April 23, 2013—SAA and a host of coalition partners supporting greater openness in government today sent a letter to President Obama calling for establishment of a Security Classification Reform Steering Committee to help correct what the President himself has called “the problem of overclassification.”
The letter states: “As you know, the national security classification system sweeps in far too much information that should actually be available to the public, creating unnecessary barriers to public deliberation on many policy issues in counterterrorism, intelligence policy, and the conduct of foreign affairs. As public frustration over unjustified secrecy mounts, respect for the classification system plummets, placing genuinely sensitive information at risk. Yet up to now, no constructive resolution of this impasse has emerged.”
Read the entire letter here.