Peter Kornbluh, Cuba scholar at the non-profit National Security Archive, objects to yesterday’s post criticizing the National Archives for its stance on secret JFK files.
“This criticism of NARA General Counsel, Gary Stern, seems a classic case of shooting the messenger–and in this case an ally for transparency on this issue,” Kornbluh writes.
The answer, unfortunately, is yes. See our authoritative list of the Top 7 JFK files the CIA still keeps secret.
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On November 22, Karl Golovin held a one-man vigil at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. Watch.
Writing in Philly.com, columnist Stuart Bykofsky makes the case for full disclosure of JFK assassination records. White House reporters are starting to ask questions about these files but President Obama has yet to respond.
Join the more than 2,600 people who have signed the online Change.org petition calling on the National Archives to review and release the 1,100 CIA records related to JFK’s assassination that remain secret. Read more
The persuasive power of our adversarial legal system is impressive.
After scholar Max Holland filed a FOIA lawsuit for long-secret records of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy last week, the National Archives today announced it would immediately open some of the material to the public.
See: National Archives to Open Additional Robert F. Kennedy Records.
Here is the declassified audio transmission from Air Force One in the panicky hours after the assassination of JFK on November 22, 1963. Read more
Where a lawsuit about JFK assassination records will be heard on Feb. 25
In reporting on my February 25 federal court date with the CIA, I explained the goals of my Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking certain ancient JFK assassination records. But a friend noted that I hadn’t really explained my theory of the case.
I get these questions a lot. What the hell is Morley v. CIA all about? What are you saying happened in Dealey Plaza? What do you think was really going on? And, inevitably, what’s your theory? Read more
Will he keep JFK secrets?
Unless the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency changes course, the CIA is going to face a season of cynicism and suspicion next November when the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy approaches and the public learns that the agency is withholding from public view more than 1,100 documents related to JFK’s assassination.
What will John Brennan do? That’s a fair question for President Obama’s nominee for CIA director at his upcoming confirmation hearings where issues of transparency and accountability are likely to dominate. Read more
David Wallechinsky, editor of Allgov.com, the bureaucratic watchdog site, highlighted “11 Secret Documents Americans Deserve to See” in Monday’s Huffington Post. Number three on the list are Read more
Federal judge John Tunheim, chair of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) from 1994 to 1998, said last week the government has released virtually all of its assassination-related records–a claim contradicted by a publicly available online database of the National Archives.
This is a story you can fact check yourself. Read more