The Attorney General spoke with Fox News on Saturday and made a big promise. If what he says is true, this is good news. Unfortunately, some White House statements on the JFK files, have not been accurate so we’ll have to see what happens.
In defiance of the law, President Donald Trump is delaying the release of hundreds, if not thousands of files on the John Kennedy assassination that were due to come out Thursday. He also approved 2,800 other records for release.
In a conference call with reporters, White House officials insisting on anonymiity said Trump will state in a coming memo that he had “no choice” but to keep thousands of pages of JFK records secret because of “national security” concerns.
Officials say Trump will impress upon federal agencies that JFK files should stay secret after the six-month review “only in the rarest cases.”
The long-awaited JFK document release has still not happened. Knowledgable sources are saying that the documents may not be posted today, at least not all of them. That would be a plain violation of the JFK Records Act.
“There’s no Star Chamber report,” said Rex Bradford, president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, which has posted a searchable archive of the JFK material online to make research easier. But “there are documents I am looking forward to seeing. … It’s been peeling an onion for five decades. The bulk will be pretty impressive, if it happens.”
1) Call your Congressman and Senators and tell them to sign H. Res 556 and S. Res 281, introduced by Rep. Walter Jones and Sen. Charles Grassley, calling on President Trump to release all the secret JFK files and to reject any requests from the CIA and the FBI for continuing secrecy. These petitions, also signed by leading liberal Democrats such at Sen Pat Leahy and Rep. John Conyers, show that full JFK disclosure enjoys wide support.
On October 4, Rep. Walter Jones and Sen. Charles Charles Grassley introduced H. Res 556, and S. Res 281, respectively, which call on President Trump to insist on “full public release” of hundreds of thousands of pages of JFK assassination documents and to “reject any claims for the continued postponement of …. those records.”
Trump has 15 days to decide whether the last of the government’s JFK files become public nor not.
There has been widespread public speculation and in-depth research about the Kennedy assassination. A Gallup poll in 2013 showed 61% of respondents said more than one person was involved in the shooting and some pointed to the Mafia, the government, the CIA, Cuba and others as playing a role.
Why the liberal Vermont Democrat introduced S. Res. 281
“The assassination of President Kennedy was one of the most shocking and tragic events in our nation’s history. Americans have the right to know what our government knows. Transparency is crucial for our country to fully reckon with this national tragedy, and that is the purpose of these resolutions. Chairman Grassley and I both believe that a government of, by, and for the people simply cannot be one that needlessly hides information from them, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to make our democracy ever more transparent to the American people.”