Friday, February 17, 2006

Cheney's declassification authority...wait a minute!

From Secrecy News:


In discussing the Vice President's declassification authority yesterday, we should have noted that some categories of information are protected by statute, not just by executive order. Such information, including intelligence sources and methods that are protected by the National Security Act, cannot simply be declassified by presidential (or vice presidential) fiat.

The point was made in "The White House's maestro of secrets," RoanokeTimes, February 17:

The AIPAC case, involving the use of the Espionage Act to prosecute the receipt (and not merely the disclosure) of classified information, was viewed from Israel in "Washington: Lobbying for freedom of speech" by Nathan Guttman, Jerusalem Post, February 16:


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