In this cartoon, Herb Block portrayed the federal government's approach to classified documents as an endless cycle. He reinforced his point with the oval shaped text, an idea which may have begun with the accompanying rough sketch. In 1985, the FBI exposed a spy ring operated by Naval officer John A. Walker, Jr. It became clear that many key documents relating to national security had been exposed and that millions of people had access to them. On June 6, 1985, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation released a report calling for a reduction in classification and further restriction in the number of personnel who could access the records.