Jordan C. Alston

President Obama To Tell Public Federal Secrets


In a move that can be seen as a major step in delivering the transparency of government promised by then candidate  Obama, now President Obama has ordered several government agencies to re-evaluate how many of our national secrets are protected.

For his first trick, America’s first Black President is expected to call for the declassification of over 400 million Cold War-ear files, making them available to the public.

Also on the “Change” menu is a new requirement that federal agencies must review how and why some documents  are marked as classified while making it illegal to deny the release of historical records.  He has also mandated that all records must be eventually released.

The National Declassification Center at the National Archives will be created to oversee this change in policy and  is expected to have all Cold Ware-era documents released to the public by December 31st of 2013.

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