What is the CIA is still hiding about JFK’s assassination?

A lot more than you might think. And we who and what these missing JFK files concern:

“Top 5 JFK Files Brennan Should Make Public” (JFK Facts, Feb. 5, 2013)

“Two More JFK Files for Brennan’s Review.” (JFK Facts, Feb 12, 2013)

“Why I sued the CIA for JFK Records”  (JFK Facts, February 23, 2013)

“Court upholds ‘public benefit’ of disclosure about CIA officer in JFK story” (JFK Facts, June 19, 2013)



  1. John Kirsch says:

    When I worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and belonged to the SPJ chapter, I joined a group of other SPJ members on a tour of the Sixth Floor Museum. Gary Mack gave a nice presentation. At one point, with a bunch of journalists clustered around him, someone asked Mack some version of the question on everyone’s mind: Did Oswald really do it, was there a conspiracy, something along those lines. I don’t think I’m betraying a confidence (At that moment Mack was surrounded by journalists) when I recall how Mack thought about the question for a moment (I’m sure he gets asked all the time), then said something like, you (referring to researchers, I guess) will never find a note that says “Fred did it, signed Bill” or words to that effect. (I’m working from memory.) I took Mack to mean that the Holy Grail, i.e., written, documented, verifiable proof of a conspiracy, will probably never be found. If there was a conspiracy, the people behind it managed to pull it off without being caught, didn’t they? In other words, they made sure not to leave a paper trail that could lead back to them. (Or so it seems at this moment) But it’s still good to keep looking for that note.

  2. Avinash says:

    Can’t President Obama pressure the CIA to release the JFK documents?

    • John Kirsch says:

      I can only guess but my sense is that Obama considers the whole topic of 11/22 to be “so twentieth century,” as the Stones said in 1 of their songs. In other words, ancient history. The other factor is that it’s been decades since a president tried to rein in the CIA. I believe Carter was the last 1 and he got sent back to Georgia after 1 term. Presidential wannabes look at that sort of thing and figure, there’s no percentage for me in that.

  3. George Simmons says:

    By refusing to release these files, the CIA are breaking the law, it is as simple as that.

    For example, how can the files of George Joannides not be assassination related when you consider his relationship with the DRE and his involvement with the HSCA?

    CIA may cite national security but this just doesnt wash after 50 years. I believe they want to conceal the truth about the assassination, whatever that truth may be.

    The CIA state they dont have the time or resources to release records related to the JFK assassination, but what is more important than the murder of an American president?

    They really should be compelled to release these records.

  4. EconWatcher says:

    In ordinary life (and in court proceedings), if someone tries to hide something, it suggests their guilt. But that’s obviously a much more complicated issue with an intelligence agency. The CIA’s natural instinct will be to disclose as little as possible about its activities, almost no matter what. It doesn’t necessarily suggest guilt.

    However, the Joannides situation does seem a little different. They didn’t just resist providing information; they secretly made a very interested party the gatekeeper. And the guy they picked was knee-deep in the Agency’s antiCastro activities, suggesting that in the late 70s, that was the activity the Agency still thought was most sensitive. To me, that’s a neon sign pointing to something interesting, still uncovered, about the Agency’s antiCastro associations and activities.

  5. John Kirsch says:

    In a Dec. 22, 1963 article in the Washington Post, Harry Truman called for the “operational duties” of the CIA to be terminated. (I’m pulling this from the post that Jeff wrote on 12/22/2012.) As Jeff noted, the timing of the article was “suggestive.” As a former president living in Independence, MO., Truman would hardly have been in a position to have obtained hard information implicating the CIA in 11/22. But I have to wonder if he had suspicions.

  6. JSA says:

    I got this moral lecture below from some Frank Burns sort of character, angry with me for not loving my country strongly enough, accusing me of being a “negative nimbob” like Hawkeye Pierce, when I mentioned to him my complaint about CIA withholding JFK assassination documents.


    Thank goodness we live in the USA, and not in one of those despicable communist countries, where the government can tell the people what they can and cannot read, hear or see.
    No sir, we live in a country that is truly blessed with liberty and justice for all! As Americans, the government is owned by We the People, as Created by our Great Founders. There are no secret police, no government of despotic dictators, harboring secrets from their citizens. In the Land of the Free, undemocratic things just cannot be*!

    (*but if they did, we should think ‘happy thoughts’ like the North Koreans, and wave our flags even harder, so the bad thoughts will go away in a patriotic fervor-storm)

    • John Kirsch says:

      Dead-on. From my perch here in Mexico, I watch developments in the U.S., most notably the NSA affair, and think that the land where I was born (most emphatically not my “homeland,” a word with authoritarian connotations) is becoming more and more like the Soviet Union, or more accurately, East Germany, complete with secret police and a wall. (Down here in Mexico it’s hard not to think of the wall, even though I live hundreds of miles south of the border.) I’m reminded of something that the literary critic Edmund Wilson said about America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that the wind seemed to have gone out of the sails of the democratic experiment. It’s infinitely telling to me that the national security state has managed to trap Snowden in Russia. Once he finds a place to live, the CIA will undoubtedly monitor his apartment, just like the Soviets did to Sakharov.

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