Update on Intelligence Authorization Act
Congress has passed S 3454 without the most offensive provisions of Title V.Here's something you don't hear often: Congress did something good! In this case, it was passing the Fiscal Year 2013 Intelligence Authorization Act (S 3454) without the most offensive (from our perspective) provisions previously in Title V of the bill. In the end, pressure from several groups (including ASNE) ensured that key legislators, led by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), continued to oppose several aspects of the bill.
The final version of Title V of S 3454, while creating a Homeland Security Intelligence Program and taking steps to protect classified information within government, contains none of the sections ASNE opposed. We thank all ASNE members who assisted in this effort but urge you to remain vigilant (as we will) because the newly-convened 113th Congress is likely to revisit issues relating to the disclosure and publication of classified information.