With U.S. Archivist David Ferriero inviting and then ignoring public comments calling for declassification of all JFK assassination records, its time to sign Bill Kelly’s updated Change.org petition to free the JFK files.
Under the JFK Records Act, Ferriero has responsibility for enforcing the JFK Records Act — and he’s not doing it.
Here’s the story:
The CIA retains 1,100 records, comprising anywhere from 15,000 to 50,000 pages of material. See JFK Facts, May 14, 2013: “1,100 JFK records ignored in Obama push to open records.”
Some of these records are very relevant to the JFK story. See “Top 7 JFK files the CIA still keep secret.”
In prior responses to this request, the Archives officials have cited the fact that these records were already reviewed by the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) under the terms of the JFK Records Act and therefore don’t need to be reviewed again.
The Archives statement is incorrect, according to former ARRB chair Judge John Tunheim.
Archivist David Ferriero needs to be reminded of this fact.
In a November 25, 2013, article, the Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender reported NARA’s claim that “some 1,100 distinct” JFK Act documents are being withheld in their entirety until 2017, and that Judge John “Tunheim and his team did not have access to [these documents that] remain shielded from public view.”
The CIA says the 1,100 records are “not believed relevant” to JFK’s assassination. Under the JFK Records Act that judgment had to be agreed to by the ARRB. According to Tunheim that never happened.
Remind Ferriero: “Tunheim and his team did not have access” to the 1,100 CIA records before they were determined to be “Not Believed Relevant.”
By law these records need to be reviewed under the terms of the JFK Records Act. Since the ARRB no longer exists, the responsibility for enforcing the JFK Records Act belongs to the National Archives and David Ferriero