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Security & Secrecy | USA

Improvement to US Secrecy Classification Systems?

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If you work in the industry, you know that navigating the designated layers of classified material can be challenging, and that decisions regarding classification may not always make sense to you. This is also true on a public policy level: the Federation of American Scientists, for instance, is deeply skeptical of recent NY Times claims re: materials in the public Iraqi documents archive, and whether there was anything in them that justified secrecy or their subsequent removal from public access. Defense Tech has a link-filled report, noting that US Army intelligence (G2) has stepped up and released a “Standardized Methodology for Making Classification Decisions,” (Office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2, October 25, 2006, PDF format) along with a tutorial. So now you know… sorta… or don’t, as the case may be… anyway, you get the point.

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