Why we need to know the truth about the JFK assassination

The truth about what happened on November 22, 1963, to John F. Kennedy and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is crucial to the fight against terror and extremism, the former CIA director John Brennan said on Thursday.

Brennan said in a wide-ranging speech that there are two primary reasons to know about the assassination.

First, the US government needs to know how much of the world’s information about the Kennedy assassination is true and, second, that the US need to be able to protect the nation against threats like ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terrorists who are not the product of the US.

The second reason, Brennan said, is that the information needed to defend the United States against terrorists who seek to harm the US is critical to our national security. 

It is vital, he said, that Americans are aware of the true nature of the threat and that the public has the right to know. 

Brennan’s speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, was his first public comments on the JFK and JFK assassination since leaving the CIA in 2016. 

In his speech, he acknowledged that the CIA, under his leadership, had a number of flaws, including a poor record on its use of torture. 

But he also said that he and his colleagues had made major strides in the intelligence community and the broader public understanding of how the assassination of Kennedy unfolded. 

He added that he hopes the events of September 11, 2001, will inspire Americans to work together to prevent more tragedies like the one that occurred on November 23, 1963. 

President-elect Donald Trump, who has expressed skepticism about the official story, has not yet said whether he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the assassination and the deaths of JFK and Oswald. 

Despite the ongoing debate, Brennan told the gathering that the United Kingdom and Russia have made progress in cooperating on intelligence. 

“We need to make sure that the people in charge in Moscow, the people who have been doing this for so long are not able to get away with it again,” he said.

“And, the United State needs to be very mindful of that.”

The CIA has long faced criticism from civil libertarians and journalists over the way it conducted and shared information with the CIA and the National Security Agency, which had been created to spy on suspected terrorists.

Brennan acknowledged that there had been some errors during that process, but said there were nonetheless lessons to be learned. 

The former CIA chief also said the US needed to have more transparency about its intelligence sharing, including with other countries. 

“[We need] transparency on how many intelligence partners are involved, what the number is of analysts, and how often they share intelligence,” Brennan said.

“We need that, and we need it now.” 

He said the United Nations has also been a valuable partner. 

After President Donald Trump announced in September that he would nominate Brennan as CIA director, the agency’s director, Mike Pompeo, issued a statement that he did not support Brennan’s nomination. 

However, Pompeo’s statement did not specifically call for Brennan’s resignation. 

On Thursday, Brennan was joined by his deputy, Michael Morell, who was previously Trump’s CIA director and who has also expressed skepticism that the assassination was a false flag operation. 

Pompeo also called for the CIA to open an investigation into how the agency handled the killing of CIA agent Michael Hastings, who died in a plane crash in the Pacific Northwest in 2009. 

Both Pompeo and Morell are on Trump’s short list to replace Pompeo at the CIA.