FOUNDING DOCUMENT - CIRC 1990
COMMITTEE FOR AN OPEN ARCHIVES
“Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Set You Free”
The Committee for an Open Archives (
is a non-profit organization established to draft, introduce and pass
Congressional legislation to declassify and accelerate the release of documents
and testimony related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
COA is run by
volunteers and its work funded through donations and membership subscriptions.
COA intends to pursue
this goal through coordinating research on a computerized network, requesting
specific documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) conducting an
educational effort to inform the public about what information is being
censored and initiating an intense lobby effort in Congress to get the
necessary legislation passed as soon as possible.
January 7, 1990
the New York Times ran an editorial entitled, “Mysteries That Matter,” which
urged the Russians and Eastern European countries to unlock their files for
everyone to see, particularly in regards to the matter of “Who was Lee Harvey
“Perhaps the Eastern European archives can finally resolve conflicting stories from various Soviet defectors about Oswald’s ties, or lack of them, with Soviet intelligence,” the editorial read, concluding, “an honest reckoning of the past is a crucial step to a more open society.”
More significant than what is contained in the Russian and Eastern European government files concerning Oswald is the information contained in our own – American archives locked away until 50 years after the conclusion of the House Select Committee on the Assassination (HSCA) in 2029.
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