Last JFK Assassination Records May Be Released Soon

     The nominal deadline for release of the last remaining records concerning the assassination of President Kennedy under the terms of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 is October 26, 2017. By Steven AftergoodSecrecy News10-11-17 Agencies have an opportunity to request postponement of release, beyond the deadline, […]

Old NSA Records Remain Inaccessible to Researchers

     Last year, the National Archives (NARA) acquired a large number of historically valuable National Security Agency records. But they remain inaccessible to researchers, at least for the time being. By Steven AftergoodSecrecy News7-17-17 David Langbart of NARA described the situation at a closed meeting of the State Department […]

US Military Advantage in Cyberspace is Challenged

     The superiority of the US military in cyberspace, which once could be taken for granted, is gradually eroding, says an Army Field Manual published this week. By Steven AftergoodSecrecy News4-14-17 In the past decade, “U.S. forces dominated cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) in Afghanistan and Iraq against […]

Spy Satellite Agency Modifies Secrecy Policies

      The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has modified its classification policies in favor of heightened secrecy, withholding budget records that were previously considered releasable and redesignating certain unclassified budget information as classified. By Steven AftergoodSecrecy News2-2-17 NRO is the U.S. intelligence agency that builds and operates the nation’s […]

Spy Satellite Agency Modifies Secrecy Policies

      The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has modified its classification policies in favor of heightened secrecy, withholding budget records that were previously considered releasable and redesignating certain unclassified budget information as classified. By Steven AftergoodSecrecy News2-2-17 NRO is the U.S. intelligence agency that builds and operates the nation’s […]

Increased Transparency Re Disclosures of Intelligence Records

      In the final days and weeks of the Obama Administration, intelligence officials took steps to promote increased transparency and made several noteworthy disclosures of intelligence policy records. By Steven AftergoodSecrecy News1-22-17 On January 9, DNI James Clapper signed a new version of Intelligence Community Directive 208, now […]

Disclosing Classified Info to the Press — With Permission

     Intelligence officials disclosed classified information to members of the press on at least three occasions in 2013, according to a National Security Agency report to Congress that was released last week under the Freedom of Information Act. By Steven AftergoodSecrecy News1-4-17 See Congressional Notification — Authorized Disclosures of […]

Congress Passes FOIA Improvement Act

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‘Fact of’ Nuclear Weapons on Okinawa Declassified

     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 information about Okinawa. By […]

Department of Defense Confronts Climate Change

By Steven AftergoodSecrecy News1-19-16      The Department of Defense is organizing itself to address the effects of climate change on the U.S. military, some of which are already being felt. “The DoD must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in […]