Note on U.S. Declassified Documents
In November 1993, in response to a directive from President Clinton to " Search for and Conduct a Declassification Review of 32 Human Rights Cases Investigated by the [United Nations] El Salvador Truth Commission," the U.S. State Department, Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, and other executive agencies released some 40,000 pages of declassified documents on El Salvador.This collection of declassified documents is referred to in this book as U.S. Declassified Documents I.
In August 1994 a second set of declassified documents was released in response to a request from members of Congress for documents related to twenty-three questions regarding events or issues concerning El Salvador and U.S. policy from the period of the Carter administration, and two questions related to sources of support for the FMLN and relations between the FMLN and government officials, individuals or groups in the United States between 1 July 1979 and 31 December 1991. This collection of declassified documents is referred to in this book as U.S. Declassified Documents II.
The State Department documents from both collections can be found in the department's Office of Freedom of Information, Privacy and Classification Review.The first set of documents is organized according to the thirty-two human rights cases and is entitled " El Salvador: Human Rights 1980-1993." The second set of State Department documents is entitled " El Salvador II Document Collection" and is organized according to the twenty-five questions raised by members of Congress.Documents from the Defense Department, the CIA, and other government agencies from both collections can be found in the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.
An earlier set of declassified U.S. documents from 1977-1984 was published in 1989 by the National Security Archive. (See National Security Archive).