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The Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with
Respect to Intelligence Activities, known as the "Church Committee" after
its chairman Frank Church, conducted a wide-ranging investigation of the
intelligence agencies in the post-Watergate period.
The Church Committee took public and private testimony from hundreds of
people, collected huge volumes of files from the FBI, CIA, NSA, IRS, and
many other federal agencies, and issued 14 reports in 1975 and 1976. Since the
passage of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act in 1992, over 50,000 pages
of Church Committee records have been declassified and made available to the public.
These files contain testimony and information on U.S. attempts to assassinate foreign
leaders, on the Church Committee's investigation of the intelligence agencies'
response to the JFK assassination, and related topics.
Also available is the report of the Rockefeller Commission, which preceded the
Church Committee and issued a brief report on CIA activities within the U.S.
The AARC sells a CD-ROM, produced by History Matters, which contains the 14 Church
Committee Reports and over 1000 pages from released files, along with sophisticated search tools.
See the Catalog.