Release papers on JFK assassination

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything.

It hasn’t.

At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, killed Kennedy. Neither foreign nor U.S. officials had anything to do with the murder.

But thousands of documents relating to the assassination and the investigation of it have remained secret for more than half a century. There was a limit on that official confidentiality, however, and it expires Oct. 26. Unless President Donald Trump orders the papers be kept under wraps, the National Archives will have to release them by then.

There may be good, national security reasons to keep a few of the documents secret. The vast majority should be released, however. There is no valid reason to keep them from the public.

The more truth we know about the assassination, the less likely conspiracy theories are to gain traction.


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