Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB)
One of the millions of formerly-secret pages declassified under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
Oliver Stone’s movie JFK included a trailer which noted the massive number of government documents still locked away from the public. An ensuing firestorm of letter-writing and phone-calling led Congress to pass the 1992 President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act. This law set up a process for speedily declassifying the government files on the Kennedy case.
The Assassination Records Review Board was set up as an independent body to oversee the process. During the 1990s, the ARRB managed the release of millions of pages of formerly-secret records from the FBI, CIA, Warren Commission, House Select Committee on Assassinations, and various other government bodies. It also collected records from private citizens. The ARRB did not re-investigate the JFK assassination, though in its search for records it did conduct interviews of CIA personnel, autopsy participants, and others.
What's in all the files declassified by the ARRB? Much of the materials simply fill in the details of various aspects of the case and its larger context. But amid the haystacks, those studying the records have found a number of "bombshells" in the areas of the medical evidence, Oswald's trip to Mexico, the Garrison investigation, and more. One example from many: in 1997 the ARRB interviewed the government employee who developed JFK's autopsy photographs after his murder. Shown the official set of autopsy photos in the National Archives, she disputed each picture in turn, finally telling the ARRB "the views that we produced at the Photographic Center are not included." more
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