President Barack Obama plans to deal with a Dec. 31 deadline that automatically would declassify secrets in more than 400 million pages of Cold War-era documents by ordering government-wide changes that could sharply curb the number of new and old government records hidden from the public.
In an executive order the president is likely to sign before year's end, Obama will create a National Declassification Center to clear up the backlog of Cold War documents. But the order also will give everyone more time to process the 400 million pages rather than flinging them open at year's end without a second glance.
The order aimed at eliminating unnecessary secrecy also is expected to direct all agencies to revise their classification guides — the more than 2,000 separate and unique manuals used by federal agencies to determine what information should be classified and what no longer needs that protection.
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Answer by Soniam301 at 9:19 PM on Dec. 20, 2009
How can an individual of his limited experience determine what is unnecessary and what should still be classified? He has no idea what he is doing, this could end up being a nightmare. Just throwing another distraction to try to slip by sneaky pork filled bills. His presidency will end up being more tragic than Carter's. I used to think it would be great if everyone voted, but now I see what that gets us. An inexperienced hack that was voted in on hopes of change. Change he refuses to define, even to this day.
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