From the invaluable Bryan Bender at the The Boston Globe: “Some experts contend that the only way to ensure public access is for the president to give broader declassification powers to the National Archives.”
Bender reports that the administration’s National Declassification Center is not going to succeed in its efforts to declassify 404 million page of improperly classified documents by the end of 2014. Only 134 million pages have been processed since 2009 and half of those will remain secret.
In addition, the NDC and the National Archives have acquiesced in the CIA’s refusal to expedite release of 1,100 JFK assassination-related records that will be kept secret until at least October 2017.
“Leaving declassification decisions to the agency that generated the document ‘totally destroyed the whole concept behind automatic declassification. There is nothing automatic about it,” said J. William Leonard, former director of the Information Security Oversight Office, which oversees the government’s classification system.”