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Jack Jerkemoff

time for FreeDUMP to take a dump

Guest

My eyesight isn't so good. Any chance you'd post a clearer copy or a transcript?

GOT FreeDUMB?

Greed,LIES, Corruptoration?
in the W.H.?
haha.
Take a Look at HEU,
read THIS,
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SECRECY NEWS
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2006, Issue No. 56
May 10, 2006

Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

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** NRC RECONSIDERS SECRECY OF NUCLEAR FUEL EXPORTS
** "UNPRECEDENTED" AIPAC PROSECUTION DRAWS GROWING ATTENTION
** IN PRINT
** DNI REPORT VIEWS PROLIFERATION, CIRCA 2004


NRC RECONSIDERS SECRECY OF NUCLEAR FUEL EXPORTS

In response to a request from a public interest group, the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC) agreed to disclose the amounts of highly
enriched uranium (HEU) fuel sought for export by two foreign
countries. But the NRC said it reserved the right to withhold
similar information in the future.

The Nuclear Control Institute (NCI) had argued last February that NRC
secrecy regarding HEU exports was impeding public deliberation on the
subject, and that such deliberation had in the past contributed to a
reduction in international traffic in the weapons-grade material
(SN, 02/15/06).

NRC chairman Nils J. Diaz agreed in part.

"With respect to the two pending applications for export of HEU, the
NRC has decided that the total quantity of material requested in the
particular export applications may be released," he wrote to NCI
President Paul Leventhal and analyst Alan Kuperman in a letter dated
April 26 and disclosed this week.

Chairman Diaz revealed that Belgium had applied for export of 85.5
kilograms of HEU reactor fuel, and that Canada was seeking 15.5
kilograms of HEU.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2006/05/nrc042606.pdf

Unfortunately, the utility of the new disclosures for public
deliberation over nuclear exports was undercut by the fact that
Belgium's application has already been approved. A copy of the May
3 export license, with the amount of fuel to be sent to Belgium
still blacked out, is here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/2006/05/nrc-belg.pdf

"This new NRC policy of considering disclosure of requested export
amounts upon request is an improvement over the blanket redaction
policy," said NCI's Alan Kuperman, who is also an assistant
professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

"But it will not restore a meaningful opportunity for public comment
unless in each case the public promptly requests and the NRC
promptly grants disclosure of the amount of the export license
request, well in advance of the commission's decision on that
license request," he told Secrecy News.

Kuperman praised outgoing NRC chairman Diaz for his constructive
response, but he said that "we'll be appealing for the routine
release of these numbers."


"UNPRECEDENTED" AIPAC PROSECUTION DRAWS GROWING ATTENTION

The prosecution of two former officials of the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for allegedly mishandling classified
information is attracting growing attention as the momentous
character of the case and its implications for American civil
liberties become clear. (AIPAC itself is not a defendant and is not
accused of wrongdoing.)

"When we say that this is an unprecedented case, we're not saying it
hyperbolically the way people use 'unprecedented'," said defense
attorney Abbe Lowell, according to the newly disclosed transcript
of an April 21 court hearing. "We literally mean it's unprecedented.
There is not a case like it."

Never before has the Espionage Act of 1917 been used to prosecute
uncleared, non-governmental persons who are engaged in protected
First Amendment activities (not espionage) for receiving and
transmitting national defense information.

If these defendants are guilty of a crime, then so are many other
advocates, reporters, congressional staff and so forth.

"I think Mr. Lowell is absolutely right," Judge T.S. Ellis, III said
at the April 21 hearing. "It is an unprecedented, it's a novel case."

Prosecuting attorney Kevin DiGregory argued that the defendants had
conspired to improperly gather and disseminate classified
information and therefore "they stand in the shoes of a thief."

But the court rejected that assertion.

"You're not going to attempt to prove, and it isn't alleged in the
indictment, that these defendants in some way conspired to steal
[the information]," said Judge Ellis. "I don't think you gain much
from an analogy that doesn't fit."

"I find this a very, very hard problem," he said. "I'm exquisitely
sensitive to the [defendants'] motion to dismiss that I'm continuing
to consider," he said.

Assuming the case is not dismissed, the trial will begin August 7.

A copy of the transcript of the April 21 hearing on the matter was
obtained by Secrecy News and is available here:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/jud/rosen042106.html

The AIPAC case may be a prelude to the establishment of an American
version of the British Official Secrets Act, wrote civil libertarian
Nat Hentoff. See "Chilling Free Speech" by Nat Hentoff, Washington
Times, May 8:

http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20060507-094116-3382r.htm

The case could "change the nature of how news is gathered in
Washington and how lobbyists and academics interact with the
government," wrote author David Wise. See "Read the News, Go to
Jail," by David Wise, Los Angeles Times, April 30:

http://tinyurl.com/lgl8o

Both articles were entered into the Congressional Record yesterday by
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA). See "The Big Chill in Washington, DC,"
May 9:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2006/bigchill.html


IN PRINT

The new Journal of National Security Law & Policy has recently
published its second issue featuring several meaty articles on
interrogation, torture and the rule of law. The full contents of
the issue, along with subscription information, are available online
here:

http://www.mcgeorge.edu/jnslp/

The case of Sam Adams, the intelligence analyst who challenged
official assessments of the size of Viet Cong forces during the
Vietnam War, is revisited in a new book.

"It's the first complete narrative of the intelligence war at the
heart of what went wrong in Vietnam, and it also happens to be
highly relevant to what's happening today in Iraq," suggests the
publisher.

See "Who the Hell Are We Fighting? The Story of Sam Adams and the
Vietnam Intelligence Wars," by C. Michael Hiam, Steerforth Press,
published April 25, 2006:

http://www.steerforth.com/books/display.pperl?isbn=9781586421045


DNI REPORT VIEWS PROLIFERATION, CIRCA 2004

"We remain concerned that Tehran may have a clandestine nuclear
weapons program," according to a new but rather anticlimactic U.S.
intelligence report to Congress.

The new report on foreign acquisition of weapons of mass destruction
during 2004 was released by the Deputy Director of National
Intelligence this week.

Such a report is required by statute to be prepared and delivered
every six months. The last report, for the second half of 2003, was
released in November 2004.

See "Acquisition of Technology Relating to Weapons of Mass
Destruction and Advanced Conventional Munitions, 1 January Through
31 December 2004," Unclassified DDNI Report to Congress, May 2006:

http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/wmd-acq.pdf

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