On April 27, 1961, Kennedy gave a speech to the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
Here is a full transcript of that speech.
Here is an audio recording of the speech.
The entire speech is quite interesting, in my opinion, and I am interested to see if there are any opinions on what Kennedy really meant in this speech. The speech is largely about the responsibility of the press regarding information pertaining to the threat of foreign enemies; Kennedy notes that this threat requires both greater secrecy for national security, but that there is also a "very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment."
There is one particular passage I would like to cite:
For those who believe Kennedy was killed because he was willing to stand up to the intelligence agencies/military industrial complex/bankers desire for war, it seems like this passage could be interpreted as a warning from Kennedy regarding that force. To me this seems even more likely in light of the timing of the speech -- shortly after the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
Are there alternative interpretations of what Kennedy was talking about here? I've been studying the Kennedy assassination fairly intensively for the past few months, and I don't see this speech mentioned very often. It seems like a speech packed with meaning, but I don't see it discussed much.