a reply to: mike dangerously
There is no possibility what so ever, that a legitimate reason can be given today, to keep the files on the assassination of JFK a secret. There is no
national security issue pertaining to that period, which can even remotely have any relevance, either to current intelligence operations, or to the
foreign affairs policy of the United States of America in this day and age.
How can I say this for certain? I can say this with certainty, because the factors which played into world politics in that period have changed
beyond all recognition since that time, as have the technological and tactical approaches used by the intelligence agencies and military organisations
whose members would be those most readily put in harms way by a national security breach relating to current methodologies and tactics.
None of the people who would have been instrumental in activities at the time of JFKs death are going to be players in the field these days, because
even the youngest of operatives at that time, would be beyond active service age now, and therefore incapable of performing an intelligence role
involving them in any dangerous pursuit or posting. The rest will be dead, either as a result of their day jobs, or natural causes. The only
exceptions to that, would be personages who have climbed the ranks of government, and found themselves in the actual political sphere, or in positions
of power but not active service, in the intelligence field. With the greatest possible respect to them, the events of that period are simply not
capable of causing persons in such vaunted position, anything but a loss of face or power, and those things are not worth keeping a secret in spite of
a genuine national interest, to protect.
And there is another aspect to this. If the data pertaining to the death of JFK is so inflammatory, that despite the gulf of decades between the
event and now, the ramifications of the release of data would represent an upheaval for the nation, then the data in those files must be released, at
once. The reason I say this, is that the only ramifications that are possible with documents and information so old as these, is that the people
become so outraged at the contents or the implications, that they themselves rise up and protest matters. That is not a national security threat,
indeed, it is a national security improvement. A nations security is NOT a simple matter of making sure that terrorists cannot blow up nuclear power
stations, or preventing foreign agents from usurping critical infrastructure, businesses, and the like, or protecting current military and
intelligence assets from discovery or espionage. Nor is it as simple as preventing another JFK moment. A nation which is lied to in such a way as to
outrage them, despite the years between the lie and the revelation, for reasons which make the people rise up in horror and fury and take to the
streets, is not secure by definition.
If there is data in those files which might cause upheaval, it will be because things were done by representatives of the people of the nation, which
dishonour those people, and the very principles upon which the nation was founded. If that data pertains to the behaviour of any currently serving
political entity, intelligence chief or military personage, and if it is that specific information which is linked to some terrible misdeed, then the
people have a right to know, the people have a right to know that there was a problem and they have a right to investigate for themselves whether
those individuals from back in the day, who may have proven thier honour to be for sale or otherwise in question, and retain power now, are fit to
hold the positions they do.
If the data shows that operations were carried out which should not have been, and the information also somehow does have implications for the way
things are being done now, and who is doing them, the people also have a right to know that, and a right to decide what may, and what may not be done
in their name. This set of documents should be open access already, free of redactions, exceptions, without files going missing, without clerical
errors delaying their release and so on and so forth. After the decades and decades between then and now, the only national security concern that
could possibly arise from the release of these documents, comes not from a reaction by foreign parties, but from the people, and the people are the
law, the final word. If they might have their ire stoked by whatever is in those files, it is not for any intelligence agency to hold them back.
Withholding inflammatory material from the people at all is wrong, because it prevents them from being aware enough to make effective choices about
how they want their nation governed and protected, something they have an absolute right to do, and do from an informed position. If they are lied to,
manipulated, and have the most important matters hidden from them, they cannot make effective changes to their government, cannot make effective
changes to its operation, and that my friends is not freedom. That is tyranny. Freedom requires freedom of information, and with information this old,
there can no longer be a reasonable excuse for continuing to shroud the incident in so much shadow.
edit on 6-2-2016 by TrueBrit because:
Grammatical error removed.