Unleashing the JFK Files
Today may or may not destroy myths and conspiracies of the past 54 years as to the perpetrator of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
This awful day, when the young 35th chief executive was shot and killed, is burned in my heart and mind. I succinctly remember the moment the news blared on my black and white television set.
My two-year-old son was napping. I was scheduled to work at 5 p.m. I was watching the television show Dialing for Dollars. The host was crying, barely able to report the shooting in Dallas before the networks interrupted with the incredible story.
Finally, 3,100 files from the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) are to be released today. I hope the real facts will be given the light of day, no matter how the facts fall.
I don’t doubt for a nano second the files will unleash reporters and historians. Hopefully the theories of vast differences can be put to rest.
Who really was behind the shooting of the young Mr. Kennedy?
Did the Warren Commission fail in its duty?
Was Lee Harvey Oswald that good a marksman?
Some other extremist conspiracies say then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, in conjunction with the CIA, and possibly George H.W. Bush, were involved. Vile and ghastly, most certainly.
That the files have been classified for so long probably has been good. Imagine thinking that time heals all wounds in such a horrific event?
I recall the idea promoted in those days that the first Roman Catholic president would be taking orders from the Pope in Rome. It was tripe and ignorance in those days.
Myths and conspiracies are popular today. Yes, tripe and ignorance is no stranger now days.
It will be good if the dossiers, without redactions, make the light of day. Let’s hope so.
At the same time the information must not be politicized. All Americans deserve to know the truth.
There is always more to the story. Most certainly President Kennedy’s death needs the facts. It may be uncomfortable to read and hear who the culprit(s) were on that day – November 22, 1963.
I still vividly recall reading the dispatch of the late White House correspondent Merriman Smith. He snagged the only phone and dictated the first and exclusive report that the president was dead. Mr. Smith received the Pulitzer Prize for his United Press International story. I read it as it came over the teletype. There were tears all over the newsroom.
Here’s a brief timeline from that day, using Central Standard Time:
12:30 p.m. CST: Shots are fired as the motorcade passes the Texas School Book Depository.
12:34 p.m. CST: The first United Press International bulletin clears the wire stating: "Three shots were fired today at the president’s motorcade in downtown Dallas."
The story ended with the newspaper symbol - 30 -.
Please, no more fables and subterfuges.