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WITHIN THE UNITED STATES:
Files, [1947-1974] 1975
The U.S. President's Commission on CIA Activities Within the United States (also known as the Rockefeller
Commission) was charged with investigating allegations of improper CIA
The portions of the file which are available for research (2.5 cubic feet) deal with the investigation of possible CIA involvement in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy or in anti-Castro plots of the early 1960s.
41 cubic feet (ca. 82,000 pp.)
Gerald R. Ford (Accession numbers 81-23 and 78-56)
Materials related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy or to anti- Castro activities, 1960-64, have been processed for research. A significant portion of this material is security classified and accessible only through researcher-initiated declassification review. The bulk of the Commission files are unprocessed.
prepared by U.S. Government employees as part of their official duties are in
the public domain. In
addition, Mr. Ford has donated to
Prepared by: Karen Holzhausen,
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Gerald R. Ford created the Commission on CIA Activities within the
The Commission looked into all aspects of
CIA operations within the
area on which the Commission collected evidence, but did not include in its
report, was the role of the CIA in assassination plots against foreign
leaders. The study focused on plots
against Fidel Castro of
The processed segment of this collection consists of materials identified as being related to either the John Kennedy assassination or to plots against Castro. The anti-Castro materials are included because of allegations that Castro or his supporters were part of a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy as retribution.
THE INVESTIGATION OF THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION
Commission investigated allegations that the CIA was somehow involved in the
assassination of President Kennedy.
Specifically, it looked into allegations that E. Howard Hunt and Frank
Sturgis were CIA agents and were present in
The Commission heard testimony, taped interviews, took depositions, consulted experts in forensic pathology and ballistics, examined photographic evidence, and requested documents from various intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The Commission concluded that the findings of the Warren Commission regarding a lone assassin were correct and that Hunt and Sturgis were not the derelicts. No concrete evidence was presented to link Oswald or Ruby to the CIA; the Commission concluded that the allegations were "farfetched speculation."
DESCRIPTION OF PROCESSED FILES
These files contain two distinct types of material. I will refer to the first type as Kennedy assassination materials and the second type as anti-Castro materials, although both types were selected because of their possible connection to the Kennedy assassination.
KENNEDY ASSASSINATION MATERIALS: Most relate to the allegation that CIA
operatives (possibly in the persons of E. Howard Hunt and Frank Sturgis) fired
shots from the "grassy knoll" in
There are also drafts of Chapter 19 of the Commission report, which deals with this aspect of the investigation.
ANTI-CASTRO MATERIALS: They consist primarily of copies of
"historical" documents provided to the Commission by the CIA,
predominantly, and the State Department, Defense Intelligence Agency, and
Justice Department. The documents deal
mainly with planning for covert operations in Cuba, 1960-64, including
assassination attempts on Fidel Castro.
included in the "Assassination Materials" processed are transcripts
of sworn testimony and interviews conducted by Rockefeller Commission staff
with former CIA, State Department, and Defense Department officials from the
1960s regarding what they knew about plans to assassinate foreign leaders and
about the connection between the
RELATED MATERIALS (JUNE 1992):
The Congressional Files of Gerald R. Ford contain materials related to his service on the Warren Commission (17 cubic feet). The Records of the U.S. Department of the Army, Military District of Washington, Directorate of Ceremonies and Special Events contain approximately two cubic feet of records on the transport of President Kennedy's remains, his funeral ceremony and interment, and administration of the gravesite. These materials are open for research.
The Presidential Handwriting File and the files of Presidential counsel Philip Buchen contain materials on the intelligence investigations of the mid-1970s, including the Rockefeller Commission. These collections are open for research. The Ford Presidential Papers may contain additional materials related generally to the Rockefeller Commission or congressional investigations of the intelligence community. Use the PRESNET database to locate them.
The neighboring Bentley Historical Library holds papers of John Stiles relating to his collaboration with Gerald Ford on Portrait of the Assassin, a book about Lee Harvey Oswald which grew out of Ford's work on the Warren Commission.
Additional materials on the Rockefeller Commission or plots against Fidel Castro are in unprocessed collections or unprocessed series of open collections.
These include about 3,000 pages of collected historical documents, which continue to be heavily classified, gathered by the White House on anti-Castro activities.
For additional information regarding the acquisition and processing
of the Kennedy and anti-Castro files from this collection, please see MEMO FOR
THE FILE, dated
B‑G‑G (II‑AA), Memoranda to Legal Staff
(IV‑K), Background Material on Oswald and
(IV‑T), Withholding of Evidence from the
B‑W (II‑B), Mr. Hunt's File ‑ Mr. Clapper
O‑R (I‑X), Gregory, Schoenman, Groden & Jaffe
(I‑AA), Hunt, E. Howard ‑ Interviewed
O‑R (I‑OO), Sturgis, Frank
O‑R (I‑XX), Chapman, E. Forrest
(III‑A), Staff Interview Transcript ‑
O‑R (III‑A), Extra Copies of All Gregory Related Exhibits (8)
O‑R (III‑A), Ralph Schoenman, Re Robert Kennedy Assassination (9)
(III‑B), Staff Interview Transcript ‑ Marchetti,
(III‑C), Frank Sturgis Testimony Transcript,
O‑R (III‑D), Frank Sturgis Testimony and Tapes, 4‑4‑75
(III‑E), John K. Lattimer Testimony Transcript,
O‑R (III‑E), John K. Lattimer Exhibits, 1975
(III‑F), Staff Interview Transcript ‑ Wecht,
O‑R (III‑F), Cyril H. Wecht ‑ Exhibits (3)
(III‑G), Staff Interview Transcript ‑
O‑R (IV‑E), Roethe Letter Request of
O-R (IV-FF), Project MOCKINGBIRD - Telephone Tap of Newspaper Columnists
O-R (IV-GG), Project MUDHEN - Surveillance of Syndicated News Columnist
O-R (IV-HH), Project CELOTEX I - Surveillance of Washington Post Reporter
O‑R (V‑A), FBI Lab Reports ‑ Hunt & Sturgis Photos
O‑R (V‑B), Kennedy Assassination ‑ Miscellaneous Notes
O‑R (V‑C), Kennedy Assassination ‑ Panel of Medical Consultants (1)-(2)
O‑R (V‑D), FBI Material re Kennedy Assassination
O‑R (V‑E), NPIC Analysis of Zapruder Filming of John F. Kennedy Assassination
O‑R (V‑F), Kennedy
Assassination ‑ Paul Hoch Letter re
O‑R (V‑G), Kennedy Assassination ‑ Medical and Scientific Articles (1)-(3)
O‑R (V‑H), Kennedy Assassination ‑ General Correspondence
O‑R (V‑I), Requests for Information ‑ FBI, Justice
O‑R (V‑J), Selected Documents Relating to Allegations Concerning the Assassination of President Kennedy (1)-(2)
O‑R (V‑K), Lattimer, John
O‑R (V‑L), Wecht, Cyril H.
O‑R (VI‑C), Requests for Information ‑ CIA
Zapruder Film loaned to Commission by Robert Groden on
Assassination Materials, "Misc. Materials (3)"
Assassination Materials ‑ "Interviews (3)"
Assassination Materials, "CIA Correspondence (3)"
Assassination Materials, "Correspondence (2)"
Assassination Materials, Deposition of a CIA Employee
Assassination Materials, Deposition of Edw. G. Lansdale
Assassination Materials, Deposition of Edw. G. Lansdale (portion)
Assassination Materials, Review of Dulles Crono (sic) re Kennedy Assassination
Assassination Materials, "Sturgis (2)"
Assassination Materials, "What Could Castro Have Known?"
Assassination Materials, CIA Connections with Organized Crime
Assassination Materials, CIA Relationship with Robert A. Maheu
Assassination Materials, "Affidavits (2)"
Assassination Materials, "Chron‑Assassinations (2)"
Materials, Request of
Assassination Materials, L. Fletcher Pourty
Assassination Materials, Miscellaneous Rockefeller Commission and CIA Files (1)-(4)
Assassination Materials, Miscellaneous Rockefeller Commission and CIA Files (5)-(12)
Assassination Materials, Project (Name Classified)
Chapter 19 Drafts (1)-(2)
Index of Testimony Transcripts
April 21, 1975 Rusk, Dean