Washington, D.C. 20004
Mr. Michael M. Kaiser, President
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St., NW,
Washington, D.C. 20566
11/22/13 - A SILENT VIGIL BEGINS FOR JFK RECORDS RELEASE, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Pittsburgh, PA (October 17, 2013) This evening at the Senator John Heinz History Center, a panel discussion entitled "The JFK Assassination and the Media" was held in conjunction with "Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy." Sally Wiggin, host of WTAE Chronicle, moderated and received questions for panelists Oliver Stone, David Talbot, Jefferson Morley, Russ Baker, Lisa Pease and Jerry Policoff. One in attendance asked whether the media in general, but especially journalists in attendance, would report on a simple idea also expressed at the Symposium's morning session, detailed below in a virtual Q&A, imagined as an interview with staff reporter Bryan Bender of The Boston Globe:
Q. What is your idea?
A. That the single priority of the global JFK Assassination Investigation Community should be immediate, total release by the Obama Administration of ALL the 1100+ documents still retained by the government pertaining to the public execution of President John F. Kennedy. The movement to release records has thus far lacked a physical focal point for what Gandhi may have described as principled, non- violent, non- cooperation with the evil of those records remaining secret; a geographic focus for a peaceful, respectful "vigil" that, absent prior release of the records, should begin on 11/22/13 at 12:30 p.m.. I don't think that is meant to be in Dallas; procedures there seem intent upon restricting Dealey Plaza access to the point of frustrating attendees. Why go there? A better location is the public plaza, larger than several football fields, adjacent the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. As if designed for this event at this moment in time, there's even a statue of Don Quixote near the plaza's entrance, highlighting the perhaps wistful notion that by simply and respectfully assembling, in a most Constitutional sense, Americans can surely prompt release of the records, a crucial step towards restoration of our Constitutional Republic.
Q. How is this event being organized?
A. It isn't. If it is meant to occur, the idea will go viral and the event spontaneously self-organize. There is no website, not even a Facebook page - nor should there be. It is a simple concept, after all -- On 11/22/13 at 12:30 p.m., from a handful to perhaps a million Americans can arrange their own travel and lodging, arriving in the most peaceful and orderly way at this very appropriate location. To the plaza itself, they should BRING NOTHING; absolutely no backpacks, chairs, tents, sleeping bags, radios, food/drink/coolers, etc No Starbucks coffee cups - NOTHING. No distracting clutter. Nothing to create the potential for even a single piece of litter. Imagine individuals spontaneously self-organizing into groups of perhaps six each, allowing one from each group to always remain on-site, maintaining the vigil - even a SILENT VIGIL - while their associates leave and return as scheduled among themselves, giving each other breaks to eat, or take care of personal business elsewhere. All that's necessary for this to happen is for the media to do its job and report, or "forecast," on what is only an idea, something that just might happen. The media makes weather forecasts all the time, why not forecast and report the prospect of an event likely to occur, even imminently, in Washington, D.C., on 11/22/13?
Q. Are there any concerns for violence?
A. There is no reason for concern; quite the contrary. All legitimately in attendance will adopt an almost reverential respect for orderliness and tranquility in the gathering Any in attendance who even speak loudly or disrespectfully towards each other, or those in authority - much less act violently - should be immediately shunned by all others in attendance. The same holds true for Dallas on 11/22/13 -- violence is only a tool of those likely planted and seeking to disrupt, to precipitate an excuse for government intervention, a recurring scenario in history. Everyone knows.
Q. Why the public plaza adjoining the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
A. It is a Memorial built to honor John Kennedy. So long as ANY of the 1100+ records related to his public execution remain secret, concealed by the government, John Kennedy is not being honored by the daily entertainment of thousands attending events at the Kennedy Center. It will be a day to rejoice when all the records have been made freely available to the public. Perhaps a SILENT VIGIL in the adjoining plaza will even prompt some ticket holders to spontaneously and voluntarily boycott their own entertainment until the JFK records are all made public; a matter for each person's conscience. Read the text of John Kennedy's historic speech to journalists that described Americans' fundamental abhorrence of secrecy, then ask whether John Kennedy himself would have wanted records of his own assassination kept secret. If you had been President Kennedy, would you?
Q. Do those who direct the Kennedy Center welcome this suggested use of the public plaza?