Friday, March 03, 2006

Archives halts reclassifying of documents

Speaking of government openness, in a follow-up to this post, the National Archives does the right thing.
After complaints from historians, the National Archives on Thursday directed intelligence agencies to stop removing previously declassified historical documents from public access and urged them to return to the shelves as quickly as possible many of the records they had already pulled.

Allen Weinstein, the nation's chief archivist, announced what he called a "moratorium" on reclassification of documents until an audit can be completed to determine which records should be secret.

What's sad is that this is even an issue in 2006.

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Blogger Matt Parker said...

Allen Weinstein has shown some remarkably good judegment in this regard. See my entry from a few days ago.

Peace,

Matt

3/03/2006 1:10 PM  

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