Secrecy Versus Openness: New Proposed Arrangements for Balancing Competing Needs [Updated December 22, 2004] [open pdf - 40KB]
"During the latter half of 2004, disputes arose over whether or not to declassify portions of the sensitive content of reports resulting from congressional investigations and national commission inquiries into the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the war in Iraq, and related matters. As a result, some called for Congress to create a special mechanism for the impartial and expeditious resolution of such disputes (S. 2672/H.R. 4855; S. 2845 amendment). The culmination of one such effort at balancing legitimate competing needs for secrecy and openness is reviewed in this report, which will no longer be updated."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21895