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Sunday, June 4, 2023


Being a dues-avoiding member of the National Press Club, I still receive club newsletters. Hard to attend regularly as the NPC's HQ is on the other coast from our San Diego skyscraper. 

But, now and then, a tidbit catches our attention. For example, former Sen. Gary Hart and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James Risen will be featured at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event next Monday, June 5. 

The program, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will focus on Risen’s new book, “The Last Honest Man,” which explores the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities. 

Senators Frank Church and Joe Biden in 1975.

The committee, chaired by U.S. Sen. Frank Church, D- Idaho, was set up in 1975 to investigate the federal government’s clandestine programs, including the CIA’s plot to assassinate Fidel Castro and the FBI’s role in the killing of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. Other panelists include former Church committee staff members Peter Fenn, Frederick Baron, Rick Inderfurth, and Loch Johnson; and co-author Thomas Risen. 

 Former committee staff members recently wrote an open letter urging Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who chairs the newly formed House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, to change course by pursuing a bipartisan inquiry. 

Hart, the last surviving member of the Church committee, called Jordan’s subcommittee a “mockery” in The New York Times. The program will include a question-and-answer session. 

To submit a question in advance for the panel, put “HONEST MAN” in the subject line and email to Tickets cost $5 for Club members and $10 for the general public. Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup and signing at the event. Attendees will also be able to purchase books at the door.

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