President Trump has announced via Twitter that he will release the long awaited classified files surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. There are 3,000 documents in the National Archives regarding JFK’s death and the investigation into his alleged killer, Lee Harvey Oswald. This action fulfills the directive of an Act passed in 1992, calling for the release of these files on October 26, 2017.
Phil Shenon is a Kennedy expert and has written a book on the Warren Commission. He told the Washington Post that “it’s great news that the president is focused on this and that he’s trying to demonstrate transparency.”
Shenon is among those who believe the files will seriously implicate the CIA, which is why, according to him and others, they have not already been released. He says, “People at the CIA and elsewhere are determined to keep at least some of the information secret, especially in documents created in the 1990s.”
Roger Stone, a strong Trump ally, praised the president’s commitment to release the files. “The president believes in transparency. He believes in the public’s right to know. I am optimistic that the president is going to do the right thing.”
Stone goes on to claim the sealed documents will reveal that Oswald was the killer, but that he was trained by the CIA and acted on their command.
What will the documents really state? This should be interesting. I have long been a strong believer that Oswald shot Kennedy, and acted alone, for several reasons. Here are just five.
1. The only bullet fragments found came from his gun.
2. No one involved in any cover-up has ever come forward.
3. Oswald would be the last person the CIA, FBI, Castro, or Russia would be able to rely on.
4. If Oswald was a patsy, why did those who hired him let him roam the streets of Dallas after the shooting?
5. The bullets supposedly fired from the grassy knoll were never found.
I doubt these documents will reveal anything new. But I could be wrong. At least they will be revealed – finally. Maybe this will be the start to an end to the conspiracy theories and questions about the integrity of the investigation the Warren Commission conducted over 50 years ago. Perhaps we can finally move on. It’s doubtful, but possible.