Newly released classified JFK documents contain reference to UFOs

One of the newly declassified National Archive documents on the JFK assassination refers to "flying saucers," sparking great interest.
Christopher McFadden
Could President John F. Kennedy's assassination have anything to do with UFOs?

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One newly released document about President John F. Kennedy's assassination appears to refer to unidentified flying objects (UFOs). This has sparked some controversy over the meaning of the document, even leading some to link the assassination in some way to the unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAPs). Released under a recent Biden-administration authorization, there are allegedly still 4,684 documents still kept under wraps.

What's the link?

Released by the National Archives, these new documents contain information from various agencies, such as the CIA, FBI, and State Department, regarding Lee Harvey Oswald's connections with Soviet and Cuban officials, anonymous tips and threats, and inquiries into the shooting. In the curious document in question, it was revealed that Reuben Efron, a CIA official, intercepted Oswald's mail before JFK's assassination. It was also discovered that Efron had a UFO encounter in 1955 while on a train with Senator Richard Russell and an Army colonel in the Soviet Union.

Allegedly they witnessed what was referred to as two "flying saucers" in a CIA report, but skeptics debated that they were Soviet aircraft. Russell was a member of the Warren Commission that interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald's wife, Marina Oswald, in 1964. Understandably, this led some people to link Efron to the Kennedy assassination, suggesting that he may have known more than he revealed. The document has also fueled the fire for a bipartisan bill to declassify UFO records, hoping to uncover the government's knowledge and potential involvement in unexplained phenomena.

“People say there’s nothing significant in these files?” Jefferson Morley, the editor of the blog JFK Facts, told The New York Times. “Bingo! Here’s the guy who was reading Oswald’s mail, a detail they failed to share until now. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to think it’s suspicious," he added.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader from New York, supports a bill backed by both parties. This bill aims to release government records about UFOs and other UAPs. The bill proposes an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, requiring the government to collect and disclose all records on UAPs unless a review board decides to keep them confidential.

The process is similar to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. This act required the National Archives to release all files related to Kennedy's assassination by 2017. However, some of these files are still concealed, leading to continued public interest and a lawsuit filed by JFK scholars.

More to come?

Senators Schumer, Rounds, Rubio, Gillibrand, Young, and Heinrich are working together to support an amendment for cybersecurity in the Armed Services Committee. Senator Rounds, a Republican, is the leading member of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity.

“Our goal is to ensure credibility about any investigation or record keeping of materials related to Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAPs),” Sen. Rounds said in a news release. “Relevant documents related to this issue should be preserved. Having a central collection location and a reputable review board to maintain the records boosts the credibility of any future investigations,” he said.

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