Archive for the ‘national security’ Category

Ran across this fantastic series of five documents: One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism in the U.S.A.; One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism and Religion; One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism and Education; One Hundred Things You Should Know About Communism and Labor; and One Hundred Things You Should […]

As I digest media accounts of the nuclear reactor situation in Japan, it seems to me the U.S. media has a teachable moment at hand. Teachable, as I intend here, means the U.S. media thoughtfully lead the debate on nuclear power and harm in the same way as perhaps Life magazine (May 16, 1949 “The […]

A declassified document formerly classified as Top Secret, security information, Restricted Data under the Atomic Energy Act of 1946, is a redacted draft (psychological operations) policy document titled  “Terms of Reference for Ad Hoc Panel L (Psychological Implications of Projected Thermonuclear Bomb Tests),” dated July 23, 1952.  The document explores three options in dealing with […]

Scanned here are The Atom, the Servant of Man (1954; SuDoc IA1.2:At 7) and Sharing the Atom (1955; SuDoc IA 1.2: At 1/3), both published by the United States Information Agency (USIA), a partner in promoting the Eisenhower administration’s Atoms for Peace agenda. The documents not only characterize the atom as a measure of human progress, […]

Marked confidential, this July 31,1957 declassified redacted memo from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to General Robert Cutler outlines information obtained by a confidential FBI informant. The informant stated “he had obtained some information from an individual who is in contact with the American Friends Services Committee. He did not name this individual” (p.2). The […]

A stunning FBI document, replete with coverletter by Director J. Edgar Hoover to Gen. Robert Cutler (Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1953-55 and 1957-58), Communist Exploitation of Radiation “Fall-Out”  Controversy (June 12, 1957) lists nineteen scientists who held membership in the World Federation of Scientific Workers, and suspected of being a  […]

The Johnson Administration’s National Security Memorandum (NSAM) 347: Release of Public Information Concerning Soviet, French, and Communist Chinese Nuclear Tests (May 26, 1966), signed by LBJ National Security Advisor Walt W. Rostow, follows in line with previous presidential administrations in restricting public knowledge regarding foreign nuclear tests.* NSAM 347 states: The President has directed that all […]