The Kennedy Assassination|Ashley Dykes

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John F. Kennedy’s assassination is one of the most controversial topics when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. Because of the parties involved, CIA, KGB, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the FBI, records have been released but due to the sensitivity most files have been edited and words, even whole pages blacked out. Even to this day, its unknown to the public if Lee Harvey Oswald worked alone or with another party, information that was released was misinterpreted and the public accused the government agencies of coverups.   

According to the new FOIA requirements for Kennedy’s Assassination (Jan 1, 1993): The new statute, entitled the “President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992,” Pub. L. No. 102-526, 106 Stat. 3443 (to be codified at 44 U.S.C. § 2107 note), was passed by Congress last year in the midst of heightened public interest in the Kennedy assassination after release of the controversial film “JFK.” It became effective immediately upon being signed into law on October 26.  

Under this new statute, all Kennedy assassination-related records maintained by the federal government are to be identified and processed for inclusion in a special collection of such records that will be made available for public inspection and copying at the National Archives. This includes many thousands of records compiled on the assassination by congressional committees during the 1970s, most notably the House Select Committee on Assassinations, and excludes only the autopsy records donated to the National Archives pursuant to a deed of gift by the Kennedy family.  

To implement the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, all federal agencies are now required to identify and organize any records in their possession “relating to” the Kennedy assassination and to prepare them for transmission to the National Archives and Records Administration. 

The new statute allows for more information to be given than has ever been given since the assassination. Even though this was passed back in 1993, every year more information is brought to light and we can piece together what exactly happened that dreadful day that impacted the United States and the American people. There are several theories on the Kennedy assassination, including affairs with actresses, familial curses and government involvement. As journalists it is our responsibility to bring the most accurate information to light and to make sure the public is made aware of any changes to the nearly 60 years since the incident that left a family shattered and an entire country in shambles. 

 

References: 

The CIA’s six most dangerous FOIA topics Retrieved from: https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/jun/21/cias-six-most-dangerous-foia/  

FOIA Update: Agencies Implement New JFK Statute Retrieved from: https://www.justice.gov/oip/blog/foia-update-agencies-implement-new-jfk-statute