Arca- Like many Americans his age, Donald Trump shared an interest in the mysterious assassination of President John F. Kennedy. So much so that soon after taking office he pledged, as a Washington outsider, to order the release of all related documents kept secret in government vaults.
Now weeks away from leaving office, it appears he'll leave that task of historical interest and significance to President-elect Joe Biden.
Trump came to office with a flair for television and how to build audience suspense. And given the numerous documentaries and the hit 1991 movie "JFK" by director Oliver Stone, the promised release of decades-old secret documents had all the makings of a suspense thriller. It portended critical information for historians and could quench a thirst for interested baby boomers.
"Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened," Trump announced with fanfare in an unexpected tweet on Oct. 21, 2017, just nine months into his term.
But soon after the bombshell, Trump partially retreated.
Roughly 35,000 documents were declassified but many were still partially redacted, meaning the entire document was not released for public view. At the request of the CIA and FBI, Trump delayed full declassification for another six months. More than five decades after an assassin's bullet felled a president full of promise, government infighting continued to keep from the light information long shrouded in mystery.
Then in April 2018, the declassification fell short of promise again. Some 19,045 documents were released, but 15,584 had some information that could be withheld through 2021. In a statement, Trump left the door open for earlier release of complete information.
"I agree with the Archivist's recommendation that the continued withholdings are necessary to protect against identifiable harm to national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure," the president said. "I am also ordering agencies to re-review each of those redactions over the next 3 years. At any time during that review period, and no later than the end of that period, agencies shall disclose information that no longer warrants continued withholding."
The Kennedy assassination documents must be fully declassified by Oct. 26, 2021. That would allow the incoming Biden administration to be the one that boasts it made the JFK files completely open to the public more than 57 years after the fateful day in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
"The Trump staff is scouring for last-minute decisions and regulations and executive orders that could polish Trump's legacy. This would be one," said Larry J. Sabato, author of "The Kennedy Half Century" and an analyst who follows the Kennedy records as director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. "After all, Trump would probably enjoy doing it. It would upset the CIA and some other agencies if he did it. That would play to Trump's personality — a final wave going out, and of course sometimes waves are a single finger."
Asked about the possibility, the White House was mum.
Sorry, that was a lot to get through. But thought it was all fascinating and pertinent stuff relating to this developing story.
One of the greatest mysteries of our lifetimes, continues to be a mystery to us the 99%, unless you're Jerry who knows for a fact that Oswald acted alone.
I personally was always in the camp growing up that the government had him killed because he was too progressive for the time. And Catholic. (I was a Massachusetts kid indoctrinated through 8 years of Catholic school education)
Then I moved to Chicago. And that all changed because I got a first-hand schooling on how things work around here. Over the years I also got to meet and speak with grandkids of some big shots and by reading between the lines and putting some pieces together my money is firmly on the theory that Outfit kingpin Sam Giancana and higher up Tony Accardo delivered Chicago in a nicely gift-wrapped package to his buddy and business partner Joe Kennedy's son Jack in his 1960 Presidential election, as they had for Mayor Daley 5 years prior. Thus locking up Illinois' 27 electoral votes as Cook County, even then, swung the entire state. John, and his kid brother Robert, as we all know, went back on their father's promise and made it a priority to run the American mob out of existence, and the rest is history.
Are there a ton of holes in that theory? Of course. But there are in every one of the theories that have been floated out there in the past 57 years. That's why this has remained such a mystery for so long. Nothing makes 100% sense even as time has gone on with the incident being studied and analyzed repeatedly. Technology has improved ten fold and yielded nothing further. The fuckin whole thing was captured on video and still nothing! The world's greatest physicists aren't able to explain it.
Add to all that the fact the U.S. government has gone out of their way to not disclose this information whatsoever to we the people and it makes it even more mysterious. How and why can it jeopardize national security 60 years later?
Let's do it Donald. Release the d̶e̶l̶l̶ ̶n̶u̶d̶e̶s̶ classified documents.