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Friday, October 27, 2017

[A]uthorities on Thursday released some of the documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy while blocking hundreds of others. White House officials said the FBI and CIA made the most requests within the government to withhold some information. "I have no choice," [President] Trump said in a memo, according to White House officials. He was placing those files under a six-month review while letting 2,800 other records come out Thursday evening, racing a deadline to honor a law mandating their release. Officials say Trump will impress upon federal agencies that JFK files should stay secret after the six-month review "only in the rarest cases."

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The collection includes more than 3,100 documents -- comprising hundreds of thousands of pages -- that have never been seen by the public. About 30,000 documents were released previously -- with redactions. The National Archives is to release 2,800 of the remaining records now.

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Years ago, I used to listen to G. Gordon Liddy on talk radio. I didn't agree with his conservative politics, but the stories he used to tell where fantastical.

I believe he and Howard Hunt were in on it.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-26 09:50 PM | Reply

I always kinda wanted to go on one of those right-wing cruises the G-Man was always pimping.

See if I could piss them off enough to Leon Klinghoffer me.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-26 09:59 PM | Reply


... As promised by President Donald Trump ...

All Pres Trump had to do was not block the release. The 1992 law is what triggered the release (the law was passed as a result of the movie "JFK").

If Pres Trump did nothing, all the documents would have been released.

I find it oh so interesting how so many of Pres Trump's supporters online are saying that Pres Trump is releasing the documents, when he is not doing any such thing.

The documents would have been released no matter who was in the Oval Office.

All the sitting President could do would be to stop the release, as Pres Trump has done with some documents.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-10-26 11:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It is the pinnacle of absurdity for intel agencies to make a last-minute demand that some of these documents be withheld for security reasons.

This release was 25 years in the making! The CIA, FBI and other agencies had a quarter century to resolve any issues.

#4 | Posted by rcade at 2017-10-27 11:17 AM | Reply

Americans are sheep, we allow them to keep secret documents that we have every right to see. We live in a dictatorship but pretend it is a democracy. It isn't, hasn't been for decades.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 11:26 AM | Reply

Is anyone going to admit Trump ordered them these documents declassified? He might do more.

#6 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 11:30 AM | Reply

"Is anyone going to admit Trump ordered them these documents declassified?"

ARe you ever going to ask yourself why you let your government withhold information about events that happened 54 years ago? This is insulting to all Americans and especially so for those of us who remember the assasination.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 11:38 AM | Reply

Is anyone going to admit Trump ordered them these documents declassified? #6 |

Probably not, because it's not true.

This is interesting though:

A British local newspaper was 'warned in advance'
A reporter on the UK's Cambridge Evening News received an anonymous call telling him to ring the US embassy for some big news, 25 minutes before the assassination of JFK, according to a memo from a deputy director of the CIA to the director of the FBI.

"The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American embassy in London for some big news and then hung up. After the word of the president's death was received the reporter informed the Cambridge police of the anonymous call and the police informed MI5.

"The important point is that the call was made according to MI5 calculations, about 25 minutes before the president was shot."
www.theguardian.com

#8 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-10-27 11:41 AM | Reply

Colonel Mustard, with a rifle built into an attaché case, on the grassy knoll.

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-10-27 11:58 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I bet it was the part about how Rafael Cruz Sr. was involved.

#10 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-27 12:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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This release will PROVE that Hilary and Obama were in on it, and Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch helped cover it up! More at 11!
--Faux News investigation team

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2017-10-27 12:06 PM | Reply

I had just turned 12 when JFK was assassinated. I was home from school that day, playing Army with my little brother; running around the house shooting at each other with pretend rifles while Mom was out.

The TV was on and I watched while Kennedy arrived by plane in Fort Worth where we lived, before he traveled to Dallas. My best friend in the neighborhood had the only parents I knew who were political, we were too young, of course, and they were Nixon fans.

There was a campaign rhyme at the time; "Nixon, Nixon! He's our man! Let's put Kennedy in the garbage can!".

So, I raise my imaginary rifle at the TV as Kennedy debarked the plane, pulled back the bolt action and shot him 3 times, working the bolt each time. Then we went back to playing.

Later that day when everyone's Uncle Walter Cronkite broke the news that the President had been shot, I was terrified. When I learned he had died, I was devastated. The next day or so when they showed Oswald's rifle on TV and it was a bolt action rifle... and that it was fired 3 times... I was sure it was all my fault.

The nation, and I, mourned, little John John saluting his father's casket.

www.youtube.com

Somehow it we knew it was we who had killed John Kennedy, the Prince of the optimistic new Camelot in Washington. Then MLK was murdered in April of '68 when I was still 16 and already a war protesting Democrat, and then John's brother Bobby, who many think would have been the next President, was shot down in cold blood 3 months later.

"I shouted out,
Who killed the Kennedys?
When after all
It was you and me"

genius.com

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-27 12:18 PM | Reply

By withholding documents about an assasination of a beloved President from 54 years ago these government officials have opened the floodgates of conspiracy theories which could have dire consequences because we now know that American citizens to not have a right to know our own history. This should be taken to court as a test of the conservatives on the court who pretend to believe in the Constitution. This withholding of information is being done to protect some one or, more likely, some group. My bet is that it is the same group who are running the country right now, Republicans who ran federal organizations like the CIA and FBI and who, knowingly, allowed the assasination to take place. They were all very aware of Oswald and let him murder the President because they were still angry with him for not going along with Nixon's plan to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. We already knew from the Civil Rights and Vietnam era that those agencies were really politcal operations but, what we didn't know, is that they still are today. Now we do. NFL players take a knee during the national anthem, we all should do more than that. WE should turn our back to the flag that represents absolutely nothing.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 12:18 PM | Reply

#8 | Posted by schifferbrains, Obama, BushII, Clinton, BushI, Reagan, Carter,Ford, Nixon and Johnson all had the power to declassify these documents- and they didn't. Trump did. Don't blame me for the assassination- I was eight years old in Mrs Houston's third grade class at Alamo Elementary in Wichita Falls. We got sent home early and were told to go directly home. Shepard AFB was SAC at the time. Duck and cover drills pretty often.It was a different time.

#14 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 12:22 PM | Reply

"#8 | Posted by schifferbrains, Obama, BushII, Clinton, BushI, Reagan, Carter,Ford, Nixon and Johnson all had the power to declassify these documents- and they didn't. Trump did. "

Congress did and Trump withheld some of them. Don't make up false information. It's lying.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 12:24 PM | Reply

#15 | Posted by danni, BS- The final arbiter of the classification of documents is the president of the US. He can classify or declassify at will. Learn a little law, congress can get documents on demand, but can not release these to the public. Every law dealing with classified documents involves time in prison- I have seen people go to prison for sharing confidential documents, for a couple of years. Most documents have a time to declassify them, unless the POTUS does otherwise. So who put these documents in perpetual secrecy? LBJ.

#16 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 12:53 PM | Reply

Get up to speed:

"The release of the documents owes as much to the moviemaker Oliver Stone as anyone else. After his 1991 conspiracy theory movie "J.F.K." stoked renewed interest, Congress passed the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act, which was signed into law by President George Bush on Oct. 26, 1992. The act mandated that all assassination records be released no later than 25 years from that date, which was Thursday, unless the president authorized further withholding for national security reasons.

In the years since the law was passed, the National Archives and Records Administration has released 88 percent of those documents in full and an additional 11 percent with portions redacted. Until Thursday, just 1 percent had been withheld in full."

#17 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-10-27 12:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The rule is if something is classified, it requires a an equal or higher authority to declassify it. 54 years? that is nothing- we have documents from WWII that are still top secret.

#18 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 12:56 PM | Reply

And Trump could have kept them classified, he did not.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-27 01:00 PM | Reply

DOCNJO, the real important thing is that Trump and, admittedly, other Presidents have decided to hide certain documents which is basically hiding a pertinent truth that we should be allowed to know. Quit trying to use this document release as a Trump talking point, he's still hiding documents, hiding truth which Americans have a right to know. Stop being a Trumpeter for fifteen seconds and smell the truth.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 01:03 PM | Reply

And Trump could have kept them classified, he did not.

In other words, he did nothing. He's pretty good at that.

#21 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-10-27 01:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The only thing that the President has accomplished is to confirm for me and others that the CIA and the FBI were complicit with Kenney's murderers.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 01:04 PM | Reply

According to NPR there are still 25,000 not being released.

#23 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-27 10:58 PM | Reply

According to NPR there are still 25,000 not being released.

#24 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-27 10:58 PM | Reply

The final arbiter of the classification of documents is the president of the US.

Until Congress steps in. They did. Read the statute instead of journalists. The President's power is limited. www.gpo.gov

#25 | Posted by et_al at 2017-10-29 12:32 AM | Reply

"The rule is if something is classified, it requires a an equal or higher authority to declassify it. 54 years? that is nothing- we have documents from WWII that are still top secret."

I don't know how true that really is but if it is are you ok with that? I'm certainly not. As a citizen of a supposedly free nation I have a right to know what my government has done.

#26 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-29 05:58 AM | Reply

"The very word SECRECY is repugnant in a free and open society" JFK

The government murdered or had our president murdered. Why would they ever let us see evidence of it?

#27 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-10-29 10:51 AM | Reply

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