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H.R. 1281 (rh) To amend title 5, United States Code, and the National Security Act of [Reported in House] ...
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 24 (legislative day September 20), 1996
To express the sense of the Congress that it is the policy of the
Congress that United States Government agencies in possession of
records about individuals who are alleged to have committed Nazi war
crimes should make these records public.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that--
(1) during the 104th Congress, Americans commemorated the
50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War and
the end of the Holocaust, one of the worst tragedies in
(2) it is important to learn all that we can about this
terrible era so that we can prevent such a catastrophe from
ever happening again;
(3) the cold war is over;
(4) numerous nations, including those of the former Soviet
Union, are making public their files on Nazi war criminals as
well as crimes committed by agencies of their own governments;
(5) on April 20, 1995, President Clinton issued Executive
Order 12958, which will make available certain previously
classified national security documents that are at least 25
(6) that Executive Order stated: ``Our democratic
principles require that the American people be informed of the
activities of their Government.'';
(7) this year marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of
the Freedom of Information Act;
(8) agencies of the United States Government possess
information on individuals who ordered, incited, assisted, or
otherwise participated in Nazi war crimes;
(9) some agencies have routinely denied Freedom of
Information Act requests for information about individuals who
committed Nazi war crimes;
(10) United States Government agencies may have been in
possession of material about the war crimes facilitated by Kurt
Waldheim but did not make this information public;
(11) it is legitimate not to disclose certain material in
Government files if the disclosure would seriously and
demonstrably harm current or future national defense,
intelligence, or foreign relations activities of the United
States and if protection of these matters from disclosure
outweighs the public interest of disclosure;
(12) the disclosure of most Nazi war crimes information
should not harm United States national interests; and
(13) the Office of Special Investigations of the Department
of Justice is engaged in vital work investigating and expelling
Nazi war criminals from the United States, the records created
by these investigations and other actions should not be
disclosed, and the investigations and other actions should not
be interfered with.
SEC. 2. SENSE OF THE CONGRESS.
It is the sense of the Congress that United States Government
agencies in possession of records about individuals who are alleged to
have committed Nazi war crimes should make these records public.
Passed the House of Representatives September 24, 1996.
ROBIN H. CARLE,
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