This is my 11th note on NARA 21, the updated version of the JFK ARC database (available here). See the first note in this series for more details on the what, when, why of this update.
This note concludes my look at redacted CIA documents in NARA 21. The three previous posts on this subject were two looks at short docs, and one look at mid-length docs.…
While press coverage of the December 2021 ARC releases was mostly disappointing, NARA provided much useful information on the December releases for those who wanted to report it. This note takes a look at the good news side of the December releases, including important clarifications of the current status of the JFK Assassination Records Collection at NARA.…
For those interested, I have another article up at Max Holland’s website, Washington Decoded. The article critiques news coverage of the December 2021 releases from the JFK ARC, which had problems, as usual.
Comments and corrections are welcome here or at WD.…
Lee Oswald, the assassin of President Kennedy, traveled to Mexico City at the end of September, 1963. During his stay there, he visited both the Cuban and Soviet Union embassies. Prior to one of these visits, he called the Soviet Embassy, identifying himself as Lee Oswald. This call was monitored by a teltap center, jointly operated by the Mexican and United States governments, and became the subject of several cables between CIA headquarters and its Mexico City station in October 1963, a month before the assassination of President Kennedy.…
This is the third note in a chronological review of redacted CIA docs from the ARC. For an overview of the dates of redacted docs, see the first note here. For a review of CIA docs from the 1940s that still have redactions, see the second note here.…
This post reviews newly released redactions from documents related to Lee Harvey Oswald (LHO), as posted at the National Archives website last December. Oswald is a key figure in Kennedy assassination documents, and the release of redactions in Oswald-related docs is always worth a close look.
The review this time is limited to LHO docs from the CIA, since these are more readily identified than LHO docs from other agencies, as will be seen below.…
My article on the December ARC releases for Max Holland’s website Washington Decoded has recently received some commentary that might interest those who are interested in the JFK ARC.
Part of my article criticized author Jeff Morley’s views on the remaining redactions in the ARC. Morley recently responded at his blog, JFK Facts.…
One of the more confusing parts of the December 2021 ARC releases at NARA is the status of the “missing records.” This note looks at which records belong to this set, how they got labeled “missing” and how they were “found”. This is an extremely boring note, feel free to skip it.…
I have not yet posted any notes on the December 15 releases. I may have an article on these elsewhere in the next few weeks, so I will hold off on extended discussion for now. Following is just a quick summary of the records posted on NARA’s website.
Totals of records released per agency (the number in parentheses is the agency prefix):
||Ford Lib (178)
||JFK Lib (176)
||LBJ Lib (177)
Newly released records
One surprise in the December releases was to see
70 records which were not previously released in 2017-2018.…
Just a quick note to say that the December 2021 releases went up today as announced. There are 1,491 files now online, or a little less than a tenth of the remaining redacted records. Unfortunately there is no accompanying spread sheet, so it may take a while to download them all.…