At WhoWhatWhy, Mark Adamcyk and Brian Baccus ask the right question. The answer is not encouraging. The outlook for full JFK disclosure in 2021 is dim.
With Congressional oversight lacking, there was little incentive for any of these agencies, the CIA and FBI in particular, to finish their legally required review, and several thousand files were still classified to some degree as a 2017 deadline approached. While many of these files were handed over to the National Archives, some of them quite interesting, thousands still contained redactions, or were held back in full.
[Editor’s note: Here’s a redacted CIA secret about the JFK story: The intelligence methods used to surveil the supposed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald six weeks before the president was killed.]
And then they were delayed even further, until a new deadline was set: October 26, 2021. According to the National Archives website, nearly 16,000 documents remain partially redacted, most created by the CIA and FBI. With nearly six decades having passed since Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas, this continued secrecy runs contrary to the expressed intent of the JFK Records Act.
Source: Final Deadlines on JFK Records — Will Biden Follow the Law? – WhoWhatWhy
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Those who enter the presumptive body of evidence in the remaining 15,834 documents from the JFK Collection should be aware that no smoking gun —beyond the well-known conspiracy facts like Oswald being impersonated by phone in Mexico City— will emerge if President Biden takes the right decision by October 26.
The vanishing point of perspective projections based on conspiracy facts seems to be the final take on the JFK assassination by one of the primary suspects: David Atlee Phillips. Just before his death —July 7, 1988— Phillips told Kevin Walsh, an investigator with the HSCA, “there was a conspiracy, likely including American intelligence officers.”
His hypothesis must be seriously taken into consideration. For Eddie Lopez, co-author of Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City, aka “Lopez Report”, the conspiracy “was like a giant spider web, and in the middle of it was Phillips.” The latter is also the CIA officer who told Nicolas Sirgado —the CIA agent codenamed SAPPHIRE but in truth the Castro agent NERON and NOEL— that during a visit to Arlington Cemetery “he had seized the opportunity to urinate on Kennedy’s grave, since he considered Kennedy a damned Communist.”
It seems that Kennedy was done in by a conspiracy, likely including rogue American intelligence people, but no smoking gun should appear in any document of the JFK Collection because whoever they were, they surely followed the rules prescribed by Bill “Two Guns” Harvey for the assassinations program ZRRIFLE. Even Director (1961-65) McCone testified he never knew about it, and ironically just a piece of paper handwritten by Harvey himself [NARA 104-10103-10318] sheds some light on it:
• “No projects on paper except for cover”
• “Never mention word assassination”
• “Cover: planning should include provision for blaming Czechs or Sovs in case of blow”
• “Should have phony 201 [Personality File] in RI [Records Integration at Central Registry] to backstop this, documentation therein forged and backdated. Should look like a CE [Counterespionage] file”
Thusly, the research community should be aware that the conspiracy to kill Kennedy was almost certainly run in compliance with Harvey’s rules. We will most likely remain at the same point where HSCA stopped: it was conspiracy, but we know neither its extent nor who were the shooters and the masterminds.
Someone who considers himself a leader in helping to make as much information public as possible should be at least as interested in making sure the countdown on his homepage is accurate as he is in the non stop self promotion he uses the site for no?