It is shocking how fast Trump moved on the JFK file release, but he sets an example for honest leadership: making one’s deeds match one’s words as quickly as possible. America should hope this is a good sign for Trump’s other various promises.
A major problem in government since about WWII is the attitude of “We can’t tell the people what the government really did, otherwise they’ll lose faith in the government.” Whether it comes from altruistic motives or totalitarian motives, lying is wrong, especially if it is a democratic government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” lying to the very people it purports to serve.
All of the lying that has been heaped on in the past half century has greatly inflamed the genesis of conspiracy theories. Some of these are quite outlandish, while some are quite sound and likely the REAL story (as I have argued before).
I’ve always seen gaping holes in the official JFK story, but never been a big follower of the various alternative explanations. It’s just not my area of interest. Though some folks may have been waiting for this day for some time, the announcement last week that the day to finally release the remainder of JFK files came as a pleasant surprise.
And then the bureaucracy pushed back and complained that releasing everything would “compromise national security.” It’s the usual excuse, if national security is defined as the people naively believing every word from the government’s official stories.
Instead, we got a two-step release from Trump. First, he had released all the remaining documents that intelligence organizations weren’t worried about, and promised to review the last batch for release within six months. Sounds good, but after hearing guys like Boehner endlessly promise ‘we’ll deal with this about six months from now,’ I figured we wouldn’t be seeing the really revelatory documents for another 20 years, if ever.
And then Trump surprised again by announcing this past Saturday night that after reviewing with his staff, the remainder will be promptly released this week, simply with names and addresses of still living persons blacked out. Having worked with a security clearance, that seems reasonable since it does the minimum of protecting living identities of possible agents and informants. The theorists may still be trying to figure out who is ‘informant x’ and ‘agent y’ but that’s a much smaller step than filling in for thousands of documents explaining what the government did and did not know about it.
In the meantime, someone forwarded to me an interesting solution on the JFK assassination. I gave it a read and it seems plausible and well researched and supported. Give it a read, and let’s see if the final release this week supports it or requires revision.