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Approved For Release 2001/04/02 : CIA-RDP96-00791 R0001 00040019-4 Draf t SG1J Memorandum For: From: Subject: 21 Feb 1995 C ie ice or round Forces Defense Intelligence Agency SG1I Director o esearch and Development Central Intelligence Agency Declassification and Cooperation in Response to Congressionally Directed STAR GATE Program Review 1. Recent Congressional language directed that the STAR GATE program be transferred from DIA to CIA by July. 1,.?.1995. In that language, Congress.. directed a twenty-year retrospective review of STAR GATE program activities. This review requires an inventory and analysis of the relevant files at both DIA and. CIA.. CIA has collected its own files and held cooperative meetings with DIA STAR GATE personnel to acquire relevant DIA files.: CIA also has contacted the National Research Council in order to assemble a Blue Ribbon Panel to actually conduct.the review. Panel members will review all unclassified material and its recommendations will likewise be unclassified. During the coming months, CIA will continue to seek DIA's cooperation in obtaining relevant files and information to support this review. 2. Congress also stated that "the time has come for a re-evaluation of the classification of the existence of this effort as well as the results." In response to this request, CIA plans to declassify parts of its program immediately. Sponsorship of past CIA program activities and the technical results of those activities will be declassified. Following these immediate actions, CIA will convene a Congressionally mandated DCI classification review committee to conduct a detailed review of all CIA and DIA program documents archived during program transfer, including the actual targets and collection operations, and over the coming months, this committee will further declassify these documents where appropriate. 3. STAR GATE has an extraordinary nature and history and it's existence within the intelligence community remains controversial. CIA needs to develop a comprehensive understanding of the technical nature and utility of this program, in order to create a meaningful future management strategy as directed by Congress. To get at this understanding, and to facilitate the open-forum review described above, we ask that DIA take the following actions: Approved For Release 2001/04/0 bra -t 96-007918000100040019-4 Approved For Release 2001/04/02 ::,CIIA-RD 96-00791 R000100040019-4 Draf t a. Declassify DIA's sponsorship of STAR GATE and downgrade and declassify all technical reporting associated with STAR GATE, b. Decompartment and remove' all. other classified STAR GATE documentation from "Limited Distribution" and evaluate this documentation for further declassification, c. Transfer all DIA dociumentt associated with STAR GATE, after declassification consideration; to CIA 'for archival purposes and further declassification review,, and d. Continue to assist CIA'"''in'"'execu.ting ' the Blue" Ribbon Panel Review by providing unclassified or' declassified' inforriation relating to the'prod &h-when requested by the 4'. We anticipate interim recommendations from the NRC Blue Ribbon Panel review by the erid of : June . ' In ' the meantime,m_CIA will transfet' .'to .-=NRC .alL: unclassified .DIA SG1 J STAR .GATE documents which CIA obe'a'ins. A bibii' raphy of 45 unclassifi d d e ocuments was, provided by SG1I SG1I during thei ' r recent mee ting. Unclassified documents will continue to be tr sf d ' an erre as .they are reviewed.' Classified documents will not ' be' reviewed by the_ NRC until they....are.-.declassified. We anticipate continued 'examination of all r_1 asr6; f; X1.7 ?F; 1 - I--_ - SG1I Approved For Release 2001/04/0; -- - ~~ #dJ 1-i1"_ - _. tA.;.L' ueciassitication review DP96-00791 R000.100040019-4