from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
November 7, 2000
"THERE ARE MANY PROBLEMS WITH OUR CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM"
The President's veto of legislation to criminalize unauthorized disclosures of classified information could become the most momentous development in government secrecy policy since the 1995 executive order on classification. It is already prompting renewed questions about the workings of the secrecy system.
This afternoon, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth H. Bacon bluntly acknowledged that the classification system does not function satisfactorily.
"[The President] alluded to the fact that there can be over-classification or mis-classification," Mr. Bacon noted. "I don't think anybody disagrees with that. There are many problems with our classification system. And it was that realization, in part, that led to his decision to ... veto the bill."
See excerpts from today's Pentagon press briefing here:
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