More Government Deception

There’s proof of more Bush Administration skulduggery over at the National Security Archive.

The NSA has posted a heavily redacted document showing there was a secret agreement between the Air Force and the National Archives and Records Administration to remove previously declassified information from open shelves and process it for possible reclassification.

The sanitized document was obtained through a Freedom of Information request and is classified Secret code word. The code word has been removed from the document.  The fact that this program has an assigned code word would indicated that it is likely a major program that involves other agencies besides the NARA.  There is a procedure for assigning these code words and they are not usually to a one-shot kind of program.

This, by the way, would be the same security minded Air Force that recently accidentally posted sensitive information about Air Force One on the Internet.

Now, given that the government screws up all the time, it might not be a bad idea to make sure there’s no super secret stuff that accidentally got released for public release.  They could have just announced that they were checking this stuff out – after all, we all know – everything changed after 9/11….

But that’s not what they did.  No, they had to lie to everybody about what they were doing, because they obviously knew that it would cause a stink.

"it is in the interests of both [excised] and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to avoid the attention and researcher complaints that may arise from
removing material that has already been publicly available,"

NARA also agreed to conceal the identities of the intelligence personnel who were reviewing and removing the documents, according  to the agreement, including from NARA’s own staff. "NARA will not disclose the true reason for the presence of [deleted] AFDO [deleted] personnel at the Archives, to include disclosure to persons within NARA who do not have a validated need-to-know."

"This secret agreement reveals nothing less than a covert operation to white-out the nation’s history, aided and abetted by the National Archives," said National Security Archive
executive director Thomas Blanton.

In November of 2003, I noted that the Corps of Engineers took their database of former military bases out of the public domain.  Thousands of pages of documents that were previously available to scholars and historians are being secretly reclassified.

The current crowd in Washington are doing their level best to keep you from knowing what they are up to.

When will we finally have enough of this stuff?

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