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Dubya is afraid of something

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    Apparently President Bush wants no automatic declassification of documents more than 25 years old. Hmm...It was 1977, 26 years ago, that his father ceased to
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 26, 2003
      Apparently President Bush wants no automatic declassification of documents
      more than 25 years old. Hmm...It was 1977, 26 years ago, that his father
      ceased to be director of the CIA. I wonder if he's protecting the family
      reputation from something. The following article appeared on page A12 of the
      wednesday 26 March 2003 edition of The Arizona Republic and is credited to
      Deb Riechmann of the Associated Press.

      --Kevin

      BUSH ORDER DELAYS DOCUMENT RELEASE

      Washington--President Bush issued an executive order Tuesday that will delay
      the release of millions of historical documents for more than three years
      and make it easier to reclassify information that could damage national
      security.

      Bush signed the 25-page order three weeks before the government's April 17
      deadline for the automatic declassification of millions of papers 25 years
      or older.

      Historians and declassification experts have mixed reactions to Bush's order.
      Some say its provisions are less restrictive than they expected, and others
      argue it further cloaks government activities.

      Thomas Blanton at the National Security Archive, a group that works to get
      government documents declassified, says it's a step back in time. He's
      especially upset over a provision stating that foreign government information
      is presumed classified.

      "Making foreign government information presumptively classified drops us down
      to Uzbekistan's openness norms," Blanton said.
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