Roland Watson, email@example.com
April 10, 2010
anticipation of the Nuclear Security Summit this coming week in Washington, D.C.,
Dictator Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. State
Department (see below), asking that it release the Report on Military and Intelligence
Aid to Burma that is required under Section 10 of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese
JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008. Most importantly, we seek
subsection (b)3 on the provision of weapons of mass destruction and related
materials, capabilities, and technology, including nuclear, chemical, or dual
Most FOIA filings request information that
the government wants to keep secret about its internal operations and deliberations,
but which the people have a legitimate right to know. Ours is unusual in that
we are asking for something that U.S. law specifically orders must be published.
that the Administration refuses to publish the report, we can only assume the
We trust that President Obamas new Nuclear Posture also includes
a policy change that legal requirements regarding nuclear intelligence and proliferation
will be expeditiously and openly satisfied. We would also query how the Posture
would respond to intelligence that North Korea, or China, had sold Burmas
military junta, the SPDC, nuclear weapons components, and even assisted in the
assembly of an atomic weapon. Further, we must ask how the Administration would
respond towards North Korea and/or China were such a weapon ever to be detonated.
question for journalists covering the Summit: Why was Thailand invited?
will issue another announcement once the State Department responds to our request.
filing, April 2, 2010:
Description of request:
The Tom Lantos Block
Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008 was signed into law
by President Bush on July 29, 2008. Under Section 10 of the law (see below), the
Secretary of State is required to prepare a report, not later than 180 days after
the enactment of the Act, and annually thereafter, on Military and Intelligence
Aid to Burma from foreign countries, companies and other entities. Subsection
(b)3 specifies that the report must include information on the provision
of weapons of mass destruction and related materials, capabilities, and technology,
including nuclear, chemical, or dual use capabilities. Further, under
subsection (c) an unclassified version shall be placed on the Department
of State's website.
The first report should have been completed
by January 2009. The unclassified version, in contravention of the Act, was never
posted on the State Department website. By this time the second annual version
of the report should have been prepared, and posted, as well.
filing requests that the State Department release the long delayed reports, most
importantly subsection (b)3.
SEC. 10. REPORT ON MILITARY AND
INTELLIGENCE AID TO BURMA.
(a) In General- Not later than 180 days
after the date of the enactment of this Act and annually thereafter, the Secretary
of State shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives
and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report containing a list
of countries, companies, and other entities that provide military or intelligence
aid to the SPDC and describing such military or intelligence aid provided by each
such country, company, and other entity.
(b) Military or Intelligence
Aid Defined- For the purpose of this section, the term military or intelligence
aid means, with respect to the SPDC--
(1) the provision of
weapons, weapons parts, military vehicles, or military aircraft;
(2) the provision of military or intelligence training, including advice and assistance
on subject matter expert exchanges;
(3) the provision of weapons
of mass destruction and related materials, capabilities, and technology, including
nuclear, chemical, or dual-use capabilities;
(4) conducting joint
(5) the provision of naval support, including
ship development and naval construction;
(6) the provision of technical
support, including computer and software development and installations, networks,
and infrastructure development and construction; or
(7) the construction
or expansion of airfields, including radar and anti-aircraft systems.
(c) Form- The report required under subsection (a) shall be submitted in unclassified
form but may include a classified annex and the unclassified form shall be placed
on the Department of State's website.