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Secrecy

November 5, 2013
Times Leader

IT SEEMS ridiculous that after a half century, thousands of pages of investigative documents regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy remain secret.

Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post reporter who has been involved in a decade-long suit against the Central Intelligence Agency, said, "I think the CIA should obey the law. I don't think most people think that's a crazy idea."

The Associated Press reported this week that "Morley's effort has been joined by others, including G. Robert Blakey, chief counsel for a House investigation into the the JFK assassination in the 1970s. But so far, the (George) Joannides files and thousands more pages primarily from the CIA remain off-limits at a National Archives center in College Park, Md."

Blakey said the CIA had Joannides to be middleman to help in filling requests made by committee researchers.

Yet, according to AP, later declassified documents reveal that Joannides while in Miami was the CIA case officer for the anti-Castro Student Revolutionary Directorate, the group involved in a street fracas with Lee Harvey Oswald. The committee had not been aware of that connection.

Joannides may not have done anything wrong in his release of documents, but it appears to be a case of allowing the fox to guard the hen house.

HAPPENINGS related to the assassination 50 years ago this month are complex and so intertwined that it's impossible to get the complete picture without all the documents available.

It's no secret the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations, convened to investigate the assassinations of Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., didn't have all the facts.

The world has changed a great deal since 1963. Anything that the CIA uncovered undoubtedly would not be a threat to world peace at this stage of the game. If that agency is keeping things secret because of ineptness, times and people change after 50 years.

It's apparent that the more that is kept hidden, the more diverse theories about the assassination surface, and after 50 years, it's time for the facts to be revealed.

Kennedy himself once noted, "The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings."

 
 

 

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