Giving Barr Declassification Authority Is a Needed Ray of Sunshine

The Daily Signal | 6/6/2019 | Staff
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Armstrong Williams is a columnist for The Daily Signal and host of "The Armstrong Williams Show," a nationally syndicated TV program.

An unprecedented event took place when President Donald Trump gave Attorney General William Barr authority to declassify millions of pages of sensitive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court material, investigative documents and related material to assist with the investigation into the genesis of the Trump-Russia investigation.

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This caused hew and cry about the danger of the president’s action, but that soon will be silenced. Bright sunshine has always been the best disinfectant.

Our nation’s classification system was designed to protect sources and methods of the government’s secret work against foreign enemies–to protect who is spying and the unique methods they employ to communicate securely and do risky, sensitive things.

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For citizens to eventually see this material and judge for ourselves, it’s important to remember: The U.S. government classified document system–laws and regulations–must never be used as an excuse to protect elected officials, government employees, or federal law enforcement agents from embarrassment or shame, nor must it be used to conceal illegal activity or abuse of public trust and civil rights of private American citizens.

Barr is a man of unquestioned integrity, uniquely experienced in his career and perfectly placed at this time and place in our history to address an issue that has the potential to seriously injure or permanently damage our republic. The “public trust” is something unique to America–like our Constitution, an idea built on the foundation of the “consent of the governed.”

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It is difficult to grasp these ideas until a major crisis occurs.

The importance of these documents and concepts is on display because the consent of the governed is at risk of being revoked. A rupture of the public trust, such as we have today, is a rare occurrence in our nation’s...
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