Golovin is proposing a mass assembly at the Kennedy Center on July 4, 2014, to call for release of all of the CIA’s secret JFK files. (See JFKvigil.net for more information.)
In the reader reaction, I see possibilities for consensus on how to act in service of decisively clarifying the JFK story in 2014.
Jonathan said, “I don’t know who Karl Golovin is, but I applaud him for his Gandhi and King-like efforts. We need a thousand more like him. He reveals the face of indifference and oppression on the part of the insiders.”
John added, ” It’s time to take to the streets. The Kennedy assassination and coverup are directly relevant to what’s happening now.”
George Simmons welcomed the idea,”It is one thing for us to sit at our computers and post these messages, but another to get out there and have the courage to do this in person, openly, and with a willingness to accept the risks.”
But Hans Trayne expressed discomfort with the idea and suggested JFK skeptics confine themselves to the written word.
“I find intellectual civil disobedience a far better option for expressing unhappiness over perceived injustices as opposed to creating a public scene & risking being arrested or beaten (or both).”
Melvin Fromme warns against demonstrating at any event where the President or First Lady is present.
“Contemplating any type of demonstration or protest at an event containing the President & the First Lady is a recipe for disaster in any country.”
BIll Kelly said the Kennedy Center is not an appropriate venue.
“The NARA [National Archives and Research Administration] or the CIA are more suitable targets of value, and we shouldn’t try to antagonize the Kennedy family but try to get them on the side of opening records.
Ronnie Wayne wonders, “Could this concept be expounded on on a major city basis? Especially cities like Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Dallas and Washington/Boston and LA as they are relevant.”
Golovin himself took issue with the idea of characterizing his actions as “civil disobedience.” He wrote:
I would prefer characterization of “peacefully assembling to petition” for this “redress of grievances,” that the CIA/JFK files be immediately released – holding our government accountable to transparency – not as “disobedience,” but a necessary and beneficial process of very “Civil OBEDIENCE!” It is rather those suppressing the exercise of First Amendment rights as a “protest,” or “disobedient” who are being uncivil.”
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