Officially, our leaders still believe in the long-discredited single bullet theory, the guilt of an innocent man, Lee Oswald and have not released information such as Oswald’s last tax returns, which would likely confirm his status as a government informant.
Other controversies have come up since then as well, such as the events of 9/11. But the government has done no better in providing information requested by the public than it did with the JFK assassination. Authorities have still not released video footage of the Pentagon, which could help determine what really struck the building that day.
No one can seriously regard our leaders as honest partners in their informal contract with us. Those of us who work, pay taxes and better our society deserve something more than reports that whitewash what really happened.
We deserve, at the very least, a dialogue with those who serve us.
Not a ten second “meet-and-greet” handshake from our representatives, not a form letter from the White House thanking us for our concerns or assurances from anyone who won an election that they will work for us. These things have their place but we need to know that we have recourse if we are not satisfied with what those who govern us say.
A single person could serve as our liaison to the government. They could be appointed by Congress or the President. And every Friday, they could be required by law to stand in a city hall or other public building anywhere in the United States and answer questions that people ask them.
Undoubtedly, the liaison may well be tempted to dismiss questions about Oswald or the 9/11 Pentagon on the grounds of “national security.” But it would be much harder to give this answer in front of hundreds of people in person (and, perhaps, television cameras). Especially when they know they are going to hear it over and over again.
The liaison could also be requested to provide documents, tapes, photographs, etc. And they could explain what they are able to release and what they are not. And the public who attend the meetings could ask why.
A dialogue, not a monologue like the speeches we have been given about lone assassins who fire more bullets than their guns have available.
A real person to approach, not a report to mislead us into accepting whatever our leaders tell us.
Answers, not just questions that merely assure us we are on the right track.
Appointment of a Public Liaison will not answer our questions by itself, but it would give us the standing to ask the right questions and to continue to stand until we are given the respect we deserve and which we give to our leaders.