One of the incidents which shook America during the 1960s for the assassination of late American President John F. Kennedy. He was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. The police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald for the crime, but he was murdered by Jack Ruby two days later, due to which no trial was possible. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as the President of America later that day as per the rules in the Presidential Succession Act.
The specially constituted Warren Commission and the FBI both concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone shooter. But various groups till today believed that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy. After his death, many of his proposals were enacted, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Revenue Act of 1964.
“Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee was unable to identify the other gunmen or the extent of the conspiracy,” said an excerpt from a classified 1979 report of the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations. Whatever be the truth, the American public has wanted to know it for very long!
President Trump today made it clear that it was time for America to know the truth. Each American had cast his or her vote to elect the President and they have the right to know what really happened to him. This move will shed light on what really happened that day, and answer the important question, “was there a second shooter?”
President Trump had given a deadline of October 26, 2017 to the National Archives for releasing these files to the public. “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” President Trump Tweeted earlier today, signalling that it was time for America to know the truth.
“The American public deserves to know the facts, or at least they deserve to know what the government has kept hidden from them for all these years,” Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and author of a book about Kennedy, said in an email to The Associated Press as per Fox News.
So, what can we expect inside the files?
One of the most controversial moves of Lee Harvey Oswald which both the FBI and CIA then refused to speak about was about Oswald’s trip to Mexico City just a few weeks before the killing. In Mexico, Oswald had visited both the Soviet and Cuban embassies, who were both at the time sworn enemies of the United States.
Further, these files could also shed light about Jack Ruby, the man who assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald. So what do you think about this move? Should the files be released or NOT? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!