Peter Landesman, director of ‘Parkland,” recently spoke in error to the Washington Post about secrecy and the JFK assassination.
“I worked as a journalist for a long time, and I’ve come to realize that acts of violence and war and acts of history are usually unmotivated, arbitrary events and overlooked [stuff] and inertia and bureaucratic intransigence,” Landesman continued. “Not people in dark rooms smoking cigars. And no one keeps secrets.”
This is so broad as to be virtually useless. The September 11 attacks were “unmotivated, arbitrary events?” Landesman has let what the Post‘s Ann Hornaday calls his “distaste for assassination buffdom” get in the way of his fact finding. When it comes to the JFK assassination story, Landesman is factually mistaken. The CIA does keep secrets.
See: “Top 7 JFK files the CIA keeps secret.” (JFK Facts, Oct. 11)
These are non-trivial records. They concern deceased CIA operations officers who monitored Lee Oswald as he made his way to Dealey Plaza (and who failed to take preventative action), as well as CIA officers who engaged in political assassinations.
In addition, the Pentagon cannot locate a tape recording from November 22, 1963, that it has never made public.
These records are part of what Phil Shenon calls “the secret history of the Kennedy assassination.” This history doesn’t interest Landesman, whose movie focuses tightly on events in Dallas. But they are part of the JFK story that has yet to be told.