Full Disclosure

Is the CIA’s chief historian obstructing justice in the JFK case?

CIA lobbyPresident Trump will soon announce his decision on whether the last of the U.S. government’s JFK files will be fully released or not. April 26 will be a moment to assess what we know about JFK’s assassination that we didn’t know before, and specifically, what have we learned about the CIA’s role in the events of November 1963.

Among those vouching for the probity of the CIA in the JFK assassination story is the agency’s chief historian David Robarge. Read more

Will President Trump release all the JFK files on April 26?

Stuart Wexler, high school teacher and author of “Killing King: Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King Jr.,” doubts the president will free the files. Read more

JFK Files Watch: Is Trump really too weak to release the JFK files?

Reason’s Jesse Walker asked the single most important JFK assassination files question last October. It will be answered on April. 26.

Meanwhile, I’m asking other people in the JFK community for their views. Like:

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JFK Files Watch: White House is reviewing Archivist’s secrecy recommendations

National ArchivesIn his Oct. 26, 2017 order concerning JFK files, President Trump set a specific time table for the CIA and other agencies that want to keep JFK secrets past April 26, 2018.

Any agency seeking to postpone release of any files must report to U.S. Archivist David Ferriero “on the specific information within particular records that meets the standard for continued postponement” under JFK Records Act, Trump said.

“Thereafter,” Trump went on, “the Archivist shall recommend to me, no later than March 26, 2018, whether the specific information within particular records identified by agencies warrants continued withholding from public disclosure after April 26, 2018.”

So I recently put two questions to Ferriero’s offiice.

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How CIA surveillance tracked Oswald on his way to Dallas

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CIA paid close attention

The most important revelations in the new JFK files concern the CIA (and possibly NSA) surveillance of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

A Senate investigator’s memo, released in December 2017, gives the exact date that the surveillance of Oswald began: November 11, 1959.

This is one of the most important JFK records released in the Trump era, so its details are worth understanding.

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JFK Files Watch: Trump set a high bar for full disclosure

With 17 days to go until President Trump’s April 26 deadline for release of the last of the U.S. government’s assassination files, it is worth recalling what Trump told the head of U.S. government agencies in his October 26, 2017 order.

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Moles, Defectors, and Deceptions: James Angleton and His Influence on US Counterintelligence

When will the court rule?

JFK Files Watch: Will Gina Haspel destroy assassination records like she destroyed torture tapes?

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Gina Haspel, document destroyer

As the April 26 deadline for release of the last of the JFK assassination files approaches. President Trump will be hearing from his new CIA director Gina Haspel on the issue of what can and cannot be made public.

What will Haspel say? Read more

JFK Files Watch: Will Trump enforce the law?

Will President Trump enforce the law when it comes to JFK assassination files later this month?

That’s the question the Mary Ferrell Foundation put to National Archivists David Ferriero in a March 12 letter. Read more

JFK Files Watch: With 22 days to go, these key files remain secret

As President Trump’s April 26, 2018 deadline for full disclosure looms, key JFK files remain beyond public view.

These files concern a subject the mainstream media coverage has shied from: the pre-assassination surveillance of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald from 1959 to 1963.

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JFK Files Watch: With 23 days to go, Trump and CIA face a dilemma

April 26 is the deadline for full disclosure of all of the government’s JFK files, according to this written order of President Trump. Or maybe it isn’t. Read more

“The air … is pungently fragrant with protest, agitation, and citizen pushback…”

A reader responds about Gina Haspel, the would-be CIA director. Read more

Roger Stone’s valid JFK point: CIA is not complying with the law

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Roger Stone,

As President Trump’s April 26, 2018 deadline for release of the last of the government’s JFK files, Roger Stone, the sartorial dirty trickster of American politics, makes a legally valid point:

The CIA is not obeying the JFK Records Act.

Stone pointed out that the 1992 law which required the JFK documents be released also required the agency redacting records to justify their redactions in writing and that those explanations be published in the Federal Register.

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‘You can make an iron-clad argument that the CIA knew very much about Oswald’

A reader writes perceptively about the “conspiracy v. gross negligence” question in the JFK story. In an email, he explains, perhaps better than I have, why I emphasize this issue.

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