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Deep Dives Research Challenge

Welcome back to another edition of Deep Dives Research Challenge. This week we transition from the Wikileaks archive to the online archive of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Thus far, each Deep Dives has been wide open and though we’ve hinted at guiding future research challenges, the unconstrained nature of the current format has produced some excellent results. Therefore, we’ve decided to keep the format the same for now and hope all you deep diving researchers out there continue doing exactly what you’ve been doing.

The FBI Vault

Online access to the FBI Vault was made available in 2011. At the time, there were approximately 2,000 government documents open to the general public. Seven years on, the Vault media archive has expanded to approximately 6,700 files. The website offers users the ability to search key words, topics and persons and also provides a built-in document viewer for convenience.

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.

Appearing in the Vault electronic reading room collection are a plethora of familiar names and notable personalities.

Featuring searchable dossiers on characters as wide-ranging as Al Capone, Marilyn Monroe, Notorious B.I.G. and the 9/11 hijackers...

"The new website significantly increases the number of available FBI files, enhances the speed at which the files can be accessed, and contains a robust search capability," David Hardy, chief of the FBI's Records Management Division, said in a statement. "It reflects a strong commitment to build public trust and confidence through greater public access to FBI records."

The Vault also has an alphabetical index that can be quite useful to researchers. The FBI also maintains a Twitter page that posts up-to-date news and developments.

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You can check out the FBI Twitter feed here for the latest.

This is our first plunge into the FBI Vault with @deepdives.
Participants are encouraged to select their own topic for research depending on individual interest. We hope you unearth a few gems.

You never know what will turn up.

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The Vault Archive Challenge

  • Search the FBI Vault archive at
  • Find an overlooked, underrated, underreported or obscure FBI / 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.


  • Help spread the word, resteem this post
  • Limited to 1 contest entry per account
  • Submissions must be made in a separate post (not in the comments)
  • Submissions must be posted before the deadline (UTC - Friday July 27th 02:00 2018)
  • This research challenge is open for 2 weeks !
  • Use the lead tag “deepdives”
  • Your entry must include references to a document/documents found in the FBI Vault 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.


The Winning Post Should

  • Meet the rules criteria

  • Winners will be announced 48hrs after submission deadline

  • Well researched

  • Fully sourced

  • Clearly presented

  • Original Content (not widely reported on in the media)

  • Significance should be clearly articulated

  • 3 Outstanding contributions will be acknowledged


• Liquid SBD earned by the original contest post will make up the total rewards
o Example: 100 SBD – 1st place = 50% // 2nd = 30% // 3rd = 20%
• Bonus @v4vapid & @ausbitbank upvotes and resteems for exceptional and/or original contributions
• SP earned from challenge announcements and the winner’s announcements will go to the community account @deepdives.


Those that do not ‘win’ should not view their work and efforts as being wasted. All submissions are valuable and will be contributing to building a body of research on the blockchain. We hope that contributors support each other’s efforts wherever possible whether by sharing tips, links or through constructive feedback to their fellow researchers.

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  • Promote focused and quality research
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Excellent choice of dive! I have a feeling that this could be something special .. really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with, good luck guys!!

The Fibbers vault!

awesome. I'll look for some weird shit and hopefully have an entry for the contest in the coming week. great contest! good luck everyone!

Seems like a very interesting, and rewarding challenge...It has peaked my interest.

Best wishes, and happy 'paper trail' hunting to all.

Good luck everyone. There are some great obscure historical characters in the FBI vault.


Absolutely...this one will surely produce some interesting and varying articles!

My entry:

I hope this early entry will draw in a few new people as there is still a lot of time and the FBI's vault has a A LOT of files available. :-)

Alright. Here's my entry on cattle mutilation.

TL;DR - its natural, or its a government program to test for mad cow disease.

Really Great post about deep dives excellent choice ! good luck Thank you :)

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FBI vault dives its a good stand keep it up guys
if you don't mind upvote me please

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Should VPN be used for this?


VPNs are generally recommended, even for basic internet surfing. But if you're worried that the files on the FBI's vault are sensitive? no. They wouldn't put sensitive information up there.


Then, I don't see point in researching them. I went to see what can be found here and was disappointed. It's mostly official truth with not so much interesting information in my opinion. I will focus my research on Wikileaks because it seem much more interesting then official FBI files.


I think there's loads of interesting information on in the FBI files, but a lot of the juicy parts are through research behind the scenes of the documents presented to the public.

For example, all the stuff on the FBI investigating Malcolm X or MLK or the communist party.


Not saying there is no any interesting info here, but if they made it public for sure they put out info that will uncover much.

Odd that doesn't even show entries from the last contest... wth...


You noticed that as well? As soon as posts hit 7 days they disappear from the tag. I just tried searching the tag on eSteem and none of the top posts over the last 2-3 months show up. Very strange.