JFK Assassination Docs Won't Be Released By 50th Anniversary After All

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The National Archives says we'll be waiting at least 'til 2017 for the rest of the CIA's file.

One thing the city of Dallas won't have to deal with in its attempt to keep the 50th Anniversary of JFK's assassination classy is a lot of new information that complicates our picture of November 22, 1963.

Salon reported yesterday that the National Archives is refusing to release 1,171 classified CIA documents related to the assassination in time for the anniversary as it had promised.

In 2010, deputy archivist Michael Kurtz announced that the secret records would be declassified by November 22, 2013. But the National Archives has since walked back that promise in a letter to Jim Lesar of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, who requested the release.

We recognize that, in a 2010 public forum. Dr. Kurtz stated that the postponed JFK assassination records would be included as part of the (National Declassification Center) project. However, as we have tried to explain before. Dr. Kurtz misspoke. Rather, because the postponed JFK assassination records have already been subject to a full and complete government-wide declassification review, they are not part of the 400 million page backlog of records that have yet to receive a final review.

Which unsurprisingly frustrates Lesar, whose nonprofit is devoted to collecting and disseminating information about political assassinations.

"In 1992, Congress unanimously passed legislation that was designed to get all of the JFK assassination-related records released," he said. "There was supposed to be only a very few records whose release could be postponed for periods of time including up until the year 2017, but basically everything was supposed to be released well before then."

Of course, the CIA and National Archives won't say exactly what is contained in the documents, not even the number of pages. The papers could be copies of Lee Harvey Oswald's grocery list for all we know, but Lesar doubts it.

"We don't know. The National Archives does not have a page count, but It appears that there are at least several thousand pages that are still being withheld, and they appear to be on some very important subjects."

Subjects like David Phillips, the CIA's Mexico City station head and specialist in black propaganda who was allegedly responsible for monitoring Oswald on his visits to Cuban and Russian embassies, E. Howard Hunt's records on the Cuban Revolutionary Council, and Yuri Nosenko, the Soviet defector to the United States who brought information about Oswald's surveillance.

The CIA and National Archives' intransigence certainly doesn't help deflate the bubble of speculation about what really happened at the Grassy Knoll. It's been 49 years. Most of the people involved are dead. What's to hide, unless the government is shown in an embarrassing or criminal light?

At the very least, it's a blow to transparency.

"There's no doubt that this is probably the most important historical subjects of greatest interest to the American public," Lesar said. "The National Archives is going ahead with project to declassify 400 million records by 2013, and they're not including what is most significant of the American people. That does not make sense and it flies in the face of President Obama's commitment to openness."

At least this is good news for Mayor Mike Rawlings. This way, come November 2013, the city will only have to silence the same old conspiracy theorists and not have to stamp out new ones.


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The 2%
The 2%

Can we call the them the 2%ers? Those that pay hotel tax. Will the 98% show gratitude for the service industry jobs the 2% create?

Mike
Mike

That reminds me. Why do we still have a so called grassy knoll? Get some dozers in there, excavate, and give these losers one less place to stand. While we are at it, get rid of that ugly picket fence. I cannot believe we actually replaced one picket fence with another. I sometimes think the city actually wants these tin foil fedora wearing malcontents here so we can make money off them. Somebody has to pay that 2 % hotel tax that will drum up more convention business to fill that white elephant of a hotel we own. It may as well be people with a tenuous grasp on reality.

tunebaby100
tunebaby100

The reason why the City of Dallas tightly holds on to and doesn't "bulldoze" the grassy knoll, is because WITHOUT the JFK kill-zone,  TOURISTS WOULD HAVE NO REASON TO VISIT DALLAS. There. I said it.  Point blank. No pun intended.

Copa
Copa

Correction to last post: We have been coming to the Grassy Knoll annually since 1964.

Copa
Copa

The "same old conspiracy theorists" as you so dismissively refer to the hundreds of serious researchers into the assassination of Preisdent Kennedy, who include leading forensic, ballistics and medical experts, academics and authors, have been coming to the Grassy Knoll on November 22 at 12:30 pm every year since 1994 to commemorate the tragedy of that day for the country and for democracy and to talk about the evidence of a real conspiracy that has continued to emerge since that day. The release of over 6.5 million pages under the JFK Records Act has rewritten the history of the Kennedy administration, the Bay of Pigs operation, the Cuban missile crisis, while confirming the investigations by New Orleans DA Jim Garrison depicted in Oliver Stone's well researched film, JFK. No one cares about Oswald's grocery list, and even less relevant things have been classified for no good reason, but his tax returns might be instructive. The national Coalition on Political Assassinations is similarly frustrated with the recent decision to block release of files that were hidden from the Assassination Records Review Board for its review and that are mandated under law to be released as well as by Executive Order. The fact that they have been reviewed by the agencies that created them is no excuse for keeping them secret, and they apparently apply to critical aspects of the case that were similarly hidden from both the Warren Commission and th House Select Committee on Assassinations. It is easy to be flippant and humorous, I suppose, or to act indifferent to the theft of not only our electoral process but our history since then by the Militrary Industrial Intelligence Complex that is still in charge. We take it more seriously and we will be there on the Grassy Knoll on the 50th anniversary for a Moment of Silence followed by statements from the best researchers into this conspiracy over the last five decades. We will also present the emerging evidence in all the major assassinations at our annual conferences in Dallas this November and next. As George Orwell presciently noted in 1984, "Those who control the present control the past, and those who control the past control the future."

Mike
Mike

Oh please! 1,700 documents held back out of 400 million? The horror! My recommendation remains the same: treat that area on the day as any other day. No change to traffic patterns, no officials anywhere near the place. Any body that does anything with their so called literature that has any money changing hands gets a ticket. If they want to give away that tripe, so be it. Anyone that acts a "guide" for money gets a ticket. Eventually we will be rid of these idiots. When they face their Creator, God or whatnot, he/she will tell them for the last time: you wasted your life chump. Oswald did it. Now move along.

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

History will, ultimately, be very unkind to the lone-nut crowd.  Remember, to believe Oswald did it, Ruby has to be a patriotic strip joint operator with a bunch of long-distance calls to mobsters that stop six weeks before the assasination.  Oh, and the head movement meant that physics took the afternoon off.

Paul
Paul

Yawn ... {breaks out and puts on tin foil hat} ...

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