Elizabeth Goitein is co-director of the liberty and national security program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
At the end of July, the Senate intelligence committee marked up legislation drafted in response to recent high-profile leaks of classified information. The committee’s chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein, claims that the bill will address the “culture of leaks” in Washington. But the leaks are a symptom of the intelligence community’s culture of secrecy — and the bill would make that problem worse in a host of ways.
Any insider will tell you that the government classifies far too much information. Top military and national security officials estimate that between 50% and 90% of classified documents could safely be released. That adds up to a massive amount of unnecessary secrecy when one considers there were 92 million decisions to classify information in 2011 alone.
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