Reminder: Final Week for Submissions To Deep Dives 14 The FBI Vault

in deepdives •  29 days ago 

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DD14 Ends June 3rd

This is a reminder to get your dig-on and submissions in for DD14. Dealing with the FBI vault can be a little frustrating as the website isn't very user friendly. Unless you know precisely what you're looking it can be difficult to find the proper search terms that will being up material of interest. The website also tends to highlight famous individuals rather than significant investigations.

To date, community members @v4vapid and @krnel have made some worthy contributions.

You can check them out using these links.

Recent FBI Releases

A very recent FBI release in relation to the Argentina Dirty War containing some 47,000 documents from various government agencies was made public in April of 2019.

There was also the recent disclosure about the "Dancing Israelis" that we've yet to see a submission on.

Hope this helps anyone who has been struggling to find material on the official website.

As always, be safe out there and happy digging!

Deep Dives 14

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

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."

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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 only our second 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!

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.

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  • Help spread the word, resteem this post
  • Limited to 2 contest entries per account
  • Submissions must be made in a separate post (not in the comments)
  • Submissions must be posted before the deadline (UTC - Monday, June 3rd 2019, UTC 12.00.00PM)
  • This research challenge is open for three weeks
  • Use the lead tag “deepdives”
  • Your entry must include references to a document/documents found in the Wikileaks 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: This round of Deep Dives is open for over three weeks. Also, contributors are allowed to make 2 entries during this extended challenge period!


The Winning Post Should

  • Meet the rules criteria
  • Winners will be announced 72hrs after the 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 STEEM (or SBD) earned by the original contest post will make up the total rewards
  • Example: 100 STEEM – 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.

Good luck and happy digging!

Deep Dives Community

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Be sure to check out some of the great work done by Deep Dives contributors over the last several months. Past winners and contributors include:

@palikari123, @krnel, @geke, @bifiracoil, @thoughts-in-time, @direrat, @an0nkn0wledge, @gregorypatrick, @deliberator, @angryman, @elchacal6, @richq11, @tarazkp, @valued-customer, @v4vapid.

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Other subjects that might be interesting for Deep Dives from the FBI vault could be CointelPro or the FBI files on MLK.

Your post has been up voted because of similarities to the #informationwar project (by @thoughts-in-time)

Ways you can help the @informationwar!


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Thanks for the reminder @deepdives ... I was planning to participate with an entry for this challenge.

I'll also help with re-posting this reminder, or write a separate post as an endorsement to the project, in order to get more eyes upon it, and hopefully, more participation.


Thanks @angryman! You're help is always appreciated :)