declassify declassify  /dɪ ˈklæ sə ˌfaɪ/


  • (v) lift the restriction on and make available again


  1. President Obama's decision to declassify Justice Department memos detailing the interrogation techniques legalized by his predecessor has sparked a predictable partisan furor.
  2. After months of delay and controversy, the Obama Administration is expected on Monday to declassify the 2004 CIA inspector general's report into the agency's interrogation program.
  3. The President has the power to declassify unilaterally.


  1. Source: Obama Considering Releasing NSA Court Order

    NPR has learned that the Obama administration, under pressure to lift a cloak of secrecy, is considering whether to declassify a court order that gives the National Security Agency the power to gather phone call record information on millions of Americans.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: NPR

  2. Chesapeake says shareholders reject board declassification proposal

    A proposal to declassify Chesapeake Energy's board of directors received the approval of 60% of shares outstanding, falling short of the two-thirds required for approval, the company announced earlier ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: via Yahoo! Finance

  3. New Bill Would Declassify FISC Opinions

    Trailrunner7 writes "A group of eight senators from both parties have introduced a new bill that would require the attorney general to declassify as many of the rulings of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as possible as a way of bringing into the sunlight much of the law and opinion that guides the government's surveillance efforts. Under the terms of the proposed law, the ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Slashdot


  1. In the interview, Cheney said, "I've now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was,...
    on Apr 21, 2009 By: Vice President Dick Cheney Source:

  2. "The American people deserve the full story, not those parts of it that the Bush administration selects. President Bush should declassify the entire NIE," Senator Kennedy said.
    on Sep 27, 2006 By: Edward Kennedy Source: BBC News

  3. At a news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bush said it was "a bad habit for our government to declassify every time there's a leak."
    on Sep 26, 2006 By: President Bush Source: Boston Globe

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