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2006/2/21

U.S. Government Reclassifying Documents

@ 11:09 PM (104 months, 14 days ago)

More evidence of a government shrouded in secrecy....

The New York Times reported today that a secret program at the National Archives has existed for 7 years now, in which our intelligence agencies have reclassifed previously available papers and materials. 

Because of the reclassification, the public is no longer able to access thousands of historical documents that had been available for years, including documents already photocopied by private historians.

Former President Clinton signed a declassification order in 1995.  But in 1999, the CIA and 5 other agencies began reclassifying certain materials, and this reclassification process has excelerated under BushCo.

Just a common-sense question here, for our no-common sense government: What is the point of re-classifying material that is already out there in the public domain, in the hands of some of our nation's historians?

U.S. Reclassifies Many Documents in Secret Review