Thanks to Congress and then-President Trump for enacting the law requiring production of files on old civil rights cold cases.
One of those cold cases involved a claim of "national security" exemption in response to my 1983 FOIA requests on behalf of the Appalachian Observer, on the October 5, 1958 bombing of Clinton High School, with 75-100 sticks of dynamite, exploiding at 5:21, 5:24 and 5:27 AM. The bombing was likely planned by J.B. STONER, a segregationist lawyer who spoke here in St. Augustine at hate rallies, and later died in prison after being convicted of the Birmingham church bombing. The Clinton High School bombing was retaliation against the twelve Black kids going to school there. My newspaper was a short walk away from the crime scene. The crime was never prosecuted.
If "national security" were somehoew involved in the bombing, did it involve one of the big nuclear bomb factories eight miles away -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Plant and the (since-closed) K-25 Uranium Enrichment Plant, then operated by UNION CARBIDE for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission?
Were materials and personnel from the nearby nuclear bomb factories involved?
Heavy explosives experts were abundant in Clinton, Tennessee in 1958, including a TVA and Army demolitions expert, who lived right next door, on the side where the chimney survived. (Gomer Hoskins, married to longtime Anderson County Historian Katherine Hoskins).
Here's the law: