In my previous article, I discussed how the FBI withheld its informant and asset files from the ARRB, even though the JFK Records Act mandates that all “assassination-related files” be provided to the American public. Here are some additional files that have been withheld by the FBI and other agencies.
Encoded files: I don’t think the “ten page encoded teletype” that Hosty mentions was sent from Dallas to Headquarters has ever been released to the public. (Hosty, Assignment: Oswald, p 36).
Many of the Cuban operational files in 1963 are heavily encoded. Although the FBI must have an unencoded version, it hasn’t been provided to the public.
Military intelligence files: Researcher Bill Kelly has prepared a formal request for numerous “119 (after-action) reports” regarding Oswald that were never provided to the ARRB.
134 and 137 informant reports: As mentioned in my previous article, the FBI refuses to turn these files over as a matter of policy.
For example, we don’t have the informant files for the Marina Oswald wiretap.
THE ARRB WARNED THAT THESE PROBLEMS HAD OCCURRED OR WOULD OCCUR
The ARRB wrote in its final report that it had problems obtaining various documents, as “the sunset enabled government agencies that were not inclined to cooperate to simply try to outlast the Board.”
The ARRB said NARA, the FBI, and the CIA should enter into a memorandum of understanding to ensure continued compliance with the JFK Act. To my knowledge, such an MOU has never been created.
The ARRB said we would need a new ARRB: “There likely will be problems in the future that best lend themselves to the extraordinary attention that a similarly empowered Review Board can focus.” They also made a formal recommendation for future Review Boards to be set up when “extraordinary circumstances” exist, and that the JFK Act and the Review Board was a model for the future.