Where do the 2016 presidential contenders stand on secrecy?

The Republican presidential candidates debating on October 28 will, if elected, face a question of secrecy.

The CIA retains 1,100 documents related to the assassination that are supposed to be made public in October 2017. The CIA is likely to ask for continued secrecy.

What will President 45 do?

One faithful readers says Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and other contenders should be asked a simple question:

“Will you ensure the October 2017 release of all information which might shed light on the JFK assassination?”

That would respect the fact that not all JFK files which are legally assassination-related are assassination-related in the usual sense. As previously noted:

The JFK Act does not “mandate the release of all assassination-related records.”

It incorporates an exception:

     (D) Each assassination record shall be publicly disclosed in full, and available in the Collection no later than the date that is 25 years after the date of enactment of enactment of this Act, unless the President certifies, as required by this Act, that —

       (i) continued postponement is made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, or conduct of foreign relations; and

       (ii) the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

Whether or not there should be exceptions, the Act does provide for them.

When trying to get the ongoing attention of “candidate staffers, reporters, and bloggers,” a claim that is not precisely correct can’t IMHO turn out to be better than one that is.


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