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Feinstein Bill Seeks Notice to Congress of Declassification

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bill (S 2660)to require the White House to notify Congress when it declassifies intelligence information. The bill was prompted by news reports that the President selectively authorized certain disclosures without informing the originating agency. “If the President declassifies information so that his subordinates can discuss intelligence with reporters, Congress should be alerted so that the intelligence committees can ensure that national secrets are not being used for political purposes,” Sen. Feinstein said. (4/27/06)