Declassifying Documents, Overclassification, Pseudo-classification

Thomas Blanton:
"The National Security Archive ranks as probably the most active and successful non-profit user of the Freedom of Information Act: We have filed more than 30,000 Freedom of Information and declassification requests in our nearly 20 years of operations, resulting in more than six million pages of released documents that might otherwise be secret today (some of them have in fact been reclassified, but the government won't tell us which ones). We have published more than half a million pages on the Web and other formats, along with more than 40 books by our staff and fellows, including the Pulitzer Prize winner in 1996 on Eastern Europe after Communism. We won the George Polk Award in April 2000 for 'piercing self-serving veils of government secrecy.' "--see more on "Overclassification and Pseudo-classification."

Thomas S. Blanton
White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan/Bush White House Tried to Destroy.
New Press, 1995.

Thomas S. Blanton made the keynote presentation
at the 2002 conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.