Richard Wright: Jail Time for Over-Classification?

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Is it possible the good guys are going to win the issue of over-classifcation? Can a real Open Source Agency (OSA) become the new face of strateic intelligence?

Complaint Seeks Punishment for Classification of Documents


New York Times, August 1, 2011


Under the executive order governing classification, the punishment could include dismissal, suspension without pay, reprimand or loss of a security clearance.

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“I’ve never seen a more deliberate and willful example of government officials improperly classifying a document,” he said.

Phi Beta Iota:  Since the early 1990’s the general practice has been to classify everything, and agency heads and the limited number of classifying authorities have been severely derelict in their duty, allowing anyone down to the GS-1 night sweeper to classify documents “in their name.”  In this specific instance, the Drake case, it would be quite nice to see someone go to jail.  It won’t happen, but both the Courts and the public are growing very intolerant of Executive malfeasance that would make Dick Cheney proud.  In the purest sense of the world, the US Intelligence Community agency heads are corrupt.  They lack integrity.

See Also:

Reference: No More Secrets – Open Source Intelligence/Intelligence Reform Fight Round II

Reference: 1996 Hill Testimony on Secrecy

Reference: 1996 Testimony to Moynihan Commisson

1993 TESTIMONY on National Security Information

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