On October 8, an unusual protest was scheduled to take place outside the National Archives in
A group of researchers into the
Kennedy assassination planned to form a picket line at the Visitor's Entrance.
They were there because the National Archives had announced it will not release
1,171 top-secret , Washington D.C. documents in advance of the 50th
anniversary next year of JFK's assassination. CIA
According to the
- and the Archives seems to have
bought the argument - "substantial logistical requirements" prevented
these documents' disclosure, which were the subject of a specific request from
the nonprofit Assassination Archives and CIA .
This is despite the fact that the 1992 JFK Records Act mandates the public release
of all assassination-related files in the government's possession. Instead,
these will remain withheld until at least 2017. Research Center
This also goes counter to a directive signed by President Obama on his first day in office, pledging a new commitment to openness and transparency, including the declassification of such records.
These particular ones include over 600 pages about David Atlee Phillips, a deceased
officer involved with anti-Castro
Cuban exiles during the early 1960s. One of those exiles, Antonio Veciana, told
this writer (as well as a government investigator) in 1976 that Phillips - who
used the cover name"Maurice Bishop" - brought Lee Harvey Oswald to a
private meeting that Veciana attended in August 1963. CIA
Altogether, an astounding 50,000-plus pages of government files related to the JFK assassination have yet to see the light of day. Thousands more documents have been partially withheld or released but blacked-out. All in the name of national security - a half-century after the fact!
is still worried that information it
possesses would point to a conspiracy instead of the Warren Commission's
conclusion that Oswald was the "lone gunman." The Agency might also
be concerned about something else - new evidence developed by Douglas P. Horne,
formerly of the Assassination Records Review Board, that clearly shows a CIA laboratory to have altered the famous
Zapruder film in the immediate aftermath of the assassination. The story is
available here and
interested readers might also check out my lengthy interview with Horne in my
book, "On the Trail of the JFK Assassins." CIA
But when the person in charge of the National Archives'
(Sheryl Shenberger) was formerly
employed by the Declassification Center ,
perhaps we should expect no less than the current impasse. Before undertaking
prior declassification chores for the Agency, Shenberger was a branch chief in
the CIA 's CIA between 2001 and 2003. Counter Terrorism Center
For those of us who are convinced we've never been told the truth about the tragedy of November 22, 1963 - a day that changed the course of American history - it's time to make the government hear our voices loud-and-clear leading up to next year's 50th anniversary.
One place to start is by signing this petition demanding that release of the withheld