Sunday, October 15, 2017

President Bush's Signing Statement of October 26, 1992

George Bush Signing Statement of Signing of JFK Act of 1992 http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=21673
Statement on Signing the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992
October 26, 1992
Today I am signing into law S. 3006, the "President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992." This legislation provides for the review and, wherever possible, the release of records about the assassination of President Kennedy that have not yet been made public. I fully support the goals of this legislation.

In the minds of many Americans, questions about President Kennedy's assassination remain unresolved. Although the Government already has released many thousands of documents, the existence of additional, undisclosed documents has led to speculation that these materials might shed important new light on the assassination. Because of legitimate historical interest in this tragic event, all documents about the assassination should now be disclosed, except where the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise.

While I am pleased that this legislation avoids the chief constitutional problems raised by earlier versions of the bill considered by the Congress, it still raises several constitutional questions. First, S. 3006 sets forth the grounds on which the release of documents may be postponed, but this list does not contemplate nondisclosure of executive branch deliberations or law enforcement information of the executive branch (including the entities listed in sections 3(2) (G) through (K)), and it provides only a narrow basis for nondisclosure of national security information.

My authority to protect these categories of information comes from the Constitution and cannot be limited by statute. Although only the most extraordinary circumstances would require postponement of the disclosure of documents for reasons other than those recognized in the bill, I cannot abdicate my constitutional responsibility to take such action when necessary.
The same applies to the provision purporting to give certain congressional committees "access to any records held or created by the Review Board." This provision will be interpreted consistently with my authority under the Constitution to protect confidential executive branch materials and to supervise and guide executive branch officials.

Second, S. 3006 requires the Board to report to the President and the Congress. If the bill were interpreted to require simultaneous reports, S. 3006 would intrude upon the President's authority to supervise subordinate officials in the executive branch. I will construe the provisions to require that the Board report to the President before it reports to the Congress.
Third, the bill purports to set the qualifications for Board members, to require the President to review lists supplied by specified organizations, and to direct the timing of nominations. These provisions conflict with the constitutional division of responsibility between the President and the Congress. The President has the sole power of nomination; the Senate has the sole power of consent.

I note also that S. 3006 provides that, upon request of the Board, courts may enforce subpoenas that the Attorney General has issued at the Board's urging. I sign this bill on the understanding that this provision does not encroach upon the Attorney General's usual, plenary authority to represent the agencies of the United States, including the Board, whenever they appear in court.

S. 3006 will help put to rest the doubts and suspicions about the assassination of President Kennedy. I sign the bill in the hope that it will assist in healing the wounds inflicted on our Nation almost 3 decades ago.

George Bush
The White House,
October 26, 1992.

Note: S. 3006, approved October 26, was assigned Public Law No. 102 - 526. This statement was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 27.

Citation: George Bush: "Statement on Signing the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992," October 26, 1992. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=21673.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Missing JFK Assassination Records - Updated

The Black Hole at the Archives  - Top Fifty Missing Assassination Records   

By William Kelly

“I do think identifying the missing assassination records is an important project, not because I think we can make the documents appear, but so we can help make this sleeping nation more aware that America has a deep history.”  - Peter Dale Scott

-        -  A former National Security Advisor to the  president is caught steeling documents under his shirt, some of his own records from the Archives II, where the JFK Collection is kept. 

http://jfkcountercoup2.blogspot.com/2017/10/notable-theftes-from-national-archives.html

-       -   The night time janitor at a major history museum sells off major artifacts to a collector for beer and cigarette money and is only caught after the collector showed off his rare relics at a gun show.
-        -   An archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is caught selling rare photos, films and documents over eBay, including JFK Assassination Records.

-        -   John Newman makes copies of Eisenhower era documents on political assassinations that a few years later are no longer available.


              The list of missing artifacts, records and documents from ostensibly secure Archives is growing - especially JFK assassination records.

If Peter Dale Scott's "Negative Template" theory is correct, what is missing from the extant history is more significant than what is in the documentary record.

As researcher Malcolm Blunt has said, "It's amazing we have anything left. It's sickening, just sickening, and a disgrace, an absolute disgrace. The ARRB should have pressured these people into doing a proper search for all of the records."

This list began when, during a March 2017 press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, I asked Federal Judge John Tunheim if anyone was looking for missing assassination records such as the AF1 tapes and ONI records.

Tunheim shrugged and looked at John Newman, who said, “You are.”

So if its up to me I’m going to start looking by making a list of them and prioritizing them as to most significant and easiest to find.

In a private conversation afterwards Judge Tunheim gave me his card and asked me to send him a list and he would look into it.

I began the list with the CIA OS Volume Five file on Lee Harvey Oswald, as it was found missing by Malcolm Blunt and given some publicity.

I added a list of my own and after posting them received a response from a number of other prominent researchers with lists of their own.

I have since divided the list in two - a list of missing evidence - posted at JFKCountercoup2 - and a list of documentary records - and prioritized them according to the likelihood of them still existing and being found.


1. Oswald CIA Office of Security File Volume 5, last seen by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA).

2. Files of the first chief council to HSCA Richard Sprague, who took his files home with him when he was fired for conducting a real investigation. The Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB), responsible for identifing and obtaining records, missed them because they confused the attorney Richard Sprague with the computer programer of the same name whose extensive files on the assassination are part of the JFK Collection. Sprague's HSCA files, paid for by taxpayers that rightfully belong at the Archives, are currently in Sprague's Philadelphia law office.

3. Soviet KGB records of Oswald's time in Moscow and Minsk that were obtained by Norman Mailer are now in the possession of Mailer's former associate Lawrence Schiller, who refused to turn them over to the ARRB.

4. Unedited AF1 Radio Transmission tapes from November 22, 1963. Two different edited versions of these tapes are available, one on cassette tapes released by the LBJ Library and a reel to reel version discovered among the personel effects of General Clifton. The White House Communications Agency (WHCA) is responsible for these tapes.
 As Vince Salandria has pointed out there was a transcript of the complete AF1 radio transmissions in the LBJ White House, where two reporters - T. H. White and William Manchester were permitted to read it and quote from it. They recount conversations not on either of the extant tapes. 

Possible sources - LBJ Library, Collins Radio,  Cedar Rapids, Iowa, WHCA - Dallas Sheraton, Dallas Civil Defense bunker, SAC Bases, Amateur HAM radio club, governments of Cuba, Canada or Australia.

5. Dan Alcorn notes: Joan Mellen found that the Bruce-Lovett Report on the CIA covert operations, that Arthur Schlesinger mentions, is now missing from RFK's files at the JFK Library. David Bruce was the OSS colonel who accompanied Hemingway to liberate Paris, later JFK’s ambassador to Court of St. James, while Lovett was on board of Moa Bay Mining Company in Cuba and the person who recommended Robert MacNamara and McGeorge Bundy to JFK. It’s inconceivable their report on CIA operations is missing, but it is. Even the CIA now wants a copy, if you can find one,

6. It has also been reported that RFK's daily date book for the entire year of 1963 is missing from the JFK Library.

7.  Peter Dale Scott wants the minutes of the Honolulu Conference of Nov. 20, 1963. “I consider this omission (even the fact of it) extremely important, not just for understanding the JFK assassination, but for understanding U.S. history. For example: The documents about the Honolulu Conference in the FRUS 1961-1963 Volume make no reference to North Vietnam. The first FRUS record to do so is FRUS Doc. 327 [SECRET]. Memo of Conversation Between Hilsman and Lodge, Nov. 24, 1963, 10 AM. [1] U.S. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963, Vol IV, 632, Doc. 327. Memo of Conversation Between Hilsman and Lodge, Nov. 24.  A SECRET/EYES ONLY second version follows as Doc. 328. There was also a third version, as we learn from this footnote 2 to Doc. 327: “2. Because of different distribution limitations, Hilsman made three separate memoranda of this conversation. The second is infra; the third was not declassified.”[2] U.S. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963, Vol IV, 632, Doc. 327. Memo of Conversation Between Hilsman and Lodge, Nov. 24, 1963, 10 AM, fn. 2

8.. Church Committee interviews with Gerry Patrick Hemming, Orest Pena, Immigration and Naturalization Service and Customs officials, and other Church Committee testimony are missing.

9.  U.S. Customs records on Cubans, especially by Cesar Diosadado,  requested by the HSCA were so volumeous they couldn't be given to the HSCA, but now consist of only a few records at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

10. The audio tape recording of Gaeton Fonzi's interview with Mitch Werbell was erased and the transcript is missing, only Fonzi's notes remain.

11. John Newman says that Eisenhower era reports on assassinations of foreign leaders that he copied years ago are now missing from the NARA, and he believes such records are being delibertly stollen.

12.  Bill Simpich says that CIA Mexico City Station (MCS) cable to Headquarters from September 26-30, 1963 are missing as well as cables from CIA HQ to MCS, JMWAVE to HQ and HQ to JMWAVE cable traffic on the same dates, and all cable traffic between MCS and JMWAVE between September 26 and October 20 and November 22 to December 30, 1963 are missing.

13. The CIA's study of the July 20, 1944 attempt to kill Hitler to be adapted for use against Castro, as mentioned by Desmond FitzGerald in his September 23, 1963 briefing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is the subject of a FOIA lawsuit by the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC).

14. Office of Naval Intelligence - ONI Defector File, as identified as an assassination record by Navy Lt. Com. T. Pike, but never turned over to the Archives.

15. ONI 119 investigation reports on Oswald's defection and the assassination, as referred to by the Navy investigators who wrote them and the officers who read them.

16. The assassination files of the Director of the ONI Rufus Taylor, whose office had undercover agents working in Jack Ruby's Carousel Club, installing and maintaing the sound system, who reported, in the only surviving document, that Oswald was seen in the club.

17.  James Mastrovito - the Secret Service Agent responsible for the SS records on the assassination acknowledged to the ARRB that he "culled" - destroyed many records and flushed into a food processor a vile of material labled "JFK brain - Armed Forces Institute of Pathology," with no repercussions.

18. The Secret Service destroyed many records, including the Advance Reports for the Tampa trip after the JFK Act was passed by Congress, although copies of some of these records were found among the personal effects of Agent Gerald Blaine, who wrote the Tampa Advance report. Do other agents also have copies y of official records among their personal effects? Is anyone looking?

19. The "Homme Report" from a Congressional subcommittee reportedly contains information on Robert F. Kennedy's knowledge and approval of CIA plans to kill Fidel Castro.

20. RFK's date book for 1963 is missing from the Kennedy Library.

21. Four boxes of witness testimony turned over to NARA in April 1965 by US Attorney now missing.

22. OSI - Office of Special Investigation military intelligence review of Oswald's State Department file is missing.

23. When former US Marine officer Oliver Revill joined the FBI he reported on an investigation of Oswald and files on him at a US Marine base in North Carolina, records not in the public record.

24. The Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel had documents excluded from the Warren Commission, according to a memo sent to ARRB and NARA archivist Steve Tilly, "more stuff lost in the shuffle," says Malcolm Blunt.

25. The ARRB tried to obtain Oswald's New Orleans court records but were told they were accidently destroyed when sent for microfilming.

26.  Army Intelligence files on Oswald were kept from the Warren Commission and then "routinely" destroyed.

27. In 1976 when the CIA Counterintelligence (CI) staff were reviewing JFK assassination files the Security Office did not hand over their "secondary files" on Oswald, aka "research files," that were not seen by HSCA or any other component of the CIA, as Malcolm Blunt says "they are like a whole separate agency."

28. Larry Haapanen notes, White House Situation Room Incoming-Outgoing Message Log for 11/22/63-11/30/63 (the extant log for November 1963 ends abruptly on the morning of 11/2263).

29. Records of the Dallas-based 488th Military (Strategic)  Intelligence Detachment (Counter-Intelligence) unit histories and rosters 1962-1963.

30. Records of FBI wiretapping of Oswald while in police custody as well as post assassination taps of Ruth Paine and Michael Paine and Marina and Robert Oswald phones, as reported by Irving police chief Paul Barger.

31. White House Communications Agency (WHCA) records for 11/22/63 including tape of Secret Service motorcade security radio channel that included Roy Kellerman talking as the third shot was fired, and radios in LBJ's car, the AF1 cockpit and the WHCA base station at the Dallas Sheraton hotel.

32. Missing Mexico City records include LILYRIC (Soviet embassy photo records, Sept. '63); LIFEAT (wiretape records, for all of 1963), daily resumen wiretap summaries for 1963, and records withheld by ARRB at request of CIA and FBI that may be released in the October 26, 2017 data dump.

33. Many relevant FBI 134 Informant records are missing or being withheld.

34. FBI dispatch tape of Dallas calls for 11/22/63 is missing.

35. The National Photo Interpetation Center (NPIC) report on their study of the Zapruder film and Art Lundal's briefing of CIA Director John McCone is missing, though McCcone told RFK that the CIA said there were two gunman.

36. The JMWAVE NPIC records and other NPIC assassination records were, according to a NPIC secretary, boxed and at the orders of Robert Kennedy sent to the Smithsonian Institute instead of the NARA.

37. FBI’s Mexico City file MX 105-2137. Let me begin with the Board’s explanation of why this file, brought to their attention by me, was not seen by them:

38. Malcolm Blunt: FBI espionage "65" File on Oswald, Correspondence between Office of Security (Bruce Solie and David Slawson during WC investigation....second part of Bruce Solie HSCA Security Classified Testimony, full debriefs of INS and Customs officers at the Department of Justice following their testimony to the Church committee (all missing)

39. Mexico City Station to Headquarters (September 26–30, 1963); Headquarters to Mexico City Station (September 26–30, 1963); JMWAVE to Headquarters (September 26–November 21,1963); Headquarters to JMWAVE (September 26–November 21, 1963); and all traffic between the Mexico City Station and JMWAVE for the periods September 26–October 20, 1963 and November 22–December 30, 1963.
40. Records of the Dallas-based 488th Military Intelligence Detachment (Strategic) and 349th Military Intelligence Detachment (Counter-Intelligence) -- for example unit histories and unit rosters from 1962-63..

John Armstrong: Bill, You might also want to include the following:

41) employment records of LHO collected by the FBI from the Pfisterer Dental Lab have disappeared

42) Stripling Junior High (Ft. Worth) records of LHO's attendance in 1954, collected by the FBI, have disappeared

43) the "original" US postal money order, allegedly used to pay for the MC rifle, has disappeared

44) documents relating to LHO's discharge from the Marine Corp in March, 1959, reviewed by asst Provost Marshall William Gorsky at El Toro, CA., disappeared

45) LHO's Texas drivers license (and file), seen and handled by numerous employees at the TDPS, disappeared

46) the Oswald wallet, produced by Capt. Westbrook at 19th & Patton and shown to officers and FBI agent Barrett, was last seen in the hands of Capt. Westbrook.

47) film taken of anti-Castro Cubans training in Louisiana, which also showed Oswald, has disappeared

48) all original NYC school records disappeared while in FBI custody. Only photographs remain in the National Archives.

49) FBI file on LHO in NYC from Sept, 1961- March, 1962

50) interviews by Epstein of US Marines, who knew LHO in Japan, kept for years at Georgetown University, are now missing

51) complete files of LHO's  attendance at radar school in Keesler (2 files with two different numbers; two different graduation dates; two different class numbers, etc)

52) Marine Corps unit diaries for LHO at El Toro, CA from December, 1958 thru March, 1959

53) Interviews by John Hart Ely of Marines who knew LHO at El Toro, CA are missing

54) all employment records of MO from 1955 thru 1963

55) SS records for Marina and LHO - 

Bill Simpich says: 

The National Archives has the duty to index the files themselves, and send a demand to the CIA for the missing files. The Act is in effect until "the Archivist certifies to the President and the Congress that all assassination-related records have been made available to the public in accordance with this Act."


Monday, September 18, 2017

21st Century Forensics - Sonalysts and the Dealey Plaza Matrix

DR. WECHT VS. LARRY SABATO 

Re: "21st Century Forensic Science demonstrates that Oswald was almost certainly the lone gunman in Dallas." 


BK Notes: "almost certainly" is almost certainly an oxymoron. 


Dear Professor Sabato:

In the article you wrote with Philip Shenon (“How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK Murder” – Politico, August 3), there is the following statement –“21st century forensic science demonstrates that Oswald was almost certainly the lone gunman in Dallas”.

Would you be so kind as to send me your information regarding this reference.

Thank you.
Very truly yours,
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. 


Dear Cyril,
Thank you for the note. Prof. Sabato discusses this subject at some length in his book, “The Kennedy Half-Century.”   I have not read Mr. Shenon’s book but I would imagine he addresses the issue in his book (“A Cruel and Shocking Act”) as well.

Kyle Kondik
Managing Editor, Sabato’s Crystal Ball
University of Virginia Center for Politics


Dear Kyle,

Thank you for your prompt response to my recent inquiry.

I have checked the reference you gave me to Professor Sabato’s book. The only “scientific” 
discussion I note therin deals with the acoustics analysis that the HSCA relied upon. 

I would like to receive a more specific response to my question re: “21st century forensic science demonstrates that Oswald was almost certainly the lone gunman in Dallas.”

I am certain you can appreciate the fact that as a forensic scientist deeply involved and interested in the JFK assassination for more than 50 years, such an important reference has great significance to me.

I have had no hesitation or problem in relating to major WCR defender – proponents over the years. Indeed, I developed good relationships with Specter, Bugliosi, and Posner.

I am not seeking to engage in a personal dispute with Professor Sabato. However, I cannot ignore the statement made by him and Mr. Shenon in a widely disseminated article that will be given much weight by thousands of readers.

Their comment is quite specific. Accordingly, the basis for that comment must be quite specific, also.
Just exactly what are the 21st century forensic scientific studies that buttress and validate the WCR’s conclusion re: Oswald as a lone gunman?

I believe this is a fair and logical question to be addressed to a high level academic entity.

I look forward to your response.

Thank you,
Best Wishes,
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D. 



Dear Dr. Wecht –

I would direct you to Prof. Sabato’s and Mr. Shenon’s books.

Best, Kyle
Kyle Kondik
Managing Editor, Sabato’s Crystal Ball
University of Virginia Center for Politics

Dear Kyle:
I would appreciate a definitive response to the inquiry I set forth in an e-mail I sent to you on August 10.

I am certain that Professor Sabato agrees with me that forensic scientific analyses of the physical medical evidence is extremely important in studying the JFK assassination.

Thank you.
Sincerely, Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.


Dear Mr. Kondik:

               I am extremely disappointed by your response to my inquiry, directing me once again to “Prof. Sabato’s and Mr. Shenon’s books”.

               The hard fact of the matter is that neither book documents any specific reference to any new  “21st century forensic science” studies, techniques, or tests that prove that Oswald was the lone gunman in the JFK assassination.

               Professor Sabato must know this, and so do you.

               To slough me off as if I were some unknown simpleton is highly insulting, especially since Professor Sabato was an invited speaker at the JFK Conference in 2013, sponsored by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law.

               More importantly is the harsh fact that Professor Sabato and Mr. Shenon have publicly expressed a statement that is untrue.  Millions of people who have read their article are now misinformed.

               If Professor Sabato disagrees with my comments and does in fact have specific references to “21st century forensic science” tests that confirm the WCR’s conclusion re LHO as the sole gunman,  I assume he will so inform me. (And please don’t tell me he is too busy). I did six autopsies yesterday along with numerous other professional endeavors, atypical day for me.

               I am bringing this matter to the attention of numerous individuals who have been deeply involved in the study of the JFK assassination.  I am certain that they will be anxious to learn what Professor Sabato’s response is to this letter.

               Very truly yours,

                           Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.



SONALYSTS AND THE DEALEY PLAZA MATRIX 



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Mr. Hinkle has formulated a whole theory of corporate management based around what he calls the "matrix" system found in every submarine: a mix of iron-willed discipline and freedom all centered around the knowledge that every member of the crew has the power to sink the boat.

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BK Notes: There are numerous submarine connections to the Dealey Plaza operation that might prove relevant. 

1) Clay Shaw, indicted by Jim Garrison for conspiracy to kill the President, wrote a play about men trapped in a submerged submarine. 

2) George deMohrenschildt's DC roomate at one time was a former Navy sub commander. 

3) DeMohrenschildt tried to get Oswald a job with Collins Radio by introducing him to retired Admiral and Collins executive Chester Brouton, a former Navy submarine commander who specialized in sub radio communications. 

4) On April 10, 1963, the evening Lee Harvey Oswald, later accused assassin of the President, is said to have taken a shot at General Edwin Walker, the nuclear submarine USS Thresher went down with all hands, probably because of mechanical failure due to faulty product - O rings. 

5) Employees of Bendix, the defense manufacturer of the Thresher O rings were visited by three men in suits who claimed to represent JFCOTT - Justice for the Crew of the Thresher, who threatened to kill the Secretary of the Navy. 

6) From Russia Oswald wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Navy (John Connally) who he was later accused of shooting, requesting assistance in returning home, and James Reston, Jr. has written speculation that Oswald was trying to kill Connally, not the President. 

7) In August 1963 Ruth Hyde Paine visited her husband's relatives at the Forbes family island off Massachusetts - adjacent to Woods Hole scientific laboratory, where top secret acoustical studies are done for the US Navy and the home port of the ship that located the Thresher. 

8) The novel The Parallax View, written by former OSS officer Alan Segar, doesn't end as in the movie at a luncheon at the Texas Trade Mart, ala JFK, but instead it ends with a murder in the swamp and barrier island bay between Wildwood and Cape May, New Jersey where there was located a large, sealed off US Navy station that included an elongated antenna used to communicate with nuclear submarines. 

9) Larry Sabato commissions Sonalysts - founded by former nuclear sub commander, to do acoustical analysis of the HSCA studies. Sonalysts also do combat simulations for the military and other top secret contracts.  

10) On April 28, 1965 President LBJ appointed retired Admiral William Raborn as the seventh director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), "despite having no intelligence experience." Raborn was previous Director of Special Projects at the Bureau of Weapons tasked to develop a submarine-launched ballistic missile, reporting directly to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Arleigh Burke and Navy Secretary Charles Thomas. 








Tuesday, September 12, 2017

JFK Act Oversight Hearings Updated

William Kelly
CAPA Secretary
(609) 425-6297

                                                             September 20, 2017
Rep. Trey Gowdy
House Oversight and Government Reform
2157 Rayburn Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515

Sen. Ron Johnson
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs 
340 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510

Re: Oversight of Compliance with the JFK Act

Dear Committee Chairmen:

As chairmen of the committees responsible for oversight of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act – 44 U.S.C. 2107), you have a legal duty and obligation to oversee the enforcement of this law. This duty and obligation requires that open public hearings on the issues associated with this law be scheduled and held.  

Inasmuch as the JFK Act was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on October 26, 1992, it is a bi-partisan law duly endorsed by both parties, Republicans and Democrats alike. 

While many millions of pages of important records already have been released under this law, other significant documents are being improperly withheld, have been intentionally destroyed, or have otherwise been reported missing. 

Some records escaped the attention and reach of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB).  Still other documents are being inappropriately retained in private possession even as these records belong among the public records in the JFK Collection under the custody and control of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

It is imperative that Congress exercises its oversight responsibilities both before and after the October 26, 2017, deadline for the sunset provision becomes operative.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.  Please inform me as soon as your respective committee takes up the issues relating to its oversight duties.  I look forward to seeing that oversight hearings on full implementation of the JFK Act have been scheduled. 

Very truly yours,

William Kelly
CAPA Secretary

CC: 
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D. MD) 2163 Rayburn HOB Fax: (202) 225-3178
Rep. William Hurd (R. TX) 317 Cannon HOB Fax: (202) 225-2237
Sen. Kamala Harris (D. CA) 112 Hart SOB Fax: (202) 224-2200
Sen. Cory A. Booker (D. NJ) 359 Dirksen SOB Fax: (202) 224-8378

FULL HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: 


TREY GOWDY – R. SC  Committee Chairman

ELIJAH CUMMINGS -  Ranking Member  D. MD-7

REPUBLICAN MEMBERS

JOHN DUNCAN  TN-2
DARRELL ISSA   CA-49
JIM JORDAN   OH-4
MARK SANFORD    SC-01
JUSTIN AMASH   MI-3
PAUL GOSAR   AZ-4
SCOTT DESJARLAIS     TN-4
BLAKE FARENTHOLD     TX-2
VIRGINIA FOX  NC-05
THOMAS MASSIE     KY-4
MARK MEADOWS    NC-11
RON DESANTIS  FL-6
DENNIS ROSS  FL-15
MARK WALKER    NC-6
ROD BLUM   IA-1
JODY HICE    GA-10
STEVE RUSSELL    OK-5
GLENN GROTHMAN   WI-6
WILLIAM HURD   TX-23
GARY J. PALMER   AL-6
JAMES COMER   KY-01
PAUL MITCHELL   MI-10
GREG GIANFORTE    MT

DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS

CAROLYN MALONEY   NY-12
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON   DC
WILLIAM LACY CLAY   MO-1
STEPHEN LYNCH   MA-8
JIM COOPER   TN-5
GERALD E. CONNOLLY   VA-11
ROBIN KELLY    IL-2
BRENDA LAWRENCE     MI-14
BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN   NJ-12
STACEY E. PLASKETT    VI: Virgin Islands
VAL BUTLER DEMINGS   FL-10
RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHI    IL-08
JAMIE RASKIN   MD-08
PETER WELCH   VT
MATT CARTWRIGHT   PA-17
MARK DESAULNIER   CA-1
JIMMY GOMEZ     CA-34


SENATE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE 

U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
340 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC, 20510
(202) 224-4751


RON JOHNSON Chairman (R. WI)
CLAIRE MCCASKILL Ranking Member (D. MO)

REPUBLICANS 

McCain, John  AZ 
Portman, Rob OH 
Paul, Rand  KY 
Lankford, James  OK 
Enzi, Michael B.  WY 
Hoeven, John  ND 
Daines, Steve  MT 

DEMOCRATS

Carper, Thomas R.  DE 
Tester, Jon   MT 
Heitkamp, Heidi   ND 
Peters, Gary C.   MI
Hassan, Margaret   NH 

Harris, Kamala   CA