One of the more common, and ongoing, questions related to the JFK Assassination concerns the records that have remained classified for decades, and to the legislation passed back in the 1990’s which directed the release of still classified documents.

I’ve commented on that in this blog and in my books, especially on the possibility that major revelations exist to be revealed in restricted documents – “nope”. That possibility would assume that there had been a secret, in depth investigation of potential conspiracy (something open ended beyond Lee Oswald) and targeted with early leads well developed and with serious intent.

Decades of research – and actual document releases – has shown that not to have happened. In fact we now know that the FBI was ordered to wrap up its investigation and begin writing the report demonstrating Lee Oswald as the sole individual involved some 48 hours after the murder of President Kennedy. Released documents clearly show that in a number of instances, orders were given not to pursue leads which were not directly related to Lee Oswald, and to “repudiate” any witnesses that might offer contradictory information.

But enough of that, I’ve said all that before and demonstrate it with numerous examples of the obfuscation which did occur (something that actually did not escape the Warren Commission and which was one of the first things commented on when the follow on HSCA inquiry began).

Regardless of all that, legislation is in place demanding release of all assassination documents, deadlines have passed and a new deadline is coming up in 2021. So what is the state of the releases? Thanks to the obsessively detailed research of my friends Rex Bradford and Jeff Morley, you can find the answer to that question in a brand new study posted at the Mary Ferrell Foundation.

Just follow this link:

https://www.maryferrell.org/pages/State_of_JFK_Releases_2021.html

2 responses »

  1. John F. Davies says:

    Would it be a good idea if we ourselves also send correspondence to the House Oversight Committee asking for a full release of the remaining JFK files?
    And does the committee have a weblink?

    Also, I have the suspicion that the Intelligence establishment is already working with the Biden administration to keep this covered up. My instincts tell me that come October, Biden will release the remaining documents, but they’ll likely be as redacted as ever.
    This is based on the fact that his past record shows Biden to be a loyal supporter of the Establishment, and will likely bend to the will of the Pentagon and Langley. There’s also an episode when Kamala Harris was Attorney General here in California.
    A number of researchers had been pressuring her to re-examine the case of RFK’s alleged murderer Sirhan Sirhan. Harris allegedly agreed that the evidence they presented did indeed warrant a re-examination, but nevertheless she did nothing. Potential damage to future political career being the most likely reason.

  2. larryjoe2 says:

    The basic issue is that the agencies controlling their documents will review the pending release list document and either simply let them go or do a further redaction. Generally speaking I don’t think release issues have anything to do with an individual administration or individual personalities, they have everything to do with the agency’s protecting their own histories, sometimes for good reason related to sources, practices and contacts – and sometimes over things like careers, images, public relations, funding..etc. I’m not sure why any of this shocks us at this point in time.

    As an example, in writing my book Shadow Warfare I referred to numerous State Department documents pertaining to both Africa and Latin America. At that point a huge number of documents had been made routinely available on the State Department site…and a considerable number of them were extremely embarrassing to former secretary Kissinger. Later during that book project I came back only to find whole sections had been removed. The same thing had occurred earlier following 2001 when major areas of previously public information were removed.

    And we have seen, with Jeff Morley, that even if you identify specific records known and confirmed to exist, its easy for an agency can still put together a convincing security case for restriction.

    Actually I think we will get more records, and less redactions. Will we get everything we want, undoubtedly not but it would take an engaged Congress to make that happen and we can’t even get the War Powers act revisited. Sorry to be negative but that’s my practical view of matters.

    As to the Sirhan Sirhan thing, a very different matter but Sirhan himself would have to allow his lawyer to approach his case in a very different way and have a lawyer capable of introducing information that would prove a mistrial. Having talked at length with at least one of his lawyers the problem historically there has been with the good old boy system in the California courts – and the fact that if they revisited the case it could expose hundreds of convictions due to showing incompetence and perjury committed by the two primary prosecution witnesses in his trial.

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