For some reason, around 3 percent of the total number of JFK documents remained classified, however, indicating that the deep state is still hiding something after all these years.
But what? Could it be confirmation of what many Americans suspect -- that he was essentially murdered by our own government, perhaps because he did not want to feed the vast military-industrial complex by choosing to stay out of the then-looming war in Vietnam?
And if so, then which agency was responsible? That would be the CIA, according to a source who spoke to top-rated Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who claimed The Agency was very much involved in the murder of JFK on that fateful day in Dallas, an assassination that set off a string of others that would claim the lives of JFK's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Robert Kennedy Jr. responded to the Carlson segment with a bold statement -- before he subsequently deleted the tweet from his account, for some reason: "The most courageous newscast in 60 years. The CIA’s murder of my uncle was a successful coup d’état from which our democracy has never recovered."
Here is what Carlson said: “We spoke to someone who has access to these still hidden CIA documents. The person is deeply familiar with what they contain. We asked this person directly, did the CIA have a hand in the murder of John F. Kennedy, an American president. And here is the reply we received, verbatim, 'The answer is yes. I believe they were involved. It’s a whole different country from what we thought it was. It’s all a fake.'"
The 'official' narrative, which was written in stone in the form of the Warren Commission report, was that Lee Harvey Oswald, a low-level communist agitator, acted alone in the assassination of JFK, and that nightclub owner Jack Ruby did as well when he shot and killed Oswald a few days after he was arrested.
"There was no conspiracy of any kind. Case closed. Time to move on," Carlson said during his segment. "And many Americans did move on. At the time, they had no idea how shoddy and corrupt the Warren Commission was. It would be nearly 50 years before the CIA admitted under duress that in fact, it had withheld information from investigators about its relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald."
But even then, at the time, before that was known, the government's explanation didn't seem entirely plausible. And some people started asking obvious questions about it. It was at that point, as Americans started to doubt the official story, that the term "conspiracy theory" entered our lexicon. As Professor Lance DeHaven-Smith points out in his book on the subject, "The term conspiracy theory did not exist as a phrase in everyday American conversation before 1964. In 1964, the year the Warren Commission issued its report, the New York Times published five stories in which 'conspiracy theory' appeared."
In 1976, long forgotten, the House of Representatives impaneled a special committee to reinvestigate the JFK assassination. Their bipartisan conclusion? Jack Kennedy was almost certainly murdered as the result of a conspiracy. But the question is a conspiracy by whom? Well, the obvious suspect would be the CIA. Why else would the agency withhold critical evidence from investigators? Is there a benign explanation for that, for maintaining this level of secrecy for this many years? Not that we're aware of. And it is illegal.
He went on to note that in 1992, Congress passed a law requiring that all agencies with information about the assassination produce it by 2017, but clearly, this has not happened. Even Donald Trump pledged to release all of the files, but he didn't.
Carlson broke down what the source's statement about the CIA's involvement really means.
"It means that within the US government, there are forces wholly beyond democratic control. These forces are more powerful than the elected officials that supposedly oversee them. These forces can affect election outcomes. They can even hide their complicity in the murder of an American president. In other words, they can do pretty much anything they want. They constitute a government within a government mocking, by their very existence, the idea of democracy," he said.