Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Once a secret, always a secret?

When is a government secret no longer a secret? Generally, when it shows up at the National Archives, that's one pretty good clue.

Then again, maybe not. In a program that predates the secretive Bush administration, the nation's intelligence agencies have been taking thousands of declassified documents out of the archives, essentially making them secrets again.

Hadn't heard about that? That's because the program itself is a secret.

According to a story in The New York Times, the push to pull documents is a backlash -- stronger since 9/11 -- against a Clinton-era executive order that made it harder to keep secrets more than 25 years old.

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