December 16, 2022

The JFK assassination files were supposed to be made public under a 1992 law and with yesterday's release, 98% of all documents have been released. Morning Joe discussed the dog that didn't bark.

"Just three percent of the records remain redacted in whole or in part according to the National Archives, which controls the collection," Mika Brzezinski said.

"It seems like they released the records we needed to see except the records we needed to see -- like, for instance, the shadowy CIA figure that ran the covert Cuba operation who met Oswald four months before the assassination and did not release those records. What gives?" Joe Scarborough said.

"Right. George Joannides," Politico reporter Marc Caputo said.

"And under the law, there's a structure of a JFK collection under the National Archives. The documents that this nonprofit group that sued to get all of these records released had found in separate sort of reporting and snooping around, there are about 44 records related to George Joannides that never made it into the JFK collection.

"So as a result, when the Biden administration's like, 'We have released the records, look at the transparency, there are records about the pro Castro or anti-Castro group that somehow came into contact with Lee Harvey Oswald before the shooting and he went to Mexico, made contact with the Cuban and Soviet embassies and built up his name and immediately after the shooting the news media and the public has this access to Lee Harvey Oswald being a communist and all of a sudden at the time, right after the shooting, there was this belief that it is the communists who did it and an operation that was being launched and considered by the Pentagon of Operation Northwoods to stake a spectacular false flag terrorist attack in the United States to blame on Castro and lo and behold, you have Oswald. Suspicious stuff and strange stuff," Caputo said.

"Mark, if Lee Harvey Oswald played alone, I guess the question is, why not release the documents to prove the point? Why keep the records to allow the conspiracy theories to continue to fester? Is there a chance at some point to see the rest of this stuff?" Scarborough asked.

Caputo said he thought we'd see it eventually.

He pointed out the culture of the cia. It is a spy agency.To be secretive. Part of the national security establishment. From the lawsuit is one thing they asked for is the disclosure of a 1961 memo, two years before the shooting of JFK, to kennedy saying, 'Let's disband the CIA.' Kennedy wanted to do that after the Bay of Pigs invasion. This is nothing to do with the conspiracy to shoot JFK, this is just a historical memo.

"The reason they asked for that to be disclosed is as a test just to see, hey, is the government going to release this basic historical information? The answer is no. The document is there and redactions that make no sense. The Biden administration and the various federal agencies are saying, look, we need to protect the information from the public because we don't want to endanger national security."

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