H/T Pat Speer,
An interesting entry from the journals of Howard Willens, attorney for the Warren Commission, about how the Commission wanted to avoid transparency “for a year or two.”
Willens, a retired attorney turned historian, is the author of the book, History Will Prove Us Right, which defends the Warren Commission’s work and conclusions. (For an excerpt of the book, read here.)
Willens wrote on August 21, 1964:
“Mr. Rankin also told me that he had raised with the Commission the problem of Archives handling of Commission materials. There is apparently a feeling among the members of the Commission that it would be desirable if all the material of the Commission were not available to the public for a year or two after the report comes out. They suggest that the organization and the screening of these materials will take this long, but of course the principal interest here is making sure that sufficient time elapses before any real critics can get access to material other than those which the Commission desires to publish simultaneous with its report. Apparently the Chief Justice intends to talk with the National Archivist on this subject.”Willens is the author of the book, History Will Prove Us Right, which defends the Warren Commission’s work and conclusions.
On the Education Forum, Speer writes, “To me, this is quite significant. I don’t believe there is any other document in which the Warren Commission’s desire to hide stuff from the critics until the media can sell their conclusions is made clear.”