In reply to Todd Starnes’s Dec. 11 post on Twitter that said, “At this point @realDonaldTrump should declassify everything. Everything,” President Donald Trump wrote, “I have been doing this. I agree!”
That was the opening of an opinion editorial published in the Epoch Times, penned by policy expert Art Harman. Harman is a veteran policy analyst and grass-roots political expert has worn many hats but is currently is the president of the Coalition to Save Manned Space Exploration and formerly the legislative director and foreign policy advisor for Rep. Stockman (R-Texas) in the 113th Congress.
Harmon believes that the president could finally settle what Americans need to know, once and for all, if he follows Starnes’ sage counsel:
“Excellent advice, and indeed President Trump should use this time to strike blows against the “‘deep state,’ corrupt politicians, foreign enemies, and all who have endangered our national security and domestic liberties,” Harmon wrote. “In other words, declassify far more than has been to date.
“Release of key documents, classified or not, as the light of truth, will help restrain the worst instincts of Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, and those who may run the next administration.
“What are the deep state agendas against liberty and the president? What documents, intelligence, and memos exist in government to demonstrate it? The public has the right to know the truth. Declassify and release everything.”
While the classification of documents has served a very important purpose for national security (namely, making sure the right people know to keep their respective mouths shut on issues that could be sensitive, without people even realizing), at this point, it appears that it might be being abused.
Classification is supposed to be used for national security alone, not as a way for a guy who knows how to pull some strings to be able to say, “Hey, let’s classify that, it might make me look bad and I could use the cover.
Harmon addressed the possible conflicts of interest that a potential Biden/Harris administration could begin to cover for if installed on Jan. 20, and went on to describe what could be cleared (and cleaned) up if a mass declassification were to shine a light on the swampiness of government:
“Have documents been turned over to the Department of Justice that relate to our national security?” Hormone queried. Biden’s administration may bury all such investigations. Declassify and release everything.
“What are all the levels of collusion by Democrat and ‘deep state’ officials with China, Ukraine, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, terrorist organizations, etc.? Of particular attention should be those who may become high and low officials in a Biden administration. Declassify and release everything.
“Did Hillary Clinton’s non-secure emails result in the death of Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and the three others in Benghazi? Declassify and release everything.
“Have the tech giants, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, colluded with the Chinese communist regime or Chinese companies to develop, receive, or share censorship technologies? Have they shared their censorship technologies with other foreign governments and companies? Declassify and release everything.
“What does the government know about how the tech giants censor news, ideas, and opinions within the United States? Did past administrations encourage their actions? Censorship was a part of the efforts to defeat President Trump in the election. What is the full extent of the user data they amass and sell? The public deserves to know. Declassify and release everything.
“Have there been threats and intimidation by China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and other nations that past administrations agreed to and kept silent about? The light of truth will force better policies in the future. Declassify and release everything.
“What unrevealed actions did President Barack Obama take to interfere in foreign elections that aided enemies of liberty and opponents of strong allies such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Declassify and release everything.
“Has Biden already made dangerous concessions or promises to governments in China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Ukraine, Cuba, Venezuela, etc.? Is there intelligence on this? Declassify and release everything.”
These are just a few of the questions that would be answered if the president were to enact Harmon’s proposed plan, including the rest that could be obtained by accurate information reaching the American public.
“Merely declassifying such documents means they may still forever remain hidden from the public or could still be destroyed by a new administration,” Harmon said. “Everything, whether declassified or never-classified, must be publicly released before Jan. 20.
“President Trump has the authority to declassify and release any such documents, and this final action would strike a great blow for liberty and against enemies of liberty. Jan. 20 is fast approaching; it’s time to act.”
The policy expert ended his piece with one repetitive, imperative, and firm recommendation:
“Declassify and release everything. Everything.”