A reporter from Time magazine asked me this week if I thought the Trump administration would be amenable to full JFK disclosure in October 2017. I said, “Just maybe.”
Some caveats are necessary. We really don’t have much idea how the Trump presidency is going to work, at least not compared to any recent president. Trump himself doesn’t seem to have a clear plan, and on relevant policy issues, like governmental secrecy, he has no fixed policy positions.
The political reality is this: If Trump wants to be seen as the president who ended government’s ongoing, fifty three year old cover-up of relevant JFK files, he has a golden opportunity.
What will President Trump do come October 26, 2017 when all of the government’s remaining JFK files are due, by law, to be made public?
The death of Fidel Castro continues to revive memories of and debate about JFK’s assassination.
This RealClearPolitics take on Castro and the Kennedy Assassination falters when author James Piereson asserts
Oswald’s motives in shooting President Kennedy were almost certainly linked to his desire to block Kennedy’s campaign to assassinate Castro or to overthrow his government.
There is little evidence to support this claim.
My friend Bill H writes of a recent post on Donald Trump,
Jeff, that is one of the more vehement attack dog articles I have read in a long time. I chuckled at her opening sentence. But what the author had to say does not bother me nearly as much as seeing Jeff Morley redirect his focus to the “Trump is like Hitler” bandwagon. Let me know when you get back to JFK Facts.
Trump is paranoid and vindictive, and there’s a very real threat that his policies will be sculpted by his ego.
Source: Being Led by an Outright Conspiracy Theorist Like Donald Trump Puts Us All in Danger | Alternet
I agree with the author of this article.
Yesterday, November 22, I talked JFK for an hour with WIOD talk radio host Fernand Amandi and friends David Talbot and Bill Simpich. David talked about JFK in the Age of Trump. Bill talked about What We Know Now. I offered some thoughts about what we might learn in October 2017. Listen here.
Unfortunately, Mother Jones and the L.A. Times have recycled another poorly documented JFK theory: James Reston Jr.’s claim that Lee Oswald was aiming at Govermor Connally and accidently hit JFK in the head.
As we have learned, huge news stories can grow, mature and break right under the noses of uncomprehending mainstream news reporters. So it is with the JFK story.
A diverse group of JFK authors and investigators have called on the Obama and Trump administrations to order the CIA and other federal agencies to declassify all secret JFK files in their entirely by October 2017.
[Click Here for Open Letter on JFK Records]
The JFK records will pose an early test of the open government policies of Donald Trump. The president-elect has espoused the baseless and debunked conspiracy theory that the father of Senator Ted Cruz was somehow involved in JFK’s assassination.
The non-profit National Security Archive in Washington has new details on the NUMEC Affair: how Israel defied President Kennedy’s non-proliferation policies to steal U.S.-made fissile material and build a nuclear arsenal in the 1960s. Read more
Roger Stone, Trump adviser and JFK theoretician
The next president has at least one thing in common with his predecessor, John F. Kennedy: a taste for the conquest of women.
In JFK’s day this was regarded, by men and women alike, as inevitable, permissible, and no one’s business, at least among wealthy white males. Kennedy came to the White House in 1960 exercising the droit de seigneur of the French aristocratic court. The king could have any woman he pleased and she should be pleased to be gotten. We can be sure that JFK spoke often of grabbing them by the you know what. Read more
We no longer have a public, but rather multiple publics, each reinforcing its own preconceived notions.
Source: Donald Trump, Shapeshifter : Democracy Journal
How did we get to the point where the American electorate might turn over the most powerful office in the history of the world to an egomaniacal and erractically successful businessman who is manifestly uninterested in many of the issues a president has to do deal with?
Addicts of espionage and scholars of mayhem will be pleased.
So will advocates of open government and defenders of digital freedom
The CIA’s long restricted CREST database is going to go online, thanks to a lawsuit.
“Many are listening here who are supporting Senator Kennedy — I know too that he is probably listening to this program.” This was followed by laughter and then boos, which Nixon closed down. “If the present trend continues,” he said, Kennedy would be the next president. The vice president added that after “hard-fought” campaigns, “we unite behind the man who is elected.”
Source: No Concession, No Sleep: Glued to the TV on Election Night 1960 – The New York Times