Since John F. Kennedy’s shocking assassination in November 1963, the world has only received partial answers, bit by bit, regarding his murder, his killer, and his killer’s killer. By withholding the truth about JFK's murder for so long, the American government has been underestimating Americans and acting like there are some aspects of history that they are not mature enough to handle, infers Charles Pierce in Esquire. However, as America is a self-governing, democratic nation, its citizens need and deserve as much truthful information about their collective past as they can get. This is why the release of the JFK files, at the behest of President Trump's orders, was so important. They contain intelligence and insight into a historic period of U.S. history that every American has a right to know, however belatedly. These files' release may just help restore the people's trust in their government, which is a long time coming.
While the released JFK files provide insight into Kennedy's assassination, many questions still remain. Conspiracy theories will therefore continue to spread, especially given the number of redactions and still-withheld documents under review, asserts Kim Sengupta in the Independent. Though investigations conclude that Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, alone, many conspiracy theorists still hold that rogue elements in the FBI and CIA colluded with the Mafia to murder Kennedy, or that Lyndon Johnson was involved. As the released files don’t provide all answers, theorists’ charges hold sway, including that President Trump is also under attack from the “deep state,” a secretive alliance of FBI, CIA and military officers doing the establishment’s dirty work to bring down a populist president. So, making such documents public reinforces views that intelligence services were deceitful after the Kennedy assassination and still today.