As the editor of the JFK Facts blog, I try not to spend a lot of time on stupid conspiracy theories, but given tge widespread ignorance and confusion on the subject, journalistic duty often calls.
Who killed JFK? The Federal Reserve? Nah. A Secret Service man? A hoax. Ted Cruz’s father? Pure B.S. George H.W. Bush? Heavy breathing is not the same as credible evidence. On a recent Black Vault podcast, the most common JFK question I heard was, “Was Kennedy assassinated because of his interest in UFO’s?” Um, no, he was not.
A chart of the QAnon conspiracy theory.
Which brings me to QAnon, the imaginative conspiracy theorist now dominating the Internet, attracting followers of President Trump, and obsessing the Washington Post, which has has published four articles on QAnon in the past week. Like many conspiracy theories, the QAnon fever dream can be traced back to the assassination of JFK.
The QAnon conspiracy theory is a psychedelic mushroom growing in the fertile manure of the Warren Commission. This mind-altering proposition grows in the gloom of anonymous chat groups. It is then stimulated by the bright lights of social media. And finally it is harvested and ingested by Trump cultists eager to prolong the alt-reality buzz that commenced on January 20, 2017.
But it all began on November 22, 1963 Read more
Documentary film maker Randy Benson makes a important point about the latest JFK file release, which left more than 15,000 assassination-related records beyond public view: President Trump is responsible. While railing against the “deep state,” Trump kept the last of the CIA and FBI’s assassination-related secrets.
Benson tweeted: Read more
Judge Brett Kavanaugh
On March 19 the DC Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in my FOIA lawsuit, Morley v CIA. In the absence of Senior Judge Karen Henderson, Judge Brett Kavanaugh presided.
Now Kavanaugh has been nominated for the Supreme Court, and his every word is being parsed.
The question before the court that day: Was the CIA obligated to pay my court costs for a long-running lawsuit about certain JFK assassination files held by the agency.
Click for the audio recording of the hearing. Kavanaugh is the first speaker you will hear, followed by my attorney Jim Lesar, a veteran FOIA litigator. Read more
President Trump broke his tweeted promise to release “ALL JFK files,” notes James Kelleher.
While an additional 19,000 documents were released, some 15,834 documents contained redactions, and another five hundred or more were withheld from the release. The president bought into the national security argument and again extended the time for the removal of all the redactions and final document release to October 2021.
Source: A promise broken on JFK files release | News & Views | Irish Echo Read more
Bill Kelley looks on the bright side: Read more
Last October 26, President Trump was a happy tweeter:
The latest release of JFK files includes more than 15,000 documents that still have redactions. What is the CIA still hiding?
“The past 25 years have taught us much more about the cover up than the crime itself, in particular the ways in which scary but false information about Lee Harvey Oswald created what might be termed a national security cover up,” said Rex Bradford, president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, which runs a searchable online archive of JFK assassination documents.
Source: New JFK docs fill in blanks on events around assassination | McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump boasted last fall that he would open all remaining John F. Kennedy assassination records. So far, Trump hasn’t made good on the “great transparency” he promised then.
Source: Trump boasted he’d open all JFK files, but now says he can’t | Boston Herald
As a lot of researchers predicted, President Trump has failed to deliver on his tweet promise of October 26. “All JFK files released ahead of schedule,” he said back then.
From today’s National Archives press release about the JFK files, we learn the reality: thousands of JFK files are still secret and and their release is now way behind schedule–three years behind.
Trump six months ago.
The President has determined that all information that remains withheld under section 5 must be reviewed again before October 26, 2021 to determine whether continued withholding from disclosure is necessary.
Source: New Group of JFK Assassination Documents Available to the Public | National Archives
Of all the fascinating and weird things about the JFK assassination story, the veil of official secrecy that still surrounds the subject a half-century later is one of the most fascinating and weird. Read more
Jesse Walker, author of United States of Paranoia, hedges his bets:
Gerald Posner, author of Case Closed, is optimistic. Read more
Joan Mellen, professor and historian at Temple University, doubts it:
Nate Jones, author and director of the FOIA Project of the non-profit National Security Archive, has a succinct answer: