The National Archives announced the release on Nov. 3 of a third batch of JFK assassination-related documents this year.
In contrast to the release on Oct. 26, this batch primarily contained CIA documents. Some were unredacted, and some were heavily redacted.
So far, some four million pages of declassified documents relevant President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination in Dallas have been released. These include 2,189 documents released on Oct. 26. Some 98 percent of those documents had been released previously in partially redacted form,
This report focuses mainly on the announcement on Nov. 3 and an initial report by the investigative website WhoWhatWhy, which has closely monitored the documents expected to be released this year.
CAPA will provide more detailed analysis here shortly, with a more comprehensive overview at the mock trial of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald from Nov. 16-17 at the South Texas College of Law in Houston.
As previously reported, the college and CAPA are co-sponsoring the unique event State of Texas v. Lee Harvey Oswald at the college. Details of the program are here and below. CAPA members receive discounts.
CAPA leaders seek to show by solid evidence that serious errors discredit the dominant official narrative about the JFK shooting case, including recent news coverage stemming from released documents.
Concerning the most recent document releases, CAPA’s original report was Trump Backs Off Promise To Release All Suppressed JFK Documents Today; Permits Partial Release. News and commentary from elsewhere since the release date are collected on our News and Views section of daily updates.
Immediately below are news reports from the document dump late Friday:
National Archives, Never Before Released JFK Assassination Records Opened to the Public, Staff report, Nov. 3, 2017. 553 Newly Released CIA Documents Posted. In the third public release this year, the National Archives (whose headquarters are shown above) today posted 676 records subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act).
Last week, President Donald J. Trump ordered all remaining records governed by section 5 of the JFK Act be released to the public. The President also directed agencies to complete another review of their proposed redactions and only redact information in the rarest of circumstances. The release by the National Archives today represents the first in a series of rolling releases pursuant to the President’s memorandum based on prior reviews done by agencies. The records included in this public release have not been reviewed by NARA.
The National Archives anticipates several additional public releases making all remaining records governed by section 5 available to the public as expeditiously as possible in accordance with the President’s order. Each of these approximately 29,000 records, along with each of the records released today, remain subject to further review under that process.
The majority of the public release today consists of 553 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) records that were previously denied in their entirety. Also included in the release are records from components of the Departments of Justice (18) and Defense (48), the House Select Committee on Assassinations (56), and the National Archives (1). Released records are available for download.
The National Archives released 2,891 documents on Oct. 26 and 3,810 records on July 24.
The National Archives established the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection in November 1992, and it consists of approximately five million pages of records. The vast majority of the collection has been publicly available without any restrictions since the late 1990s.
WhoWhatWhy, National Archives Releases 676 More JFK Files, Staff report, Nov. 3, 2017. Some of the Previously Unknown Files Are Heavily Redacted. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released 676 additional JFK assassination records today. It appears that 582 were “withheld-in-full,” meaning they have never been seen by the public.
From NARA: “The majority of the public release today consists of 553 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) records that were previously denied in their entirety. Also included in the release are records from components of the Departments of Justice (18) and Defense (48), the House Select Committee on Assassinations (56), and the National Archives (1). Released records are available for download.”
Our initial brief inspection has indicated, however, that some of the files contain heavy redactions.
Houston Mock Trial Program
Details of the program are here and below. CAPA members receive discounts.’
Regarding the mock trial in Houston, shown below is information on program and registration. The evidence examination builds on previously released evidence and is attracting nationally known experts, particularly in forensic science. During a special evening dinner on Nov. 16 requiring additional registration, the TV, stage and screen star Alec Baldwin will speak and sign copies of new autobiography, Nevertheless, as we reported here last June.
- CLE (10 credits) students $450 (includes lunch)
- General Public $150 (includes lunch)
- CAPA Members $100 (includes lunch)
- Combination Mock Trial and Alec Baldwin dinner/book signing
- (CAPA members only) $195
- Live streaming general public $75
- Live streaming CAPA members $50
(includes valet parking and cash bar)
- General Public $125
- CAPA members $95
To obtain promo codes for registration as CAPA member contact Glenda at visionsoffrance (at) cox.net.
To register with promo code enter the code on the registration page. The discounted price will show up at the bottom of the billing page.