Tim Gratz Posted August 20, 2005 Share Posted August 20, 2005 Rare indeed when Gerald Posner and John McAdams agree with Oliver Stone and Anthony Summers but a wide cross section of authors interested in the assassination sent this letter to the New York Review of Books. Members will find it interesting. It would be interesting to examine the motion filed by the CIA. Your tax dollars at work. By Anthony Summers, Don DeLillo, Elias Demetracopoulos, G. Robert Blakey, Gerald Posner, Jefferson Morley, Jim Lesar, John McAdams, John Newman, Norman Mailer, Paul Hoch, Richard Whalen, Robbyn Swan, Scott Armstrong, Vincent Bugliosi To the Editors: It is disappointing to learn that the Central Intelligence Agency filed motions in federal court in May 2005 to block disclosure of records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy forty-one years ago. In response to the journalist Jefferson Morley's lawsuit brought under the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA is seek-ing to prevent release of records about a deceased CIA operations officer named George E. Joannides. Joannides's story is clearly of substantial historical interest. CIA records show that the New Orleans chapter of a Cuban exile group that Joannides guided and monitored in Miami had a series of encounters with the accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald three months before Kennedy was murdered. Fifteen years later, Joannides also served as the agency's liaison to the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He did not disclose his role in the events of 1963 to Congress. The public record of the assassination and its confused investigatory aftermath will not be complete without his story. The spirit of the law is clear. The JFK Records Act of 1992, approved unanimously by Congress, mandated that all assassination-related records be reviewed and disclosed "immediately." When Morley filed his lawsuit in December 2003, thirteen published JFK authors supported his request for the records in an open letter to The New York Review of Books (www.nybooks.com/articles/16865). Eighteen months later, the CIA is still stonewalling. The agency now acknowledges that it possesses an undisclosed number of documents related to Joannides's actions and responsibilities in 1963 which it will not release in any form. Thus records related to Kennedy's assassination are still being hidden for reasons of "national security." As published authors of divergent views on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we say the agency's position is spurious and untenable. Its continuing non-compliance with the JFK Records Act does no service to the public. It defies the will of Congress. It obscures the public record on a subject of enduring national interest. It encourages conspiracy mongering. And it undermines public confidence in the intelligence community at a time when collective security requires the opposite. We insist the CIA observe the spirit of the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Act by immediately releasing all relevant records on the activities of George Joannides and any records at all that include his name or relate in any way to the assassination story—as prescribed by the JFK Records Act. The law and common sense require it. G. Robert Blakey, former general counsel, House Select Committee on Assassinations Jefferson Morley, journalist Scott Armstrong, founder National Security Archive Vincent Bugliosi, author and former prosecutor Elias Demetracopoulos, retired journalist Stephen Dorril, University of Huddersfield Don DeLillo, author of Libra Paul Hoch, JFK researcher David Kaiser, Naval War College Michael Kurtz, Southeastern Louisiana University, author of Crime of the Century George Lardner, Jr., journalist Jim Lesar, Assassination Archives and Research Center Norman Mailer, author of Oswald's Tale John McAdams, moderator, alt.assassination.jfk John Newman, author of Oswald and the CIA Gerald Posner, author of Case Closed Oliver Stone, director JFK Anthony Summers, author of Not in Your Lifetime Robbyn Swan, author David Talbot, founding editor, Salon.com Cyril Wecht, former coroner, Alleghany County, PA Richard Whalen, author of Founding Father Gordon Winslow, former archivist of Dade County, Florida. David Wrone, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, author The Zapruder Film Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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