Tag Archive for Barack Obama

JFK postscript: CIA intrigue enveloped Bradlee and Angleton

British historian John Simkin adds important detail to the story of Ben Bradlee and CIA Counterintelligence Chief James Angleton after the assassination of President Kennedy.

I find Simkin to be a credible and knowledgeable writer. If he has made any mistakes, please let me know via email.

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AP chief questions Obama’s record on transparency

In a commentary on the diminished hope of President Obama’s second term, Cathleen Carroll, executive editor of Associated Press, said Monday that Obama should not use ‘National Security’ to conceal transparency.

Once upon time, journalists expected more of the president.

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Obama’s transparency policy too weak to force disclosure of 1944 document

Eyes wide shut: Obama’s transparency vision

From the NYTimes:

“When President Obama took office in 2009, he promised an ‘unprecedented level of openness in government.’ In a memo issued the day after his inauguration, he wrote, ‘The government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.’”

When I first read those words in 2009, I took hope that the new president’s thinking would exercise a positive benefit on my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for the JFK assassination records of deceased CIA officer George Joannides.

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How Obama will observe the 50th anniversary

The president “will meet privately at the White House with leaders and volunteers from the Peace Corps program Kennedy established.”–Businessweek.

Obama arrives in Dallas

The president is scheduled to land at Love Field at 5:10 pm ET. He will attend an Affordable Care Act event and a fund-raiser before departing later tonight. Rest assured, no motorcade is on the schedule.

The Obama-JFK parallel in foreign policy

In response to my post about Obama and JFK, blooger DojoRat sends note saying “the national security state is more powerful than any one President,” along with link to a piece likening Obama’s recent foreign policy moves to JFK’s in 1962-63.

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Why Obama hesitates to release the CIA’s JFK records

In this extended interview with Russia Today, Russ Baker of WhoWhatWhy explains why so many JFK records remain secret (as much as 50,000 pages worth). He says President Obama may have “some “trepidation” about releasing long-secret CIA records related to the assassination of President Kennedy in 2013.

I think he’s right.

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Secrecy expands under Obama

The secrecy that surrounds the JFK story is becoming the norm, says the Huffington Post: Read more

Obama, JFK and the 2nd term national security agenda

“We do this in a peaceful and orderly way,” said Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee at President Obama’s inauguration. “There is no mob, no coup, no insurrection. This is a moment when millions stop and watch.”

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