Haiku Metro Wagon , Rasul Raessi
  22. 372. Making Love , Frank Pulver
  23. 373. Haiku Summer Noon , Rasul Raessi
  24. 374. ..... , Emm Gee
  25. 375. Party Bound Politicians July 4th,2012 , James Bredin
  26. 376. Family Therapy , david gerardino
  27. 377. Media Moguls And Their Friends... July 8.. , James Bredin
  28. 378. Drug-Addict Clinic On Your Street... Jul.. , James Bredin
  29. 379. Sue Rodriguez... July 19th,2013 , James Bredin
  30. 380. A July Day , Margaret Moran
  31. 381. Juniper's Reign , Jennie Renee Sparrow
  32. 382. Surfers Paradise Sojourn. , michael walker
  33. 383. Independance Day , Roxanne Dubarry
  34. 384. Poem 065, Sonnet 25: Score , Samer Madbak
  35. 385. Looking At The Past , BurningDesire PhekoMotaung
  36. 386. Essays On Literature , alexander opicho
  37. 387. Evening , JIBAN GOSWAMI
  38. 388. Forest , JIBAN GOSWAMI
  39. 389. Haiku 2 , Cheryl Griffith
  40. 390. So Much Depends Upon , Frank Avon
  41. 391. Festival-Haiku , Don Pearson
  42. 392. The Seventh Month , Monty Gilmer
  43. 393. Essence , Ozi Law
  44. 394. The Celestial Lover , Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
  45. 395. The Clare Election , John Banim
  46. 396. This Isn'T A Poem... , Arabella Fay
  47. 397. I Will Smile , Tracey Tucker
  48. 398. Soccer Rollback , rwetewrt erwtwer
  49. 399. Life , Carmella Stajanca
  50. 400. When Will I Die? , James Bredin
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