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Earl Gregg Swem Library

J. Robert Oppenheimer Personnel Hearings Transcripts

Categories: Communism,Energy,Govt Secrecy,History,Nuclear Arms,Science/Technology

Declassified transcripts of a classic Cold War document, the hearings by the Atomic Energy Commission that resulted in the revocation of the security clearance of Oppenheimer, the physicist who led the Manhattan Project to produce the first atomic bomb.  The first time the complete text has been available.  From the Energy Department


Information Security Oversight Office Report to the President 2013

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Statistics

Annual report on the level of government classification of information.  Reports that original classification decisions declined by 20% over the past year.  From the Information Security Oversight Office, 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


Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Portions of CIA Study

Describes the vote of the Senate Intelligence Committee to authorize public release of the 500 page Executive Summary with findings and conclusions of the five year study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  Also contains statements of Committee Chair Feinstein on the importance of the vote.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Suitability and Security Processes Review: Report to the President

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Personnel,Govt Secrecy,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence

Finds that 5.1 million individuals now have security clearances.  Reviews process by which the clearances are acquired and recommends that the number of clearances be reduced to reduce costs and avoid risks to sensitive information. From the Government Accountability Office


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


National Security Letters in Foreign Intelligence Investigations: Legal Background

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence

Describes what they are, what laws authorize their use by law enforcement authorities, and what recent revisions and recommendations have been made relating to their use, including recommendations of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Toward “Thorough, Accurate, and Reliable”: A History of the Foreign Relations of the United States Series: Preview Edition

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Headlines,History,Laws/Regulations

Traces the evolution of the FRUS documentary history series from its antecedents in the early republic through 20th Century disclosure controversies and the implementation of its current mandate, the 1991 Foreign Relations statute. E-book preview edition will be replaced by eventual published version.   From the Office of the Historian, U.S. State Department


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