Former House JFK Murder Prober Alleges CIA Lies, Seeks Hidden Records

 

The Atlantic, Framing the Warren Commission, Sept. 16, 2014. The Atlantic approvingly profiled a comic book team that teaches youngsters about the case with a book narrative driven by the artists’ perception that Oswald looked “like a perfect little twerp of a villain.”  Can a graphic novel really convey the complexities of America's most controversial assassination and the era that gave birth to it?
Noah Gordon In The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation Into The Kennedy Assassination, Dan Mishkin, Ernie Colon, and Jerzy Drozd conduct a visual investigation into the killing of a president and the plot behind it. A medium best known for the likes of Batman and Wonder Woman, the graphic novel seems like maybe a strange choice for someone looking to examine a somber day in American history. But this is a more serious study than some readers might expect.

A former top congressional investigator into the 1963 assassination of President John Kennedy is seeking hidden CIA records after alleging the agency lied to thwart the last official investigation of the murder 35 years ago.

 

 
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JFK Facts, Why the liberal press ignored the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission, Jeff Morley, Sept. 29, 2014. The 50th anniversary of the Warren Report is, among many things, a reminder that much of the country does not have faith in the efficacy and integrity of the federal government to provide an accurate account of JFK’s death. In other words, the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission’s report was a reminder to the journalistic professionals that their perspective on this highly symbolic issue is not credible with most people. For us people who want to be, somehow, in the business of truth, that’s not a happy thought. So superbly talented and exquisitely liberal-minded reporters and editors avoided the subject. While most Americans think it likely that someone in a position of power used assassination to advance their goals in 1963, a declining profession is clinging to the obsolete story that one man alone killed JFK for no reason (and then another killed the first guy–for no reason). It is an odd faith. Or is it a symptom of decline?

Irish Examiner, Warren of conspiracies: Kennedy’s assassination, Ryle Dwyer, Sept.  29, 2014. Ryle Dwyer examines the Warren Report into Kennedy’s assassination 50 years after publication and finds its failure to examine all the evidence undermined its conclusions.

Diario de Las Americas via JFK Facts, Translation: Kennedy was killed by the CIA, says a former agent,  Iliana Lavastida, Feb. 11, 2014. “The death of John F. Kennedy was a coup, an internal conspiracy," says Antonio Veciana with absolute conviction and willingness to reveal what he considers a historical truth. The Cuban exile and former agent of the CIA gave his testimony in an interview with the Diario de las Americas 50 years after the assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Time, Behind the Scenes: The Complete Kennedy Assassination Story in 9 Pages, Lily Rothman, Sept. 24, 2014. Looking back on the Warren Commission Report, 50 years after its findings on the Kennedy assassination were released. In addition to recounting the events that surrounded the assassination, the Commission’s report debunked the major conspiracy theories that had emerged in the year after that day. Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. He and Jack Ruby had no connection. There was no foreign conspiracy, nor was there a domestic one. But what the report lacked in scandal it made up for in detail. “Its great value comes from the thoroughness with which the Commission carried out its investigation, from its laying to rest many malignant rumors and speculations, and from its fascinating wealth of detail by which future historians can abide,” noted TIME’s story on the report. After the special issue was published, Loeb, who had first joined TIME in 1956, would end up spending 30 more years at Time Inc., retiring in 1994 from his job as managing editor of Fortune magazine. Following his retirement, he became editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. So it’s only fitting that, when he looks back on the Warren Commission Report piece, it’s with an editor’s eye that he sees the way those 36 hours of work have stood the test of 50 years. “I think it was a well-done job — one, to focus the material and, two, picking out which areas of the report to focus on. To this very day, if someone picks up the Warren Commission Report, which is like a big book, and picks up one of our stories about the report, it will look very good,” Loeb says. “There were no huge errors discovered afterward — I mean years afterward, when there was plenty of time to examine it.”

 

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In order to serve the public, we shall be posting many documents from the conference, in order that the information may become widely disseminated. Posted here you will find the talk given by HSCA General Counsel G. Robert Blakey, ” THE HSCA AND THE CIA: THE VIEW FROM THE TOP” WORD, PDF and two talks given by by HSCA staff researcher Dan Hardway, Esq., “AN OPERATIONAL SKETCH”, PDF and “THE VIEW FROM THE TRENCHES: THE HSCA AND THE CIA” PDF


I believe that this rises to the level of probable violation of the law that prohibits impeding the due and proper inquiry of a committee of Congress.14

militants to take over, with the chaos now so severe that the United States and other nations have abandoned their embassies in Tripoli.

The likelihood would have been that a parallel intervention in Syria would have resulted in a similar catastrophe, although arguably worse, given Syria's central location in the region. Al-Qaeda's flag might very well be flying over Damascus.

However, given the neocon-dominated "group think" of Washington, all the "smart" people endlessly repeat the meme that if only Obama had escalated U.S. military support for the "moderate" Syrian rebels earlier, everything would have worked out just great.

I no longer trust anything that the Agency has told us in regard to the assassination. It lied to the Warren Commission. It lied to the ARRB. It lied to the HSCA. In admitting that Joannides was employed in a covert capacity as liaison with the HSCA, it has admitted that it violated its charter and ran a domestic covert operation aimed at subverting the HSCA and its investigation.

I do not believe for a minute that records did not exist. They may not now, but they did at one time. Money was involved and money had to be internally documented, even at the Agency. That the Agency would put a material witness in a covert capacity as a filter between the committee staff and the Agency was an outrageous breach of our understanding with the Agency, the Agency’s charter and the laws of this country. As a result, I now believe that we were not able to conduct an appropriate investigation of the CIA.

What the Agency did not give us, none but those involved in the Agency can know for sure. I do not believe any denial offered by the Agency on any point. The law has long followed the rule that if a person lies to you on one point, you may reject all his testimony. The CIA not only lied, it actively subverted the investigation.

It is time that either Congress, or the Justice Department, conduct a real investigation of the CIA. Indeed, in my opinion, it is long past time.

John F. Kennedy  
 

Museum of Hidden History, Washington, DC. Executive Director Marilyn Tenenoff. Founder, the late John Judge.

David FerrieroNational Archives and Record Administration (NARA), Washington, DC. National Archivist David S. Ferriero, shown at right, is the head of our agency, appointed by the President of the United States. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept forever. In 1992, Congress enacted the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act. The Act mandated that all assassination-related material be housed in a single collection in the NARA. The collection consists of more than 5 million pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts (approximately 2,000 cubic feet of records). Most of the records are open for research. JFK researchers may search the NARA online database of recently declassified and still-classified records from the Kennedy assassination investigations. The site provides a Kennedy Assassination Collection Simple Search Form. Some names appear in various forms. For example, records pertaining to Clay Shaw are sometimes coded "CS" while others show up under the search term "Clay Shaw." 

 

 
 
 
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Peter Dale ScottWhoWhatWhy, The Hidden Government Group Linking JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra and 9/11, Peter Dale Scott (shown in a file photo), Oct. 5, 2014. Author Peter Dale Scott, considered the father of Deep Politics, explains the influential role of the government’s highest-level emergency planning group in four of the biggest events in the last half-century of American history. Here’s how personnel from the “Doomsday Project,” as the Continuity of Government group is known, tie together JFK’s assassination, Watergate, Iran-Contra and 9/11. Editor's Note: Scott made the presentation at the Assassination Archives and Research Center conference Sept. 28 on the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission report.

Jefferson MorleyJFK Facts, Why the liberal press ignored the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission, Jeff Morley (at right), Sept. 29, 2014. The 50th anniversary of the Warren Report is, among many things, a reminder that much of the country does not have faith in the efficacy and integrity of the federal government to provide an accurate account of JFK’s death. In other words, the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission’s report was a reminder to the journalistic professionals that their perspective on this highly symbolic issue is not credible with most people. For us people who want to be, somehow, in the business of truth, that’s not a happy thought. So superbly talented and exquisitely liberal-minded reporters and editors avoided the subject. While most Americans think it likely that someone in a position of power used assassination to advance their goals in 1963, a declining profession is clinging to the obsolete story that one man alone killed JFK for no reason (and then another killed the first guy–for no reason). It is an odd faith. Or is it a symptom of decline?

Citizens For Truth In the Kennedy Assassination (CTKA), The Conspiracy the Commission Couldn't Find, James DiEugenio, Sept. 24, 2014. In this final installment of a five-part series, we center on information that most certainly indicated a plot in the JFK case. Almost all the material discussed here was available back in 1964. The problem was that the agencies that the Commission relied upon were not forthcoming in forwarding the facts to the Commission. In other words, the Commission was more or less at the mercy of men like J. Edgar Hoover at the FBI, James Rowley and Elmer Moore at the Secret Service, and Richard Helms and James J. Edgard Hoover file via Creative CommonsAngleton at the CIA. Since those three agencies provided the overwhelming majority of information to the Commission, the investigation was doomed from the start. Item No. 51 (out of 63): Within 72 hours of the assassination, David Ferrie was trying to deny his association with Oswald. And he broke the law to do so. After Jim Garrison turned Ferrie over to the FBI, Oswald's longtime friend and colleague lied his head off to the Bureau. He said he never owned a telescopic rifle, or used one, and he would not even know how to use one. Considering his activities as a CIA trainer for the Bay of Pigs and Operation Mongoose, these were clear deceptions. Every one of these statements was a lie. Further, it is a crime to perjure yourself to an FBI agent in an investigation.

That Hoover, shown at right, did not indict Ferrie, shows that: 1.) He did not give a damn about Kennedy's murder and 2.) The Commission was at his mercy.  We will stop at 63 pieces of evidence, for two reasons. First that is ten more than Vincent Bugliosi brought up in Reclaiming History to indict Oswald. And ours are much more solid and convincing than his. Second, it's the year Kennedy was killed. And as many studies have shown -- e.g. Larry Sabato's in The Kennedy Half Century -- the vast majority of Americans felt that something went awry with America after Kennedy's murder. We agree. So although we could easily go to one hundred, 63 is a good number to stop.

JFK Facts, Jefferson Morley, The lawsuit was filed last week by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on behalf of author Max Holland. The records may well contain information related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

From the Boston Globe:

“The records, whose existence was first detailed by the Globe last year, cover sensitive intelligence operations overseen by [Robert] Kennedy during the presidency of his brother and Lyndon Johnson.”

“The contents of the requested boxes include subjects ranging from the Central Intelligence Agency to the minutes from meetings of the so-called ‘special group’ that RFK chaired, and his personal notes on Cuba.”

I asked Holland, via email, how he selected the documents he is seeking. He replied:

“I simply went through the finding aid as if everything were open, and identified anything that piqued my interest as possibly assassination-related and/or interest . . . as if I were in the JFKL [library] reading room doing research.”

I don’t agree with Holland on many aspects of the JFK story. I think the CIA’s publication of his work diminishes his credibility while usefully exposing the agency’s defensiveness on the subject. But I wholly support this lawsuit and commend him for filing it. These are important papers that by law belong in the public record. If it takes legal action by contrarian scholar and a conservative legal foundation to force the Kennedy family to obey the law, so be it.

http://jfkfacts.org/assassination/news/national-archives-sued-over-sealed-rfk-records-at-jfk-library/#more-5447


JFK Facts, 1,100 JFK documents ignored in Obama’s push to open records, Jefferson Morley, May 14, 2013. The Obama administration has declassified 175 batches of long-secret government records, the National Declassification Center announced last week, a milestone in a government-wide push to make public 404 million documents that have been deemed unnecessarily classified. Yet the NDC effort will not make public 1,100 long-suppressed CIA records related to the assassination of President Kennedy. Why not? The National Archives says the CIA lacks the “time and resources” to review the records, which were known to, but not reviewed by, the staff of the independent Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. In a public forum last summer, NDC and National Archvives announced they would not challenge the CIA’s claim. The records will now be released in 2017 at the earliest, and maybe not even then. The CIA’s claim that it lacks the time and resources is curious. The agency has had the time and resources to review and release records related to the Katyn Forest massacre of 1942 in which Soviet army killed thousands of Polish military officers, a tragedy in which no Americans died. The NDC has boasted publicly about declassifying records about “How to build a flying saucer,” not exactly a matter of widespread public interest. Yet the NDC and CIA officials contend — with straight faces — that they lack the time and resources to review and release records related to the murder of a sitting American president. The CIA itself deemed the records to be related to JFK’s assassination in the 1970s. In 1976. Agency officials collected the files from agency archives as they prepared to respond to the first congressional investigation of JFK’s death. The records were not shared with the House Select Committee on Assassinations unless they specifically asked for them. The CIA now claims that the records are “Not Believed Relevant” to JFK’s assassination. That claim has never been confirmed by anyone outside of the agency and is probably factually incorrect. In two posts earlier this year:  JFK Facts has identified seven important JFK files among the 1,100 documents.

  •     E. Howard Hunt, former Watergate burglar, who made a video for his son late in life in which he insinuated that CIA officers had plotted against JFK’s life. The CIA retains six files on Hunt’s operations containing 332 pages of material.
  •     David Phillips, the chief of anti-Castro operations in 1963, who oversaw the surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City six weeks before JFK’s assassination and who gave contradictory and evasive testimony to investigators. Phillips also organized a CIA-sponsored assassination conspiracy to kill a top general in Chile in 1970, according to the non-profit National Security Archive at George Washington University. The CIA retains four files containing 606 pages of material on Phillips.
  •     William K. Harvey, the one-time chief of the CIA’s assassination program who was known for his hatred of the Kennedys. Harvey’s biographer, a former CIA officer turned Newsweek correspondent, devoted a whole chapter of his book to examining allegations that Harvey was involved in JFK’s murder. The CIA retains one file on Harvey containing 123 pages of material.
  •     David Sanchez Morales, deputy chief of the CIA’s Miami station in 1963, who later boasted of being involved in JFK’s death, according to a friend. “We took care of that SOB,” he reportedly said. The CIA is keeping secret a 61-page administrative file on Morales.
  •     George Joannides, chief of psychological warfare operations in Miami in 1963, whose agents in the Cuban exile community took the lead in publicizing Lee Harvey Oswald’s pro-Castro activities before and after JFK was killed. In 1978 Joannides misled congressional investigators about his role in the events of 1963. In 1981 he received a CIA medal for his actions. The CIA is keeping 295 documents about Joannides secret in their entirety.

Irish Examiner, Warren of conspiracies: Kennedy’s assassination, Ryle Dwyer, Sept. 29, 2014. Ryle Dwyer examines the Warren Report into Kennedy’s assassination 50 years after publication and finds its failure to examine all the evidence undermined its conclusions.

Antonio VecianaDiario de Las Americas via JFK Facts, Translation: Kennedy was killed by the CIA, says a former agent,  Iliana Lavastida, Feb. 11, 2014. “The death of John F. Kennedy was a coup, an internal conspiracy," says Antonio Veciana with absolute conviction and willingness to reveal what he considers a historical truth. The Cuban exile and former agent of the CIA, shown at left in a television screen shot from his interview, gave his testimony in an interview with the Diario de las Americas 50 years after the assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

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Boston Globe, A dark corner of Camelot, Bryan Bender, Jan. 23, 2011. 50 years after President Kennedy asked his brother Robert to oust Castro, RFK’s files at the JFK Library remain in family control, largely out of view. Documents on Robert F. Kennedy’s service as attorney general could help fill gaps in the history of US covert operations against Cuba, relations with Fidel Castro, and the Cuban missile crisis, but many are secret. Documents on Robert F. Kennedy’s service as attorney general could help fill gaps in the history of US covert operations against Cuba, relations with Fidel Castro, and the Cuban missile crisis, but many are secret.  Stacked in a vault at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester, individually sealed and labeled, are 54 crates of records so closely guarded that even the library director is prohibited from taking a peek. And yet, archivists contend, the trove contains some of the most important records of Cold War history: diaries, notes, phone logs, messages, trip files, and other documents from Robert F. Kennedy’s service as US attorney general, including details about his roles in the Cuban missile crisis and as coordinator of covert efforts to overthrow or assassinate Fidel Castro. A half-century after those critical events, a behind-the-scenes tussle continues over the Kennedy family’s refusal to grant permission for researchers to freely review them. The disagreement lingers even as the JFK Library this month celebrated the 50th anniversary of John Kennedy’s inauguration by providing “unprecedented’’ access to thousands of records of his presidency. “The RFK papers are among the most valuable, untapped archival resources of foreign policy and domestic history left to be excavated,’’ said Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst at George Washington University’s National Security Archive, who has been rebuffed several times in his attempts to gain access to the papers.