16 February 2013
CIA's Historical Review Panel Public Statement
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:12:07 -0500
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Subject: [Intelforum] CIA's Historical Review Panel Public Statement
From: "Robert Jervis" <rlj1[at]columbia.edu>
CIA¹s Historical Review Panel Public Statement
Professor Robert Jervis (Chair)
Department of Political Science
Professor Melvyn Leffler
Department of History
University of Virginia
Professor Thomas Newcomb
Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
Professor Jeffrey Taliaferro
Department of Political Science
Professor Ruth Wedgwood
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
The Director, Central Intelligence Agency's Historical Review Panel (HRP)
was formed in 1995, replacing a panel that was less formally organized and
that had met only episodically. Since then, the HRP has met twice a year,
with the mandate to:
Advise the Central Intelligence Agency on systematic and automatic
declassification review under the provisions of Executive Order 12958 as
Assist in developing subjects of historical and scholarly interest for the
Intelligence Community declassification review program.
Advise CIA and the Intelligence Community on declassification issues in which
the protection of intelligence sources and methods potentially conflicts
with mandated declassification priorities.
Provide guidance for the historical research and writing programs of the
CIA History Staff, and when appropriate, review draft products.
Advise Information Management Services on its mandatory and voluntary
declassification review initiatives and the Center for the Study of Intelligence
on its academic outreach programs.
At the request of the Director of Central Intelligence Agency, advise on
other matters of relevance to the intelligence and academic communities.
Advise Information Management Services on archival and records management
The HRP, like the other DCIA panels, is convened by the Director to provide
him with confidential advice and assessments. Because the HRP's advice to
the DCIA must be completely frank and candid, we are not reporting Panel
recommendations. But because this panel's primary concern is the program
of declassification and the release of information to the public, the DCIA
and the Panel concluded that it should inform the interested public of the
subjects and problems that the Panel is discussing.
The HRP met on December 12-13, 2012, with Robert Jervis, Melvyn Leffler,
Thomas Newcomb, Jeffrey Taliaferro, and Ruth Wedgwood in attendance.
We discussed a range of topics, including the looming problem of reviewing
the greatly increased volume of electronic records, the FOIA backlog, and
the progress in putting material from the CREST system (the CIA Records Search
Tool) on the web. We continued our discussion of the Foreign Relations
of the United States (FRUS) series, including specific volumes at various
stages of compiling and declassification and the general processes involved,
which have been working more smoothly than was often true in the past. We
also discussed the projects of the Historical Collections Division (HCD)
and how these can be developed to meet the needs of multiple audiences. We
returned to the need to get all agencies to devote attention to material
from Presidential libraries. We also discussed options for reviewing Presidential
Daily Briefs (PDBs).
We will meet again in June 2013.