Tag Archive for National Archives

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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After lawsuit, U.S. archivist agrees to open additional RFK files

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.

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Listen to Air Force One on the day JFK died

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

Morley v. CIA: Why I sued for JFK assassination records

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

John Brennan and the CIA’s last JFK secrets

John Brennan

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