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Inspector General Claims to Have Found No ‘Instances’ Where CIA Over-Classified Secrets

The inspector general for the CIA conducted a review of whether the agency was keeping information secret that should be public and found “no instances of over-classification.”

The Reducing Over-Classification Act, signed into law on October 7, 2010, requires the inspector general for each United States department or agency with an officer who makes classification decisions to evaluate whether information is being appropriately classified. The inspector general is also to assess policies, procedures, rules, regulations, etc, to reduce “persistent misclassification of material.” This is to be done in “consultation” with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO).

Through the Freedom of Information Act, The Huffington Post obtained a copy [PDF] of the CIA inspector general’s report on classification of information at the agency, which is dated September 26, 2013.

“We found no instances of over-classification in the sample of [REDACTED] finished intelligence reports that we reviewed,” the report indicates, with no awareness of the bitter irony of the statement. (Note: Either the CIA cannot risk America’s adversaries learning how many “finished intelligence reports” were reviewed because they might use this detail for some terrorist algorithm for their next plot or else this should probably be considered information that the agency has over-classified.)

The report goes on to note that a CIA “self-inspection report” has a section of the report for “addressing security violations” and “states that the number of violations by CIA employees continues to be relatively low.” The report “does not cite the number of security violations that occurred” in 2012. It does not say whether the number of violations increased or decreased “over previous years.”

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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