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National Security Archive
An invaluable resource for researchers, journalists and writers and indeed for anybody interested in what the US government doesn’t want you to know about.
Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009 8:22 AM
2009
December 2009

National Security Archive Update, December 11, 2009: Kennedy Considered Supporting Coup in South Vietnam, August 1963

National Security Archive Update, December 18, 2009: Kyoto Redux? Obama's Challenges at Copenhagen Echo Clinton's at Kyoto
National Security Archive Update, December 10, 2009: Thirtieth Anniversary of NATO's Dual-Track Decision National Security Archive Update, December 14, 2009: National Security Archive and White House Reach Agreement for Restoration of Missing Bush White House E-mails

National Security Archive Update, December 3, 2009 Jacobo Timerman Destabilized Argentine Dictatorship

National Security Archive Update, December 8, 2009: Operation Mexico: Secret Argentine Rendition Program Illuminated by Declassified Documents
National Security Archive Update, December 2, 2009: Operation Sofia: Documenting Genocide in Guatemala National Security Archive Update, December 3, 2009: Bush and Gorbachev at Malta
November 2009
November 13, 2009: The Taliban Biography: The Structure and Leadership of the Taliban 1996-2002 November 18, 2009: The Soviet Origins of Helmut Kohl's 10 Points
November 7, 2009 Fall of Berlin Wall Caused Anxiety More than Joy at Highest Levels November 8, 2009: Prague Communists Called for Wall to Open on November 8, 1989
November 2, 2009: Know Thine Enemy: Why The Taliban Cannot Be Flipped November 3, 2009: JFK Library Releases New Evidence on Diem Assassination
October 2009
October 22, 2009: Musicians Seek Secret U.S. Documents on Music-Related Human Rights Abuses at Guantanamo October 30, 2009 Afghanistan Deja vu? Lessons from the Soviet Experience
October 9, 2009: A Different October Revolution: Dismantling the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe

October 13, 2009 Nuclear Noh Drama: Tokyo, Washington and the Case of the Missing Nuclear Agreements

October 6, 2009: POSADA CARRILES BUILT BOMBS FOR, AND INFORMED ON, JORGE MAS CANOSA, CIA RECORDS REVEAL October 8, 2009 State Department Cable says Colombian Army Responsible for Palace of Justice Deaths, Disappearances
September 2009
24 September, 2009: Conspiracy of Silence? Colombia, the United States and the El Salado Massacre  
August 2009

August 25, 2009: THE CIA TORTURE REPORT: WHAT WERE THEY HIDING?

August 26, 2009: The CIA’s Vietnam Histories
August 17, 2009: Brazil Conspired with U.S. to Overthrow Allende (Updated) August 20, 2009 Breaking the Silence: The Mexican Army and the 1997 Acteal Massacre
July 2009
July 1, 2009 - Saddam Hussein Talks to the FBI July 17, 2009: MORE DUBIOUS SECRETS: Systematic Overclassification of Defense Information Poses Challenge for President Obama’s Secrecy Review
May 2009
May 1, 2009: “How Much is Enough?”: The U.S. Navy and “Finite Deterrence”  
April 2009
April 7, 2009: FUJIMORI FOUND GUILTY OF HUMAN RIGHTS CRIMES April 23, 2009: ROBERT F. KENNEDY URGED LIFTING TRAVEL BAN TO CUBA IN ‘63
March 2009
March 19, 2009: New Attorney General Guidelines on FOIA Released  
6 March, 2009: Groundbreaking Arrest Made in Guatemalan Disappearance Case 17 March, 2009: Declassified documents show U.S. Embassy knew that Guatemalan security forces were behind wave of abductions of students and labor leaders
February 2009
NSA 21 February, 2009: Obama Justice Department Misses Opportunity for Transparency 27 February, 2009: Obama Administration Lifts Blanket Ban on Media Coverage of the Return of Fallen Soldiers

National Security Archive Update, January 5, 2009 “Riveting” account of U.S. Presidents and the Middle East Details inconsistent policies and influence of foreign leaders

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 272: Afghanistan and the Soviet Withdrawal 1989-20 Years Later
2008
National Security Archive Update, November 12, 2008: Obama administration can act quickly to restore openness, according to new transparency proposals National Security Archive Update, November 14, 2008: National Security Agency Releases History of Cold War Intelligence Activities
National Security Archive Update, October 31, 2008 Court Orders Government to Submit Warrantless Surveillance Legal Opinions for Judicial Review National Security Archive Update, November 10, 2008 Court Rejects White House on Missing E-mails
National Security Archive Update, October 17, 2008 – Washington Broadcast Set for “Torturing Democracy” National Security Archive Update, October 24, 2008 – More Cold War Espionage Transcripts Unsealed
NEW KISSINGER ‘TELCONS’ REVEAL CHILE PLOTTING AT HIGHEST LEVELS OF U.S. GOVERNMENT, 10 September, 2008

Ruth Greenglass testimony fails to mention Ethel Rosenberg typing spy information – Newly Released Grand Jury Transcripts Now Available, 11 September, 2008

National Security Archive Update, July 22, 2008
Court Agrees to Release of Most Rosenberg Grand Jury Materials, Orders Government to Determine Status of Additional Witnesses
National Security Archive and Historians Secure Long Secret Rosenberg Grand Jury Testimony, 9 September, 2008
National Security Archive Update, April 9, 2008 FIGHTING THE WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, 1961-1973 11 April, 2008 U.S. RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITES: DOMESTIC TARGETS – Updated
Documents Describe Use of Satellites in Support of Civil Agencies and Longstanding Controversy

National Security Archive Update, 4 March, 2008 - Slain Colombian Insurgents Held Secret Talks with U.S. Diplomats

Mixed Signals, Mixed Results: How President Bush’s Executive Order on FOIA Failed to Deliver - National Security Archive Update, March 16, 2008

National Security Archive and Historical Associations Petition for Release of Rosenberg Grand Jury, Records 31 January, 2008

National Security Archive SOUTHERN CONE RENDITION PROGRAM: PERU'S PARTICIPATION Operation Condor Crimes Focus of Italian Indictments

NSA – 1978: Clandestine Operation of Argentine Military Intelligence in Mexico, January 21, 2008 SUHARTO: A DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTARY OBIt, 28 January, 2008

NSA – In 1974 Estimate, CIA Found that Israel Already Had a Nuclear Stockpile and that “Many Countries” Would Soon Have Nuclear Capabilities

January 16, 2008 White House Admits No Back-Up Tapes for E-mail Before October 2003

White House Must Answer Questions About Missing White House E-mails, Magistrate Judge Rules 8/1/08 PRESIDENT SIGNS FOIA AMENDMENT First FOIA Reform Bill In More Than A Decade Becomes Law 2/8/08

2007

RENDITION IN THE SOUTHERN CONE: Operation Condor Documents Revealed from the Paraguayan ‘ARCHIVE OF TERROR’ 21/12/07  
House Poised to Pass FOIA Reform Bill; Measure Cleared Senate December 14 18/12/07

Judge Orders Executive Office of the President to Preserve E-mail Backup Tape National Security Archive Update

National Security Archive: “The Atrocity Files: Deciphering the Archives of Guatemala’s Dirty War” FUJIMORI ON TRIAL
Secret DIA Intelligence Cable Ties Former President to Summary Executions 10/12/07
TERRORISM CASE OF LUIS POSADA DEBATED ON CAPITOL HILL
Archive Analyst Peter Kornbluh Shares Declassified CIA and FBI Intelligence Reports With House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee
NEW EVIDENCE ON THE ORIGINS OF OVERKILL
First Substantive Release of Early SIOP Histories
THE RECORD ON CURVEBALL: Declassified Documents and Key Participants Show the Importance of Phony Intelligence in the Origins of the Iraq War, November 5, 2007

NSA: Space-Based Early Warning: From MIDAS to DSP to SBIRS 9/11/07

Kissinger Conspired with Soviet Ambassador to Keep Secretary of State in the Dark 2/11/07 Archive seeks to discover true extent of missing e-mails at White House 28/10/07
COURT RULES DELAY IN RELEASE OF PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS IS ILLEGAL 1/10/07
DECLASSIFYING THE “FACT OF” SATELLITE RECONNAISSANCE 1/10/07
Mexico Project Launches New Transparency Web Site 28/9/07
THE PENTAGON’S COUNTERSPIES: THE COUNTERINTELLIGENCE FIELD ACTIVITY (CIFA) 17/9/07
U.S. Reconnaissance Satellites: Domestic Targets 14/9/07
THE ALGERIAN NUCLEAR PROBLEM, 1991 Controversy over the Es Salam Nuclear Reactor 10/9/07
Archive Sues to Recover 5 Million Missing White House E-mails 5/9/07 PAKISTAN: “THE TALIBAN’S GODFATHER”? Covert Policy Linked Taliban, Kashmiri Militants, Pakistan’s Pashtun Troops Aid Encouraged Pro-Taliban Sympathies in Troubled Border Region 14/8/07
THE GEORGE POLK CASE CIA Has Lost Records on CBS Reporter Murdered in Greece in 1948, And Destroyed FOIA File on Case 10/8/07 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL PASSES SENATE Open Government Advocates Overcome Secret Hold 4/8/07
Secrecy and U.S. Satellite Reconnaissance, 1958-1976 13/7/07
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2006
Massive Collection of Formerly Secret and Top Secret Transcripts of Henry Kissinger’s Meetings with World Leaders Published On-Line 26/5/06 ISRAEL CROSSES THE NUCLEAR THRESHOLD 28/4/06
ON 30th ANNIVERSARY OF ARGENTINE COUP: NEW DECLASSIFIED DETAILS ON REPRESSION AND U.S. SUPPORT FOR MILITARY DICTATORSHIP 23/3/06 CIA REMOVES 50 YEAR OLD DOCUMENTS FROM OPEN STACKS AT NATIONAL ARCHIVES 21/2/06
Secret Pentagon “roadmap” calls for “boundaries” between “information operations” abroad and at home but provides no actual limits as long as US doesn’t “target” Americans 26/1/06 East Timor truth commission finds U.S. “political and military support were fundamental to the Indonesian invasion and occupation” 24/1/06
Tonkin Gulf Intelligence “Skewed” According to Official History and Intercepts A Quarter Century of U.S. Support for Occupation in East Timor 28/11/05
The Nixon Administration, the SIOP, and the Search for Limited Nuclear Options, 1969-1974 23/11/05 TO THE GENEVA SUMMIT - Perestroika and the Transformation of U.S.-Soviet Relations 22/11/05
THE SECRET HISTORY OF DAYTON - U.S. Diplomacy and the Bosnia Peace Process 1995 21/11/05 Alexander Yakovlev and the Roots of the Soviet Reforms 27/10/05
Secret Understandings on the Use of Nuclear Weapons, 1950-1974 1/7/05 THE POSADA FILE: PART II 9/6/05
LUIS POSADA CARRILES: THE DECLASSIFIED RECORD 10/5/05 Treaties and Test Bans Would Not Prevent a Determined Government 1/6/05
THE CASE AGAINST PINOCHET: EX-DICTATOR INDICTED FOR CONDOR CRIMES 14/12/04 Washita – Genocide on the Great Plains 22/11/04
PROFESSOR SUES PENTAGON TO MAKE PUBLIC HONOR GUARD PHOTOS FROM DOVER AIR BASE 04/10/04

CHILE 1964: CIA COVERT SUPPORT IN FREI ELECTION DETAILED;
OPERATIONAL AND POLICY RECORDS RELEASED FOR FIRST TIME
25/09/04

Mullah Omar Called Washington in 1998, New Documents Show Taliban Leader Initiated Call 2 Days After Cruise Missile Attack On Terrorist Camps 11/09/04 Kissinger to Argentine Generals in 1976: “If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly” 27/08/04
THE GULF OF TONKIN INCIDENT, 40 YEARS LATER Flawed Intelligence and the Decision for War in Vietnam 04/08/04 U.S. Intelligence Listed Colombian President Uribe Among “Important Colombian Narco-Traffickers” in 199102/08/04
CIA Whites Out Controversial Estimate on Iraq Weapons; Main Subject of Today's Senate Intelligence Report Remains Largely Secret; Agency Censors Document Despite Public CIA Speeches, Testimony, Statements 09/07/04 Indonesia's 1969 Takeover of West Papua Not by “Free Choice” Document Release Marks 35th Anniversary of Controversial Vote and Annexation Secret Files Show U.S. Support for Indonesia, Human Rights Abuses by Indonesian Military 09/07/04
THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT ON ITS 38TH BIRTHDAY 04/07/04 Supreme Court Refuses to Approve the Immunity from Discovery Sought by Vice President Cheney 24/06/04
MOHAMMAD MOSADDEQ AND THE 1953 COUP IN IRAN Edited by Mark J. Gasiorowski and Malcolm Byrne 22/06/04 30 Years of History Preserved in Collection of Nuclear Control Institute's Papers at National Security Archive 21/06/04
ART BEFORE POWER New Jenny Holzer Exhibition Showcases Archive's Documents; Artist Projects Former Secrets onto Buildings, Walls, Floors, Memories 17/06/04 LIFTING OF PINOCHET'S IMMUNITY RENEWS FOCUS ON OPERATION CONDOR 10/06/04
Ronald Reagan – The Bonzo Years 08/06/04  
Operation Northwoods (PDF) 04/06/04
In his new exposé of the National Security Agency entitled Body of Secrets, author James Bamford highlights  a set of proposals on Cuba by the Joint Chiefs of Staff codenamed OPERATION NORTHWOODS.  This document, titled “Justification for U.S. Military Intervention in Cuba” was provided by the JCS to Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on March 13, 1962, as the key component of Northwoods.  Written in response to a request from the Chief of the Cuba Project, Col. Edward Lansdale, the Top Secret memorandum describes U.S. plans to covertly engineer various pretexts that would justify a U.S. invasion of Cuba.  These proposals – part of a secret anti-Castro program known as Operation Mongoose – included staging the assassinations of Cubans living in the United States, developing a fake “Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,” including “sink[ing] a boatload of Cuban refugees (real or simulated),” faking a Cuban airforce attack on a civilian jetliner, and concocting a “Remember the Maine” incident by blowing up a U.S. ship in Cuban waters and then blaming the incident on Cuban sabotage.  Bamford himself writes that Operation Northwoods “may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government.”
After the Revolution: Lázaro Cárdenas and the Movimiento de Liberación Nacional 31/05/04 Dobrynin to Kissinger: “Happy birthday to you.” Newly-released Kissinger telcons detail secret back channel to the Soviets 27/05/04
THE KISSINGER TELCONS 26/05/04 PRISONER ABUSE: PATTERNS FROM THE PAST 12/05/04
   
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