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Classification Report: 50% More "Original" Secrets

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Despite all the talk in Congress and several special commission reports citing over-classification, the federal government continues to make new…

Despite all the talk in Congress and several special commission reports citing over-classification, the federal government continues to make new secrets at an ever-faster rate. The 2004 report of the Information Security Oversight Office said there was a 10 per cent overall increase in classification of documents last year and a 50 per cent increase in “original” classifications, the base decisions from which all others flow sooner or later. ISOO also said it spot checked more than 2000 classification decisions and found that mistakes, small and large, had been made in more than half.

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