The lawsuit was filed last week by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on behalf of author Max Holland. The records may well contain information related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
From the Boston Globe:
“The records, whose existence was first detailed by the Globe last year, cover sensitive intelligence operations overseen by [Robert] Kennedy during the presidency of his brother and Lyndon Johnson.”
“The contents of the requested boxes include subjects ranging from the Central Intelligence Agency to the minutes from meetings of the so-called ‘special group’ that RFK chaired, and his personal notes on Cuba.”
I asked Holland, via email, how he selected the documents he is seeking. He replied:
“I simply went through the finding aid as if everything were open, and identified anything that piqued my interest as possibly assassination-related and/or interest . . . as if I were in the JFKL [library] reading room doing research.”
I don’t agree with Holland on many aspects of the JFK story. I think the CIA’s publication of his work diminishes his credibility while usefully exposing the agency’s defensiveness on the subject. But I wholly support this lawsuit and commend him for filing it. These are important papers that by law belong in the public record. If it takes legal action by contrarian scholar and a conservative legal foundation to force the Kennedy family to obey the law, so be it.
The lawsuit: Holland v NARA
“JFK files ignored in Obama push to open records” (JFK Facts, May 14, 2013)
“Top 5 JFK files Brennan should make public” (JFK Facts, Feb. 5, 2013)