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  •  Cheney invented new pseudo-classifications (5+ / 0-)

    for his OVP documents, among them "Treat as Secret". As Barton Gellman, author of Angler said: "What archivist is going to look at this stamp and just throw it into the open pile?"

    Henry Waxman cottoned onto this and wrote a letter to Representative Christopher Shays in his capacity as chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform on MArch 1, 2005, describing and questioning the use of several of these classifications, which led me to post my first diary. The Waxman letter is here [pdf]. Here are some of Cheney's pseudo-classifications:

    Sensitive but unclassified

    contains sensitive information, which may be protected from public release under the Freedom of Information Act

    Treat as Secret

    Rep. Waxman's letter describes how falsehoods were released by the Bush administration, and the documents which belied the falsehoods, though containing information that was not classified, were nevertheless given pseudo-classifications in order to conceal the truth from the American people, in order to enable the effectiveness of the propaganda.

    •  My favorite: DBR (5+ / 0-)

      That is, Destroy Before Reading.  Which, but for his horrific actions, would apply to pretty much everything Cheney's ever said.

      The layers and levels of secrecy are positively arcane.  In theory there are only three: Confidential (routine sensitive), Secret (medium sensitive), and Top Secret (most sensitive).  In practice that barely scratches the surface, with additional layers and levels like "Eyes Only," "ExDis" (executive-only distribution), "NoDis" (no distribution), and too many others to mention.  The pathetic part is that if it isn't "classified enough," people treat it as if it must not be important enough to bother reading, so they keep adding on extra layers to get attention.

      Good morning! ::hugggggggggggs::

    •  I've often wondered (5+ / 0-)

      if we've ever had an elected leader who believed less in democracy than Cheney. There's part of me that wonders just what the word means to him.

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