from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove official security classification from (a document).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to remove the classification from; to lift the restrictions on

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. to lift the restriction on publication [of documents] by reducing or eliminating the secrecy classification of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lift the restriction on and make available again


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  • He avoids dealing with why the president decided to "declassify" that NIE without informing the CIA.

    When the Fake Press Gets Too Frisky

  • Did the President only "declassify" the key judgments section, or did he also "declassify" the portion of the text that Libby misrepresented to Miller?

    Bush's Catch-22

  • The term "declassify" as used herein means to remove the security classification.


  • A more sensible approach would be to declassify relevant documents pertaining to just one or two regions, and for my money the Middle East makes the most sense.

    Nikolas Kozloff: Wikileaks Needs to Fine Tune Its Media Strategy

  • In an interview with Fox News last week, former Vice President Dick Cheney announced that he had “formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos,” which reportedly demonstrate the “success” that enhanced interrogations had in compelling high-value Al Qaeda operatives to provide intelligence that helped to protect the United States from terrorist attacks.

    Wonk Room » Why Expedite Cheney’s Request For Memos?

  • Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed after a long internal battle (against John Brennan) to declassify and release memos from the Bush Justice Department detailing specific techniques allowed for use against “high-value” detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

    duh pookie

  • How about we get the REAL truth behind this administration and declassify everything Bush/Cheney used "executive privilege" to protect?

    Cheney inks book deal reportedly worth millions

  • There is strong support to declassify the MEK -- and equally strong opposition to block the move.

    Shadi Sadr: The Branded

  • He had his aides declassify more than a hundred secret operations and released accounts of them to reporters—in many cases including their code names and the names of the agents who had performed heroically.

    Wild Bill Donovan

  • Mr. Cheney went on the Fox News Channel to announce that he had asked the C.I.A. to declassify reports documenting the intelligence gained from the interrogations.

    Not Off the Hook


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