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December 23, 2007
Tom Blanton
National Security Archive, Director
Tom Blanton BIO:
Director of the National Security Archive since 1992.

· Series editor of the Archive’s award-winning Web, CD, book, and microform publications totaling more than 500,000 pages of declassified documents.
· Deputy Director of National Security Archive.
· First Director of Planning & Research at the National Security Archive, beginning in 1986.
· Filed FOIA request and then lawsuit (w/Public Citizen Litigation Group) that forced the release of Oliver North's Iran-contra diaries in 1990.
· Filed his first Freedom of Information Act request in 1976 as a weekly newspaper reporter in Minnesota, and many hundreds after that.
· Founding editorial board member of freedominfo.org, the virtual network of international freedom of information advocates.
· Serves on the editorial board of H-DIPLO, diplomatic history electronic bulletin board, & on board of directors of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan-Bush White House Tried to Destroy (1995); Co-author, The Chronology (1987) on the Iran-contra affair, and served as a contributing author to three editions of the ACLU’s authoritative guide, Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws, and to the Brookings Institution study Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 (1998).

The Archive won the George Polk Award in April 2000 for “piercing self-serving veils of government secrecy.” He won the 2005 Emmy Award for outstanding news and documentary research.

Harvard University graduate; Editor of The Harvard Crimson, also won Harvard's 1979 Newcomen Prize in history.

From Bogalusa, LA

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Info: Tom Blanton discusses access to federal government documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The House recently approved a bill to fix some of the problems with the current FOIA system, including a lack of responsiveness by federal agencies to requests for government records. The OPEN Government Act, which recently passed the Senate, now goes to the President. The National Security Archive, which is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at George Washington University, collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through FOIA.

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