President Obama, Improve Your Declassification Order

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Photo Illustration by Ellen Winkler; Image of Padlock from Corbis; Image of Files from Getty

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Photo Illustration by Ellen Winkler; Image of Padlock from Corbis; Image of Files from Getty

The Obama administration entered office committed to openness and transparency. Fulfilling that commitment, the president, unlike the previous occupant of the White House, released important documents related to the war in Iraq and the treatment of suspected terrorists. In another move toward more transparency, last summer staff members of the National Security Council turned their attention to drafting a new executive order on classification and declassification of historically important