I'm happy you're trying - and not being "negative" here. But my opinion
for what it's worth: There'd be no reason to archive records if CIA
would work with its contractor to merge the database @ NARA with CREST.
That's the issue. It's impossible for many of us researchers to get to
NARA to retrieve those docs. More impossible to haul blue paper and then
scan it. It's a nightmare. Would actually be cheaper I think time and
salary-wise if CIA did merge the two. No need to tie up staff time with
See my post (I know you've read Mike, for others :-) :
On 2016-02-01 15:45, Michael Best wrote:
Millions of pages of CIA documents are stored in Room 3000. The CIA Records
Search Tool (CREST), the agency's database of declassified intelligence
files, is only accessible via four computers in the National Archives
Building in College Park, MD, and contains everything from Cold War
intelligence, research and development files, to images.
Now one activist is aiming to get those documents more readily available to
anyone who is interested in them, by methodically printing, scanning, and
then archiving them on the internet.
"It boils down to freeing information and getting as much of it as possible
into the hands of the public, not to mention journalists, researchers and
historians," Michael Best, analyst and freedom of information activist told
Motherboard in an online chat.
Read the rest:
Negativity will be ignored, as will predictions of failure. It might not
work, but at least I'm trying. =)