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Join us at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center as we continue our our 20th anniversary celebration with a panel discussion entitled "Unlocking the Mystery: Declassifying the Bush Administration Documents." Consisting of Dr. Tom Zeiler (moderator), Dr. Stephen Randolph, Dr. Thomas Blanton, and Professor James Olson, the panel will discuss a wide range of topics related to classification and declassification of government information. Highlights will include explaining the declassification process, the fine line between public right to know and national safety/security and most importantly, the twenty-five year declassification rule described in E.O. 12958 and what that means for Bush Presidential records beginning in January 2018. A moderated question and answer session will follow.

Mr. James Olson is a is a Senior Lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, where he teaches courses on intelligence, national security, and international crisis management. He served for over 25 years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency and served as the Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley. His book, "Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying" discusses his life as a CIA operative during the Cold War.

Dr. Thomas S. Blanton is Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the author of numerous books. His most recent book, "Masterpieces of History: The Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe, 1989" won the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize for Documentary Editing. A stalwart advocate for transparency in government since the 1970s, he received the American Library Association James Madison Award Citation for "defending the public's right to know" in 1996.

Dr. Stephen Randolph serves as The Historian of the U.S. Department of State. Appointed to that position in April 2012, Dr. Randolph is responsible for the "Foreign Relations of the United States" series, which contain documents from presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies.

Panel moderator, Dr. Tom Zeiler, is the Director of the Program on International Affairs and has been a professor of history and international affairs a the University of Colorado Boulder since 1993. Tom teaches and writes on American foreign relations, war and society, globalization, and baseball and sports in international relations.

This engaging and informative panel will take place in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, which is next door to the Bush Library and Museum. Parking is free. This is the second of several free public events held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center. For the full list of events open to the public, please visit Bush41.org

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