Obama Curbs Secrecy of Classified Documents

ObamaUFOSo what do disinfo.com visitors think? Dick Cheney must be rolling in his virtual grave. What message is President Obama sending while doing this on vacation?

CHARLIE SAVAGE writes in the NY Times:

WASHINGTON — President Obama declared on Tuesday that “no information may remain classified indefinitely” as part of a sweeping overhaul of the executive branch’s system for protecting classified national security information.

In an executive order and an accompanying presidential memorandum to agency heads, Mr. Obama signaled that the government should try harder to make information public if possible, including by requiring agencies to regularly review what kinds of information they classify and to eliminate any obsolete secrecy requirements.

“Agency heads shall complete on a periodic basis a comprehensive review of the agency’s classification guidance, particularly classification guides, to ensure the guidance reflects current circumstances and to identify classified information that no longer requires protection and can be declassified,” Mr. Obama wrote in the order, released while he was vacationing in Hawaii.

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5 Comments on "Obama Curbs Secrecy of Classified Documents"

  1. funny he didn't bring back the mandatory 25 year disclosure law. don't expect any change from this dog-n-pony either.

  2. The man is all hat and no cattle. whatever he says, he does the opposite. Take that to the bank.

  3. IMHO, what's key about this is that the intel community won't have veto power over the declassification process. That means if this other agency decides it comes out, it comes out — whether it makes the spooks uncomfy about their past actions being revealed or not.

    This is good, because I maintain that most of what has been kept classified has been so largely because it might embarrass one of the 15 intelligence agencies, NOT because it might risk present security.

    I mean really — there's still stuff from the 1940s that remains classified. There's rational secrecy protection that secures the country, and then there's dipshittery and butt-covering to protect careers or reputations.

    The latter I could give a crap about.

    The fact that it costs the taxpayers millions every year to keep this BS secret when it's often simply not necessary — that bothers.

  4. santosfabian | Dec 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm |

    give me aliens!

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