December 15 is the next deadline for federal agencies to release files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 58 years ago. What will we see? Last month, I offered some “smoking gun” possibilities in the Miami Herald. The pro-CIA Washington Decoded pooh poohs the idea that the JFK files contain anything of significance.
And that’s the JFK debate in a nutshell. There’s the people, like Harvard professor Cass Sunstein, who say, in effect, A little man killed a big man, get over it. And there’s the people, like Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan, who respond, Some big men killed a big man–and they got away with it. Who is right? This week will offer some clues.…
I got a nice from The Alarmist after we had this conversation last week:…
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.
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.
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?
The Public Interest Declassificaton Board is an office within the National Archives that was created by Congress to advise the president on secrecy and declassification issue. The PIDB is supposed to act as a counterweight to secret government agencies. It doesn’t have much real power but it does constitute a presence that other agencies have to take into account.
And its members have written a letter to President BIden about the last of the JFK assassination files.
“There’s a lot of noise around the Kennedy assassination,” I observe in the JFK Facts Podcast #2. With host Alan Dale, I try to cut though that noise and talk about what we learned about the assassination from the last round of JFK releases in 2017 and 2018?
Spoiler alert: one thing we learned about was the surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald.
To download the podcast as an MP3: Click HERE Place cursor on file; RIGHT click and select “Save Audio As.”…
Come October 26, 2021, President BIden is going to have to make a decision about the last of the U.S. government’s secret JFK files. There’s more than 15,000 of them. Accompanied by jazz drummer, Alan Dale, host of the JFK Facts podcast, I explain what’s going to happen and when.
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Read the transcript.
In 2003 I sued the Central Intelligence Agency with the help of Washington D.C. attorney James Lesar. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), We sought public release of the files of a deceased undercover officer who was involved in the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In the new Kindle ebook, Morley v. CIA: My Unfinished JFK Investigation, I tell the story of the epic 16-year legal saga that followed. It’s a brisk read, funny, disturbing and revealing about where the rest of the JFK assassination story is hidden: in the CIA’s archives.
The hero of the story is Lesar, a dogged litigator taking on high-powered Justice Department lawyers. The villain is a judge named Brett Kavanaugh.
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You will recall that President Trump caved to CIA director Mike Pompeo and FBI director Christopher Wray in October 2017. The two agencies were allowed to drop a veil of bizarre and suspicious secrecy over the full record of JFK’s assassination.
The clock is ticking, notes Brendan Cole in Newsweek. Will President Biden do the right thing?
In a presidential memo, Trump said the move was “to protect against identifiable harm to national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs.” According to the National Archives, some 15,834 of the files still contain redactions and 520 remain unreleased in full.In April 2018, it said that a decision about the material must be reviewed again before October 26, 2021 “to determine whether continued withholding from disclosure is necessary.” This means that their fate will fall within the purview of the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.