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JFK on Secrecy

Responding to President Biden’s Oct. 22 letter on JFK files, Jerry sent this: “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and u warranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.” — President John F. Kennedy April 27, 1961.

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‘An Outrage Against Democracy’: JFK’s Nephews Urge Biden to Reveal Assassination Records

POLITICO talks to the Kennedy family.

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CIA on Ancient JFK Files: Let’s Not Make ‘Hasty’ Decisions

Amy Yang at The Washington Post gets the story right.

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From the White House, President Biden’s Order on JFK Files

The White House uses the right language on JFK files but the two-month delay in releasing decades-old records is more than a disappointment.

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About the JFK Files: Did Biden Comply with the Law? 

That’s the question Larry Sabato, Larry Schnapf and I will answer at a press conference next week after the White House issues its decision on the last of the JFK files on Monday October 26. The UVA Center for Politics will host a discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time following the scheduled release of remaining John F. Kennedy assassination records. Joining UVA Center for Politics Director and author of The Kennedy Half-Century Larry J. Sabato will be Jefferson Morley, author and editor of the JFK Facts blog, and Lawrence Schnapf, co-chair of the JFK Records Legal Task Force. Source: WEDNESDAY: The Hidden JFK Files: What Secrets Remain, and Did Biden Comply with the Law? – Sabato’s Crystal Ball

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Seven Members of Congress Calls for Full JFK Disclosure

Congress passed the JFK Records Act in 1992 to declassify all documents related to the assassination of President Kennedy, yet more than 15K documents are still being withheld from the public. I sent a letter w/ @RepCohen urging @POTUS to release all remaining records by Oct 26th pic.twitter.com/MeIQXWaIUs — Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (@RepAnnaEshoo) October 13, 2021

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Biden Faces October 26 Deadline for Release of More JFK Assassination Papers

(This article, written by Jefferson Morley and Rex Bradford, was first published in The Intercept, on October 20, 2021.) President Joe Biden will soon decide an obscure but potent question: Which secret files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy should be made fully public? When President Donald Trump faced the same decision four years ago, he delayed in the name of national security. While releasing thousands of files about the 1963 Kennedy assassination, Trump acquiesced to the demand of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to keep portions of thousands more secret until October 2021, 58 years after Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested as the gunman. For all his “deep state” rhetoric, Trump issued a memo giving the executive branch agencies four more years of secrecy.

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Why Did the CIA Reclassify Parts of Some JFK Files in 2018?

The Central Intelligence Agency reclassified portions of once-public JFK assassination files in April 2018, according to a study by the Mary Ferrell Foundation, the largest online archive of government files on JFK’s assassination. Is this CIA incompetence? Or CIA trickery?

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