Making Government Operations More Open

Opening our past, cutting secrecy at the source

Only a few pieces of recent legislation have had any impact on the efforts to release the growing classified archives that mark the theft of our own history by the national security state. The Nazi War Crimes Records Act and the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Act have released over 15 million pages of classified documents relating to key pieces of our history, and have far outstripped the ineffective Freedom of ...more »

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Records Management

"Declassify" Cheney's documents

As Vice President, Dick Cheney exchanged memoranda that he had stamped "treat as classified." The Vice President does not have the power to establish his own classification system, so no matter what the stamp says, these documents are NOT classified. We request that Obama order the appropriate agency to weed out any justifiably classifiable information (sources and methods only) and publish ALL of the rest of Cheney's ...more »

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Making Data More Accessible

set a time limit for classification review on new classified records

Whenever a new classified record is created, the person classifying it should set a time limit for when the new record should have its classification level reviewed. There should be a reasonable coherent justification for keeping records classified for lengthy periods or indefinitely. There should also be a default time period for having classified records become automatically declassified. No records should be classified ...more »

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Making Government Operations More Open

Transparency for and public involvement in classification and Controlled Unclassified Information reviews

Yesterday President Obama directed an examination of classification policy overseen by the National Security Advisor and assigned the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security with examining the information sharing problems associated with sensitive controlled unclassified information (CUI). Nothing in yesterday's presidential memorandum addresses public involvement in either of these ...more »

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Making Government Operations More Open

Make all illegal acts unclassified

We propose a law that automatically makes unclassified any evidence of illegal government action or policy.

 

Any person who publicly reveals classified information, information that the person can show evidences illegal government action/policy, shall be exempt from prosecution under laws pertaining to classified information.

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