The Trump presidency just resolved a half-century old mystery over what happened to volumes of JFK assassination files put into moratorium. Well, partly.
The White House released 2,800 documents related to the former president’s assassination. They do not appear to be posted online as of yet; in addition, many people have questions over the remaining documents yet to be released.
As reported by the New York Times:
President Trump ordered the long-awaited release on Thursday of 2,800 documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but bowed to protests by the C.I.A. and F.B.I. by withholding thousands of additional papers pending six more months of review.
The papers were posted online by the National Archives and Records Administration around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in compliance with a 1992 law, and represent a treasure trove for investigators, historians and conspiracy theorists who have spent more than half a century searching for clues to what really happened in Dallas on that fateful day in 1963.
President Trump posted a statement explaining the delay of a full release:
The American public expects – and deserves – its Government to provide as much access as possible to the President John F Kennedy Assassination Records so that the people may finally be fully informed about all aspects of this pivotal event. Therefore I am ordering today that they 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. I have no choice – today – but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security. To further address these concerns, I am also ordering agencies to re-review each and every one of those redactions over the next 180 days. At the end of that period I will order the public disclosure of any information that the agencies cannot demonstrate meets the statutory standard for continued postponement of disclosure under section 5(g) (2) (D) of the President John F Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (44 USC 2108 note) . […]
Any agency that seeks to request further postponement beyond this temporary certification shall adhere to the findings of the Act, which state, among other things, that “only in the rarest of cases is there any legitimate need for continued protection of such records”. The need for continued protection can only have grown weaker with the passage of time since the Congress made this finding. Accordingly, each agency head should be extremely circumspect in recommending any further postponement of full disclosure of records. Any agency that seeks further postponement shall, no later than March 12, 2018, report to the Archivist of the United States on the specific information within particular records that meets the standard for continued postponement under section 5(g) (2) (D) of the Act. Thereafter, the Archivist shall recommend to me, no later than March 26, 2018, whether the specific information within particular records identified by agencies warrants continued withholding from public disclosure after April 26, 2018.
The Archivist is hereby authorised and directed to publish this memorandum in the Ferderal Register.
Donald J Trump
Intelligence agencies fearful over the implications of the JFK files pressed the administration hard to make redactions. In addition, not all the files have been released. This news prompted numerous questions among political observers.
BREAKING: 2,800 #JFK records will be released today.
Release of other records w redactions postponed for 180 days to allow further review.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) October 26, 2017
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) October 26, 2017
Makes one wonder what really is all in there.
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