"I sat by my radio in Atlanta listening to Senator Church and the special committee hearings on the Congo."

Frank Church
Public DomainFrank Church - Credit: US Congress
Senator Frank F. Church from Idaho chaired the United States Senate Select Committee that studied governmental operations. The committee examined illegal activities in government affairs, in particular those perpetrated by the CIA and the FBI.

Between 1975 and 1976, the Church Committee published fourteen reports on alleged abuses of law. One report examined attempts to assassinate foreign leaders, including Patrice Lumumba of the Congo. As a consequence of the Church Committee report, President Ford was persuaded to ban U.S. invovlement in the assassination of foreign leaders (Executive Order 11905).

The Church Report