NEW YORK – Prominent JFK assassination researcher and author Lamar Waldron has posted on the White House website a petition calling for the release of all classified government files on the JFK assassination and a pardon for former Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden.
“It’s time to release ALL of the JFK assassination files. Congress passed the 1992 JFK Act to declassify them, but the Secret Service, CIA, FBI, and other agencies continue to withhold important files,” Waldron’s petition reads. “The National Archives won’t even say how many pages of files remain unreleased.”
Waldron’s petition needs just 150 signatures by Dec. 21 to become publicly searchable on WhiteHouse.gov, but it remains far short of the 100,000 signatures needed to prompt a response from the White House.
Abraham Bolden with his wife in 1964
Waldron, nevertheless, is not discouraged in his determination to “stop needless government secrecy” over the JFK assassination, which occurred more than 51 years ago, Nov. 22, 1963.
“If we can’t get full disclosure about something that happened over five decades ago – even when the law requires it – how can we hope to get the full story on more recent events and controversies?” Waldron asks.
“Most people don’t realize that the Secret Service scandals of this and other recent years – involving lax security as well as agents’ heavy drinking and partying – are simply continuing problems that have plagued the Service for more than 50 years.”
Waldron has created a Facebook page to generate signatures for his White House petition.
“It’s clear from files released in recent years that the CIA – along with the Secret Service, FBI, and Naval Intelligence – withheld a massive amount of crucial information from that Committee, just as they had from the 1964 Warren Commission,” Waldron points out.
“Despite that withholding, the House Select Committee on Assassinations still concluded in 1979 that JFK was likely killed by a ‘conspiracy’ and named two Mafia godfathers – Carlos Marcello, who controlled organized crime in Louisiana and Texas, and Tampa’s Santo Trafficante as having ‘the motive, means, and opportunity to assassinate President Kennedy,’” he continued. “However, the Committee hadn’t been told something the CIA and FBI both knew – that Marcello, like Trafficante, had been a CIA asset in the early 1960s.”
In response to the release of Oliver Stone’s feature film “JFK,” Congress passed unanimously the JFK Records Collection Act of 1992 that requires the National Archives and Records Administration to establish a collection of JFK assassination records. The law requires that all JFK assassination records held by the government must be made public by Oct. 26, 2017, exactly 25 years after it was passed.
Despite this, Waldron has reason to be concerned the federal government may still try to withhold some critical documents from the American public under a claim of “national security” concerns.
Waldron notes that while 4.5 million pages of JFK assassination-related files were released in the 1990s, most of the crucial files withheld by the Warren Commission and not made available to the 1979 House Select Committee on Assassinations are still unavailable.
He further notes the federal government, while refusing to reveal how many pages of JFK records and audio tapes remain classified, has admitted in court filings that the CIA plans to reserve the right to withhold past 2017 some of the most sensitive files. They include the records concerning George Joannides, the chief of CIA covert operations in Miami in 1963, who is also believed to have had a residence in New Orleans.
Joannides handled for the CIA various anti-Castro groups of Cuban exiles whose members are believed to have held meetings with Lee Harvey Oswald in August 1963.
“Because of this continued government secrecy, important facts about JFK’s murder aren’t known by most in the public, press, and Congress today – which is why the same agencies keep making the same mistakes, year after year, and decade after decade,” Waldron said.
He said, for example, most people don’t realize that late their lives, Marcello and Trafficante made to trusted associates what many consider to be credible confessions to JFK’s murder.
Written by JEROME R. CORSI
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