posted on Dec, 20 2006 @ 11:58 PM
January 1st will be a banner day for conspiracy theorists and researchers worldwide, as the US Government releases an enormous amount of
previously-classified information all at once. Every document classified twenty-five years of more will be open to the public, unless it has been
granted a specific exemption. On January 1st, 2008, even more material will become declassified, and every year that follows (unless the policy
changes of course) will see more and more documents made available. The sheer volume of information is staggering, and will require an enormous
amount of effort on the part of researchers to even make a dent.
It will be a Cinderella moment for the band of researchers who study the hidden history of American government.
At midnight on Dec. 31, hundreds of millions of pages of secret documents will be instantly declassified, including many F.B.I. cold war files on
investigations of people suspected of being Communist sympathizers. After years of extensions sought by federal agencies behaving like college
students facing a term paper, the end of 2006 means the government’s first automatic declassification of records.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Well, I'll believe it when I see it. That said, it's very exciting. I hope they go through with it and make this material available to researchers.
Of course there's no way an individual could make headway against such a mountain of information, but I suspect that a number of groups will step up
and shoulder the burden, and hopefully together they can make some progress.
As pointed out in the article, the records clerks won't be able to meet the demand, but hopefully that won't put too much of a bottleneck on getting
the material out. It would be great if they could digitize all this stuff, and make it available on the internet, but I doubt if the government would
be willing to spend any money on helping people get information, when they've proven themselves so eager to spend millions upon millions of dollars
concealing the very same information for decades.
I think nothing but good can come of this decision. The American people want a more transparent government, a government more interested in helping
its citizens understand the world we live in. There should be some choice material included in this bulk, and I for one can't wait to start sifting
through the mess to find it.