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[] Bushismus: reclassifying information in favour of national security,

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Bush issues executive order to prevent release of millions of documents
Canadian Press
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) - President George W. Bush has issued an executive order 
that will delay the release of millions of historical documents for more 
than three years and make it easier to reclassify information considered 
damaging to national security.

Bush signed the 25-page order three weeks before the government's April 
17 deadline for declassifying millions of documents 25 years or older. 
Amending a less restrictive order signed by former president Bill 
Clinton, Bush's action gives agencies until 2006 to release the documents.

The documents in question encompass a wide range of national security 
decision-making, from military records to diplomatic documents.

In addition, the order makes it easier for the government to reclassify 
sensitive information if an agency determines it is in the interest of 
national security. The reclassification provision applies to documents 
between 10 and 25 years old, which would include periods in which Bush's 
father, George Bush, served as president and vice-president, the White 
House said.

The order said that information provided in confidence by a foreign 
government is presumed classified. Under the Clinton order, this type of 
information was kept classified or declassified on a case-by-case basis.

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