Tag Archive for JFK Records Act

Coming soon: the CIA’s files on the Watergate burglars

Howard Hunt

Howard Hunt, burglar

A search of the online JFK database reveals the existence of more than 700 pages on the CIA connections of four of the Watergate burglars. The most notorious was Howard Hunt, a career CIA officer, prolific novelist and acerbic conservative critic of JFK’s Cuba policy. The agency has three operational files, three folders and two interviews concerning Hunt, a total of 391 pages of material.

Source: Donald Trump and the Kennedy Assassination: America’s Most Powerful Conspiracy Theorist Will Decide Fate of Secret JFK Trove.

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What we know about the coming JFK records release

The Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief will decide the fate of secret JFK documents 

He’s called global warming a hoax, suggested that Barack Obama was not an American and linked autism to childhood vaccinations. And soon, President Donald Trump, America’s most powerful conspiracy theorist, will decide the fate of more than 113,000 pages of secret documents about the ultimate conspiracy theory: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

Source: The Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief Will Decide the Fate of Secret Documents on JFK’s Assassination | Alternet

Twitter fingers on the Grassy Knoll

Donald Trump, America’s most powerful conspiracy theorist will soon decide the fate of secret documents about the ultimate conspiracy theory: the Kennedy assassination.

Source: Donald Trump and the Kennedy Assassination: America’s Most Powerful Conspiracy Theorist Will Decide Fate of Secret JFK Trove

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Who was June Cobb?

Phil Shenon asks a good question in POLITICO Magazine but John Newman has the most authoritative answer in his new highly recommended book, Countdown to Darkness.JFK scholars are awaiting the release of documents about June Cobb, a little-known CIA operative working in Cuba and Mexico around the time of the president’s assassination.

Source: What Could a Mysterious U.S. Spy Know About the JFK Assassination? – POLITICO Magazine

CNN follows JFK Facts on the October 2017 release

In May 2013, I published the revelation that the CIA retains 1,100 secret JFK files, which was subsequently reported by the Associated Press, Fox News, and the Boston Globe.

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History Channel highlights release of DRE material

Without naming names, the History Channel reports the still-secret records of the Revolutionary Student Directorate or DRE, known by the CIA code name AMSPELL, are among the more anticipated JFK records scheduled to be released in October. Read more

Prelude to a cover-up: CIA ponders ‘appropriate next steps’ on missing JFK files 

Will Trump Release the Missing JFK Files? asks Phil Shenon in Politico. I now think the answer is, probably not.

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WhoWhatWhy: Will Trump release JFK records? 

The 1992 JFK Records Act mandates the release of over 3,500 JFK assassination records. never before seen by the public, by October 26, 2017. Trump’s ruling on this matter will be interesting in light of his alleged war with the CIA.

Source: Trump to Release JFK Records? – WhoWhatWhy

‘We just did not anticipate how many [JFK] records … had not been released’

At the recent CAPA conference, Judge Tunheim spoke of his surprise at the extent of JFK secrecy 25 years ago. Today more than 3,500 JFK assassination records remain secret, some 110,000 pages of material.

We had three years to do the work with the possibility of one additional year if Congress approved. It sounded like a long time, it sounded like enough time to do the work. But we just did not anticipate just how many records that had not released concerning the Kennedy assassination.

Source: JFK Countercoup: Judge John Tunheim – CAPA Sunshine Week at NPC

JFK’s differences with the CIA were profound. Trump’s, not yet.

JFK at Dallas AirportFrom the fever swamp of InfoWars, Jerome Corsi reports that “JFK researchers” are saying that President Donald Trump is at risk for assassination because of his differences with the Central Intelligence Agency.

I have been a JFK researcher for 35 years, and Corsi has distorted what most of us think to serve a fear-mongering political agenda.

“JFK researchers: Trump at risk for assassination” is a lousy piece of journalism, less of a story than a conspiratorial meme but it is revealing about Trump and the CIA.

Corsi’s right about one thing: Trump faces an important JFK decision later this year.

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Judge Tunheim: I saw Oswald’s KGB file and it was five feet tall

Lee Harvey Oswald,

Lee Harvey Oswald, Marine and defector

The Soviet intelligence service has a massive file on accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald that has never been public, said federal judge John Tunheim, former chairman of a government declassification panel

Tunheim said he reviewed the file in Moscow in 1994 on behalf of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), which declassified millions of pages of JFK documents in the 1990s.

“The KGB file stood five feet tall when you stacked all the boxes up,” Tunheim told a Washington press conference on Thursday.

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Judge Tunheim says JFK files were ‘probably unlawfully withheld’ by CIA

Judge Tunheim

Judge John Tunheim, former chair of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board.

At a Washington press conference Thursday, Judge John Tunheim called for the release of all the government’s files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this year.

Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Incredibly enough, thousands of pages of government files related to his murder remain secret, 54 years later.

“It’s time to release them all,” Tunheim said. “There’s no real reason to protect this information.”

Some 3,500 JFK documents remain secret, according to the National Archives data base,

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Judge John Tunheim to speak on JFK assassination disclosures on March 16

John Tunheim

Federal judge John Tunheim, former chair of the Assassination Records Review Board.

Judge John Tunheim will speak about the 25th anniversary of the JFK Records Act at the National Press Club in Washington DC on March 16.

Tunheim, federal judge in Minneapolis, is the former chair of the independent civilian board that implemented the JFK Records Act and released some four million pages of assassination-related records since 1998.

These new JFK files have deepened and clarified the story of how the President John F. Kennedy was shot to death on November 22, 1963 and why no one was ever brought to justice for his wrongful death.  Read more

Returning to action: the JFK story in 2017

My vacation from the land of JFK is over. I haven’t written here in a couple of months and now I’m back. Please excuse my unauthorized absence. I’ve been busy.

I’m writing about the Trump administration for AlterNet, and that’s a yuge job.

I finished my next book, The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton, and that was bigly too. (Look for this biographic thriller on Amazon/Powell’s and in bookstores in October.)

But I’d left some people high and dry. My friend Dwight said, Man, what’s up with the blog? Don’t stop now. So, with lots of JFK news coming, it is indeed time to start writing again.

You will be hearing from me on many things, including:

  • Judge John Tunheim’s March 16 appearance in Washington to talk about the JFK Records Act;
  • The latest from the National Archives on the JFK records in October 2017;
  • The implications of tensions between President Trump and the CIA for full JFK disclosure;
  • Why Natalie Portman was robbed at the Oscars.

I was talking with John Newman the other day–about Angleton, the JFK Records Act, and Cuba–and he said, “I truly think we are in new territory in terms of understanding the case.”

I think that’s right. The challenge of 2017 is to tell the new JFK story in a lucid dispassionate way.

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