'Controlled Unclassified Info' Enters Security World
A new Bush administration memo has introduced the world to "Controlled Unclassified Information" -- a new government category that will replace "Sensitive but Unclassified" in the jargon of terrorism information and disclosure, The Post's Walter Pincus reports today in his "Fine Print" column.
Such information -- though it does not merit the well-known national security classifications "confidential," "secret" or "top secret" -- is nonetheless "pertinent" to U.S. "national interests" or to "important interests of entities outside the federal government," the memo says.
U.S. intelligence agencies have contradictory rules that govern the classification of information, including inconsistencies over what would constitute harm if the information were disclosed, according to a report by the director of national intelligence that was made public last month.
The report found that amid the bevy of words used to describe classified documents, there was no common understanding of the meanings of "Confidential," "Secret" and "Top Secret." Those are the three levels of classification set up by Executive Order 12958, which governs classification of national security information and was last modified in 2003.
By Derek Kravitz |
May 19, 2008; 8:10 PM ET
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