Trump Backtracks On JFK Files; Vows To Release “Just About Everything To Public”

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After promising to release all of the highly-anticipated JFK assassination files from the National Archives, Trump backtracked yesterday, reportedly on pressure from the CIA, and added a whole new layer of conspiracy theories onto an event that was already rife with conspiracies about how/why Kennedy was killed.

Now, Trump seems to be backtracking even further by implying that he no longer plans to release “all” of the JFK files but rather “just about everything.” Of course, withholding certain files from public disclosure will only serve to stoke conspiracy theorists rather than deliver the “transparency” that the Trump administration apparently desired on the topic.

As we noted yesterday (see below), the Trump administration caved to CIA pressure at the last minute and delayed the release of some of the JFK files for 180 days so that intelligence agencies could further redact information they didn’t want disseminated to the broader public.

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With much of America clicking furiously all day Thursday on the website of the National Archives, hoping to be among the first to catch the release of thousands of previously unseen JFK Assassination records, the U.S. government was in danger of missing the deadline to release the trove of previously classified records from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, “adding an unexpected twist to a saga already rife with rumors and conspiracies” according to NBC.

Caving to lobbying pressure by intelligence agencies, Trump announced he would not order the release of the full tranche of records, instead following last-minute recommendations of his national security agencies that some of those records be redacted, White House officials said. During a call with reporters, White House officials explained that while some 2,800 JFK records will be released todaythe publications of the remaining records has been postponed for 180 days to give agencies more time to figure out what they want redacted. By late Thursday afternoon, the memo specifying which material the CIA, State Department and other agencies still want to keep under wraps had yet not made it to Trump’s desk, intel officials told NBC News.

“There’s a mad scramble going on in the executive branch to get this done,” one official said.

As CBS adds, the delay requests – some of which were registered a couple of months ago and some more recently –  come from agencies throughout the government including the CIA and FBI. Some of the worry seems to center around documents created in the 1990’s, when the congressional committee was crafting the legislation setting Thursday as the release date. Officials told CBS News there is concern the documents may reveal sources and operations from the near past and include current people or operations. Of particular concern, according to officials, are names in the documents.

CBS News’ Chip Reid interviewed JFK scholar Larry Sabato, at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, who said he had been told that “at least most of it will not be released Thursday because not just the CIA, but apparently other agencies, unnamed — I assume the FBI is one — are appealing.”

Sabato says that the CIA wants some of the names in the documents redacted, and some of the paragraphs they say reveal the names of sources or methods used by the CIA.

In any case, the reason behind the delay remains a mystery. As CNN’s Jim Acosta notes, senior administration officials declined to discuss the contents of the files that will be released, including whether they contain evidence of a conspiracy surrounding Kennedy’s death.

Trump will issue a memo to heads of intelligence agencies saying “the American public expects and deserves its government to produce as much access as possible to the John F. Kennedy assassination records. “I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted” on the records, the memo will say. The President will also note that law enforcement and foreign affairs agencies have requested that certain records remain redacted.

“I have no choice” but to keep those records under wraps, the memo will say. In his memo, Trump will order intelligence agencies to re-review their reasons for keeping the records redacted, and to report back in 180 days.

What will remain classified?

According to CNN, officials said the sensitive information that will remain redacted for now relates to “intelligence and law enforcement” details. That includes the identity of individuals involved in the investigation into the assassination and their roles as informants to law enforcement, a senior administration official said.

It also includes information about foreign partner organizations that were involved in the investigation, the official said.

“The President heard those justifications from the agencies that requested the continuing postponement and he acknowledged that information … requires protection,” the official said. Agencies requesting continued redaction of certain documents will need to submit a report to the archivist by March 12, 2018, explaining why those documents meet that standard, the White House said.

Documents determined to not meet those standards will need to be released by April 26, 2018.

Trump’s decision to keep some documents secret is likely to keep conspiracy theories alive, fueling those who have long questioned official conclusions about the assassination and argued that the government has helped cover up the truth.

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  • darkhorse

    TRUMP…A TRUE ZIONIST!!!

  • darkhorse

    YOU GO CATALONIA!!!! THROW THAT VAMPIRE OFF YOUR BACK…

  • Smarty

    I guess now would be a good time to buy stock in some company that makes wide black magic markers….

    • Phil_Ossifer

      The redaction ink is actually dark brown and it shows up black when photocopied.

  • Roy Hobs

    The Saudis did it!

  • frankw

    “Includes information about foreign partner organizations..” Couldn’t be the Mossad could it?

  • SP_88

    These people seem to enjoy fueling conspiracy theories. If they had simply done this in the first place, without first having said that they would release everything, I bet this wouldn’t have created the stir of conspiracy theories that it now has.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      Maybe fueling conspiracy theories is the whole idea of the exercise? The best place to hide a tree is in a forest and they’re doing a good job of building forests so thick that it’s almost impossible to find individual trees.

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        Yes. Do it right out in the open and make it so blatant that nobody in their ‘right’ mind would believe it’s true.

      • SP_88

        Yes. It does seem like the conspiracies with the most theories are the ones that have the least chance of ever being completely solved.
        I think at this point if they came right out and told us exactly what happened, most people wouldn’t believe it. They would still insist that there was some other theory of how it happened.
        It’s like trying to do two 5000 piece puzzles of clear blue sky, but with all the pieces of both puzzles dumped into one pile.

  • Phil_Ossifer

    Further review in the next 180 days = give us six months to sanitize this stuff and then we can release it. Trump can only release documents that exist and the only way he knows what exists is if the CIA and FBI tell him what exists. He knows they’re lying but what can he do? On 11/22/63 the U.S. intelligence agencies staged a coup and no subsequent president has been able to make any big decisions without their permission, as Trump probably already knows.

    • Wrong, the Federal Terrorist Union took over in 1865 and consolidated their financial base in 1913. You are dreaming. Kennedys were just a bunch of Irish Mafia Scumbags, the early Clintons. Said one thing and did another –
      1) Operation Bay of Pigs.
      2) Assassination of Marilyn Monroe (after getting her pregnant and she threatened to talk).

      • Phil_Ossifer

        In 1865 the federal government consolidated power over the states. In 1913 the (((banksters))) seized control of the money supply. In 1963 the intelligence apparatus consolidated power over the federal government. It seems to be running in approximately 50-year cycles. It’s been 54 years since JFK was offed and I shudder to think what’s next.

        • Kennedys were an Irish Mafia Dynasty Scumbags preceding the Clintons.
          Sure they promised you the sun & the moon, just like any other crooked politician before & after them. What did they deliver ?
          1) Operation Bay of Pigs.
          2) Assassination of Marilyn Monroe.
          Either one by itself a threat to the regime and had to be cleaned up.
          1933 – Beginning of the gun control legislature and disarmament of the masses.
          1966/8 – More disarmament of the masses.
          1992 – Agenda 21 aka “Continuation of Government” under any contingency brought to the UN.
          1993 – Waco TX Massacre. The first WTC Bomb planted by a blind Imam in connection with the CIA.
          1995 – Erasing the CIA traces to the WTC Bombing by destroying the federal building.
          1994 – War with Iraq for Exxon, Chevron, Conoco, BP, Shell to steal raw petroleum.
          1996 – Somalia War for blood diamonds and More Disarmament of the Masses legislature.
          2001 – WTC Demolition for EPA/Profit (Larry Silverstein), Warmongering & Cheap Opium from Afghanistan for the USA Senate Drug Cartel.
          2011 – Assassination of Seal Team Six (the one who would’ve verified they did not kill Osama in Pakistan).
          2013 – Waco TX, police shooting biker gangs in a barrel.

          I can’t even keep track of the proper dates but many more murders followed:
          Aaron Swartz – Advocate for freedom of information, net neutrality and internet anonymity.
          Chris Kyle – Head of Craft International mercenary group that executed “the bombing” or smoke bombs hoax at the Boston Martial Law Drill.
          Michael Hastings – NSA whistle blower.
          Andrew Breitbart – Alternative media too close to the truth.
          Seth Rich – Discovered DNC election rigging by the Clintons.
          Nancy Schaeffer & Husband – Investigating CPA/CPS on pedophilia and child abuse.

          Witnesses of WTC Demolition, Witnesses of the new NV Hoax Shooting.
          Attacking the Syrian Army for Exxon, Chevron, Conoco, BP, Shell proposed pipeline S.A. – GER.

          The shots have been fired multiple times, we forgot to shoot back.

  • That’s incredibly stupid, what do you think the middle men mafia who were in on the assassination actually put on record ? Kinda like Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone’s vault after 50yrs.. Extremely idiotic, propaganda. Kennedys were Irish Mafia Scumbags.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      The old man Joe Kennedy, the bootlegger, was in deep with the Mafia; that’s well known. The thing that confuses the issue to this day is the way Bobby and Jack tried to bring the full weight of the government down on the Mafia. Why would they turn on the people who helped build the Kennedy family fortune? And why would they turn on the people who orchestrated the 11th-hour voter fraud in Chicago that ensured JFK’s election? I have heard several theories and none make sense. But what does make sense is the Mafia wanting JFK taken out because he and Bobby turned on them.

      • John failed “Operation Bay of Pigs” for the Mafia, Assassinated Marilyn Monroe in a sloppy way after getting her pregnant. But they thought political power overrides the mafia and somehow they can wrest control of it or from under it. But the Irish Mafia was just a front for the bigger and more powerful Italian Mafia, that was their oversight. Turning on them was one of three reasons.

  • Just another feeble attempt to get the Sheeple to trust government, worship of the good ole boys…. who were not to begin with, but sheeple will baaahaaahaaaa.