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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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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:01 PM on Dec. 20, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:01 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • this must be the transparency he promised...

    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.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:20 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • I think that this "experiment" isn't necessary at this time. There is no need to expedite such a costly "experiment" with the current state of our economy. I also think that this may not benefit our nation's security by handing over all this classified information to multiple agencies.

    Bottom line, I think that Obama should worry more about US citizens fighting to pay their heating bill this winter.


    Answer by thundernlight at 9:20 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Yah, transparency for administrations past. I hope he gets a visit from the Christmas ghosts - past, present and future. He is spending us into slavery.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:22 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • thundernlight, he doens't care about how people will heat their homes. The more desperate people become, the easier it is to get them to agree with you. Even a bad plan starts to look like a good one, only because it is assumed that any plan is better than no plan.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:23 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • haha Anon 9:23...pretty sad huh?

    Also, I believe he is just building up his international score card for when he is done with this "temp" job. He is fooling the public with his heart-felt speeches, but really only keeping his eye on his prize - International power. This move is in the same category as Hillary's international power move - how she wants to give billions to poor countries to help them go green! CMON people!!!

    Answer by thundernlight at 9:27 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • awe, poor sweet. not the answers she was looking trolling for


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:28 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • I'm anxious to see what will turn up. There's sure to be a few goodies unearthed.

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:35 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

  • Obama's executive order "is an experiment, but it just might work," said Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. "By changing the rules about what gets classified, this could lead to a dramatic reduction in secrecy throughout the government."

    Yikes! He was never in the military, how could he know what should remain classified, and what is safe to declassify?
    He won't be transparent with the things that MATTER, but he is going to be transparent with our national security?

    Answer by 29again at 9:40 PM on Dec. 20, 2009

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