Brood with me on the latest delay of the full release of the records pertaining to the murder of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

That was 58 years ago. More time has passed since Oct. 26, 1992, when Congress mandated the full and immediate release of almost all the JFK assassination records, than had elapsed between the killing and the passage of that law.

The late Sen. John Glenn of Ohio — an astronaut-hero of the Kennedy era — wrote the 1992 law. It stipulates that “all government records concerning the assassination ... should carry a presumption of immediate disclosure, and all records should be eventually disclosed.” The law states that “only in the rarest cases is there any legitimate need for continued protection of such records.”