Time For A Truth Commission For JFK's Murder?

George H.W. Bush at CIA

 

Boston Globe, Troves of files on JFK assassination remain secret, Bryan Bender, Nov. 25, 2013. As the nation marks the anniversary of JFK’s murder, there is a new push, including lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act, to shake loose these and other classified materials that may shed light on one of the most unsettled debates of modern history: Was the murder of the nation’s 35th president the work of a lone assassin or a conspiracy, and did elements of the US government know about it, or cover it up, or knowingly destroy evidence to prevent other dirty laundry from being aired? “A lot of questions remain,” said John R. Tunheim, a federal judge in Minnesota who chaired the Assassination Records Review Board, which oversaw the review and disclosure of some five million records related to the JFK assassination in the 1990s. “We only put a few pieces of the puzzle together. Lots of the jigsaw is missing.” The National Archives and Records Administration, which is tasked with working with the agencies that originally generated the files, reports that some 1,100 distinct documents that Tunheim and his team did not have access to remain shielded from public view.

Boston Globe, Robert F. Kennedy saw conspiracy in JFK’s assassination, Bryan Bender and Neil Swidey, Nov. 24, 2013. Robert F. Kennedy took on some of the Kennedy Administration’s hardest tasks, ones that created dangerous foes, and after the assassination, RFK wondered if one of them had done it. In the five years between his brother’s murder and his own assassination in 1968, Bobby Kennedy voiced public support for the findings of the Warren Commission, namely that a pathetic, attention-seeking gunman had alone been responsible for the murder of President Kennedy. Privately, though, Bobby was dismissive of the commission, seeing it, in the words of his former press secretary, as a public relations tool aimed at placating a rattled populace. When the chairman of the commission, Chief Justice Earl Warren, personally wrote to the attorney general, asking for any information to suggest that a “domestic or foreign conspiracy” was behind his brother’s assassination, Bobby scrawled a note to an aide, asking, “What do I do?” Then, after stalling for two months, he sent along a legalistic reply saying there was nothing in the Justice Department files to suggest a conspiracy. He made no mention of the hunches that appeared to be rattling around in his own mind. See also: Boston Globe, Photos of Robert F. Kennedy, Nov. 24, 2013.

 

Justice Integrity Project Readers Guide To JFK Assassination

  1. Project Launches JFK Assassination Readers' Guide, Oct. 16, 2013. The Justice Integrity Project will provide a consumer's guide this fall to the many books and events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
  2. Project Provides JFK Readers Guide To New Books, Videos, Oct. 26, 2013. This is a list of new books and films this year.
  3. Project Lists JFK Assassination Books, Archives, Reports & Videos, Nov. 2, 2013. Provided below is a leading books, films and archives from the last 50 years regarding the JFK assassination in 1963.
  4. Disputes Erupt Over NY Times, New Yorker, WashPo Reviews of JFK Murder, Nov. 7, 2013.
  5. Self-Censorship In JFK TV Treatments Duplicates Corporate Print Media's Apathy, Cowardice, Nov. 7, 2013.
  6. 'Puppetry' Hardback Launched Nov. 19 at DC Author Forum on ‘White House Mysteries & Media,’ Nov. 19, 2013.
  7. Major Media Stick With Oswald 'Lone Gunman' JFK Theory, Nov. 27, 2013. The past week's news coverage of President Kennedy's 1963 assassination provides a stark view of self-censorship.

A big question looms for those who have just experienced more than a month of intensive broadcast and print reflections on President Kennedy’s 1963 assassination.

What should we do about the Warren Commission’s utterly implausible official verdict — that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in committing the most important United States murder since Lincoln’s in 1865?

News coverage and commentary regarding the 50th anniversary of the slaying indicates that the mainstream media on the center, right and left are reasserting similar mantras as those following the Warren Commission’s 1964 report that provided 26 volumes of evidence to reach what now appears to have been a pre-established theme to blame the killing entirely on Oswald.

We now know from declassified memos that the Department of State and CIA drew on their longstanding ties in the elite media, especially at the ownership level, to orchestrate immediate, unquestioning acceptance of the commission’s findings and to denigrate critics as crazed “conspiracy theorists.” Conspiracy Theory, or “CT,” was a relatively novel term at the time. But is now a frequent label used by ambitious mainstream journalists to show their loyalty to conventional wisdom and destroy the careers of dissidents in journalism, government, universities, the professions and elsewhere.  

Jesse Ventura, among others, published in his recent book, 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You To Read, two 1964 State Department instructions, entitled “Propaganda Notes,” on how insiders should attack critics of the Warren Commission findings.

Johnn F. Kennedy Looking UpAny review of recent news coverage -- such as that provided here by the Justice Integrity Project in our ongoing “JFK Readers Guide” series --  shows that our most prestigious media outlets dispense with all doubt when they summarize their views in their institutional voice. “Oswald did it!” is the core theme.

Such coverage, as indicated below, is not simply disgraceful but potentially dangerous to many in the public. Evidence surrounds us, as in today’s Washington Post, regarding the decline in living standards of the average American over the past decades. As I show in my new book Presidential Puppetry, this is traceable to a consolidation of power by the nation’s elite following the death of Kennedy, the last president willing to fight entrenched interests.

There is at least probable cause to believe JFK was killed in a plot that altered the course of American history, as intended. Even more important for current purposes is the current reluctance of our leading governmental and private sector authorities seriously to examine the evidence.

If conventional wisdom is wrong about such a public, much-studied event what about other things that we are expected to trust?

Any cover-up would clearly implicate national security, law enforcement and other government officials at the highest levels, and point inevitably to higher powers. I call them “Puppet Masters.” President Eisenhower called it “The Military Industrial Complex.” His top liaison between the Pentagon and CIA, Col. Fletcher Prouty, called it “The Secret Team” in a 1973 book by that name. Others call it “Wall Street” or reference some of the overlapping secret societies, such as the Bilderberg Group, that include some of the elite.

By whatever name, these elites and research into their operations is not simply an antiquarian problem for scholars, dilettantes, and curiosity seekers. The multiple institutions and personnel under study govern our society and control for many of us our well-being today and tomorrow.

This column begins by summarizing evidence of serious wrongdoing drawn from the six-part Readers Guide published here about JFK books, documentaries, films, news stories, events and archives. Provided also is a report on my four-day trip to Dallas to sample four JFK events, and to meet their leaders and attendees.

I do not claim to be an expert on the assassination or presidency. My personal library of 30 or so JFK assassination books is less than two percent of the more than 2,000 published since 1963, according to Assassination Archives and Research Center Chairman James Lesar, speaking at a conference I organized Nov. 19 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

That said, our criminal and political systems are supposedly based on the perceptions of the ordinary citizen like me and most readers, not on the conclusions of experts or rulers.

Judyth Baker and Robert Grodin at Oswald gravesite (Wayne Madsen Photo, with permission)At the top of this column is a photo I took from just behind a picket fence on the so-called “grassy knoll.” The spot is about 40 paces, just over a hundred feet or so, in front of spot on the highway, marked by an “X,” where JFK was succumbed from a bullet likely shot from the front, not the distant rear from Oswald’s alleged perch on the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository building at the far left.

They Killed Our President Ventura writes as the title of his latest book assembling evidence for a popular audience.  

If so, what are we going to do about it?
 
“We don’t really need a lot more documents,” according to James Douglass, author of the highly regarded 2008 book JFK and the Unspeakable. “We need to act on what we have,” he continued in a phone conversation with me earlier this year.

How?

I suggest a “Truth and Reconciliation” commission, using the model successful in other parts of the world for similar grave civic shames that need to be understood, such as apartheid in South Africa or right-wing executions in Argentina.  

A criminal grand jury is unrealistic, especially since that process the evidence is hopeless compromised, most of the suspects and witnesses are dead – and the process is geared toward criminal prosecutions that require unanimous jury verdicts.

My recommendation is further motivated by two columns, each powerful in entirely different ways.

“The Real Conspiracy” was a contrived defense of the Warren Commission that the progressive magazine/website Mother Jones published under the byline of its Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Corn, a prominent liberal commentator on MSNBC and elsewhere, ignored inconvenient evidence for his column. Instead, he relied on his personal status and opinion to argue that Oswald is guilty. Yet many of us believe that hard work and talent are only part of a Washington journalist’s success in retaining access and position.

A quick glance at the confidential listings of Bilderberg, Skull and Bones, Council on Foreign Relations, Bohemian Grove and other secret societies that I have secured through the years shows many media owners and leading pundits.

I have not yet seen Corn or his major outlets, which are important to liberals but relatively small in circulation. But the larger point is proven by the vast numbers of others at far higher levels of influence, including Washington Post owners past and present such as Donald Graham and Jeffrey Bezos.

Bezos, whose Amazon.com just won the contract to handle the CIA’s next generation cloud computing network. The Post duly reported this fact in a three-paragraph story published Nov. 4. What is significant is that all these moguls participate with their peers in such exalted company as oil tycoons, banking, crowned royalty, CIA and NSA appointees, social media CEOs, and dynastic powers of the Rockefeller and Rothschild stature – and see no news worth reporting.

In many ways, it harks back to the old days in the early 1960s when Philip and Katherine Graham, Donald’s parents, had weekly dinners with Frank Wisner, head of the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird program to control the nation’s media like, if needed, “a mighty Wurlitzer” that could create music according to the CIA’s song sheet. All that is documented by now, with confirmation of key details even in autobiographies and similar documents. But little or none of it is visible in accounts of the JFK assassination.

In contrast to those who fail to discuss history and evidence in their commentaries on JFK, we have the example of those who have in effect risked or committed career suicide.  

A recent example from Nov. 22 is “The Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Later,” a column by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts that summarizes existing evidence pointing to a conspiracy and cover-up.

Roberts, an aging conservative scholar, keeps at it even though he has clearly paid a steep professional price by his blut commentaries on the JFK murder and similar travesties curtailing civil rights and economic prosperity of the nation’s majority.

The former Wall Street Journal associate editor Reagan administration assistant treasury secretary has stated, including to me as a guest on my radio show, that he is in effect banned from mainstream United States media because of his denunciations of both the Bush and Obama “regimes” and what he describes as their subservience to advocates of Wall Street, war, austerity, and injustice.

More Evidence

It would be impossible to do more than cite here more than a few of the findings of other credible experts that are simply ignored, not refuted, by the mainstream media in articles, books, and TV documentaries.

That said, some hint of the scope and power of the evidence exists in a chapter summary drawn from Dead Wrong, a 2012 book by Richard Belzer and David Wayne showing suspicious, circumstances and cover-ups in nine other celebrity deaths aside from Kennedy.

For JFK, their summary notes, for example, the powerful evidence that Kennedy was killed from the front, that Oswald was incapable of making the shots (especially with the alleged rifle), and that ex-Marine Oswald had a long record as a double agent at the minimum who was likely following government orders in his supposed leftist activities, including his “defection” to Russia and pro-Castro advocacy upon his return.

Among the striking findings of my research have been encounters with a number of experts regarding Oswald and the shooting. Among them are such medical doctors as Cyril Wecht, author or co-author of 46 books and an eloquent critic of the Warren Commission, and Gary Aguilar, also a medical school professor who mocks “junk science” in the commission’s analysis.

Two whom I met in recent days were young scientific professionals when they became friends of Oswald decades ago, and loyal advocates now in ways seldom reported to the public.

Dr. Ernst Titovets, who earned both M.D. and doctoral degrees to pursue his work as medical school professor, described himself in Dallas as Oswald’s close friend during the Russian “defection” – and as someone who believes Oswald has been framed and smeared through the decades in ways described in a nuanced book, Oswald Russian Episode. The professor played for his audience in Dallas his long-treasured tapes of him and Oswald joking during their time together, including a time when Oswald, a high-school dropout, was reciting Shakespeare.

Titovets also suggested the unique pressures on Oswald’s widow, Marina Oswald, that likely persuaded her to agree at first with American authorities that her husband had committed the crime, but later to retract that view and advocate for his innocence. Whatever the facts, these views are simply not part of the public dialog in any meaningful level.

Neither are the views of a former whiz kid young researcher, Judyth Baker, who fell in love with Oswald during the summer of 1963 when she worked in New Orleans on U.S. government germ warfare researcher. Oswald was married at the time and apparently living a double life away from home as both a leftist agitator and as a U.S. government asset working closely with FBI and CIA handlers. Baker went on to marry someone else, and drop out of her work inducing rapid cancer growths. These days she advocates Oswald’s innocence and wants to be buried next to him, as illustrated by a graveside ceremony Nov. 25 in which she led a band of Oswald advocates, including a VFW-affiliated chaplain, in separate memorials to JFK and Oswald.

There is no way to resolve here in this space 26 volumes of the Warren Commission report along with the estimated 2,000-plus books, including more than a 100 published this year alone, primarily to dispute the commission’s findings faithfully amplified even now by corporate controlled newspapers and broadcasting outlets, as well as by most historians who have become famous via their publishing success and media appearances.

But I would like to close this segment by sharing my view that it seems difficult if not impossible to have an informed discussion of JFK’s death without at least basic knowledge of: the long-secret Operation Northwoods plan, the work of Air Force Col. Fletcher Prouty, Kennedy’s 1962 firing of CIA Director Allen Dulles, the hatred of the Mafia for Kennedy and its occasional role supplying triggermen for the CIA, and the resignation of Robert Tanenbaum as supervisor of the federal government’s major post-Warren Commission JFK assassination probe.

These long-suppressed events, now public but seldom reported to the general public, provide in authoritative detail motive and means from what many experts describe as a secret coup d’etat against the presidency that leaders since then fear to reveal, in part for national security reasons and in part for political and other self-preservation.

It behooves the scoffers like David Corn or Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post and many others to treat critics of the Warren Report as borderline lunatics, or more simply as “CT.”  The clear presumption conveyed to the public is that role conspiracy mongering when not practiced by clear-cut nuts is as well-paid, gratifying, or otherwise attractive as the sinecures earned by go-along, get-along authors, party officials, lobbyists and other courtiers that abound in Washington.

In fact, someone like Prouty, who died in 2001, held a unique vantage point as the top liaison between the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and the CIA during both the late stages of the Eisenhower administration and the Kennedy administration until JFK’s death. He would have known how JFK antagonized top levels of what Eisenhower had called “The Military-Industrial Complex” by rejecting the Joint Chiefs’ despicable Northwoods plan to kill U.S. citizens in false flag operations that could be used to foment the overthrow of Cuba’s Communist government.

Furthermore, an expansion of the JFK investigation beyond Oswald would have demonstrated the close ties between at least some Mafia killers and their occasional allies within U.S. intelligence, and all of that could have embarrassed a host of prominent players – including the Kennedy brothers. They had multiple relationships that had soured with organized crime leaders, who grew to hate the brothers after initially cooperating with them.

Most recently, the mainstream media clearly has a difficult time in reporting the opinions of Tanenbaum, who brought a stellar reputation as New York City’s criminal prosecutions chief to his 1970s work leading the House investigation into JFK’s assassination.

Tanenbaum, an imposing 6-foot six prosecutor who reputedly never lost one of his 250 murder prosecutions in New York, told a Pittsburgh audience convened by Cyril Wecht last month at Duquesne University that “not a single jury in America would have convicted Oswald on the basis of the Warren Commission evidence.”

Even more remarkably, Tanenbaum revealed in detail that he and his boss quietly resigned their jobs from the JFK probe because they were convicted House leaders were covering up CIA perjury, most specifically in creation of false evidence against Oswald six weeks before the assassination.

Tanenbaum went on to write 25 crime novels, several of them best-sellers. Voters in Beverly Hills twice elected him as mayor of Beverly Hills. That California locale is not an obscure posting for someone with an important story. But am I wrong in suspecting you are hearing of his views here for the first time despite decades of JFK commentaries, including during the past month?

These days, as ever, prosecutors, professors, politicians, authors, reporters and just about everyone else but clear majorities of the public want to move on and forget about JFK except perhaps for fuzzy memories of “Camelot,” sex scandal, or whatever other drama fits a script, including, “Where were you?” and “Where was I?” Not so interesting is, “Where was Oswald?” which seems unlikely to have been firing the fatal shot at Kennedy, or perhaps any shot at all.         

The Path Forward

Cyril Wecht was coroner for two decades for Pennsylvania’s high-population Allegheny County containing Pittsburgh. He told a Dallas audience Nov. 22 that this month he had testified in a murder case reopened on the basis of new evidence 35 years after the killing.

“If we can do that for ‘Joe Blow,’” said Wecht, who holds a law degree along with a medical degree, “why not the president of the United States?”

Realistically, however, very little is going to happen unless the public suspects that the information gate-keepers in the media are protecting not simply corrupt killers and cover-up artists from years previous, but successors who use intimidation and murder to affect public policy up to the present.

Space does not permit that debate here. But please rest assured that I would not be researching all of this if I thought it were simply antiquarian trivia.

In fact, it is one of the most dramatic detective stories one can imagine. The more you learn, the more interesting it becomes. Think what it meant, for example, when Jackie Kennedy reached out to find her husband’s brain matter and carry it to the hospital in the vain hope it could somehow help him.

Why did the Kennedy family resist for so long a public call for reinvestigation? Oswald’s guilt? To preserve the fallen president’s legacy? Fear for their own lives?

None of these are questions the well-paid professional approvers of conventional wisdom want you to think about. My collection of books contains a full-range of opinion, including James Swanson’s new End of Days, an account that is heavily reliant on the Warren Commission as a template for the all-knowing narrative.

The book avoids in-depth discussion in the text of contentious issues. Even in its bibliography segregates dissident writers -- including Baker, Belzer, Prouty and the iconic Mafia-busting, congressional strategist Robert Blakey (who replaced Tanenbaum) -- into a special section entitled, in the best tradition of CIA-approved researchers, “Conspiracy Literature.”    

But the research has value, like most. Its exhaustice section on witnesses help suggest a strategy.  
over-zelous police state.
agendasoutspoken a statement against interest blunt commentary  Nov. 22, 2013.The true story of JFK's murder has never been officially admitted, although the conclusion that JFK was murdered by a plot involving the Secret Service, the CIA, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been well established by years of research, such as that provided by James W. Douglass in his book, JFK And The Unspeakable, published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. Ignore Douglass' interest in the Trappist monk Thomas Merton and Merton's prediction and focus on the heavily documented research that Douglass provides. Or just turn to the contemporary films, taken by tourists watching JFK's motorcade that are available on YouTube, which show clearly the Secret Service pulled from President Kennedy's limo just prior to his assassination, and the Zapruder film that shows the killing shot to have come from President Kennedy's right front, blowing off the back of his head, not from the rear as postulated in the Warren Commission Report, which would have pushed his head forward, not rearward. I am not going to write about the assassination to the extent that the massive information permits. Those who want to know already know. Those who cannot face the music will never be able to confront the facts regardless of what I or anyone else writes or reveals.

While sampling for conferences and ceremoniAfter returning from a visit to the murder scene in Dallas, as illustrated by my photo to the right, my thoughts are focused on effective action.
We have most of the information necessary for action. So unless we are mere “idlers in the garden of knowledge,”  

OpEdNews, The Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Later, Paul Craig Roberts, Nov. 22, 2013.The true story of JFK's murder has never been officially admitted, although the conclusion that JFK was murdered by a plot involving the Secret Service, the CIA,nd the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been well established by years of research, such as that provided by James W. Douglass in his book, JFK And The Unspeakable, published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. Ignore Douglass' interest in the Trappist monk Thomas Merton and Merton's prediction and focus on the heavily documented research that Douglass provides. Or just turn to the contemporary films, taken by tourists watching JFK's motorcade that are available on YouTube, which show clearly the Secret Service pulled from President Kennedy's limo just prior to his assassination, and the Zapruder film that shows the killing shot to have come from President Kennedy's right front, blowing off the back of his head, not from the rear as postulated in the Warren Commission Report, which would have pushed his head forward, not rearward. I am not going to write about the assassination to the extent that the massive information permits. Those who want to know already know. Those who cannot face the music will never be able to confront the facts regardless of what I or anyone else writes or reveals.

JFK Facts, My three JFK theories, Jonathan Morley, Sept. 7, 2013. I have three of them. Theory #1: the “lone nut” theory hypothesizes that President Kennedy was killed by one man for no reason who was then killed by another man for no reason. When I subject this theory to experimentation, I find some supportive evidence but not nearly enough to confirm it. Theory #2 is the “national security faction” theory: that JFK was killed by enemies of his policies in the national security agencies of his own government who arranged for the blame to fall on the “lone nut.”  When I subject this theory to experimentation I find more supportive evidence but not enough to identify the intellectual authors of the hypothesized plot. So I cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any one person was guilty of conspiracy. Theory #3 is the “wrongful death” theory: In this perspective, I look at the case of the murdered president as a civil, not a criminal, matter; not as a homicide, but as a wrongful death. One can argue that this approach is evasive and/or sophistic but it is method of judgment well established in American law. I am not looking to prove “conspiracy,” a criminal charge that requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt for verification. I am looking to assign responsibility for a “wrongful death,” a civil verdict based on the preponderance of evidence. When I subject this theory to verification, I find the preponderance of evidence shows that up to a dozen senior CIA undercover operations officers reporting to deputy director Richard Helms and counterintelligence chief James Angleton may be guilty of negligence in the wrongful death of JFK. To me this is the most plausible theory of JFK’ s death but its “status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation.” Thus I cannot report it as a matter of actual fact or exclude the other two theories from consideration.

Washington Review of Books, The Kennedy Library (Part I), Ronald Goldfarb, Nov. 20, 2013. Today's commentary is the first of two parts in Ronald Goldfarb’s review of the vast Kennedy literature prompted by the 50th anniversary of his death. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was president for less than one term, but more books have been written (along with documentaries and movies) about him, his wife, his father, his brothers, his family, his lovers, than any other president in U.S. history except for Abraham Lincoln. (One estimate – 40,000.) And not only are there shelves of books about all parts of his life, an expansive library of books examine his tragic death in Dallas. Since 2013 is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, every publisher seems to have some book to commemorate JFK in November.  This edition of CapitaLetters will discuss some of the many books on JFK’s life and career. Next week, I will review more of the assassination literature.

Huffington Post, After 45 Years, a Civil Rights Hero Waits for Justice, Thom Hartmann,June 12, 2009. A great miscarriage of justice has kept most Americas from learning about a Civil Rights pioneer who worked with President John F. Kennedy. But there is finally a way for citizens to not only right that wrong, but bring closure to the most tragic chapter of American presidential history. After an outstanding career in law enforcement, Abraham Bolden was appointed by JFK to be the first African American presidential Secret Service agent, where he served with distinction. He was part of the Secret Service effort that prevented JFK's assassination in Chicago, three weeks before Dallas. But Bolden was framed by the Mafia and arrested on the very day he went to Washington to tell the Warren Commission staff about the Chicago attempt against JFK.

Bolden was sentenced to six years in prison, despite glaring problems with his prosecution. His arrest resulted from accusations by two criminals Bolden had sent to prison. In Bolden's first trial, an apparently biased judge told the jury that Bolden was guilty, even before they began their deliberations. Though granted a new trial because of that, the same problematic judge was assigned to oversee Bolden's second trial, which resulted in his conviction. Later, the main witness against Bolden admitted committing perjury against him. A key member of the prosecution even took the fifth when asked about the perjury. Yet Bolden's appeals were denied, and he had to serve hard time in prison, and today is considered a convicted felon.

After the release of four million pages of JFK assassination files in the 1990s, it became clear that Bolden -- and the official secrecy surrounding the Chicago attempt against JFK -- were due to National Security concerns about Cuba, that were unknown to Bolden, the press, Congress, and the public not just in 1963, but for the next four decades.

Four million pages of files were released after Congress passed the JFK Assassination Records Act unanimously in 1992. They document the massive amount of information that had been withheld from at least five Congressional investigations -- including in 1975 and 1976, when Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were top officials for then-President Gerald Ford. Even worse, the Final Report of the Review Board created by JFK Act shows that files covering the time period of the Chicago attempt to kill JFK were destroyed by the Secret Service in 1995. A report by the government oversight group OMB Watch says that "well over one million CIA records" related to JFK's assassination remain unreleased, perhaps until the mandatory release date of 2017 -- thought in a court filing last year, the CIA claimed the right to withhold file even after that date.

With a new administration promising less government secrecy, it's time to finally fully enforce the 1992 JFK Act, and release all the files. The Obama administration is considering new rules about more open government, but until federal agencies are compelled to comply with existing laws, how can we expect the agencies to follow new procedures?

Likewise, Congress should ask agency heads why they haven't complied with the 1992 law -- and why agencies like the CIA still fight in court to keep clearly relevant files away from the public, the press, and Congress.

There were legitimate national security concerns about some of these issues in 1963, and for decades thereafter. In 2005, the National Archives confirmed the release of files showing that in 1963, John and Robert Kennedy were working with Juan Almeida, Commander of the Cuban Army, to overthrow Fidel Castro. CIA files show the coup (code-named AMWORLD by the CIA) was set for December 1, 1963, ten days after JFK's trip to Dallas. Other declassified files show that Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy had been making plans for dealing with the possible "assassination of American officials" if Castro found out about the Kennedys' coup plan, and tried to retaliate. That's why the attempt to kill JFK in Chicago (and a later attempt in Tampa) were kept out of the press by the Kennedys.

The thinking behind such plans -- and worries that the revelation of the Kennedy coup plan could trigger another nuclear confrontation with the Soviets if exposed just a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis -- was behind most of the secrecy surrounding JFK's assassination. That's because Commander Almeida remained unexposed and in place -- as Cuba's #3 official -- for many years after JFK's murder. However, some US officials -- like the CIA's Richard Helms and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover -- used the legitimate concern of protecting Almeida and his family to hide their own intelligence failures. Hence, all of that information had been withheld from the Warren Commission and at least five later government and Congressional investigating committees.

We only uncovered the JFK-Almeida coup plan with the help of almost two dozen people who worked with John and Robert Kennedy on the coup plan, their war against the Mafia, and their tragic aftermath. One of them indicated that Robert Kennedy was aware of Bolden's plight and wanted to help, but "couldn't" do anything about it at the time -- and in the context of the coup plan and the plans to protect it we had just been discussing, it was clear why. Any intervention on Bobby's part could have unraveled a veil of National Security secrecy that could have led to World War III.

Our sources and all the new documents don't show any vast conspiracy to kill JFK -- they confirm what Bobby Kennedy himself came to believe, after several secret investigations by his trusted associates: that members of the Mafia had been behind his brother's assassination. (The three mob bosses -- Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, and Johnny Rosselli -- all made credible confessions to JFK's murder before they died.) Though the Mafia had been barred from the coup plan and from reopening their casinos in Cuba if it were successful, a dozen associates of the mob bosses managed to learn about the JFK-Almeida coup plan. Six mob associates -- including CIA agent Bernard Barker, and CIA Miami operations chief David Morales -- actually worked on the coup plan. The mob bosses used the intense secrecy surrounding the JFK-Almeida coup plan to prevent a thorough investigation into JFK's death by planting phony evidence implicating Fidel Castro. Because of the resulting cover-ups, high officials who believed that Fidel was involved in JFK's murder -- from President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s to Reagan's Secretary of State Alexander Haig in the 1980s -- didn't realize the evidence was false and linked to the Mafia.

None of that was known to Abraham Bolden -- or the public -- when Bolden went to Washington in the Spring of 1964 to tell the Warren Commission staff about the Chicago plot against JFK. It's now clear that an associate of Rosselli and Trafficante -- Chicago mobster Richard Cain, who was a high official in the Cook Country/Chicago Sheriff's department -- was in the perfect position to frame Bolden.

Abraham Bolden paid a heavy price for trying to tell the truth about events involving the man he was sworn to protect -- JFK -- that became mired in National Security concerns. Bolden still lives in Chicago, and has never given up trying to clear his name.

Will Abraham Bolden live to finally see the justice so long denied to him?

Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. For Bolden, it was a dream come true—and an encouraging sign of the charismatic president’s vision for a new America. Both prior to and following JFK’s assassination, Bolden sought to expose and address the inappropriate behavior and negligence of these agents, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy that resulted in his conviction and imprisonment on a trumped-up bribery charge. A gripping memoir substantiated by recently declassified government documents, "The Echo from Dealey Plaza" is the story of the terrible price paid by one man for his commitment to truth and justice, as well as a shocking new perspective on the circumstances surrounding the death of a beloved president.

Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. For Bolden, it was a dream come true—and an encouraging sign of the charismatic president’s vision for a new America. Both prior to and following JFK’s assassination, Bolden sought to expose and address the inappropriate behavior and negligence of these agents, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy that resulted in his conviction and imprisonment on a trumped-up bribery charge. A gripping memoir substantiated by recently declassified government documents, "The Echo from Dealey Plaza" is the story of the terrible price paid by one man for his commitment to truth and justice, as well as a shocking new perspective on the circumstances surrounding the death of a beloved president.

James H. Fetzer took issue with a 1998 statement from Federal Judge John R. Tunheim, the Chair of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), who stated that no "smoking guns" indicating a conspiracy or cover-up were discovered during their efforts in the early 1990s to declassify documents related to the assassination. Fetzer identified 16 "smoking guns" which he claims prove the official narrative is impossible, and therefore a conspiracy and cover-up occurred. He claims that evidence released by the ARRB substantiates these concerns. These include problems with bullet trajectories, the murder weapon, the ammunition used, inconsistencies between the Warren Commission's account and the autopsy findings, inconsistencies between the autopsy findings and what was reported by witnesses at the scene of the murder, eyewitness accounts that conflict with x-rays taken of the President's body, indications that the diagrams and photos of the President's brain in the National Archives are not the President's, testimony by those who took and processed the autopsy photos that the photos were altered, created, or destroyed, indications that the Zapruder film had been tampered with, allegations that the Warren Commission's version of events conflicts with news reports from the scene of the murder, an alleged change to the motorcade route which facilitated the assassination, an alleged lax Secret Service and local law enforcement security, and statements by people who claim that they had knowledge of, or participated in, a conspiracy to kill the President.[32]

JFK Facts, My three JFK theories, Jonathan Morley, Sept. 7, 2013. http://jfkfacts.org/assassination/experts/my-three-jfk-theories/ I have three of them. Theory #1: the “lone nut” theory hypothesizes that President Kennedy was killed by one man for no reason who was then killed by another man for no reason. When I subject this theory to experimentation, I find some supportive evidence but not nearly enough to confirm it. Theory #2 is the “national security faction” theory: that JFK was killed by enemies of his policies in the national security agencies of his own government who arranged for the blame to fall on the “lone nut.”  When I subject this theory to experimentation I find more supportive evidence but not enough to identify the intellectual authors of the hypothesized plot. So I cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any one person was guilty of conspiracy. Theory #3 is the “wrongful death” theory: In this perspective, I look at the case of the murdered president as a civil, not a criminal, matter; not as a homicide, but as a wrongful death. One can argue that this approach is evasive and/or sophistic but it is method of judgment well established in American law. I am not looking to prove “conspiracy,” a criminal charge that requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt for verification. I am looking to assign responsibility for a “wrongful death,” a civil verdict based on the preponderance of evidence. When I subject this theory to verification, I find the preponderance of evidence shows that up to a dozen senior CIA undercover operations officers reporting to deputy director Richard Helms and counterintelligence chief James Angleton may be guilty of negligence in the wrongful death of JFK. To me this is the most plausible theory of JFK’ s death but its “status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation.” Thus I cannot report it as a matter of actual fact or exclude the other two theories from consideration.

http://jfkfacts.org/assassination/experts/my-three-jfk-theories/Justice Integrity Project, 'Puppetry' Hardback Launched Nov. 19 at DC Author Forum on ‘White House Mysteries & Media,’ Andrew Kreig, Nov. 19, 2013. Nov. 19 marked the formal launch of the hardcover, updated edition of my new book, ‘Presidential Puppetry,’ the first in print with an overview of the Obama Administration’s second term.

rof. Ernst Titovets, M.D., Ph.D., the author and the only English-speaking friend of Oswald in Minsk, offers his unique insight into the enduring enigma of who Oswald really was. Unique in assassination-related literature, Oswald emerges as a fully human character without the burdens of post-assassination history and conjecture to distort either his character or his motivations. Whether attending together opera and other musical performances, playing cards, calling on the English-language student girls, enacting plays and giving mock interviews before a tape recorder, arraigning mock military drills and combat fights, going through political and philosophical debates, the portrait of Oswald that emerges is alternately poignant, canny, humorous, intriguing, revelatory and deeply personal. The Author’s medical education and professional research background provide an new perspective when scrutinizing many controversial topics about Oswald. The Author gives much prominence to the socio-political outlook and activity of Oswald, the area that other researchers tend to completely overlook. This approach explains Oswald’s motivation for coming to the Soviet Union, his analytical writings on the life of the workers in the Soviet Union as he saw it from the inside, his ideas about improving the life of people in the United States.

Oswald emerged as a person who loved his country and wanted to do his best to find a way to solve the socio-political problems inherent to the capitalist system. In his thinking it would be restructuring it along the lines of a more advanced societal organization that he outlined in his Athenian System based on what he believed to have been acceptable features of both Capitalism and Socialism.
The supplied illustrations include photographs of Oswald with his Russian friends and co-workers, his wife Marina and his baby-daughter June, as well as other illustrations important in Oswald‘s story. Of particular interest are the fascinating tapes the author made with Oswald, transcribed in print for the very first time.
The history behind that dark day in Dallas of November 22, 1963 still provokes keen interest from scholars, journalists, novelists and general public around the world. It will stay relevant having set a historic precedent of a great nation having lost trust in their government, on the one hand, and the accusation of an innocent man to cover up the political assassination of the President, on the other.
The JFK issue and the figure of Lee Harvey Oswald have been covered extensively in over 500 books. Nevertheless, Oswald: Russian Episode stands alone as the only comprehensive study of Oswald written from the perspective of one who knew him well and is qualified and capable of bringing his message to the reader.

Other authors about Oswald: Russian Episode by Ernst Titovets:

“Congratulations on presenting us with the real Oswald…It reads like a good novel.”
–David Lifton, author of Best Evidence.

“Your book is very well written – head and shoulders above most of the stupid JFK literature. You have a talent for telling a story… My compliments and congratulations again. You bring those times to life very skillfully.”
–Peter Wronsky, Ph.D., author and authority on Oswald‘s life in Russia.

“It's a fine book. It reads well and I'm enjoying it... I particularly like the English script. One would never know it was written by an author in his second language. Brilliant!”
–Barrie Penrose, investigative journalist and author.

“Bravo!! A truly colorful in-depth portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald. So very rich in detail. Fascinating! Reads like the other side of a black and white movie. Very intimate. You have humanized this much de-humanized figure.”
–Mark Grouber, investigative journalist.

“An interesting book…The Titovets’ book is actually worth having."
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Mailer, Norman. Oswald's Tale: An American Mystery. Random House, 1996,
McMillan, Priscilla Johnson. Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald's Assassination of John F. Kennedy. HarperCollins, 1977.
Vaccara, Stefano and Robert Miller (Translator). Carlos Marcello: The Man Behind the JFK Assassination. Enigma Books, 2013.

In perhaps his most important literary feat, Norman Mailer fashions an unprecedented portrait of one of the great villains—and enigmas—in United States history. Here is Lee Harvey Oswald—his family background, troubled marriage, controversial journey to Russia, and return to an “America [waiting] for him like an angry relative whose eyes glare in the heat.”

“America’s largest mystery has found its greatest interpreter.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
“Mailer is fierce, courageous, and reckless and nearly everything he writes has sections of headlong brilliance. . . . From the American master conjurer of dark and swirling purpose, a moving reflection.”—Robert Stone, The New York Review of Books

Talking Points Memo, Watching the Kennedy Assassination Josh Marshall, Nov. 25, 2013. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/watching-the-kennedy-assassination I'm almost 45. So I've been watching Kennedy Assassination commemorations my whole life. 50th is a big anniversary - certainly the last big symbolic number when any of the players in the drama will still be alive. But this one was entirely different and unique for me in a way I did not at all expect and in a way that was not entirely tied to the significance of the 50th anniversary milestone itself.  As some of you probably know, CBS News has been playing all the live coverage of the event, aligned with the hour things happened and in real time since the first report of the shooting until now. As I write, the live coverage of Kennedy's funeral is underway. You can see it here. I wrote about part of this last week. But when I wrote I mistakenly thought they had simply posted a video of the first hour of the coverage. As I said on Friday, after watching it for a couple hours I found myself unexpectedly upset by what I saw. This long, ongoing telecast ran only on the web, as far as I know. But I really want to praise CBS for running it in full. This might sound a little grandiose but it makes me think of the Vietnam Memorial, something very understated and yet profound in its impact. For people like me (and the great majority of the population), the Kennedy assassination is part of the landscape of our public memory. There was never a time when it didn't happen. It's a given as much as the Civil War or the air. And public memorials, as much as they try are usually trite or even ridiculous, whether that's tired speeches or garish cable news chyrons. But this approach allowed me to in some very limited sense relive or simply live what happened.

OpEdNews, The Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Later, Paul Craig Roberts, Nov. 22, 2013.The true story of JFK's murder has never been officially admitted, although the conclusion that JFK was murdered by a plot involving the Secret Service, the CIA,nd the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been well established by years of research, such as that provided by James W. Douglass in his book, JFK And The Unspeakable, published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. Ignore Douglass' interest in the Trappist monk Thomas Merton and Merton's prediction and focus on the heavily documented research that Douglass provides. Or just turn to the contemporary films, taken by tourists watching JFK's motorcade that are available on YouTube, which show clearly the Secret Service pulled from President Kennedy's limo just prior to his assassination, and the Zapruder film that shows the killing shot to have come from President Kennedy's right front, blowing off the back of his head, not from the rear as postulated in the Warren Commission Report, which would have pushed his head forward, not rearward. I am not going to write about the assassination to the extent that the massive information permits. Those who want to know already know. Those who cannot face the music will never be able to confront the facts regardless of what I or anyone else writes or reveals.

Gen. Edward Lansdale and Three Tramps at Dealey PlazaWND, Do 3 'tramps' hold key to solving JFK murder? Men arrested near scene shortly after assassination, Jerome R. Corsi, Nov. 16, 2013. In 1966, JFK-assassination researcher Richard E. Sprague came across seven unpublished photographs taken by newspaper photographers in Dealey Plaza between 2:20 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. local time – approximately two hours after the shooting – showing three unidentified “tramps” being escorted by two armed Dallas policemen past the Texas School Book Depository and across Houston Street to the sheriff’s office. Editors note: Former top level Department of Defense executive Fletcher Prouty, author of a 1996 arguing that the CIA plotted to kill President Kennedy, said the man next to the "Three Tramps" marked by a red arrow was his former Defense Department colleague, Gen. Edward Lansdale, who was famed in military circles for secret operations and who was present at the scene. Prouty, the Defense Department's top liaison to the CIA at the time of the murder, suggested later that Lansdale was seeking to reassure the "tramps" by his mere presence. The "tramps" were questioned and released, with nearly all of their records lost.

JFK Facts, My three JFK theories, Jonathan Morley, Sept. 7, 2013. Jonathan Morley, an author and former Washington Post reporter, has undertaken extensive Freedom of Information Act and similar research on the JFK death. I have three of them. Theory #1: the “lone nut” theory hypothesizes that President Kennedy was killed by one man for no reason who was then killed by another man for no reason. When I subject this theory to experimentation, I find some supportive evidence but not nearly enough to confirm it. Theory #2 is the “national security faction” theory: that JFK was killed by enemies of his policies in the national security agencies of his own government who arranged for the blame to fall on the “lone nut.”  When I subject this theory to experimentation I find more supportive evidence but not enough to identify the intellectual authors of the hypothesized plot. So I cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any one person was guilty of conspiracy. Theory #3 is the “wrongful death” theory: In this perspective, I look at the case of the murdered president as a civil, not a criminal, matter; not as a homicide, but as a wrongful death. One can argue that this approach is evasive and/or sophistic but it is method of judgment well established in American law. I am not looking to prove “conspiracy,” a criminal charge that requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt for verification. I am looking to assign responsibility for a “wrongful death,” a civil verdict based on the preponderance of evidence. When I subject this theory to verification, I find the preponderance of evidence shows that up to a dozen senior CIA undercover operations officers reporting to deputy director Richard Helms and counterintelligence chief James Angleton may be guilty of negligence in the wrongful death of JFK. To me this is the most plausible theory of JFK’ s death but its “status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation.” Thus I cannot report it as a matter of actual fact or exclude the other two theories from consideration.

Washington Review of Books, The Kennedy Library (Part I), Ronald Goldfarb, Nov. 20, 2013. Today's commentary is the first of two parts in Ronald Goldfarb’s review of the vast Kennedy literature prompted by the 50th anniversary of his death. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was president for less than one term, but more books have been written (along with documentaries and movies) about him, his wife, his father, his brothers, his family, his lovers, than any other president in U.S. history except for Abraham Lincoln. (One estimate – 40,000.) And not only are there shelves of books about all parts of his life, an expansive library of books examine his tragic death in Dallas. Since 2013 is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, every publisher seems to have some book to commemorate JFK in November.  This edition of CapitaLetters will discuss some of the many books on JFK’s life and career. Next week, I will review more of the assassination literature.

Huffington Post, After 45 Years, a Civil Rights Hero Waits for Justice, Thom Hartmann,June 12, 2009. A great miscarriage of justice has kept most Americas from learning about a Civil Rights pioneer who worked with President John F. Kennedy. But there is finally a way for citizens to not only right that wrong, but bring closure to the most tragic chapter of American presidential history. After an outstanding career in law enforcement, Abraham Bolden was appointed by JFK to be the first African American presidential Secret Service agent, where he served with distinction. He was part of the Secret Service effort that prevented JFK's assassination in Chicago, three weeks before Dallas. But Bolden was framed by the Mafia and arrested on the very day he went to Washington to tell the Warren Commission staff about the Chicago attempt against JFK.

Bolden was sentenced to six years in prison, despite glaring problems with his prosecution. His arrest resulted from accusations by two criminals Bolden had sent to prison. In Bolden's first trial, an apparently biased judge told the jury that Bolden was guilty, even before they began their deliberations. Though granted a new trial because of that, the same problematic judge was assigned to oversee Bolden's second trial, which resulted in his conviction. Later, the main witness against Bolden admitted committing perjury against him. A key member of the prosecution even took the fifth when asked about the perjury. Yet Bolden's appeals were denied, and he had to serve hard time in prison, and today is considered a convicted felon.

After the release of four million pages of JFK assassination files in the 1990s, it became clear that Bolden -- and the official secrecy surrounding the Chicago attempt against JFK -- were due to National Security concerns about Cuba, that were unknown to Bolden, the press, Congress, and the public not just in 1963, but for the next four decades.

Four million pages of files were released after Congress passed the JFK Assassination Records Act unanimously in 1992. They document the massive amount of information that had been withheld from at least five Congressional investigations -- including in 1975 and 1976, when Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were top officials for then-President Gerald Ford. Even worse, the Final Report of the Review Board created by JFK Act shows that files covering the time period of the Chicago attempt to kill JFK were destroyed by the Secret Service in 1995. A report by the government oversight group OMB Watch says that "well over one million CIA records" related to JFK's assassination remain unreleased, perhaps until the mandatory release date of 2017 -- thought in a court filing last year, the CIA claimed the right to withhold file even after that date.

With a new administration promising less government secrecy, it's time to finally fully enforce the 1992 JFK Act, and release all the files. The Obama administration is considering new rules about more open government, but until federal agencies are compelled to comply with existing laws, how can we expect the agencies to follow new procedures?

Likewise, Congress should ask agency heads why they haven't complied with the 1992 law -- and why agencies like the CIA still fight in court to keep clearly relevant files away from the public, the press, and Congress.

There were legitimate national security concerns about some of these issues in 1963, and for decades thereafter. In 2005, the National Archives confirmed the release of files showing that in 1963, John and Robert Kennedy were working with Juan Almeida, Commander of the Cuban Army, to overthrow Fidel Castro. CIA files show the coup (code-named AMWORLD by the CIA) was set for December 1, 1963, ten days after JFK's trip to Dallas. Other declassified files show that Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy had been making plans for dealing with the possible "assassination of American officials" if Castro found out about the Kennedys' coup plan, and tried to retaliate. That's why the attempt to kill JFK in Chicago (and a later attempt in Tampa) were kept out of the press by the Kennedys.

The thinking behind such plans -- and worries that the revelation of the Kennedy coup plan could trigger another nuclear confrontation with the Soviets if exposed just a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis -- was behind most of the secrecy surrounding JFK's assassination. That's because Commander Almeida remained unexposed and in place -- as Cuba's #3 official -- for many years after JFK's murder. However, some US officials -- like the CIA's Richard Helms and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover -- used the legitimate concern of protecting Almeida and his family to hide their own intelligence failures. Hence, all of that information had been withheld from the Warren Commission and at least five later government and Congressional investigating committees.

We only uncovered the JFK-Almeida coup plan with the help of almost two dozen people who worked with John and Robert Kennedy on the coup plan, their war against the Mafia, and their tragic aftermath. One of them indicated that Robert Kennedy was aware of Bolden's plight and wanted to help, but "couldn't" do anything about it at the time -- and in the context of the coup plan and the plans to protect it we had just been discussing, it was clear why. Any intervention on Bobby's part could have unraveled a veil of National Security secrecy that could have led to World War III.

Our sources and all the new documents don't show any vast conspiracy to kill JFK -- they confirm what Bobby Kennedy himself came to believe, after several secret investigations by his trusted associates: that members of the Mafia had been behind his brother's assassination. (The three mob bosses -- Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, and Johnny Rosselli -- all made credible confessions to JFK's murder before they died.) Though the Mafia had been barred from the coup plan and from reopening their casinos in Cuba if it were successful, a dozen associates of the mob bosses managed to learn about the JFK-Almeida coup plan. Six mob associates -- including CIA agent Bernard Barker, and CIA Miami operations chief David Morales -- actually worked on the coup plan. The mob bosses used the intense secrecy surrounding the JFK-Almeida coup plan to prevent a thorough investigation into JFK's death by planting phony evidence implicating Fidel Castro. Because of the resulting cover-ups, high officials who believed that Fidel was involved in JFK's murder -- from President Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s to Reagan's Secretary of State Alexander Haig in the 1980s -- didn't realize the evidence was false and linked to the Mafia.

None of that was known to Abraham Bolden -- or the public -- when Bolden went to Washington in the Spring of 1964 to tell the Warren Commission staff about the Chicago plot against JFK. It's now clear that an associate of Rosselli and Trafficante -- Chicago mobster Richard Cain, who was a high official in the Cook Country/Chicago Sheriff's department -- was in the perfect position to frame Bolden.

Abraham Bolden paid a heavy price for trying to tell the truth about events involving the man he was sworn to protect -- JFK -- that became mired in National Security concerns. Bolden still lives in Chicago, and has never given up trying to clear his name.

Will Abraham Bolden live to finally see the justice so long denied to him?

Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. For Bolden, it was a dream come true—and an encouraging sign of the charismatic president’s vision for a new America. Both prior to and following JFK’s assassination, Bolden sought to expose and address the inappropriate behavior and negligence of these agents, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy that resulted in his conviction and imprisonment on a trumped-up bribery charge. A gripping memoir substantiated by recently declassified government documents, "The Echo from Dealey Plaza" is the story of the terrible price paid by one man for his commitment to truth and justice, as well as a shocking new perspective on the circumstances surrounding the death of a beloved president.

Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. For Bolden, it was a dream come true—and an encouraging sign of the charismatic president’s vision for a new America. Both prior to and following JFK’s assassination, Bolden sought to expose and address the inappropriate behavior and negligence of these agents, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy that resulted in his conviction and imprisonment on a trumped-up bribery charge. A gripping memoir substantiated by recently declassified government documents, "The Echo from Dealey Plaza" is the story of the terrible price paid by one man for his commitment to truth and justice, as well as a shocking new perspective on the circumstances surrounding the death of a beloved president.

James H. Fetzer took issue with a 1998 statement from Federal Judge John R. Tunheim, the Chair of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), who stated that no "smoking guns" indicating a conspiracy or cover-up were discovered during their efforts in the early 1990s to declassify documents related to the assassination. Fetzer identified 16 "smoking guns" which he claims prove the official narrative is impossible, and therefore a conspiracy and cover-up occurred. He claims that evidence released by the ARRB substantiates these concerns. These include problems with bullet trajectories, the murder weapon, the ammunition used, inconsistencies between the Warren Commission's account and the autopsy findings, inconsistencies between the autopsy findings and what was reported by witnesses at the scene of the murder, eyewitness accounts that conflict with x-rays taken of the President's body, indications that the diagrams and photos of the President's brain in the National Archives are not the President's, testimony by those who took and processed the autopsy photos that the photos were altered, created, or destroyed, indications that the Zapruder film had been tampered with, allegations that the Warren Commission's version of events conflicts with news reports from the scene of the murder, an alleged change to the motorcade route which facilitated the assassination, an alleged lax Secret Service and local law enforcement security, and statements by people who claim that they had knowledge of, or participated in, a conspiracy to kill the President.[32]

JFK Facts, My three JFK theories, Jonathan Morley, Sept. 7, 2013. http://jfkfacts.org/assassination/experts/my-three-jfk-theories/ I have three of them. Theory #1: the “lone nut” theory hypothesizes that President Kennedy was killed by one man for no reason who was then killed by another man for no reason. When I subject this theory to experimentation, I find some supportive evidence but not nearly enough to confirm it. Theory #2 is the “national security faction” theory: that JFK was killed by enemies of his policies in the national security agencies of his own government who arranged for the blame to fall on the “lone nut.”  When I subject this theory to experimentation I find more supportive evidence but not enough to identify the intellectual authors of the hypothesized plot. So I cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any one person was guilty of conspiracy. Theory #3 is the “wrongful death” theory: In this perspective, I look at the case of the murdered president as a civil, not a criminal, matter; not as a homicide, but as a wrongful death. One can argue that this approach is evasive and/or sophistic but it is method of judgment well established in American law. I am not looking to prove “conspiracy,” a criminal charge that requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt for verification. I am looking to assign responsibility for a “wrongful death,” a civil verdict based on the preponderance of evidence. When I subject this theory to verification, I find the preponderance of evidence shows that up to a dozen senior CIA undercover operations officers reporting to deputy director Richard Helms and counterintelligence chief James Angleton may be guilty of negligence in the wrongful death of JFK. To me this is the most plausible theory of JFK’ s death but its “status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation.” Thus I cannot report it as a matter of actual fact or exclude the other two theories from consideration.

 

To briefly review, the facts are conclusive that JFK was on terrible terms with the CIA and the Joint Chiefs. He had refused to support the CIA-organized Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. He had rejected the Joint Chiefs' "Operation Northwoods," a plan to commit real and faked acts of violence against Americans, blame Castro and use the false flag events to bring regime change to Cuba. He had rejected the Joint Chiefs case that the Soviet Union should be attacked while the US held the advantage and before the Soviets could develop delivery systems for nuclear weapons. He had indicated that after his re-election he was going to pull US troops out of Vietnam and that he was going to break the CIA into a thousand pieces. He had aroused suspicion by working behind the scenes with Khrushchev to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis, leading to claims that he was "soft on communism." The CIA and Joint Chiefs' belief that JFK was an unreliable ally in the war against communism spread into the Secret Service.

It has been established that the original autopsy of JFK's fatal head wound was discarded and a faked one substituted in order to support the official story that Oswald shot JFK from behind. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and President Johnson knew that Oswald was the CIA's patsy, but they also understood, as did members of the Warren Commission, that to let the true story out would cause Americans to lose confidence in their own government at the height of the Cold War.

Fletcher Prouty JFK and CIA BookMother Jones, The Real Conspiracy Behind the JFK Assassination, Oswald was the lone shooter, but there was a plot involved in the president's death—and it was in plain sight, David Corn, Nov. 22, 2013. For 50 years, the murder of President John F. Kennedy has prompted dark suspicions about what led to those tragic moments in Dallas' Dealey Plaza. Hidden-hand theories about the assassination fueled numerous movies and books in the years that followed and shaped a national culture of conspiracy. The Oswald-didn't-do-it (or didn't-do-it-alone) theory is the granddaddy of conspiracy theories; it paved the way for alternative (and sinister) explanations for a variety of events, including the assassinations or RFK and MLK Jr. and the 9/11 attacks. The JFK theorizing—which, in certain cases, posits that a cabal of government evildoers schemed the most notorious crime of 20th-century America—made The X Files possible.

Like many late-year boomers, I grew up fascinated by the speculation, poring over the latest "revelations" and initially believing the worst—at one point, when I was 13, my best friend and I called Parkland Hospital in Dallas and asked to be connected to the wing where the supposedly still-alive Kennedy was being housed—but I came to conclude that much of the conspiracy-mongering was bunk.  But as I spent more time investigating and reporting national security matters, I came to the realization that government officials, spies, and operatives tend not to be sufficiently competent to pull off the murder of a president (with a well-placed patsy as the fall guy!) and then mount a subsequent and wildly effective cover-up. Still, I've resisted getting drawn too far into the Kennedy conspiracy debates—a true black hole. But if you're asking, I do believe that Kennedy was likely killed as the result of underhanded alliances and government misdeeds. It's just that what transpired was more nuanced than a CIA-Mafia-Castro-Soviet-Lyndon-Johnson plot. I assume that Oswald shot the president. That loses me many JFK truthers. But the story of what brought this one man to the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository is what's important and probably indeed the tale of an actual conspiracy—one that was in plain sight at the time.

Huffington Post, Filibuster Reform: The Stakes for 2014, Robert Kuttner, Nov. 24, 2013. The Senate Democrats' lond-deferred success in reforming the filibuster rule for executive branch and judicial appointments will have reverberations that are only gradually being appreciated. Not only will 76 long-blocked appointments -- a record -- now go forward in short order. Obama, if he chooses, will be able to appoint more robust progressives. One of the best pieces of news in the filibuster story was the report that Obama personally got into the act, working the phones to help enlist the last few Democratic votes for reform. This may bode well for more hands-on leadership by a president whose trademark has been reticence.

JFK with Jackie in car Creative Commons from Walt Cisco

 

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Bolden, Anthony. Echo from Dealey Plaza.

Colhoun, Jack. Gangsterismo: The United States, Cuba, and the Mafia 1933-1966. OR Books, 2013.

Haslam, Edward T. Dr. Mary's Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans, and Cancer-causing Monkey Viruses are Linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, the JFK Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics. TrineDay, 2007.

Holt, Chauncey. Self-Portrait of a Scoundrel. TrineDay, 2013.

Kiel, Andrew. J. Edgar Hoover: The Father of the Cold War.

McBride, Joseph. Into the Nightmare. Hightower, 2013.

Titovets, Ernst. Oswald Russian Episode. Monlitera, 2007.

Turner, William. The Assassination of JFK.

Weeber, Stan. The Denton Connection.

Oswald’s CIA file

The documents on the JFK assassination released by the federal government in the past few years show the CIA had an intelligence file on Oswald.

His “201″ CIA file, a personality file, was numbered No. 39-61981, with the “39” denoting an intelligence file, Corsi points out.

The Mary Ferrell Foundation has made public 50,000 pages of documents from Oswald’s CIA file, including a small selection of the pre-assassination file, followed by a huge collection of post-assassination documents pertaining to the Warren Commission and other subsequent investigations of the JFK assassination.

Oswald’s 201 CIA file was opened by Counter Intelligence officer Elizabeth “Ann” Egerter in December 1960.

The pre-assassination part of Oswald’s 201 CIA file shows the CIA followed, step by step, every move Oswald made to return to the United States after “defecting” to the Soviet Union, says Corsi.

As early as October 1960, while the presidential campaign between Nixon and Kennedy was still going on, the Department of State undertook a project to identify and research all Americans who had defected to the Soviet Union, to Soviet bloc nations or to communist China.

At the Department of State’s “Office of Intelligence/Resources and Coordination,” Robert B. Elwood wrote to Richard Bissell, then CIA’s deputy director for plans – the position from which Bissell began planning under the Eisenhower administration the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

The assignment at the State Department fell to Otto F. Otepka, deputy director of the State Department Office of Security. Bissell shipped the file to James Angleton at CIA counter intelligence and to Robert L. Bannerman, the CIA deputy chief of security.

According to former military intelligence officer John Newman in his 1995 book “Oswald and the CIA,” Bannerman said the opening of Oswald’s “201 file” regarding his defection to the Soviet Union “would have all gone through Angleton.” The 201 opening was something on which “we worked very closely with Angleton and his staff,” Bannerman recalled.

At the CIA, Otepka continued to add to Oswald’s 201 file, noting key “red flags,” such as when Oswald applied for and received a U.S. passport on one day’s notice to return to the United States. Oswald also received an extra visa a month and a half before he left Russia, apparently so his Russian wife could accompany him home.

Otepka also added to Oswald’s file, according to Corsi, when he learned Oswald had received a State Department loan that made his return to the U.S. possible financially. There are indications in the file that Attorney General Bobby Kennedy was aware of Oswald and his 201 file a year and a half before the JFK assassination.

The Justice Department evidently intervened with the Dallas Police, asking them not to pursue, investigate or arrest Oswald for allegedly firing a shot at Gen. Edwin Walker in Dallas prior to the Kennedy assassination.

Walker urged the House Select Committee on Investigations to look into the extraordinary intervention that traced back to Bobby Kennedy.

Oswald and the FBI

“As remarkable as it seems, the evidence suggests Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination was on the payroll of the FBI,” says Corsi.

J. Lee Rankin, the general counsel of the Warren Commission, wrote a memo to the file in January 1964 documenting that a reliable source informed him of journalists in Texas who commonly knew Oswald was receiving a monthly check of $200 from the FBI.

In that letter, as reproduced in the archives preserved by the Mary Ferrell Foundation online, Rankin documents that on Jan. 22, 1964, he received a telephone call from Waggoner Carr, attorney general of Texas, communicating on a confidential basis an allegation that Oswald had been an undercover agent for the FBI since September 1962 and had been paid $200 a month from an account designated as No. 179.

Rankin’s letter further documents that on Jan. 23, 1964, Secret Service Report No. 766 summarized an interview conducted by FBI agent Bertram with Houston Post reporter Alonso H. Hudkins III that read in part:

    On December 19, Mr. Hudkins advised that he had just returned from a weekend in Dallas, during which time he talked to Allen Sweatt, Chief Criminal Division, Sheriff’s Office, Dallas. Chief Sweatt mentioned that it was his opinion that Lee Harvey Oswald was being paid $200 a month by the FBI as an informant in connection with their subversive investigation. He furnished the alleged informant number assigned to Oswald by the FBI as “S172.”

Rankin, says Corsi, further affirmed that District Attorney Wade in Dallas and “others of the Texas representatives” stated the rumors that Oswald was an undercover agent were widely held among members of the press in Dallas and that Melvin Belli, attorney for Jack Ruby, was aware of the allegations.

Wade further told Rankin that Oswald was an informant for the CIA, carrying No. 110669.

As documented by the proceedings of the Warren Commission’s executive session Jan. 27, 1964, another document archived online by the Mary Ferrell Foundation, Rankin presented to the commissioners the allegations of Oswald’s connections to the FBI and the CIA.

At that meeting, Rankin made clear his intention to cover up the information when he told the commission, “We do have a dirty rumor that is very bad for the commission, and it is very damaging to the agencies that are involved in it, and it must be wiped out so insofar as it is possible to do so by this commission.”

At the Warren Commission’s executive session on Jan. 27, 1964, commissioner Allen Dulles commented in concluding the discussion of the information Oswald was a paid FBI agent: “I think this record ought to be destroyed. Do you think we need a record of this?”

Corsi contends the Warren Commission suppressed evidence of Oswald’s relationship with the FBI, precisely because the information undermined the commission’s central conclusion that Oswald was the lone assassin.

Corsi says the evidence shows Oswald was a patriotic U.S. citizen who earned his employment as a well-trained intelligence operative, with his primary allegiance to the CIA. It could be, Corsi concludes, “a key part of the deep secret the CIA could not afford the U.S. public to know in the aftermath of the JFK assassination when the Warren Report was issued in 1964.”

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JFKcountercoup, Truth Behind Robert K. Tannenbaum’s “Corrupton of Blood,” Bill Kelly, May 1, 2013. http://jfkcountercoup.blogspot.com/2013/05/truth-behind-robert-k-tannenbaums.html
Robert K. Tannenbaum’s “Corrupton of Blood” (Signet, 1992) Reconsidered.

As the former NYC prosecutor who led the last official investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy by House Select Committee on Assassination,
I was at first glad to learn that Robert K. Tanenbaum wrote a book, since he certainly had an important story to tell.

But I was disappointed when he told me - at the 1992 COPA national conference in DC, that the book was a fictional novel rather than an accurate and historical account of how that investigation was co-opted by co-opted politicians and the CIA.

Because I could not cite it as a reliable research source in my work, my copy of Tanenbaum’s “Corruption of Blood” (Signet 1992) sat on the book shelf for years, and I only recently got around to reading it and finding it worthwhile to comment on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_K._Tanenbaum Robert K. Tanenbaum is a nationally renowned trial attorney, legal expert and commentator, and best-selling novelist.
Robert K. Tanenbaum is a nationally renowned trial attorney, legal expert and commentator, and best-selling novelist.

Robert K. Tanenbaum, born in Brooklyn, New York, attended the University of California, Berkeley on a basketball scholarship where he earned a B.A. He received his law degree (J.D.) from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.[1]
Legal Career

It was under the leadership of legendary District Attorney, Frank Hogan, who ran an apolitical meritocracy, where Tanenbaum learned about trial preparedness and presenting evidence to a jury as an Assistant New York County District Attorney in Manhattan. Through hard work, fierce discipline and high achievement, Tanenbaum became head of the famed Homicide Bureau, served as Chief of the Criminal Courts, and was in charge of the D.A.'s legal staff training program. During his time in the D.A.'s office, Robert K. Tanenbaum built his reputation as a force for good by prosecuting the toughest cases to conviction of hundreds of violent criminals and depraved repeat offenders. He never lost a felony case.[2]

After his tenure in Manhattan's D.A.'s office, Robert K. Tanenbaum served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations to investigate the John F. Kennedy assassination and the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination.[3] In 1988 he appeared in the documentary "The Men Who Killed Kennedy."

In private practice, notably, he was a special prosecution consultant on the Hillside Strangler case in Los Angeles; defended Amy Grossberg in her sensationalized baby death case; and represented eight black plaintiffs in a significant racial profiling case.[4]

He taught Advanced Criminal Procedure for four years at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He conducts continuing legal education seminars for practicing lawyers in California, New York and Pennsylvania.[5][3] He remains a member of the State Bars of New York, Pennsylvania and California.
Political Career

Robert K. Tanenbaum served two terms as Mayor of Beverly Hills and was a City Council Member for eight years.[6] He also ran D.A. Frank Hogan's re-election campaign for District Attorney in 1973.[7]
Literary Career

Robert K. Tanenbaum is the author of 28 books; 25 novels and 3 nonfiction works. The Piano Teacher is the story of a psychotic killer. Badge of the Assassin recalls the true account of Tanenbaum's investigation and trial of self-proclaimed members of the Black Liberation Army who assassinated two NYPD police officers, Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini. It was later adapted into a movie titled Badge of the Assassin, starring James Woods as Tanenbaum.

Tanenbaum's signature masterpiece, Echoes of My Soul was published in May 2013 by Kensington Books and was named 'Pick of the Week' by Publisher's Weekly in its April 22, 2013 edition. It is the true story of one of the most intense manhunts in police history—and of the young District Attorney who exonerated the unjustly accused, brought the killer/ rapist to justice and forever reformed law enforcement practices, paving the way for the Miranda Decision.


Probe, The Probe Interview: Bob Tanenbaum, Staff report, July-August, 1996. http://www.jfk-info.com/pr796.htm Robert K. Tanenbaum was chosen by Richard Sprague to be the House Select Committee's first Deputy Counsel in charge of the John Kennedy murder investigation. Last year he wrote a fictionalized account of that experience entitled Corruption of Blood.The book was released as a mass market paperback this year in a million copy print run, the first highly successful release in the field since Case Closed. He was recently the keynote speaker at the 1995 COPA Conference in Washington.

Bob attained his law degree at UC Berkeley's distinguished Boalt Hall in 1968. In New York he served under legendary DA Frank Hogan where he rose to Deputy Chief of the Homicide Bureau, garnering an unbeatable record: he never lost a murder case.

Bob felt morally resigned to leave the HSCA after Sprague's forced departure. He has stated, "at that time I had a three year old daughter. . .and I didn't want her to read about American history that I knew to be absolutely false, that her father may have participated in."

In Los Angeles, he has had a multi-faceted career. Although he is still in private practice, he recently served as Mayor of Beverly Hills. He has also written several books based on his legal career. Two of them were non-fiction, The Piano Teacher and Badge of the Assassin. The latter became a film starring James Woods and includes two detectives Tanenbaum used on the HSCA: Cliff Fenton and L. J. Delsa. Bob has written six fictional books based on his Butch Karp character, a New York City Assistant District Attorney. Bob kindly granted Probe's Jim DiEugenio an interview at his home in Beverly Hills, which he shares with his wife of 29 years and two children. The following are only excerpts from a candid 85 minute talk that can be obtained in the current catalog.

Biggest Whistleblower in JFK Case Ignored

The dwindling number of Americans who profess to believe the official story that Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy and did it alone may be divided into two basic groups, those who know next to nothing about the facts of the case and those whose livelihoods depend upon believing it.   Actually, there is a considerable degree of overlap between the two groups.  Among the second group of assorted journalists, academics, politicians, government functionaries, etc., there are a considerable number who have decided that the course of ignorance is the safer one to take in such a sensitive matter as this.  There is also a good deal of interaction among the two groups.  The knowledgeable ones in the second group have had to work extra hard convincing the others that it is not even necessary that they know anything about the facts of the JFK assassination in order to have a firm opinion in favor of the official position.  For this they have had to draw heavily upon the “Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression.”

The most encompassing of the techniques is #11, what I call reasoning backward or using the deductive method exclusively.  In its baldest form, it begins with the premise that the government and major news media are completely trustworthy and all the messy contrary facts that we might encounter must be molded and shaped to fit that premise.  In the JFK case we see the technique in a microcosm when FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover proclaimed the guilt of Oswald the very next day, before there was any investigation at all, and the facts were then lined up to fit that conclusion.  Anything that goes against conclusions grounded in the essential probity of the government and our major opinion molders may be dismissed as “conspiracy theory.”

While this supposed argument amounts to little more than the schoolyard name-calling of technique #5, it can wear some pseudo-intellectual trappings.  A favorite one is to invoke the observations of the famous philosopher, Sir Karl Popper, as we see Barack Obama’s “information czar,” Cass Sunstein doing here:

Karl Popper famously argued that conspiracy theories overlook the pervasive unintended consequences of political and social action; they assume that all consequences must have been intended by someone.

Here Sunstein pulls in a bit of technique #4, setting up a ridiculous straw man who would argue that everything is secretly manipulated from behind the scenes, while suggesting that even the most obvious things aren’t.

A favorite blanket argument against the possibility of successful conspiracy, that is, of those who would substitute pure deduction for the examination of evidence, is that some participant in the conspiracy would inevitably spill the beans, we would then all find out about it through the workings of our wonderful free press, and then our vaunted justice system would spring into action and the perpetrators of the high-level crime would be duly punished.

But we can do better than a mere lowly whistleblower or leaker.  What about a lead investigator of the case who has been thwarted and forced into resignation just as he was about to blow it wide open?  If there were any such person in the Kennedy assassination case we would surely know about it, wouldn’t we?

Ladies and gentleman, I give you Robert K. Tanenbaum as he writes in the introduction of Mark Lane’s 2011 book, Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK:


Washington Post, Amazon Web Services wins court case over CIA cloud contract, Marjorie Censer, Oct. 13, 2013. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/amazon-web-services-wins-court-case-over-cia-cloud-contract/2013/10/11/ee55f050-2b7e-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html Amazon Web Services has prevailed in its lawsuit against the government over a cloud computing contract with the CIA, but competitor IBM has vowed to appeal the decision. The two companies have been sparring over the high-profile contract, which was first awarded to Amazon. (Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post and Capital Business.) IBM protested the award to the Government Accountability Office, which found merit in the complaint and recommended the CIA reopen the competition. Amazon Web Services then took the battle to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Judge Thomas C. Wheeler granted Amazon’s motion and restored the original contract in a ruling last week. The CIA “and AWS may immediately resume performance of the [commercial cloud services] contract,” the judge wrote. Amazon said in a statement that it looks “forward to resuming our work on this important contract,” but IBM said in its own statement that it plans to appeal. “This court decision seems especially inappropriate in light of the current times, since IBM’s bid was superior in many ways, including being substantially more cost-effective,” the company added. The CIA said in a statement that it’s “pleased that it can now move forward with procuring critical cloud services for the intelligence community.”


WMR, Zero mainstream media coverage of Oswald memorial service, Wayne Madsen, Nov. 25, 2013.  http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20131125 On a gray and bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, a group of about twenty John F. Kennedy assassination researchers joined Judyth Varyn Baker, the girlfriend of CIA and FBI informant Lee Harvey Oswald, framed for the assassination of Kennedy, at Rose Hill Memorial Cemetery in Fort Worth for a brief service. November 25 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Oswald by the mob- and CIA-connected Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby, aka Jacob Rubenstein, while under law enforcement escort at the Dallas police station.

Is It Time for a Truth Commission on the JFK Murder?


 

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Justice Integrity Project Readers Guide To JFK Assassination

  1. Project Launches JFK Assassination Readers' Guide, Oct. 16, 2013. The Justice Integrity Project will provide a consumer's guide this fall to the many books and events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
  2. Project Provides JFK Readers Guide To New Books, Videos, Oct. 26, 2013. This is a list of new books and films this year.
  3. Project Lists JFK Assassination Books, Archives, Reports & Videos, Nov. 2, 2013. Provided below is a leading books, films and archives from the last 50 years regarding the JFK assassination in 1963.
  4. Disputes Erupt Over NY Times, New Yorker, WashPo Reviews of JFK Murder, Nov. 7, 2013.
  5. Self-Censorship In JFK TV Treatments Duplicates Corporate Print Media's Apathy, Cowardice, Nov. 7, 2013.
  6. 'Puppetry' Hardback Launched Nov. 19 at DC Author Forum on ‘White House Mysteries & Media,’ Nov. 19, 2013.
 

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Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary at JFK gravesite Nov. 20, 2013 OpEdNews, The Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Later, Paul Craig Roberts, Nov. 22, 2013.The true story of JFK's murder has never been officially admitted, although the conclusion that JFK was murdered by a plot involving the Secret Service, the CIA,nd the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been well established by years of research, such as that provided by James W. Douglass in his book, JFK And The Unspeakable, published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. Ignore Douglass' interest in the Trappist monk Thomas Merton and Merton's prediction and focus on the heavily documented research that Douglass provides. Or just turn to the contemporary films, taken by tourists watching JFK's motorcade that are available on YouTube, which show clearly the Secret Service pulled from President Kennedy's limo just prior to his assassination, and the Zapruder film that shows the killing shot to have come from President Kennedy's right front, blowing off the back of his head, not from the rear as postulated in the Warren Commission Report, which would have pushed his head forward, not rearward. I am not going to write about the assassination to the extent that the massive information permits. Those who want to know already know. Those who cannot face the music will never be able to confront the facts regardless of what I or anyone else writes or reveals.

National Press Club, The Stress, Doubts and Resolve of Covering the Kennedy Assassination, Gil Klein, Nov. 24, 2013. Dan Rather, a young reporter for CBS News, was the first to report that President John F. Kennedy was dead. Through the prism of a half-century since President Kennedy’s assassination, two veteran CBS correspondents who were reporting that day –- Rather in Dallas and Marvin Kalb in Washington –- examined Friday on “The Kalb Report” what happened that day and its impact on the nation. Dan Rather and Marvin Kalb at National Press Club (Noel St. John Photo)The program took place on the actual anniversary of the assassination, and hundreds of people crowded into the ballroom to watch. Kalb, right in the photo by Noel St. John, noted that while CBS Radio News ran with Rather’s report, CBS Television News and Walter Cronkite waited 12 or 15 minutes for the official report before announcing it to the nation. Despite all of the books, movies and television shows that have conjured conspiracy theories about the assassination, both Rather and Kalb believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy. “No one has convinced me there was a conspiracy,” Rather said. “This is America. We love to doubt as well as to know. My own belief is that beyond a reasonable doubt, there was one shooter and one gun. I think Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter.” But what was the first thought that popped in your mind when Jack Ruby shot Oswald? Kalb asked. “Incredible, almost unbelievable that the assassin has been assassinated in the police department; you couldn’t make this up,” Rather said. “I understand the doubts about Ruby. He was a local nightclub operator known to police. He had some Mafia connections. “But if the Mafia were looking for a hit man, I would suggest that Ruby would be one of the last people,” he said. “But there are hundreds of books that take a different view.”

Mother Jones, The Real Conspiracy Behind the JFK Assassination, Oswald was the lone shooter, but there was a plot involved in the president's death—and it was in plain sight, David Corn, Nov. 22, 2013. For 50 years, the murder of President John F. Kennedy has prompted dark suspicions about what led to those tragic moments in Dallas' Dealey Plaza. Hidden-hand theories about the assassination fueled numerous movies and books in the years that followed and shaped a national culture of conspiracy. The Oswald-didn't-do-it (or didn't-do-it-alone) theory is the granddaddy of conspiracy theories; it paved the way for alternative (and sinister) explanations for a variety of events, including the assassinations or RFK and MLK Jr. and the 9/11 attacks. The JFK theorizing—which, in certain cases, posits that a cabal of government evildoers schemed the most notorious crime of 20th-century America—made The X Files possible.

Jeff Bezos portrait WikipediaWashington Post, Amazon Web Services wins court case over CIA cloud contract, Marjorie Censer, Oct. 13, 2013. Amazon Web Services has prevailed in its lawsuit against the government over a cloud computing contract with the CIA, but competitor IBM has vowed to appeal the decision. The two companies have been sparring over the high-profile contract, which was first awarded to Amazon. (Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Washington Post and Capital Business.) IBM protested the award to the Government Accountability Office, which found merit in the complaint and recommended the CIA reopen the competition. Amazon Web Services then took the battle to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Judge Thomas C. Wheeler granted Amazon’s motion and restored the original contract in a ruling last week. The CIA “and AWS may immediately resume performance of the [commercial cloud services] contract,” the judge wrote. Amazon said in a statement that it looks “forward to resuming our work on this important contract,” but IBM said in its own statement that it plans to appeal. “This court decision seems especially inappropriate in light of the current times, since IBM’s bid was superior in many ways, including being substantially more cost-effective,” the company added. The CIA said in a statement that it’s “pleased that it can now move forward with procuring critical cloud services for the intelligence community.”

Lee Harvey Oswald Grave (Photo by Wayne Madsen with permission)WMR, Zero mainstream media coverage of Oswald memorial service, Wayne Madsen, Nov. 25, 2013 (Subscription required. Excerpted and photo of Oswald gravesite used with permission.) On a gray and bitterly cold Sunday afternoon, a group of about twenty John F. Kennedy assassination researchers joined Judyth Varyn Baker, the girlfriend of CIA and FBI informant Lee Harvey Oswald, framed for the assassination of Kennedy, at Rose Hill Memorial Cemetery in Fort Worth for a brief service. November 25 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Oswald by the mob- and CIA-connected Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby, aka Jacob Rubenstein, while under law enforcement escort at the Dallas police station.

Like many late-year boomers, I grew up fascinated by the speculation, poring over the latest "revelations" and initially believing the worst—at one point, when I was 13, my best friend and I called Parkland Hospital in Dallas and asked to be connected to the wing where the supposedly still-alive Kennedy was being housed—but I came to conclude that much of the conspiracy-mongering was bunk.  But as I spent more time investigating and reporting national security matters, I came to the realization that government officials, spies, and operatives tend not to be sufficiently competent to pull off the murder of a president (with a well-placed patsy as the fall guy!) and then mount a subsequent and wildly effective cover-up. Still, I've resisted getting drawn too far into the Kennedy conspiracy debates—a true black hole. But if you're asking, I do believe that Kennedy was likely killed as the result of underhanded alliances and government misdeeds. It's just that what transpired was more nuanced than a CIA-Mafia-Castro-Soviet-Lyndon-Johnson plot. I assume that Oswald shot the president. That loses me many JFK truthers. But the story of what brought this one man to the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository is what's important and probably indeed the tale of an actual conspiracy—one that was in plain sight at the time.

Washington Post, A plaza called Dealey: The birthplace of the JFK mystery that will never die, Joel Achenbach, Nov. 21, 2013. The official story, first promulgated by the Warren Commission, describes the assassination as the act of one man. The Oswald-acting-alone narrative is a small one, and kind of meaningless. The assassination, in this telling of events, was an unlucky alignment of the stars. Which suggests that history can pivot more or less randomly. There is a special terror in that — the notion that huge things can happen for no good reason.

Paul WarburgWashington Post, Timothy Geithner to join the private equity firm Warburg Pincus, David Koenig, Nov. 16, 2013. Former U.S. Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, who played a central role in the government’s response to the financial crisis of 2008-2009, is joining private equity firm Warburg Pincus. The firm announced Saturday that Geithner will become its president and managing director starting March 1. Geithner led the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for more than five years before being becoming Treasury secretary in 2009. By that time, the economy had sunk into a deep recession. Few Treasury secretaries received as much scrutiny. Supporters credited Geithner with helping prevent the recession from spiraling into a second Great Depression, but critics said he was too cozy with Wall Street.

Presidential Puppety: Obama, Romney and Their MastesJFK Facts, My three JFK theories, Jonathan Morley, Sept. 7, 2013. I have three of them. Theory #1: the “lone nut” theory hypothesizes that President Kennedy was killed by one man for no reason who was then killed by another man for no reason. When I subject this theory to experimentation, I find some supportive evidence but not nearly enough to confirm it. Theory #2 is the “national security faction” theory: that JFK was killed by enemies of his policies in the national security agencies of his own government who arranged for the blame to fall on the “lone nut.”  When I subject this theory to experimentation I find more supportive evidence but not enough to identify the intellectual authors of the hypothesized plot. So I cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any one person was guilty of conspiracy. Theory #3 is the “wrongful death” theory: In this perspective, I look at the case of the murdered president as a civil, not a criminal, matter; not as a homicide, but as a wrongful death. One can argue that this approach is evasive and/or sophistic but it is method of judgment well established in American law. I am not looking to prove “conspiracy,” a criminal charge that requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt for verification. I am looking to assign responsibility for a “wrongful death,” a civil verdict based on the preponderance of evidence. When I subject this theory to verification, I find the preponderance of evidence shows that up to a dozen senior CIA undercover operations officers reporting to deputy director Richard Helms and counterintelligence chief James Angleton may be guilty of negligence in the wrongful death of JFK. To me this is the most plausible theory of JFK’ s death but its “status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation.” Thus I cannot report it as a matter of actual fact or exclude the other two theories from consideration.

Memory Hole, Jeremy Scahill Attacks Alex Jones, James F. Tracy, Nov. 26, 2013. Progressive-left media icon Jeremy Scahill told a caller to C-SPAN’s Book TV that Austin Texas talk show host Alex Jones is a “lunatic” and a significant detriment to “real journalism that journalists are doing.” Scahill was asked who he thought represented “the most legimate … form of journalism”–Jones or Amy Goodman. The writer then proceeded to call Jones an “absolute, die-hard lunatic, and to even mention him in the same sentence as Amy Goodman is an incredible insult to Amy Goodman [sic].”  The progressive author’s outburst begs the question, What exactly is “real journalism”? What are the characteristics of “alternative media”? Who has a legitimate claim to that mantle? And, what broader interests do attacks like these serve? This arguably has far less to do with journalistic legitimacy and a sincere regard for truth than it does with the less-apparent forces that seek to define political debate–and division.

WND, Report: Kennedy assassin was on FBI payroll, Staff report, Sept. 17, 2013. Author says Bill O'Reilly 'uncritically repeats the Warren Commission lie.' http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/report-kennedy-assassin-was-on-fbi-payroll/#DJDJWDvvyRgI5Phu.99 In his bestseller Killing Kennedy, author and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly “uncritically repeats the Warren Commission lie” that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of President John F. Kennedy, charges Jerome Corsi, author of the newly released Who Really Killed Kennedy? 50 Years Later: Stunning New Revelations about the JFK Assassination. Corsi, whose new book has overtaken O’Reilly’s on the Amazon list of top sellers about JFK, argues O’Reilly fails to take into account the extensive documentation produced over the last 50 years indicating Oswald was an agent of the federal government with an extensive CIA intelligence file that stretched back to 1957. O’Reilly, says Corsi, uncritically presents Oswald as a communist-sympathizer who defected to the Soviet Union, without mentioning the documentary record. Corsi, in his book, presents evidence that Oswald was a double agent in the “false defector program” in which the U.S. government encouraged military troops loyal to the United States to engage in a ruse in which they would defect to the Soviet Union to gain access to the inside operations of the KGB. Secret details of JFK’s assassination are finally unlocked. O’Reilly also does not mention the evidence that Oswald was being paid by the FBI as an informant in November 1963, prior to the assassination. Corsi says the Warren Commission suppressed the information, concluding Oswald had no affiliation with U.S. intelligence agencies. Corsi asks: “Was Bill O’Reilly simply unaware of this documentary evidence when he co-authored Killing Kennedy’?

WTAE-TV Pittsburgh, Cyril Wecht on JFK assassination: Let's uncover the truth, Staff report, Oct 17, 2013. Forensic pathologist participates in symposium at Duquesne University.

FoxNews.com, Robert Kennedy stole JFK's brain after assassination, new book claims, Staff report, Oct. 20, 2013. The brother of John F. Kennedy may have stolen the late president's brain from the National Archives, a new book claims. “Not all the evidence from the assassination is at the National Archives. One unique, macabre item from the collection is missing -- President Kennedy’s brain,” James Swanson writes in End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, the New York Post reported. According to Swanson, during John F. Kennedy's autopsy, the brain was placed in a container and temporarily stored in a Secret Service file cabinet before being put in a footlocker with other medical evidence in the National Archives. Some claim that the brain was stolen to hide the fact that John F. Kennedy was shot from the front instead of the official version of events -- that is was from behind. According to the New York Post, Swanson claims Robert Kennedy stole the brain not to conceal evidence of a conspiracy, but maybe to hide the extent of the president's illnesses or the number of medications he was taking.

WND, Did George H.W. Bush witness JFK assassination? FBI files, newspaper ad and curious photos raise questions, Staff report, Sept. 17, 2013. Despite his claims to the contrary, there is documentary evidence that George H. W. Bush was in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and was affiliated at that time with the CIA, despite protests that he was not associated with the agency until President Gerald R. Ford appointed him director in 1976. Two FBI memos and a photograph of a man standing outside the Texas School Book Depository are among the intriguing items addressed in Jerome Corsi’s new book Who Really Killed Kennedy. The evidence is significant as Corsi broaches the question asked by some researchers of the assassination: Was John F. Kennedy the first presidential victim of the emerging “New World Order” championed by former CIA directors Allen Dulles and George H. W. Bush?

Voice of Russia, JFK: One fact is true, the Warren Commission got it wrong, John Robles interview of Andrew Kreig, Nov. 21, 2013 (Published Nov. 25). People who knew Lee Harvey Oswald and even Oswald himself, maintain to this day that he was just the fall guy for the Kennedy assassination. Although the Warren Commission concluded that the assassination was carried out by a lone shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald, all of the evidence points to at least three. Even the fact that the three shots in six seconds came from different locations and that the bolt action rifle Oswald had had a defective site and could not have physically been reloaded fast enough to fire three shots in six seconds, did not stop the Warren Commission from blaming Oswald. One fact that all scholars and investigators seem to be able to agree on is that some aspects or actors in all of the possible theories may have worked together to assassinate JFK. Researcher and author Andrew Kreig spoke to the Voice of Russia from Dallas Texas on the 22nd of November and shared his insights into the JFK assassination. Hello, this is John Robles. I'm speaking with Andrew Kreig. He is an attorney, the founder and director of the Justice Integrity Project and a legal reform advocate and the author of Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and their Masters. This is an interview in progress.  Just a few moments ago I met Judyth Baker. She is here at this conference. It's interesting that if you dig down people like his widow and Judyth Baker and his mother before she died, they believe he was a patsy just like he said.

Washington Review of Books, The Kennedy Library (Part I), Ronald Goldfarb, Nov. 20, 2013. Today's commentary is the first of two parts in Ronald Goldfarb’s review of the vast Kennedy literature prompted by the 50th anniversary of his death. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was president for less than one term, but more books have been written (along with documentaries and movies) about him, his wife, his father, his brothers, his family, his lovers, than any other president in U.S. history except for Abraham Lincoln. (One estimate – 40,000.) And not only are there shelves of books about all parts of his life, an expansive library of books examine his tragic death in Dallas. Since 2013 is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, every publisher seems to have some book to commemorate JFK in November.  This edition of CapitaLetters will discuss some of the many books on JFK’s life and career. Next week, I will review more of the assassination literature.

Huffington Post, After 45 Years, a Civil Rights Hero Waits for Justice, Thom Hartmann, June 12, 2009. A great miscarriage of justice has kept most Americas from learning about a Civil Rights pioneer who worked with President John F. Kennedy. But there is finally a way for citizens to not only right that wrong, but bring closure to the most tragic chapter of American presidential history. After an outstanding career in law enforcement, Abraham Bolden was appointed by JFK to be the first African American presidential Secret Service agent, where he served with distinction. He was part of the Secret Service effort that prevented JFK's assassination in Chicago, three weeks before Dallas. But Bolden was framed by the Mafia and arrested on the very day he went to Washington to tell the Warren Commission staff about the Chicago attempt against JFK.

 

Catching Our Attention on other Justice, Media & Integrity Issues

Talking Points Memo, Watching the Kennedy Assassination, Josh Marshall, Nov. 25, 2013. I'm almost 45. So I've been watching Kennedy Assassination commemorations my whole life. 50th is a big anniversary - certainly the last big symbolic number when any of the players in the drama will still be alive. But this one was entirely different and unique for me in a way I did not at all expect and in a way that was not entirely tied to the significance of the 50th anniversary milestone itself.  As some of you probably know, CBS News has been playing all the live coverage of the event, aligned with the hour things happened and in real time since the first report of the shooting until now. As I write, the live coverage of Kennedy's funeral is underway. You can see it here. I wrote about part of this last week. But when I wrote I mistakenly thought they had simply posted a video of the first hour of the coverage. As I said on Friday, after watching it for a couple hours I found myself unexpectedly upset by what I saw. This long, ongoing telecast ran only on the web, as far as I know. But I really want to praise CBS for running it in full. This might sound a little grandiose but it makes me think of the Vietnam Memorial, something very understated and yet profound in its impact. For people like me (and the great majority of the population), the Kennedy assassination is part of the landscape of our public memory. There was never a time when it didn't happen. It's a given as much as the Civil War or the air. And public memorials, as much as they try are usually trite or even ridiculous, whether that's tired speeches or garish cable news chyrons. But this approach allowed me to in some very limited sense relive or simply live what happened.

ABC News, U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba, David Ruppe, May 1, 2001. In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba. Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities. The plans were developed as ways to trick the American public and the international community into supporting a war to oust Cuba's then new leader, communist Fidel Castro. America's top military brass even contemplated causing U.S. military casualties, writing: "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." Details of the plans are described in Body of Secrets (Doubleday), a new book by investigative reporter James Bamford about the history of America's largest spy agency, the National Security Agency. However, the plans were not connected to the agency, he notes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods

Washington Post, Afghan accord near collapse due to new demands, Tim Craig and Karen DeYoung, Nov. 25, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a new set of demands, and the Obama administration said it would be forced to begin planning for a complete withdrawal of all U.S. forces at the end of 2014.

Washington Post, Julian Assange unlikely to face U.S. charges over publishing classified documents, Sari Horwitz, Nov. 25, 2013. The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without also prosecuting U.S. news organizations and journalists, according to U.S. officials.

Washington Post, Among U.S. workers, unprecedented anxiety, Tankersley and Scott Clement, Nov. 25, 2013. Fears about jobs and the economy are high, a poll shows, especially among lower-income Americans.

Washington Post, CIA remains behind most drone strikes, despite effort to shift campaign to Defense, Greg Miller, Nov. 25, 2013. The White House vision of shifting responsibility for the drone strikes to the military remains a distant goal.

Newsweek, Muzzling Freedom of Information Act, David Cay Johnston, Nov. 25, 2013. The federal government is making it increasingly difficult, and prohibitively expensive, for journalists to get files that agencies want to keep secret, despite President Obama's pledge of transparency. That's bad news for authors, editors, producers, writers, and publishers, as well as anyone else interested in democratic government. But it is great for ineffective, inefficient, and corrupt federal officials. Federal agencies routinely flout the 1966 Freedom of Information Act, the so-called Open Government Act of 2007 that strengthens the 1966 law, and Obama's 2009 executive order directing agencies to err on the side of disclosure, not secrecy, a host of journalists, public-interest advocates and lawyers tell Newsweek. Specialists in Freedom of Information Act requests say there has been a general tightening up and an increase in denials for both records and fee waivers for journalists. They attribute this to Freedom of Information staff budget cuts and the absence of pushback from Congress. And what of President Obama's directive? "All Obama's executive order did was give agencies that were good about disclosure something to back them, while requiring nothing of the bad actors" who gin up reasons to withhold, says Bradley P. Moss, a Washington lawyer who specializes in access to government records. Moss and others cite the Central Intelligence Agency as obstinate, releasing hardly any information and refusing to comply with laws requiring machine-readable documents, like spreadsheets. The CIA only releases copies of records on plain paper. An egregious example of flouting the law is a recent, undated Justice Department ruling denying a fee waiver to Dennis McDougal, a former Los Angeles  Times reporter and author of 10 books, including investigative biographies of Jack Nicholson, Hollywood mogul and Democratic Party power Lew Wasserman and Times publisher Otis Chandler. McDougal wants Drug Enforcement Administration records of David Wheeler, a shadowy entertainment industry figure who died in 2001. Wheeler was known to hang out in the DEA's San Diego office and make time with secretaries. McDougal (and others) believe he gave agents damaging information on his competitors and, in return, was allowed to run his criminal enterprise. Such records seem to meet the legal standard of information "in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding" of government operations. Sean R. O'Neill, chief of the Justice Department appeals staff, denied McDougal's fee waiver request stating, "It appears that you seek the information to further your commercial interests." O'Neill did not respond to a request for an interview. Corporations asking for government files to learn what competitors are up to are commercial interests that must pay for document searches, but the law treats authors and other journalists differently because they represent the public interest. Big companies and their lawyers flood agencies with such requests and pay the required fees.