The City of Dallas has long made public its documents concerning John F. Kennedy's assassination in the city, but the National Archives and Records Administration is not willing to do the same.
In 1992, Wang Laboratories, in cooperation with the City of Dallas, created “a virtual collection” of 11,406 documents and photographs, including homicide reports, affidavits, witness statements, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Those documents remain available today on the city’s website as the John F. Kennedy/Dallas Police Department Collection at http://jfk.ci.dallas.tx.us/.
Text and photographic images were scanned in two-bit depth at 300 dots per inch and left uncropped and often in duplicate to assure researchers of the completeness and original order of the entire collection. While the original project was a significant achievement, dramatic improvements in digital scanning technology have encouraged city officials to re-scan the entire collection. Now the documents are being digitized again by the University of North Texas, using current technologies. The new digital images should include higher resolution images, possibly providing new clues to historians. The new digital version of the documents is expected to be released in November 2013.
Details may be found on the University of North Texas web site at http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/JFKDP/.
Surprisingly, the National Archives and Records Administration is not so open. Next November will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination, and yet NARA still is withholding more than 50,000 pages of JFK assassination-related documents. In addition, an untold number of other documents have been either partially withheld or released with everything interesting blacked out.
According to an article by Russ Baker in the Who What Why web site:
"Earlier this year, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) asked, on its online Open Government Forum, for suggestions from the public about what it could do to create greater transparency. The #1 most popular idea? Get those Kennedy records out—before Nov. 22, 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of the Dallas tragedy.
"But instead of dealing honestly with this matter, the feds have resorted to disinformation. In an interview with the Boston Globe, the Archivist of the United States claimed that at two public forums held on open records, the most public comments came from people interested either in the JFK assassination or….in UFOs."
The assistant archivist, Michael Kurtz, later said that withheld JFK assassination records would be processed, along with other documents, for declassification—and that the process should be completed by the end of 2013. However, Kurtz later retired and no longer speaks for the Agency. Sometime later, a new NARA spokesperson stated, "...JFK assassination records are not part of the declassification process. Hence, they will not be reviewed for release."
In fact, there is a problem with the Archivist's claims: the online Open Government Forum is public, and all requests are visible to everyone. While there are many recorded requests for access to the JFK assassination records, there is no record of UFO requests.
In any case, NARA is refusing to release EITHER the JFK records or the UFO records. Of course, this adds a lot of fuel to conspiracy theories.
You can read a lot more in Russ Baker's full article at http://whowhatwhy.com/2012/05/30/is-the-government-holding-back-crucial-documents/.
I never believed the JFK conspiracy theories until recently. Now I have to wonder what the folks in Washington are trying to hide. If Oswald really did act alone, why would so many government officials work so hard at keeping the 50-year-old details a secret? What do they know that we don't know?
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