Friday, October 07, 2016

Question for the candidates: Release the JFK files?

There are stories in the media about the questions Hillary and Trump should be asked Sunday night here and here.

My question: If elected will you ensure that all the remaining documents on the JFK assassination are released as planned in 2017? A follow up comment/question: Will you reject any agency's special request to continue withholding documents only if releasing them will clearly endanger national security? For example, any document that just incriminates/discredits the CIA or the FBI for some involvement can't be withheld on those grounds alone.  

From Politico last year:

Among the 40,000 documents are roughly 3,600 that have never been seen by the public. They have been “withheld in full” primarily because they contain information that was considered “security classified” but also to protect personal privacy, tax and grand jury information, and “because information in the document reveals the identity of an unclassified confidential source,” according to Murphy.

Among the 3,600 are roughly 1,100 CIA documents, which make up the largest share. The second-largest batch belongs to the FBI, according to Murphy, while the rest include testimony and other records of the Warren Commission itself; the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which reopened the investigation into JFK’s death in the late 1970s and concluded it was the result of a conspiracy (though the panel couldn’t prove it); records from the National Security Agency and other Defense Department offices; and files from a pair of 1975 congressional probes of CIA abuses — the so-called Church and Pike committees — and a related commission led by then-Vice President Nelson Rockefeller...

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