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POLSC 201: International Relations

U.S. Government Documents

Finding Declassified Documents

  • CIA: Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room - The FOIA Electronic Reading Room is provided as a public service by the Office of the Chief Information Officer's Information Management Services. Here you can view documents released through the FOIA and other CIA release programs.
  • Department of State: Freedom of Information Act - The Department of State administers information access programs including the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Mandatory Declassification Review programs. This website provides a wealth of information about the Department’s FOIA program and how to obtain access to the Department’s records, as well as a search tool containing 221,373 searchable documents reviewed and released to the public.
  • FBI Records: The Vault - FOIA Library - "The Vault is our [FBI] new FOIA Library, containing 6,700 documents and other media that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. Included here are many new FBI files that have been released to the public but never added to this website; dozens of records previously posted on our site but removed as requests diminished; files from our previous FOIA Library, and new, previously unreleased files."
  • Federation of American Scientists: Project on Government Secrecy  - "Through research, advocacy, and public education, the FAS Project on Government Secrecy works to challenge excessive government secrecy and to promote public oversight." (from the FAS website)