March 17, 2008 |
Despite President Bush's order for improvements more than two years ago, much of the federal government has barely made a dent in the huge backlog of unanswered requests under the Freedom of Information Act. An audit by the National Security Archive~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB246/eo_audit.pdf of 90 government agencies found mixed results from the Dec. 14, 2005, executive order that agencies clear the backlog and be more responsive. "Behind its ambitious facade . . . the order lacked both carrot and stick," the audit said.
March 21, 1998 |
President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave authority in 1957 to senior U.S. military commanders to retaliate with nuclear weapons if the president could not be reached or was otherwise unable to respond to a nuclear attack against the United States, according to declassified documents released this week.
February 18, 1993 |
U.S. Archivist Don W. Wilson, whose office turned over White House computer records to then-President George Bush while Wilson was negotiating to run Bush's presidential library, denied any wrongdoing in the matter Wednesday. Three senators, John Glenn (D-Ohio), David Pryor (D-Ark.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), this week urged the Justice Department to investigate Wilson's actions.
November 13, 2007 |
A federal judge on Monday ordered the White House to preserve copies of all its e-mails, a move that Bush administration lawyers had argued strongly against. U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy directed the president's executive office to safeguard the material, in response to two lawsuits that seek to determine whether the White House has destroyed e-mails in violation of federal law. The White House says it has been taking steps to preserve copies of all e-mails and will continue to do so.
August 14, 1993 |
A federal appeals court Friday expanded the definition of records that must be preserved by the government to include millions of White House computer messages and other documents from the Ronald Reagan and George Bush presidencies. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals here represents a landmark ruling involving the maintenance of government records as more and more material is placed into computers.
May 9, 1990 |
Oliver L. North met with then-Vice President George Bush a few hours after lying to the House Intelligence Committee about assisting the Nicaraguan Contras, an entry in North's White House diaries suggests. Portions of the diaries, released Tuesday, renew questions about whether Bush was more deeply involved in assisting the Contras than he has acknowledged.
May 20, 1999 |
At the height of its vicious war against Marxist guerrillas and those suspected of helping them, the Guatemalan military kept detailed records of people its units had captured or killed, according to internal army intelligence documents released Wednesday by four human rights organizations. The Guatemalan military has long been accused of killing tens of thousands of civilians in the 36-year civil war that ended in December 1996.
October 7, 2009 |
Recently released CIA files from the mid-1960s show Cuban exile and suspected terrorist Luis Posada Carriles informed on violent Miami-based efforts to attack Fidel Castro's fledgling Cuban government even as he was deeply involved in helping them. In the files, the CIA also appeared confident that Posada was a moderate who would not embarrass the agency or the United States. "A15 is not a typical kind of 'boom and bang' individual. He is acutely aware of the international implications of ill-planned or overly enthusiastic activities against Cuba," Posada's CIA handler, Grover T. Lythcott, wrote in a July 26, 1966, memo, using a code name for the Cuban exile.
September 12, 2008 |
Grand jury transcripts released Thursday from the biggest espionage case of the Cold War raise questions about whether Ethel Rosenberg was convicted and executed based on perjured prosecution testimony. Rosenberg and her husband, Julius, were convicted of passing nuclear weapons secrets to the Soviet Union and were executed in 1953. Since then, decrypted Soviet cables have appeared to confirm that he was a spy, but doubts have remained about her role. At the Rosenbergs' trial, the key testimony against Ethel Rosenberg came from her brother and sister-in-law, David and Ruth Greenglass.