Deep Dives 10 | The CIA Library

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Deep Dives 10

Welcome to the tenth edition of the Deep Dives Research Challenge dedicated to searching publicly available archives for undiscovered or overlooked intelligence and hidden information.

In this instalment, we’ll make our second decent into the CIA Library.
Be sure to check out the original CIA related #deepdives challenge.


The Freedom of Information Act is a critical source of information for the American public seeking to understand what's happening within the US federal government. Equally as important, material acquired through the FOIA have become vital sources of primary documentation for journalists as well.

Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.

The FOIA also requires agencies to proactively post online certain categories of information, including frequently requested records. As Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court have all recognized, the FOIA is a vital part of our democracy.

The CIA Library FOIA Online Collection

This instalment of the Deep Dives Research Challenge focuses on the Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room of the online CIA Library.

There are hundreds of thousands of declassified CIA documents
available via the online reading room.

From UFO related documents to presidential briefings to remote viewing and the Stargate Project, the archive contains a trove of information once considered classified and not available for public consumption.

Secondary Resource

Another source that might be extremely valuable in your research is found at

Declassified documents are re-categorized into convenient subgroups including:

• Office of Strategic Services – 52,047 files
• Nazi War Crimes – 27,127 files
• Stargate- 12,106 files
• MKUltra – 1,778 files
• Director Richard Helms - 806 files
• Phoenix Assassination Program - 73 files

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Please see:
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Some Advice from DD contributor @shepz1 -

The CIA Library Challenge


Please be sure to read the directions carefully
  • Search the CIA Library archive at
  • Find an overlooked, underrated, underreported or obscure CIA / Government / Law Enforcement document on a topic that interests you.
  • Build a post around your findings
  • Provide additional sources to make your case and strengthen your position
  • Explain the significance of the document and why it’s an important piece of news that should be communicated to the public.


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  • Submissions must be made in a separate post (not in the comments)
  • This challenge is open for 2 weeks
  • Submissions should be posted before the deadline (12:00AM UTC - December 18th 2018)
  • Use the lead tag “deepdives”
  • Your entry must include references to a document/documents found in the CIA archive.
  • Provide a link to the specific document or page
  • Make an attempt to keep your post concise and to the point
  • You may leave a link to your entry in the comments below
  • Please, do not plagiarize the work of others

    Note: Longer entries with multiple links and references does not equate to higher quality. Clear and concise work with a handful of supporting sources are preferable.


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Another @DeepDives challenge to spark the fire of 'truth' behind the false narrative offered to the general public...

Thanks Deep Dives operatives, for helping to keep the search alive.

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I was looking for info on writing a new post when I ran into this headline

The article also talked about a site called the black vault that has a collection of all the CIA'S, MK Ultra FOIA documents, just wanted to post this in case anyone who writes about MKUltra is looking for another document source to dive into, not to mention the headline was eye-catching,


Keen to have a look at some of those links.

Reading @shepz1's post reminded me of my first laptop which at the time, was an experiment in 100% open source software and running Ubuntu. The only reason I stopped using it was spilling coffee on the keyboard (der) which I never got around to replacing.

Anyway, will be interesting to have another look and maybe re-visit that experiment.

That is an excellent way to stimulate search for truth, @deepdives, full support.

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This'll be a great resource. Where can I find the other deep dives you've done?