Archive for Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Obama moves to curb federal secrets

December 30, 2009


— President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered the federal government to rethink how it protects the nation’s secrets, in a move that was expected to declassify more than 400 million pages of Cold War-era documents and curb the number of government records hidden from the public.

Among the changes is a requirement that every record be released eventually and that federal agencies review how and why they mark documents classified or deny the release of historical records. A National Declassification Center at the National Archives will be established to assist them and help clear a backlog of the Cold War records by Dec. 31, 2013.

Obama also reversed a decision by President George W. Bush that had allowed the intelligence community to block the release of a specific document, even if an interagency panel decided the information wouldn’t harm national security.


Mark Zwahl 8 years, 2 months ago

Seriously, you fools. A transparent government is a less corrupt government - especially in this increasingly complicated society - and regardless of who is in office. It is sometimes more about the process than the outcomes. Bush never saw the irony of curtailing freedom and lying to "protect" freedom.

sfjayhawk 8 years, 2 months ago

I want to see the classified sections of the warren report.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 2 months ago

Worth repeating: “28 March 2009 at 6:40 p.m. beobachter (Anonymous) says… …Ok, I'm done, you don't need to ban my account, I won't be back.” ;)

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