(National Sentinel) Top Secret: And now in other news not related to NFL players who have picked the wrong American symbols to protest, it’s time to move on to another great U.S. pastime: Figuring out who really killed President John F. Kennedy.
We may be on the cusp of discovering that.
Two U.S. lawmakers are imploring the Trump administration to declassify thousands of pages of documents related to the JFK investigation. The documents have been locked away as “top secret” for decades — ever since they were produced as part of the probe.
The plea comes as the deadline for keeping them classified approaches. President Donald J. Trump will have to decide whether to extend it, or allow the documents to be publicized.
As Fox News reported:
Fifty-four years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, two U.S. lawmakers who lived through the ordeal are calling for the declassification of thousands of pages of long-secret government documents related to his death.
The disclosure, they believe, will answer a question that has for half a century plagued the American public: Did anyone help or have knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald’s plan to kill Kennedy?
“I believe the American public needs to know the truth,” said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who along with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is leading a congressional effort to declassify thousands of documents and recordings compiled by the CIA and FBI.
“It’s still hard for me to believe it was one man, but at the same time I have no proof that it wasn’t,” said Jones, who watched on live television as Oswald, awaiting transfer to a county jail, was shot by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby two days after Oswald assassinated Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
“There’s no reason that the information – from a security standpoint – should not be made public,” Jones told Fox News. “So much is known about the assassination. Why not close the chapter?”
The news network noted further:
Jones and Grassley cite a law signed by former President George H.W. Bush mandating the release of all documents related to Kennedy’s assassination within 25 years. Under the JFK Records Act of 1992, the National Archives has until Oct. 26 of this year to disclose the remaining files related to the assassination – unless President Trump determines that doing so would be harmful to national security. There are about 3,100 files still unsealed by the National Archives.
Approximately four million pages of records were released to the public in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The CIA and other government agencies can postpone disclosure of the remaining documents but only with permission from Trump.
The Trump administration, meanwhile, says it’s reviewing whether or not to release the remaining documents.
“The papers should be released. We, the people, paid for all of this,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and author of a book about Kennedy.
“We want to see what they [the government] knew and when they knew it,” he told Fox News.
The Warren Commission, the panel assembled to investigate the assassination, concluded in the 1960s that Oswald acted alone. But documents released in July indicate that the CIA began to question that official account just a few years after the commission released its findings.
“Of particular concern was whether the CIA had thoroughly probed Oswald’s contacts with agents for the Communist governments of Cuba and the Soviet Union,” Fox News reported.
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