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The Nation

November 13, 1986

National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter signed a memorandum last week that gives federal departments broad new powers to limit release of government data and creates a new "sensitive" classification to restrict access to national security related information. The memorandum is part of the Reagan Administration's continuing efforts to create mechanisms, such as stringent export controls, to deny certain kinds of technical and economic information to the Soviet Bloc. The new "sensitive" classification is a move to keep such information out of computerized data bases.

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