Third Question and Answer from the Forum

When will the Defense Department files (Joint Staff) for issues regarding terrorism in Western Europe; East German military relations with the Arab states, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and the states of Syria and Iraq be declassified for the period of the late 1960s to 1981 or so?

 Answer:  Joint Staff Central (or corporate file) records from the 1960s through 1981 are in the NDC back log and will be processed for declassification by the 2013 deadline.  These records contain policy information on many of the topics mentioned.  Depending on the subject matter, these records contain many exemptions.  Like all exempted records at NARA, those exempted documents will be noted by a withdrawal sheet will still be subject to request under FOIA or MDR.

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