COLUMN: Responsible journalism doesn't threaten national security

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 2:04 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I doubt that any reasonably intelligent and informed individual disagrees that the Department of Defense and the four separate branches of the armed forces (for the purists, yes, during a war, the Coast Guard is included) classify far too many documents and tarry too long in clearing much of what is classified. However, the majority of the aforementioned intelligent and informed understands also the necessity of erring on the side of caution in matters of national defense and security.