Tag Archive for JFK Records Act

Should JFK records stay secret after 2017?

If the United States could survive the release of the Snowden documents, it can withstand the release of the JFK assassination records.

Source: Continued Secrecy in the JFK Assassination? – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Agencies hint they may try to block JFK declassification in 2017

I missed Lauren Harper’s useful update on UNREDACTED about  the National Archives plans for JFK declassification in 2017.

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What would President Trump do about JFK records?

Once again Donald Trump is frazzling the custodians of civil discourse. His use of an unfounded JFK conspiracy theory to jab now-defeated rival Ted Cruz is much lamented on the internet. Trump’s “pants are on fire.” Trump “refuses to apologize.” Trump is peddling “tabloid garbage.”

Which is all pretty much true. As JFK Facts said first–and a good USA Today story confirms–there is no factual or historical basis for the claim Trump is repeating. Read more

The JFK question for the 2016 election

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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Where to go to learn more about JFK and October 2017

Help ensure that our elected representatives will uphold and enforce the terms of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act.

Source: ASSASSINATION ARCHIVES AND RESEARCH CENTER

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.

10 questions about the still-secret JFK records

JFK blogger Bill Kelly has ten questions about the still secret JFK files uncovered by Michael Ravnitsky and WhoWhatWhy, and reported by Politico.

Some can be answered but some can’t. See Number 4.

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What Thomas Jefferson’s affair with Sally Hemings can tell us about JFK

I have to disagree with my faithful friend who doubts the release of thousands of JFK records in October 2017 will much affect popular understanding of the assassination of President Kennedy. Read more

Denied: the JFK records the government doesn’t want you to see

The invaluable WhoWhatWhy has posted a spreadsheet of the 3,600-plus assassination-related records that the U.S. government has never made public.

The existence of the 3,600 records was first reported in JFK Facts last May. The WhoWhatWhy document, obtained by FOIA specialist Michael Ravnitzky, advances the story by providing new details about what exactly the government does not care to share with the American people.  Read more

What is going to happen with JFK records in 2017?

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Q. What could the U.S. government still possilbly be hiding in 2015 about the assassination of JFK in 1963.

A: A lot. Politico’s Bryan Bender explains.

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Enforce the JFK Records Act: collect the key CIA cables and dispatches

Those of us who comb through the CIA’s records about Lee Harvey Oswald’s time in Mexico City are frustrated that there is no easy way to find many of the key cables between Mexico City and Headquarters, or between JMWAVE in Miami and Headquarters.

What we have run into is the working equivalent of a CIA tutorial on how to avoid providing information mandated under the law.

The law requires that this problem be solved.

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Enforce the JFK Records Act: Collect the foreign records about the assassination

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Secretary of State John Kerry opens the U.S. Embassy in Havana on August 14, 2015.

The 1999 Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board singled out President Clinton’s State Department of a lack of cooperation asserting it “obviously did not consider pursuit of foreign records about the Kennedy assassination to be a priority,“and “more of a hindrance than help“.

David S. Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States (AOTUS), has an ongoing duty to ensure that all assassination records are obtained before the provisions of the JFK Act fully expire.  Write his blog and tell him the State Department needs to come into compliance with the law. Read more

Will Jeb Bush follow his father on JFK secrecy?

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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

Where do the 2016 presidential contenders stand on secrecy?

The Republican presidential candidates debating on October 28 will, if elected, face a question of secrecy.

The CIA retains 1,100 documents related to the assassination that are supposed to be made public in October 2017. The CIA is likely to ask for continued secrecy.

What will President 45 do? Read more

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

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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