The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has unveiled a trove of documents shedding new light on the tragic JFK Assassination. Following President Biden’s memorandum on June 30, 2023, the release of these records marks a significant step towards unravelling the mysteries surrounding one of the most significant events in American history.
The President’s directive, issued on December 15, 2022, compelled agencies to conduct a comprehensive review of redactions within the records, with a strong emphasis on disclosing as much information as possible. NARA, in close collaboration with various government entities, diligently carried out this review, resulting in the release of 2,672 additional documents since April 15, 2023. These documents have either been made available in their entirety or with fewer redactions, opening up fresh avenues for research and investigation.
To ensure transparency throughout the process, President Biden also instructed the involved agencies to provide transparency plans to NARA’s National Declassification Center (NDC). These plans, now accessible to the public, outline a systematic approach to continued information disclosure. As specific identified concerns diminish over time, these plans will guide the NDC in facilitating the timely release of additional information, thus fulfilling the nation’s commitment to transparency.
Dr. Colleen Shogan, the 11th Archivist of the United States, expressed her profound belief in the principles of government transparency and the accessibility of information:
At the National Archives, we hold the firm belief that the American people deserve access to the truth. Through the tireless efforts of our dedicated staff, along with our valued partners and stakeholder agencies, we have exemplified the power of collaboration in maximizing the public’s access to information while ensuring the necessary safeguards are in place.
Dr. Colleen Shogan, the 11th Archivist of the United States
This momentous release of documents renews the nation’s collective resolve to uncover the full truth behind the JFK assassination. Scholars, historians, and the public now have an expanded body of evidence to delve into, providing fresh perspectives and potentially unravelling long-standing mysteries. As the National Declassification Center progresses with the implementation of these transparency plans, the path towards public disclosure becomes increasingly clear, offering hope for a deeper understanding of this pivotal moment in American history.
The newly released records, along with previous disclosures, can be accessed and downloaded from the National Archives website [insert hyperlink]. This milestone represents a vital step in honouring the memory of President Kennedy and continuing the quest for truth and justice.
Take a look at the newly released records here:
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