CIA Releases 13 Million Documents, Claims Its Entire History Now Online. No this is NOT a joke

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A kickstarter campaign plus a dedicated campaign of relentless annoyance by an activist has led to the CIA reluctantly releasing 13 million of their archived documents for public viewing on the internet. Releases from 1994 to 2016 are included. This translates as all documents from 1969 until 1989 They are released under Bill Clinton’s 1995 Executive Order 13526 instituted in 2006. One of the few good things he ever did.The Executive Order requires the declassification of non-exempt historically valuable records 25 years or older.
These documents were previously only physically accessible from four computers at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland using the CIA Records Search Tool
Get searching folks. It's a treasure trove!

The Central Intelligence Agency has released a bulk archive of 13 million pages of declassified documents online. These documents were previously only physically accessible from four computers at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland using the CIA Records Search Tool or CREST.

The documents date all the way back to as far as the Cold War.
Information about a number of controversial topics is included: from UFOs, to more information on the infamous CIA psychic experiments Project Stargate, to Henry Kissinger’s papers, other CIA research and development documents, scientific papers, photographic intelligence reports, news archives, and a whole lot more according to the official CIA press release.

The CIA emphasized the inclusion of UFO Documents and plans to further promote the contents of the archive online.

In June 2014, MuckRock, sued the CIA, on behest of pro-bono attorney Ken McClanahan, a lawyer with the National Security Counsellors. The group claimed that the database was “technically public, but in practice largely inaccessible.”

Subsequently, journalist and researcher Michael Best or @NatSecGeek on Twitter, launched a Kickstarter project to put pressure on the CIA to publicly release the data more quickly and exposing how the agency was taking too much time to publish the material it was required to make publicly available under Bill Clinton’s 1995 Executive Order 13526 instituted in 2006. The Executive Order requires the declassification of non-exempt historically valuable records 25 years or older.
Here's how best "bested " the CIA culture of fake transparency:


Best began scanning and printing 700,000 documents manually and publishing them for the entire world to see, effectively costing the CIA resources as the agency doesn’t charge for printer paper or the ink used.

“That effort was halted in October when it became clear the CIA was going to (reluctantly) post the material itself, and Best put together a good background on CREST, what it contains, and some of the potential pitfalls of the way it looks like the data will be released.

Then on November 18, the CIA’s Litigation Information Review Office finally threw in the towel, bumping up the release significantly to just next year,” Muckrock, writes.

Amazingly the CIA was somehow able to suddenly miraculously find a way to publish 13 million documents in a matter of 3 months despite stalling for so long. In the past, it had argued that it had neither the time nor the resources to achieve such a feat.

“Forcing people to travel to College Park, MD during bankers’ hours and print out page after page of records just to do historical research was an obnoxious and antiquated way for the CIA to pay lip service to transparency without actually allowing meaningful public access to their records. I am happy to have been part of the effort to nudge them along into the 21st century,” McClanahan wrote in an email.
Full article here
CIA Releases 13 Million Documents, Claims Its Entire History Now Online | We Are Change

while you are there and on the subject of CIA, check out
Hero Who Exposed CIA Infiltration and Manipulation Of Media Found Dead | We Are Change

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It would be fun if people had a root in the CIA archive and posted what they found of political interest there. It's a treasure trove!!

And here's the link to the CIA press release.

https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/2017-press-releases-statements/cia-posts-more-than-12-million-pages-of-crest-records-online.html

And a link to the CREST archive itself

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/collection/crest-25-year-program-archive

The search does not work for me at the moment. Hopefully they'll get that going soon. but you can browse the document collections in the left column.

Happy hunting folks! :p
 
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This isnt quite as exciting as it looks.

According to the link https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/2017-press-releases-statements/cia-posts-more-than-12-million-pages-of-crest-records-online.html

The largest collection of declassified CIA records is now accessible online. The documents were previously only available to the public at the National Archives in Maryland.

So the records are (a) declassified, meaning totally sanitised and (b) they were accessible before to the public only in just one physical location.

It will make the job of researchers easier, but I doubt there is anything here which will blow the last century wide open.

Having said that, theres always the possibility something got over-looked or that a clever researcher could join the dots by looking at what isnt on the record ...
 
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This isnt quite as exciting as it looks.

According to the link https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/2017-press-releases-statements/cia-posts-more-than-12-million-pages-of-crest-records-online.html

The largest collection of declassified CIA records is now accessible online. The documents were previously only available to the public at the National Archives in Maryland.

So the records are (a) declassified, meaning totally sanitised and (b) they were accessible before to the public only in just one physical location.

It will make the job of researchers easier, but I doubt there is anything here which will blow the last century wide open.

Having said that, theres always the possibility something got over-looked or that a clever researcher could join the dots by looking at what isnt on the record ...
There are 13 million docs here. Previously you could only access them by going to a specific physical room located in maryland and accessing one of only 4 computer terminals and then printing out individual pages on a printer. Very awkward access method designed to discourage while obeying the exec order technically. It seems unlikely that many people apart from a few activists and some historians writing books or theses and maybe the odd captive journo were likely to bother to do this.

However now anyone in the entire world can access all 13 million docs from their bedroom. This IS a big deal. A quantum leap in access to important historical documents.
 

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There are 13 million docs here. Previously you could only access them by going to a specific physical room located in maryland and accessing one of only 4 computer terminals and then printing out individual pages on a printer. Very awkward access method designed to discourage while obeying the exec order technically. It seems unlikely that many people apart from a few activists and some historians writing books or theses and maybe the odd captive journo were likely to bother to do this.

However now anyone in the entire world can access all 13 million docs from their bedroom. This IS a big deal. A quantum leap in access to important historical documents.

You are absolutely right, and having read the
story of how it happened, its really fascinating. What a film!

I have an awful feeling that UFO-geeks will be first in line.

Nice idea for Piesters to do their own scratching round and post something. Im ashamed to say my first tentative search was "Marilyn Monroe" - no, not THAT dress and JFK. I wanted to see if it was true she had been approached by the CIA to use her wiles on Sukharno of Indonesia in the service of her country - and yes she was, and the girl said "Oh no, not the fuzzy end of the lollipop again" :)
 
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Apologies. The search doesn't seem to be working but I've added a link to the crest document archive page to the bottom of the OP and you can peruse the document collections in the left hand column. Not ideal but still lots of very interesting stuff. hopefully the word search will be working soon.
 

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This is a criminal organisation (but not in America) - of course they are not going to be revealing everything of what they got up to - including torture, massacre, terrorism, genocide.

They turned Latin America into hell on Earth, plundered and devastated Africa and even turned their own citizens into drug guinea pigs - they were in with the worst scum on Earth from drug cartels to death squads to religious terrorists and courted the worst men to run the countries that actually really needed a good leader. For half their existence they just worked for individual businessmen to ensure they got whatever they wanted in poor countries.
 

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So who killed JFK ?
Certainly not me, no sir. I wasn't in Texas, and I don't even know what a knoll is. Nope.....plus guns scare me...especially 6.5×52mm Carcano Model 91/38 carbines with telescopic sights...

....what's with the feckin' inquisition?????
 
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This is a criminal organisation (but not in America) - of course they are not going to be revealing everything of what they got up to - including torture, massacre, terrorism, genocide.

They turned Latin America into hell on Earth, plundered and devastated Africa and even turned their own citizens into drug guinea pigs - they were in with the worst scum on Earth from drug cartels to death squads to religious terrorists and courted the worst men to run the countries that actually really needed a good leader. For half their existence they just worked for individual businessmen to ensure they got whatever they wanted in poor countries.
Yes I agree they are scum.

And of course not. The really juicy stuff will never see the light of day but it's still a very interesting
and useful trove of documents. And since there are 13 million of them, I'm pretty sure, humans being the fallible creatures they are, a few interesting things have slipped through the net. And with millions of eyes on the archive now, some interesting dots may be joined by obsessive types on the internet
 

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This is a criminal organisation (but not in America) - of course they are not going to be revealing everything of what they got up to - including torture, massacre, terrorism, genocide.

They turned Latin America into hell on Earth, plundered and devastated Africa and even turned their own citizens into drug guinea pigs - they were in with the worst scum on Earth from drug cartels to death squads to religious terrorists and courted the worst men to run the countries that actually really needed a good leader. For half their existence they just worked for individual businessmen to ensure they got whatever they wanted in poor countries.
There isnt going to be any detailed drawings of the grassy knoll, and receipts for the second shooters bar bill, thats for sure.

Buzzfeed which is still smarting from its own premature dump, went straight for Donald Trump, and assures us the CIA only has only released press clippings from the 80s about his govt contracts and "the party of the century".

There is some awful stuff in here though, like the Operation Condor Files - CIA efforts to topple govts in S America in the 70s.

These include such horror-show dox as “A proposal to collect material on the membership, location, and political activities of human rights groups in order to identify and expose their socialist and Marxist connections. Similar data reportedly are to be collected on church and third-world groups,” and pass the information to Argentine authorities, read torturers in the Dirty War.

So if they werent smart enough to do the digging, The CIA would point them in the right direction.

Theres also a fair amount on how "Six Southern Cone Nations" have agreed to undertake "the liquidation of South American targets living in Paris or London."
 

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I bet there won't be anything in there that the Israelis don't want made public.
 


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