Saturday, January 02, 2010

Executive Order on Classifying of Information

Found out about this through Ace of Spades:
  • First page there is something that concerns me:
    • The unauthorized disclosure of foreign government information is presumed to cause damage to the national security.
    • Does that mean that if we happen to find out about another government's actions, and post/talk about it, we can be held guilty of a criminal offense?  'Cause I worry that this may affect those who are fighting against the crimes of countries such as, Oh, I dunno, Iran,
  • There's more
    • Exceptional cases.  When an employee, government contractor, licensee, certificate holder, or grantee of an agency who does not have original classification authority originates information believed by that person to require classification, the information shall be protected in a manner consistent with this order and its implementing directives.
    • In other words, all Obama's couldn't-get-a-clearance buddies will be able to classify stuff, even though they can't legally.
  • And, yet more:
    • Sec. 2.1.  Use of Derivative Classification.  (a)  Persons who reproduce, extract, or summarize classified information, or who apply classification markings derived from source material or as directed by a classification guide, need not possess original classification authority.
    •  See previous comment.
  • Ever wonder what Obama plans for the Cheney-era spies?
    • (d)  It is presumed that information that continues to meet the classification requirements under this order requires continued protection.  In some exceptional cases, however, the need to protect such information may be outweighed by the public interest in disclosure of the information, and in these cases the information should be declassified.
    • In other words, Bite me, B&^%@, I need access to those records to build a specious criminal case against you. 
  • This is interesting:
    • Sec. 3.2.  Transferred Records.  (a)  In the case of classified records transferred in conjunction with a transfer of functions, and not merely for storage purposes, the receiving agency shall be deemed to be the originating agency for purposes of this order.
    • Don't be surprised if Obama's cronies start shuffling around the functions of the intelligence community - including giving INTERPOL access to these now-declassified records.
I gotta be honest, I don't trust that man and his Chicago cronies. I can see more double-dealing and sneaky tactics in the near future.

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