The large-scale declassification of JFK documents in the 1990s brought an estimated 4 million of pages of new assassination-related records into public view and generated a new era in JFK scholarship. But it also illuminated what is still missing or withheld from the public record. Among these are the vast bulk of the records of the Church Committee (named after Idaho Senator Frank Church), which in the mid-70s exposed the CIA plots to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro among many other abuses.
Even among the “assassination-related” documents that were released, gaps remain. The Church Committee interviewed scores of current and past CIA employees and other people knowledgable about the U.S. government’s assassination activities. But many of these interviews remain off-limits to the public more than three decades later.
This document is a compilation of all the deposition transcripts footnoted in the two assassination-related reports of the Church Committee that cannot be found among the released files. Some of the interviews relate directly to the JFK assassination investigations; most relate to CIA assassination plots targeting foreign leaders.
Either way, it’s about time they were made public.