Current Administration Classifying Documents at Unprecedented Rate

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on July 12, 2005

New York Times editorial today, The Dangerous Comfort of Secrecy: “The Bush administration is classifying the documents to be kept from public scrutiny at the rate of 125 a minute. The move toward greater secrecy has nearly doubled the number of documents annually hidden from public view – to well more than 15 million last year, nearly twice the number classified in 2001 – as bureaucrats have invented more amorphous categories like “sensitive security information.” At the same time, the declassification of documents required under the Freedom of Information Act has been choked down to a fraction of what it was a decade ago, leaving the government working behind an ever darker, ever denser screen.”

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