Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WaPo Reports on JFK Assassination Files

Today, I just found an interesting four-page report at the Washington Post (cross-posted from the Associated Press) on the JFK assassination files and researchers who are demanding transparency concerning the classified files, which are still sealed after five decades.

Says the report:

Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known — and intriguing — and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look.
Some serious researchers believe the off-limits files could shed valuable new light on nagging mysteries of the assassination — including what U.S. intelligence agencies knew about accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before Nov. 22, 1963.

It turns out that several hundred of the still-classified pages concern a deceased CIA agent, George Joannides, whose activities just before the assassination and, fascinatingly, during a government investigation years later, have tantalized researchers for years.

My take on this is that maybe the conspiracy theorists are true after all: Lee Harvey Oswald didn't act alone, and maybe the national-security state wanted to get revenge on JFK for not receiving help for the anti-Castro Bay of Pigs operation.

However, I have yet to fully tap into the wealth of information that exists about the JFK assassination. And I have yet to see Oliver Stone's controversial 1991 classic JFK. (For a libertarian's review on this movie, see Murray N. Rothbard's review. And not only that, the Ludwig von Mises Institute has it on their list recommended films for libertarians.)

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