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President Biden Faces Deadline to Release Additional JFK Assassination Papers

President Biden Faces Deadline to Release Additional JFK Assassination Papers

According to a new profile by The Intercept, President Joe Biden has an obscure bit of business to attend to while trying to run the country amid historic Republican obstruction, and he’s running out of time to make a decision.

President Biden must decide which secret files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy should be made fully public. During his time in office Donald Trump released thousands of files about the 1963 Kennedy assassination, but ultimately listened to a demand from then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo to keep portions of thousands more secret until October 2021, 58 years after Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested as the gunman. For all his “deep state” rhetoric, Trump issued a memo giving the executive branch agencies four more years of secrecy, the Intercept writes.

The JFK Records Act, passed unanimously by Congress in 1992, called for “expeditious public transmission” of all JFK files into the public record. Twenty-nine years later, the intent of Congress has been effectively nullified by the demands of federal agencies, particularly the CIA, which is responsible for 70 percent of the withheld records. The National Archives website says 15,834 JFK files that have been released remain redacted, though some redactions involve only a single word.

President Kennedy’s assassination has been surrounded by some of the most enduring conspiracy theories in history. Kennedy was shot dead as his motorcade passed through downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963. Oswald was arrested 90 minutes later. He denied shooting Kennedy, claiming he was a “patsy.” The next day Oswald was shot dead on national TV by Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner with organized crime connections. The causes of Kennedy’s death have been debated ever since.

President Biden has until October 26th to decide which heavily censored files can be released. Experts say they most likely don’t contain anything “earthshaking”, but could still be seen as historically significant once they’re assessed, which can only happen after full disclosure.

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Read The Intercept’s full profile here.

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