Conspiracy theorists the nation over are having a heyday as a treasure trove of information surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is set to become public.
The events of September 1963 are a jumbled mess of history, hearsay, and motion picture frames that have been dissected, studied, and then dissected some more. Only the so-called “Zapruder Film” reveals the events of that day in motion, although witnesses claim that other film buffs were rolling on that fateful day as well, deepening the already thick mystery surround the death of an American President.
For decades, the CIA and FBI have been holding onto a mountain of data regarding the incident, leading to even more speculation about what really happened on that autumn afternoon in Dealey Plaza. Magic bullets, Cuban mafiosos, and even George H.W. Bush have been implicated in a multitude of theories as to the reason and the means of Kennedy’s death. For some, the even is a lifelong obsession with finding the truth. For others, the incident belies a darker secret of government collusion that we may not be prepared to handle.
Either way, you yourself can now jump right into the thick of it as the CIA’s long-anticipated data dump of files regarding the watershed moment in American history become public today.
“The National Archives and Records Administration is releasing documents previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. The vast majority of the Collection (88%) has been open in full and released to the public since the late 1990s. The records at issue are documents previously identified as assassination records, but withheld in full or withheld in part. Learn more
“This July release consists of 3,810 documents, including 441 formerly withheld-in-full documents and 3,369 documents formerly released with portions redacted. The documents originate from FBI and CIA series identified by the Assassination Records Review Board as assassination records. More releases will follow.
“To view the entire file, you may visit the National Archives at College Park and request access to the original records.”
Given the “weaponized autism” of websites such as 4Chan, Reddit, and AboveTopSecret, these files will likely spawn more conspiracy theories than they will provide answers.
In any case, the move to declassify these documents after five decades of absolute silence is a bold statement by President Donald Trump, and reiterates his commitment to transparency in government. Now, as amateur sleuths push hard and fast into the document pile, be on the lookout for new theories, renewed interest, and a whole lot of head scratching as American attempts to put the rest of this puzzle together.