I don’t know if the White House will change their protocols for handling classified materials, but, obviously, they should. There have been too many incidents of mishandling classified documents. I’ll bet they consider the White House a secure area where all classified documents aren’t locked up or secured daily. They just lay around on desks and in files. The Pentagon was like that; secret documents could be left out if they didn’t leave the room or the building. Each department had safes where we could secure classified documents when not in use.
It seems obvious to me that the White House needs a system where every classified document is log in and placed in a secured room or area. When needed outside of the secure area, they should be logged out by the user and returned that same day. They should never be taken home. I recommend that each document be tagged with a RF tag the triggers an alarm any time the document leaves the secure area without being logged out. We use RF tags on clothes to reduce shoplifting. We have better systems to help find lost car keys. All documents should be inventoried periodically, at least monthly.
This seems like a lot of work, and it is. It may require a special staffer just to handle classified materials. It could be staffed by the military. That individual would be responsible for logging in the classified material when it comes in, applying a RF tag, and conducting inventories to account for each classified item. That person would lock up all materials at the end of the day.
That my two cents worth. I hope I didn’t bore you.
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