History Matters Catalog



Assassination Transcripts of the Church Committee

Price: $39.95 (AARC members $34.95)



In the 1970s, the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities (aka Church Committee) investigated CIA plots to assassinate foreign leaders, including Patrice Lumumba of the Congo, Fidel Castro of Cuba, Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam, and General Rene Schneider of Chile. The Church Committee also conducted a limited re-investigation of the JFK assassination.

This CD-ROM presents the publicly available transcripts of interviews conducted by the Committee in its assassination investigations. More than 125 transcripts provide a unique and compelling window into a rare moment in American history. Accompanying these transcripts are important reports and documents, including the Committee's Interim Report on assassination plots, the so-called Schweiker-Hart Report on the JFK assassination and the (in-)famous 1967 CIA Inspector General's Report on CIA plots to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Detailed List of Contents

More than 125 electronic transcripts of interviews relating to assassination plots:

  • James Angleton
  • William Atwood
  • Richard Bissell
  • William Colby
  • Sheffield Edwards
  • Judith Campbell Exner
  • Richard Goodwin
  • Samuel Halpern
  • William Harvey
  • Richard Helms
  • James Hosty
  • Lawrence Houston
  • E. Howard Hunt
  • Edward Kennedy
  • Edward Lansdale
  • Robert Maheu
  • Victor Marchetti
  • John McCone
  • Robert McNamara
  • James O'Connell
  • Kenneth O'Donnell
  • David Phillips
  • Fletcher Prouty
  • Johnny Roselli
  • Walt Rostow
  • Dean Rusk
  • Gordon Shanklin
  • George Smathers
  • Ted Sorenson
  • Frank Sturgis
  • William Sullivan
  • Tad Szulc
  • Santos Trafficante
  • Bronson Tweedy
  • John Witten ("Scelso")
  • and many more.....

Additional Reports and Documents:

  • Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders. The so-called "Interim Report" stands as the premiere document on CIA plots to assassinate foreign leaders.
  • The Investigation of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Performance of the Intelligence Agencies. The "Schweiker-Hart Report" detailed ways in which the FBI and CIA failed in their support of the Warren Commission investigating the JFK assassination.
  • 1967 CIA Inspector General's Report. Under orders of President Johnson, CIA Director Richard Helms commissioned this internal CIA report on plots to assassinate Fidel Castro.
  • Finding Aids. Table of contents of all 56 boxes of Church Committee records declassified under the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. Nine of these boxes were released as recently as the summer of 2000.
  • Other Church Committee files:
    • References to FBI Review of Tapes of Oswald's Oct. 1, 1963 Mexico City Conversation
    • Committee Report: The Intelligence Agencies and the Assassination of President Kennedy
    • Preliminary Report of Investigation into the Assassination of President Kennedy
    • Oswald in New Orleans
    • J. Lee Rankin Letters to CIA (Correspondence File)
    • J. Lee Rankin Letters to State Department
    • and more....


  • High-quality scanned images. Documents are stored in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), which features exact visual reproduction in combination with text searchability. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is used for viewing.
  • Instant text searching. Full-text search of the entire collection of transcripts, reports, and documents (over 10,000 pages in all).
  • Help tutorial, introductory essay, and more. Helpful tutorial pages, an overview of the assassination plots and the Church Committee's findings, information on the AARC and the National Archives, and more
  • Print Options. Print individual pages or entire documents

System Requirements

  • PC with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, or XP, or Macintosh
  • Web browser (Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader