Yesterday was a watershed moment for American political transparency, conspiracy theorists, and U.S. President Donald Trump.
For the first time in over five decades, the United States government reviewed and released a treasure trove of CIA and FBI files pertaining to one of the most mysterious events in American history: The 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The event itself has spawned an incredible array of theories, movies, books television specials, investigations, and speculation spanning the entire 50+ years since that fateful day in September in Dallas, Texas. After all of these decades, an enormous portion of Americans tend to believe that the official story detailed in the Warren Report could not be completely accurate, and that some sort of conspiracy is abound. As the documents released yesterday are being scoured through by internet sleuths, some of those theories will likely be dispelled, while others created.
There are, however, 200-odd documents that the government is not releasing right away, as the CIA and FBI work with the President to justify their “threat to national security” as a reason to leave them under “top secret” designation. According to White House sources, President Trump is none too thrilled with this development.
“The National Archives put nearly 2,900 of the files online Thursday night, but conspiracy enthusiasts and historians alike are convinced the juicy bits will be in what’s being held back.
“The files ‘are being carefully released,’ Trump tweeted Friday morning. ‘In the end there will be great transparency. It is my hope to get just about everything to public!’
“White House officials say the president is unhappy that U.S. spy and law enforcement agencies are holding back some papers that they claim pose a risk to national security unless parts of them are ‘redacted’ – blacked out – before letting Americans see them.
“Trump said he ‘had no choice’ but to allow the redactions, but has set a six-month deadline for the agencies to explain why they shouldn’t be overruled.
“‘He was unhappy with the level of redactions,’ a White House official told CNN.
“The person added that ‘Trump believed the agencies were “not meeting the spirit of the law.”‘
These redactions and deletions will more than likely create further doubt among the JFK truthers of the world, who will point to the censorship as more of the same when it comes to government secrecy.
Trump’s anger, for what it’s worth, belies his “drain the swamp” ethos to a T, with the President continuing to rail against the government that he is sitting at the front of.