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The "Death Squad Protection" Act

This very important new electronic briefing book from the National Security Archive (last mentioned in the January 28, 2000 Scout Report) offers analysis and background materials regarding a recently passed (July 13) measure in the FY 2001 Defense Authorization Act that -- if approved by the full Congress -- would severely reduce the amount of information released by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). These materials, especially the documents produced by the Defense HUMINT Service and routinely declassified in the past, have been central in many investigations of human rights violations committed by US-supported foreign military and intelligence units. At the site, users will find a summary of how the legislation will impact this research, sample documents that would have been withheld, the full text of the proposed exemption, background on the HUMINT Service, and HUMINT reports.
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