Welcome to Unredacted, the UK’s first permanent, public collection of national security documents.

Our team is based at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, and is working with academics, human rights investigators, NGOs, lawyers, activists and journalists to bring together and publish thousands of primary documents relating to UK national security practices.

Our extensive document collections – going live in Autumn 2023 – will provide a permanent home for this material, all fully searchable and available for download. Our briefings will discuss key documents from our collections, explaining how they shed light on contemporary national security practices, many of which are hidden under multiple layers of state secrecy and denial, and many of which have resulted in sustained, systematic human rights abuses.

This is particularly the case in the context of counterterrorism and the so-called “War on Terror”, and the first phase of our project will examine the UK’s involvement in a number of different global programmes, including the CIA’s torture and secret detention programme, targeted killings outside of war (assassinations), and extrajudicial killings and prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our full document archive stretches significantly beyond this focus, however, and will bring together material relating to security assistance and training, arms exports, surveillance technologies and interception programmes, domestic counterterrorism, citizenship stripping, and state collusion with non-state violent actors.

Overall, our aim is to provide a step-change in the transparency and public understanding of UK national security, to provide users with full access to material in the public domain, and to become a permanent home for research – and for the underlying documents – which help to track the contours and impacts of contemporary UK state violence.



We are advertising for a motivated and experienced Project Coordinator to join our team.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the project, including:

  • maintaining our collections of national security documents
  • running our parallel FOIA Project
  • building and maintaining relations with project partners
  • maximising media and parliamentary engagement with the project’s outputs
  • providing research-based support to the research activities undertaken by the academic project leads, across a number of discrete investigations.

You will be joining our small, friendly and committed team on a full-time basis, working largely from our base in Central London. The post would suit someone with substantial and recent experience of project coordination/management, and with experience of conducting or supporting research-related work in the field of national security and/or human rights, especially (but not necessarily) in the context of counterterrorism.

For full details of the vacancy, and how to apply, see: vacancies.westminster.ac.uk 



Dr. Sam Raphael is Director of Unredacted, and Reader (Associate Professor) of International Relations at the University of Westminster. He has over 15 years of experience in running complex investigations into covert counterterrorism programmes, including as co-Director of The Rendition Project – a global investigation into the use of torture and disappearance by the UK and US in the “War on Terror”.

Dr. Jac St John is a senior researcher at Unredacted and a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. He previously worked as a Research Associate with The Rendition Project and his doctoral research focused on the development of public order policing within the Metropolitan Police from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Namir Shabibi is a visiting lecturer and doctoral candidate at the University of Westminster, exploring the role of covert paramilitary operations in the “War on Terror”. He is also a journalist and research consultant, working previously for the International Committee of the Red Cross at Guantánamo Bay and in Darfur.

Judgment: Shamima Begum et al. v. Home Secretary
Special Immigration Appeals Commission, deprivation of citizenship appeal, 29 Nov 2021
The Cost of Kill/Capture: Impact of the Night Raid Surge on Afghan Civilians
Open Society Foundations, The Liaison Office, 19 Sep 2011
CIA Torture Unredacted
The Rendition Project, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, July 2019
Committee Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program: Executive Summary
US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Select Committee on Intelligence, 9 Dec 2014
Joint Study on Global Practices in Relation to Secret Detention in the Context of Countering Terrorism
United Nations, Martin Scheinin, Manfred Nowak, Shaheen Sardar Ali and Jeremy Sarkin (Human Rights Council), 19 Feb 2010
Telegram: Detention of Islamists at Gatwick Airport
MI5, [redacted] to [redacted], 1 Nov 2002
CIA Interrogation Techniques: Abu Zubaydah
Central Intelligence Agency, DETENTION SITE GREEN, 2002
Memo: Proposal for An Enhanced Interrogation Strategy in the War on Terrorism
Central Intelligence Agency, [redacted] to [redacted], undated
The Decision to go to War in Iraq: Evidence from Mr Andrew Gilligan
Foreign Affairs Committee, parliamentary report, 17 Jul 2003
Investigatory Powers Act 2016
Parliament, as enacted, 29 Nov 2016
The Report of the Detainee Inquiry
Detainee Inquiry, report, 19 Dec 2013
UK Lethal Drone Strikes in Syria
Intelligence and Security Committee, parliamentary report, 26 Apr 2017
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