Secrecy and Security: The Future of Classification Reform

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 12:00pm

The Brennan Center for Justice thanks you for attending:

Secrecy and Security: The Future of Classification Reform

Thursday, March 14, 2013
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


  • The Honorable Nancy SoderbergChair, Public Interest Declassification Board
  • Robert S. LittGeneral Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • J. William Leonard, Former Director (2002-2007), Information Security Oversight Office
  • Elizabeth GoiteinCo-Director, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice

moderated by

  • Steven Aftergood, Director, Project on Government Secrecy, Federation of American Scientists

The Brennan Center thank everyone for joining experts and insiders as they discussed the future of classification reform and the broader implications for our national security system. Video and photos are available to the right.

Since the 1950s, blue ribbon commissions and government insiders have noted that far too much information is classified. This needless secrecy threatens both democratic deliberation and our national security. But while the problem is clear, the solution has evaded policymakers for decades. At President Obama’s request, an independent advisory committee recently issued recommendations designed to bring about a “fundamental transformation” of the classification system. Are these recommendations the key to reining in unnecessary classification? Or do the solutions lie elsewhere?

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Root Room
1779 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Map here

If you have any questions, please contact the Brennan Center Events Coordinator, Jafreen Uddin, at or 646.292.8345.