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The Senate Report on CIA Interrogations You May Never See

ProPublica has a short report with good links about the massive (roughly 6,000-page) Senate committee report on the CIA’s detention, interrogation and rendition of terror suspects.

  • The Senate Report on CIA Interrogations You May Never See, by Cora Currier,
    ProPublica (Dec. 7, 2012).

    … it’s unclear how much, if any, of the review you might get to read.

    The committee first needs to vote to endorse the report. Republicans, who are a minority on the committee, have been boycotting the investigation since the summer of 2009.

    Even if the report is approved next week, it won’t be made public then, if at all. Decisions on declassification will come at “a later time”…

    …the Obama administration has argued in courts that details about the CIA program [including some of the Guantanamo detainees’ own accounts of their imprisonment] are still classified.

Transforming classification. The new NARA blog on the block

For all you (de)classification geeks out there, here’s an interesting new .gov blog to add to your blogrolls. NARA’s Public Interest Declassification Board now has a blog called Transforming Classification. They’ll be posting a bunch of white papers on various topics over the coming months. I’m looking forward to the conversation.

The Public Interest Declassification Board is an advisory board established by Congress to promote the fullest possible public access to a thorough, accurate, and reliable documentary record of significant U.S. national security decisions and activities. The Board’s mandate includes advising the President and other government officials on policies deriving from the issuance by the President of Executive orders regarding the classification and declassification of national security information…

…President Obama has charged the Board with designing a more fundamental transformation of the security classification system. In response to his request, we are proposing new solutions that address the shortcomings of the current system and tackle the challenges of digital records. By reducing inefficiencies and increasing public access, our proposals aim to improve the classification/declassification’s system capacity to protect and serve the American people.

Every other Wednesday over the next eight weeks, we will post either two or three “white paper” synopses to the blog describing an element of our proposed transformation.

[HT to Meredith Stewart]