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Conferees Urged to Retain Oversight on Information Access

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Seventeen journalism-related organizations, including the Coalition, have urged House and Senate conferees considering Intelligence Reform legislation to provide for greater…

Seventeen journalism-related organizations, including the Coalition, have urged House and Senate conferees considering Intelligence Reform legislation to provide for greater congressional oversight to ensure that a new National Intelligence Director or the reorganized intelligence community do not take steps that could create a “virtual official secrets act.” The organizations said the two bills now being considered both have language on information sharing and protection that could be used in that manner even though the legislation itself recognizes the need for better information sharing. Twice in recent years, media groups have successfully argued against official secrets legislation. (11/4/04)

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