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Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968–2002 (A Digital National Security Archive Collection)

Posted by Megan on January 29, 2011

The library now has access to a new A Digital National Security Archive Collection called Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968–2002.

Official description:

Within hours of the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, National Security Archive staff began compiling this in-depth and unparalleled documentary history of international terrorism and U.S. policy. The resulting collection of 1,509 formerly secret documents provides coverage beginning with the first politically-motivated hostage-taking episode of its the July 1968 hijacking of an El Al jet to and devoting special attention to the Middle East and Southwest Asia. The set features records from the White House, National Security Council, State Department, Defense Department, Justice Department, and other federal agencies as well as detailed FBI field reporting, CIA analyses, and military studies.

Among the most valuable materials are sensitive intelligence reporting won through a lawsuit by former AP reporter and hostage Terry A. Anderson, memos from Henry Kissinger to President Richard Nixon detailing terrorist incidents as they unfold, and a complete set of declassified meeting records of the important Cabinet Committee to Combat Terrorism. Specific highlights include the circa 1996 CIA biographic sketch of Osama bin Laden, and the May 2002 “Bombshell Memo” by FBI whistle-blower Coleen Rowley, featured on the cover of Time Magazine (June 3, 2002 edition).

Sample document record

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