With those words, President Obama made an epic and overdue announcement today: the United States and Cuba will normalize relations that were broken off in January 1961 as President John F. Kennedy took office. “These 50 years have showed that isolation has not worked,” the president said.
Not only will the United States open an embassy in Havana, it will release three Cubans imprisoned for decades on trumped-up spying charges. The Cubans will release U.S. government contractor Alan Gross, held for five years on trumped-up charges, and a previously unknown U.S. intelligence agent imprisoned for many years in Cuba.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
The assassination of President Kennedy endures as a decisive moment for the American people, when national security agencies consolidated their secret power and the American people lost faith in their government.
JFK Facts is dedicated to answering the questions, "What happened on November 22, 1963?" and "What is the meaning of the JFK story today?"
Our mission is historical truth. Our method is accountability. To secure both, we are committed to forcing disclosure of thousands of still-secret JFK records by October 2017. Want to know more? Click here.)
The site is run by Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post reporter and author of Our Man In Mexico, which tells the story of what one senior CIA official really thought about JFK's murder.
William Attwood: 'If the CIA did find out what we were doing...' "If the CIA did find out what we were doing , this would have trickled down to the lower echelon of activists, and Cuban exiles, and the more gung-ho CIA people.....they might have been impelled to take violent action. Such as assassinating the President." - former UN Ambassador William Attwood.