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National Security Archive Collection


The National Security Archive is a non-governmental, non-profit research and archival institution located within The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. It archives and publishes declassified U.S. government files concerning selected topics of American foreign policy. The Archive collects and analyzes the documents of many various government institutions obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive then selects documents to be published in the form of manuscripts and microfiche.

 
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Transcript of Oral Interview of Mr. Richard M. Bissell, Jr. By Jac...

By: Department of National Security

There is no doubt in my mind that that is the case. I was going to say that both of the things?that you have heard have an element of truth in them. There was a deliberate decision fairly early in the game ? I doubt if it was early as March, [in fact] I am pretty sure that it wasn't, [but] I am reasonably sure that the decision I speak of was made by some such date as June [1960] ? [that] Esterline would take charge of this project and Esterline would have direct access ...

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Chart of Command Organization for Plans and Training

By: Department of National Security

Chart of command ...

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Cia Has No Objection to Declassification And/Or Release of Cia Inf...

By: Department of National Security

Cia has no objection to declassification and/or release of cia information in this document...

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Transcript of Oral Interview of Jacob D. Esterline by Jack B. Pfei...

By: Department of National Security

What I would like to know first, is the origin of WH/4 and the. selection of personnel for it, including yourself, and such people as Drain, Stanulis, Droller; any comments you could make about the selection of the military- personnel, particularly Hawkins, Egan, Gar Thorsrud, Beerli, and these folks; and in line with the military personnel selection, the involvement of the Alabama Air National Guard ? how did they get into it. Just take off from that as the first subject of conversation.

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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978

By: Department of National Security

I am pleased to sign into law today the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. As I said a year and a half ago at the beginning of the process that produced this bill, one of the most difficult tasks in a free society like our own is the correlation between adequate intelligence to guarantee our Nation's security on the one hand, and the preservation of basic human rights on the other....

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On Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of A...

By: Kate Martin

Whether the D.C. Circuit correctly ruled that the Department of Justice was exempt from any obligation under the Freedom of Information Act to release names and other basic information relating to hundreds of people who were detained in the weeks immediately following September 11, including many who were not even suspected of any linkage to terrorist activities?...

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U.S. Experience with Freedom of Information Law : Congressional Ac...

By: Department of National Security

The U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the most heavily used access law in the would.

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Prepared Statement of Steven Aftergood Federation of American Scie...

By: Department of National Security

I am a senior research analyst at the Federation of American Scientists, a policy research and advocacy organization concerned with science and national security. I direct the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, which aims to reduce the scope of national security secrecy and to promote enhanced public access to government information. I write the email newsletter Secrecy News, which monitors developments in government information and intelligence policies. My project has ...

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Information Management Progress in Implementing the 1996 Electroni...

By: Department of National Security

On December 19, 2000, we briefed your offices on our review of the 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments, known as e-FOIA. As you know, the Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to make certain types of information available for public inspection. e-FOIA, among other things, was intended to improve agency responsiveness and provide for greater public access to government information electronically. In response to your request, we reviewed t...

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Information Management Update on Implementation of the 1996 Electr...

By: Department of National Security

Changes in agency reporting conventions?made to improve accuracy and consistency?make it difficult to identify clear trends in timeliness for fiscal years 1999 through 2001. However, while the number of requests received appears to be leveling off, backlogs of pending requests governmentwide are substantial and growing, indicating that agencies are falling behind in processing requests.

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Agency Views on Changes Resulting from New Administration Policy

By: Department of National Security

Following the issuance of the Ashcroft memorandum, Justice changed its guidance for agencies on FOIA implementation to refer to and reflect the two primary policy changes in the memorandum. First, under the Ashcroft memorandum, agencies making decisions on discretionary disclosure are directed to carefully consider such fundamental values as national security, effective law enforcement, and personal privacy; the Reno memorandum had established an overall ?presumption of ...

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A Test of Justice in Guatemala

By: Department of National Security

On September 3, 2002, three army officers went on trial in Guatemala City for ordering and orchestrating the 1990 murder of Myrna Mack Chang, an anthropologist who documented abuses by security forces against rural indigenous people during Guatemala?s civil war. One month later, in a split decision by the three-judge civilian panel of the Third Trial Court for Criminal Matters, Drug- and Environmentally-Related Crime (hereafter, ?the court?), Colonel Juan Valencia Osorio...

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Strengthening America by Defending Our Liberties

By: Department of National Security

Prohibit blanket closures of immigration hearing. Allow the closing of an immigration hearing only on a specific showing of need.

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Dod Intelligence Activities

By: Department of National Security

Reissues reference (a); implements references (b) through (d); updates policies; and shall be the only authority used as guidance by the DoD intelligence components to collect, retain, or disseminate information concerning U.S. persons.

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Procedures Governing the Activities of -Dod Intelligence Component...

By: Department of National Security

This DoD regulation sets forth procedures governing the activities of DoD intelligence components that affect United States persons. It implements DoD Directive 5240.1, and replaces the November 30, 1979 version of DoD Regulation 5240.1-R. It is applicable to all DoD intelligence components. Executive Order 12333, ?United States Intelligence Activities, ? stipulates that certain activities of intelligence components that affect U.S. persons be governed by procedures issu...

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Proposed Imposition of Sugar Quotas

By: Department of National Security

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America in September 2001, both the American people and the U.S. Government tried to understand why some people could hate the United States so much that they would perpetrate such acts. Time and investigation into the motivations behind the terrorist acts have revealed that simply destroying terrorist organizations will not alter the conditions or mindsets that fostered such actions. America has again entered a war of ideas, ...

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Diagnostico Sobre la Situacion de Los Derechos Humanos en Mexico

By: Department of National Security

Con el objetivo de atender las recomendaciones anteriores, se formula la siguiente recomendacion instrumental: 31. Apoyar y promover la creacion de un grupo de expertos de diver-sos centros de educacion superior, organizaciones sociales y civi-les y sector privado, que con el apoyo del sistema de Naciones Unidas en Mexico elabore anualmente un informe independiente sobre el estado de la nacion. El informe deberia contener una eva-luacion de la situacion de los temas incl...

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One Hundred Eighth Congress of the United States of America

By: Department of National Security

S.2845?2 Sec. 1062. Sense of Congress on designation of privacy and civil liberties officers. Subtitle G?Conforming and Other Amendments Sec. 1071. Conforming amendments relating to roles of Director of National Intelligence and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Sec. 1072. Other conforming amendments. Sec. 1073. Elements of intelligence community under National Security Act of 1947. Sec. 1074. Redesignation of National Foreign Intelligence Program as National ...

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Facts V. Fiction : The Justice Department's New Re-Write of Fisa

By: Department of National Security

Prepared by Lisa Graves, Deputy Director, Center for National Security Studies (4-18-07) For further information, contact Lisa Graves or Kate Martin, Director of CNSS, at 721-5650 The Justice Department's Fact Sheet about its 2007 FISA bill omits the most important effect of its proposed changes: it would permit the government to acquire millions of Americans?international phone calls and e-mails without a warrant, so long as it vacuumed up the contents of these communic...

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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1976

By: Department of National Security

On page 8, lines 22 and 23, strike out is not foreign intelligence inforniat on:. and insert in lieu thereof the follow in: 'ldoes not relate to the abiGtj of the United States to protect itselfiagainst actual or potential attack or other hostile acts of a foreign power or its agents; to provide for the security or national defense of the Nation or the conduct of foreign affairs of the United States; or to protect the national security against foreign intelligence activities...

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