National Security Archive

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FounderScott Armstrong
Interests“national security”, CIA
The largest repository of declassified U.S. documents outside the federal government.

The National Security Archive is a non-governmental, non-profit research and archival institution located on the campus of the George Washington University. While it publishes a significant amount of declassified documents of interest to deep state research, its closeness to the Washington establishment and funding from deep state-connected foundations, ensures that certain topics will always be off limits.

Official narrative

Founded in 1985 to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive is an investigative journalism center, open government advocate, international affairs research institute, and the largest repository of declassified U.S. documents outside the federal government. It has spurred the declassification of more than 10 million pages of government documents by being the leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), filing a total of more than 50,000 FOIA and declassification requests in its over 30 years of history.


As a prolific FOIA requester, the National Security Archive has obtained a host of seminal government documents, including: the CIA's "Family Jewels" list that documents decades of the agency's illegal activities;[1] the National Security Agency's (NSA) description of its watch list of 1,600 Americans that included notable Americans such as civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., boxer Muhammad Ali, and politicians Frank Church and Howard Baker;[2] the first official CIA confirmation of Area 51;[3] U.S. plans for a "full nuclear response"[4] in the event the President was ever attacked or disappeared; FBI transcripts of 25 interviews with Saddam Hussein after his capture by U.S. troops in December 2003;[5] the Osama bin Laden File,[6] and the most comprehensive document collections available on the Cold War, including the nuclear flashpoints occurring during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the 1983 "Able Archer" War Scare.[7]


The National Security Archive relies on publication revenues, grants from individuals and grants from foundations such as the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations, for its $3 million yearly budget. The National Security Archive receives no direct government funding.[8]


A document sourced from National Security Archive

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Brzezinski's Black Room Report to president CarterreportZbigniew Brzezinski
US/Deep state
20 November 1979Zbigniew BrzezinskiUS National Security Advisor Brzezinski's plans for regime change in Iran, including many methods and covert tactics that are familiar 40 years later.