Friday, March 27, 2009

CIA Releases 25-Year Program Archive Search

* CIA Releases 25-Year Program of sanitized and selective "Archive" Search...where you will not find anything about the White House Murder INC, or any other odious assassination since JFK's until today....

"The automatic declassification provisions of Executive Order 12958, as amended, require the declassification of nonexempt historically-valuable records 25 years old or older. By 31 December 2006 all agencies were to have completed the review of all hardcopy documents determined to be historically valuable (designated as "permanent" by the agency and the National Archives) and exclusively containing their equities. As the deadline pertains to CIA, it covers the span of relevant documents originally dating from the establishment of the CIA after WWII through 1981.

CIA has deployed an electronic full-text searchable system it has named CREST (the CIA Records Search Tool), which has been operational since 2000 and is located at NARA II in College Park Maryland. On this Agency site, researchers can now use an on-line CREST Finding Aid to research the availability of CIA documents declassified and loaded onto CREST through 2008. Data for the remaining years up to the present (CREST deliveries have been ongoing) will be placed on this site at later dates.

Search the CREST web database
here. Note: it does not contain actual images of the documents as the regular Electronic Reading Room search does. Rather, it contains details on the files to speed FOIA requests...

Digital National Security Archives (DNSA)

Steps to file a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request:

National Security Archives at George Washington University

Declassified Secrets Blog

U.S. State Department's National Reading Room (Type in "Declassified-?" in the Keyword Search, then your topic of interest)

These two sources of declassified info were offered by a donor who wishes to remain anonyous: Mr. Morton: I saw these two websites you might find of interest:

Ever wonder if you or your relations have files at the FBI or other intelligence agencies? Click on this site and find out!