Church Committee Reports
These 14 published reports of the Church Committee contain a wealth of
information on the formation, operation, and abuses of U.S. intelligence agencies.
They were published in 1975 and 1976, after which recommendations for reform were
debated in the Congress and in some cases carried out.
The Interim Report documents the Church Committee's findings on U.S. involvement
in attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, particularly Patrice Lumumba of the Congo,
Cuba's Fidel Castro, Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, the Diem brothers of
Vietnam, and General Rene Schneider of Chile. It also contains findings on the development
of a general "Executive Action" capability by the CIA.
The remaining reports are split into 7 volumes of public hearings and exhibits and 6
books which contain the Committee's writings on the various topics investigated. These
14 reports are the most extensive review of intelligence activities ever made public.