Nov 01, 2017 I Nick Redfern

About Those New JFK Files Part-2

As I noted in Part-1 of this article, there are numerous examples of official government, military and intelligence files being destroyed, and usually under unclear and mysterious circumstances. Or, having completely vanished and with no answer to what happened to them. Part-1 covered such issues as mind-control and UFOs. But, now we get to the heart of the matter: the JFK assassination. There are many examples of JFK assassination-based files going missing. But, one example really stands out. It's important because it demonstrates that regardless of what the latest releases state and reveal, the fact is that certain JFK assassination-based secrets were relegated to the shredder or the furnace not just years ago, but decades ago.

The government’s position on the assassination is that there was just one gunman. And that gunman was Lee Harvey Oswald – who was fatally shot on November 24 by Dallas nightclub owner, Jack Ruby. It’s an often overlooked fact that because Oswald was killed before he could come to trial – just two days after Kennedy was murdered – it was never formally proved or established that Oswald really was the gunman. Or was not the gunman. Nevertheless, the government believes him to have been the killer – which is, of course, a very different thing.

The fact is that there are numerous theories for who may have killed the president on November22, 1963. They include the Mafia, the government of Cuba, assassins of the Soviet Union, or a cabal of powerful right-wing businessman who were vehemently against JFK’s policies – both domestic and abroad. In some of these scenarios, Oswald was a central player, and one of several gunmen in Dealey Plaza on that deadly day. In other scenarios, though, Oswald has been viewed as exactly what he claimed to be: a patsy. We’ll probably never know for sure if Oswald really was innocent or if he was part of a gigantic conspiracy (I got for the latter scenario). But, of one thing I am sure of: even if he was involved, Oswald did not act alone.

Now, and with that all said, let’s see what happened to certain, now-missing files on Oswald himself and the killing of the president. The revelations show that someone went to extraordinary lengths to make the truth go away, as in permanently. In other words, regardless of who shot and killed JFK, there were – and probably still are – those who are fearful of having certain information on the case falling into the hands of the media and the public.

All of this brings us to a man named Robert E. Jones. At the time of the assassination, Jones was a colonel in the U.S. Army. When, in the 1970s, the House Select Committee on Assassinations launched a deep inquiry to try and answer, once and for all, the riddle of who killed JFK. Colonel Jones claimed to know something significant. In 1978, he went before the committee and shared what he knew – that when the President was murdered there were around a dozen military personnel on site. It was Jones’ impression, at the time, that the group was there to help provide protection for the president, in much the same way that the Secret Service did. It has since been suggested by JFK researchers that the military team was not there to protect the president – but that it was really a carefully camouflaged hit-squad.

There is an interesting afterword to all of this: as far back as the summer of 1963, the HSCA learned, Colonel Jones had been involved in a top secret investigation of Oswald’s activities. As a result of this investigation, official files were, of course compiled. The files were held, said Jones, by the 112th Military Intelligence Group. They contained data on how, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of JFK, Jones contacted the FBI with what he knew of Oswald and his actions leading up to the events of November 22, 1963. The House Select Committee on Assassinations looked carefully at what Colonel Jones had to say.

The HSCA did its best to track down the military intelligence file on Oswald, which Colonel Jones knew of – because he was a key figure in the collation of it. Unfortunately, the HSCA’s best was not good enough. According to the HSCA’s records: “Access to Oswald’s military intelligence file, which the Department of Defense never gave to the Warren Commission, was not possible because the Department of Defense had destroyed the file as part of a general program aimed at eliminating all of its files pertaining to non-military personnel.”

The HSCA asked the military about the nature of the destruction. The HSCA was told that it was “not possible” to state with certainty when the Oswald files were destroyed. It was also impossible to determine “who accomplished the actual physical destruction of the dossier.” Not could it be ascertained who ordered the “destruction or deletion.” And, just for good measure, the military added to the HSCA: "The exact material contained in the dossier cannot be determined.”

As the above demonstrates, regardless of what we are getting to see now, the fact is that, years ago, vital documents that could have shed further light on the assassination of President Kennedy were destroyed. In all likelihood, we'll never know what those destroyed papers contained.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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