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CIA Secretly Reclassifies Documents


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Jun 12, 2005
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From Slashdot
SetupWeasel writes "The New York Times is reporting that the CIA is secretly reclassfying documents. How did we catch on? Historians have some of the documents. From the article: "eight [of the] reclassified documents had been previously published in the State Department's history series, 'Foreign Relations of the United States.'" Are our intelligence agencies rewriting history, stupidly paranoid, or both? We do know that they are ignoring a 2003 law that requires formal reclassifications. It puts that whole Google censorship thing in a whole new light. (Americans aren't allowed to see that video.)"


For interested Americans, the 'big boom' video censored by Google [google.com] may be viewed here [youtube.com].
The source is the New York Times which would publish anything to make a stink. Need more sources reporting the same thing to make this more plausible. And if it is true, it is out of the interest of national security which is fine in my mind.
The stupid thing is that since they were declassified, they have already been published.

Also, the issue is not reclassification of documents, as there is a procedure for that. The issue is of them CIRCUMVENTING that legal procedure. You can reclassify a document, but it has to go thru a process, which they have circumvented. So they can and have reclassified documents using the procedure if it's really for national security, but this is the first AFAAK time of going around that procedure.
Again, we dont know if this actually happened. If you start getting a whole bunch of media groups publishing this information then it would certainly start to valid its authenticity. So Im not going to jump the boat and assume that something is happening and start pointing fingers.

Now, if this is actually happening, a decent explanation would obviously be helpful. It all really depends on what the law states. This could turn out to be the whole "wire tapping" issue where people jumped the gun without realizing that calls originating from outside the US have very, very vague and limited legislation. My guess is that, IF this happened, that the law was so vague that there was little point in making a mess about something that really wont affect people's lives anyway.

Like almost all legislation written today, there is some sort of loophole.