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Review of classification rules represents an opportunity, even for medicine

Nature Medicine volume 17, page 153 (2011) | Download Citation


The US system of classifying national security information is bloated and dysfunctional, shielding the government from the scrutiny it needs to avoid error and abusive practices. In the medical field, this secrecy has, in rare cases, enabled unethical, state-sponsored research to proceed without public knowledge. The Fundamental Classification Guidance Review that is now underway could make a difference—if it's done right.

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  1. Steven Aftergood directs the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists and writes the Secrecy News blog.

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