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A Titanic Undertaking

In honor of the 105th anniversary of the legendary April 15, 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, I'm looking through records across the country to find historic and current information about the ship, her crew, her passengers and more.

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Declassifying CIA's Internal Histories

CIA's internal histories tell the story of the Agency, based on classified documents and interviews with the people involved. They're some of the best resources on the history of the Agency, yet most of them remain unavailable to the public. This project will request copies of every CIA history that can be identified.

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CIA instructed its historians to omit “embarrassing” details from the record

CIA instructed its historians to omit “embarrassing” details from the record

An undated regulation uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency archives, formerly classified SECRET, appears to outline the “Dos and Don’ts” for Agency historians. While most of the consideration goes into avoiding exposing the identities of undercover agents (and acknowledging the inherent difficulties therein), one surprising paragraph instructs historical officers to avoid “embarrassing incidents” or “unflattering statements” unless absolutely necessary.

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Five ways to use FOIA to explore the FBI's 110 year history

Five ways to use FOIA to explore the FBI’s 110 year history

We’re celebrating the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s birthday with a look at five different ways MuckRock users have used FOIA to bring shed light on the Bureau’s 11 decades of skulking around in America’s shadows.

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We need to talk about █████: JFK records and how arbitrary classification hurts democracy

We need to talk about █████: JFK records and how arbitrary classification hurts democracy

The underwhelming nature of the so-called “final release” of records related to the JFK assassination provides an excellent opportunity to talk about our culture’s curious acceptance of “classified” history.

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Five unsettling FBI surveillance tips from the '40s

Five unsettling FBI surveillance tips from the ‘40s

We’ve written before about the FBI’s 1947 guide to investigatory techniques and their heavy reliance on period-authentic casual racism. Today, we’ll be looking at the section on surveillance under false pretenses, which manages the perfect blend between adorably dated and downright creepy.

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Help build a comprehensive timeline of CIA's history

Help build a comprehensive timeline of CIA’s history

For 70 years, the Central Intelligence Agency has been working on learning about and challenging threats to the United States - both imagined and real. Keeping track of all of its masked maneuvers can be a bit tricky, which is why MuckRock has begun an ongoing chronology of the Agency’s life. Join us in compiling primary sources on the Agency’s long and winding ways, and help inform others about the breadth and depth of our lead intelligence organization’s part in world affairs.

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