Robert responds to my recent post on JFK files.
Black Vault deserves a thanks for putting on line a pdf and excel file of the latest data provided by NARA, but if you take the Black Vault figures to mean that there are thousands of records still withheld in full, that is not correct.
I’m not certain that Robert is correct but I want to air his concerns so that we get an accurate number of still-secret JFK files. Read more
The short answer is, we don’t knows for sure, but BlackVault.com and WhoWhatWhy have the first draft of an answer.
Digging deeper, and with the help and verification of Jimmy Falls of the news agency WhoWhatWhy we came up with the same numbers, using two entirely different methods.It confirms there are 3,082 Documents, totaling 217,114 pages that are not yet released to the public.
Source: J.F.K. Assassination Records – The Black Vault
A couple of caveats are in order.
From my story in AlterNet
The latest batch of JFK assassination files, released December 15, illuminate a story that the CIA still denies: the surveillance of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the years before he shot and killed President John F. Kennedy.
Source: The New JFK Files Reveal How the CIA Tracked Oswald | Alternet
The surveillance of Oswald led the CIA to use him in an operation against the Fair Play for Cuba Committee in the summer of 1963.
Tomorrow: Oswald and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee
I talk JFK Facts with Bob McKeown of the CBC’s “Fifth Estate.”
Many people have asked me about my reaction to this release, and I’ve gleaned what I can from a very complicated release.
Source: Oliver Stone on Release of JFK Assassination Files: ‘Trump Got Rolled’ by ‘Deep State’ (Guest Blog) – SFGate
the National Archives today posted 13,213 records subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act). The majority of the documents released today were released previously in redacted form. The versions released today were prepared by agencies prior to October 26, 2017, and were posted to make the latest versions of the documents available as expeditiously as possible
via Latest Group of JFK Assassination Records Available to the Public National Archives
Some of the best reporting on the new JFK files is coming from USA Today.
In today’s story, the national daily notes an essential newsworthy fact revealed in the newly declassified records.
Within hours of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the CIA started to distance itself from any connection to suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, recently released secret records from the National Archives show.
Jan Martinez Ahrens’ piece in EL PAÍS, the leading newspaper of Spain (machine translated) shows why foreign coverage of the JFK files release was more realistic and less propagandistic than the U.S. coverage.
After the JFK document dumps of July 24, October 26 and November 3, the most historically significant records related to the assassination of the liberal president remain out of public view.
It’s going to take a while to make sense of the November 3 JFK file release, which contains much more significant information than previous releases on July 24 and October 26.
The Washington Post digs in and confirms my point. Pre-assassination communications about the unimportant Lee Oswald went straight to the top of the agency, i.e., to James Angleton. Read more
No, President Trump’s release of a handful of secret JFK files last week was not a “distraction” from his troubles with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. The release was something that he was legally required to do, and he actually failed to do it.
But with the indictment of Paul Manafort, all is forgotten, at least about JFK. The Washington press corps and the news cycle has whirled away from the crime of Dallas to more recent lawbreaking.
The JFK files story so far, if anybody is still paying attention, is a study in Washington’s dysfunction: Trump got rolled. The media got played. The JFK coverup continues. Read more
Robbyn Swan worked with her husband Anthony Summers on his JFK investigation, Not in Your Lifetime, which remains one of the best books ever written about the Dallas tragedy. Along the way, Swan got to know Mary Ferrell, the Dallas legal secretary who became one of the first and most exacting critics of the Warren Commission.
In a timely Facebook post, Swan
Liberal news media organization, usually hostile and suspicious of President Trump, have gone easy on his dubious claim that he “lifted the veil” on JFK records. He didn’t As the authoritative Mary Ferrell Foundation states:
Still withheld-in-full records among the 98% of those still withheld include, for example: * Still-withheld Church Committee interview transcripts not included in the 1990s releases, including one with none other than CIA CounterIntelligence chief James Angleton.
Source: What Happened Thursday to the JFK Records? – WhoWhatWhy
The Attorney General spoke with Fox News on Saturday and made a big promise. If what he says is true, this is good news. Unfortunately, some White House statements on the JFK files, have not been accurate so we’ll have to see what happens.
Here’s what Sessions said.