FOIA Electronic Reading Room Offers Access to CIA Documents
Have you ever wanted to know more about the history of the CIA? Or wondered what the CIA really does? Do you have an interest in reviewing formerly classified documents? And what about those UFOs anyway? Find the answers to these questions and more by checking out the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room.
The Reading Room showcases some of the most requested declassified documents, including the recently released CAESAR and POLO papers; document collections like UFOs: Fact or Fiction, Bay of Pigs, POW/MIAs, and Human Rights in Latin America; and National Intelligence Estimates on Vietnam and China. Web site visitors also are able to access information on how to file FOIA requests and get answers to frequently asked questions.
Over the past two years, the Agency has made a concerted effort to address its oldest FOIA cases. In 2006, it reduced the number of FOIA cases older than five years by over 40 percent, and in 2007, by more than 50 percent.
At a recent speech before the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, CIA Director Michael Hayden acknowledged the complexity of the work done by FOIA’s dedicated staff of declassification officers. He said, "The Agency officers who do that work wrestle constantly with the twin imperatives of essential openness and essential secrecy. They carry a huge responsibility. Simply put, they must decide when a secret is no longer a secret."
Visit the FOIA Electronic Reading Room to learn more and to look at all the collections available. You also can check out the Careers page to find out how you can become a part of this exciting career field.