Tag Archive for National Archives

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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How Oliver Stone prompted Warren Commission staffers to favor full disclosure — 30 years later

via “Book Excerpt: the Hearing With Oliver Stone: A Heroic Moment for Our Protagonist” — HowardWillens.com.

“Stone’s movie, [David] Belin’s speech, and the likelihood of congressional action prompted several commission lawyers to discuss how we might best respond to the movie and support legislation making assassination records public ….”

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Why Obama’s declassification campaign faltered

From the invaluable Bryan Bender at the The Boston Globe: “Some experts contend that the only way to ensure public access is for the president to give broader declassification powers to the National Archives.”

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Is the government hiding something about JFK’s assassination?

The answer, unfortunately, is yes. See our authoritative list of the Top 7 JFK files the CIA still keeps secret.

You can do something about it.

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National Archives solicits comments on the opening of JFK records

The National Declassification Center has once again requested public comment on topics for priority declassification in opening up of government records to the public.

One JFK Facts reader has submitted the comment below:

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CIA trainer: ‘We all know we classify too much’

In case you missed it, JFK activist Karl Golovin got a retired CIA counterintelligence officer, Willam Nolte, to say on camera that the agency’s extreme overclassification of 1,100 ancient JFK assassination records does “great harm to the historical record.”

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#HowtosolveJFK: Join the Twitter bomb attack on JFK secrecy

Franquis Vegas

An invitation from a Facebook friend named Franquis Vegas.

She calls it Operation Liberate Joannides Files Twitter Bomb and it’s going on through Feb. 8.

The theory is JFK “information wants to be free” but government secrecy prevents it.

So inundate the National Archives with Tweets telling them to free our history.

This is how fans save their favorite TV shows. Can social media free the JFK files?

 

Archives seek to modernize FOIA (good luck with that)

The National Archives is talking about Modernizing FOIA. They’re looking for:

“people who are passionate about FOIA and are willing to devote time and energy to this effort. If you are interested in putting forward your name (or someone else’s), please let us know as soon as you can. We hope that you will consider getting involved in this effort to improve FOIA!”

The spirit is impressive. Whether FOIA can be modernized so as to bring greater freedom of information to U.S. national security agencies is another question.

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#HowtoSolveJFKin2014: Declassify the RFK papers now

A faithful reader calls attention to one practical step the U.S. government can take in 2014 to contribute to public understanding of the JFK assassination story: declassify the papers of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy from 1963-64.

The blog of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) is seeking comment on declassification priorities for the National Archives.

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Open The Government picks up on call for JFK disclosure

Open The Government, a coalition of public interest groups advocating open government policies, is highlighting the National Security Archive’s blog post calling for prioritizing the declassification of the CIA’s secret JFK assassination files. Read more

In defense of the National Archives

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.

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Bowing to CIA, National Archives won’t review secret JFK records

When David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, solicited comment on U.S. declassification policy on Monday, he failed to mention that the Archives has already decided that the release of ancient secret U.S. government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is not a priority.

One-man vigil calls for full JFK disclosure

On November 22, Karl Golovin held a one-man vigil at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. Watch.

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Columnist endorses the call for JFK records release

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

Click here to let Obama know what you think about secret JFK files

The Obama administration is seeking public input on “Transforming the Security Classification System” at a public forum in Washington D.C. on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Were you bothered by this JFK Facts story? 1,100 JFK records ignored in Obama push to open records.

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