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June 5, 1978
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Nre ciraar* Central h tk 1l tc vx y Approved Fo F1ease 2001/03/06; GIA-RDP8 ,Bft236ROO02000600 M 's. JUN 197 Dr. Jas B. Rhoads Archivist of the United States National Archives and Records Service Eighth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, A.C. 20408 Dear Dr. Rhoads: Pursuant to Section 3-402 of Executive Order 12065, I hereby issue and enclose for your use the required systematic review guidelines cover- ing classified information of United States origin and more than twenty years old over which the Central Intelligence Agency has classification jurisdiction. These guidelines were prepared in consultation with your designated representative Mr. Edwin A. Thompson, Director of the Records Declassification Division, National Archives and Records Service. Copies of this letter ar~ of the enclosed guidelines have been for- warded to the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) for his review, as provided by the; Ors er. Systematic review guidelines for "foreign government infor itt lon" as defined in Section 6-103 of the Order and in Section I/F of ISOO Directive No. I will be provided at a later date, in compliance with the, provisions of the Order and Directive concerning such information. Yours sincerely, 7.e Stansfield Turner Approved For Release 2001/03/06: CIA-RDP85B00236R000200060002-5 Approved For R ease 2001/03/06 : CIA-RDP85Bbt(236R000200060002-5 1~1. ~`-~ tdi~; Mr, h?Mchael, T. Blouin Director, Information Security oversight Office General Services Administration Washington, D.C. 20405 Dear Mr. Blouin: 1alelosed for your review are guidcl Ines issued pursuant to Executive Order 1206$ for the systematic review of United States originated classified, info nation over twenty years old and under Central Intelligence Agency classification jurisdic- tion. Also enclosed is a copy of my letter to the Archivist of the United States forwarding these guidelines for his use. Yours sincerely, STANSF I ELI) `TURNER Approved, Fb'Reiease 2Q01/03/06 CLL-RDP85B00236R000200060002-5 WD JUN 1141-V Approved For RWo1# Ibg&-F~p5BOW36R000200060002-5 SYSM1ATIC REVIE' (JIDELINLS A. Authorization. The following guidelines apply to information of United States ?rxg.n w h is more than 20 years old and over which the Central Intelligence Agency has classification jurisdiction. Under the provisions of Section 3-402 of Executive Order 12065, the CIA authorizes the Archivist of the United States to use these guidelines in the review of such information upon its transfer to the General Services Administration and accession into the National Archives. B. Gate ories of Information Excepted from Automatic Declassification. Excip'-T or oxeign government i 6rnatu6n,-which is exc pt n automatic declassification under Section 3-404 of the Order, all classified informa- tiom over 20 years old which is under the classification jurisdiction of this agency is automatically declassified unless it falls into one of the categories described, below. Information in these categories shall not be declassified until reviewed for declassification by designated CIA personnel, and must be referred to CIA for such review by all other agencies having custody thereof. Information in Categories 1 through 5 below is subject to another systematic review on the dates specified in parentheses under each of those five categories upon approval of Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) 10-year-review requirement waivers as provided in Section 3-401 of the Order.- Otherwise, information in all categories listed below shall be so re-reviewed at 10-year intervals, as necessary until it can be declassified or assigned a date or event-foi automatic declassification. Category 29 is a new category under Section 1-301(g) of the Order. C.AT.I:GORI 1 Information constituting or concerning cry-ptologic or cryptographic intelligence, including information on the development and/or use of any method, means, system, device, installation or activity for the acquisition or transmission of such intelligence or for the protection of cryptograph- ically processed data including cryptographic, corinnurications and emanations security procedures, techniques, materials and ecuipment. (Next Review Date: 40 ars following initial review.) CATEGORY -1 12 Information constituting or concerning coimterinteIl.igence, defined by Executive Order 12036 of 24 January 1978 (Section 4-202) as "...information Approved For Rase 2001/03/06 : CIA-RDP85B136R000200060002-5 gathered and activities conducted to protect. against espir.age, sabotage, international terrorist activities or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations or persons, but not including personnel, physical, document or communications security programs." (Next Review Date: 3rs following initial review.) CATEGORY 3 Information concerning or covered by special access, distribution and protection programs continued or established pursuant to Section 4-2 of Executive Order 1:065, including but not limit(.?d I) Sensitive Compartiwnte_i Information (SCI). (Next Review Date: 30 years following initial review.) information which identifies any undercover personnel or unit(s), or clandestine human agent(s), of the Central Intelligence Agency or of a predecessor agency; or which otherwise reveals sensitive intelligence sources, methods or activities including intelligence plans; policies, or operations of the Cc-xtral Intelligence agency, a predecessor agency, or any element of either. (Next Review Date: 30 years following initial review.) CATEGORY 5 Information covertly acquired which is contained in intelligence reports and other documents that bear the legend "THIS IS UNEVALUATED INFORMATION" or, lacking this or an equivalent marking, are similar in format or content to items, so marked; and in which the formats used, subject matter, source descriptions or other content would, in collections or aggregates of such reports and/or other documents, reveal the nature, scope or extent of United States intelligence activities in, or in relation to, particular foreign countries or areas or would identify intelligence sources or methods. (Next Review Date: 30 years following initial review.) CATEGORY 6 Information which reveals or identifies a present, past, or prospective intelligence scarce, whether a person, organization, group, technical Loved for Release 2001/03/06: CIA-RDP85B00236R000200060002-5 Approved For Rise 2001/03/06 : CIA-RDP85B0 000200060002-5 system, mechanism, device, or any other means or instrument that provides, has provided, or is being developed to provide- intelligence. CATEGORY- Information which reveals or identifies a present, past, or prospective intelligence method, procedure, mode, technique, or requirement used or being developed to acquire, transmit, analyze, correlate, evaluate, or process intelligence or to support an intelligence source, operation, or activity. C;;\YT;t I Y Information that discloses the organizational structure of the Central Intelligence Agency; the numbers and assignments of CIA personnel; the size and connpositi.on of the CIA budget, including internal and external funding; logistical and associated support activities and services; security procedures, techniques, and activities including those applicable to the fields of conimniications and data processing; or other quantitative or qualitative data revealing or indicating the nature, objectives, requirements, priorities, scope or thrust of CIA activities, including the missions, functions, and locations of certain CIA components or installations. CAUGORY 9 Information pertaining to intelligence-related methodologies, techniques, formulae, equipment, programs or models, including computer simulations, ranging from initial requirements through planning, source acquisition, contract initiation, research, design, and testing to production, personnel training, and operational use. CATEGORY 10 Information which identifies research, procedures, or data used by CIA in the acquisition and processing of intelligence or the production of finished intelligence, when such identification could reveal the particular intelligence interest of the CIA, the value of the intelligence, or the extent of the CIA's lmowledge of a particular subject of intelligence interest. CATEGORY I! Information pertaining to training in intelligence sources, methods, and activities provided under the auspices of CIA to individuals, organi- zations, or groups that could reveal or identify equipment, materials, training sites, methods and techniques of instruction, or the identitie of students and instructors. .Relea x106 iIA-RDP85B00236R000200060002-5 Approved For Release 2001/03/06 : CIA-RDP85B236R000200060002-5 nw CATEGORY 12 Information that could disclose CIA policies and procedures used for personnel recruitment, assessment, selection, training, assignment, and evaluation. C%TEGORY 13 Information that could lead to foreign political, economic, or military action against the United States or other friendly.nations. CATEGORY 14 Information that. could create, stimulate, or increase international tensions in such manner as to impair the conduct of United States foreign policies. CATEGORY 15 Information that could deprive the United States of a diplomatic or economic advantage related to the national security, or that could weaken the position of the United States or its allies in international negotia- tions, or adversely affect other activities pertinent to the resolution or avoidance of international conflicts or differences having national security significance. Information concerning plans prepared, un kr preparation, or contem- plated by officials of the United. States to meet diplomatic or other contingencies affecting the national security. CATEGORY 17 Information that identifies or otherwise reveals activities conducted abroad in support of national foreign policy objectives, and planned and executed so that the role of the United States Government is not apparent or acknowledged publicly; or information that discloses support provided to such activities. CATEGORY 18 Information revealing that the United States has obtained, or seeks to obtain, certain data or materials from or concerning a foreign nation, organization, or groi ; the disclosure of which information could adversely affect United States relations with or activities in a foreign country. 06- :-G-FA RDP85B00236R000200060002-5 'Approved For R ase 2001/03/06 : CIA-RDP85B00236R000200060002-5 iwf CATEGORY 19 Information that could lead to political or economic instability, or to civil disorder or unrest, in a foreign country or jeopardize the lives, liberty, or property of United States persons in such a country or could endanger United States Government personnel or installations there. CATEGORY 20 Information concerning foreign intentions, capabilities, or activities which could pose a potential threat to United States national security interests or to those of allied or other friendly governments. Information indicating the extent of, or degree of success achieved by, United States. collectioan of intelligence on ,jnd assessment of foreign military plans, weapons, capabilities, or operations. CATEGORY 2 2 Information revealing defense plans or posture of the United States, its allies, or other friendly countries or enabling a foreign nation or entity to develop countermeasures to such plans or posture. 1. ATEGORY 23 Information disclosing the capabilities, vulnerabilities, or deployment of United States weapons or weapons systems. CATEGORY 24 Information that continues to provide the United States with a scientific, technical, engineering, economic, or intelligence advantage of value to the national security. CATEGORY 25 Information concerning research of a scientific or technical nature leading to the development of special techniques, procedures, equipment and equipment configurations, systems, or devices for collection or production of foreign intelligence; or the operational planning for, deployment or use thereof in such collection or production, or for other national security purposes. CATEGORY 26 Information concerning United States Government programs to safeguard nuclear materials, techniques, capabilities, or facilities that could com- prcnise, jeopardize or reduce the effect iveness of such programs, -Approved For Release 2001/03/06 : CIA(-RDP85B00236R000200060002-5 Approved For Relese 2001/03/06 : CIA-RDP85B0U66R000200060002-5 Information on foreign nuclear prograuns, activities, capabilities, technologies, facilities, plans and intentions, weapons and their deployment that could disclose the nature, scope, or effectiveness of United States intelligence efforts to monitor nuclear developments abroad or could cause such efforts to fail or be restricted in a manner detrimental to national security. Information pertaining to contractual relationships or joint arrange- ments with individuals, cojiiercial concerns or other entities when such a relationship or arrangement involves a specific intelligence interest, or reveals the extent or depth of knowledge or technical expertise possessed by CIA, or when disclosure of the relationship or arrangements could jeopardize the other party's willingness or ability to provide services to CIA. CATEGORY 29 Information that could result in or lead to, ac: t i nn (s ) p] ar- ing an individual in jeopardy. C. A enc . Assistance to the National Archives. This agency has designated experiences-personnel to gum and. Jassist National `archives personnel in identifying and separating documents and specific elements of information within documents under these categories that are deemed to require continued protection. These CIA-designated personnel are authorized to declassify categories of information exempted from automatic declassification (listed in the preceding section) if it is determined that they no longer require protection. These CIA personnel will make recoRTlendations for continued classification of the documents or categories of information requiring continued protection. D. Continuing Application of Earlier Guidel roes. The systematic rev.ie~-. guid Tii se inn truct ons i entifled burn, sTzail remain in effect until canceled or superseded: 1. Downgrading instructions provided in the letter of 16 April 1973 from Lawrence R. Houston, Central Intelligence Agency General Counsel, to Dr. James B. Rhoads, Archivist of the United States. 2. Instructions concerning information on Secret Writing cited in the letter of 8 June 1973 from Central Intelligence Agency Archivist, to Mr. Edwin A. Thompson, Director of the Records Declas- sification Division, National Archives and Records Service. STATINTL -,Approved For Release 2001/03/06 : CIA-RDP85B00236R000200060002-5 Approved For Rel ase 20011 (~Wgtp h4-RDP85BOOt36R000200060002-5 material, cited in the letter of 23 August 1977 to Mr. Edwin A. Thnmpsnn 3. Guidelines concerning Director of the Records Declassificati Service, National Archives and Records Service, from Central Intelligence Agency Senior Review Officer. 4. Central Intelligence Agency issuance dated 11 December 1978 and entitled "GUIDELINES FOR CLASSIFICATION REVIEW OF CIA PREDECESSOR RECORDS AND INFORMATION BETWEEN 1941-194611, signed by , Chief of the Classification Review Group, Infornation Systems Analysis Staff, Direc- torate of Administration. STATINTL t1I03/06 CIA-RDP85B00236R000200060002-5 STATINTL STATINTL