Enforce the JFK Records Act: Collect the foreign records about the assassination

Kerry In Cuba

Secretary of State John Kerry opens the U.S. Embassy in Havana on August 14, 2015.

The 1999 Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board singled out President Clinton’s State Department of a lack of cooperation asserting it “obviously did not consider pursuit of foreign records about the Kennedy assassination to be a priority,“and “more of a hindrance than help“.

David S. Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States (AOTUS), has an ongoing duty to ensure that all assassination records are obtained before the provisions of the JFK Act fully expire.  Write his blog and tell him the State Department needs to come into compliance with the law.

President Obama has the power to fix this glaring failure by leaning on his Secretary of State John Kerry to get the job done before he leaves office.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the other candidates should pledge to fix this matter – this is not a Republican/Democrat issue.

As noted in past articles, this failure is just one of many ways in which the JFK Act has not been properly enforced in both the foreign and domestic contexts. The solution is a new version of the JFK Act that restores the power to subpoena assassination-related documents to a board of private citizens.

From the Final Report:

The JFK Records Act states that it is the “sense of Congress” that the Department of State should take steps to obtain such records which have been the object of much interest since the assassination.From 1994 to 1998, the Assassination Records Review Board focused considerable attention on an effort to obtain copies of records contained in the files of foreign governments.

Assassination Records Review BoardIn particular, the Board focused much of its efforts on the KGB records thought to be maintained both in Russia and in Belarus, and on Cuban and Mexican government records.

Congress anticipated, and indeed specifically provided in the JFK Act, that the Department of State “should contact” the Russian government and “seek the disclosure of all records of the former Soviet Union” relating to the assassination. Furthermore, the Department of State was required to “cooperate in full with the Review Board” in seeking disclosure of relevant records.

The Board certainly expected much more help than it received from a Department that obviously did not consider pursuit of foreign records about the Kennedy assassination to be a priority.

Letters of request to the Department from the Board went unanswered for long periods of time, cables that contained communications from foreign sources or from United States Embassy personnel to the Board sat for months on the desks of State Department employees without being transmitted to the Board, and important opportunities were missed because the Department did not believe the issue was important enough to raise.

The Review Board has identified significant records, but does not believe that these collections will be obtained in full until the Department of State determines that such an effort is an important priority.

1. Russia

The Review Board believes that the records of the former KGB exist in Moscow that (1) reflect surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald and Marina Oswald during 1959–1962, and that (2) reflect the Soviet investigation into the circumstances of the Kennedy assassination.

The United States Embassy made requests for these records and a Review Board delegation later visited Moscow and met with representatives of three different archives where it was believed that records existed.

The Board received a number of individual records which have been released in the JFK Collection but was unsuccessful in obtaining permission to review or copy the larger sets of files which exist in Moscow.

The Board received a significant boost to its efforts when Vice President Gore asked Russian Prime Minister Chernomyrdin in March 1998 to release the files. Unfortunately, the National Security Council declined to raise the request in September 1998 during the Clinton-Yeltsin summit meeting.

Additional approaches to the Russians continue, but the Review Board strongly recommends that the United States government in general, and the State Department in particular, continue to pursue the release of these important KGB records.

2. Belarus

With the assistance of the United States Embassy in Minsk, Chairman Tunheim, Board Member Hall and Executive Director Marwell in November 1996 reviewed the extensive KGB surveillance file kept in Minsk by the Belarusian KGB.

The file details over two years of extensive surveillance and analysis by the KGB of Lee Harvey Oswald during the time that he resided in the Belarusian capital.

Some of these records were utilized by Norman Mailer in his book Oswald’s Tale. The Board was unable to obtain a copy of the file, in part due to the deteriorating relationship between the United States and Belarus in 1997–98.

Mailer’s collaborator in Oswald’s Tale, Lawrence Schiller, agreed, in response to the Board’s request, to donate copies of documents from the Minsk files, but the records will not be released in the JFK Collection until a later date. Additional efforts are still underway to obtain the files which are unquestionably of strong historical interest.

Again, the Board strongly recommends that all possible efforts be made to obtain for the American people this important record of the activities of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald during the years prior to the assassination.

3. Cuba

The Review Board initiated a dialogue with Cubans stationed in the Cuban Interest Section in the Swiss Embassy to try to find out if the Castro government has any records relevant to the assassination.

The Chief of the Cuban Interest Section, who agreed that the release of Cuban records would be beneficial to Cuba and the United States, launched an effort to locate records. However, he noted that record keeping in Cuba was spotty in the years immediately following Castro’s rise to power, but agreed to work with the Board in an effort to promote a better understanding of these issues. The Review Board appreciated the excellent cooperation it received from Cuban officials.

The Review Board continued to actively work with officials in the Cuban Interest Section to determine what, if any, information exists in Cuba relating to the assassination.

4. Mexico

Since the Mexican government conducted an investigation into the activities in Mexico City of Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Direccion Federal de Seguridad (DFS), the Mexican federal security service, conducted interrogations of Silvia Duran, who met with Oswald in Mexico City, the Review Board sought Mexico’s cooperation in its search for additional records.

At the behest of the Review Board, the Department of State requested the Mexican government to search its files for possible records relevant to the assassination.

To date, the only records the Mexican government has made available to the JFK Collection were copies of the same diplomatic correspondence between the Mexican Foreign Ministry and the Department of State that it submitted to the Warren Commission. Copies of these communications already were in the JFK Collection.

Click to access chapter-07.pdf

2 comments

  1. Jordan says:

    The records still held by the government of Canada, such as those of Louis Bloomfield, those involving General LeMay flying out of Canada on that day, and other related records should be sought….

  2. Bill Simpich says:

    I posted this article as my comment to Archivist David Ferriero at
    http://aotus.blogs.archives.gov/2015/10/29/national-action-plan-3-0/comment-page-1/#comment-84541

    I encourage everyone to visit this address and add your own comments. I do believe that the Archivist is receptive to communications of this nature.

    Enforcement of the JFK Records Act is a responsibility imposed upon him by statute. All indications are that he takes it seriously. Let’s do the same.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

In seeking to expand the range of informed debate about the events of 1963 and its aftermath, JFKFacts.org welcomes comments that are factual, engaging, and civil. more

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

vape: airo pro vape cartridges ecig health studies we just vape where can i get a vape pen weed oil vape pen uwell crown titanium coils teslacigs vape coils for vaporesso vape shop tempe novo 2 colors vape vs smoking weed blow heart vape coil resistance calculator smok alien coil replacement asheville vapor nike vapor fast flex rda coils how much nicotine is in marlboro lights ecig battery 18650 chesapeake vapes uk ecig store discount idaho vape ammon lab grade nicotine for ecig predator ejuice cheapest online vape juice aqua vape juice flavors can you put kief in vape juice where to buy cheap uwell crown ni200 coils buy blu e cigarette 8 mil glass for uwell valyrian istick pico e cigarette atomizer cheap nicotine vape juice what does wattage do in vaping box mods with rda cape juice voopoo vmate release date e cigarettes starter kit rx 300 mod istick pico vape mod how to vape kief starter e cig kit triple crown e juice box e cigs vape mail ejuice smok r200 200w voopoo drag baby beast tank smok guardian 3 pipe vape to cigarette calculator uwell crown not giving 10 volts nicotine mg per cigarette voopoo mojo 88w box mod voopoo drag minu

cbd oil: what does cbd oil do cbd oil for withdrawal what are cbd e 104 pill cbd forms oromucosal definition how to increase cbd bioavailability cbd oil vape pen starter kit suthe cbd oil seizure cbd cbd oil for sale in maryland pax era cbd cbd oil indiana drug test innovet cbd oil review select cbd relax cbd oil topical uses sunsoil cbd reddit alpha omega cbd review is cbd tested on drug tests cbd ultra strongest cbd tincture gummy bear cbd cbd oil sold in stores hi q cbd cbd weed without thc everything you need to know about highest mg cbd vape oil cbd terps oil cbd and xanax interaction what does results mean in science ease marijuana chem dry los angeles benefits of cbda pills forum prog neuropsychopharmacol biol psychiatry thc drug definition dropper walmart organic reduction reactions medicine hat flower shops where can i get cbd oil in omaha o shot cbd arousal oil cbd oil and urine test migraine cbd oil is cbd oil safe to ingest pur 7 cbd oil review cbd molar mass garden of life cbd oil 5mg best cbd oil online store on market can you ship cbd oil to florida cbd publishers cbd oil legal in rhode island how to make medical marijuana oil

exam: Provides Best A7 Study Material For All Candidates From All Over The World, First-hand 644-906 Braindump with PDF and VCE Engine, Provides Best 650-968 Preparation Materials Latest Version PDF&VCE, The Most Recommended 642-272 Test Questions And Answers Pdf Sale, Test-inside GD0-100 Exam Guide Online Shop, Provides HP0-052 Exam Test Questions On Our Store, 100% Pass Guarantee ACSO-TOOL-04 Material Pdf With 100% Pass Rate, Buy Best ACSO-TOOL-05 Test Engine Is The Best Material, Buy Latest HC-035-320-ENU Vce Files with PDF and VCE Engine, Certshared 000-229 Sample Questions Are Based On The Real Exam, Most Reliable LOT-915 Exam Questions Covers All Key Points, Real LOT-980 Questions And Answers Pdf with PDF and VCE Engine, Discount 000-G01 Dumps Pdf With Low Price, Up To Date HP0-M74 Real Exam Questions On Store, Recenty Updated M30-200 Actual Questions For All Candidates From All Over The World, 100% Real 70-669 Vce Files With High Quality, Most Popular MB3-532 Exam Sample Questions With 100% Pass Rate, Download Latest 070-671 Exam Cram Is Your Best Choice, 100% Pass Guarantee 70-665J Certification Is The Best Material, Passguide NS0-154 Practice Test Pdf On Sale, Latest Updated 920-345 Exam Dump With Low Price, ITexam-Answers HP2-B44 Study Guide Are The Best Materials, Helpful A00-250 Study Guide With New Discount, Sale Discount SZ0-000 Test Questions With New Discount, Useful 310-876 Exam Questions With Answers Is Your Best Choice, Buy 70-673 Latest Dumps For Sale,

male enhancement: cure for low libido side effects of taking testosterone cialis pills for sale red bull erectile dysfunction is sildenafil viagra girth enhancement before and after super ejaculation how to be better in bed for him viagra effect time sex near me do penis stretchers work get viagra without doctor exercises for bigger penis single target sexuality how to grow ur dick viagra how to use the first time natural ways to make dick bigger what causes high sexdrive real jelqing results penile plastic surgery bird dicks male enhancement questions whats a good size penis roman 100 nigerian penis v for male enhancement drug cost comparison red fortera free trial herbs for harder erections erection at doctors l arginine sex free male enhancement pills how do boys get boners long term effects of viagra amazon hair products total revenue quizlet pubic fat pad king human elite sex to sex natural foods to increase libido names for your dick first time sex male white bumps on tip of penis the penis bible vimax results after 1 month whats in viagra hercules pills prostate erectile dysfunction do volume pills work define tainted growth pills for men best testosterone booster gnc

weight loss: 30 day weight loss challenge formula 1 weight loss pills coconut water weight loss stephen furst weight loss spokane weight loss reviews lady boss weight loss review ideal you weight loss dr oz fasting weight loss yogi weight loss tea michael buble weight loss diet revenge weight loss primatene weight loss blueberry smoothie for weight loss weight loss usa newborn weight loss chart amphetamine for weight loss radish for weight loss does keto boost really work drinking water weight loss results weight loss clinic nyc weight loss meal service best weight loss workout routine best vitamin for energy and weight loss weightloss product reviews grape juice for weight loss cla weight loss stories turkey for weight loss pros and cons of bee pollen diet pills weight loss pill reviews energy drinks and weight loss effexor for menopause weight loss best diet pills to speed up metabolism private label weight loss channel 4 diet pills constipation pills for weight loss yogi green tea weight loss otc diet pills that really work pre workout smoothie for weight loss help diet pills 3 day weight loss detox solidax adx diet pills is keto pills safe hypercor diet pills paul lepage weight loss healthy natural diet pills rucking weight loss quick rapid weight loss pruvit weight loss reviews how much weight loss on raw food diet best weight loss programs for men phentabz amazon safe pills to lose weight