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.
From 1994 to 1998 Tunheim served as chair of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), an independent civilian panel that reviewed and released more than 4 milllion pages of records that had been kept secret.
The ARRB uncovered many important JFK records including the Operation Northwoods file, a Pentagon plan to use deception operations to provoke war with Cuba. The ARRB also took sworn testimony from medical personnel involved in JFK’s autopsy, which revealed that photographs taken at the autopsy are no longer found in the government’s collection of autopsy records.
The Final Report of the ARRB documents its major findings.