With 9 days to go, planned disclosure of secret JFK files is ‘in flux’

I report the latest development on the Trump administration’s plans for JFK disclosure in AlterNet. Read more

State of Texas v. Lee Harvey Oswald (plus Alec Baldwin)

The courtroom drama that never had a chance to occur will now be held live…hosted by the South Texas College of Law, featuring stellar legal talent and world-renowned J.F.K. assassination experts.

It happens Nov. 16-17.  Fans of history and courtroom drama will be treated to an insightful and entertaining mock trial, in which a Harris County judge, prosecutors, and defense attorneys try the landmark case: State of Texas v. Lee Harvey Oswald using 21st century techniques in front of Harris County jurors.

And Alec Baldwin–the Alec Baldwin–will speak at the reception about “Why the JFK Assassination Remains Important.” I don’t know about you but I’m going.

Register here.

 

 

Judge who chaired JFK assassination review board says ‘it’s time to release everything’

“I think it’s time to release everything” Tunheim said. “We didn’t really protect that much. We never protected an entire document, except for those that we didn’t think that were relevant at all. It might have been some kind of intelligence gathering method that was still being used that they didn’t want the public to know about.”

Source: Judge who chaired JFK assassination review board says ‘it’s time to release everything’ | News | KFGO-790

House Resolution 556 calls for ‘full public release’ of remaining JFK records

H.Res 556 On October 4, Rep. Walter Jones and Sen. Charles Charles Grassley introduced H. Res 556, and S. Res 281, respectively, which call on President Trump to insist on “full public release” of hundreds of thousands of pages of JFK assassination documents and to “reject any claims for the continued postponement of …. those records.”

Trump has 15 days to decide whether the last of the government’s JFK files become public nor not.

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See you at the 2017 JFK Lancer November In Dallas conference

I’m pleased to be speaking at the JFK Lancer November In Dallas Conference on Friday, November 17 at 4 pm. I will talk about “James Angleton and the Assassination of JFK.” I will also be selling and signing my new book, THE GHOST: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton.

You can register for the conference here. Sign up before October 16, and get the Early Bird discount. Read more

Search the new JFK files yourself

Mary Ferrell Foundation has them online. You can browse, review, copy and download them here. Read more

Final JFK assassination files due for release

There has been widespread public speculation and in-depth research about the Kennedy assassination. A Gallup poll in 2013 showed 61% of respondents said more than one person was involved in the shooting and some pointed to the Mafia, the government, the CIA, Cuba and others as playing a role.

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Rep. Walter Jones on JFK: ‘It’s time to reveal what happened’

Rep. Walter Jones, Republican of North Carolina, on why he introduced H. Resolution 556, calling on President Trump to “to reject any claims for the continued postponement of the full public release of [JFK] records.”

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Sen. Leahy on the last of the JFK records

Why the liberal Vermont Democrat introduced S. Res. 281

“The assassination of President Kennedy was one of the most shocking and tragic events in our nation’s history.  Americans have the right to know what our government knows.  Transparency is crucial for our country to fully reckon with this national tragedy, and that is the purpose of these resolutions.  Chairman Grassley and I both believe that a government of, by, and for the people simply cannot be one that needlessly hides information from them, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to make our democracy ever more transparent to the American people.”

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Tell your Senators to sign S. Res 281 calling on President Trump to reject JFK secrecy

Tell your Senators to sign on to S. Res 281, “A resolution urging the President of the United States to allow for the full public release of all remaining records pertaining to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”

Congressional switchboard is 202-224-3121.

Here’s what the resolution sponsor, Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had to say about JFK assassination records. Read more

Lawmakers push Trump to release JFK assassination files

Roll Call picks up on the story first reported in JFK Facts.
The strong statements about the unacceptability of JFK secrecy from conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats are striking.

Listen to a solid conservative from North Carolina.

“To me, the tragedy that took place in Dallas continues to raise many questions that go unanswered,” Jones said in a statement. “After 54 years, there is no reason, for the sake of honesty and integrity in America, that the facts of the JFK assassination should not be made public. Virgil once said, ‘Evil is nourished and grows by concealment.’ It’s time to reveal what happened that awful afternoon in 1963.”

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Liberals and conservatives call on Trump to reject JFK secrecy

A bipartisan group of Congressman are urging President Trump to insist on “full public release” the government’s JFK assassination records by October 26 and to  “reject any claims for the continued postponement of …. those records.”

In two “sense of Congress” resolutions introduced Wednesday on Capitol Hill, the legislators call for the CIA, FBI and other federal agencies to release all of their records related to the November 1963 murder of President John F. Kennedy.

JFK’s assassination on November 22, 1963 generated six official investigations and widespread belief that the liberal president was the victim of a conspiracy and not a lone gunman.

After the box office success of Oliver Stone’s conspiratorial epic “JFK, Congress unanimously approved the JFK Records Act on October 26, 1992, mandating release of all government records related to JFK’s death within 25 years.

Most of the JFK files have been made public but some 35,000 documents remained fully or partially redacted and have never been seen by the public, researchers or the media. By law, federal agencies must obtain the written permission of the president to keep these documents secret after this month.

“The president can be a real hero to the American people if he says the truth does matter,” Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), leader of the effort, told AlterNet in a phone interview.

“Transparency in government is critical not only to ensuring accountability; it’s also essential to understanding our nation’s history,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa) in a written statement. “…Americans deserve a full picture of what happened that fateful day in November 1963. Shining a light on never-before-seen government records is essential to filling in these blank spaces in our history.”

The CIA and FBI have not yet revealed whether they will appeal to Trump for continuing secrecy.

“CIA continues to engage in the process to determine the appropriate next steps with respect to any previously unreleased CIA information,” said spokesperson Nicole de Haay told Alternet last month.

In an email, the FBI press office said, “We do not have a comment to provide and suggest you reach out to the White House.”

The White House did nor respond to request for comment.

According to the National Archives online database, the unreleased records include CIA files on two senior officers involved in assassinations and four Watergate burglars, as well as the closed-door testimony of numerous JFK witnesses, such CIA spymaster James Angleton.

Diverse Supporters

The resolutions have attracted diverse support. The House measure, introduced by Jones, is co-sponsored by several members who served in Congress in 1992, and voted for the original JFK Records Act.

They include liberals Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), currently the longest serving member of Congress, Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), the longest serving woman in the House, Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

The House Republican co-sponsors include conservative Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and first termer Matt Gaetz (R-Florida).

The Senate resolution (S. Res 281) was introduced by Grassley (R-Ia), the conservative chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and co-sponsored by liberal Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vermont), the ranking member of the committee.

“Chairman Grassley and I both believe that a government of, by, and for the people simply cannot be one that needlessly hides information from them,” Leahy said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing our efforts to make our democracy ever more transparent to the American people.”

Jones said he will send a letter to all members of Congress seeking their support for the non-binding resolutions.

Jones also said he plans to contact Roger Stone, a confidante of Trump and JFK conspiracy theorist. On Wednesday Stone joined anti-conspiratorial author Gerald Posner in a public statement calling for release of the JFK files.

“I will ask Mr. Stone to please use his influence with Donald Trump to encourage the president to join in this effort,” Jones added.

During the 2016 presidentail campaign Trump concocted a bogus JFK conspiracy theory to smear Republican rival Ted Cruz.

Four revelations

The first batch of the last JFK records, released by the National Archives in July, generated several revelations that shed new light on the JFK story.

One top CIA counterintelligence official came to doubt the lone gunman theory in the mid-1970s and suspected Cuba might have been involved, according to Politico.

WhoWhatWhy reported on records showing that Earle Cabell, the mayor of Dallas at the time of JFK’s murder, was a CIA asset.

For AlterNet, I wrote about how CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton repeatedly deceived Warren Commission investigators about the agency’s knowledge of Oswald’s pre-assassination activities.

Collectively, the latest revelations pour cold water on the theory that the Soviet intelligence service, the KGB, was involved in JFK’s murder, while raising questions about the “Castro did it” theory and the role of the CIA in the events leading to November 22, 1963

Whether any JFK records will remain secret after this month is up to President Trump. The conspiracy-theorist-in chief has three weeks to decide.

Logan Nonfiction Program now accepting applications

Are you a journalist, blogger, historian or researcher who would like to write/finish/perfect an important work of non-fiction?
The Logan Non-Fiction program at the Carey Institute in upstate New York could be the perfect place for you. It was for me. I wrote the first draft of my forthcoming book on James Angleton there Read more

Was JFK’s lover Mary Meyer killed by the CIA?

One popular conspiracy theory holds that JFK’s lover Mary Meyer was murdered in October 1964 because she “knew too much.”

I don’t believe it, for reasons Nina Burleigh, Meyer’s biographer, explains very well in this piece for People magazine.

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Rep. Walter Jones to offer resolution calling for full JFK disclosure

Walter Jones

Walter Jones, Republican of North Carolina

Two senior Capitol Hill Republicans plan to introduce a congressional resolution calling for full disclosure of all U.S. government’s records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Ia.) will introduce their JFK resolution before the end of the month, according to Jones.

“I want to make sure that the information that is owed the American people is made available,” the veteran North Carolina conservative said in an exclusive interview with AlterNet.  “The American people are sick and tired of not being given the truth. “

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