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ARRB chairman says JFK investigation riddled with ‘too many holes’

John R. Tunheim, the federal judge in Minnesota who served from 1994 to 1998 as the chairman of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), says in a television program to be aired this month that while the Warren Commission “did a thorough job,” the investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 was “somewhat primitive” and riddled with “too many holes.”

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Former JFK investigator: Don’t hold your breath for 2017

As general counsel for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) in the mid-1990s, Jeremy Gunn had unparalleled access to the government’s records on the JFK assassination. Last year he gave an interesting talk about “Seeking the Truth in the Kennedy Assassination” at the Center for Global Humanities at the University of New England in Portland, Maine.

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On Jeremy Gunn’s speech about JFK evidence

As a person who was hired by Jeremy Gunn in 1995, and who worked closely under him (and with him) from August of 1995 until his abrupt  resignation from the Assassination Records Review Board  in July of 1998, I watched his presentation with great interest.

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About that film from Dallas

Thanks to the miracle of crowdsourcing, we have a definitive answer to Vanessa’s question about a film taken in the presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963. It was taken by JFK’s aide David Powers.

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Why would the Marine Corps conceal something about JFK?

As seen on JFK Assassination Research Bureau on Facebook:

How the JFK review board got stiffed when it looked for the Marine Corps’s assessments of Lee Harvey Oswald.

JFK Most Wanted: 84 NSA documents related to the assassination

JFK researcher some questions about 84 documents generated by the National Security Agency, that are related to JFK’s assassination. Read more

Seeds of doubt: Gaeton Fonzi interviews Arlen Specter in 1966


Warren Commission Exhibit 903.
Arlen Specter demonstrates the
single-bullet theory in May 1964.

When young journalist Gaeton Fonzi interviewed former Warren Commission staff lawyer Arlen Specter in 1966, he expected the talented Specter to have ready answers to the questions which were then swirling around the medical aspects of the JFK case. Specter’s “single bullet theory” was under attack in such books as Edward Epstein’s Inquest, and in scholarly articles by Vincent Salandria in a legal journal (see here and here).

Fonzi would later write in his memoir The Last Investigation: “After those interviews with Arlen Specter, my belief in that Government would never be the same.”
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JFK review board was thwarted on Marines’ assessment of Oswald

One of the most effective open government laws ever passed by the U.S. Congress was the JFK Records Act, passed 22 years ago in October 1992.

The implementation of the law, mandating the review and release of all records related to the assassination of President John Kennedy in 1963, was overseen by the Assassination Records Review Board, a forgotten federal agency that did a remarkable job uncovering what former New York Times reporter Phil Shenon has called “the hidden history of the Kennedy assassination.”

But the ARRB was stymied on one key group of records.

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Would the JFK medical evidence be admissible in a court of law?

No, says Douglas Horne, former analyst for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB).

He explains why in this piece: The Key to Understanding the JFK Assassination Is Appreciating That There Is “Fraud in the Evidence” – Hubub.

What has been learned about the JFK story in recent years?

In this balanced, if breathless, 1998 History Channel video entitled “Missing Files,”  we learn what the government sought to hide from public view. The approach is skeptical without crazy conspiracy mongering.

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Analyst says JFK medical evidence points to cover-up

Doug Horne, former analyst for the Assassination Records Review Board asks a reasonable question in this trailer for a longer interview with filmmaker Shane O’Sullivan (available for $4.99.)

Horne’s question is this:

What happened between 6:35 and 8 pm on the evening of November 22, 1963? Read more

Tunheim: no ‘real evidence’ of a conspiracy

The former chair of the Assassination Records Review Board, a federal judge in Minneapolis, has reached a verdict on the JFK evidence. He sees no ‘real evidence’ of a conspiracy, according to U.S. News.

Citing CIA ‘treachery,’ federal judge calls for release of secret JFK files.

In yesterday’s Boston Globe, Bryan Bender reported that Judge John Tunheim, former chair of a civilian review panel in charge of declassifying the government’s JFK assassination records, has called on the CIA to release all of its files on the late George Joannides, a deceased CIA officer involved in the events of 1963 and its confused investigatory aftermath.  Read more

Counsel for the JFK review board found ‘many things that were disturbing’

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Jeremy Gunn, former ARRB general counsel

Amid the glut of 50th anniversary JFK coverage, NPR’s interview with Jeremy Gunn, former general counsel for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) from 1994 to 1998, stands out as one of the best recent pieces of journalism on the case of the murdered president.

Gunn is a quality witness. While largely unknown to both mainstream reporters and JFK conspiracy theorists, he was among the first people to see the vast body of JFK records made public by the ARRB in the mid-1990s.

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Declassifying JFK: a judge’s view

Federal Judge John Tunheim will speak Thursday in Stillwater, Minnesota, about the challenge of declassifying government records related to the death of President Kennedy, according to the Forest Lake Times. It is rare opportunity to hear from the leader of the last effort to force the government to make public long-secret JFK records. Read more