>Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 23:57:57 -0500 (CDT)
>CIA HOLDS BACK KENNEDY ASSASSINATION ERA MATERIALS
>By Michael Ravnitzky , firstname.lastname@example.org
>On December 16, 1994, I requested Mandatory Declassification Review of these
>- The President's Daily Brief for the period November 1 - 30, 1963 (or the
>equivalent presidential briefing document at that time) for each of the
>daily briefings during that period.
>- The National Intelligence Daily for the period November 1 - 30, 1963 (or
>the equivalent briefing document at that time period).
>On May 2, 2000, the Agency deigned to reply, deciding that it could not
>declassify any part of any of these documents. What they were saying, in
>effect, is that no page, no paragraph, no sentence of these Briefs could be
>declassified, even after 37 years!
>This decision was issued even in the shadow of the JFK Assassination Records
>Act which required the declassification of essentially all Kennedy
>Assassination Records, the definition of which was interpreted very broadly.
>You see, these Daily Briefs originated just before and just after the
>Kennedy Assassination, and would presumably shed light on the context of
>Lacking any further explanation, I can only assume that the CIA has acted in
>this case in a similarly inattentive manner as it had in the matter of the
>History of the Overthrow in Iran in 1954.
>I believe that given the lack of additional explanation, any rational person
>must agree that these briefings should be released, even if in part.
>I did send an appeal, but it looks like that will be unsuccessfu I hope
>that you will feel some small obligation to request a copy of some or all of
>these daily Briefings under the Freedom of Information Act. Your letter
>simply must mention the Act.. That is the only way the status quo regarding
>release determination will change for the better. Simply send a letter
>requesting the documents to:
>Central Intelligence Agency
>Attn: Kathryn I. Dyer
>Information & Privacy Coordinator
>Washington, DC 20505
>A TECHNICALITY: Some of you might suggest using an MDR appeal at ISCAP.
>Please note that this option has been preempted by my patience since the
>wording of the Executive Order first requires an appeal to the CIA Agency
>Release Panel once the Agency itself has responded. Once I received an
>actual reply (after nearly 5 years), I was forced to use the Agency
>Administrative Appeal procedure (before going to ISCAP).
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