ARRB Updates


ARRB Final Report Now Online

As of September 30, 1998, the Assassination Records Review Board's Final Report is available on the World Wide Web at the following URL:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/advisory/arrb98/index.html

In addition, the Report is online and as a .ZIP file at:

http://www.pe.net/~atd

--from Clint Bradford


ARRB Final Report

MEDIA ADVISORY

SEPTEMBER 25, 1998

CONTACT: EILEEN SULLIVAN
(202) 724-0088, EXT. 253

ARRB ISSUES FINAL REPORT TO THE CONGRESS,
THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

On Tuesday, September 29, 1998 the Assassination Records Review Board will present its Final Report to the Congress, the National Archives, and the American people. The Review Board will have successfully completed its mandate on September 30, 1998. The Review Board will be participating in two events.

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 1998
Event: Presentation of Final Report to Dr. Lewis Bellardo, Deputy Archivist of the United States, followed by a Press Conference
Place: National Archives and Records Administration

Pennsylvania Avenue
Room 105
Washington, D.C.
Time: 10:30 a.m.

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Date: Tuesday, September 29, 1998
Event: Presentation of Final Report to the Congress
Place: United States Capitol Building

Room EF-100
Washington, D.C.
Time: 2:00 p.m.

The Assassination Records Review Board was established by the JFK Act, which was signed into law by President George Bush. The five members of the Board were appointed by President Clinton, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in on April 11, 1994. The law gives the Review Board the mandate and the authority to identify, secure, and make available all records related to the assassination of President Kennedy. It is the responsibility of the Board to determine which records are to be made public immediately and which ones will have postponed release dates.

The Review Board consists of the following members:

Honorable John R. Tunheim, Chair; U.S. District Court Judge, District of Minnesota.

Dr. Henry F. Graff; Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University.

Dr. Kermit L. Hall; Dean, College of Humanities, and Professor of History at The Ohio State University.

Dr. William L. Joyce; Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University.

Dr. Anna K. Nelson; Distinguished Adjunct Historian in Residence at The American University.

As a courtesy to the Review Board, copies of the final report will be available in early November from the following:

  1. National Archives and Records Administration**
    Special Access and FOIA Staff
    8601 Adelphi Road
    College Park, MD 20740

    **You must first call (301) 713-6620. You will be notified of the shipping cost, and you must send a self-addressed stamped envelope (10x13).

  2. Government Printing Office bookstore

You may also access the report on the following websites:

  1. www.washingtonpost.com

  2. The Organization of American Historian?s website (www.indiana.edu/~oah)

  3. JFK Lancer's website (www.jfklancer.com)

  4. Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA) website
    (http://www.nicom.com/~copa)

  5. Citizens for the Truth about the Kennedy Assassination?s (CTKA) website (www.webcom.com/ctka)


from Lancer Independent News Exchange (LINE):

NEW JFK AUTOPSY PHOTOS FOUND

September 12, 1998 --JFK Autopsy Photographs Digitized--Additional Photos Found But Not Available to the Public

The Washington, DC based Assassination Records Review Board identified additional latent autopsy photographs of President John F. Kennedy on a roll of film in the National Archives that had (inaccurately) been described as "exposed."

At the September 9th public meeting during a question and answer session, ARRB Staff member Doug Horne pronounced, "They are color. It appears to be a roll of film that is very much underexposed. So you really have to blast a lot of light through it. They look black to the naked eye until you put it in front of a bright light and that's what Kodak did. So they are very grainy and very dark, as though the flash wasn't in sync or something."

With the cooperation of Kodak, the National Archives, the FBI, and a representative of the Kennedy family, the Review Board was able to provide secure transportation to ship the autopsy photographs to Rochester, New York, to be digitized on the best digital scanner in the world. There the latent photographs were digitized and enhanced for further evaluation.

Board member Dr. Anna Nelson stated, "I think it was a sense that we thought we might be the last chance."

Burke Marshall, former assistant Attorney General, Kennedy family friend and representative of the executors of the president's estate, restricted access to the autopsy materials under a "Donor Deed of Gift" to the National Archives. These restrictions as set in October of 1969 were kept as an exemption of the JFK Act (Public Law 102-526) and thus the Board could not open them up to the public.

Judge John Tunheim, Chairman of the Review Board, said, "The digitized copies of the autopsy photographs were made with the express permission of Professor Marshall with the understanding that they would be a part of the same collection as the official autopsy photographs because they are indeed the same images as the official photographs. So they are at the National Archives and subject to the same restrictions that the original photographs [are]." This means the public will not be allowed to view the three photos found.

Tunheim went on to state, "They are there for qualified researchers who can convince Professor Marshall of the need to see them."

A transcript by Assassination Records Review Board expert, Joe Backes, of this question and answer session includes updates on the Dallas Parkland Hospital personnel depositions, the KGB Files, and the Zapruder Film negotiations. Follow this link: http://www.jfklancer.com/LNE


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ASSASSINATION RECORDS REVIEW BOARD

 
Sunshine Act Meetings

DATE: September 8, 9 and 14, 1998.

PLACE: ARRB, 600 E Street, NW, Washington, DC.

STATUS:
September 8: 9:00 a.m.--Closed
September 9: 1:30 p.m.--Open
September 14: 9:00 a.m.--Closed

MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:
Closed Meeting:
    1. Review and Accept Minutes of Closed Meeting
    2. Review of Assassination Records
    3. Other Business
Open Meeting:
    1. Discussion of Final Report
    2. Review and Accept Minutes of August 26, 1998 Open Meeting
    3. Other Business

CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Eileen Sullivan, Press Officer, 
600 E Street, NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20530. Telephone: (202) 
724-0088; Fax: (202) 724-0457.
Laura Denk,
Executive Director.
[FR Doc. 98-23464 Filed 8-27-98; 1:13 pm]
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NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION

 
Lab Test On Kennedy Assassination Evidence

AGENCY: National Archives and Records Administration.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will 
work with the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board 
(Review Board) to arrange the analysis in an FBI laboratory of a piece 
of evidence from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    The evidence item is Warren Commission Exhibit (CE) #567, which is 
the nose portion of a bullet from the limousine seat in which the 
President was riding and which consists of five fragments--one larger 
copper and lead fragment and four smaller pieces of possibly organic 
material. The larger fragment still has ``fibrous/plant debris'' 
adhering to it. The testing will be done on the fibrous debris, not the 
fragment itself, and on the four small pieces of possibly organic 
material. The purpose of the test will be to determine specifically the 
composition of the fibrous material and the small fragments.
    The testing of the fiber was recommended by the Firearms 
Examination Panel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations 
(HSCA) in 1979. This recommendation was not in the published Final 
Report of the Committee and thus the testing was never done. NARA 
agrees with the Review Board that conducting limited testing to 
complete this ``unfinished business'' is in the public interest.
    The fibrous material may be from clothing the president was 
wearing, or the fiber may be from material in which the bullet was 
wrapped after the assassination, or the tests may be inconclusive. NARA 
chose the FBI laboratories for the analysis as the best equipped and 
most expertly staffed for the purpose. To assure objectivity, the 
Review Board will select one or more independent observers to verify 
the appropriateness of the procedure and to be present throughout the 
testing, each phase of which will be thoroughly documented. The report 
on the results of the testing will be made public.

    Dated: August 17, 1998.
John W. Carlin,
Archivist of the United States.
[FR Doc. 98-22674 Filed 8-21-98; 8:45 am]
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ASSASSINATION RECORDS REVIEW BOARD

 
Formal Determinations and Additional Releases

AGENCY: Assassination Records Review Board.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Assassination Records Review Board (Review Board) met in a 
closed meeting on August 6, 1998, and made formal determinations on the 
release of records under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination 
Records Collection Act of 1992 (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 in the Federal 
Register within 14 days of the date of the decision.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Voth, Assassination Records 
Review Board, Second Floor, Washington, D.C. 20530, (202) 724-0088, fax 
(202) 724-0457. The public may obtain an electronic copy of the 
complete document-by-document determinations by contacting 
.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice complies with the requirements 
of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act 
of 1992, 44 U.S.C. Sec. 2107.9(c)(4)(A) (1992). On August 6, 1998, the 
Review Board made formal determinations on records it reviewed under 
the JFK Act.

Notice of Formal Determinations

8 Church Committee Documents: Postponed in Part until 05/2001
69 Church Committee Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
10 CIA Documents: Postponed in Part until 05/2001
636 CIA Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
140 FBI Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
1 HSCA Document: Postponed in Part until 10/2003

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11 HSCA Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
25 JCS Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
2 JFK Library Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
2 LBJ Library Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
5 Pike Committee Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
2 State Department Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
6 US ARMY (Califano) Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017
341 US ARMY (IRR) Documents: Postponed in Part until 10/2017

Notice of Other Releases

    After consultation with appropriate Federal agencies, the Review 
Board announces that documents from the following agencies are now 
being opened in full: 44 Church Committee documents; 1 DIA documents; 
1767 FBI documents; 134 JCS documents; 4 JFK Library documents; 3 LBJ 
Library documents; 1 NARA-WC documents; 16 Office of the Secretary of 
Defense documents; 1 State Department document; 256 U.S. Army 
(Califano) documents; 689 U.S. Army (IRR) documents.

    Dated: August 14, 1998.
Laura A. Denk,
Executive Director.
[FR Doc. 98-22482 Filed 8-21-98; 8:45 am]
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