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    President John F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas, Tx., on Nov. 22, 1963. In the car riding with Kennedy are Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, left, and her husband, Gov. John Connally of Texas.

    Thanks to Oliver Stone, Thousands of JFK Assassination Files To Be Released

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    Next year, the US government will hit its 25-year deadline to release approximately 3,000 never-before-seen documents, and 34,000 previously redacted files relating to the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.

    In 1991, Oliver Stone’s film “JFK” renewed public interest in a probable conspiracy surrounding the events leading to the November 22, 1963 assassination. The massive surge in interest lead to the passage of the 1992 JFK Records Act, which gave the government 25 years to release all documents relating to what happened in Dealey Plaza on that day.

    The National Archives annex in Maryland is currently processing, scanning, and preparing for the large trove of files to be released.

    Many of the files are from the House Select Committee on Assassinations, and are expected to reveal what the CIA may have known about Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the shooting. Also contained in the previously unseen files is “information about the CIA’s station in Mexico City, where Oswald showed up weeks before JFK’s death; 400 pages on E. Howard Hunt, the Watergate burglary conspirator who said on his deathbed that he had prior knowledge of the assassination; and testimony from the CIA’s James Angleton, who oversaw intelligence on Oswald,” Time Magazine reports.

    “The records that are out there are going to fill out this picture,” Jefferson Morley, an author who has spent decades researching the JFK assassination, told the magazine.

    There are hopes that the files will provide information on George Joannides, a CIA officer who had been involved with an anti-Castro organization whose members fought with Oswald in New Orleans months before the assassination.

    According to the Act, if an agency seeks to withhold any documents scheduled for release, they must appeal directly to the President.

    “We’re at the final chapter of JFK disclosure,” Morley says. “Sometimes I think we’re going to win. Sometimes I think it’s a fool’s errand. But we’re going to find out.”


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      Randall Lee Hilburn
      This will be what is known in intelligence circles as a limited hangout. Release certain information to the public to pacify them, while continuing to conceal the existence of the really explosive information. When one has listened to 50+ years of continuous government deception one tends to no longer take a single word they say at face value.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, I couldn't agree more! If our paths do not cross before, may I wish you a Merry Christmas and a joy filled New Year.
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      Years ago on the web I saw what was supposed to be autopsy photos of JFK, (no longer available unfortunately). The grassy knoll theory I believed was no longer calculable in my mind with the exit wound out the right side of the back of his head. I didn't know what I believed anymore until an old chum forwarded this to me about 7 years ago. I believe it.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, Back to you as the saying goes.

      Many institutions and individuals were involved to varying degrees in the assassination. If the truth ever fully came out publicly the political earthquake that would result would bring down the US Government regardless of who may be president at the time.

      There is a darkly amusing element to all of this. Angered at the repeated CIA efforts to assassinate him and overthrow the Cuban Government, Castro at one point threatened to reveal what he knew about the assassination if they kept it up any longer. Then they suddenly stopped, never to resume. Never underestimate the professionalism of the Cuban intelligence services. These individuals are masters of their craft.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toaffordable.guy(Show commentHide comment)
      affordable.guy, a certain type of ammunition (projectile) used would produce the same result as to that entry wound. I looked at that video and the quality is not very good which left this observer trying to see what Bill Cooper was suggesting - I therefore cannot accept that scenario and still believe that it was a high powered rifle using soft nosed or hollow point ammunition that was fired from the 'grassy knoll' that caused the coup de grace of JFK.

      One also needs to take on board that there were at least three shots fired from various locations. The first actually struck JFK's throat as the film shows the instant with the reflex of him clutching at his throat.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, will we ever know the FULL story - I doubt that. Governments and their agencies have been quite good at keeping secret the things that they do not wish us serfs to know. The JFK assassination is just one of the many.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, Somebody once said that if all lies were exposed it would be the end of civilization itself as civilization is founded on lies. Now I'm sounding like an anarchist. More so than I actually am.
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      Big deal. The government has had over 50 years to fake it however they want. This is meaningless.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, rule of law will always eventually prevail. I believe we are on the threshold of one of those times throughout recorded history when the forces of good take the reins of power. JFK was one such time that the powers that be could not allow to continue, but there have been others that have succeeded. Our history reads like one bread crumb of liberty at a time from those who only know oppression, but we are slowly winning this battle and this time they know it.

      Anarchy begets lies, but Truth will eventually conquer.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, I agree with those who say that we are on the verge of another Renaissance. However, I also remember what happened in Italy before and during the previous one. Chaos that gave birth to a better world in the end. That is what I see happening once again. It is like an old, diseased and dying forest that gets burned away, which gives the new life that has been lying dormant the opportunity to renew the forest threw coming to the surface. There would have been no opportunity to be reborn without the Black Death first bringing down the old world. I am what you would call a short range fatalist and a long term optimist. In actual fact human history is cyclical rather than linear in nature. Thus I am what I am.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, having your fatalism tempered with optimism is a good thing that allows a levelling out of the thought process. You also seem a knowledgeable man not given to much rhetoric and more practical in your general application in thinking which belies much common sense to me.

      I believe we are going to see some real changes in the way things used to be done come January 20. Retribution for those who have willingly taken us all to this low point in our civilizational values cannot come quick enough for me, and I am going to relish the payback being meted out to those who deserve our collective wrath.

      Those who have been observing will all get a ring seat at this spectacle.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, From my position here in the United States I actually don't see a whole lot changing initially when Trump takes office. It would have been no different in that regard if Clinton had won. I could see essentially a continuation of the present programs into the next administration even before the election actually took place. All I could see, and still can see, from those executing policy is business as usual.

      But after maybe the first two years of Trumps administration I can see that the internal contradictions both within the United States and within US foreign policy are going to start making things very messy. So that Trump is going to be forced to institute some real reforms which could either, depending on his true motivations, end in an open fascist dictatorship with himself as a leader, or in a return to what this country used to be. The present set of circumstances simply cannot continue to hold for many more years. Something is going to have to give, and soon.

      The problem is that the United States has not had an independent president since Kennedy. Look what happened to him? Presidents no longer make policy, they execute it. This includes Trump as it would have included Clinton if she had won. It isn't a matter of what Trump wants, and he knows it: instead it is a matter of what he is told to do by those behind the scenes who actually make policy. This is actually one of the main reasons I caution people against putting to much faith in Donald Trump, because he is not going to be the one in charge who can do whatever he pleases. He is answerable to the corporate and banking interests who actually run the United States and not in any way to the American people.

      I have been within the belly of the beast. I grew up around politics, I have worked around politics. I have studied it both within an academic setting and independently. All of my 50+ years of exposure to it has taught me one simple fact. That is that the United States is in no sense either a democracy or a republic. Instead it is a corporatist state much like Mussolini's Italy was. Trump is not going to run this country any more than Mussolini could run Italy.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, on that score, we can both be assured of just one thing - if that swamp remains a swamp then it will most certainly be business as usual.

      I had a discussion with my Pop this morning - he is 90 years young and he is pretty much the pessimist when it comes to what Trump will be able to achieve.

      But then again he does not access the internet or even watch TV anymore so much of what I tell him is news to him. Oh, he thinks all politicians are crooks, but still votes for a socialist Labor party come election time because that is the way he has voted all his voting life!

      I have told him that there is a paradigm shift coming and we all will be part of it to some extent. He generally laughs off what I tell him, but that's OK because what I tell him I have not been wrong on yet.

      Here's to January 20 and what may come after.
      Anything released is more than unlikely to reveal the truth.

      Apart from hidden or redacted files, we must remember CIA's record in such things.

      When the files for the 1950s' coup in Guatemala were date-due to be released some years ago, they simply disappeared.

      How much more sensitive is this matter?

      Again, readers may enjoy:

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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, Trump will of course change some things and some people will of course benefit. But he is to much part of the oligarchy to ever seriously threaten its existence. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." The way the American oligarchy is interwoven together, Trump couldn't bring it down without bringing himself down with it.

      Nonetheless matters are going to come to a head during Trumps administration, because there are just to many crises domestically that are not being addressed. When it all begins to reach critical mass he could be forced to make changes that he otherwise wouldn't want to make. These could be good or bad. Depending on what really lies within his heart, he will either leave this country a better place when he leaves office, or he is going to drive it into outright revolution. He is the one who must make that choice.

      I found your conversation with your Pop brought a smile to my face, as it reminded me of one I had with my Daddy back in the 70's. My family had been Southern Democrats going back generations (Philosophically in many ways I still am.) and I could never get him to understand that the national party had betrayed the very people it was established to represent and were now no better than the Republicans who we both agreed had never been a friend of the common people. (I've yet to see anything that would change my opinion of them. You see, I live with them every day of my life.)

      As long as Trump acted like he might run as an independent I supported him. But when he joined the Republicans, that finished him in my book. Because I knew all of the Republican baggage that he would be forced to bring with him to be accepted as a candidate of the party. My reaction would have been the same if he had chosen to run as a Democrat.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall, I have found through my own life experience that there are many, many folks who just flat out refuse to step outside their own comfort zone, even if they know that a revelation of truth is just waiting for them to be discovered.

      Loyalty, rusted on, delusional, team player or other more demeaning descriptors come to mind with such people, but shift from their position they will not.

      One soon learns to accept that many will never hear what you and I know to be the true situation, so one must pass them by in life's endeavour to warn others who may be willing to listen.

      As Samuel Clemens once noted; 'There are two great events in everyone's life, the first is to be born and the second is to find out why you were born'.

      Many miss that opportunity, and whether deliberately or not, miss the fundamental aspect to one's life.

      I have mentioned this before, but I have no faith in political parties of all stripes. Why do we need them? I believe a better system, and one that would require more accountability from those we elect is the direct election model where all members elected to government by their constituents be vetted for non-partisan stance and not beholden to any political agenda but good and accountable governance.

      With the right people it can be done.

      I think Trump knows exactly what he is up against. Trump is a highly principled player in all this and an individual who does not compromise on those principles - just ask his many detractors. His 'fold' to the Republicans was more a strategic move in that he realized it would be easier to have them in the camp than be outside trying to break in. He knows how Washington works and he has been complaining about the direction America has taken ever since his appearance on Oprah back in 1984.

      He is a motivator of souls who are willing to hear the truth and not the lies that still enslave so many.

      Yes, there are troubled times ahead, but I have great optimism for the next four years.
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