Tag Archive for JFK Records Act

What the Huffington Post doesn’t know about the CIA and JFK

HuffPoWhat’s with the Huffington Post?

In his news report, New CIA Information on JFK Assassinationon the release of thousands of presidential briefings from the 1960s, HuffPo reporter Keith Thomson devoted considerable effort to ridiculing unnamed JFK conspiracy theorists who attended a press briefing at the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library in Austin, Texas last week.

Along the way, Thomson managed to miss the historical significance of the CIA’s disclosure. Read more

CIA may still have photos of Oswald in Mexico City

One mystery of JFK assassination story is why accused assassin Lee Oswald was not photographed when he visited the Embassy of the Soviet Union in Mexico City two months before President Kennedy was killed in Dallas.

Mexico City mystery man

The CIA thought he was Lee H. Oswald.

The CIA had three photographic surveillance bases to take pictures of visitors to the Embassy. Oswald visited the Embassy at least twice in an unsuccessful effort to obtain a visa. But the CIA says no photograph of Oswald was taken.

The photo to the right, which CIA personnel in Mexico City mistakenly linked to Oswald, depicted a man who was never conclusively identified.

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CIA disclosures bare the origins of the JFK cover-up

Three days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the CIA told his successor Lyndon Johnson a bit of news: the agency’s sources had just confirmed press reports that accused assassin Lee Oswald had visited the Cuban and Soviet Embassies in Mexico City two months before.

Here’s what the President’s Intelligence Checklist (TPIC)– just released by the CIA and LBJ Library–reported on November 25, 1963.

Presidential Intelligence Checklist

It was revealing moment. Intentionally or not, the CIA was misleading the new U.S. president about what Agency personnel knew of the man accused of killing his predecessor.

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Countdown to October 2017: a call to action

In collaboration with the Assassination Archives and Research Center, the Mary Ferrell Foundation, and JFK Facts, there is a new online resource for all who wish to stay informed about relevant developments as we approach the scheduled declassification and release of our government’s JFK assassination files:


NARA has put U. S. government agencies on notice that the withheld material is going to be released in 2017 unless they appeal to the President to prevent it.

The people of the United States must anticipate now that:

  • U.S. agencies, including the CIA, will appeal for postponing the release of some JFK Files
  • Without significant public pressure the president will assume that Americans are not interested in upholding the terms of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, and will agree to delaying JFK material

Over the course of the next twenty-five months citizens concerned about the possible continued withholding of these assassination records must:

  • Stay informed about the JFK Records Act;
  • Organize in ways to increase and share awareness
  • Contact elected representatives and 2016 presidential hopefuls see where they stand on full JFK disclosure in October 2017.

Join with us to ensure that our elected officials will uphold and enforce the terms of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act. Let them know that these records belong to the American people.

Read S.3006 – President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 Summary: S.3006 102nd Congress (1991-1992)

For more information and to sign up for future updates and notifications, please visit http://www.2017JFK.org.

We are entitled to the truth.

National Archives details plans for mass JFK declassification in 2017

Martha Murphy of the National Archives explains the JFK Records Act and the Archives’ plans for declassifying and releasing long secret assassination-related documents held by the U.S. government in October 2017.

Question for Chris Christie: Will you release all JFK files in 2017?

A JFK question for New Jersey Governo Chris Christie: Will you enforced the JFK Records Act and mandate the release of all assassination-related records, as scheduled, in October 2017,

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The JFK question for the #2016election

Here’s a question for the presidential contenders of 2016: Will each candidate “declare, unequivocally, his or her intention to release the remaining JFK assassinations records in 2017.”

It is a basic test of the candidates’ commitment to open government and rule of law.

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Will Jeb Bush follow his father on JFK secrecy?

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush ‘s JFK moment

One question facing Republican presidential candidate Jeb BUsh  is whether he would, as president, allow U.S. government agencies to continue to withhold 3,600 JFK assassination records from public view after their scheduled release in October 2017.

One reader thinks President Jeb Bush would decide in favor of JFK secrecy. He calls attention to what Jeb’s father said on the issue, particularly George H.W. Bush’s signing statement attached to the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Act.

The first President Bush stated: Read more

The JFK question for 2016 candidates

Here’s a question for the presidential contenders of 2016:

Will you declare “unequivocally” your intention to release the remaining JFK assassinations records in 2017?

It is a basic test of the candidates’ commitment to open government and rule of law.

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What is the CIA hiding about Orlando Bosch?

Orlando Bosch fled Cuba in the early 1960s and settled in Miami and began working with the CIA. For decades, he used the United States as a base for attacks on Cuban civilians and Cuban government targets. Read more

Politico photo gallery on the still-secret Kennedy files 

The JFK Records Act of 1992 ordered that all of the files related to the federal inquiry into John F. Kennedy’s assassination be made public in 25 years. As the October 2017 deadline nears, POLITICO takes a look at what the files might tell us -– if we actually get to see them.

Source: The Kennedy files – Photos – POLITICO

Fifty one years later, federal judge upholds the CIA’s right to keep JFK secrets

Ten years ago I filed a lawsuit seeking the records of a deceased CIA officer involved in the events leading up to the assassination of President Kennedy and its confusing investigatory aftermath. Read more

Sign the petition asking Archivist David Ferreiro to enforce JFK Records Act

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:

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On JFK records, Archivist Ferriero defers to CIA, ignores public

David Ferriero, U.S. Archivist

“We drive openness, cultivate public participation, and strengthen our nation’s democracy through public access to high-value records,” writes David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, in the Third Open Government Plan released yesterday.

The report makes clear what “high value records” the public wants to see. When the Archives sought input in April about the government’s declassification priorities, nineteen commenters called for release of JFK assassination records. That was almost 40 percent of all comments received and more than double the number of comments on any other subject. (See p. 42 of the report.)

So what did Ferriero do?

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Ronnie Dugger’s message to Obama

In response to yesterday’s post, “Click here to let Obama know what you think about secret JFK files, former Texas Observer editor Ronnie Dugger writes:

“Mr. President, I was in one of the two press buses in the presidential cavalcade in Dallas then when Mr. Kennedy was murdered, covering for the Washington Post and my Texas newspaper, the Texas Observer. An hour or so before at Love Field I was a person or two behind the rope when he and Ms. Kennedy came down the ramp. They were beautiful in the midday sunlight. Beautiful.”

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