Source: April Horning
To protect national security, many documents are held for extended periods of time before being made public. An example of this type of material includes scores of never been seen items from the CIA, FBI and the Justice Department covering the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 3,000 new documents are set to become a matter of public record on October 26th. This will not happen if the CIA has anything to say about it as they have reached out to President Trump to put a 25-year hold on the documents.
While some point to the public’s right to see the contents of the documents, others worry it would just add fuel to more developing conspiracy theories. As the CIA scrambles for the records to remain sealed, one does have to wonder what they are hoping is not made public.
In regards to the assassination of JFK, there seem to be two significant camps tied to who was responsible. One back the lone gunman idea where Lee Harvey Oswald acted entirely alone. The second is far more sinister as Oswald becomes the mastermind behind a plot that brought together the Mob, those tied to big oil in Texas and even the CIA.
One of the biggest supporters of the second theory is author Roger Stone. He explores the possible connections in his book The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ. Stone, of course, points to the fact that the CIA may not want these documents made public because they were in on the crime. The documents, according to Stone:
“They must reflect badly on the CIA even though virtually everyone involved is long dead.”
The CIA is playing off the request to seal the documents for 25 years as a way to avoid a whole new generation of conspiracy theorists from developing. Is it possible this is true or is there some bombshell hidden among the documents?
This collection of documents not only includes 3,000 new items but also the rest of 30,000 materials that have been just partially revealed. Even though there are not many people who know what these documents may say, there is a great deal of information about what the basics contents might include.All of these items are currently under lock and key at the National Archives. The 1992 JFK Records Act is what requires the current action to make them public.
According to a report about the pending release:
“Some of the classified documents include a CIA personality study of Oswald, top-secret testimony of former CIA officers to congressional committees, transcripts of interrogations with Soviet defector and Oswald handler Yuri Nosenko, letters about the case from J. Edgar Hoover and Jackie Kennedy, the CIA file on Jack Wasserman, the attorney for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello, and the operational file of E. Howard Hunt, career spy and Watergate burglar.”
After researching the possible ties between Oswald and a more significant conspiracy, Stone is sure the files that the CIA does not want to be made public contain evidence that will once and for all solve the mystery. Author Gerald Posner explored the theory that Oswald acted alone and he is also sure that the files contain documents that will put the case to rest.
Even though Stone and Posner have very different takes on what happened, they agree that these files more than likely will put the debate to rest. Posner does not seem to support the idea that the documents say anything terrible about the CIA though. As Posner explains:
“These files should have been released long ago. The government does this all the time, over classified documents and then holds on to them for decades under the guise of ‘national security.’ All the secrecy just feeds people’s suspicions that the government has something to hide and adds fuel to conspiracy theories.”
With the October 26th deadline quickly approaching, it will be interesting to see if Trump agrees to honor the CIA request or if he pushes for transparency by making the documents public. What do these materials hold that perhaps the CIA does not want the public to know? Even the idea that there might finally be a definitive answer on the case is enough to spark new interest in that part of American history.