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House of Representatives report on the problem of overclassification.
By Curt_Anderson
January 20, 2023 10:35 pm
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Not the current House, of course, this report was written by the Committee on Government Reform, 188th Congress. Here is an excerpt, the full report is at the link below.

TOO MANY SECRETS: OVERCLASSIFICATION AS A BARRIER TO CRITICAL INFORMATION SHARING

An old maxim of military strategy warns, ``He who protects everything, protects nothing.

Nevertheless, the United States today attempts to shield an immense and growing body of secrets using an incomprehensibly complex system of classifications and safeguard requirements. As a result, no one can say with any degree of certainty how much is classified, how much needs to be declassified, or whether the Nation's real secrets can be adequately protected in a system so bloated, it often does not distinguish between the critically important and the comically irrelevant.

This much we know: There are too many secrets. Soon after President Franklin Roosevelt's first executive order on classification in 1940, the propensity to overclassify was noted. Since then, a long and distinguished list of committees and commissions has studied the problem. They all found it impossible to quantify the extent of overclassification because no one even knows the full scope of the Federal Government's classified holding at any given time. Some estimate 10 percent of current secrets should never have been classified. Others put the extent of overclassification as high as 90 percent.



"There's somewhere in the order of over 50 million documents classified every year. We don't know the exact number because even the government can't keep track of it all," Oona Hathaway, a law professor at Yale University and former special counsel at the Pentagon, told NPR.



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  1. by HatetheSwamp on January 21, 2023 3:41 am

    Right on, buddy.

    I'm sure you know, because you quote it so often, bahahahahahahahahahaha, on FOX, they've been making this point...particularly since the emerging Biden scandal exploded. No doubt, you heard the convo between Brit Hume and that gay Guy you'd never heard of on the drive time radio show, what was it?, help me out, two weeks ago?

    And...though I don't recall you pointing this out...reliable reports suggest that most of Trump's trove is nuthin more than momentos and trophies from state dinners and other formal occasions. What we don't know yet is how tightly connected Clouseau's batch is to Hunter's Ukraine and China shenanigans.

    So, for now, your Good German instinct is intact. But, why didn't you think to point this out while fibbies were taking selfies in Melania's undies!!!!!?

    Curious.

    Bahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahaha hoohoohoohoohoohoohoo heeheeheeheeheeheehee heeheeheeheeheeheehee hahahahahahahahaha hoohoohoohoohoohoohoo hahahahahahahahaha heeheeheeheeheeheehee hoohoohoohoohoohoohoo hahahahahahahahaha, ahhhhhhhhhhh!

    The compelling truth, at the moment, is that the Former Trucker's gang did a 68 day cover-up and only began to trickle truth when CBS lifted the lid on the corruption. Can't you wait to see Jim Jordan cover that material with Biden's gang and the Archives gang?

    Oh, and the Flatulent Fool called mismanaging Top Secret Classified Documents IRRESPONSIBLE...

    ...oh, and he, proudly, dumped a batch of his in his garage beside his Corvette...

    ...and, he has no regrets...

    ...and, he thinks that there's no there there.

    And, Ka-ringe Jean-Pierre is a lyin idiot.


  2. by Ponderer on January 21, 2023 6:34 am

    Oh my goodness.

    How long have you been going without your dementia medications now, Bill?


  3. by HatetheSwamp on January 21, 2023 6:58 am

    po,

    There's a significant moment in dementia, as I pointed out here during my dad's journey, i.e., the moment when the person with dementia is so far into the disease that they no longer realize that they have dementia.

    Perhaps, I'm there.

    What in pb's post strikes you as being fruit of dementia?


  4. by Ponderer on January 21, 2023 10:56 am

    That's okay, Bill. Never mind.


  5. by Ponderer on January 21, 2023 10:57 am

    Forget I even brought it up. If you haven't already.


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