Dubya is afraid of something
- 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.
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the release of millions of historical documents for more than three years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
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
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.