SECRECY NEWS – FBI TERRORISM INVESTIGATIONS, AND MORE FROM CRS

“Intelligence activity in the past decades has, all too often, exceeded
the restraints on the exercise of governmental power that are imposed by
our country’s Constitution, laws, and traditions,” according to the
Congressional Research Service.

The CRS, which shuns polemical claims, presents that assertion as a simple
statement of fact (although cautiously sourced to the 1976 Church Committee
report) in a newly updated report on FBI terrorism investigations.

The report reviews the FBI investigative process, the statutory framework
within which it operates, and the tools at its disposal, along with
oversight considerations for Congress. See The Federal Bureau of
Investigation and Terrorism Investigations, April 24, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/R41780.pdf

Other new or newly updated CRS reports include the following.

Terrorism, Miranda, and Related Matters, April 24, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/R41252.pdf

Terrorism Risk Insurance: Issue Analysis and Overview of Current Program,
April 26, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/R42716.pdf

U.S. Air Force Bomber Sustainment and Modernization: Background and Issues
for Congress, April 23, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/R43049.pdf

Multiyear Procurement (MYP) and Block Buy Contracting in Defense
Acquisition: Background and Issues for Congress, April 25, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41909.pdf

U.S.-South Korea Relations, April 26, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41481.pdf

Iran Sanctions, April 24, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RS20871.pdf

Intelligence Issues for Congress, April 23, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/RL33539.pdf

Inflation-Indexing Elements in Federal Entitlement Programs, April 24,
2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42000.pdf

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress, April 25, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf

Prevalence of Mental Illness in the United States: Data Sources and
Estimates, April 24, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43047.pdf

DOD POLICY ON NON-LETHAL WEAPONS, AND OTHER NEW DIRECTIVES

The Department of Defense has revised its 1996 directive on non-lethal
weapons (NLW) to guide future development and procurement of this category
of weaponry.

“Unlike conventional lethal weapons that destroy their targets principally
through blast, penetration, and fragmentation, NLW employ means other than
gross physical destruction to prevent the target from functioning. NLW are
intended to have relatively reversible effects on personnel or materiel,”
the revised directive explains.

“It is DoD policy that NLW doctrine and concepts of operation will be
developed to reinforce deterrence and expand the range of options available
to commanders.”

The directive does not apply to information operations, cyber operations
or electronic warfare capabilities. See DoD Executive Agent for Non-Lethal
Weapons (NLW), and NLW Policy, DoD Directive 3000.03E, April 25, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/d3000_03.pdf

Other noteworthy new or updated DoD issuances include the following.

DoD Nuclear Weapons Surety Program, DoD Directive 3150.02, April 24, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/d3150_02.pdf

DoD Counterfeit Prevention Policy, DoD Instruction 4140.67, April 26,
2013:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/i4140_67.pdf

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight
(ATSD(IO)), DoD Directive 5148.11, April 24, 2013:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/d5148_11.pdf

Use of Excess Ballistic Missiles for Space Launch, Directive-Type
Memorandum (DTM) 11-008, July 5, 2011, Incorporating Change 3, April 25,
2013:

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/dtm-11-008.pdf

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