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   Book V: The Investigation of the Assassination of President J.F.K.: Performance of the Intelligence Agencies


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This report, often referred to as the Schweiker-Hart Report after its authors, discusses the performance of the CIA and FBI in the investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy. The report analyzes the general question of whether and by what degree the CIA and FBI withheld relevant information from the Warren Commission, which was charged with investigating Kennedy’s murder. Among the information unknown to the Warren Commission (except Commissioner Allen Dulles) were the CIA’s plots to kill Fidel Castro. With the public disclosure of these plots, the idea that Castro “struck back” gained prominence with many at the time. The Committee found that the evidence “indicates that the investigation of the assassination was deficient” and “impeaches the process whereby the intelligence agencies arrived at their own conclusions.”

Title  (PDF: 143 K)
I. Summary and Findings  (PDF: 577 K)
A The Scope of the Committee's Investigation
B. Summary
C. Findings
II. Background for the Warren Commission Investigation...  (PDF: 961 K)
III. The United States Government Response to the Assassination...  (PDF: 1524 K)
A. The CIA Response
B. The FBI Response
1. The Investigative Attitude of Senior FBI Officials
2. Investigation by the General Investigative Division
3. The Domestic Intelligence Division
IV. The Intelligence Agencies and the Warren Commission...  (PDF: 2281 K)
A. The Relationship Between the FBI and the Warren Commission
1. The FBI's Perception of the Warren Commission as an Adversary
2. The FBI's Handling of the Oswald Security Case
3. The Bureau's Reaction to the Warren Commission Report
B. Relationship Between the CIA and the Warren Commission
C. Unpursued Leads
D. Knowledge of Plots to Assassinate Castro
V. Developments After the Warren Commission  (PDF: 738 K)
A. 1965: Termination of the AMLASH Operation
B. 1967: Allegations of Cuban Involvement in the Assassination
Appendix A: The FBI and the Oswald Security Case  (PDF: 1326 K)
A. Oswald's Defection
B. Oswald's Return to the United States
C. The Continued Investigation: Dallas
D. The Continued Investigation: New Orleans
E. Continued Investigation: Dallas
Appendix B: The FBI and the Destruction of the Oswald Note 
Appendix C: Chronology