Tag: declassification

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New Release of the President’s Intelligence Check Lists (aka, PICLs)

  by Maura Porter, Declassification Archivist The President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, is a highly classified intelligence briefing produced each morning for the President of the United States. The written briefing informs the President and other senior policymakers about intelligence developments worldwide and provides analysis of those events. Although now produced by the Director of…


On Finishing: The Presidential Recordings

  by Stephen Plotkin, Reference Archivist Yesterday the Kennedy Library released the final set of tapes in one of its most widely known collections, the White House recordings that were secretly made during John F. Kennedy’s time in office. Collectively known as the “Presidential Recordings,” they comprise more than 248 hours of meetings  and 12…


Demystifying Declassification

  by our Declassification Unit colleagues One of the most common questions that we hear from researchers is, “When will this document be declassified?” (sometimes expressed more plaintively as, “Why isn’t this document declassified yet?”). Even for seasoned researchers, security classification can seem mysterious and opaque and hint of governmental cover-up or paranoia. To dispel…