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US National Archives releases trove of JFK murder documents

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy ride in a convertible through Dallas moments before the assassination on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.

The US National Archives has released about 1,500 previously classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was murdered by certain evil people residing in Washington because of his opposition to the Vietnam War and military-industrial complex, according to Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, who as a young man worked at the White House during the JFK administration.

The National Archives released the latest tranche of documents on Wednesday. US President Joe Biden in October delayed their release until this month, providing federal agencies more time to review the documents.

The National Archives said American agencies "will be conducting an intensive review" of redactions across some 14,000 withheld documents "to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency."

"Any information currently withheld from public disclosure that agencies do not propose for continued postponement beyond December 15, 2022, will be released to the public on that date," the archives said.

Kennedy served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.

The President's Commission on the Assassination of Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission, was established by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in November 1963 to investigate the assassination of JFK.

The commission's final 888-page report released in September 1964 concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted entirely alone in assassinating President Kennedy.

However, many researchers are unconvinced by the official government account and argue that Oswald was part of a conspiracy to kill Kennedy.

A number of Americans have also questioned the Warren Commission's finding that Oswald acted alone in assassinating Kennedy.

Several people have hoped the documents would reveal more details of Kennedy's assassination; however, researchers have predicted that no smoking gun will be unveiled by the documents' declassification, according to CNN.

‘Oswald had nothing to do with JFK’s assassination'

Dr. Roberts, who was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, wrote, “Kennedy intended to pull the US out of Vietnam once he was reelected. He intended to break up the CIA ‘into one thousand pieces’ and curtail the military-security complex that was exploiting the US budget.”

“And that is why he was murdered. The evil that resides in Washington does not only kill foreign leaders who try to do the right thing but also its own,” he wrote in an article, titled, “When They Killed JFK They Killed America.”

“Oswald had nothing whatsoever to do with JFK’s assassination. That is why Oswald was himself assassinated inside the Dallas jail before he could be questioned,” Dr. Roberts wrote.

He said Kennedy was “assassinated because of anti-communist hysteria in the military and security agencies.”

Former US President Donald Trump in 2018 had approved the release of more than 19,000 documents, most of which had some redactions while discouraging the disclosure of other documents.

Biden then delayed a scheduled release in October despite the fact that Kennedy's nephews called for their unveiling.

“It’s an outrage against American democracy. We’re not supposed to have secret governments within the government,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said in October. “How the hell is it 58 years later, and what in the world could justify not releasing these documents?”

Kennedy Jr.’s father, US Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) was also gunned down on June 6, 1968, in Los Angeles, California.

Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian refugee, was found guilty of shooting RFK to death. In August, he was granted parole by a two-person panel after spending more than 50 years in prison for allegedly assassinating Kennedy during his campaign for president.

Kennedy Jr. revealed in 2018 that he doesn’t believe Sirhan had carried out the assassination and believes a second shooter was involved.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Kennedy Jr. said he had spent months reviewing autopsy results, police reports and interviewed witnesses who were there when his father was gunned down in Los Angeles.

He told the newspaper that he also met Sirhan incarcerated in the massive Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, a California state prison complex in the desert outside San Diego.

He said that after his research and his meeting with Sirhan after all this he found out that he did not kill his father, but there was a second gunman who carried out the assassination.

Who killed Kennedys?

Bobby Kennedy, who was just 42 when he was killed, was buried at Arlington Cemetery, near his brother, JFK, who was assassinated 5 years earlier in 1963 at the age of 46.

Sirhan was originally sentenced to death. But when California briefly outlawed capital punishment, his sentence was reduced to life in prison. He has been denied parole 15 times.

Sirhan had initially said he fired at Kennedy because he was enraged by his support for Israel. But over the years, he has claimed to have no recollection of the shooting or his initial confession.

RFK's death has been the subject of widespread analysis, similar to the 1963 assassination of his older brother, JFK.

Various experts have ascribed a variety of motives to the CIA’s involvement in the assassination of both Kennedys. The secretive nature of the CIA and its reputation for high-level political assassinations in the 1960s has made it a plausible perpetrator for the murder of the Kennedy brothers.

Many researchers say Israel also had a motive to kill Kennedy because the president was opposed to the regime's nuclear weapons program at Dimona which he believed could instigate a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Kennedy encountered tensions with the Israelis regarding the production of nuclear materials in Dimona.

Israel resisted pressure from the Kennedy administration to open its nuclear facilities to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections and misled American scientists who visited Dimona in 1962.

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