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“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

Roger Stone

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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What Politico doesn’t know about the JFK files

Politico’s Thomas Maier mines the new JFK files to competently retell the oft-told but still-disturbing story of how respectable CIA officials and murderous Mafia dons tried and failed to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the early 1960s.

Along the way, Maier drops this claim:

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You’ll want to read this

.. one of the most important JFK assassination records released in the Trump era.

What’s in Cuba’s JFK files?

Kevin Hall’s recent piece for McClatchy News is a good example of how to cover the new JFK files right. The piece provides new information and historical perspective, while avoiding the traps of conspiracy theories. Hall highlights a neglected subject: the importance  of JFK assassination records still held by the Cuban government. Read more

Correction: the number of secret JFK files may be less than previously reported

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

Q. How many JFK files are still secret? A. More than 3,000

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.

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How the CIA tracked Oswald 

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

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Oliver Stone on the JFK files: ‘Trump got rolled’ by ‘Deep State’ 

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

Latest Group of JFK Assassination Records Available to the Public National Archives

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

USA Today: CIA started to disavow knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald within hours of killing

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.

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El Pais on ‘mysteries hidden in the secret JFK assassination files’

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.

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Where to find the smoking gun: in the 30,000 JFK documents that remain secret

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.

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New batch of JFK assassination files illuminate CIA’s interest in Oswald

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