Researchers Demand Access to Sealed JFK Files
50 years on, what is so secret that we can't still can't see today?
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
This 1963 file photo shows President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy upon their arrival at Dallas Airport, in Dallas, shortly before President Kennedy was assassinated.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – It's been 50 years since JFK was shot, but thousands of documents from the probe into his death are still off-limits to the public. Now an increasing number of serious researchers are seeking their release, reports the AP. "This is not about conspiracy, this is about transparency," says former Washington Post journalist Jefferson Morley, who has been fighting the CIA to see the documents for a decade. "After 50 years, there is no reason that I can think of why such operations should still be concealed," says the author of a book on JFK. "By withholding ... material, the agency continues to encourage the public to believe they're covering up something more sinister."

Among answers sought by the researchers include what ties Lee Harvey Oswald had to a pro-Castro activist group—was he a real member or part of a counterintelligence operation to discredit the group? And what is inside some 300 still-sealed pages on CIA agent George Joannides, who was involved in an anti-Castro group that clashed with Oswald's? The former chief counsel for the White House investigation into the assassination says he wasn't given the full background on Joannides, and neither was the 1964 commission that determined Oswald acted alone. "You have to wonder what is so important in a 50-year-old document," says Morley. "I've come to the conclusion that they're guarding something big, and that has stiffened my determination."

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Aug 20, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
Ruth Paine is still alive. She 1) gave his family a place to stay in Irving, Tx and 2) got Lee the job at the depository building. She turned in the box to the FBI that held the Italian carbine. He kept it in her garage. She found the papers tying Lee to the attempted assassination of general Edwin Walker. Michael Paine was an engineer at Bell and had discussed the benefits of the US entering the Vietnam War as a military contractor. Bell later got an order from Johnson for 16,000 units, benefiting his home state. Its a fact that Bell would have NEVER got that company saving order had Kennedy survived or Bobby also got elected after him. (By the way, did you know that Northrup security guard Thane Eugene Cesar killed Bobby? Bobby died from a rear head shot. Sirhan was in front of him. Thane Eugene Cesar returned fire and one shot hit Bobby in the back of the head.) The Ruth and Michael Paine home is set to be open Nov.22 of this year for the 50 year anniversary. Office Tippet stopped got out of his car and according to one witness said, "Lee, stop." Another witness said officer Tippet stopped by Lee's apartment before he was shot. Lee did leave the depository building that day and then walked to his apartment at 604 Elsbeth St. He got his pistol and walked east on Davis and south on Craword where he was spotted at 10th and Patton. Lee gunned down Tippet and finished it with a head shot. No investigation was ever done on Tippet, at least public that is. No investigation was done on Ruth Paine although she also introduced Marina Oswald to Ladybird Johnson at meetings of The Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. How significant that is, is debatable. Did Ladybird also meet Oswald? We can only verify by guest lists that Marina attended the events hosted by Ladybird. It could have been, "Ruth: this is Marina, she's from Russia. Ladybird: nice to meet you, hope Dallas treats you well." But I like to think it was more like, "Ladybird: So you are from Russia, what does your husband do? Marina: He's an out of work Marine veteran. He can't hold a job because he defected to the USSR and re-defected back to the USA. Ladybird: So he's looking for a job?" Ok, I'll stop right there.....
BuffOrpington
Aug 20, 2013 10:19 AM CDT
John Rosselli, Sam Giancana, Santo Trafficante and Carlos Marcello knew the truth. They're all dead.
Ivan_the_Gypsy
Aug 19, 2013 11:50 PM CDT
Anyone who believes the Warren Report on the Kennedy death after knowing tody what the FBI and Justice Dept. is hiding and is so corrupt probably believes in the Mother Goose Story book.