Policy and News Updates for October 19, 2004


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[updated]Intelligence Reform Bill Includes Budget Disclosure, Classification Review Panel
The Senate version, S. 2845, requires disclosure of the annual intelligence budget and allows Congress to appeal agency decisions to classify documents or sections of public reports. Meanwhile, the White House complained about both provisions in a letter to lawmakers. The 9/11 Family Steering Committee holds a news conference on Oct. 20 to push the Senate version.
Status: Members of the House and Senate continue negotiating this week in conference committee.
Source: Secrecy News Oct. 5, 2004.
Action: Action Alert from the 9/11 Family Steering Committee


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‘Open Access’ Medical Journal Provides New Model for Publishing Original, Peer-Reviewed Research
[Business Wire Oct. 19]


Alabama judge agrees to unseal some documents in Scrushy case
[Associated Press Oct. 19]


10/19/04 Kudos for Cornyn
[Lufkin Daily News Oct. 19]


Senate Chairman Refuses to Release Richard Clarke’s Testimony
[OMB Watcher Oct. 18]


Justice Asks to Submit Secret Evidence on Transportation Rule
[OMB Watcher Oct. 18]


Iraq audit can’t find billions
[Boston Globe Oct. 16]


Whistle-Blowers Often Unheard, Advocate Says
[Washington Post Oct. 14]


Prop. 59 amends Constitution, opens government further
[San Francisco Chronicle Oct. 13]


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