With President Trump authorizing the release of long-classified files regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the subsequent investigation, people are already shocked at some of the details they have found.
According to NPR, one document contained a transcript of a conversation between FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1963, who said that his Bureau informed the police of a threat against the life of Kennedy’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, the night before he was murdered. The police, however, refused to act, much to Hoover’s frustration.
It was one of many revelations that come from the 2,891-page secret file on John. F Kennedy’s assassination, which President Trump ordered to be released to the public. Besides other interesting things, such as a CIA plan to recruit the mafia to kill Fidel Castro, there was one document that showed the FBI already knew beforehand that Oswald was in danger of being killed himself.
Hoover went on to call Oswald’s killing “inexcusable” given the warnings they had provided to the Dallas Police about the potential threats. The FBI Director also mentioned that with the President’s killer being killed so soon after his arrest, it would only exacerbate speculations that Oswald wasn’t the real killer.
The Director went on to say, “We had an agent at the hospital in the hope that he might make some kind of a confession before he died, but he did not do so.”
Following Oliver Stone’s 1991 film JFK, Congress approved a law that required the government to release all its files on the assassination in 25 years, unless doing so would compromise national security, giving the president authority to stop it’s release if required, which Mr. Trump did not feel necessary.
However, the President did admit in a memorandum that he agreed to hold back some records for further review, under the insistence of Mike Pompeo, the current CIA Director. “I have no choice — today — but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our nation’s security,” he said, according to Newsmax.
The President gave intelligence agencies six months, until April 26, 2018, to make their case as to why the remaining documents should not be made public. “The President wants to ensure that there is full transparency here,” one official said, but “there does remain sensitive information in the records.”
The JFK assassination has been one of the most conspiracy-inducing events to happen in the nation’s history, with 61 percent of Americans still believing that Oswald did not act alone, according to a 2013 Gallup Poll.
There are even some members of Congress pushing for a full release, hoping to put the question to rest once and for all.
The FBI warned the police of a possible attempt on Lee Harvey Oswald’s life and the police did not act. Did they do nothing on purpose?
“After 54 years, there is no reason, for the sake of honesty and integrity in America, that the facts of the JFK assassination should not be made public,” Rep. Walter B. Jones, (R-NC) said in a statement announcing legislation introduced earlier this month calling for a full release. “Virgil once said, ‘Evil is nourished and grows by concealment.’ It’s time to reveal what happened that awful afternoon in 1963,” he added, as reported by NPR.
Whether or not the files released by President Trump will quell these theories is yet to be seen, but if anything, his willingness to be transparent to the American people is commendable.