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The Memory Hole

Launch date > 10 July 2002

Purpose > The Memory Hole exists to preserve and spread material that is in danger of being lost, is hard to find, or is not widely known. 

This includes:

• Government files

• Corporate memos

• Court documents (incl. lawsuits and transcripts)

• Police reports and eyewitness statements

• Congressional testimony

• Reports (governmental and non-governmental)

• Maps, patents, Web pages

• Photographs, video, and sound recordings

• News articles

• Books (and portions of books)

The emphasis is on material that exposes things that we’re not supposed to know (or that we’re supposed to forget).

Funding > The Memory Hole is funded entirely out of Russ’ own shallow pockets, including the money that readers like you graciously tuck into those pockets. It contains no e-commerce, subscriber areas, or ads (except for the obvious self-promotion of those books written or edited by Russ). It does not receive funding from foundations.


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Draft of proposed guidelines for undercover police work in the UK. Released June 29, 2016, for six weeks of public feedback. Final version to be published later in 2016. More info: www.college.police.uk/News/College-news/Pages/undercover-policing-guide.aspx
Topics: UK, Britain, England, Wales, police, undercover
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by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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Back-up of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's consumer complaint database (Excel/CSV and JSON formats) as of Nov 27, 2017 Originals located here: www.consumerfinance.gov/data-research/consumer-complaints
Topics: CFPB, complaints, banks, student loans, insurance, credit cards, collection agencies
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More info: thememoryhole2.org/blog/gitmo-tribunals-hvd
Topics: Defense Department, War on Terror, Guanantamo, detainees
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Official photos of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Dec 2017. Photos labeled "Cristorey Policy" by Education Dept. Released via a FOIA request from  AltGov2
Topics: Department of Education, Betsy DeVos
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Official photos of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, 14 Dec 2017. Photos labeled "SBD Higher Ed Summit" by Education Dept. Released via a FOIA request from  AltGov2
Topics: Department of Education, Betsy DeVos
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Official photos of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, 07 Nov 2017. Photos labeled "SBD National Blue Ribbon Schools" by Education Dept. Released via a FOIA request from  AltGov2
Topics: Department of Education, Betsy DeVos
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Official photos of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, 19 Dec 2017. Photos labeled "Fed Marshal Luncheon" by Education Dept. Released via a FOIA request from  AltGov2
Topics: Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, US Marshals Service
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Official photos of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, 15 Nov 2017. Photos labeled "SBD Corpus Christi" by Education Dept. Released via a FOIA request from  AltGov2
Topics: Department of Education, Betsy DeVos
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Official photos of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, 18 Dec 2017. Photos labeled "SBD Baltimore Commencement" by Education Dept. Released via a FOIA request from  AltGov2
Topics: Department of Education, Betsy DeVos
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Official photos of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, 19 Dec 2017. Photos labeled "SBD K-12 Summit" by Education Dept. Released via a FOIA request from  AltGov2
Topics: Department of Education, Betsy DeVos
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Mirror of the files here: https://www.dhs.gov/publication/cve-grants-awarded Mirrored by AltGov2
Topics: Homeland Security, Countering Violent Extremism
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by Dept of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory
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From the Dept of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy: "The first-ever database inventory of oil and natural gas infrastructure information from the top hydrocarbon-producing and consuming countries in the world is now available online. The database was born from a massive information acquisition, evaluation, and resource integration project led by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). NETL has now released the database on the Laboratory’s Energy Data...
Topics: oil, gas, infrastructure, wells, pipelines, transparency, Department of Energy
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by Environmental Protection Agency
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5,155 pages of EPA email and other internal documents about the Flint water crisis. Released by the EPA due to a Freedom of Information Act request. Placed here by The Memory Hole 2. One of the first articles to report on the documents, from the Detroit Free Press: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/05/12/epa-concerns-contradictions-flint/84299484/
Topics: EPA, Flint, water, lead
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FOIA request for FBI's file on Kushner Companies rejected under exemption b7A (pending or prospective law enforcement proceedings). From a request by AltGov2
Topics: FBI, Jared Kushner, Kushner Companies
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The FBI's entire main (Headquarters) file on Martin Luther King, Jr. (16,600+ pages) -- posted online for the first time by the original Memory Hole. More info: www.thememoryhole2.org/blog/mlk-complete-fbi-file
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Topics: FBI, MLK, civil rights
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by Fire Department of New York
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The Fire Department of New York's radio dispatches from the morning and early afternoon of 9/11. For over three years, they fought in court to keep these recordings secret but were finally forced to release them in August 2005. The audio CDs were obtained and ripped to MP3 by The Memory Hole, then posted here. For more information, see: thememoryhole2.org/blog/all-available-ny-fire-dept-dispatch-tapes-from-911
Topics: 9/11, FDNY
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A mirror of the documents (currently missing) from the "proactive disclosure" page of ICE's FOIA site: https://www.ice.gov/foia/proactive
Topics: ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS, Department of Homeland Security, FOIA
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by National Institutes of Health
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The National Institutes of Health used to have all of these documents in PDF format posted in the FOIA section of its website. They removed them. All that's left is this guide to the documents: https://www.nih.gov/institutes-nih/nih-office-director/office-communications-public-liaison/freedom-information-act-office/cellpro-march-petition-documents The Memory Hole 2 has gotten the PDF documents and is uploading them here for safekeeping. The names of the PDF files correspond to the numbering...
Topics: NIH, CellPro, FOIA
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On March 16, 2016, The Intercept posted this batch of files from the Snowden leak. Specifically, it contains 166 articles - many still classified, all previously unreleased - from SIDtoday, an internal online newsletter at NSA. This is the first of what is promised to be many releases. Specifically, this batch is said to contain every article from SIDtoday for the period March 31, 2003 (when the newsletter started) through June 30, 2003, plus selected articles from the rest of 2003 (Dec 24)....
Topics: NSA, SIDtoday, intelligence, spying, Snowden, The Intercept
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by Port Authority of New York
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Port Authority Radio Repeater Transcript from 9/11. This is a PDF file released along with the FDNY and Port Authority audio from that day. More info is here:
Topics: 9/11, Port Authority
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Posted by the National Archives (NARA) in their Electronic FOIA Reading Room circa May 27, 2016. https://www.archives.gov/foia/donald-trump-selective-service-draft-card.html From NARA about the draft card: "Selective Service SSS Form 1-A for Donald John Trump, June 24, 1964; Selective Service System. New York City Headquarters. 1940-1975, Record Group 147, Records of the Nation Archives and Records Administration; National Archives at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO. (digital scanned...
Topics: Donald Trump, draft, Selective Service, Vietnam war
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Oxford 2018 Annual Admissions Statistical Report Original: www.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxford/Oxford%202018%20Annual%20Admissions%20Report.pdf
Topics: Oxford, race, class, education
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Transfer photos of US war dead at Dover Air Force Base, April 2009 to August 2017. Mirrored from the Air Force Mortuary website here: www.mortuary.af.mil/News/Photos/?igcategory=Dignified%20transfer More info at AltGov2
Topics: Iraq, Afghanistan, military, fatalities, coffins, transfer, Air Force, Dover
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by US Strategic Command
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USSTRATCOM tweeted this video on December 31, 2018, then deleted it due to backlash.
Topics: Strategic Command, USSTRATCOM, deletions, tweets
AK11001 AC, Werner and Gail Schuster, 7060 Redacted
Topics: aphis, official, regulations, animal, federal, plant, license, inspection, welfare, agriculture,...
CA130043 AC Monterey Bay Aquarium 10 30 12 Redacted
Topics: aphis, official, regulations, violations, federal, violation, animal, plant, inspection,...
SD140007 AC 7060 Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Redacted
Topics: official, lnspxtion, flam, sentember
2008 63 R 0006 record
Topics: animals, facility, animal, regulations, distress, report, conducted, involving, appropriate,...
BRENT TAYLOR & WILLIAM ALLEN BEDFORD (#55 C 0146)
Topics: affiliated, lacuc, tha, usda, regulattons, lha, roltiine, lamily, haaklli, roprasant
IA11019 AC Dave Hyman and Scott Swanson 7060
Topics: aphis, violation, regulations, violator, inspection, federal, agriculture, allcjust, swanson, hyman
Mirror: APHIS Inspection Reports
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35 r 0030 09 06 2001
Topics: group, animal, inspection, covance, fetid, pinniped, nonhuman, primate, polar, sen
AWA AR 2015 GA
Topics: animals, facility, number, animal, regulations, required, distress, conducted, involving,...
2008 93 R 0056 RECORDS
Topics: facility, animals, aphis, headquarters, regulations, animal, standards, institutional,...
r 2006 31 R 0017
Topics: tha, animala, facility, uaa, atandarda, animals, haa, auch, appropriata, druga
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2006 81 R 0002 records
Topics: animals, animal, distress, pain, facility, involving, accompanying, tests, usda, conducted,...
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57 c 0215 03 17 2005a
Topics: plan, inspection, exercise, attending, flight, usda, misita, aphis, prelicense, animal
NY120156 AC Complaint Redacted
Topics: respondent, willfully, violated, enclosure, regulations, willful, animals, violation, failing,...
r 2009 56 R 0111
Topics: animals, facility, animal, distress, report, involving, number, tests, regulations, approved
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84c0069 USDAnoAccess
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73c0139 Joe usda
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55c0225 35catsWebsite
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74c0431 88catsWebsite
2011AWACollinsZooFOIA Request 2992
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TN10091 AC Melissa Stinnett 7060
Topics: horse, usda, lubricants, sale, violator, offense, aphis, violation, auction, alleged, horse sale,...
r 2008 14 R 0019 records
Topics: animals, facility, animal, ihe, huntington, harvard, number, contact, report, tranquilizing, phone...
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS record 71 R 0001
Topics: inspection, usda, paje, roltiine, haaklli, servkia, lirited, abkansas, ideniilied, univefsfty
2008 63 V 0003 record
Topics: uaad, uaa, tor, iha, druga, tha, ana, ware, aeeompanydrp, legtotorad
2008 93 R 0511 RECORD
Topics: animals, facility, tranquilizing, itiomai, regulations, distress, conducted, involving,...
MO11092 AC, Dan Berhorst, 7060 Redacted
Topics: aphis, failure, repeated, official, regulations, enclosures, federal, violation, animal,...
NE11008 AC, Kathy Christensen, 7060 Redacted
Topics: aphis, official, federal, regulations, violation, warning, animal, veterinary, plant, september,...
OR09023 AC, Hugh Reed, 7060 Redacted
Topics: aphis, official, regulations, animal, federal, violation, license, inspection, welfare,...
TX150022 AC 7060 Bioo Scientific Corporation 11 6 14 Redacted
Topics: aphis, veterinarian, animal, violations, federal, violation, regulations, plant, inspection, vflll
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Posted by The Memory Hole 2: See: www.thememoryhole2.org/castile
Topics: Castile, Yanez, police, shooting
OH150002 AC 7060 Battelle Memorial Inst signed 10Nov14 Redacted
Topics: aphis, guinea, violation, cage, regulations, violator, federal, watering, leak, flooded
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74c0418 InspINV Request.xls
2003CaliforniaE
Topics: distress, characterized, respiratory, animals, novel, explanation, bronchoconstriction, cfr,...
r 2006 35 R 0022
Topics: animals, facility, tranquiiizing, gundersen, regulations, animal, distress, conducted, lutheran,...
2008 35 R 0121 record
Topics: animals, facility, report, appropnate, ihe, conducted, accompanying, attached, tests, regulations
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55c0166 InspINV Request.xls
2008 41 R 0005 Records
Topics: animals, distress, pain, column, explanation, facility, species, animal, veterinary, vole,...
AWA 09 0128 Brain Turner NV08002 AC
Topics: respondent, lorang, license, jeanne, turner, animal, aphis, order, complainant, inspector,...
AWA 11 0315 United Airlines Consent Decision
Topics: respondent, united, animals, air, failing, animal, decision, ensure, enclosures, admits, united...
AZ160033 City of Tucson Parks & Recreation
Topics: aphis, animal, federal, official, regulations, violations, inspection, violation, warning,...
AZ160025 Steve Thompson
Topics: aphis, animal, federal, official, regulations, violations, inspection, violation, warning,...
CA11175 AC Marlieta Montz 7060
Topics: aphis, violation, regulations, violator, federal, agriculture, montz, eta, thu, warning
CA11774 AC Ashleigh Camarda 7060
Topics: aphis, violation, violator, inspection, regulations, federal, agriculture, camarda, jllfls, uun
CO09015 AC, Tropaquatics, Inc, 7060 Redacted
Topics: aphis, veterinarian, official, repeated, failure, regulations, animal, january, attending,...
CA150041 AC Little Explorers 1
Topics: veterinarian, aphis, veterinary, adequate, failed, attending, care, usda, exhibitor, issuance,...
CO11010 AC Red Beast Entrprises 7060
Topics: aphis, violation, regulations, violator, federal, fort, attending, agriculture, veterinarian,...
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