New documents show further ties between the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald

Did the agency have a hand in the killing of JFK?

After the Warren Commission released its findings after an investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a whopping 87% of Americans believed Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone to commit the crime.

Blame the age of information, a growing distrust in government, or just plain common sense, but few believe that narrative today. Amid growing pressure from the public, as nearly sixty years have lapsed since the incident, politicians have increasingly called on the intelligence community to release their internal documents that might shed light on what actually happened.

The CIA and FBI have both been evasive and slow to produce these documents, but researchers did recently get their hands on some new materials that reveal a cozier relationship between the CIA and Oswald than recently copped to.

According to Newsweek, “A corps of researchers looking into the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy say they have unearthed proof his alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was involved in an operation by the CIA mere months before the killing, reigniting questions about whether the Oswald truly was alone in his decision to kill the youngest man ever elected president.”

Their reporting continues, “Jefferson Morley—a veteran of the D.C. press corps and a preeminent expert on JFK’s assassination with the Mary Ferrell Foundation—told reporters that he and attorneys with the foundation obtained documentation relating to a still-classified covert operation approved by senior CIA officials three months before Kennedy’s death that suggested the agency used Oswald for intelligence purposes several weeks prior to shooting.”

While this is no smoking gun, the internet and some in media have largely been treating it as such.

The documents are a precursor to a larger document dump expected this month from the National Archives. In 2021, President Joe Biden ordered the release of all documents relevant to the case. But, again, according to Newsweek, “Attorneys for the Mary Ferrell Foundation argued that the agencies have illegally stalled the release of more than 16,000 additional documents related to the case over concerns they could potentially compromise the names of individuals and the methods used in intelligence-gathering activities more than a half-century ago.”

The intelligence community needs to find another talking point. Whether it be journalists reporting on our war crimes, whistleblowers alerting the public to massive spying programs on American citizens, or 60 year old crimes, their excuse for covering up their tracks is always that giving the public information about how the government operates in secret may compromise the activities of the intelligence community. Give me a break.

First and foremost, we’ve never seen any concrete evidence to back that argument up in any of these scenarios. But secondarily, the Constitution and basic rule of law outrank the importance of whatever clandestine operations these bureaucrats have going on at the moment.

The American people deserve to know what the people our taxes fund are doing in our name, period. There’s certainly no argument that releasing the full truth on the JFK assassination 60 years later could meaningfully harm current operations. It’s just another excuse to block transparency and accountability.

Did the CIA have a hand in killing JFK? We don’t know, but it’s imperative we find out.

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Hannah Cox
Hannah Cox
Hannah Cox is a libertarian-conservative writer and co-founder of BASEDPolitics. She's also the host of the BASEDPolitics podcast and an experienced political activist.