President Trump to release Kennedy assassination files - will the truth finally come out?
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President Trump has decided to release a trove of classified documents on the Kennedy assassination. President Kennedy, the first Catholic president of the United States, was killed by an assassin's bullet on November 22, 1963. Since then, questions have lingered over the official narrative of his assassination.
Will the world finally get the answers it has been waiting for?
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. His murder is one of the most investigated killings in history. Tens of thousands of files of information were generated as multiple inquiries were conducted. A year later, in September 1964, the final, definitive government investigation was concluded. Known as the Warren Commission, led by Chief Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, the report stated that President Kennedy was killed by a lone assassin's bullet, fired by Lee Harvey Oswald, a former Marine and defector to the Soviet Union.
The lone-assassin explanation did not sit well with most critical thinkers. How could a man, no matter how well trained, fire three shots in close succession, hitting the Governor of Texas once and president twice in the head and neck? What about the officer in the motorcade who claimed to see a puff of smoke from the grassy knoll? And why was Oswald himself murdered just two days later, killed by a man with ties to the Mafia?
There is no end to the questions surrounding the assassination of the first Catholic president of the United States, and no shortage of conspiracy theories. Did Oswald act alone as the Warren Commission claimed? Or was he part of a larger plot? And if it was a plot, who was behind it? The Soviets? The Mafia? The CIA?
In 1992, Congress passed a law to permit the release of most of its Kennedy documents in response to public demand. However, an estimated 3,100 files were withheld for another 25 years. Many released documents were redacted, limiting their informational value. Skeptics speculated these files contained clues to the truth the government did not want to release.
Now, it is up to President Trump to give final approval for the release of those documents, and he has pledged to do so.
The hold on the documents expires on October 26, and with the President's approval, they will be fully released. The president could still delay, or withhold some of those documents if he thinks they reveal methods or still-relevant intelligence sources.
Most experts believe it unlikely the documents will reveal any bombshell information. The official narrative of the Kennedy assassination is the simplest one, and most likely to be correct. That is, Oswald acted alone, and he was successful because he was a fast, good, and lucky shot. Oswald was a deeply troubled man, who was also a Soviet sympathizer, who acted out of a desire for notoriety, and was killed in turn by Jack Ruby who inexplicably chose to become a vigilante.
However, this official explanation is unsatisfying, and even if the final documents support it, the skepticism and the questions will linger forever.
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