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The Assassination Archives
and Research Center was founded in 1984 to provide a permanent organization which
would acquire, preserve, and disseminate information on political assassinations.
With the passage of the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act and successful
suits under the Freedom of Information Act, the AARC has come into the possession
of hundreds of thousands of pages of long-awaited government records. The AARC
is devoted to reaching the widest possible audience with this new information.
more information about the AARC, click the about the AARC
tab near the top of this page.
FEATURES OF THIS
Public Library. The AARC electronic library provides access to over 50,000
pages of reports, transcripts, and documents relating to political assassinations, many released in recent years under the JFK Records Act.
News & Views. News on AARC projects, updates on FOIA lawsuits, essays, and new developments in the JFK, MLK, and RFK assassination controversies.
Catalog. The AARC CD-ROM Catalog has several titles available for purchase. Each CD-ROM
contains thousands of pages of documents, transcripts, and reports. Speed your research with instant access and full-text search.
Become a member of the AARC today. Benefits include discounts on CD-ROM titles.
JOINT VENTURE WITH MARY FERRELL FOUNDATION
The AARC has partnered with the Mary Ferrell Foundation, supplying nearly a million pages of AARC records for browsing and searching via the MFF website. These records include massive CIA and FBI documents received as settlement for a lawsuit brought by Mark Allen, as well as other document collections on the John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy assassinations.
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The Assassination Archives and Research Center is
the largest private archives in the world which is dedicated to acquiring, preserving,
and disseminating information on political assassinations.
National Archives Reverses Itself on Declassification Commitment
June 12, 2012 - Today the National Archives has reversed a 2010 commitment for declassification and decided
instead to withhold records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Attached is a press release
from the Assassination Archives and Research Center and a copy of the letter from Gary Stern, General Counsel of
the National Archives announcing this decision. There is contact information on the press release for further information.
Narrow Partial Victory in Morley v. CIA
(1) AARC Press Release of Jun 12, 2012;
(2) AARC's letter to NARA of Jan 20, 2012; and
(3) NARA's Response to AARC of Jun 12, 2012.
June 4, 2012 - Jefferson Morley's quest for records on George Joannides,
the CIA case officer who managed the DRE at the time Lee Harvey Oswald was in contact with it,
survived a second trip to the Court of Appeals. But the victory was a narrow one,
ruling that on remand to the District Court the CIA will have to once again review
294 documents withheld in their entireties to determine whether other exemption claims
cover all the now non-exempt "Exemption 2" materials, or whether all or some of the Exemption 2
materials are segregable and can be released, perhaps with some Exemption 1 (national security) materials as well.
The judgment is posted together with a memorandum which explains the Court's ruling and
an indication of what lies ahead in District Court.
Morley v. CIA Due Back in Court Over Records on George Joannides
The following briefs are attached: (1) Judgment of Apr 27, 2012; (2)
The one-page released document; and
(3) A memo explaining the court's ruling and what lies ahead.
April 11, 2012 - This is the second trip to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
in the Morley case. This is journalist Jefferson Morley's effort to obtain records pertaining to George Joannides, the CIA case
officer for the DRE (Directorio Revoluciionario Estudantil), the Cuban exile organization which had contacts with Lee
Harvey Oswald in the months prior to President Kennedy's assassination. The prior appeal was landmark decision which
ruled that the CIA had to search its normally exempt operational files for responsive records. As a result of this
victory, it was revealed that Joannides was working undercover when he was made the CIA's liaison to the House Select
Committee on assassinations. In that capacity, Joannides never revealed to the HSCA that he had been DRE's case
officer when Oswald was in contact with it. Instead, he deflected the HSCA's requests both for documents about
DRE and for the identity of DRE's case officer.
On remand to the District Court, operational files were searched and additional information released. However,
the CIA still withholds 295 documents in their entireties and has not located the monthly progress reports detailing
the funding of the DRE during the 17-month period when Joannides was its case officer.
The following briefs are attached: (1) Brief for Appellant
Morley; (2) Brief for Appellee Central Intelligence
Agency; and (3) Reply Brief for Appellant Morley.
The case is schedule for oral argument before the Court of Appeals on April 16, 2012, 10 minutes of argument for each side.
Electronic Document Partners
AARC's effort to disseminate its voluminous paper records in electronic form is aided by these partners:
Mary Ferrell Foundation
The AARC is by far the largest contributor to the MFF's unparalleled electronic archive of documents on political assassinations.
History Matters is the creator of this website and the CD-ROMs available in the AARC catalog.