Monday, August 07, 2006

OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT, S.3774

Alexandria, VA -- Senators Rick Santorum, R-PA, and Conrad Burns, R-MT, support implementation of Official Secret’s Act, S.3774, introduced last Wednesday by Senator Christopher Bond, R-MO, to criminalize the unauthorized disclosure of classified information.

According to Professor William Weaver, NSWBC Senior Advisor, “Such legislation is subject to a double standard in its application. For example, much information is leaked to
the press with the approval of administrators. These sorts of leaks are an unofficial channel for shoring up administration positions and to influence public opinion. On the other hand, unauthorized leaks would be prosecuted when they undermine administration positions or embarrass the executive branch or
reveal illegal agency activity. So whether or not a person is prosecuted dependson whether or not the leak is popular or unpopular with the administration in power at the time of the leak. If the statute were to be applied evenhandedly, the jails would be full of administrators and presidential advisors.”

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