>The National Security Archive


The National Security Archive

Most Americans, and by most I mean about 99.9% of Americans, have no idea what goes on behind the scenes of our government. I would guess that most of those in government have no idea what goes on in government. Yes, perhaps in their tiny niche of government, the illuminated government, they might be knowledgeable about. Where there is light, there is also shadows, and casting around in those shadows is the National Security Archives, housed at George Washington University.

The National Security Archives uses the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to accumulate the behind-the-scenes workings of our government andmake them available for public consumption.

A recent posting I ran across in the New York Times, or Washington Post, reminded me of this great resource for people interested in geopolitics, geography, and history.

In 1975, the CIA, operating what looked like a fishing trawler, attempted to recover from the seafloor of the Pacific Ocean a Russian submarine, repleat with “Atom” weapons (atomic missiles). Sounds like a scenario straight from the files of 007, no?

Where did the submarine sink? 1,560 miles northwest of Hawai’i, in 16,000ft of water, with a complete loss of life. From where did the submarine set sail? The Russians had (it may still be there) a submarine base on the Kamchatka Peninsula, the port city of Petropavlovsk.

How the CIA knew the submarine went down is still a mystery, and no one knows for sure what happened. Soviet subs were notoriously dangerous, though.

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