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James Phelps wants to know:

BK,

Suppose you put up a subject area that tells exactly what your bill proposes, everything clearly stated.

BK: I don't propose any bill. There already is a bill. The JFK Act passed in 1992, and is alreadya law, one that we lobbied for years to get, and it only got passed because of the trailer at the end of Oliver Stone's film that explained how the JFK assassination records were sealed. It has now been more than a decade since the Assassination Records Review Board was disbanded, but the law remains in force,though there is no one enforcing it. All we want is for the Congress to hold JFK Act hearings and determine why records were destroyed, are missing, or still wrongfully withheld, and to advance the final release of the records from 2017 to 2013.

Lets see what you are claiming.

BK: I'm not claiming anything other than records have been destroyed, are missing and wrongfully withheld, and these are crimes that no one is pursuing or investigating, and even Thompson, Fetzer, Lifton, Lone Nutters and those with extremist views like yourself who blame raw entities like entire nations for crimes, should support Congress holding JFKAct hearings.

I won't go off and read a thousand EF listings tofind it, so make it easy.

BK: Yea, I understand that you don't want to read, but if you came along years ago, you would know that the Education ForumJFK Assassination Debate was once a place where there was little debate and much new research going on, in which new leads and documents were discussed and witnesses located and interviewed.

One link for folks to click.

JFKcountercoup

But, if there is any of this Fetzer pseudo science nonsense in your hearing proposals, you won't get a lick ofsupport. Anything that does this Fetzer game to totally discreditZapruder and all the other photo evidence won't be receivedwell. Nor this Fetzer faked moon landing nonsense. Allthat has done is shoot most of that alliance in the foot and make you look reallydishonest. It makes you all look worse than the Warren Commission'stampering and slighting of truth.

BK: Congressional He arings on JFK ACT will not investigate who killed JFK but instead be restricted to investigating the records, their destruction, who did it, who ordered it, and why, and why there are so many missing, and still being wrongfully withheld, and will not deal with 9/11 or Moon landings. They will deal with the Z-film however, and possibly call new witnesses that have been recently discovered who can testify as to what happened to the Z-film while it was at NPIC.

If you have a reasoned and logical issue that doesn't screw up the whole, you might have something. But it requires total openness, show us. Toss it up for review, o rquit dangling things with vapor substance on these pages. Quit the vapor presentations---show the substance.

BK: You are the one who is dangling things with vapor substance on these pages. Your approach to the subject is wrong, your suspects are innocent of what happened at Dealey Plaza and your mind is muddled by your obsession with Jewish folks. I wouldn't have responded to you anymore at all if you didn't call me out byname.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_John_F._Kennedy_Assassination_Records_Collection_Act_of_1992

Hello William, aka Bill, Kelly,

This sounds pretty good, sans some of the exta commentary you tend to toss in things. I can support pushing up the release date for documents with no problem. It would be in everyone's better interests, except the crooks that did it.

Amazing things can happen when you speak clearly, and place things well advertised in the open every so often.

Is there a bill number to read. Need to see the exact language.

And is there one of those friendly little Internet Pages where one adds one's name to the cause?

Or is there a form letter that one sends to one's Congressional Representatives?

It would be good to keep some sort of sign-up thing bumped up every so often with the links to sign up, the bill number and link, and what ever addl progress information is relevant.

If makes sense and is legit, all of us will help. Just make it simple, make it clear, and make the sign up process easy. You'll make progress. Do keep the extranous remarks down, and that'll be a plus. The extraneous remarks tend to kill people's interest.

Get me something automatic, form letter, or something easy and I'll pass it around my networks and give it a push.

Jim Phelps

PS: Nothing is ever impossible, Cold Fusion just made the Big Time

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/bio/userletter/?letter_id=6988991981

This one looks to be a world changing event in Energy.

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James, there is no bill, The Bill - the JFK Act was passed in 1992, the Assassinations Records Review Board dissolved in 1998 and there hasn't been a Congressional Oversight Hearing on the JFK Act since 1997. Getting Congressional hearings on the JFK Act is the easiest legal maneuver that can be done, and it would be restricted - extremely restricted to the records - the disposition of the JFK assassination records and why they were destroyed, are missing or being wrongfully withheld. But the Z-film and autopsy photos and x-rays certainly fit into that category.

Such hearings could also result in a new bill, one advancing the release of the last sealed records from 2017 to 2013 - the 50th anniversary when there should be a lot of publicity and news.

Of course when the major networks do any news productions and need a spokesman on the assassination they will go to the usual suspects - Gary Mack, Prof. Fetzer and any psychologist who studies conspiracy theorists and why they believe in such wacky things.

They won't bother interviewing Bill Turner, Tony Summers, Dick Russell, Jeff Morley, David Talbot, Josiah Thompson or any reputable authority on the subject.

"Everyone who has been involved in this case would like some closure. Closure cannot come without political support, and political support cannot come without credibility.

That's how it works.

No one in the media and no one in Congress--no one--is going to take anyone seriously who says, that we didn't land on the moon—multiple times., with dozens of astronauts among the living who have walked on the moon, and the technical and film evidence to prove it.

No one is going to take anyone seriously who says that no planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City, that it was all a hologram, that the hijackers are alive, or any of the other nonsense promoted by some of the 9/11 truthers.. .

With complete confidence, I can assert that Lee Harvey Oswald will never be exonerated if the ideas of James Henry Fetzer in the area of 9/11 and phoney moon landings are associated with that effort. Arguments such as those I have seen promoted by him, on the subject of 9/11 and on the subject of the moon landings, will do nothing but sink the ship which is carrying a boatload of passengers who seek a better world."

Bravo David. What you say here is sadly but necessarily true. What a shame it would be if after all the work by so many over so many decades... at a time when the facts had become clearer and clearer about what really happened in Dealey Plaza... how sad it would be if it was all ruined by the prancing before TV cameras of a man with an anger problem and a need for attention.

JT

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Well Mr. Kelly,

I was under the impression that you wanted to find others to get some support to get Congress to do hearings based upon the JFK Act.

My question to you was simple. Do you have a form letter that persons can print and send to their respective Congress Person to request this, or is there another method?

I have been around the Nuclear Activism world for a long time and what they do is offer a form letter, so that everyone that supports their request can print it and then everyone is working off the same sheet of music and the points are clear and consistent to Congress.

Let me ask, is there a form letter. What way would be best for anyone to support what you claimed to be after?

I don't know where all this extended run on that avoided that simple request came from. Perhaps you don't want help, since you didn't answer the question on how to help.

Thats Fine. I offered.

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Well Mr. Kelly,

I was under the impression that you wanted to find others to get some support to get Congress to do hearings based upon the JFK Act.

My question to you was simple. Do you have a form letter that persons can print and send to their respective Congress Person to request this, or is there another method?

I have been around the Nuclear Activism world for a long time and what they do is offer a form letter, so that everyone that supports their request can print it and then everyone is working off the same sheet of music and the points are clear and consistent to Congress.

Let me ask, is there a form letter. What way would be best for anyone to support what you claimed to be after?

I don't know where all this extended run on that avoided that simple request came from. Perhaps you don't want help, since you didn't answer the question on how to help.

Thats Fine. I offered.

JFK Act Oversight Hearings Petition

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Well Mr. Kelly,

I was under the impression that you wanted to find others to get some support to get Congress to do hearings based upon the JFK Act.

My question to you was simple. Do you have a form letter that persons can print and send to their respective Congress Person to request this, or is there another method?

I have been around the Nuclear Activism world for a long time and what they do is offer a form letter, so that everyone that supports their request can print it and then everyone is working off the same sheet of music and the points are clear and consistent to Congress.

Let me ask, is there a form letter. What way would be best for anyone to support what you claimed to be after?

I don't know where all this extended run on that avoided that simple request came from. Perhaps you don't want help, since you didn't answer the question on how to help.

Thats Fine. I offered.

JFK Act Oversight Hearings Petition

I signed it and will have my circle do so asap

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Well Mr. Kelly,

I was under the impression that you wanted to find others to get some support to get Congress to do hearings based upon the JFK Act.

My question to you was simple. Do you have a form letter that persons can print and send to their respective Congress Person to request this, or is there another method?

I have been around the Nuclear Activism world for a long time and what they do is offer a form letter, so that everyone that supports their request can print it and then everyone is working off the same sheet of music and the points are clear and consistent to Congress.

Let me ask, is there a form letter. What way would be best for anyone to support what you claimed to be after?

I don't know where all this extended run on that avoided that simple request came from. Perhaps you don't want help, since you didn't answer the question on how to help.

Thats Fine. I offered.

JFK Act Oversight Hearings Petition

I signed it and will have my circle do so asap

Thanks Tom,

And thanks for keeping the link in the post so others can find it and sign it too.

Bill Kelly

JFKCountercoup.blogspot.com

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People keep asking if this is a new investigation, and the answer is NO.

It is merely getting the government to do its job, specifically the House Oversight Committee and its responsibility to see that the laws of the land are enforced, including the JFK ACT of 1992, for which there has been no oversight or public hearing since 1997. If they do conduct hearings, as requested, they will be focused strictly on the disposition of the JFK Assassination records, what was destroyed, who destroyed them, how and why they did it, as well as why records are missing and documents still being wrongfully withheld.

JFK Act Oversight Hearings Petition

Just when I was getting ready to throw in the towel, along comes Frankie, Greg and Cindi to take up the fight.

JFK Act Congressional Oversight Hearings Letter Writing Campaign. (8)

It took 18 days for the Facebook revolution to bring about the downfall of the government of Tunisia, 28 days to bring down the government of Egypt. How long will this take?

However long it takes, if it happens, it will be worth it, and those who contributed to this effort can take some satisfaction that they helped in some way.

Thanks, BK

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People keep asking if this is a new investigation, and the answer is NO.

It is merely getting the government to do its job, specifically the House Oversight Committee and its responsibility to see that the laws of the land are enforced, including the JFK ACT of 1992, for which there has been no oversight or public hearing since 1997. If they do conduct hearings, as requested, they will be focused strictly on the disposition of the JFK Assassination records, what was destroyed, who destroyed them, how and why they did it, as well as why records are missing and documents still being wrongfully withheld.

JFK Act Oversight Hearings Petition

Just when I was getting ready to throw in the towel, along comes Frankie, Greg and Cindi to take up the fight.

JFK Act Congressional Oversight Hearings Letter Writing Campaign. (8)

It took 18 days for the Facebook revolution to bring about the downfall of the government of Tunisia, 28 days to bring down the government of Egypt. How long will this take?

However long it takes, if it happens, it will be worth it, and those who contributed to this effort can take some satisfaction that they helped in some way.

Thanks, BK

And I am quite amazed, that after only a few hours 72 people have joined the Facebook page and appear willing to write letters! That, to me, is quite astounding.

BK

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People keep asking if this is a new investigation, and the answer is NO.

It is merely getting the government to do its job, specifically the House Oversight Committee and its responsibility to see that the laws of the land are enforced, including the JFK ACT of 1992, for which there has been no oversight or public hearing since 1997. If they do conduct hearings, as requested, they will be focused strictly on the disposition of the JFK Assassination records, what was destroyed, who destroyed them, how and why they did it, as well as why records are missing and documents still being wrongfully withheld.

JFK Act Oversight Hearings Petition

Just when I was getting ready to throw in the towel, along comes Frankie, Greg and Cindi to take up the fight.

JFK Act Congressional Oversight Hearings Letter Writing Campaign. (8)

It took 18 days for the Facebook revolution to bring about the downfall of the government of Tunisia, 28 days to bring down the government of Egypt. How long will this take?

However long it takes, if it happens, it will be worth it, and those who contributed to this effort can take some satisfaction that they helped in some way.

Thanks, BK

And I am quite amazed, that after only a few hours 72 people have joined the Facebook page and appear willing to write letters! That, to me, is quite astounding.

BK

Bill,

testament to Frankie's abilities to organize and infect others with some of her passion. Minimum target of 200 letters has been set. If the problem is getting a result by the 50th, the solution has to be a relentless, multi-phased campaign. We HAVE to seize the initiative. We may not have the money, nor the favor of the MSM, but we do have a hell of a lot more by way of factual data on the assassination than any of our predecessors,the power and reach of the web, and some damn good people to keep the ideas flowing.

We don't want to bring down the government.

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"And I am quite amazed, that after only a few hours 72 people have joined the Facebook page and appear willing to write letters! That, to me, is quite astounding.

BK "

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The interest is there. You just have to cut out chewing peoples legs off with fussing and find some positive directions.

Perhaps it is good that these other folks with less baggage are in the lead position. I suppose you could have thought of that, but you were too busy fussing all the time.

Let them run with it.

It is a good idea. Worth a shot anyway.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_203775696333877

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24 hours and 93 members!

Once we have the sample letters and congressmen's addresses/emails in place it would be great to put them in a format that can be easily spread elsewhere on the internet.

There are quite a few people who don't use Facebook and we need to reach them too.

I'm amazed at the amount of support we have already, and new members are joining every hour! If it wasn't for Bill Kelly's hard work, willingness to write yet more sample letters and to guide us all through the American congress then none of this would be possible.

Thanks Bill!

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JFK Act Oversight Lobby 2011 Summer Offensive

JFK ACT Oversight HearingsJFKcountercoupGetting Congressional oversight hearings on the JFK Act is one thing that can and should be done, and will happen as soon as someone convinces Rep. Darrell Issa (R. Calf.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, to do his job and hold them.

It's possible JFK Act Oversight Hearings could be held as early as late September, or next March, during Sunshine Week, if enough people request the hearings, a big if.

The Republicans controlled the House of Representatives for a decade and didn't conduct any oversight of anything, and when the Democrats finally got in there, with a Democrat in the White House, they didn't want to "rock the boat." Now the Republicans are back, and the responsible committees are controlled by Republicans who have the ability to schedule hearings and begin investigations. Issa has shown however, in the targets of his investigations, that he being very partisan and going after Democrats, especially the Obama administration. For instance his Op-Ed on reforming the Presidential Records Act, he doesn't mention how the Republicans destroyed White House emails, but only goes after Obama for failing to live up to his call for transparent government - Chairman Issa's Op-Eds

The issue of JFK Act Oversight Hearings is not even a bi-partisan issue, it's a NON-partisan issue that not only Democrats and Republicans agree should happen, but it is backed by both liberals and conservatives, Lone-Nuts and Conspiracy Theorists alike.

Getting new, sworn testimony on JFK assassination records issues would be huge, and if they try to answer just some of the outstanding questions related to the disposition of the records it is likely they will hold more than one hearing as the Oversight committee is the "investigative arm" of the House of Representatives.

Officially, "The Congressional Oversight and Reform Committee is the main investigative committee of the House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications."

I think we have an excellent chance of convincing Issa that it's vitally important to hold hearings on the JFK Act, and get the sworn testimony of the Secret Service official who destroyed records AFTER the JFK Act was established by law, and determine who in the Air Force ordered the Andrews log for 11/22/63 thrown in the trash, and what became of the negative of the photo of the swearing in aboard AF1 that disappeared from the vaults NARA?

If the Committee chair and Committee members want to learn the answers to these questions themselves, then we have a better chance of getting them to ask them.

Why is the CIA stonewalling Jeff Morely on the Joannides/DRE records? What happened to the Air Force One radio tapes? Who at the White House Communications Agency was responsible for their now missing records? Why are records that were open in full years ago now being withheld? Are the agencies and departments of government responding to Obama's Executive Orders on FOIA and Open Government? What about the MLK Records of the HSCA?

So many questions, with nobody to ask them and nobody to answer them.

What can you do?

Join us in the ancient methods of grassroots democracy, combined with the

latest digital networked communications.

The right to petition the government is one of the most basic democratic rights, and is one of the weapons we are using to try to get Congress to hold Oversight Hearings on the JFK Act, to get a Special Federal Grand Jury to investigate the assassination of President Kenendy and to obtain proper forensic autopsies of the victims, all things guaranteed in the Constitution and the way our government is supposed to work.

A petition is merely a request, and you have to request what you want and what should happen or nobody is going to make a move. Once you ask, they might turn you down, but you got them to respond.

More deep background on Congressional Oversight of JFK Act

As the Final Report of the ARRB says:

Section 12(a) of the JFK Act states that the provisions of the Act...shall continue in effect until such time as the Archivist certifies to the President and the Congress that all assassination records have been made available to the public in accordance with the Act.”

Therefore the JFK Act is a LIVING LAW, one that is still in effect and shall continue and remain in effect until all assassination documents are declassified, released and made available to the public, whenever that day comes, sometime in 2017.

It has been over ten years now since the ARRB completed its work, so it is imperative that Congress take some action now to ensure that the work mandated by the JFK Assassination Records Act is completed.

The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee is responsible for the oversight of the JFK Act, and when hearings are eventually held on the JFK Act, the responsible sub committee will be chaired by Rep. William Lacy Clay (D.Mi) on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, with jurisdiction that includes public information, the Freedom of Information Act, the Presidential Records Act and the National Archives and Records Administration.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN:

If you live in the district of any of these Congressmen, and they represent you, they will pay more attention to your letter, phone call, email or fax, because you are a constituent and represent a potential vote.

If so, please go out of your way and ask your Representative to hold public hearings on the JFK Act and to notify you when they are scheduled before they happen so you can attend, view it on C-SPAN and be kept informed of what happens.

Real Democracy depends on an educated electorate, so stay informed.

JFK Act Oversight Hearings – SUMMER OFFENSIVE – 2011 Pro-active Strategies and Tactics will be employed in a campaign for Congressional oversight of the JFK Act and enactment of the MLK Act.

When the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) closed up shop nearly ten years ago, we thought that oversight hearings of the JFK Act would be forthcoming, a sort of After Action Report, as required by law, but it never happened and won't happen unless a concerted effort is made to make it happen.

Once JFK Act oversight hearings are held, and new sworn testimony is taken, then the dominos will begin to fall, and it will become easier to accomplish other goals, such as the convening of a Special Federal Grand Jury to determine if anyone can be indicted for crimes related to the assassination, and order a proper forensic autopsy of the victims.

The Congressional Oversight Hearings appear to be the easiest of things desired, but it has proved elusive. After years with no interest by the Republicans, who decided not to exercise their oversight responsibilities at all when they controlled the leadership, the Democrats are now equally busy with their own agendas on what issues they intend to hold public hearings on.

There are others who are quietly trying to persuade Congress to hold JFK Act oversight hearings, and acting privately through correspondence and behind closed doors, but we are the most outspoken and broadest coalition of people interested in and intent on getting Congressional oversight of the JFK Act.

So far, we have agreed, per Bill Simpich's suggestion, that we do something different every month – and build up some momentum and pubic support for Congressional hearings and oversight of the JFK Act. Towards this end we have laid out the following:

1) Rep. Darrel Issa (R. Calf.) Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Rayburn House Office Building B-350 A. Phone: 202-225-5051 Fax: 202-225-4784

2) Rep. James Lankford (R.OK), Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Information Policy. 202-225-2132 Fax: 202-226-1463

3) Rep. Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly (D. VA), Ranking Minority member of Subcommittee 202-225-1492 Fax 202-225-3071

4) Senator John Kerry (D. Mass.), has endorsed the MLK Act and needs to be briefed on necessity of oversight hearings of JFK Act.

5) Your Representative will listen to you and reflect the need for JFK Act oversight hearings to these committee and subcommittee chairman or other members of the committee (See: List of House Oversight Committee ) who they work with on other issues.

If any of these Congressmen represent you, please contact them and ask them to support oversight of the JFK Act.

Why we need oversight hearings:

* The JFK Records Collection Act (Public Law No. 102-526) mandated oversight hearings following termination of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) to implement on going release of records by all agencies and to review the effectiveness of the Review Board process. Section 5 (g) PERIODIC REVIEW OF POSTPONED

ASSASSINATION RECORDS

(1) All postponed or redacted records shall be reviewed periodically by the originating agency and the Archivist consistent with the recommendations of the Review Board

under section 9©(3)(B). Section 7 (l) OVERSIGHT -- (1) The Committee on Government Operations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate shall have continuing oversight jurisdiction with respect to the official conduct of the Review Board and the disposition of postponedrecords after termination of the Review Board; and shall have access to any records held or created by the Review Board

SAMPLE LETTER:

To: The Honorable William Lacy Clay, Jr. United States House of Representatives 2418 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515-2501

March 16, 2010

Dear Congressman Clay,

Having lived in nearby St. Louis County for over 25 years, I know that I speak for thousands of your constituents and millions of Americans when I say that trust in government has reached an all time low.

It is essential to the health of our democracy that our trust in our leaders and our institutions be restored. One step toward restoring this trust would be for Congress to insure that laws it has enacted are enforced. Where the rule of law has been ignored, Congress is entrusted to demand accountability. In disregard of Congress and the JFK Act of 1992, relevant official records continue to be withheld from the public, while other relevant official records have been destroyed! For this reason I think it is of the utmost importance that public oversight hearings on the JFK Act be convened.

I thank you for your help in this important matter.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Griffin

Committee Membership

Majority Members (Republicans)

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form

Darrell Issa (R-CA) [Chairman] 202-225-3906 202-225-3303

Dan Burton (R-IN) 202-225-2276 202-225-0016

John L. Mica (R-FL) 202-225-4035 202-226-0821

Todd Russell Platts (R-PA)202-225-5836 202-226-1000

Michael R. Turner (R-OH)202-225-6465 202-225-6754

Patrick McHenry (R-NC) 202-225-2576 202-225-0316

Jim Jordan (R-OH) 202-225-2676 202-226-0577

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) 202-225-7751 202-225-5629

Connie Mack (R-FL) 202-225-2536 202-226-0439

Tim Walberg (R-MI) 202-225-6276 202-225-6281

James Lankford (R-OK) 202-225-2132 202-226-1463

Justin Amash (R-MI) 202-225-3831 202-225-5144h

Marie Buerkle (R-NY) 202-225-3701 202-225-4042

Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) 202-225-2315 202-226-9739

Raul Labrador (R-ID) 202-225-6611 202-225-3029

Patrick Meehan (R-PA) 202-225-2011 202-226-0280

Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) 202-225-6831 202-226-5172

Joe Walsh (R-IL) 202-225-3711 202-225-7830

Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 202-225-6030 202-226-1177

Dennis Ross (R-FL) 202-225-1252 202-226-0585

Frank C. Guinta (R-NH) 202-225-5456 202-225-5822

Blake Farenthold (R-TX) 202-225-7742 202-226-1134

Mike Kelly (R-PA) 202-225-5406 202-225-3103

Minority Members (Democrats)

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form

Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) [Ranking Member] 202-225-4741 202-225-3178

Edolphus (Ed) Towns (D-NY) 202-225-5936 202-225-1018

Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) 202-225-7944 202-225-4709

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) 202-225-8050 202-225-3002

Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) 202-225-5871 202-225-5745

John F. Tierney (D-MA) 202-225-8020 202-225-5915 h

William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO) 202-225-2406 202-226-3717

Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) 202-225-8273 202-225-3984

Jim Cooper (D-TN) 202-225-4311 202-226-1035

Gerald E. (Gerry) Connolly (D-VA) 202-225-1492 202-225-3071

Mike Quigley (D-IL) 202-225-4061 202-225-5603

Danny K. Davis (D-IL) 202-225-5006 202-225-5641

Bruce Braley (D-IA) 202-225-2911 202-225-6666

Peter Welch (D-VT) 202-225-4115 202-225-6790

John Yarmuth (D-KY) 202-225-5401 202-225-5776

Chris Murphy (D-CT) 202-225-4476 202-225-5933

Jackie Speier (D-CA) 202-225-3531 202-226-4183

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JFK Act Oversight Lobby 2011 Summer Offensive

Section 12 (a) of the JFK Act states that "the provisions of the Act...shall continue in effect until such time as the Archivist certifies to the President and the Congress that all assassination records have been made available to the public in accordance with the Act."

Section 7(1) OVERSIGHT - (1) The Committee on Government Operations (Oversight & Reform) of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate shall have continuing oversight jurisdiction witEh respect to the official conduct of the Review Board and the disposition of postponed records after the termination of the Review Board..."

JFKcountercoup

JFK ACT Oversight Hearings

Getting Congressional oversight hearings on the JFK Act is one thing that can and should be done, and will happen as soon as someone convinces Rep. Darrell Issa (R. Calf.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, to do his job and hold them.

It's possible JFK Act Oversight Hearings could be held as early as September, or next March, during Sunshine Week, if enough people request the hearings, a big if.

The Republicans controlled the House of Representatives for a decade and didn't conduct any oversight of anything, and when the Democrats finally got in there, with a Democrat in the White House, they didn't want to "rock the boat." Now the Republicans are back, and the responsible committees are controlled by Republicans who have the ability to schedule hearings and begin investigations. Issa has shown however, in the targets of his investigations, that he being very partisan and going after Democrats, especially the Obama administration. For instance his Op-Ed on reforming the Presidential Records Act, he doesn't mention how the Republicans destroyed White House emails, but only goes after Obama for failing to live up to his call for transparent government - Chairman Issa's Op-Eds

The issue of JFK Act Oversight Hearings is not even a bi-partisan issue, it's a NON-partisan issue that not only Democrats and Republicans agree should happen, but it is backed by both liberals and conservatives, Lone-Nuts and Conspiracy Theorists alike.

Getting new, sworn testimony on JFK assassination records issues would be huge, and if they try to answer just some of the outstanding questions related to the disposition of the records it is likely they will hold more than one hearing as the Oversight committee is the "investigative arm" of the House of Representatives.

Officially, "The Congressional Oversight and Reform Committee is the main investigative committee of the House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications."

I think we have an excellent chance of convincing Issa that it's vitally important to hold hearings on the JFK Act, and get the sworn testimony of the Secret Service official who destroyed records AFTER the JFK Act was established by law, and determine who in the Air Force ordered the Andrews log for 11/22/63 thrown in the trash, and what became of the negative of the photo of the swearing in aboard AF1 that disappeared from the vaults NARA?

If the Committee chair and Committee members want to learn the answers to these questions themselves, then we have a better chance of getting them to ask them.

Why is the CIA stonewalling Jeff Morely on the Joannides/DRE records? What happened to the Air Force One radio tapes? Who at the White House Communications Agency was responsible for their now missing records? Why are records that were open in full years ago now being withheld? Are the agencies and departments of government responding to Obama's Executive Orders on FOIA and Open Government? What about the MLK Records of the HSCA?

So many questions, with nobody to ask them and nobody to answer them.

What can you do?

Join us in the ancient methods of grassroots democracy, combined with the

latest digital networked communications.

The right to petition the government is one of the most basic democratic rights, and is one of the weapons we are using to try to get Congress to hold Oversight Hearings on the JFK Act, to get a Special Federal Grand Jury to investigate the assassination of President Kenendy and to obtain proper forensic autopsies of the victims, all things guaranteed in the Constitution and the way our government is supposed to work.

A petition is merely a request, and you have to request what you want and what should happen or nobody is going to make a move. Once you ask, they might turn you down, but you got them to respond.

More deep background on Congressional Oversight of JFK Act

As the Final Report of the ARRB says:

Section 12(a) of the JFK Act states that the provisions of the Act...shall continue in effect until such time as the Archivist certifies to the President and the Congress that all assassination records have been made available to the public in accordance with the Act."

Therefore the JFK Act is a LIVING LAW, one that is still in effect and shall continue and remain in effect until all assassination documents are declassified, released and made available to the public, whenever that day comes, sometime in 2017.

It has been over ten years now since the ARRB completed its work, so it is imperative that Congress take some action now to ensure that the work mandated by the JFK Assassination Records Act is completed.

The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee is responsible for the oversight of the JFK Act, and when hearings are eventually held on the JFK Act, the responsible sub committee on Technology and Information Policy will be chaired by Rep. James Lankford (R. OK), whose jurisdiction includes public information, the Freedom of Information Act, the Presidential Records Act and the National Archives and Records Administration.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN:

If you live in the district of any of these Congressmen, and they represent you, they will pay more attention to your letter, phone call, email or fax, because you are a constituent and represent a potential vote.

If so, please go out of your way and ask your Representative to hold public hearings on the JFK Act and to notify you when they are scheduled before they happen so you can attend, view it on C-SPAN and be kept informed of what happens.

Real Democracy depends on an educated electorate, so stay informed.

JFK Act Oversight Hearings – SUMMER OFFENSIVE – 2011 Pro-active Strategies and Tactics will be employed in a campaign for Congressional oversight of the JFK Act and enactment of the MLK Act.

When the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) closed up shop nearly ten years ago, we thought that oversight hearings of the JFK Act would be forthcoming, a sort of After Action Report, as required by law, but it never happened and won't happen unless a concerted effort is made to make it happen.

Once JFK Act oversight hearings are held, and new sworn testimony is taken, then the dominos will begin to fall, and it will become easier to accomplish other goals, such as the convening of a Special Federal Grand Jury to determine if anyone can be indicted for crimes related to the assassination, and order a proper forensic autopsy of the victims.

The Congressional Oversight Hearings appear to be the easiest of things desired, but it has proved elusive. After years with no interest by the Republicans, who decided not to exercise their oversight responsibilities at all when they controlled the leadership, the Democrats are now equally busy with their own agendas on what issues they intend to hold public hearings on.

There are others who are quietly trying to persuade Congress to hold JFK Act oversight hearings, and acting privately through correspondence and behind closed doors, but we are the most outspoken and broadest coalition of people interested in and intent on getting Congressional oversight of the JFK Act.

So far, we have agreed, per Bill Simpich's suggestion, that we do something different every month – and build up some momentum and pubic support for Congressional hearings and oversight of the JFK Act. Towards this end we have laid out the following:

1) Rep. Darrel Issa (R. Calf.) Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Rayburn House Office Building B-350 A. Phone: 202-225-5051 Fax: 202-225-4784

2) Rep. James Lankford (R.OK), Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Information Policy. 202-225-2132 Fax: 202-226-1463

3) Rep. Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly (D. VA), Ranking Minority member of Subcommittee 202-225-1492 Fax 202-225-3071

4) Senator John Kerry (D. Mass.), has endorsed the MLK Act and needs to be briefed on necessity of oversight hearings of JFK Act.

5) Your Representative will listen to you and reflect the need for JFK Act oversight hearings to these committee and subcommittee chairman or other members of the committee (See: List of House Oversight Committee ) who they work with on other issues.

If any of these Congressmen represent you, please contact them and ask them to support oversight of the JFK Act.

Why we need oversight hearings:

* The JFK Records Collection Act (Public Law No. 102-526) mandated oversight hearings following termination of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) to implement on going release of records by all agencies and to review the effectiveness of the Review Board process. Section 5 (g) PERIODIC REVIEW OF POSTPONED

ASSASSINATION RECORDS

(1) All postponed or redacted records shall be reviewed periodically by the originating agency and the Archivist consistent with the recommendations of the Review Board

under section 9©(3)( Section 7 (l) OVERSIGHT -- (1) The Committee on Government Operations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate shall have continuing oversight jurisdiction with respect to the official conduct of the Review Board and the disposition of postponedrecords after termination of the Review Board; and shall have access to any records held or created by the Review Board

SAMPLE LETTER:

To: The Honorable William Lacy Clay, Jr. United States House of Representatives 2418 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515-2501

March 16, 2010

Dear Congressman Clay,

Having lived in nearby St. Louis County for over 25 years, I know that I speak for thousands of your constituents and millions of Americans when I say that trust in government has reached an all time low.

It is essential to the health of our democracy that our trust in our leaders and our institutions be restored. One step toward restoring this trust would be for Congress to insure that laws it has enacted are enforced. Where the rule of law has been ignored, Congress is entrusted to demand accountability. In disregard of Congress and the JFK Act of 1992, relevant official records continue to be withheld from the public, while other relevant official records have been destroyed! For this reason I think it is of the utmost importance that public oversight hearings on the JFK Act be convened.

I thank you for your help in this important matter.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Griffin

Committee Membership

Majority Members (Republicans)

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form

Darrell Issa (R-CA) [Chairman] 202-225-3906 202-225-3303

Dan Burton (R-IN) 202-225-2276 202-225-0016

John L. Mica (R-FL) 202-225-4035 202-226-0821

Todd Russell Platts (R-PA)202-225-5836 202-226-1000

Michael R. Turner (R-OH)202-225-6465 202-225-6754

Patrick McHenry (R-NC) 202-225-2576 202-225-0316

Jim Jordan (R-OH) 202-225-2676 202-226-0577

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) 202-225-7751 202-225-5629

Connie Mack (R-FL) 202-225-2536 202-226-0439

Tim Walberg (R-MI) 202-225-6276 202-225-6281

James Lankford (R-OK) 202-225-2132 202-226-1463

Justin Amash (R-MI) 202-225-3831 202-225-5144h

Marie Buerkle (R-NY) 202-225-3701 202-225-4042

Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ) 202-225-2315 202-226-9739

Raul Labrador (R-ID) 202-225-6611 202-225-3029

Patrick Meehan (R-PA) 202-225-2011 202-226-0280

Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) 202-225-6831 202-226-5172

Joe Walsh (R-IL) 202-225-3711 202-225-7830

Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 202-225-6030 202-226-1177

Dennis Ross (R-FL) 202-225-1252 202-226-0585

Frank C. Guinta (R-NH) 202-225-5456 202-225-5822

Blake Farenthold (R-TX) 202-225-7742 202-226-1134

Mike Kelly (R-PA) 202-225-5406 202-225-3103

Minority Members (Democrats)

Member Name DC Phone DC FAX Contact Form

Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) [Ranking Member] 202-225-4741 202-225-3178

Edolphus (Ed) Towns (D-NY) 202-225-5936 202-225-1018

Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) 202-225-7944 202-225-4709

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) 202-225-8050 202-225-3002

Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) 202-225-5871 202-225-5745

John F. Tierney (D-MA) 202-225-8020 202-225-5915 h

William Lacy Clay, Jr. (D-MO) 202-225-2406 202-226-3717

Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) 202-225-8273 202-225-3984

Jim Cooper (D-TN) 202-225-4311 202-226-1035

Gerald E. (Gerry) Connolly (D-VA) 202-225-1492 202-225-3071

Mike Quigley (D-IL) 202-225-4061 202-225-5603

Danny K. Davis (D-IL) 202-225-5006 202-225-5641

Bruce Braley (D-IA) 202-225-2911 202-225-6666

Peter Welch (D-VT) 202-225-4115 202-225-6790

John Yarmuth (D-KY) 202-225-5401 202-225-5776

Chris Murphy (D-CT) 202-225-4476 202-225-5933

Jackie Speier (D-CA) 202-225-3531 202-226-4183

Edited by William Kelly
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