Join the Fray
May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963
John F. Kennedy would be 98 years old today, smoking a Havana cigar while rocking in his chair on the porch if he wasn’t gunned down in Dallas on November 22, 1963. We remember most presidents and great men on their birthday, except for JFK who will forever be remembered on the day he died, while his birthday usually goes by unnoticed.
So we have decided to celebrate JFK’s birthday today by asking people to remember him, if only for a moment, and consider the continuing relevance of his death in the fact that thousands of government records on the assassination remain sealed and will be withheld from public scrutiny for reasons of national security until they are released by law on October 26, 2017.
We have selected this day to not only call attention to the still secret records but to announce the formation of a new organization CAPA – Citizens Against Political Assassinations – an international association of individuals dedicated to using their professional talents to determine the truth about political murders and seek justice in each case.
Concurrent or sequential? That was the question one Executive Committee attorney asked another, and while not understanding the question I jotted it down in my notes – the answer is sequential – and later learned concurrent means to happen at the same time while sequential means to form or follow in a logical order or sequence.
And it’s quite clear we have to do things – not in a haphazard – whenever it happens way – but sequentially – in a strategically planned and ordered fashion. We have to line up our ducks and knock them down one at a time, the easiest first.
We wouldn’t have the JFK Act if it wasn’t for Oliver Stone’s JFK movie, but one had to come before the other.
Before we can get the full release of the records we need Congressional oversight hearings, we need to get their attention with a media campaign based on a solid strategy that will educate people and change their minds.
Towards that end we have reorganized under the CAPA banner. We aren’t starting new, but continuing the work we began many years ago when they first locked the records away and told us we would never see them.
It wasn’t just the movie that got the JFK Act passed, it was the tireless work of many hundreds of independent researchers who fought in public and lobbied behind the scenes to get that law passed and now we have to see it through. This is a marathon but we are now coming around the final stretch and need to push harder as we approach the October 2017 end game.
Many of those who originally picked this fight and got the melee going in the first place are no longer with us, but as JFK so aptly put it – “Nations rise and fall, men live and die, but ideas live on.”
As Robert the Bruce put it – You fought with Penn Jones, Jack White, Phil Melanson and John Judge, now continue the fight with us.
There’s plenty of work to do.