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What’s inside the secret JFK assassination files?

Posted by on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:25 PM
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What’s inside the secret JFK assassination files?

What’s inside the secret JFK assassination files?

Secret government documents to be released this week likely contain new details about what the CIA knew about Lee Harvey Oswald before he murdered President John F. Kennedy, assassination experts say.

Federal law requires the National Archives to release all of its JFK files by Thursday, 25 years to the day after President George H. W. Bush signed the JFK Assassination Records Act.

The law lets Trump withhold part or all of the documents if he decides some “identifiable harm” weighs against disclosure.

The records may reveal what the CIA knew about Oswald’s trip to the Soviet and Cuban embassies in Mexico City weeks before Kennedy was shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, said investigative journalist Gerald Posner.

“There are these glitches in Oswald’s biography in which we don’t know what he is up to. One of those is Mexico City,” said Posner, whose 1993 book “Case Closed” debunks the many conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s assassination.

Oswald visited the embassies to apply for visas that would let him return to the Soviet Union, where he lived from 1959 to 1962. The CIA closely monitored both embassies. Posner said the CIA may have video of Oswald’s visits to them.

The documents may also shed light on ex-CIA officer and Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt’s confession to two of his sons that he had advance knowledge of rogue CIA officers’ plans to kill Kennedy.

Many assassination experts believe Hunt’s confession soon before he died was too vague to mean anything.

“Let’s see what the documents show,” said Posner.

For decades, the National Archives has been gathering government assassination papers.

Eighty-eight percent of the Archives’ 5 million pages of JFK material are already public. Another 11 percent are partly public, with sensitive portions removed. Just 1 percent of the records remain fully secret.

Posner said the archive opening will be “the last big gasp for JFK documentation.”

The government’s conclusion that Oswald shot Kennedy on his own in a bid to attain a bizarre kind of fame is a hard sell. A 2013 Gallup poll found 61 percent of Americans believe Kennedy’s assassination was a conspiracy.

Legions of JFK conspiracy theorists offer a suspect list that includes rogue CIA agents, the FBI, the Mafia, pro-Castro Cubans, anti-Castro Cubans, Corsican mobsters, and Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy’s vice president.

Posner — whose book was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in history — doubts the new documents will reveal any secret plot.

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John F. Kennedy and his wife shortly before the assassination.Getty Images

“If American intelligence had evidence of it, it would have been out a long time ago,” he said.

Government archivists also doubt that the secret documents contain any startling revelations.

“We assume that much of what will be released will be tangential” to the assassination, the National Archives Web site says.

Researchers are nonetheless eager to see the documents.

“Things that didn’t look very exciting to them back in 1997 or 1998 might have relevance today,” said Posner.

Revealing the secret details will help Americans grasp what happened in Dallas, said William Kelly, an assassination researcher from New Jersey. “It’s going to give us the final pieces of the puzzle,” Kelly said.

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GrayDuck41
by Linda on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Gerald Posner?
LOL
He lies.
Myahny
by Bronze Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:35 PM
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Distractions from trump Russia, trump Niger, trump taxes.   Just distractions. 

GrayDuck41
by Linda on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:36 PM
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GrayDuck41
by Linda on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:36 PM
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That is probably true.
There's nothing new to reveal.
Trump loves to distract.


Quoting Myahny:

Distractions from trump Russia, trump Niger, trump taxes.   Just distractions. 

Myahny
by Bronze Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:41 PM
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What he fails to realize is there's 1 person who isn't distracted by it or any of the other bullshit, tweets, or nonsense trump likes to stir up.  That person is Mr Robert Mueller.  He will still go to work & do his job & no matter what the news cycle is covering, it's not a distraction for him. 

Plus this Niger thing isn't going to go away either.  There are a LOT of questions about what happened & everyone can already smell the coverup that the administration is trying to pull.  It won't work.  We WILL find out why our soldiers were killed & who ordered the mission. 

Quoting GrayDuck41: That is probably true. There's nothing new to reveal. Trump loves to distract.
Quoting Myahny:

Distractions from trump Russia, trump Niger, trump taxes.   Just distractions. 


LancesMom
by Gold Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Don't forget to throw in a conspiracy theory. 

We all know how he and most of his base loves them!

Quoting Myahny:

Distractions from trump Russia, trump Niger, trump taxes.   Just distractions. 


handy0318
by Bronze Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:45 PM
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I agree that there probably won't be any knew information shared. However, that won't stop the conspiracy theorists to come up with a bunch of new stories to sell! ;)

Myahny
by Bronze Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:46 PM
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Yep. we'll find out that Ted Cruz's dad killed Kennedy!   Just like he said!  OMG, my IQ dropped just typing that bullshit.  lol

Quoting LancesMom:

Don't forget to throw in a conspiracy theory. 

We all know how he and most of his base loves them!

Quoting Myahny:

Distractions from trump Russia, trump Niger, trump taxes.   Just distractions. 


billsfan1104
by Ruby Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:46 PM
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I believe that so much was hidden with his assasination. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I still think the government covered up a lot of this assasination.

Quoting handy0318:

I agree that there probably won't be any knew information shared. However, that won't stop the conspiracy theorists to come up with a bunch of new stories to sell! ;)

handy0318
by Bronze Member on Oct. 21, 2017 at 6:55 PM
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You know.. I really don't. My mom had the book the Warren Commission put out and I read it when Congress reopened the investigation back in '78... I believed then and still believe now that there really wasn't much to cover up. 

What's most interesting to me is that with all the latest forensic and technological advances and the various recreations of the shot and digital examinations of the Zapruder film... it all plays out exactly as stated, Oswald being the lone gunman.

I recently read a book that delved into why Oswald would kill JFK and, given all the material the author researched, it really does make sense that this troubled, somewhat unstable, yet highly articulate guy would kill a President. He was trying to get in good with Castro and Cuba and the policies against Cuba at the time infuriated him. When he learned that there were active CIA plots to kill Castro, he sort of off handily told a friend, "Someone ought to kill Kennedy". Then, fate took a hand. He was always in and out of work and a friend of a friend got him a job at the Depository. The rest is indeed history.

Quoting billsfan1104: I believe that so much was hidden with his assasination. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I still think the government covered up a lot of this assasination.
Quoting handy0318:

I agree that there probably won't be any knew information shared. However, that won't stop the conspiracy theorists to come up with a bunch of new stories to sell! ;)


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