2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: marylia@earthlink.net
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 16:49:48 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Update/Reveal a secret, face prison
Yes -- the prez was expected to sign it into law, by all accounts. Then,
the newspaper editors group began public opposition, sent him a letter,
etc. . I think that was crucial. In the end, he didn't sign it, said it was
overbroad -- yeah!!!!!  Clinton got it right on this one!!!!!

YOU WROTE: So, do you know whatever happened with this?

[The message below was originally posted to the CPEO MEF Listserve on 10/26/00]

marylia@earthlink.net 10/26/00 10:36am 
this new law could have a huge, negative impact on all our organizations'
work to monitor the nuclear weapons complex and other government
activities. read on ... mk

Reveal a secret, face prison: Leaking any classified data will be illegal
for first time
By Michael Doyle
Bee Washington Bureau
Published Oct. 24, 2000

WASHINGTON -- A sweeping new law about to be signed by President Clinton,
drafted without public hearings, for the first time makes it illegal to
leak any classified information.

"Because of the seriousness of the leaks and the releasing of classified
information, we needed to take some additional steps," said Rep. Gary
Condit, a Ceres Democrat who serves on the House Permanent Select Committee
on Intelligence. "We hope it helps."

Condit said he and other Democrats attempted to modify the measure to
account for some concerns. But the full implications of what critics are
calling America's first Official Secrets Act remain unclear -- for
whistle-blowers, for journalists, and for security officials themselves.

Consider, for one, just how many secrets America keeps.

The number is literally inestimable, Steven Garfinkle of the federal
Information Security Oversight Office said Friday.

But among documents more than 25 years old, there are well over 1 billion
classified pages -- enough, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York said
earlier this year, to fill 441 Washington Monuments. Some still-secret
documents date back decades, such as World War I-era documents concerning
secret ink.

The old documents are being declassified, but new secrets also are being
created. Last year, 169,735 new documents -- each potentially spanning many
pages -- were given their first classification. An additional 8 million
documents got a fresh classification stamp last year when they included a
previously classified secret. Release of any one of these, regardless of
the topic, would subject the leaker to imprisonment for up to three years
under the new law.


Marylia Kelley
Tri-Valley CAREs
(Communities Against a Radioactive Environment)
2582 Old First Street
Livermore, CA USA 94550

http://www.igc.org/tvc/ - is our web site, please visit us there!

(925) 443-7148 - is our phone
(925) 443-0177 - is our fax

Working for peace, justice and a healthy environment since 1983, Tri-Valley
CAREs has been a member of the nation-wide Alliance for Nuclear
Accountability in the U.S. since 1989, and is a co-founding member of the
Abolition 2000 global network for the elimination of nuclear weapons, the
U.S. Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Back From the Brink
campaign to get nuclear weapons taken off hair-trigger alert.

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