For those who believe that the clues to who killed JFK are hidden somewhere deep inside the government's files, this may be the last chance to find the missing pieces. The 1992 JFK Records Act gave 25 years to U.S. government to make public all related files. The time wasup on Oct. 26, 2017.
By the fall of 1963, President John F. Kennedy was preparing for the next presidential campaign. In November, JFK, accompanied by his wife, Jacqueline, and Vice-President Johnson, was making a trip to Texas, the Vice President’s home state. The Kennedy-Johnson ticket had barely won Texas in 1960, and the President was already on the campaign trail to help the Texas Democratic Party get ready for the election the following year.
On Friday 22nd, they presidential couple were riding in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas when, shortly after noon, as it was passing the Texas Schoolbook Depository, gunfire suddenly reverberated in the Plaza. JFK was struck by two bullets; one in the head, one in the neck and at 1:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead.
Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with killing him. He was a known Communist and ex-Marine who had spent time in the Soviet Union, and worked at the Book Depository. The perfect culprit. However, Oswald was never brought to trial because he was shot down two days after the assassination by Jack Ruby, a night-club owner, while being transferred to prison. In 1964, a presidential commission headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren found that Oswald acted alone.
But that conclusion has never satisfied the public.
Although the assassination of JFK was the subject of large official investigations, beginning with the Warren Commission and continuing through the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978-79, the American public has continued to seek answers to questions raised by this inexplicable act.
These questions were compounded by the government penchant for secrecy. Fears sparked by the Cold War discouraged the release of documents, particularly those fromthe intelligence and security agencies.
The suspicions created by government secrecy eroded confidence in the credibility of federal agencies in general.
The JFK Movie and the JFK Act
In 1991, Oliver Stone’s film JFK renewed public interest in a probable conspiracy.
Frustrated by the lack of access and disturbed by the conclusions of Oliver Stone's film, Congress passed the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act.).
The Act mandated that all assassination-related material be housed in a single collection in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
It states: “Each assassination record shall be publicly disclosed in full, and available in the Collection no later than the date that is 25 years after the date of enactment of this Act, unless the President certifies, as required by this Act, that continued postponement is made necessary”.
The US government hit its 25-year deadline this year
On July 24, the National Archives released a group of 3,810 documents including FBI and CIA records (the first of several expected releases), along with 17 audio files. The materials released are available online only. The access to the original paper records will occur later. You can download the files online.
On October 26, 2017, about 3,000 never-before-seen documents, along with 34,000 previously redacted files, werescheduled for release. (Redacted files had been made public originally with certain information blanked out.)
The files are expected to throw light on what the government, particularly the CIA, might have known about assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before Kennedy's death. Already, the law has helped fill out one of the most significant periods of the 20th century, revealing information on military plots to invade Cuba; Kennedy's plans to begin a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam; and the formation of the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination.
Conspiracy TheoriesSince JFK was shot and killed on that terrible Friday afternoon, theories have abounded about who really did it.
The people who subscribe to these theories often focus on the idea that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone or didn't commit the murder at all.
They suggest a second gunman — perhaps on the grassy knoll of Dealey Plaza — participated in the shooting. Others believe Kennedy was killed by CIA agents acting either out of anger over the military fiasco at the Bay of Pigs or in favor of Vice-President Lyndon Johnson. Other theories suggest he could have been killed by KGB operatives or the Mafia, in reprisal for Kennedy's brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, initiating the prosecution of an organized crime ring.
Some conspiracy theorists also believe that the Warren Commission report was a cover-up.
Speculation over one of history's most famous political assassinations is such a popular parlor game that most people have taken the rumors to heart: just 32% of those polled by U.S. TV network ABC believe Oswald carried out the killing on his own.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump even claimed, without evidence, that the Cuban-born father of his Republican rival Ted Cruz might have been involved!
There are, however, some basic, indisputable, uncontroversial facts. These facts suggest only two realistic solutions, both of which revolve around the role of Lee Harvey Oswald:
- Oswald killed Kennedy, with or without associates
- He was set up in advance to take the blame.
The Conspiracy List: Wrong or Right?
These are some of the most common JFK conspiracy theories:
- The Mafia was behind it, as payback for JFK sleeping with their mistresses and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, cracking down on organized crime after they allegedly helped them win Illinois in the 1960 election. Alternatively, they did it because JFK went too easy on Fidel Castro, which cost the Mob revenues from Cuban casinos.
- Right-wing anti-Castro groups were behind it, as payback for the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.
- Fidel Castro himself was behind it, in retaliation for the Bay of Pigs invasion or numerous assassination attempts from the CIA.
- The government of Israel and Mossad were behind it, because Kennedy opposed Israel's nuclear weapon development programs.
- The Soviet Union brainwashed Oswald during his time in the USSR and programmed him to do it. Or he was recruited by the KGB to do it. Or the KGB sent a double in his place. Or...
- The Democrats assassinated Kennedy because he was a Conservative.
- Actor Woody Harrelson's estranged father was behind it.
- Vice-President Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination.
- Kennedy was assassinated because he had attempted to restore the printing of paper money by the U.S. Treasury rather than the Federal Reserve bank
- Kennedy was assassinated by a cabal who wanted to expand the Vietnam War, because he was about to pull U.S. troops out.
- The driver shot Kennedy.
- Oswald shot Kennedy through the neck and a Secret Service agent in the following car accidentally shot him in the head raising his rifle to return fire.
- Oswald was a patsy, duped into action by Joseph Milteer, a right-winger associated with extremist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and who was under surveillance for threatening to kill the President.
- Kennedy arranged it all as an elaborate suicide.
- Kennedy was killed by a version of himself from the future, because otherwise he would have caused World War III.
- Kennedy survived and was replaced by a double "they" buried instead. JFK is still secretly running things from behind the scenes along with his family.