CIA treachery? Shocking!
Well, that’s according to Federal Judge John Tunheim, as featured in a Boston Globe story on the “trove” of secret files still being withheld by the US Government fifty years after JFK was murdered in Dealey Plaza.
How would Judge Tunheim know about this trove of treachery?
It just so happens that he’s the former chair of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), the declassification project created in the aftermath of Oliver Stone’s JFK and the public outrage it sparked. From the Globe:
The so-called 1992 JFK Records Act, the law that established Tunheim’s records review board, stipulated that all the files have to be released by October 2017 unless the president of the United States grants permission to keep them secret — something many researchers fear could happen if there isn’t more public pressure.
And time is running out for the government. Those ultra-secret secrets regarding Kennedy’s public execution have long been coveted by researchers and critics of the Warren Commission. Their desire to see them is directly proportional to the government’s unwillingness to let even the ARRB see them:
The National Archives and Records Administration, which is tasked with working with the agencies that originally generated the files, reports that some 1,100 distinct documents that Tunheim and his team did not have access to remain shielded from public view.
Interesting to note that many of the defenders of the surveillance state, the Patriot Act and the NSA’s uber alles style of spying often sing out that tired little ditty: “If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.”
You don’t say?
Funny how–If we, the people, turn around and apply that to a fifty-year old event–we are derided as tin foil millinery models and cranky kooks, simply because it seems strange to us that the government is afraid to release the information. As the good judge told the Globe:
“A lot of questions remain,” said John R. Tunheim, a federal judge in Minnesota who chaired the Assassination Records Review Board, which oversaw the review and disclosure of some five million records related to the JFK assassination in the 1990s. “We only put a few pieces of the puzzle together. Lots of the jigsaw is missing.”
Thankfully, researchers and journalists, like the tireless Jefferson Morley of JFKFacts.org, have refused to accept this veil of secrecy. Morley has long battled the CIA and the government in court, trying to pry loose those secrets and bring them into the light of day.
As Morley told the Globe:
“There is no mechanism to implement the JFK Records Act,” said Jefferson Morley, a former Washington Post reporter and author who is suing the CIA to release more documents. The National Archives, he said, “has little leverage with the CIA to release stuff.”
So, the CIA has final say … the will of the people notwithstanding. But what is it they are trying to hide?