By EVAN ALDO
President Trump has ordered the long-awaited release of more than 2,800 documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. However, due to pressure from the CIA and FBI, he withheld thousands of additional papers and put them on pending review before release.
These documents are a treasure for historians and conspiracy theorists who have spent years searching for information on what really happened in Dallas on the day of JFK’s assassination in 1963. The papers include suspicions that Lyndon B. Johnson was behind the killing and other talks of mobsters and spies.
The documents had fuzzy images of CIA surveillance photos from the early 1960s. There was a report that Lee Harvey Oswald obtained ammunition from a right-wing militia group.
Some of the files convey the drama and chaos of the days immediately after the murder of the president. One of them is a memo dictated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover on Nov. 24, 1963 after Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald as he was being moved from police headquarters to a local jail.
President Trump, who has shared his own speculation about the assassination, had a strong desire to finally open the last government files since he was campaigning for president. This was when he accused Ted Cruz’s father of being a part of the assassination.
Although Trump has rather outlandish ideas involving the killing of JFK, I believe that having released these files is a useful decision for this country.
Citizens have a right to know everything that the government knows involving this. Having this information out there may allow people to draw firm conclusions and put conspiracy theories aside.
The act of releasing these files is really something that President Trump has done to fight against the elites and give power back to the common people.
Aside of the content of the files, the news media should report that Trump is taking a stand against big government and bureaucracy. This is a step in the right direction for our nation. Freedom of information has always fueled this nation and I hope that the major news media organizations will report Trump’s efforts in this step forward.