“What are they hiding?”: they filed a lawsuit for the delay in the declassification of the files on the assassination of John Kennedy

File photo of John F. Kennedy on the day of his assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963

The foundation mary ferrell -which offers the largest online archive of documents on the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy in 1963- presented this Wednesday a federal lawsuit against President Joe Biden and the US National Archives to demand the disclosure of all the classified material about the famous assassination in Dallas, Texas.

“It is time for the government to obey the spirit and the letter of the law,” he said. Jefferson Moreleyvice president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation and an expert on assassination and CIA affairs, as reported by NBCnews. “This is about our history and our right to know it,” Morley said.

This lawsuit comes a year after Biden issued a memorandum postponing the publication of a final package of 16,000 documents gathered by the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act that Congress passed in 1992 in response to the film jfkwhich was directed by Oliver Stone and had a great worldwide impact.

Biden’s memorandum noted that the disclosure process was delayed due to the work required by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s a ‘dog ate my homework’ argument,” responded the foundation’s attorney, Bill Simpich. “In this case everything is delays. Agencies always have new and better excuses.”

The United States declassified thousands of documents about the assassination of John F. Kennedy

According to NBCnewsthe Mary Ferrell Foundation fears that the agencies have not made enough progress in the year since the memorandum was issued and that is why the lawsuit is necessary to speed up the process.

The 1992 law states that all records of the murder should have been made public within 25 years – or before October 2017-, but deferrals were allowed in cases where national security concerns outweighed the public interest in disclosure.

“It was a momentous crime, a crime against American democracy. And the American people have a right to know,” he said. Robert Kennedy Jr.nephew of JFK, according to NBCnews. “The law requires that the records be published. It’s strange. Almost 60 years have passed since my uncle’s death. What are they hiding?

File photo of US President Joe Biden (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
File photo of the president of the United States, Joe Biden (REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque) (KEVIN LAMARQUE /)

On December 15, the US National Archives released 1,491 classified files related to the Kennedy assassination. Among those documents are thousands of never-before-seen pages of investigative memorandums, notes and cables put together by the CIA, FBI, State Department and Department of Defense.

Initially, it was planned that these files would be declassified beforehand, but in October 2021 the Federal Government agencies asked President Biden for an extension until December 15, the date on which all those documents for which they were not had requested a “continuous adjournment”. In that executive order, Biden justified that delay by relying on the protection against possible damage to military defense, intelligence operations, US law, or foreign relations.

Kennedy was 46 years old and serving his first term as president when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963 receiving several bullet wounds while traveling in a presidential delegation on the occasion of an official visit to the state of Texas. For those shots Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested, who two days later, when he went to testify for those events, was murdered by Jack Ruby, owner of a nightclub in the city of Dallas. The Warren Commission concluded that Oswald had acted alone in the assassination.

However, his assassination and the ten years he spent living in the Soviet Union generated extensive and controversial conspiracy theories about the assassination.

(With information from EuropaPress)

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