Even now, there are witnesses waiting to be found and informants waiting to be released from their oaths so they are allowed to speak without fear of prosecution or loss of honor. Don't believe the drumbeat from the mass media. Although many years have gone by, many of the key facts in this case are now known. More remain to be known.
At a time that FOIA procedure is moving in a more positive direction, this is the moment to demand more information from the hidden vaults and into the hands of the American people. We can sum up what we have, demand the rest, and ask the right questions to those still alive.
When summing up what we have, the Mary Ferrell Foundation (maryferrell.org) is an incredible resource that made it possible to research this story without leaving my desk. The technology available for researchers enables us to accomplish investigations that could not even be considered a few years ago. We can get some great work done with more people joining in to summarize documents and help put together some of the puzzles in our nation's recent history.
During Sunshine Week in Washington DC (March 14-20), a number of researchers and concerned citizens will call on the House Oversight Committee for hearings that will bring more documents and the living witnesses into the daylight. A new MLK Act, based on the JFK Act, is also under discussion for immediate release of the King case documents that are currently locked up until 2029.
Sign our petition here: http://www.petitiononline.com/JFKACT/petition.html Join us on Tuesday, March 16 in Washington DC to get more of our history into the hands of the American people. Ask Ed Towns and the committee to free the files.
- Bill Simpich is a civil rights attorney and antiwar activist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks go to William Kelly and Greg Parker for their assistance in reviewing this article. Bill Simpich can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here' s the request by government staffers asking the CIA to define LCIMPROVE, (see item #2): (Note: HSCA are the initials for the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which investigated the case between 1976-1979). HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 9/ LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION, p. 22.
RIF#: 104-10061-10115 (02/15/78)
Here's the CIA's response: "Counter-Espionage Involving Soviet Intelligence Services, Worldwide": HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 9/ LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION, p. 23
RIF#: 104-10061-10115 (02/15/78)
Here's another version of the responses, from a "small black notebook" in CIA custody: HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 18, page 3, NARA Record Number: 1993.07.17.08:10:45:620630 http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?docId=73010&relPageId=3;
This next part you can skip, unless the reader has any doubt about the accuracy of the CIA's admissions. The names in the notebook were used to aid the staffers in determining the true identities of various witnesses. See how the numbers in the notebook correspond with the names in the left margin of those working the CIA's Cuban desk. HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 9, pp. 16, 17, 18, 19, NARA Record Number: 104-10061-10115.
My colleagues and I intend to bring this evidence to the House Oversight Committee between March 14-20, as part of the nationwide "Sunshine Week": Sunshine Week is a nonpartisan initiative led by the American Society of News Editors. Here is more on Sunshine Week.
On Tuesday, March 16, we will lobby in the halls of Congress in a call for the last of the millions of JFK documents still under lock and key to be released to the American people: The Mary Ferrell Foundation has an excellent backgrounder on the history of the fight to free the JFK files. See Freeing the JFK Files.
You can still sign our petition here: http://www.petitiononline.com/JFKACT/petition.html
Oswald had already obtained a new passport back in June of 1963, stating in his application that he planned to go to the Soviet Union and elsewhere by December: Oswald's passport application, 6/24/63, Warren Commission Hearings, Vol. 24, p. 509. Oswald was not a good speller, but to spell your own mother's name "Marguerite Claverie" as "Margret
Clavier" and your wife's maiden name of "Prusakova" as "Prossakava" is rather beyond the pale.
The only place that could be done in 1963 was through Mexico City: See the Mary Ferrell Foundation for more background on the still-unfolding story of Oswald in Mexico City.
Hoover went to great lengths to point out that the CIA itself wrote a memo in June 1963 saying there was no proof to support the claim that Kostikov was part of Department 13: Memo from J. Edgar Hoover to CIA Director John McCone, 9/1/64, ADMIN FOLDER-X6: HSCA ADMINISTRATIVE FOLDER, CIA REPORTS LHO, p. 51, RIF#: 124-10369-10063.
John Tilton was a mid-level CIA officer with maritime operations and psychological operations: