David Rothkopf: The classification system for managing secrets is overwhelmed and needs repair. Too much national security information is classified, and too little is declassified, he says. No one can say with certainty how much is classified or how much needs to be declassified. Over-classification makes it harder for agencies to function, draining budgets and eroding public confidence. A good start would be to simplify the classification process into two tiers, “secret” and “top secret”. Experts recommend using more technology to assist human decisions for classification and declassification.
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