Last month, Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper circulated a memo to intelligence agencies under his control asking for feedback on the possible consequences of eliminating the “confidential” designation for classified documents.
“Please comment on whether the CONFIDENTIAL classification level can be eliminated from your agencies’ guides and the negative impacts this might have on mission success,” Clapper wrote.
Besides eliminating the lowest level of classification outright, Clapper also proposed a new guide system for classifying government documents, limiting the number of people permitted to assign classified status and creating a “discretionary” declassification system.
After nearly eight years of horrendous government transparency under the Obama administration, Clapper claimed the move to lessen the amount of classified material is being considered primarily to promote more government openness.
“I believe your efforts will serve as a significant step forward in furthering our shared goals for greater openness and reduced classification activity while protecting legitimate national security interests,” Clapper wrote.
Of course, it could also serve as a “significant step” in keeping former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from having her White House ambitions destroyed by her disregard for classified document status while heading the State Department. That’s because a huge majority of the 2,000 documents on her private server have been assigned classified status.
Over the weekend, Obama angered Republicans awaiting the results of an FBI investigation into the matter when he largely disregarded the Clinton email scandal as little more than a misunderstanding about the sensitivity of certain government documents.
“There’s classified, and then there’s classified,” Obama said on Fox News.
“There’s stuff that is really top secret, top secret, and there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of State that you might not want on the transom, or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff that you could get in open source,” he claimed.