Thursday, July 31, 2008

U.S. Homeland Security Stays Mum on New 'Cyber Security' Center

Stephanie Condon writes on C|Net News:

The Bush administration's newly-created National Cyber Security Center remains shrouded in secrecy, with officials refusing to release information about its budget, what contractors will run it, and how its mission relates to Internet surveillance.

In correspondence with the U.S. Senate posted on Thursday, the Bush administration said it would not provide that information publicly. An 18-page, partially redacted letter [.pdf] from DHS said that disclosure could affect "the conduct of federal programs, or other programs or operations essential to the interests of our nation."

The censored letter -- a non-redacted, "For Official Use Only" version was provided to senators -- came in response to queries from the top Democratic and Republican members of the Senate's Homeland Security committee.

More here.


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