Alternate Title: EO 12356: National Security Information
"This Order prescribes a uniform system for classifying, declassifying, and safeguarding national security information. It recognizes that it is essential that the public be informed concerning the activities of its Government, but that the interests of the United States and its citizens require that certain information concerning the national defense and foreign relations be protected against unauthorized disclosure. Information may not be classified under this Order unless its disclosure reasonably could be expected to cause damage to the national security.' Executive Order No. 12065 of June 8. 1978. as amended, is revoked as of the -- 1 effective date of this Order."
Executive Order 12356; EO 12356