disclosures of the National Security Archive NSA

Brazil Marks 50th Anniversary of Military Coup
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 465, by James G. Hershberg and Peter Kornbluh, April 2, 2014, incl Docs 1 – 16:

  • On 50th anniversary, Archive posts new Kennedy Tape Transcripts on coup plotting against Brazilian President Joao Goulart,
  • Robert Kennedy characterized Goulart as a “wily politician” who “figures he’s got us by the —”,
  • Declassified White House records chart genesis of regime change effort in Brazil;  

The Rwandan Refugee Crisis: Before the Genocide
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 464, by Kristin Scalzo, March 31, 2014, incl Docs 1 – 15 and additional Docs 16 – 30;

Independent Counsel Uncovered Presidential Abuses, Left Invaluable Historical Record
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 463, by William Burr, March 27, 2014, incl. Docs 1 – 6:

  • A Step Forward for On-Line Research in International History,
  • Newly Declassified Documents Include an Internal State Department Debate over Brezhnev’s Health and Its Possible Impact on U.S.-Soviet Relations,
  • Other Cables Include Warnings that Khmer Rouge Rule Would Cause the “Extinction of the Cambodian Race” and South Korean Dictator’s Justification for Not Showing Leniency toward Protestors;

Iran-Contra: Lawrence Walsh’s Contribution to History
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 462, by Malcolm Byrne, Tom Blanton, Peter Kornbluh, March 26, 2014:

  • Independent Counsel Uncovered Presidential Abuses, Left Invaluable Historical Record;

Spy Chief James Clapper Wins Rosemary Award
Published on National Security Archive NSA, by NSA Director Tom Blanton, and Nate Jones, Freedom of Information Coordinator, March 24, 2014:

  • Whopper to Congress Clinches Worst Open Government Performance of 2013,
  • Prize Named for Nixon’s Secretary Cites U.S. Surveillance Establishment for Outrageous Secrecy,
  • Team effort at National Security Agency, Justice Department National Security Division, FBI, and White House misled public, Congress, the Supreme Court, the wiretap court, and even each other,
  • Spy chief’s lawyers swore under oath the text of the 4th Amendment was classified (TS-SCI);

THE RWANDAN CRISIS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF FRANCE, PART ONE: LEADUP TO THE GENOCIDE
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 461 by Arnaud Siad; translations by Christina Graubert, March 20, 2014, incl. Docs 1 – 45:

  • French Documents Available in English for the First Time

MÉRIDA INITIATIVE / TRANSNATIONAL CRIME: Déjà vu in Mexico, Declassified Documents on the First Time Mexico “Killed” “El Chayo”
Published on Migration Declassified /a NSA Project’s Blog, by MICHAEL EVANS, March 14, 2014;

Half of Federal Agencies Still Use Outdated Freedom of Information Regulations
Published on National Security Archive NSA, by Tom Blanton/Nate Jones/Lauren Harper, March 14, 2014, incl FOIA Audit Chart Agency Updates – and a long list: Are Agency FOIA Regulations up to Date with FOIA Improvements:

  • National Security Archive FOIA Audit highlights delinquent agencies; praises Congressional and White House plans for updated regulations,
  • Archive warns updating is not enough without including “best practices”;

Warnings of Catastrophe
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 458 by Michael Dobbs, March 6, 2014, incl. Docs 1 – 10:

  • French, US, UN, and Belgian Documents Foreshadow the Genocide in Rwanda 1994,
  • Key Belgian Diplomatic Cables Published in English for the First Time;

60th Anniversary of Castle BRAVO Nuclear Test, the Worst Nuclear Test in U.S. History
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 459, by William Burr, February 28, 2014, incl. Docs 1 – 18 and notes:

  • Blast Had Far Greater Explosive Yield than Expected, Equivalent to 1,000 Hiroshimas,
  • Fallout from the Test Contaminated the Marshall Islands and Japanese Fishermen on the Fortunate Dragon (Fukuryu Maru),
  • Consequences of BRAVO Created Outrage around the World and Pressure to Ban Nuclear Weapons Tests;

Dubious Secrets of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 457, by William Burr, February 21, 2014, incl. 3 Docs:

  • Defense Department Deletes Khrushchev’s Public Statements about Jupiter Missiles in Turkey,
  • 50-Year-Old Document on the Crisis Released in Glaringly Different Versions,
  • The Contradictions of Defense Department Declassification Policy;

Special Plans and Double Meanings: Controversies over Deception, Intelligence, and Policy Counterterrorism
Published on National Security Archive NSA, Electronic Briefing Book No. 456, by Jeffrey T. Richelson, February 20, 2014, incl. Docs 1 – 48 and notes 1 – 32;

Russell Hemenway: An Appreciation
Published on National Security Archive NSA, by NSA Director Tom Blanton, February 14, 2014, incl. 2 references.

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