Why Was the ARRB Prohibited from Investigating the Kennedy Assassination? The Future of Freedom Foundation

After more than twenty years of my own study, I share the belief—based on substantiated evidence and research by a host of dedicated researchers and historians—that President Kennedy was ambushed by elements of his own National Security apparatus in what amounted to a coup d’état. It is clear that a highly compartmentalized, elite segment of the CIA, the U.S. military, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), certain well-known organized crime figures, and, finally, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson all colluded to overthrow the elected government of the United States.

Today, the CIA continues its efforts to cover up its role in the Kennedy assassination. According to author Joan Mellen, a special committee of archivists and librarians at the National Archives was convened in 2000 to examine a set of sealed records relating to the Kennedy assassination in order to determine whether they should be released to the public. Before any determination could be made, however, the group was visited by a man identifying himself as a representative of the Agency. “He warned them that under no circumstances must they ever reveal to anyone what they had viewed in those documents,” said Mellen in her book A Farewell to Justice (2005). So chilling had the CIA man’s threat been, “no one talked.”

==Mary’s Mosaic (Peter Janney)

aarc_conferenceOne of the interesting aspects of the John F. Kennedy assassination was the establishment of the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. That was the board whose mission was to secure the release and disclosure of long-secret documents and records relating to the Kennedy assassination.

The national-security establishment — i.e., the U.S. military and the CIA — could not have been very pleased about the establishment of the ARRB. After all, keep in mind that when the Warren Report, whose 50th anniversary of publication is today, was issued, it was made clear that records relating to the assassination would be kept sequestered for 75 years. Many of the pertinent secret records and documents were in the possession of the U.S. military and the CIA.

Imagine that: A supposed lone nut, with no apparent motive, supposedly fires at the president and kills him and yet “national security” requires that Pentagon and CIA records relating to the assassination and aftermath be kept secret. Does that make any sense?

There’s obviously a big problem here, which is this: While secrecy is not necessarily evidence of nefarious conduct, it is entirely consistent with nefarious conduct, including a cover-up of a crime

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CIA cia_agent_Document 1035-960: Foundation of a Weaponized Term

“Conspiracy theory” is a term that at once strikes fear and anxiety in the hearts of most every public figure, particularly journalists and academics. Since the 1960s the label has become a disciplinary device that has been overwhelmingly effective in defining certain events off limits to inquiry or debate. Especially in the United States raising legitimate questions about dubious official narratives destined to inform public opinion (and thereby public policy) is a major thought crime that must be cauterized from the public psyche at all costs.

Conspiracy theory’s acutely negative connotations may be traced to liberal historian Richard Hofstadter’s well-known fusillades against the “New Right.” Yet it was the Central Intelligence Agency that likely played the greatest role in effectively “weaponizing” the term. In the groundswell of public skepticism toward the Warren Commission’s findings on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the CIA sent a detailed directive to all of its bureaus. Titled “Countering Criticism of the Warren Commission Report,” the dispatch played a definitive role in making the “conspiracy theory” term a weapon to be wielded against almost any individual or group calling the government’s increasingly clandestine programs and activities into question.

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