Tag Archive for National Security Archive

How the CIA plotted the ‘accidental’ death of Raul Castro

One of blackest of the black arts of espionage is the assassination operation designed to disguise who was reallly responsible.

Case in point: a newly-disclosed CIA plot to kill Raul Castro, commander of the Cuban armed forces, by making it look like he died in a plane crash.

From Peter Kornbluh, a leading Cuba scholar, in SpyTalk:

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8) Nov. 5, 1963: JFK considers secret talks with Castro

Fidel Castro

Was JFK going to make peace with Cuba?

On November 5, 1963, President Kennedy was exploring the idea. You can hear JFK talking about it with aides on this White House tape recording. (The substantive conversation starts at :25 in the recording.)

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Do you think Trump will free the JFK files next week?

Nate Jones, author and director of the FOIA Project of the non-profit National Security Archive, has a succinct answer:

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Fighting for freedom of information

The non-profit National Security Archive at George Washington University leads the way.

This calendar year alone the National Security Archive has filed suit against the Trump administration four times – including for access to the White House visitor logs and to prevent the destruction of Presidential records by Trump and his staff. As the Des Moines Register’s Editorial Board notes in a history of the law, “As with many of the rights we cherish, we must tirelessly work to ensure the public’s access to public information is protected.”

Ford White House edited CIA assassination plots out of Rockefeller Commission report

The Gerald Ford White House significantly altered the final report of the supposedly independent 1975 Rockefeller Commission investigating CIA domestic activities, over the objections of senior Commission staff, according to internal White House and Commission documents posted today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University

Source: Ford White House Altered Rockefeller Commission Report


Project ARTICHOKE: how the CIA tried to hypnotize an unwitting assassin

A revealing document from UNREDACTED, the blog of the nonprofit National Security Archive illuminates how CIA officers pondered carrying out political assassinations. Read more

The whole Bay of Pigs thing

In face of a persistent legal challenge from the National Security Archive, the CIA continues to resist releasing an internal history of the failed invasion at the Bay of Pigs more than a half century ago. The struggle for Volume 5, as the history is known, is an epic legal contest

Why the secrecy about something that happened so long ago?

That question was the subject of a recent historian’s roundtable: National Security Archive v. Central Intelligence Agency.

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The virtue of Vice

Matt Taylor of Vice nails the larger point about the court decision sparing the CIA from embarrassment on Capitol Hill and in Havana: “The intelligence community has arguably never been as important or powerful as it is now…”

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Court decision spares CIA embarrassment on Capitol Hill and in Havana

CIA wins secrecy for Bay of Pigs history reports POLITICO.com.

“This decision would put off limits half of the contents of the National Archives,” said Tom Blanton, director of the non-profit National Security Archive.

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CIA was in the loop for Castro peace feelers

Lisa Howard, ABC News

Lisa Howard, ABC News reporter

In response to Two secret memos on JFK and Cuba, John Simkin, the British historian wrote the following essay that gives valuable context to this neglected story.

Simkin writes:

“The secret negotiations that took place between the JFK administration and the Cuban government could be significant issue in the JFK assassination.

“A key figure in this was Lisa Howard.

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Was JFK going to make peace with Fidel Castro?

At the time of his death President Kennedy was thinking about it — and thinking hard. You can even hear JFK talking about it: just click here.

In 2003, Peter Kornbluh, an analyst at the non-profit National Security Archive in Washington, obtained a White House tape recording about JFK’s Cuba policy, made on November 5, 1963.

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Spy chief James Clapper wins Rosemary Award


Would this man lie to you?

“Despite heavy competition, Clapper’s ‘No, sir’ lie to Senator Ron Wyden’s question: ‘Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?’ sealed his receipt of the dubious achievement award, which cites the vastly excessive secrecy of the entire U.S. surveillance establishment.”

via the National Security Archive.



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#HowtoSolveJFKin2014: Sunshine on the CIA

Sunshine Week comes to Washington March 16-22.

Every year the open government community in Washington, which includes everyone from the nonprofit National Security Archive to Project on Government Oversight to Cause of Action, get together to highlight the need for more open government. JFK Facts will be there too.

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In 1963, RFK urged lifting of the Cuba travel ban that is still in effect 51 years later

In 2014, most Americanns are barred by law from visiting Cuba, the island nation closest to America. When it comes to Cuba, Amrica’s vaunted ideals of “free trade” are frankly repudiated by the government in Washington which justifies violation Americans’ freedom to travel in the name of supporting democracy and human rights.

A half century ago,  Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy came to believe that the ban on travel to Cuba was “inconsistent with “our views of a free society,” as these historic documents collected by the  non-profit National Security Archive reveal..

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National security on Facebook

If you want to keep up with the latest U.S. national security disclosures, you can do a lot worse than the National Security Archive Facebook page.

Where else are you going to find an authoritative guide to the U.S. government’s views of Nelson Mandela when he was arrested in 1962.

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