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Expert on JFK assassination to speak in Clear Lake

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CLEAR LAKE | Fifty-three years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Americans still are asking  questions about the president’s death and the findings of the Warren Commission.

North Iowans will have the opportunity to hear firsthand how some of those questions, dilemmas and findings were addressed and how the findings from 1963 stand the test of time today.

Federal Judge John R. Tunheim, chairman of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board, will give a special program at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Best Western Holiday Lodge, sponsored by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Tunheim, chairman of the review board from 1994-98, will discuss the assassination and the many evidentiary issues concerning the assassination that are still talked about today.

These include the Warren Commission, the “magic bullet” theory, Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. The discussion will also address questions concerning organized crime and involvement of foreign governments.

Tim Coffey, chief executive officer of the Chamber, said  millions of Americans will never forget the assassination and its aftermath.

"To learn more about what really happened in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, is incredibly important in the history of our country,” he said.

Tunheim will describe the many legal and procedural obstacles faced by the board in its efforts to open documents from government agencies.

The program is free and open to the public.

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