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foia/cia: searching declassified documents

This is one busy site today:

What’s New at FOIA?

Site last updated: June 26, 2007

CIA Releases Two Significant Collections of Historical Documents
Two significant collections of previously classified historical documents are now available in the CIA’s FOIA Electronic Reading Room.

The first collection, widely known as the “Family Jewels,” consists of almost 700 pages of responses from CIA employees to a 1973 directive from Director of Central Intelligence James Schlesinger asking them to report activities they thought might be inconsistent with the Agency’s charter.

The second collection, the CAESAR-POLO-ESAU papers, consists of 147 documents and 11,000 pages of in-depth analysis and research from 1953 to 1973. The CAESAR and POLO papers studied Soviet and Chinese leadership hierarchies, respectively, and the ESAU papers were developed by analysts to inform CIA assessments on Sino-Soviet relations.

Notes on searching

They control the view/interface carefully. It’s digital images, but not in pdf format… it’s their own inhouse format (just images of pages in a javascript window dressed up with a touch of formatting. On the bottom of each doc, you get a tad of metadata. That helps. None of these seem to be full-text searchable once the doc is opened, though.

You can right click to capture/view images (pages) from these docs. Are those permalinked?

Advanced searching. All, exact, any. Date ranges.

“Below is an alphabetical list of all the keywords used to index the documents on this site. They can be used in a search to find documents related to each term.” Keyword index here.

Here’s what your metadata formatting looks like at the bottom of each record:

(the above image has in its keyword field: ufo; lithuania; lithuanian border)

You can skip ahead pages to navigate documents, but you can’t search within docs once the doc is opened — no OCR in this view:

Other search details as they come. Please share tips if you’ve got ’em.

Alright. A friend points to interesting bit by Robert Baer (reflecting on “Why the CIA is Airing its Dirty Laundry“) at Time:

Which brings us to today. A day doesn’t pass that I don’t get a call from someone who asks me what really happened on 9/11. My initial reaction is, Read the 9/11 Commission report — Osama bin Laden did it. But then again, we hear more and more that key evidence in the 9/11 Commission Report is based on abusive interrogation tactics. We have no idea whether the 9/11 suspects were telling the truth or telling someone else’s truth to please their interrogators. I hope Hayden puts a line under this one too, although no doubt he’s going to have to wait until the next administration.

I reckon Bob Baer is in a better position to speculate than most of us. I’ll just be here searching the “family jewels”, if you need me.


June 26, 2007 - Posted by | geo/pol, info sci, occult, search


  1. Re: CIA Bob Baer FYI

    Left wing Radio WBAI, NPR, and AIR AMERICA all proudly aired propaganda from former CIA agent Robert Baer, now an advocate of “911 Truth”. You can learn something from his circle of friends in the Middle East, and how his story has changed since 9/11. His screenwriter, Syriana Gaghan, makes some chilling descriptions of how the “real” special interests behind the scenes manipulate public opinion and create violence.

    So to understand the infiltration of the “9/11 Truth” movement , watch this video and read the information slides (PRESS PAUSE IF THEY GO BY TOO FAST), It shows how Robert Baer, who claims fore knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, made different contradictory explanations of 9/11 on famous left wing shows like Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, and Air America, as well as on various MSM shows, as part of an evolving set of lies to conceal the real conspiracy covered up by the President, and the 9/11 Truth movement itself. Decoding the lies points the investigation not at the Pentagon, but at a private transnational criminal syndicate, allied with the Gulf States, and located in London, true heirs of the Saudi funded Iran-Contra Terrorist group. This is exactly the group accused by Putin’s newspaper PRAVDA, in July 2001, before the attacks even occurred.


    Comment by GeoK | June 26, 2007 | Reply

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