JFK’s ghost

Why JFK’s assassination still matters

By Mark Luedtke

The assassination of  President John F. Kennedy leapt back into the news around Halloween. Whenever anybody talks about a conspiracy to kill JFK, people come out of the woodwork to denounce the conspiracy theorists. They point to the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald alone killed JFK as if the Warren Commission is all that matters. They never mention the United States House Select Committee on Assassination concluded there was a probable conspiracy to kill JFK.

Twenty-five years ago, Congress and President Bush the Elder locked a trove of documents about the assassination away from the public, 29 years after the assassination. Clearly somebody in the government, maybe Bush himself, still had something to hide. Those records were scheduled to be released to the public last month. Only the president could stop it.

President Trump claimed he was going to release them. He tweeted, “The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!”

But Trump changed his mind at the last minute and withheld release of some of the documents. David Stockman offers an example of the mainstream conspiracy theory on why Trump changed his mind.

“After two-and-one-half decades to prepare, the CIA and FBI literally took a fire ax to the Oval Office door, vetoed the president’s clear power under the statute to make the release and then forcibly repossessed some 200 of the 3,000 JFK documents. … .

“The point is, the Deep State simply asserts that ‘sources and methods’ must be protected and that’s all it takes. A curtain of secrecy then slams down that only a few members of the congressional intelligence and national security committees can peer behind,” Stockman says.

I’m skeptical of Stockman’s use of the word literally. As an insider, maybe he knows something we don’t, but he’s probably exaggerating. Still, Stockman’s point is compelling. US spies have effectively unlimited power. They can threaten Trump’s family or Trump himself so maybe they coerced him into backing down at the last minute.

Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation disagrees. Before the deadline, Trump also tweeted “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as president, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”

Hornberger believes this tweet signalled Trump was negotiating with then CIA regarding the release.

“The CIA desperately does not want to show the American people its long-secret JFK-related records. It has asked Trump to continue keeping at least some of them secret notwithstanding the passage of more than 50 years since the Kennedy assassination,” he wrote. “Under long-established custom and tradition in Washington, D.C., when someone asks someone else for a favor, the person who is in a position to grant the favor demands something in return. That’s where the negotiations between Trump and the CIA come into play. Trump wants something in return.”

Hornberger’s theory seems more likely. Trump only withheld some documents and only for six months. This suggests whatever Trump asked of the CIA, he expects they’ll deliver within the next six months. If the CIA doesn’t pay up, he can release the documents then. Hornberger suspects the Trump-Russia collusion investigation will fade away.

What we know for sure is the CIA is still desperately covering up something 54 years after JFK’s assassination. Even having the issue in the news embarrasses the deep state. Despite five decades of propaganda, a majority of Americans believe a conspiracy of killers, not a lone gunman, killed JFK. The deep state wants the JFK story to go away.

Boy, wasn’t it lucky for them a terrorist attacked in New York City, the media capital of the country, right after this story hit the news. The terrorist ran over the JFK story as well as his victims.

Or maybe it wasn’t luck. ABC News reports, “[The terrorist suspect], who has been charged with killing eight people in a vehicle attack on the West Side of Manhattan on Tuesday, was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents about possible ties to suspected terrorists but a case was never opened against him, law enforcement officials tell ABC News.”

This is another case of a terrorist attack by a suspect who was connected to the FBI. This pattern hints at another conspiracy. The CIA funds ISIS and al Qaeda and uses terrorists as tools in Syria. The people who killed JFK could do the same inside the US.

The CIA also released it’s trove of Osama bin Laden files.

The spooks are still scared of JFK’s ghost.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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