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Israel’s Secret Nuclear Program: Why CIA Intelligence Failed So Badly

Israel’s Secret Nuclear Program: Why CIA Intelligence Failed So Badly

  From the National Security Archive, a deep dive on a sensitive geopolitical issue that is rarely raised in Washington: how Israel became the first and only nuclear power in the Middle East. While the events in question happened some 50 years ago, they reverberate today. The United States and Israel, as nuclear powers, have...

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The Assassination of Che Guevara, According to the CIA

The Assassination of Che Guevara, According to the CIA

Guevara was the charismatic leader of the Cuban revolution, who sought to inspire the poor people of Bolivia to rebel. They weren’t inspired, and the CIA was on his trail. Fifty-three years ago, at 1:15 p.m. on October 9, 1967, Argentine-born revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed in the hills of Bolivia after being captured by...

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The U.S. Government’s System for Declassifying Historical Documents Is in Crisis

The U.S. Government’s System for Declassifying Historical Documents Is in Crisis

After investigating the state of the JFK Records Collection at the National Archives in College Park Maryland, I have first-hand knowledge that Bill Burr is right. The American people are systematically denied access to their history, thanks to official secrecy. Burr, analyst for the non-profit National Security Archive at the George Washington University, writes: the...

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Sunshine Week: Freedom of Information and Its Enemies

Sunshine Week: Freedom of Information and Its Enemies

It’s Sunshine Week in Washington, a week to celebrate the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other open government laws that enable the public to see what their government is doing. The FOIA, passed in 1966, is a powerful tool for the public interest.  Even our most secret agency, the CIA, has provided online access to...

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Barr and Bolton Undermined Congressional Oversight of CIA

Barr and Bolton Undermined Congressional Oversight of CIA

The past is prologue to the Trump administration. Thirty years ago, National Security Adviser John Bolton and Attorney General Nominee William Barr were fighting congressional oversight of the CIA. As legal advisers to President Reagan, they insisted that the president did not need to disclose all covert operations to Congress, that Congress’s power of the...

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