The Terror Finance Blog relays a Wall Street Journalop-ed by Sens. Arlen Specter and Joseph Lieberman arguing the need for legislation to protect against individuals with alleged connections to terrorist activity who are filing
libel suits and winning judgments in foreign courts against American
researchers who publish on these matters.
The Terror Finance Blog relays a Washington Timesop-ed discussing the recent attempt by the Palestinian Authority to reopen
cases it lost after refusing to defend itself against terror-funding
CNN has an article about Sen. Obama's major policy address on Iraq, Afghanistan and national security, including a link to an article discussing Sen. McCain's response. Update: The New York Timescovers the debate.
SpyTalk discusses Shaun Waterman's article indicating that Homeland Security officials are looking into allegations that a member
of the department's advisory council offered to arrange meetings with
senior administration officials in exchange for a large donation to the
Bush presidential library.
Secrecy News discusses an agreement between the US and the Czech Republic that allows government agencies to redesignate "controlled unclassified information" (CUI) as classified
information in order to prevent its disclosure under the Freedom of
CNN and the New York Times cover Bush's signature of the FISA Amendments bill. Threat Level discusses the law and the ACLU suit filed against it, and Anthony Arend at Exploring International Law analyzes the law with a link to a very thorough analysis with flowcharts done by Wes Walls of Ketchup and Caviar.
The Washington Post has an article on the ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and European countries for the exchange of data in criminal and terrorist cases. Homeland Security Watch discusses the privacy issues.
FOIA Blog discusses a recent Memorandum Opinion in the case Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington v. Office of Administration requiring the OA to preserve all material that would be subject to FOIA if CREW prevails on appeal.
BeSpacific has a summary of a recent GAO report finding that senior federal officials are not complying with requirements to preserve email records, including a discussion of legislation to modernize the Federal Records Act and the Presidential Records Act
to ensure the preservation of these important federal records.
James Baker and Warren Christopher wrote an op-ed in the New York Times arguing for the replacement of the 1973 War Powers Resolution with a law that would require the President and Congress to consult before going to war. CNN and the New York Times have articles on it.
Secrecy News discusses a Senate Appropriations Committee report opining that by classifying some recent Presidential directives on homeland security
and restricting their disclosure, the Bush Administration has impeded
their effective implementation.
FOIA Blog discusses the filing of a FOIA lawsuit by the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation against the DOJ over a FOIA request made
for information on the government's use of people's cell phones as
tracking devices. The complaint, a press release from the ACLU and
other information on the suit may be found here.
The Washington Post has an article discussing how the FBI and military officials have discovered over the past several years that hundreds of foreign detainees have criminal arrest records in the United States. Intel Dump discusses it.
The Washington Post has an article and interview addressing the difficulties that General Hayden's CIA faces in trying to turn the corner on
six years of controversy at the same time that it attempts sweeping