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What we talk about when we talk about █████: Secrecy, overclassification, and the CIA’s hidden history
In 1978, the director of the CIA warned that excessive, impulsive secrecy was a danger — not only to the public’s right to know, but to the agency’s ability to keep the important secrets. 40 years later, that lesson still needs repeating.
I paid $125 for this photo of Angela Merkel
After five years of trying to get records out of the Harvard University Police Department, I ended up spending $125 on a high-resolution photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is the story of how and why.
FBI file documents Chef Paul Prudhomme’s history of accidentally bringing loaded guns to airports
Celebrated Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme found himself in hot water for accidentally bringing a loaded firearm to the airport on more than one occasion, according to his FBI file.
The former FBI agent’s guide to living it up in New Orleans
Heading to New Orleans for #ONA2019 and not sure what to wear in Louisiana in the fall? Well, you’re in luck. The Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had their annual conference in NOLA in 1972, and their official publication, “The Grapevine,” has you covered. Literally.
Cooking with FOIA: The declassified ham sandwiches of the CIA archives
There’s a running joke on both sides of the transparency community that the standards for secrecy are so absurd that “you could easily classify a ham sandwich.” And nowhere does that dictum ring more true than in regards to the Central Intelligence Agency, which has, on multiple occasions, classified ham sandwiches.
Latest Requests See all
|Howard Sayre Weaver (FBI)||No Responsive Documents||Federal Bureau of Investigation||United States of America|
|#PSL Tweet||No Responsive Documents||Central Intelligence Agency||United States of America|
|100th Night Show 2019||Withdrawn||United States Military Academy||United States of America|
|"Naruto Run" briefing||Withdrawn||Air Force||United States of America|
|E. Franklin Frazier (FBI)||Completed||Federal Bureau of Investigation||United States of America|
Recently Completed Requests See all
|Bigfoot (Unprocessed) (FBI)||Completed||Federal Bureau of Investigation||United States of America|
|H H Brookins (FBI)||Completed||Federal Bureau of Investigation||United States of America|
|April Resolution Emails||Completed||City of Cambridge||Cambridge, MA|
|Albert Einstein (Unprocessed) (FBI)||Completed||Federal Bureau of Investigation||United States of America|
|NIH AIDS Internal Histories||Completed||National Institutes of Health||United States of America|