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Thursday, May 03, 2018

ANDREW KREIG: Trump Suppresses JFK Murder Records, Violates Pledge, Bows To CIA, Deep State

CIA remains completely out of control     

JUSTICE INTEGRITY PROJECT
By Andrew Kreig
05/01/2018

Some scholars say the courageous speech during the Cold War -- combined with Kennedy's actions antagonizing CIA, Pentagon, fanatic anti-communist empire-builders, segregationist, Cuban exile, Mafia and wealthy Texas oil forces -- helped set in motion his death later in the year. Among other actions, JFK's fury at the CIA's manipulations during the Bay of Pigs invasion led him to oust the top three CIA executives.


President Kennedy delivers an iconic speech in June 
1963 at American University calling for world peace
One of them, CIA Director Allen Dulles, an operative for decades on behalf of some of America's leading dynasties, would help guide six other Warren Commission officials supervising the Commission staff writing the official report in 1964 about JFK's death. Beginning in the 1970s, professor, poet and former diplomat Peter Dale Scott popularized the term "Deep State" in his books to describe the secretive relationship between America's oligarchs and key unelected officials such as Dulles, as evident in scholarly research about the Kennedy assassination.


On April 26 this spring, the last day of the historic deadline for JFK assassination records release, President Trump ordered suppression until 2021 of some 520 remaining classified records regarding the 1963 murder of President John F. Kennedy (JFK) in Dallas.


President Kennedy with Allen Dulles

In violating his earlier pledge to release all records, Trump released at least parts of some 19,000 other records but cited only vague “national security” concerns for the redactions and outright document suppressions despite a congressionally passed legal requirement in the 1992 “JFK Act” that he and his administration provide a specific reason to suppress each withheld record.

The White House press announcement confused the issues further by redacting many of the 19,000 documents that were released by the National Archives and Records Administation (NARA) in the latest batch last week. The records are available online, a good thing. But NARA failed to organize them in a way readily accessible to reporters and other researchers — or to provide such other key details as whether documents had been previously released in significant part.


Trump used a similar stall tactic last fall in postponing the final release of documents, which were all supposed to be released by last Oct. 26, according to the so-called JFK Act unanimously passed by Congress in 1992 to quell public fervor from Oliver Stone's powerful film JFK. One of Trump's longtime close friends confided this spring to us that he did not believe Trump had paid any significant attention to the JFK records issues last fall until just before decision date, even though some of Trump advisors had been telling him about the importance of the release. 


It happens also that Trump his son-in-law Jared Kushner's uncle, Murray J. Laulicht, born in 1940, had served as an assistant counsel on the Warren Commission staff and was one of countless experts that the Justice Integrity Project, among others, had ascertained (JFK Experts Advocate Compliance With Records Deadline) ,as arguing for full document release.

Thus, the Newsweek cover "Lazy Boy" last year seemed apt as a portrayal of the president for this piece.

Last week's delay and release of some but not all of the documents confused the largely deferential and gullible mainstream media that automatically defers to “national security” claims.




Let’s be blunt since this process is apparently never going to be complete, at least within the lifetimes of the surviving witnesses who could augment the record of what was literally "The Crime of the Century."

The so-called national security most at stake involves the ability of powerful entities to murder a president, in this case President Kennedy, in broad daylight for policy reasons and then to pressure successors, Congress, courts and the media to maintain a cover-up for more than five decades so that the institutional successors of the malefactors can continue their agendas at home and abroad.

The Basics Are Simple

That’s the basic story, cleared of clutter, and that’s what the public needs to care about — and not the endless theories and research projects thwarted by missing documents or witnesses.

As a positive note, my conclusion as a researcher who is well connected to others in the field is that the jigsaw puzzle about the JFK murder mystery is just about complete after more than 2,500 books on the topic and five million pages of declassified documents already release. So we already know most of what we need to know to understand that the 1964 Warren Commission was just part of a cover-up fraud that has continued to the present.




The essentials of the real story are already extensively documented: Accused killer Lee Harvey Oswald, a Marine who had worked on the ultra-secret U-2 spy program, was later an undercover low-level U.S. government asset under orders seeking to infiltrate Communist circles. He was thus easy to position at the designated kill zone for the president in Dallas and smear as a patsy.

Oswald's killer Jack Ruby had a long relationship with the Mafia, contrary to the Warren Commission's findings, and thus faced pressure to kill Oswald before the patsy could defend himself -- or else Ruby would presumably be terminated for failure to follow orders.


Lee Harvey Oswald

As for Kennedy, the Secret Service and local police failed to take normal protections and professionals killed him, with the fatal bullet medically proven to have come from the right front (and not from the rear as the Warren Commission stated).

The Secret Service hijacked Kennedy's corpse from a Dallas hospital, where independent professional doctors could see that he had been killed from the right front, and delivered the corpse instead to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where a rigged autopsy operating under military command confused and suppressed the medical evidence.


One of the most fiercely debated aspects of the Kennedy case is the conduct and response of the Secret Service Agents responsible for protecting the President on that fateful afternoon in Dallas

Nearly all of those in government and the media who have participated in the cover-up did so under a concocted fear that the truth would threaten "national security," including a potential war with the Soviet Union. Later generations of cover-up continue to the present because of desire for job stability or career advancement by professionals in government or the media who do not want to be stigmatized as "conspiracy theorists" by their peers and employers.


Stephen Breyer
Longtime U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, a Massachusetts Democrat shown in an official portrait, is one of many examples.

He worked in a junior position on the Warren Commission staff as a young Harvard Law grad.

For decades, he should have been at the forefront of commentary on the topic of his party's murdered leader, and not advancing via his sinecures as a professor and judge with his mouth shut on this issue.


For most participating in the cover-ups, however, the reason is simply trust in government, leading to apathy and gullibility about history and a firm albeit sorely lacking focus on here and now deadlines.

Meanwhile, public opinion surveys for decades have shown that large majorities -- typically ranging from the mid-60s to mid-70s -- of the American people do not believe the Warren Report.

As a result, opportunists like Trump are able to build on such suspicions to win popularity by denouncing as "fake news" even real news, while cynically selling out, as in the Kennedy evidence, to the institutional successors of those who murdered his predecessor Kennedy and many brave witnesses (including law enforcers and reporters) and covered-up their horrific crimes. Those are well documented in many fine books, including JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James Douglass in 2009.

The government cover-ups with only sporadic attention by the media (including academics) have enabled many later state crimes, including the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin false flag enabling continuation of the Vietnam War that Kennedy wanted to end, the Bush-era's "Weapons of Mass Destruction" hoax in 2003 enabling the Iraq War and, quite likely, the alleged but seemingly bogus chemical attacks this spring in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta.


Bush, Cheney, MSM lied America into Iraq war using bogus WMD claims

The latter, a continuation of the hoax "chemical attacks" that Seymour Hersh has exposed for years in the foreign media (since his major work is no longer published in the United States) are potentially paving the way for increased U.S. involvement in a war against Syria -- even though its government, with Russian and Iranian help, has nearly finished off the ISIS threat in the territory that it controls. 

Here and Now

As a caveat: those conclusions above are my own, albeit after considerable study that is excerpted below in an appendix that contains the Justice Integrity Project's 50-part "Readers Guide to the JFK Assassination." The guide developed over nearly five years of writing consists of catalogs of major books, films, and archives plus interpretive commentaries reflecting all major points of view regarding the president's murder.

But the meaning of recent document release is the specific focus of today's column, which follows our brief news report of April 26, the date of release.




To cover recent specifics, the remainder of this column will cite the several highly experienced JFK assassination researchers who have written columns in recent days about the JFK documents. With so many controversial issues in play, however, their words are cited only for the limited purpose of showcasing their diligence and expertise on the specific results of the document release and suppression process -- and not to support my own more general conclusions stated above.

Those four experts cited below are:


  • Jacob Hornberger, a JFK author and book publisher, and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation website, where he often writes about political implications of JFK research;
  • Rex Bradford, analyst and consultant with Mary Ferrell Foundation research center;
  • Jeff Schechtman, reporter and radio host with the WhoWhatWhy investigative site; and
  • Jefferson Morley, Washington bureau chief of AlterNet, author of two JFK-related books, and a former Washington Post reporter who edits the JFKFacts.org commentary blog site.

The White House and Archives Announcements

Any analysis begins, of course, with the announcements by the White House, a relatively general statement, supplemented by a more detailed statement from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the formal name for the National Archives entrusted with coordinating such document releases.




NARA stated in a late morning announcement on April 26 headlined: New Group of JFK Assassination Documents Available to the Public:

In accordance with President Trump’s direction on October 26, 2017, the National Archives today posted 19,045 documents subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act). Released documents are available for download. The versions released today were processed by agencies in accordance with the President’s direction that agency heads be extremely circumspect in recommending any further postponement.

Shortly afterwords, Trump took a victory lap by issuing a Tweet falsely claiming: "JFK Files are released, long ahead of schedule!"




The major news organizations provided only modest coverage, doubtrless in part because authoties have made the process and the point of the records highly confusing and controversial through the decades. Younger reporters have a difficult time appreciating the continuing importance of the story, in part because that importance is directly related to the uncomforable reality that major news organizations have always worked to suppress the most important research that differs from the official story, as evident in the Readers Guide segments below.

Therefore, anyone seeking to understand last week's release needs to focus on independent research, most often published only on the web. The first of our authors cited above was Jacob Hornberger, who had correctly predicted in writing last October that Trump would doublecross the public by reneging on his legal obligation to release the documents then or provide a detailed rationale for national security.


Hornberger
This time Hornberger, shown at left, whose writing is guided in part via his libertarian and conservative principles, wrote on April 27 The JFK Cover-Up Continues. The column began: 

Just as I repeatedly predicted, President Trump, the CIA, and the National Archives decided to continue keeping those 50-year-old JFK-assassination records of the CIA and other elements of the U.S. national-security establishment secret from the American people.


On yesterday’s deadline, Trump dutifully issued an executive decree ordering at least three more years of official secrecy.

My new prediction: When the new deadline arrives on October 26, 2021 it will be extended again. The American people will never — repeat never — be permitted to see those records.

Last October, I also correctly predicted that Trump would accede to CIA demands to extend the time for secrecy when the original deadline that had been sent 25 years ago arrived for releasing those 50-year-old records.

Rex Bradford and his colleagues at the Mary Ferrell Foundation followed up on April 30 with an analytic column 2017 / 2018 Document Releases: Update The April 26, 2018 Release. A significant excerpt from the column is reprinted below along with an excerpt from Jeff Schectman's in-depth interview of Bradford on the WhoWhatWhy podcast of May 1, entitled: Analysis: Final Word on the JFK Assassination: There Will Never Be a Final Word.

Finally, we excerpt the May 1 column by Jefferson Morley, the JFKFacts.org editor and the author of two biographies of two CIA executives regarded as important in the JFK research mysteries, James J. Angleton and Winston Scott.

Morley and his counsel James Lesar are also two of the most expert and dedicated Freedom of Information Act litigants in obtaining federal court decisions overcoming CIA stonewalling on documents. As reported by USA Today in March, their litigation has unearthed the major fidnign that George Joannides, a CIA officer who was supposed to help congressional researchers in the 1970s, was actually a key figure himself during the 1960s in the CIA's Cuba-focused investigations arguably highly relevant to the JFK assassination.


Morley
Morley, shown at right, opined on JFKFacts.org on May 1 in a column headlined After Trump’s big promise, 15,834 JFK files remain secret:

Today, after Trump’s April 26 document dump, journalists, researchers, and historians face a different reality. According to the Mary Ferrell Foundation’s analysis of the National Archives JFK database, 15,834 assassination files, most of them from the CIA, will not be released until 2021, if then. Sad!


Why Secrecy? Some of the redactions are obtuseness dictated by bureaucratic necessity. In the file of decorated officer David Phillips, the agency redacts the fact that it maintains a station in the Dominican Republic. But Phillips wrote about the D.R. station in his memoir, The Night Watch — which was approved for publication by the CIA. This sort of redacting is what CIA veterans do in their sleep: keep secrets, even if they’re not secret.

Such conclusions have evolved from his three decades of research, also illustrated in his column last month at JFKFacts.org, Analysis: JFK researchers doubt Trump will free the files today.

Summing Up

There is great and often passionate diversity in the views of JFK researchers, which is why i have tried to be careful in ascribing ultimate conclusions only to my own words while quoting others extensively on the important immediate issues of the meaning of the latest JFK documents release process.

That process may be winding to a close, at least within the lifetime of those alive during Kennedy's era. The powers that be -- nearly all dead from that time but surviving via their powerful institutions -- simply do not want the public to obtain closure on the facts.

But no one should forget the obstacles and the significance of the hunt. There exist many implications for later events extending to the present. Indeed, this reporter will be traveling to Pittsburgh for a major conference from May 3 to 4 about the suppressed records causing the cover-up of the 1968 murders of Kennedy's brother, New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and the iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Those are only a few of the steps on the path to the present.




We previewed that conference earlier this week in Historic Conference May 3-4 To Document MLK, RFK Murder Evidence Cover-ups. Readers here are encouraged to follow the revelations and their implications as best as possible. One way would be to register for the program via videoconference. The registration process is slightly opaque, however. To clarify, web registation is here and requires a $100 payment for video access, with payment here to the organizers at the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University.

The bad part about all this research is that nearly all of us are not going to like what we see as we persist. The good thing, though, is that we need to know because neither our government nor the media are willing to inform us about what's most important, as indicating by the difficulties in obtaining the last documents about JFK's murder.





Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.
  
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.

Contact the author Andrew Kreig.

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