Dear President-Elect Obama,
As quoted in Mr. Michael R. Trioglia's letter to Representative Nancy Pelosi, We need to take the advice from former President John F. Kennedy who said,” Let us not seek the Republican or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blamefor the past. Let us accept our responsibility for the future.”
I wish to emphasize the words, "but the right answer," in my comments. In this spirit I ask that the death of President Kennedy be opened to a new and honest investigation and hearings before the American people.
As there is the call to not bring up the past to blame, there is a greater need for the Truth to be brought out, because the past Truths cannot and will not be buried until the American people are told how and why our beloved President was murdered.
I speak from personal knowledge and experience of having been told of the impending assassination of the President seven months before it happened by a Jose A. Rivera, a Civil Service employee of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness of the National Institutes of Health. He was also a former US Army Colonel and member of the US Army Reserves. This information was given to US Secret Service Agent John W. Rice, in the presence of FBI Special Liaison Agent Orrin Bartlett in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday, November 24, 1963. Mr. Bartlett was a liaison between the FBI, the Secret Service , and the White House. Mr. Bartlett called his Headquarters in Washington and the Baltimore Office of the FBI, asking that Mr. Rivera be brought in for Interrogation.
Letters to various Congressional Committees produced no interest or results, as did numerous Freedom of Information letters to the Secret Service, the FBI and the CIA. I testified before the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) in Dallas in 1994. Records of mine and Rivera's are in the NARA II Collection of Kennedy Documents in Box 18 of the Douglas Horne (ARRB staff member) Section.
In the interest of transparency and the spirit of change and Truth, I now plead that this issue be addressed, and soon, for the sake of all Americans and our future generations.
Adele E. U. Edisen, Ph.D.
Cc: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Patrick Murphy, Harry Reid,
Steny Hoyer, Eric Cantor, James Clyburn, Robert Byrd,
Mitch McConnell, Jon Kyl, J. Boehner, Edward Kennedy
This is from the Citizen's Briefing Book Site (Letters to Obama)
Also, visit my friends over at Deep Politics:
Where Adele adds:
...Despite Obama's "centrism" and support from some rich folks, there is something to be said for the "Power of the People."
Just as the thousands and the millions, who marched, wrote, and demonstrated on behalf of Civil Rights in the '50s and '60s when success was so elusive, managed to influence Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, followed by other laws and Supreme Court decisions. Today such a massive letter-writing, e-mailing, telephoning campaign and movement could overcome the inertia of a sluggish administration and Congress to open remaining files and to re-investigate the John F. Kennedy assassination and other political assassinations.
The American people should not have to live with the untruths and lies and evasions of our political past. Our future generations deserve better than that.
Anyone who is so inclined has my permission to reprint my letter and send it to their local newspaper or news media outlet. I also urge anyone who so wishes to write their own letters to President Obama and their own legislators in the US House and Senate, requesting release of withheld files and honest hearings before the American people.
Posted with permission from the author. -BK
President Barrack Obama
Coalition on Political Assassinations
January 25, 2009
Dear President Obama,
While Open Government isn't a category among your administrative "Briefing Books" on the internet, you made it a national priority when, among your first actions as president, you issued Executive Orders regarding the disposition of Presidential Papers and open government and ordered that these issues be addressed and a report issued by May 20, 2009.
In support of Dr. Adele Edisen's plea, many significant government records on the assassination of President Kennedy are still being withheld from the public, despite the JFK Act of 1992 and the work and recommendations of the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB). All of the withheld records concern the national security of the United States, some of which are designated to be released in 2017.
The national security of the nation today now depends on these records being released to the public, and a proper and independent investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy, so it can be determined how such a crime could have happened, how it was covered up and what the national security implications are today.
The most significant threat to the national security today is the assassination of the President, and it would not be as signficant a danger today if the issues of the murder of President Kennedy were properly resolved, and it will remain so until the assassination of President Kennedy is resolved.