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Stupidity Can Be Classified?

Posted by cann0nba11 on May 5, 2009

Given that we, the 60% of Americans that actually pay taxes, pay for Air Force one. Why on Earth would our government schedule a Statue of Liberty flyover photo opp and then classify the photos? Nevermind the fact that thousands of New Yorkers were sent into painful flashbacks and panic, but why the heck are the photos now classified, and under what justification?

There are specific reasons for classifying government documents and I’m confident that embarrassment is not on the list.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 13292

Section 1.1 — Classification Standards

a) Information may be originally classified under the terms of this order only if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) an original classification authority is classifying the information;
(2) the information is owned by, produced by or for, or is under the control of the United States Government;
(3) the information falls within one or more of the categories of information listed in section 1.4 of this order; and
(4) the original classification authority determines that the unauthorized disclosure of the information reasonably could be expected to result in damage to the national security, which includes defense against transnational terrorism, and the original classification authority is able to identify or describe the damage.

Sec. 1.2. Classification Levels.
(a) Information may be classified at one of the following three levels:

(1) “Top Secret” shall be applied to information, the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security that the original classification authority is able to identify or describe. (nope…)
(2) “Secret” shall be applied to information, the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause serious damage to the national security that the original classification authority is able to identify or describe. (not quite…)
(3) “Confidential” shall be applied to information, the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause damage to the national security that the original classification authority is able to identify or describe. (I don’t think so.)

(b) Except as otherwise provided by statute, no other terms shall be used to identify United States classified information.
Sec. 1.3. Classification Authority.
(a) The authority to classify information originally may be exercised only by:

(1) the President and, in the performance of executive duties, the Vice President;
(2) agency heads and officials designated by the President in the Federal Register; and
(3) United States Government officials delegated this authority pursuant to paragraph
(c) of this section.

Sec. 1.4. Classification Categories.
Information shall not be considered for classification unless it concerns:

(a) military plans, weapons systems, or operations;
(b) foreign government information;
(c) intelligence activities (including special activities), intelligence sources or methods, or cryptology;
(d) foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources;
(e) scientific, technological, or economic matters relating to the national security, which includes defense against transnational terrorism;
(f) United States Government programs for safeguarding nuclear materials or facilities;
(g) vulnerabilities or capabilities of systems, installations, infrastructures, projects, plans, or protection services relating to the national security, which includes defense against transnational terrorism; or
(h) weapons of mass destruction.

Do you see “cause damage to the image of the President” on this list? Nope. I think someone should fight to get this information disclosed. What is being hidden? Who was on the plane? Were favors being returned at taxpayer expense? Inquiring minds want to know…

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2 Responses to “Stupidity Can Be Classified?”

  1. Kay B. Day said

    So much for transparency, huh? best! kay

  2. cann0nba11 said

    I’m betting that there were some big donors in the plane getting a nice tour and photo opp. 🙂

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