National Archives Urges CIA to Narrow FOIA Exemptions

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 21, 2005

National Security Archive Files Comments on CIA’s Decennial Review of Operational Files: “The National Security Archive this week submitted comments on the Central Intelligence Agency’s decennial review of the record categories that the CIA has designated as exempt from search and review under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In 1984 the CIA was granted limited protection from FOIA for operational records that are considered so sensitive that it is not productive to search them in response to FOIA requests. The Archive’s comments demonstrate that this basis for the exemption is flawed because numerous operational records have been released under special declassification projects regarding the Kennedy Assassination, Nazi War Crimes, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, and other matters that have provided historically valuable information to the public and have not caused any harm to national security.”

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