There are a plethora of people who do not believe the official story that came out of the Warren Commission regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
From the theory that it was a hit by the mob, which might be the most likely, to a shadow government of the CIA and then Vice President Lyndon Johnson being behind the assassination, tons of books, movies, and documentaries have been produced to bolster the particular line of thinking, but they all have in common the fact that they do not trust nor believe the government of the united States when it comes to the JFK assassination.
Last week, President Trump released the bulk of remaining filed on the Kennedy assassination, but continued to hold back several hundred documents on the basis of national security.
Frankly, it’s been over 50 years and while I understand a need to maybe keep certain things quiet, the problem is that that Central Intelligence Agency said in a statement that the redactions were meant to protect information that would “harm national security — including the names of CIA assets and current and former CIA officers, as well as specific intelligence methods and partnerships that remain viable to protecting the nation today.”
“Every single one of the approximately 18,000 remaining CIA records in the collection will ultimately be released, with no document withheld in full,” the agency said.
Among many of the revelations of the documents, one particular piece of information arose that I thought was of interest and that is regarding the question of whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald was a CIA agent.
The Washington Post reported:
The records also reveal a deposition given before the presidential Commission on CIA Activities in 1975 by Richard Helms, who had served as the agency’s director. After a discussion of Vietnam, David Belin, an attorney for the commission, turned to whether the CIA was involved in Kennedy’s killing.
“Well, now, the final area of my investigation relates to charges that the CIA was in some way conspiratorially involved with the assassination of President Kennedy. During the time of the Warren Commission, you were Deputy Director of Plans, is that correct?” Belin asked.
After Helms replied that he was, Belin then asked: “Is there any information involved with the assassination of President Kennedy which in any way shows that Lee Harvey Oswald was in some way a CIA agent or agent…”
Then, suddenly, the document cuts off.
Isn’t that interesting? By the way, you can download the documents from the National Archives Releases JFK Assassination Records.
“The CIA and FBI may be blocking the release of certain documents to hide their own failings,” said Larry Sabato, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia and the author of “The Kennedy Half Century.”
“They had every indication that Oswald was a misfit and a sociopath,” he said.
However, neither agency informed the Secret Service, which is in charge of protecting the president.
This seems to be a very important question that the American people should have access to. It is not a matter of national security but a matter of transparency, something that the Trump administration said they want to ensure in the matter.
On Thursday evening, Trump wrote a memo announcing, “I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted.”
“At the same time, executive departments and agencies have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns,” he added. “I have no choice — today — but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security.”
President Trump released 2,891 of the documents Thursday night, while the rest will not be released until April 2018.