Seeking to break with eight interminable years of information lockdown, President Obama ordered two studies on Wednesday that would review the government’s procedures of classifying state secrets and the degree to which information is being held from the public. National Security Adviser James Jones, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have been assigned to head the investigations.

The Washington Post:

President Obama directed his national security adviser and senior Cabinet officials yesterday [Wednesday] to examine whether the government keeps too much information secret.

In a memo, Obama acknowledged that too many documents have been kept from the public eye for years and affirmed that he remains “committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness.”

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