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Don’t Forget Trump’s Deal with the CIA on the JFK Records

By Jacob G. Hornberger | FFF | August 17, 2020

In April 2018, President Trump issued an order to the National Archives to continue keeping thousands of CIA records relating to the John Kennedy assassination secret from the American people. The new deadline, which could be extended again by either Trump or a President Biden, was set for October 2021.

Since the order was issued early in the Trump regime, no doubt he felt confident that there would be no adverse political consequences flowing from his order. But now that Trump is engaged in a heated race with Joe Biden, he ought to be called upon to explain and justify his order for continued secrecy in an assassination that took place almost six decades ago.

Given the official narrative of the Kennedy assassination, the massive secrecy in which the Pentagon and the CIA engaged after the assassination has never made any sense.

The official narrative says that a lone nut former U.S. Marine communist killed Kennedy with no apparent motive. The most that proponents of the lone-nut theory have ever come up with on a possible motive is that a little man wanted to become a big man by killing a big man. The big problem with that theory is that the accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, denied that he did it and even contended that he was being framed for the crime. If a little man wanted to become a big man by killing a big man, wouldn’t he be acknowledging that he did it and even boasting about it?

IN 1991, Oliver Stone come out with his movie JFK, which posited that Kennedy had been assassinated as part of a U.S. domestic regime-change operation intended to protect “national security” from a president who had declared an end to the Cold War and an intention to establish peaceful and friendly relations with the Soviet Union and the rest of the communist world. (See FFF’s book JFK’s War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated by Douglas Horne, who served on the staff of the ARRB.)

At the end of JFK, Stone inserted a blurb pointing out the continued secrecy of federal agencies with respect to records relating to the Kennedy assassination some 30 years after the assassination in what had been presented as nothing more than a lone-nut murder of a president.

While the mainstream media was poo-pooing Stone’s movie, the American people were outraged over the continued secrecy. Public pressure caused Congress to enact the JFK Records Collection Act in 1992, which mandated the release of all assassination-related records of federal agencies, including the Pentagon and the CIA.

To enforce the law, Congress called into existence the Assassination Records Review Board. In its four years of operation, the ARRB secured the release of tens of thousands of records relating to the assassination, some of which pointed to the fraudulent nature of the autopsy that the U.S. military conducted on the president’s body. (See my books The Kennedy Autopsy  and The Kennedy Autopsy 2.)

There were two strange parts of the JFK Records Act:

1. The law expressly prohibited the ARRB from investigating any aspect of the JFK assassination. Doesn’t that seem to be a rather strange provision? If a matter that had intentionally been kept secret for 30 years needed to be investigated, wouldn’t you think that Congress would want it investigated? The no-investigation provision was strictly enforced on the ARRB staff by the ARRB board of trustees.

2.The law permitted federal agencies to keep their records secret for another 25 years, a provision that the CIA took advantage of. Given that this was supposedly just a lone-nut murder, why was secrecy necessary in the first place? What “national security” concern would there have been? And wouldn’t a lapse of 30 years be sufficient for any such “national security” concern? Why another 25 years, especially since continued secrecy would only serve to buttress Stone’s thesis in JFK?

Back in the 1990s, 25 years must have seemed like a long time away, long enough that the CIA and the Pentagon could rest easy. Anyway, by the time those 25 years expired, there was a good chance that no one would care anyway, especially within the mainstream press.

But when that deadline rolled around in 2018, there were people who still cared. They were demanding that Trump release the records.

That’s not what Trump did. Instead, he granted the CIA’s request for at least another 3 1/2 years of secrecy.

Back in 2018, Trump didn’t have to justify his decision, but now that he’s running for reelection, he should be made to account for what he did by being asked the following questions:

1. How could the release of the CIA’s long-secret JFK-assassination-related records possibly pose a threat to “national security”?

2. Why not order an immediate release of those long-secret records now rather than wait until October of next year?

3. If the CIA has nothing to hide, why is it still hiding it almost 60 years after the Kennedy assassination?

The big problem, of course, is the deep loyalty that the mainstream press, Democrats, Republicans, and even some conservative-oriented libertarians have toward the CIA, not to mention the deep fear of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist.” That is why it is unlikely that Trump will be required to justify his deference to the CIA and its desire for continued secrecy in the Kennedy assassination.

Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education.

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  1. Ha, yeah ask him. It will be fun to see the laser dot go back on his forehead.


    Comment by Thane Eugene Cesar | August 18, 2020 | Reply

  2. “Given the official narrative of the Kennedy assassination, the massive secrecy in which the Pentagon and the CIA engaged after the assassination has never made any sense”.

    It makes perfect sense if the Pentagon and CIA have something to hide,(as Kennedy’s so called killer was shot dead by Jacob Rubenstein, who subsequently died of cancer(or so we are told), requiring NO TRIAL under American law, and the same thing applies to the “terrorist attack” of “9/11”, where the “So called” Terrorists(those that survived anyway) were whisked away to Guantanamo Bay, and kept well from America’s, forensic Legal system…….

    There is a huge stench behind both Crimes……..


    Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 18, 2020 | Reply

  3. ‘Retired’ spy Spookd added something new yesterday in his Twitter feed for me in this interesting ongoing saga of which I’m still a living witness to have looked out that window where supposedly Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK from…days afterwards before the window view was shut down to the public (& actually the window stall with window itself carted away…!)

    Spookd Blog

    Aug 17

    BTW, the the limo driver was the trigger man; he turned, steered with his right hand, fired directly at JFK. That said, there were multiple snipers, none of whom were Lee Harvey Oswald – a Navy Intelligence Officer working under-cover to penetrate Texas communist operations


    Comment by Leland Roth | August 19, 2020 | Reply

  4. The current Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnel, has an interesting and chequered history. What isn’t well known is that during the ’60s young Mitch McConnell worked as an intern for a Kentucky Republican Senator named John Sherman Cooper. McConnell’s internship also coincided with Senator Cooper’s time on the Warren Commission.

    Mitch McConnell personally considers Senator Cooper to have been his political mentor, and holds this man in the highest regard. To now reveal that John Sherman Cooper was complicit in the cover up would stain this man’s august memory in the view of Mitch McConnell.

    And from a political point of view Trump needed McConnel as Senate Majority leader to fight off any efforts to keep Impeachment and removal from office. As Trump is best known for his catchphrase slogan- “The Art of the Deal”, his need for someone to keep his political enemies in Congress at bay, may have gone into his decision to keep the JFK documents from public view.
    Speculation yes- but knowing the ways of Washington, a very likely possibility.

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    Comment by John F. Davies | August 19, 2020 | Reply

  5. On why Trump did not declassify- A few more names.

    The present Attorney General Bob Barr, was a legal counsel to the CIA during the 1970s. Records now show that he was involved with the obstruction of investigation and the withholding of records to the House Assassination Committee.

    During the Iran Contra Affair, Barr worked as legal counsel to George HW Bush, and later served as his Deputy Attorney General. Barr constantly obstructed prosecutor Lawrence Walsh in this investigations. He was also the one who created the legal justification for the invasion of Panama, and was instrumental in advising Bush to pardon the remaining Iran Contra Figures at the end of his term.

    Bob Barr and Robert Mueller, (As well as their wives.) are also allegedly both good personal friends.

    And the Federal Judge who denied Jefferson Morley’s suit to declassify CIA-related JFK documents?
    Brett Kavanaugh.
    Is it any wonder why he got the Supreme Court nomination?

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    Comment by John F. Davies | August 19, 2020 | Reply

  6. I thought this info on the JFK stuff was quite interesting last month ~ which I saved in my emails because my older brother was with me when we both looked out of that fabled window in Dallas days after 11 22 63…

    “If u recall we visited that room where Lee Harvey Oswald supposedly shot from…

    “So here’s an update of sorts on that😉” me to my blood brother⚡

    President Kennedy’s Assassination: Reporter Killed

    Craig Roberts was a Marine Corps sniper. When he first saw the window from which Lee Harvey Oswald was supposed to have shot President Kennedy, he knew immediately that everything he had been told about the assassination was a lie. He called his friend, Carlos Hathcock, who had the highest bounty set by the Viet Cong of any American sniper in Vietnam. When told that Roberts had determined Oswald could never have shot the President from that spot in the schoolbook depository, Hathcock not only agreed but said his team of sniper instructors at Quantico had tried more than once to replicate the kill shot. But not even best Marine Corps snipers could make the shot. Craig Roberts wrote a book, Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza.

    & the above link has my comments in it as well including information related to T’s past life as Patton:

    Remember the words of war hero and legendary patriot General George S. Patton – American HeroBack to Aug 18, 2020

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    Comment by Leland Roth | August 20, 2020 | Reply

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