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Intelligence Agencies Seeking Uniform Classification Guidelines, Policy

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U.S. intelligence agencies are working on a uniform classification policy with a single classification guide. A January report, “Intelligence Community Classification Guidance: Findings and Recommendations Report,” obtained by Secrecy News, said that ” definitions of ‘national security’ and what constitutes ‘intelligence’ — and thus what must be classified — are unclear.” The report continues: “There appears to be no common understanding of classification levels … nor any consistent guidance as to what constitutes ‘damage,’ ‘serious damage,’ or ‘exceptionally grave damage’ to national security.” (4/10/08)