Tag Archive for JFK files

Will new CIA director Gina Haspel take a tougher line on JFK files?

Ed asks: “What do you foresee as a result of Mike Pompeo being replaced by Gina Haspel as CIA Director?”

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Data glitches mar the coming JFK file release

A timely data-rich report on the last of the goverrnment’s secret JFK files from Jimmy Falls at WhoWhatWhy.

This issue here is not “conspiracy.” The question is transparency, specifically, will the letter and the spirit of the JFK Records Act be enforced in time for President Trump’s April 28, 2018 full disclosure deadline?

“The National Archives’ commendable efforts to make the new records available online notwithstanding, overall the release process has been disappointing and disheartening,” Rex Bradford — president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, which hosts one of the premiere sites for searchable, online JFK documents — told WhoWhatWhy.

Source: What’s Buried in the Missing JFK Documents? – WhoWhatWhy

 

Birch O’Neal: the CIA’s unknown Oswald expert

Birch O'Neal

Birch O’Neal, counterintelligence officer who opened the CIA’s Oswald file in 1959

One of the most significant new JFK files concerns a CIA officer you probably never heard of.

Birch O’Neal is virtually unknown in the vast literature of JFK’s assassination. He is not mentioned in the reports of the Warren Commission or the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He figures in no conspiracy theories.

Yet O’Neal played a seminal role in the story of the CIA and accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. As a mole hunter for counterintelligence chief James Angleton, O’Neal controlled the agency’s Oswald file from November 1959 to November 1963.

O’Neal’s story is still sensitive, more than 20 years after his death in 1995. Last November the agency released a heavily redacted version of O’Neal’s personnel file. Of the 224 pages in the file, 177 contain redactions, and three are wholly secret.

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You’ll want to read this

.. one of the most important JFK assassination records released in the Trump era.

What’s in Cuba’s JFK files?

Kevin Hall’s recent piece for McClatchy News is a good example of how to cover the new JFK files right. The piece provides new information and historical perspective, while avoiding the traps of conspiracy theories. Hall highlights a neglected subject: the importance  of JFK assassination records still held by the Cuban government. Read more

‘Denied in Full’: JFK investigator identifies a key missing CIA file that remains secret

Dan Hardway

Dan Hardway, JFK whistleblower

Here’s a 40-year old JFK file that should, by law, be released by April 28, 2018.

On September 20, 1978 the CIA evaluated the work of George Joannides, then serving as the CIA’s liaison to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA).

As HSCA investigator Dan Hardway (left)  explains in this sworn affidavit,  Joannides was stonewalling Congress’s JFK investigation at the time.

The release of this document would illuminate what the CIA thought of Joannides’ actions, which former HSCA counsel G. Robert Blakey has described as “obstruction of Congress.”

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What the last of JFK assassination files will show us

A report on what we will learn, if and when President Trump releases the last of the government’s JFK assassination files in April 2018.

“If Lee Harvey Oswald was, as cliche has it, a “lone nut,” he was the one and only isolated sociopath monitored by top CIA counterintelligence officers in the weeks and month before JFK was killed.”

Read the full story, with documentation, here.

 

Oswald under surveillance: the last JFK secret

WaPo Oswald

The CIA paid close attention starting in 1959.

While JFK researchers seek to come up with an accurate count of just how many JFK assassination files remain secret in advance of the April 2018 deadline for full disclosure ordered by President Trump, we can be sure the number is more than 1,000 and maybe higher than 3,000.

The precise number, however, matters less than what is still secret–and this we know with certainty.

One of the most important JFK stories in the unreleased files is the CIA’s surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald from 1959 to 1963.

A Senate investigator’s memo, released in December 2017, gives the exact date that the surveillance of Oswald began: November 11, 1959.

This is one of the most important JFK records released in the Trump era, so its details are worth understanding.

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From the Black Vault: a note on getting good JFK data

John Greenewald, the man behind the Black Vault site of declassified government records, writes with some thoughts about the difficulty of figuring out which JFK files the Trump has NOT released. Read more

Correction: the number of secret JFK files may be less than previously reported

Robert responds to my recent post on JFK files.

Black Vault deserves a thanks for putting on line a pdf and excel file of the latest data provided by NARA, but if you take the Black Vault figures to mean that there are thousands of records still withheld in full, that is not correct.

I’m not certain that Robert is correct but I want to air his concerns so that we get an accurate number of still-secret JFK files. Read more

‘We should not all be painted with the same brush’

Sandra writes:

Now reading “The Ghost . . .”.On page 145, Jefferson Morley states, “In Columbus, Mississippi, high school students cheered the death of the liberal president . . . ”

Sandra wants to make an important point about the South and JFK’s assassination. Read more

Q. How many JFK files are still secret? A. More than 3,000

The short answer is, we don’t knows for sure, but BlackVault.com and WhoWhatWhy have the first draft of an answer.

Digging deeper, and with the help and verification of Jimmy Falls of the news agency WhoWhatWhy we came up with the same numbers, using two entirely different methods.It confirms there are 3,082 Documents, totaling 217,114 pages that are not yet released to the public.

Source: J.F.K. Assassination Records – The Black Vault

A couple of caveats are in order.

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I’ll be in federal court on March 19 talking about key missing JFK files

Barrett Prettyman Courthouse

Where federal judges will hear oral arguments about CIA JFK files.

On Monday morning March 19  my attorneys Jim Lesar and Dan Alcorn and I will appear at the Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse in Washington for oral arguments in my long-running lawsuit, Morley v. CIA.

The issue before the three-judge panel: has there been a “public benefit” from the lawsuit’s disclosure of long-secret documents about deceased CIA officer George Joannides? Read more

Four key JFK files that are still censored

In November I published a piece on the top five JFK files that are still being hidden by the government. Since the one of them, the transcript of James Angleton’s testimony to the Church Committee in September 1975, has been released.

Four other key JFK documents have been released late last year–but with extensive redactions.

They are the files of four officers involved in the surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald between 1959 and 1963. Read more

Was Angleton culpable in JFK’s assassination?

I’ve been debating the question with CIA historian David Robarge, 

In Washington Decode, he asserts “that the US government did not have actionable information that Oswald was a clear threat to the President before 22 November 1963.”

That is true.  He says, correctly, that historians “must fairly assess why people acted based on what they knew at the time.”

That is exactly what I did in THE GHOST. And that’s why I think Angleton was culpable in the death of JFK.  Read more