[FoRK] Fwd: Cold War Missile Numbers "De-re-classified"
Rohit Khare <
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Wed Oct 11 16:05:56 PDT 2006
Love how the language evolves... :)
Begin forwarded message:
> UPDATE: Cold War Missile Numbers "De-re-classified"
> For more information contact:
> William Burr/Thomas Blanton - 202/994-7000
> Washington, DC, October 11, 2006 - On September 26, 2006, the
> Department of Defense's Washington Headquarters Services duly
> released, as a result of an administrative appeal, unredacted
> versions of 1971 charts depicting U.S. strategic force levels first
> published in a public report by Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird.
> This was, as it should have been, a routine decision to correct a
> mistake. Pentagon reviewers had previously treated the charts,
> which included numbers of U.S. strategic missiles and bombers,
> among other weapons systems, as classified documents. Whether
> officials at the Defense Department and the Department of Energy
> will respond to pending appeals by releasing comparable non-
> classified information from other excised documents remains to be
> "We've always known about overclassification, since even the Bush
> administration admits that 50% of what is classified should not
> be," commented Archive director Thomas Blanton. "But
> reclassification of previously public data crossed the line into
> absurdity, and now our protests have established a whole new
> feature of the secrecy system: de-re-classification!"
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