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All You Need To Know About Classified Information

Classified information refers to papers or other mediums of intelligence the government has deemed sensitive. The papers are therefore a potential threat to national security if released in an unauthorized way. According to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, there are three levels of classified information. The three main levels of classified information are: Secret: Information that would, with the unauthorized release, be expected to cause "serious" damage to national security. Top Secret: Information that would cause "exceptionally grave damage to the national security" if there were an unauthorized release. Confidential: Information that is determined to have the potential to cause danger to national security with the unauthorized release. The Senate Committee on Intelligence has specified the documents that can be considered for classification. This list includes military plans, foreign government information, intelligence activities, and matters of national security. To access classified information, you must receive security clearance from the Executive Office of the President. Security clearance involves an exhaustive background check that dives into your personal history. You must also sign a non-disclosure agreement. Only a select few people have the power to classify documents. The list includes the president and vice president, agency heads, and officials designated by the president. Other US government officials bestowed the authority by agency heads can also classify documents.
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