Donald Trump is certainly an unconventional President, but one decision that the Commander in Chief must make in the coming months could be his most unique yet.
In terms of governmental conspiracies, there is one event that reins supreme: The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963.
In reality, an enormous percentage of the nation’s distrust of our government can be traced back to this extraordinarily complex event. Was the Cuban mafia involved? Was one man really responsible for the “magic bullet”? Where are the other witnesses who were seen videotaping and photographing the scene? These questions have nagged a great many historical scholars from all around the world in the ensuing 53 years, and the U.S. government hasn’t done much to quench their thirst for answers. (Ed. note: Video recorders would not be available for another twenty years. Andrew is talking about 8mm movie cameras.)
There is a treasure trove of classified documents regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy that have never seen the light of day, thanks to a court order…a court order that is set to expire within a few scant months without Presidential renewal. That’s where Donald J. Trump could blow open the entire story.
“The nation’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous decision. Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled conspiracy theories – the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy?
“The answer must come within months. And, according to a new timeline offered by the National Archives, it could come within weeks.
“Under the deadline set by a 1992 law, Trump has six months left to decide whether he will block the release of an estimated 3,600 files related to the assassination that are still under seal at the Archives. From what is known of the JFK documents, most come from the CIA and FBI, and a number may help resolve lingering questions about whether those agencies missed evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death. As with every earlier release of JFK assassination documents in the 53 years since shots rang out in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, it is virtually certain that some of the files will be seized on to support popular conspiracy theories about Kennedy’s murder; other documents are likely to undermine them.
“Martha W. Murphy, the Archives official who oversees the records, said in an interview last month that a team of researchers with high-level security clearances is at work to prepare the JFK files for release and hopes to begin unsealing them in batches much earlier than October – possibly as early as summer.
“Beyond releasing the 3,600 never-before-seen JFK files, the Archives is reviewing another 35,000 assassination-related documents, previously released in part, so they can be unsealed in full. Short of an order from the president, Murphy said, the Archives is committed to making everything public this year: ‘There’s very little decision-making for us.’”
The release of these documents would certainly be the catalyst for an unprecedented feeding frenzy at the National Archives, and will send conspiracy theorists over the moon with joy. The reality of what is entailed in these long-sealed files could very well rewrite American history as we know it, and all that is standing in our way now is President Trump.