Thursday, April 14, 2011

They Are Still Hiding Stuff About the Bay of Pigs!

National Security Archive Update, April 14, 2011

CIA Sued for "Holding History Hostage" on Bay of Pigs Invasion

National Security Archive files FOIA lawsuit to Force Release of
"Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation" on 50th Anniversary

For more information contact:
Peter Kornbluh - 202/374-7281 or

Washington, D.C., April 14, 2011 - Fifty years after the failed CIA-led
assault on Cuba, the National Security Archive today filed a FOIA lawsuit to
compel the Agency to release its "Official History of the Bay of Pigs
Invasion." The suit charges that the CIA has "wrongfully withheld" the
multi-volume study, which the Archive requested under the FOIA in 2005.  As
the "official history," the court filing noted, the document "is, by
definition, the most important and substantive CIA-produced study of this

The Top Secret report, researched and written by CIA historian Jack
Pfeiffer, is based on dozens of interviews with key operatives and officials
and a review of hundreds of CIA documents and was compiled over the course
of nine years that Pfeiffer served as the CIA's in-house historian.
Pfeiffer's internal study is divided into five volumes: I, Air Operations;
II, Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy; III, Evolution of CIA's
Anti-Castro Policies, 1951-January 1961; IV, The Taylor Committee Report;
and V, Internal Investigation Report. (In 1998 the CIA released Vol. III
under the Kennedy Assassination Records Act.)

In 1987, Pfeiffer himself filed a FOIA lawsuit seeking the release of Vol 5;
the CIA successfully convinced the court that it could not be declassified.

"The CIA is holding history hostage," according to Peter Kornbluh, who
directs the Archive's Cuba Documentation Project. Kornbluh called on the CIA
to release the report under President Obama's Executive Order 13526 on
Classified National Security Information which states that "no information
may remain classified indefinitely." He noted that "fifty years after the
invasion, it is well past time for the official history to be declassified
and studied for the lessons it contains for the future of U.S.-Cuban

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