The irony and absurdity of further delaying release of records related to his assassination are well highlighted in a perspective on "secrecy" and the media expressed by President John Kennedy himself, speaking to journalists in 1961:
"The very word "secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know....
"....This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for, as a wise man once said: "An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it' .....
"Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed - and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law-maker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment - the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution - not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants' - but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion...."
Abundant evidence has entered the public domain since November 22, 1963 to establish that Lee Harvey Oswald has been falsely framed in history as a "lone gunman" responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy. Rather, the evidence points towards Oswald having been innocent, maneuvered into the role of "patsy," then himself murdered within days. Yet as the 50th Anniversary approaches, the "Oswald Did It Alone" mantra has been ever more regularly and definitively imposed as historical fact upon the American people, even the world, by an increasingly bland, insipid and controlled mainstream media, compliant in perpetuating lies of commission and omission well documented in the Warren Commission Report. Instead, it is now time for the media to wake up and demonstrate a revived and courageous passion for truth.
Why do those records still secret need to be released? To persecute those still living who may have acted, or failed to act in preventing, either the assassination or subsequent cover-up? No. The objective of prompt release of the records is to begin nothing less than a watershed transition towards greater and functional transparency in government. The country, even the world, yearns for America to take this step.
What records remain secret? Among the most important withheld records are believed those of former and long deceased employees of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). As excerpted below from the website www.jfkfacts.org , Journalist Jefferson Morley suggests the seven most important CIA files yet to be released are:
1. Files on the interrogation of Yuri Nosenko
Yuri Nosenko by www.jfkfacts.org
Yuri Nosenko was an officer in the Soviet KGB who defected to the United States in April 1964, shortly after the assassination of JFK. Nosenko said that he had seen the files that the KGB compiled on accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in his two and a half year residence in the Soviet Union between 1959 and 1962. The Soviet intelligence service had not recruited or used him as an agent, Nosenko said.
Deputy CIA Director Richard Helms told Chief Justice Earl Warren that he could not vouch for the accuracy of Nosenko's claims exculpating the KGB. This left open the possibility that Nosenko was a false defector sent by the Soviet Union to obscure its role in JFK's assassination.
According to the CIA' s website , Helm said, "It did strike me at the time that it would be a great mistake for the Warren Commission to shape its findings on the basis of a statement made by a man whose bona fides we could not establish."
Yet what the CIA learned from its interrogation of Nosenko remains secret 50 years later.
According to the National Archives' online JFK data base , the CIA has 36 files on the interrogation of Nosenko, amounting to 2,224 pages of material. None of these records have ever been made public.
Was Nosenko telling the truth? Or lying? The CIA doesn't want you to know.
2. The files of William King Harvey