Monday, July 24, 2017

New NARA Releases

As I was notified by a National Archives Media Advisory at 8 a.m this morning that they have begun to release some of the previously with held government records under the JFK Act that mandates all government records related to the assassination of President Kennedy by October 26, 2017.

Rather than release all the remaining records all at once the NARA staff has been working hard to release what they can before the sunset date, provided agencies don't request their continued postponement in an official request to the National Security Agency and President Trump's acquesence, something he is not expected to do.

The hard copy of these new records are not available at the Archives II yet and are only available on line, via a very compressed zip filing system, a computerized system that crashed after a few hours, so only the first few users could download the records before the system went down.

Before their server crashed I only got a chance to review the spread sheet subject matter of some of the zip files and was sent one downloaded CIA file on Collins Radio that I was interested in, that I review at

Thats just one of more than 3,000 such records, so you can see that we will be busy reading for a long time, if they get the system up and running again.

This day has been a long time coming.

Jim Garrison, before he died, knew he wouldn't be around when this day rolled around, and he asked his son to be there at the Archives when the secret records were released, and today, anyone with a computer on line will be able to read the nation's most precious secrets, as soon as they fix it.

To get NARA's link go to or Jeff Morley's

Better yet - Go to Black Vault where the good people have downloaded the batch and posted direct links to each document so you don't have to wade through the whole zip to find what you want.

So far I have only gone through the first group of previously released with redactions and found quite a few significant ones I had not seen before, and will soon begin posting my Top Ten Records from each grouping.

More to come - stay tuned.


Dennis Bartholomew said...

Bill, thanks for the update.

Dennis Bartholomew said...

Bill, Does CAPA (or anyone) have any plans to organize a team of researchers to review these documents as they are released?