Friday, February 15, 2008

Great News: HR 2082 passed in Senate


The following is Project Vote Smart's highlights for this bill, graciously made available by PVS:

- Authorizes classified dollar amounts to be appropriated for fiscal year 2008 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Air Force, the Coast Guard, the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Energy, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the National Reconnaissance Office, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security (Sec. 101).

- Requires $39.00 million to be transferred from the Director of National Intelligence to the Attorney General for the National Drug Intelligence Center (Sec. 104).
- Authorizes $262.50 million for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability Fund (Sec. 201).

- Directs the Director of National Intelligence to implement a multi-level security clearance system for persons proficient in foreign languages or with cultural, linguistic, or other subject matter expertise “critical to national security,” and to annually report to Congress regarding the foreign language proficiency of the intelligence community (Sec. 303, Sec. 414).

- Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress no later than March 31, 2008, regarding the use and impact of private contractors in the intelligence community, as well as the accountability mechanisms that govern their performance (Sec. 307).

- Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a report to Congress no later than March 31, 2008, outlining plans to increase the recruiting, hiring, and retaining of diverse candidates (Sec. 309).

- Directs the Director of National Intelligence to conduct vulnerability assessments for major systems, which are defined as significant programs of the intelligence community with projected total development and procurement costs exceeding $500.00 million (Sec. 311).

- Directs the Director of National Intelligence to present annual reports to Congress regarding the acquisition of any major systems and to notify Congress within 60 days if development costs for any programs significantly exceed the baseline costs (Sec. 313, Sec. 314).

- Increases the time of potential imprisonment for disclosing the identity of undercover intelligence officers and agents from 10 to 15 years (Sec. 324).

- Requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress within 45 days after the date of the enactment of this bill regarding the detention and interrogation methods used by the intelligence community (Sec. 326).

- Mandates that no person in the custody or within the control of an element of the intelligence community, regardless of that individual’s physical location or nationality, shall be “subject to any treatment or technique of interrogation not authorized by the United States Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations” (Sec. 327).

- Requires all members of the Congressional intelligence committees to be fully updated on intelligence regarding the Israeli military action in Syria on September 6, 2007, before more than 30 percent of authorized appropriations may be expended (Sec. 328).

- Requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress regarding the nuclear intentions and capabilities of Iran and North Korea (Sec. 407).

- Establishes an Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community to objectively investigate and audit the conduct of the intelligence community (Sec. 413).

Arabic news source:

مجلس الشيوخ الأمريكي يحظر طرقاً للتعذيب تمارسها الاستخبارات
صوًت مجلس الشيوخ الأمريكي مساء أمس الأربعاء على مشروع قانون ، يمنع وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية الأمريكية (سي.آي.إيه) من استخدام أسلوب الإغراق الوهمي " الغمر بالمياه" وأشكال أخرى من وسائل الإكراه مع السجناء.
مشروع القانون الجديد الذي تمت الموافقة عليه بأغلبية 51 صوتا مقابل رفض 45 صوتاً ، سيرسل إلى البيت الأبيض لإقراره، في وقت يهدد فيه الرئيس جورج بوش باستخدام حق الفيتو ضد هذا القانون.
ويلزم مشروع القانون وكالة الاستخبارات المركزية الأمريكية (سي.آي.إيه) بإتباع القواعد التي يتبعها الجيش الأمريكي في استجواب السجناء.
وكان مايكل هايدن مدير (سي.آي.إيه) ، اقر أمام الكونغرس قبل أيام بأن الوكالة استخدمت هذا الأسلوب من أجل الحصول على معلومات من ثلاثة من كبار قادة تنظيم القاعدة بمن فيه خالد شيخ محمد المشتبه في أنه العقل المدبر لهجمات أيلول/سبتمبر والذي اعتقل في باكستان عام 2003 .
يذكر أن الكونغرس ، حظر من قبل استخدام أساليب الإغراق الوهمي ووسائل التحقيقات القاسية كافة، لكن إدارة الرئيس بوش قالت إن القانون لا يطبق على أجهزة الاستخبارات.

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