One of the long standing questions in regard to the JFK assassination is “when will all the records be released?”  Many people are convinced that on some particular date all the documents will indeed be released and some assume – or hope – that the release will resolve the outstanding questions about the President’s murder.  Some even seem to feel that the documents release will actually expose a conspiracy and identify the perpetrators. Of course that view assumes that the government actually investigated the assassination, found the truth and has been shielding it for decades for political or security reasons.

If  you have read my works on the JFK assassination you realize my view is that a decision was made within the first 72 hours – at the highest levels – not to pursue any true investigation, based on the fears of what might be exposed.  Yet there were multiple investigations, an immense number of documents were collected from various agencies and with the passage of the JFK Records Act a deadline was set for document release.

During the recent JFK research conference in Dallas, hosted by JFK Lancer, we devoted considerable time to this subject – with one extended panel session dealing with views from five of the most respected national archives researchers. Those individuals discussed what remains to be released, the types of documents involved and what we are likely – and not likely – to actually see when the release date comes due in October 2017.

One of those researchers, Rex Bradford, was unable to be at the conference in person but he prepared an outstanding tutorial on the subject which was presented. Rex has now made that presentation available on the Mary Ferrell Foundation web site and you can view it at the link below.  I urge you to do so and respond with any questions you might still have…



About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

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  1. A Mugan says:

    If I’m understanding it correctly Mr Bradford is saying that the IRS records have been held in line with normal government procedure? I thought I’d read somewhere that this continuing classification was unusual and certainly there are only a few specific IRS recorords classified…
    Would you or another reader be enough of an expert on the relevant rules to have a view on that…?

    Overall a very interesting looking set of documents. I’ll be particularly interested in any further light shed on DRE counter intelligence operations against the FPC Committee and the interview with the Tarasoff’s amongst other things.

    • The IRS tax records are held confidential and are only released to next of kin. Lee Oswald’s IRS records were released to his wife but based on her interaction with a couple of “researchers” many years ago, she has never shared them with anyone else (most likely other than them). So yes, the Oswald IRS records have been handled according to standard procedure.

      I should mention that personnel and even criminal files on individuals are held by various agencies and only releasable to living family members or with their specific approval to designated individuals. You also have to provide proof of the individuals death. All that is a common thing we encounter in FOIA requests on individuals.

      The same basic protections are granted for employee personnel files of government employees – in regard to the agency or service who employed them. Records are released to next of kin at their request or to others with their permission. In certain instances at least portions of individual records have been released to investigations and we can see them now but that is spotty. For example in regard to Howard Hunt, the HSCA collected and made summary notes about him from his personnel file, we can see those but not the original documents. In separate posts here I’ve covered those release guidelines which include also not releasing documents from employee personnel files such as travel and expense documents – which we would love. Sometimes bits of such things emerge but mostly because they were in mentioned in documents from other files that was separately released.

      Hope that answers the question.

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