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ERIC Number: ED088073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 28
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The Freedom of Information Act, Executive Order 11652 and The Second Session of the Ninety-Second Congress.
Tenney, Craig
In 1967 Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which included nine examptions allowing the Executive branch of government the privilege of withholding information from the public in cases where disclosure would constitute a threat to national security. Responding to Congressional charges that the freedoms extended by the FOIA exemptions were abused, President Nixon directed a study committee to make recommendations for updating classification of information procedures. The product of this committee, Executive Order 11652, was the first order to overhaul the national secrecy classification system in eighteen years. Effective June 1, 1972, top secret information would be completely declassified at the end of ten years, secret information at the end of eight years, and confidential information at the end of six years. (CH)
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