Just what’s in those files
One does not have to be a rabid conspiracy theorist to wonder why 55 years after the event, some documents about the John F. Kennedy assassination are still deemed too sensitive for the public to see.
Thursday was supposed to be the day all of the documents related to the assassination were declassified and unsealed. On Oct. 26, 1992, Congress passed a resolution that 25 years hence all the evidence would be made available to the citizens of the country.
There was a caveat, however, that the president could deem some pieces “too sensitive” as to constitute a threat to national security. As late as a week ago last Friday, President Trump indicated he was inclined to let the public see the whole record.
At some point between that pronouncement and the Thursday deadline, someone in government convinced the president to keep hundreds of pages classified.
That decision can only feed conspiracy theories.
We suspect — but don’t know — that the unreleased pages are embarrassing to officials who missed clues before the assassination. It would surprise us if there are documents that prove a conspiracy in JFK’s death.
But, even if that’s where the documents point, the American public deserves to know what happened — definitively, once and for all.
As for all the conspiracy theories, virtually all of the alleged conspirators are dead. The Soviet Union is gone; Fidel Castro is dead; the mob figures that played in one theory are dead; even Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy’s vice president who stood accused in one outlandish tale, is dead and gone.
So, exactly how is our national security threatened by release of these documents?
Supposedly, President Trump has given intelligence officials six months to prove to him that the remaining classified files could constitute a threat to national security. If they don’t have that story straight after having the files for 55 years, what good is six months more going to do?
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