Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Site Review: National Security Archive

Top secret projects, Intelligence Agencies or high level diplomatic arm wrestling are most appealing topics and we all have our opinion on what the spooks are doing behind our backs or try to find a more or less paranoia top secret government project behind a UFO spotting. One way to understand things that happen today is to look at the past, which can be found in the archives.

Although reading government archives will bring you only their side of the story it can help you to form your own idea of what happened. Unfortunately, too few people take the effort to dig their nose into the wealth of archives that are collecting dust. A great source is the National Security Archive from the George Washington University. Although you won't find here secret stuff about G.W. Bush or Rumsfeld you can read about the past, how things were handled back then, and project this to the present.

In the Documents Section you find the nuclear history, the Cuban missile crisis, nuclear first strike options, Vietnam, Latin America, government secrecy. Enough to keep you reading for months. You think you got the right to know something? The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that establishes the public's right to obtain information from federal government agencies. In the News Section you can read the newest archive entries.

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