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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Kissinger Considered Attack on Cuba Following Angola Incursion

Categories: Africa,Cuba,History,Latin America,Russia

A set of 9 recently declassified documents which reveal secret contingency plans for airstrikes and mining of Cuban harbors in retaliation for Cuba’s decision to send troops to Angola in 1975. From the National Security Archive


Wartime Detention Provisions in Recent Defense Authorization Legislation

Categories: Cuba,Defense/Military,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

Reviews provisions in recent laws that relate to detainees at the Guantanamo Bay facility. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


National Security Archive v. Central Intelligence Agency

Categories: Cuba,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts$file/12-5201.pdf

2-1 decision that a 30 year old study of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion fiasco by the CIA can be withheld from the public under the “deliberative process” provision.  Four other volumes of the study have been previously released.  The case arose from a 2005 FOIA request for the volume from the National Security Archive.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


Dubious Secrets of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Categories: Cuba,Defense/Military,Govt Processes/Organization,Govt Secrecy,History

A set of three recently declassified documents relating to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis which reveal contradictory practices about current declassification policies by the Defense Department.  From the National Security Archive


Last Nuclear Weapons Left Cuba in December 1962

Categories: Communism,Cuba,History,Nuclear Arms,Russia

A collection of 18 declassified Soviet documents, three never before available in English,  that reveal more details about the number of Russian nuclear warheads in Cuba during the 1962 missile crisis and how long they were there.  From the National Security Archive.


Cuba: U.S. Policy and Issues for the 113th Congress

Categories: Communism,Cuba,Latin America

Describes recent economic policy changes in Cuba, current U.S. policy toward Cuba, and recent legislation introduced in Congress about Cuba.   .  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Issues for the 113th Congress

Categories: Argentina,Brazil,Colombia,Cuba,Foreign Assistance,Haiti,Latin America,Mexico,Venezuela

Provides an overview of U.S. policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean including the Obama Administration’s priorities, examines changes in the region’s economic and political environment, and analyzes various recommendations for U.S. policy from think tanks.  Also covers selected regional and country issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Guantanamo Bay Detainees: Facilities and Factors for Consideration If Detainees Were Brought to the United States

Categories: Crime/Justice,Cuba,Defense/Military,Terrorism

Describes the current detention facility in Cuba, detention facilities in the U.S. under the authority of the Department of Justice, and factors to be considered if these U.S. facilities were to be used for Gitmo detainees.   From the Government Accountability Office


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