The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 21, 2013

Classified JFK assassination documents should be released

ENID, Okla. — He was a mystery wrapped in an enigma hidden behind a riddle.

Borrowing from a famous Winston Churchill quote, that’s how G. Robert Blakey described the complicated life of Lee Harvey Oswald.

Blakey, chief counsel of the 1977 House Select Committee on Assassinations, was talking to the excellent “FRONTLINE” public affairs TV show 20 years ago. He emphasized how difficult it was to understand Oswald.

“Any effort to explain what happened in Dallas must explain Lee Harvey Oswald,” Blakey told “FRONTLINE.”

Fifty years after the JFK assassination, everyone has an opinion, including Fidel Castro and JFK’s niece.

The Cuban leader told The Atlantic that Oswald could not have acted alone.

And does Kathleen Kennedy Townsend believe Oswald was the lone gunman?

“I don’t know,” JFK’s niece said three times, when questioned on “Fox News Sunday.”

An engrossing new “NOVA” program on PBS used state-of-the-art 3D technology and laser scanning to attempt to solve the murder forensically.

“If you can rule out the impossible, that which remains — however seemingly improbable — is the truth,” forensics consultant Lucien Haag told “NOVA.”

Even if Oswald’s 6.5 mm Carcano carbine killed Kennedy, the suspect’s abrupt assassination by Jack Ruby left many questions unanswered.

We hope the thousands of pages of still-classified documents will see the light of day to shed light on the assassination.

This is an issue of transparency. The Cold War is over. Fifty years later, what is there to hide?

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