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Most of the JFK Assassination Records to be released today, the rest to follow…

(CitizensOutpost) According to the National Archives, the remaining JFK Assassination records were to be released today.  There was already a July 2017 release of 3,810 documents, some of which were previously redacted.  Hopefully this time they won’t be completely and utterly redacted to the point of becoming useless:

Background

When Congress passed the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act in 1992 agencies throughout the Federal Government transferred assassination-related records to the National Archives which established the JFK Assassination Records Collection. The Collection consists of approximately 5 million pages of records. Approximately 88% of the records in the Collection are open in full. An addition 11% are released in part with sensitive portions removed. Approximately 1% of documents identified as assassination-related remain withheld in full. All documents withheld either in part or in full were authorized for withholding by the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), an independent temporary agency that was in existence from 1994 to 1998.

According to the Act, all records previously withheld either in part or in full should be released on October 26, 2017, unless authorized for further withholding by the President of the United States. The 2017 date derives directly from the law that states:

Each assassination record shall be publicly disclosed in full, and available in the Collection no later than the date that is25 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, unless the President certifies, as required by this Act, that –

(i) continued postponement is made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement or conduct of foreign relations; and

(ii) the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

The Act was signed by President Bush on October 26, 1992, thus the final release date is October 26, 2017.*

The JFK 2017 Processing Team

In October of 2014, after conducting an initial pre-processing evaluation of the withheld materials, the National Archives constituted a dedicated team of four (4) archivists to process withheld JFK Assassination-related records in preparation for the 2017 release of additional materials. NARA has hired three (3) additional technicians to assist with digitizing the withheld materials.

The Team is conducting archival processing on the documents to prepare the records for scanning. Agencies with equities in the withheld materials have been notified that previously withheld documents will be released in 2017 absent a successful appeal to the President. The staff is working with NARA’s Office of Innovation to determine the best way to present the documents through archives.gov when released in 2017.

Once the digital release is completed the hard copy documents will be interfiled into the five million pages of the paper Collection.

Update 10/28/2017: According to the Daily Caller, not all of the documents will be released just yet:

Trump will be releasing  2,800 of the 3,100 JFK documents Thursday night, while the rest will not be released until April 2018 due to national security concerns, according to new reports.

All of the classified documents were scheduled to be released Oct. 26, the date Congress set 25 years ago under a bill signed by then President George H.W. Bush. The document includes more than 30,000 files previously released in redacted form. (RELATED: Trump Vows To Release Classified JFK Files)

The memo specifying which material the CIA, State Department and other agencies still want to keep classified has not yet made it to Trump for review, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

“I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted,” Trump wrote in a statement Thursday evening announcing the delay. “At the same time, executive departments and agencies have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns. I have no choice — today — but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security.”

The CIA is asking only for some redactions, not for all the documents to be held, an official said. But the other agencies involved in the process had not yet finished their submissions.

Update 10/30/2017:  According to Zero Hedge, Trump has confirmed that the remaining unreleased files will be released with minimal redaction due to the protection of still living individuals.

Sources:

JFK Assassination Records Processing Project – National Archives

Trump Won’t Be Releasing All Of The JFK Files, At Least Not Yet – The Daily Caller

Trump Confirms “All JFK Files Are Released” After Latest Clash With Spy Agencies | Zero Hedge