The Knight Open Government Survey conducted by the National Security Archive, George Washington University was released this morning: 40 Years of FOIA, 20 Years of Delay
The oldest FOIA request is 20 years old.
Jeff Bliss reported for Bloomberg on Friday, January 26, 2007, that Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee may subpoena Bush administration documents related to domestic surveillance.
I don't trust what they're doing, Rockefeller said in an interview on taped for Political Capital, a weekly 30 minute Bloomberg television program on politics, economics and public policy hosted by Al Hunt.
The full story, Rockefeller Says He May Subpoena Documents on Spying is available online.
Read the related story Review of prewar Iraq intelligence: Senate Requests, White House does not reply posted by James Jacobs.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News, Canada's national public broadcaster, reported Monday, January 22, 2007 that
A woman from the Rural Municipality of Daly in western Manitoba faces a long wait â€” 13Â½ years, to be exact â€” for government records she requested about the province's livestock industry.
Read the full story online: Woman faces 13-year wait for hog industry info.
Officials from Manitoba Province were not available for comment on Monday.
"Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force have demonstrated for the first time how -- with advanced airborne networking and information management technology -- a near-space vehicle can be used as a flexible, low-cost, theater-wide information broker that provides real-time tactical information to ground forces to enhance their effectiveness and survivability."
This experiment may revolutionize the delivery of real-time information within the tactical theater, enhancing the Network-Centric capabilities of the military's Global Information Grid.
The complete story Boeing, U.S. Air Force Demonstrate Advanced Airborne Networking First, is available online.
The Pentagon set rules Thursday for detainee trials that could allow terror suspects to be convicted and perhaps executed using hearsay testimony and coerced statements, setting up a new clash between President Bush and Congress.
New York Times reporters Eric Lichtbaum and Maek Mazzetti report in the January 14, 2007 issue, about the expanding role of the U. S. military in domestic espionage, and deletions in a U.S. Army Manual that may indicate the executive branch is once again wiretapping without a warrant.
The Pentagon has been using a little-known power to obtain banking and credit records of hundreds of Americans and others suspected of terrorism or espionage inside the U.S.
(Military Expands Intelligence Role in U.S., by Eric Lichtbaum and Maek Mazzetti.)
Deep into an updated Army manual, the deletion of 10 words has left some national security experts wondering whether government lawyers are again asserting the executive branchâ€™s right to wiretap Americans without a court warrant.
(Deletions in Army Manual Raise Wiretapping Concerns, by Eric Lichtbaum and Maek Mazzetti)
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Wikileaks.org is an uncensorable version of Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. It combines the protection and anonymity of cutting-edge cryptographic technologies with the transparency and simplicity of a wiki interface."
Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interests are oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations.
According to their FAQ page
Wikileaks expects to go live sometime in February or March 2007.
Read more on their Media reports page.
Communications during war is vital to military operations, and information, or lack of it, can make or break a battle.
Information Warfare (IW), also known as cyberwar, cyber attack, and cyberterrorism, is a form of modern warfare in which information and media become instruments of war.
As of 13 Jan 06 JP 3-13, the Joint Doctrine for Information Operations removed the term information warfare and replaced it with the more civilized concept of Information Operations (IO).
Likewise, the term has been removed from JP 1-02, the Deparment of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
Information warfare is information operations conducted to defend oneâ€™s own information and information systems or attacking and affecting an adversaryâ€™s in-formation and information systems.
The concepts of information warfare and information operations are closely tied to the GIG and to the ultimate goal of Information Assurance (IA).
I have to ponder a moment while I contemplate the level of Information Assurance associated with publications that remove definitions...
- Should a reputable dictionary at the very least indicate that this term is archaic?
Are any other archaic definitions missing?
Could this very lack of information be construed as a form of Information Warfare itself?
As we like to say in library collection development, "let's keep a copy for historical research."
Air University's Air War College, Cyberspace and Information Operations Study Center, publishes an excellent bibliography called Information Operations, Warfare, Info Ops, Infowar, Cyberwar with a section devoted exclusively to information warfare.
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, I'd suggest you immediately click on thelink to this bibliography and read -- just in case any more archaic concepts are removed.
Update 1/18/2007 - Name change confirmed by GSA, new usa.gov site. See their reasons for the change.
Is there any truth to the rumor that FirstGov.gov will soon become USA.gov?
Tamara Thompson of PI Buzz posted Jan 5 2007 about a name change to FirstGov.gov.
In This Week in Public Records Tamara tells us that
The government Web portal for Georgia is announcing a name change for the federal government site Firstgov.gov, due January 11. The official Web portal of the U.S. government is changing its name â€” to USA.gov. FirstGov.gov will become USA.gov and FirstGov en espaÃ±ol.gov will become GobiernoUSA.gov.
The State of Georgia's e-government web site, georgia.gov confirms this story.
Why the name change? Even though FirstGov.gov gets more than 80 million visitors a year, its name recognition is very low. The name doesnâ€™t intuitively tell you that this is the official U.S. Government site. It is cumbersome to say and difficult to remember. On the other hand, USA.gov clearly describes the site. USA is the term that most people around the world recognize for the United States â€“ in fact, we already get about 600,000 visits a year from users who guess and type USA.gov into search engines. USA.gov is intuitive, simple and easy to remember.
Several years ago the ICGI Web Content Standards Working Group recommended renaming the web site, and it looks like this is about to become official.