Can anybody verify this report that just came in over the wire?
JFK FILES RELEASED - NEW INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY
Government Officially Reopens JFK Case
National News Wire Service (NNWS) 04/01/13
WASHINGTON D.C. In response to overwhelming evidence presented at the Wecht Symposium on the assassination of President Kennedy, President Obama decided to quell increasing public pressure and issued an Executive Order releasing the remaining government records on the assassination, and ordered the Department of Justice officially reopened the case.
In response to the President’s order, the Department of Justice appointed a Special Prosecutor and convened four special federal grand juries in Washington, Dallas, New Orleans and Miami that will review the evidence and take the testimony of witnesses to determine if there are any grounds to indict anyone for crimes related to the assassination, including perjury, destruction of evidence, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
A Department of Justice spokesman said, “Since evidence produced at the Pittsburgh conference clearly demonstrated that Lee Harvey Oswald alone could not have committed the assassination, we have decided to abide by the principles and procedures of the constitution and present the evidence in its proper legal venue – the grand jury.”
According to the government spokesman, it wasn’t any one piece of evidence or new witness, but all of the evidence taken together that crimes were committed by individuals other than Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin who was killed while in Dallas police custody.
It has been suggested that the federal government is trying to counter a Dallas grand jury that has been convened by District Attorney Craig Watkins to consider the large number of cold case homicides in that city, including that of Dallas policeman J.D. Tippit, whose murder is considered connected to the assassination of the president at Dealey Plaza. “The government in Washington is afraid that there will be a runaway grand jury in Dallas, and they want to control the new investigation if there is going to be one,” said a Dallas court clerk who refused to be identified because they were not supposed to talk to the press.
Since grand jury proceedings in the United States are secret, and are convened for eighteen months, the identities of those who testify before them and what they say will not be made public, but the Presidential Executive Order releasing the remaining records will provide a treasure trove of new and previously secret records that will keep researchers, journalists and historians busy for years to come.
“I have followed the JFK case closely over the years since seeing Oliver Stone’s film,” President Obama said in signing the order, “and having been more recently inspired by James Douglas book, “Who Killed JFK and Why It Matters,” and I now realized that I can’t promote an open and transparent administration while keeping these important assassination records secret. So I have ordered them all released to the public so the citizens can read them and make up their own minds.”
In signing the order, President Obama also called on Congress to hold oversight hearings of the JFK Act of 1992 to review the work of the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB), determine what records were illegally destroyed and are missing, and to ensure the departments and agencies turn over all of their records on the assassination to the NARA for inclusion in the JFK Records Collection, and open to the public without restrictions.
“At the time of the assassination, it was in the nation’s interest to seal these records to maintain our national security,” the President said in a short announcement to the media at the White House Press Room, “but today, it is in our national interest to release them to the public so the citizens can know what their government did both before and in the wake of the assassination of President Kennedy.” The President did not take any questions after making his remarks, saying that he will wait on a report from Congress and the Department of Justice after the grand juries complete their work.
The Washington D.C. Special Federal Grand Jury has already met and ordered the remains of the victims – John F. Kennedy, John B. Connally, J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald exhumed and subjected to forensic autopsies using the latest technical equipment, but the results of those tests will not be revealed for the life of the grand jury.
Dr. Cyril Wecht, the Pittsburgh, Pa. coroner said, “I’m surprised by the government’s actions and don’t understand why they didn’t do this fifty years ago, but I’m glad they’re doing it my lifetime.”
The Wecht Symposium, “Passing the Torch,” sponsored by the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University, October 17-19, 2013, in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, included presentations by doctors, historians, professors, journalists, investigators and researchers who unanimously concluded that President Kennedy was not killed by one man alone and that justice must be served before the crime is relegated an historical event.