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Please be advised that this is an open letter, and I intend to make it available to anyone who wishes to see it. The time for secrecy in government is over. I ask that you respond to me in writing within two weeks, and will take no further action until then.
Thank you for your attention to my requests.
Sincerely, /s/ Marina Porter April 12, 1996 The Assassination Records Review Board announced today the release of records from the private files of former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison and from the files of Edward Wegmann, a member of Clay Shaw’s defense team.
Garrison conducted an investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy in the late 1960’s. Shaw was tried by Garrison and acquitted in 1969 on the charge of conspiring to kill the President. “These are the first private records that the Board has made a part of the JFK Collection,” said the Honorable John R. Tunheim, Chair of the Review Board. “The Garrison investigation into the Kennedy assassination is an important part of the history of this case. As a result of the generosity of both the Garrison and Wegmann families, the public will be able to gain further insight into the investigation from two very different views. I hope their contributions will serve as a model for others who possess records that should be part of the JFK Collection and available to the public.”
The Assassination Records Review Board voted on April 16 and 17, 1996 to release an additional 193 FBI, CIA, and House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
FBI Records The Board voted to release 158 FBI documents (including duplicates) in full. These documents relate to the Bureaus broad post-assassination investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald, including the FBIs investigation into the incident involving Sylvia Odio.
CIA Records The Review Board also voted to release 33 CIA documents, 14 in full and 19 in part. These documents consist of various records from Oswald’s 201 file.
HSCA Records In addition, the Board voted to release 2 HSCA documents in full, which were duplicates of documents previously opened.
Notification to the President and Agencies Notification of the Review Boards action on the above documents was sent to the President of the United States and the agencies on May 1, 1996. The President has 30 days to agree or disagree with the Review Boards determinations.
Secret Service Records As part of the mandate of the Assassination Records Review Board to identify assassination records, the Board designated Secret Service records from the files of Chief James Rowley as assassination records. These records include Secret Service comments on the William Manchester book manuscript. The Board will now review these documents for inclusion in the JFK Assassination Records Collection.
Other Board-Related Activities In other board-related activities, after consultation with the appropriate federal agencies and in compliance with the JFK Act, 119 additional FBI and HSCA records are being released in full. The FBI is releasing 89 documents, and 30 HSCA documents will be available by consent release.
The Assassination Records Review Board (Review Board) met in a closed meeting on April 16 - 17, 1996, and made formal determinations on the release of records under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (Supp. V 1994) (JFK Act). By issuing this notice, the Review Board complies with the section of the JFK Act that requires the Review Board to publish the results of its decisions on a document-by-document basis in the Federal Register within 14 days of the date of the decision.
April 18, 1996 LOS ANGELES (AP) - After fighting since 1981 to make the FBI tell why its agents shadowed John Lennon, a biographer of the late Beatle hopes the answers will finally come together this year. “I would love to do something else for the next 10 years,” said Jon Wiener, a history professor at the University of California at Irvine, who documented Lennon’s attempts to change politics through rock music and the government’s attempts to stop him. “We are almost at the end,” said Dan Marmalefsky, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. Court battles have freed about 85 percent of the FBI’s Lennon file, he said. Wiener first asked for the Lennon FBI files a few months after the composer was shot to death in 1980 by a deranged fan in New York. The professor and the ACLU sued in 1983. The case has been thrown out and reinstated on appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Wiener in 1992, rejecting an FBI appeal to kill the suit. In December, U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi ordered the FBI to answer questions about why it kept a file on Lennon. Responses were due in February. The ruling probably won’t free the remaining files, said Wiener. “But the implications are clear that the courts are... telling the FBI it can’t do what it’s been doing in this case. And the logical thing... for the Clinton Justice Department to do is give us the materials,” he said.
April 19, 1996 Marina Oswald writes a letter to John Tunheim, chairman of the Assassination Records Review Board, requesting that certain documents pertaining to LHO be released and made available for public inspection. Marina says her request is
politely “brushed off” by Thomas Samoluk, public relations director for the Assassination Records Review Board. Marina later writes:
“All documents which can expose that a man was accused wrongly should be opened. I believe that the documents I have requested will be eye-openers.” April 20, 1996 The following obituary appears today in the Daily Telegraph (a U.K. national newspaper) “Ray S.
n Cline dies in Arlington, Virginia, aged 77, former chief of the CIA’s Intelligence Directorate in the early 60’s. He later wrote that it ‘was not illogical’ for the CIA to employ Mafia operatives to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro. Cline joined the CIA in 1949. Chief of Intelligence Directorate, 1962-66. From 1969-73 he headed the State Department’s bureau of Intelligence and Research. Published an autobiography, Secrets, Spies and Scholars in which he defended the CIA’s operations.” May 6, 1976 Police recover the body of former CIA director William E. Colby today in knee-deep water near his n southern Maryland vacation home, nine days after he disappeared and apparently drowned in a boating accident. The body floats ashore overnight and comes to rest in a clump of aquatic grass in the 2-mile-wide Wicomico river near Rock Point, about 200 yards from where Colby’s vacant canoe was found on April 28. Colby who served 25 years with the CIA guided the spy agency through its most turbulent era. His leadership of the agency, from 1973 to 1975, coincided with the final months of the Vietnam war and the Watergate crisis. As the CIA’s top officer, Colby was called before congressional investigating panels 56 times to answer questions about alleged wrongdoing, ranging from assassination plots against foreign leaders to intercepting and opening mail of U.S. citizens and illegal domestic spying. As director of central intelligence, he had fired one of the CIA’s most controversial officers, the counterintelligence chief, James Jesus Angleton, who became notorious for his aggressive pursuit of what he believed to be Soviet “moles” operating throughout the U.S.
intelligence apparatus. The firing of Angleton brought on accusations from the hard-line right that Colby was himself a Soviet “mole.” May 28, 1996 [DALLAS] Long-lost television footage of scenes before and after the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy is unearthed and offers intriguing new evidence on the case, the Dallas Morning News reports. The 45 minutes of black-andwhite film clips do not catch Kennedy’s motorcade coming under fire as it drove through Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 and the newspaper says it provides no obvious answers to major questions about the assassination. But it does show police taking several initial suspects and witnesses into custody, assassin Lee Harvey Oswald at the Dallas police station after his arrest and Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy holding hands before stepping into the convertible in which the president was shot dead. Police and witnesses are seen running toward a rail yard to search for an assassin immediately after the shooting. And the footage also shows Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, at a press conference with Oswald on the night of the assassination. “This is significant historical film,” Richard Trask, an archivist and expert on the Kennedy case, told the newspaper. “The film gives us some important, previously unavailable views which could add significantly to our understanding of what happened immediately after the assassination.” The newspaper says the 16 mm footage was secretly rescued from a wastebasket at a local TV station by an employee named Roy Cooper, who kept the original and made a copy for his best friend, Eli Sturges. They tried but failed to sell it secretly and the copy was stashed under Sturges’ home for years. Sturges’ stepdaughter, Janet Veazey, came forward with the film this month after the Dallas Morning News ran a story about an independent federal board’s search for pictures and records related to the assassination. Veazey was 8 years old at the time of the assassination and said she remembers being bored when her stepfather and his friend would close the curtains tight and watch the film. A representative for the Assassination Records Review Board flew from Washington to Dallas last week to pick up the film. “This is a classic find,” Tom Samoluk, the board’s spokesman, tells the newspaper. The footage has been transferred to videotape at the National Archives, where it will be added to the JFK Collection and eventually made accessible to researchers and the public.
June 9, 1996 (UPI) A convicted cop-killer alleges he and reputed mob hit man Charles “Chuck” Niccoletti were the two gunmen responsible for the assassination of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald’s role was merely to confuse the evidence. James E. Files, in a confession due to be released on commercial video this week, says he worked as a driver for Niccoletti and that Niccoletti asked him on the day of the assassination if he would act as a back-up shooter. The videotaped confession, obtained Sunday by United Press International, has been rejected by the FBI as not credible.
July 2, 1996 (AP) Photographs that may have shown the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy were destroyed or hidden by the city in an apparent cover-up that continues to this day, a lawyer told jurors Tuesday. In an opening statement met with numerous defense objections, photographer Scott Enyart’s lawyer promised to show evidence of nearly 30 years of lies, forged documents and official bungling that has denied Enyart of his pictures and the country of answers to important questions. “You will see that secrecy and hiding at the expense of Mr. Enyart was done to keep the LAPD from being embarrassed for doing a one-sided job add hiding evidence in one of the three political assassinations of the century,” said the plaintiff’s lawyer, Christine L. Harwell, alluding to the assassinations of Kennedy’s brother, John F. Kennedy, and to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The city’s attorney, Skip Miller, told the Superior Court jury that Enyart’s film was merely mislabeled in the frantic aftermath of the assassination, then misplaced for more than 20 years.
Miller denied that there was any plot to conceal information. “It was an honest mistake,” he said. Miller also said that Enyart never even took pictures of the Kennedy assassination - that Enyart wasn’t in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel at the time of the shooting and instead photographed other scenes elsewhere. Nearly all these pictures were returned to Enyart years ago, said Miller. Enyart, 43, filed a lawsuit in 1989 after the city claimed it couldn’t find photographs that he says police seized from him shortly after the June 5, 1968, assassination. He wants return of the pictures or financial compensation for their loss.
July 7, 1996 Melvin Belli dies today at his San Francisco home. He had suffered a stroke last week and had n developed pneumonia. Belli, one of Jack Ruby’s lawyers, is 88 years old.
August 11, 1996 Charles Brehm, an eyewitness to the assassination of JFK, dies of cancer at the age of 71. He dies n in his home in Carrollton, Texas. He was among the closest witnesses to the Presidential motorcade when JFK was slain. As an Army Ranger during WW II, the 19-year-old Brehm was wounded on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion. Brehm is survived by six children, sixteen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
September 16, 1996 McGeorge Bundy, who as national security adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson n played a key role in the Cuban missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion and the buildup in Vietnam, dies today at the age of 77. He dies at Massachusetts General Hospital, which will not disclose the cause of death. Bundy was a Republican and a young dean at Harvard University when JFK tapped his boyhood schoolmate to become one of his “best and brightest.” He served as special assistant for national security from 1961 to 1966. After leaving government, Bundy was president of the Ford Foundation from 1966 to 1979 and then did a 10-year stint as a professor of history at New York University. From 1990 to 1993 he worked at the Carnegie Corp. of New York and was chairman of its committee on reducing the nuclear danger. He was a scholar-in-residence at the Carnegie Corp. at the time of his death. Bundy lived in Manchester-By-the-Sea, a suburb north of Boston. He graduated from Yale with a degree in mathematics in 1940, and served as an Army intelligence officer during WW II. JFK was a grade school classmate of Bundy’s at the Dexter School in the Boston suburb of Brookline, and ran for office himself once, as a Republican candidate for the Boston City Council in 1941. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1949 and in 1953 become the youngest dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, serving until 1961.
September 21, 1996 Harold L. Tinker, a revered Choate School English master who was mentor to JFK, dies at n his home on Martha’s Vineyard. He is 99 years old. During JFK’s years in Congress, he would stop in Wallingford on his way to, or from, Boston or Washington to talk to his old teacher.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. marries Carolyn Bessette today.