President Trump announced Saturday morning that he planned to release the tens of thousands of never-before-seen documents left in the files related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination held by the National Archives and Records Administration.

“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” Trump tweeted early Saturday.

Experts have been speculating for weeks about whether Trump would disclose the documents. The 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act required that the millions of pages, many of them contained in CIA and FBI documents, be published in 25 years — by Thursday. Over the years, the National Archives has released most of the documents, either in full or partially redacted.

In his tweet, Trump seemed to strongly imply he was going to release all the remaining documents, but the White House later said that if other government agencies made a strong case not to release the documents, he wouldn’t.

“The president believes that these documents should be made available in the interests of full transparency unless agencies provide a compelling and clear national security or law enforcement justification otherwise,” the White House said in a statement Saturday.

Stone also told Jones that CIA Director Mike Pompeo “has been lobbying the president furiously not to release these documents.”

Some Republican lawmakers have also been urging Trump for a full release. Earlier this month, Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, brought forward resolutions calling on Trump to “reject any claims for the continued postponement” of the documents.

No reason 2 keep hidden anymore,” Grassley tweeted earlier this month. “Time 2 let American ppl + historians draw own conclusions.”

 
What you may not have known about JFK's last days
On the 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, author James Swanson shares the stories he learned while writing his book, "The End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy". (The Washington Post)

Though Kennedy assassination experts say that they do not think the last batch of papers contains any major bombshells, the president’s decision to release the documents could heighten the clarity around the assassination, which has fueled so many conspiracy theorists, including Trump.

In May 2016, while on the presidential campaign trail, Trump gave an interview to Fox News strongly accusing the father of GOP primary opponent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) of consorting with Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald right before the shooting.

Some Kennedy assassination researchers think that the trove could shed light on a key question that President Lyndon B. Johnson tried to unsuccessfully put to rest in 1963: Did Oswald act alone, or was he aided or propelled by a foreign government?

The records are also said to include details on Oswald’s activities while he was traveling in Mexico City in late September 1963 and courting Cuban and Soviet spies, as well as the CIA’s personality profiles written of Oswald after the assassination.

But some experts fear the history that may be lost forever in unreadable documents in the trove. One listed as “unintelligible” is a secret communication from the CIA to the Office of Naval Intelligence about Oswald in October 1963 — weeks before the assassination. Oswald had been honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1959, but it was later changed to a dishonorable discharge. He was outraged and made threats late in 1963 when he learned the military had rejected his appeal of its decision.

Phil Shenon, who wrote a book about the Warren Commission, the congressional body that investigated Kennedy’s killing, said he was pleased with Trump’s decision to release the documents. But he wonders to what degree the papers will ultimately be released.

“It’s great news that the president is focused on this and that he’s trying to demonstrate transparency. But the question remains whether he will open the library in full — every word in every document, as the law requires,” Shenon said. “And my understanding is that he won’t without infuriating people at the CIA and elsewhere who are determined to keep at least some of the information secret, especially in documents created in the 1990s.”

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JW Lawsuit Forced National Archives’ Release of Kennedy Docs

A Judicial Watch lawsuit has forced the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to finally release records of Robert F. Kennedy’s tenure as Attorney General though the government agency is falsely representing that the move was voluntary.

For years the Kennedy family has wielded its power, keeping the government records secret in violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). They include more than 60 boxes of documents, including phone logs, messages, trip files, memoranda, reports, and other records concerning the Cuban missile crisis, the war in Vietnam, the civil rights movement, and law enforcement activities of both the FBI and Justice Department .

In the fall of 2012 JW filed a series of FOIA requests in an effort to make the records public. However, the documents have been under control of the Kennedy family in Dorchester, Massachusetts and the NARA made no effort to obtain them. Earlier this year JW was forced to sue the NARA, an agency responsible for preserving government records and increasing public access to them, on behalf of a historian.

The NARA’s press release announcing that the Kennedy records are finally available to the public indicates that it was a voluntary decision and, not surprisingly, omits that JW had to take legal action to accomplish it. “The National Archives is pleased to open these additional historic materials as the nation and world continue to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s administration,” said David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. “As President Kennedy’s Attorney General, closest advisor and confidant, Robert F. Kennedy played a vital role in the Kennedy Administration’s policy decisions. Researchers and the public look forward to exploring these documents.”

The mainstream media has bought it hook, line and sinker, also failing to mention that the Kennedy records would more than likely still be secret if not for JW’s lawsuit. A group dedicated to investigating the accuracy of information related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination acknowledges JW’s hard work, writing that “the persuasive power of our adversarial legal system is impressive.”

In 2011 Judicial Watch helped expose the tightly kept secrets of another Kennedy brother, the late Senator Edward Kennedy. After a lengthy exchange with the FBI and subsequent lawsuit, JW obtained previously redacted material from Kennedy’s bureau file. The FBI files revealed that, during a tour of Latin America, “Ted” Kennedy “made arrangements to ‘rent’ a brothel for an entire night”; sought meetings with “communists and others who had left-wing views.”

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For a government OF the people, BY the people and FOR the people, there are certainly a lot of things the government hides from the people it is intended to serve.

I remember that, after the Warren Commission study, the govt stated that all of the files would be unsealed and opened to the public in 50 years. It's past time, and I always looked very cynically at the sealing. It's no wonder about all of the conspiracy theories...

It's going to be quite interesting, to say the least! 

This is coming out Thursday!! 

Donald Trump delays release of some of the final JFK assassination files

After promising that all the remaining papers would be published on Thursday, President Donald Trump is delaying the release of some files.

 
  • "I have no choice," Mr Trump said in a memo, according to White House officials who spoke to the Associated Press. 

The CIA and FBI made last minute representations that some papers were too sensitive to release.

Mr Trump did however approve the release of 28,000 records held at the US National Archives although there was no sign of their publication by early evening.

The murder shook America and set off dozens of conspiracy theories that continue to be debated today.

However, academics who have studied Kennedy's death, said they expected few new clues to why Lee Harvey Oswald gunned down the first and only Irish-American Catholic to hold the office.

Nor does anyone expect the information to kill off a slew of competing conspiracy theories implicating the CIA, Cuba or the Mafia in the plot.

"My students are really sceptical that Oswald was the lone assassin," Patrick Maney, a professor of history at Boston College, told Reuters. "It's hard to get our minds around this, that someone like a loner, a loser, could on his own have murdered Kennedy and changed the course of world history. But that's where the evidence is."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/26/jfkassassination-files-r...

JFK Assassination Records - 2017 Additional Documents Release

The National Archives is releasing documents previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act.  The vast majority of the Collection (88%) has been open in full and released to the public since the late 1990s. The records at issue are documents previously identified as assassination records, but withheld in full or withheld in part. Learn more

These releases include FBI, CIA, and other agency documents (both formerly withheld in part and formerly withheld in full) identified by the Assassination Records Review Board as assassination records. The releases to date are as follows:

Accessing the Release Files

To view or download a released file, follow the link in the “File Number” column. You can also download the full spreadsheet with metadata about all the documents. The files are sorted by NARA Release Date, with the most recent files appearing first. The previous withholding status (i.e., formerly withheld in part or formerly withheld in full) is identified in the “Formerly Withheld Status” column.

Wow! From the JFK Files


Unsealed JFK Documents: Soviet Union Thought Lyndon B. Johnson Behind JFK Assassination


A document released Thursday about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy showed that leaders of the former Soviet Union linked President Lyndon B. Johnson to Kennedy’s assassination.

“Our sources added that in instructions from Moscow, it was indicated that ‘now’ the KGB was in possession of data purporting to indicate President Johnson was responsible for the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy,” the document said, citing intelligence gathered in 1965.

At the time, the former USSR and the United States were deep in the midst of the Cold War.

“KGB headquarters indicated that in view of this information, it was necessary for the Soviet Government to know the existing personal relationship between President Johnson and the Kennedy family, particularly that between President John and Robert and ‘Ted’ Kennedy,” the document added, according to the New York Daily News.

The KGB “issued instructions to all of its agents to immediately obtain all data available concerning” Lyndon Johnson.

The Dec. 1, 1966, FBI memo was titled, “REACTION OF SOVIET AND COMMUNIST PARTY OFFICIALS TO THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY.”

The memo was released as part of a trove of documents on the assassination that were made public.

President Donald Trump allowed the release of many of what were the last classified documents on the assassination. At the last minute, he kept some documents back, saying they would be reviewed for possible future release.

The FBI’s 1966 memo said Soviet Union leaders believed that Americans wanted Kennedy dead.

“According to our source, officials of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union believed there was some well-organized conspiracy on the part of the ‘ultraright‘ in the United States to effect a ‘coup.'”

Soviet officials believed the assassination “was not the deed of one man, but that it arose out of a carefully planned campaign in which several people played a part,” the document said.

The document said Soviet officials feared the assassination would whip up “anticommunist sentiments” in the U.S. to “stop negotiations with the Soviet Union, attack Cuba and thereafter spread war,” NPR reported.

“Our source further stated that Soviet officials were fearful that without leadership, some irresponsible general in the United States might launch a missile attack on the Soviet Union,” the FBI document said.

The document also revealed the Soviets disavowed any connection to Lee Harvey Oswald, who shot Kennedy.

“Soviet officials claimed that Lee Harvey Oswald had no connection whatsoever with the Soviet Union. They described him as a neurotic maniac who was disloyal to his own country and everything else,” the document.

The document noted that in the former USSR, news of Kennedy’s assassination “was greeted by great shock and consternation and church bells were tolled in the memory of President Kennedy.”

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