It sounds like the problem may be DeFazio is doing this to “assuage the fears of constituents.” It doesn’t sound like he can be particularly trusted to keep the classified information classified. I think the White House would be acting inappropriately if it gave classified information to someone who had a high probability of not keeping their mouth shut. (Let’s presume that all the wise-ass remarks about Scooter and Plame have already been said, I already see them coming so there’s no reason to waste your finger-muscles typing them out.)
Keep in mind that documents of this nature have been standard since at least the Eisenhower Administration. In fact the existence of continuity of government plans used to be classified, meaning not only was the text of the plan classified, but the information that the plan existed was classified. Eventually the public got wind of it, and conspiracy theorists got their teeth into it and these plans have been ripe for wild conspiracy theories since the 1960s. This links to many such documents and information about such documents that were issued by prior administrations, most of these documents remain classified in their entirety to this very day.
It is in fact unusual that the portion that the White House did release, was released. To my knowledge the Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan administrations never made any part of their plans public during their administrations, and most of their directives remain classified to this day.
As I said in another thread we had about this very thing, even if the classified portion said, “That part in the unclassified portion where we said this plan will be implemented in accordance with existing law was a ruse and is invalidated. This plan actually names George Walker Bush Emperor of the United States.” It would lack any legal authority to do such a thing.
It’d have as much legal authority as me declaring myself Emperor on a Dunkin Donuts Napkin.