Joe Biden and his administration has announced a “delay” for the scheduled release of the John F. Kennedy assassination records and they are using COVID as an excuse to justify the move.
The decision became public after a memo signed by President Joe Biden was released by the White House on Friday.
“Temporary continued postponement is necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure,” Biden wrote in the memo.
In 1992, Congress ordered all information the government’s care to be released at the 30-year mark. This year, some of the oldest documents have reached that 30-year deadline. But now, Biden has pushed that off another year.
Still, the original act said that the records release could be delayed to “protect against an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations.”
But now, Biden has said, “unfortunately, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the agencies,” and NARA needed additional time to research the material and “maximize the amount of information released.”
Biden is pushing the release to December of 2022.
About 250,000 pages of records have already been released, but they cannot be viewed unless people travel to NARA’s College Park, Maryland headquarters.
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