Part 1: Invaluable Resources Every Political Researcher, Historian & Activist Should Have

In part 1 of 2 of this particular series I am going to disclose the locations of nearly every library of declassified documents you can find online dating back to World War II, specifically implicating the United States Government. Perhaps most importantly, all of the documents contained within them were won via Freedom of Information Act requests and/or lawsuits. In part 2 of this series, I will assemble all of the online links you need to begin requesting new information from the Government for yourself, for free, with just the click of a button and the filling out of an application. But without any further adieu……

For those of you whom are not aware, over the course of the last two decades or so many legal experts, researchers and activists have been lobbying very hard to make government records more accessible to the general public. However, even in victory, rarely if ever do these successes ever get reported in the news. To this effect, below you can find various archives and repositories full of hundreds of thousands of newly declassified documents/files dating all the way back to the end of WW2 and up on through the 2000’s – all disclosed via “Freedom of Information Act” (FOIA) lawsuits. In the case of the CIA for example, these archives used to only be accessible via one computer located in Washington DC – until the entire archive was published/released online for the first time in 2017, that is.

Below is a list of open/available databases hosting countless records across different US Government agencies, almost all of them classified at one point or another throughout America’s past. I put them all together here today not only for my own resources, but also because I believe them to be invaluable resources for anyone reporting on modern US politics or US history, including educators, as a means to understand various situations or circumstances as they existed throughout the past – leading to the politics of today.

NSA FOIA Online Archive/Repository: https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/virtual-reading-room
NSA Declassification & Transparency Index: https://www.nsa.gov/news-features/declassified-documents/

US Department of State Archive/Repository: https://foia.state.gov/Search/Search.aspx

CIA Online Archive/Repository: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/home

The Vault – FBI Archive/Repository: https://vault.fbi.gov/search

Reading Room – National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/foia/electronic-reading-room

Reading Room – Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/rr/main/

Department of Homeland Security Library: https://www.dhs.gov/foia-library

Available Documents – Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/oip/available-documents-all-doj-components

Executive Services Directorate – White House: https://www.esd.whs.mil/FOID/DoD-Records/

Electronic Library – NASA: https://www.hq.nasa.gov/pao/FOIA/err.htm

DoD – US Inspector General Reading Room: https://www.dodig.mil/FOIA/FOIA-Reading-Room/

US Army – FOIA Library: https://www.foia.army.mil/readingroom/index.aspx

US Navy FOIA Reading Room: https://www.secnav.navy.mil/foia/readingroom/SitePages/Home.aspx

US Airforce FOIA Library: https://www.foia.af.mil/Library/

Pakistan Navy Logs Hacked/Dumped Online by Unknown Hacker Out of India

For those of you whom might not be aware, all of the recent events surrounding the disputed territory of Kashmir around Pakistan and India are not just limited to physical military presences – the battle very much extends to cyberspace, with many talented parties/hackers existing on either side of the dispute. To this effect, last night I came across an interesting leak effecting the Navy of Pakistan, offering up over a dozen military logs necessary to access the contents of paknavy.gov.pk/ and the sites back-end.

The hack/leak itself was claimed by a group of hackers known as “LulzSec India,” whom similarly claimed a hack/leak of the United States Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in February 2019. However, the accounts and social profiles representing the group itself have since been taken offline and/or abandoned. The leak of Pakistan’s Navy itself was posted March 16th 2019, so there is no telling whether or not the logs provided below are still valid. For the purposes of this article I have redacted the passwords featured in the leak, but the file location available below features raw leak in its entirety with no censorship.

Target: hxxp://paknavy.gov.pk/
Leak: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/lulzsec_india.txt

Sample of Redacted Leak:

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Ukraine Declares Martial Law After Russia Seizes Naval Vessels

(HRW) – The Ukrainian parliament has voted to enforce the declaration of martial law in Ukraine’s 10 regions that border Russia, following clashes between the two countries’ forces earlier this week.

According to numerous media reports, on November 25, Russian forces attacked three Ukrainian naval vessels near the coast of Crimea, claiming they had illegally sailed into Russia-controlled waters. Russian authorities seized the Ukrainian ships, captured their crew members, and temporarily blocked Ukraine’s access to the Kerch Strait. Moscow and Kyiv share the Sea of Azov under a 2003 treaty.

Under yesterday’s declaration, martial law will be in force for 30 days, during which the government can restrict numerous rights guaranteed by the Ukrainian constitution, including freedom of expression, assembly and movement.

The Ukrainian regions covered under the declaration include those which neighbor unrecognized Transnistria, Russia-occupied Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed armed groups.

Ukraine’s introduction of martial law does not mean the relevant provisions of human rights treaties such as the European Convention of Human Rights or the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights are suspended or don’t apply. Under both treaties, states are allowed to limit certain rights during emergency situations, including armed conflict, as Ukraine has done in 2015 and 2017. Martial law means only that during the 30 days it is in force, Ukraine may seek to invoke this temporary emergency to justify additional, extraordinary restrictions that would still be subject to scrutiny by the supervisory bodies of the Council of Europe and the United Nations. Ukraine also has obligations to update the Council of Europe and the UN’s Human Rights Committee of any further restrictions it intends to impose under martial law.

While the Ukrainian government has duties to ensure national security, authorities do not have a carte blanche to restrict rights. Any such restrictions have to be justified as proportionate and necessary to respond to the specific threat and by specific circumstances. The government should not restrict rights simply as a pretext to clamp down on discontent or chill critical voices.

With presidential elections planned for spring 2019, many people fear Ukraine’s President Poroshenko’s widely unpopular government will leverage martial law to manipulate election conditions to ensure another term in office. Ukraine’s international partners should ensure that doesn’t happen.


This article was originally published by Human Rights Watch on November 27th 2018. It was republished, with permission, using a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 US License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Human Rights Watch | Formatting edits & Tweets added/embedded by Rogue Media Labs