DNI: Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the US Intelligence Community

Cryptome tweeted a link to the US Director of National Intelligence’s updated poster (.pdf, Jan 12; mirror) entitled “Principles of Intelligence Transparency for the Intelligence Community”. The poster contains the following text (I added emphasis to parts I find interesting):

The Principles of Intelligence for the Intelligence Community (IC) are intended to facilitate IC decisions on making information publicly available in a manner that enhances public understanding of intelligence activities, while continuing to protect information when disclosure would harm national security. These Principles do not modify or supersede applicable laws, executive orders, and directives, including Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information. Instead, they articulate the general norms that elements of the IC should follow in implementing those authorities and requirements

The Intelligence Community will:

  1. Provide appropriate transparency to enhance public understanding about:
    1. the IC’s mission and what the IC does to accomplish it (including its structure and effectiveness)
    2. the laws, directives, authorities, and policies that govern the IC’s activities; and
    3. the compliance and oversight framework that ensures intelligence activities are conducted in accordance with applicable rules.
  2. Be proactive and clear in making information publicly available through authorized channels, including taking affirmative steps to:
    1. provide timely transparency on matters of public interest;
    2. prepare information with sufficient clarity and context, so that it is readily understandable;
    3. make information accessible to the public through a range of communications channels, such as those enabled by new technology;
    4. engage with stakeholders to better explain information and to understand diverse perspectives; and
    5. in appropriate circumstances, describe why information cannot be made public.
  3. In protecting information about intelligence sources, methods, and activities from unauthorized disclosure, ensure that IC professionals consistently and diligently execute their responsibilities to:
    1. classify only that information which, if disclosed without authorization, could be expected to cause identifiable or describable damage to national security;
    2. never classify information to conceal violations of law, inefficiencies, or administrative error, or to prevent embarrassment;
    3. distinguish, through portion marking and similar means, classified and unclassified information; and
    4. consider the public interest to the maximum extent possible when making classification determinations, while continuing to protect information as necessary to maintain intelligence effectiveness, protect the safety of those who work for or with the IC, or otherwise protect national security.
  4. Align IC roles, resources, processes and policies to support robust implementation of these principles, consistent with applicable laws, executive orders, and directives.

As a courtesy reminder (source):

The National Intelligence Strategy identifies and explains the IC’s objectives – what the IC intends to accomplish (mission objectives) and how the IC will accomplish them (enterprise objectives).

The seven “mission objectives” are:

  1. strategic intelligence;
  2. anticipatory intelligence;
  3. current operations;
  4. cyber intelligence;
  5. counterterrorism;
  6. counterproliferation; and
  7. counterintelligence.

The six “enterprise objectives” are:

  1. integrated mission management;
  2. integrated enterprise management;
  3. information sharing and safeguarding;
  4. innovation;
  5. our people; and
  6. our partners.

For the first time, The National Intelligence Strategy includes the seven “Principles of Professional Ethics for the Intelligence Community,” which were published in September 2012:

(now citing from source)

  1. Mission
    We serve the American people, and understand that our mission requires selfless dedication to the security of our Nation.
  2. Truth
    We seek the truth; speak truth to power; and obtain, analyze, and provide intelligence objectively.
  3. Lawfulness
    We support and defend the Constitution, and comply with the laws of the United States, ensuring that we carry out our mission in a manner that respects privacy, civil liberties, and human rights obligations.
  4. Integrity
    We demonstrate integrity in our conduct, mindful that all our actions, whether public or not, should reflect positively on the Intelligence Community at large.
  5. Stewardship
    We are responsible stewards of the public trust; we use intelligence authorities and resources prudently, protect intelligence sources and methods diligently, report wrongdoing through appropriate channels; and remain accountable to ourselves, our oversight institutions, and through those institutions, ultimately to the American people.
  6. Excellence
    We seek to improve our performance and our craft continuously, share information responsibly, collaborate with our colleagues, and demonstrate innovation and agility when meeting new challenges.
  7. Diversity: We embrace the diversity of our Nation, promote diversity and inclusion in our work force, and encourage diversity in our thinking.



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