Angleton: The role of a ‘master bureaucratic operator’ in the JFK story

I think this might be the most cogent radio interview I did about THE GHOST.

(Just because I was on Lew Rockwell’s show doesn’t mean I agree with this politics.)

Now is a good time to lay to rest the JFK conspiracy theories about George Bush

George H. W. Bush, CIA director

George H. W. Bush, CIA director and future president

(This post was first published on the JFK Facts blog, in different form under a different headline, in March 2013)

The theory that the late President Bush was somehow complicit in JFK’s death has often been heard in the comments section of this site. Exactly how he was involved is rarely explained.

Four claims are adduced to support this theory:

 

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The Watergate burglar and a CIA operation to deflect Cuba’s allegations about JFK’s assassination

Dirty TricksIn his new book, Dirty Tricks: Nixon, Watergate and the CIA, Shane O’Sullivan lays bare a scandalously under-covered story: the role of CIA personnel in the Watergate scandal and its aftermath.

In an excerpt for the Washington Post, O’Sullivan tells an intriguing tale about Watergate burglar Rolando Martinez, the CIA operative who was pardoned by President Reagan in 1984. Antonio Veciana, the CIA operative who says he saw Lee Harvey Oswald with David Phillips two months before JFK was killed, has an interesting role in the story.

O’Sullivan’s story doesn’t directly bear on the JFK story but it does show that Veciana was a trusted agency operative through the 1970s.

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Was Yuri Nosenko a KGB mole?

A readeader asks:

Do you still believe Nosenko was a true defector, Jeff?

Have you read Tennent H. Bagley’s “Spy Wars,” or even his 35-page PDF “Ghosts of the Spy Wars”?

Yes, I did read Bagley’s Spy Wars. I also interviewed him. And yes, I do believe Nosenko was a true defector.

I think Bagley was wrong, for two reasons: lack of a plausible suspect and lack of damage to CIA operations.

Remember Angleton’s theory that Nosenko was a dispatched defector is inextricably bound up in the theory that Nosenko was dispatched to protect a mole already working inside the CIA as of January 1964.  So the  reader’s question is really two, was Nosenko a mole? And, if so, who was he protecting?

As I asked in THE GHOST

if there was a mole burrowed into the CIA in the 1950s and 1960s, as the Angletonians claimed, who the devil was it? And what damage did he do?

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November 11, 1963: a right-wing racist talked about how JFK would be shot

“13 days before that dark day in Dallas, Somersett elicited a chilling, police tape-recorded threat from a right-wing racist who talked of how the President would soon be shot ‘from an office building with a high-powered rifle’ and how ‘they’ll pick up somebody within hours after … just to throw the public off.’”

via A Miami police informant, a prophetic racist and fresh questions about JFK’s death | Broward Bulldog.

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Why does the JFK assassination matter in 2018?

The political violence of the 1960s, says author Carmine Savasteno, “transformed the American landscape” and hopes for “a potential bright American future [were] dashed.” Prophetic voices for peace like JFK and Martin Luther King have been scarce ever since.

21 JFK cops who heard a grassy knoll shot

Grassy knoll aftermath

A cop runs toward the grassy knoll on November 22.

Strange but true:

At least two dozen, and perhaps as many as four dozen, of the witnesses to the assassination of President Kennedy in November 1963 thought at least one gunshot came from in front of the presidential motorcade, a claim rejected by the Warren Commission and most U.S. news organizations..

Richard Charnin has proposed a statistical proof of a shot from the front.

Another way to think about the matter is to review the eyewitness accounts, especially those of people with crime scene training.

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Order the paperback edition of THE GHOST now

From the new paperback edition of THE GHOST:

“Historians and journalists usually describe COINTELPRO as an FBI program, which is not quite the case. It was created by Hoover but functioned as a joint FBI-CIA venture, with a bureaucratic division of labor. Hoover took the lead in targeting dissident Americans inside the United States; Angleton took the lead outside the United States. In the case of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee and its most famous member Lee Harvey Oswald, the FBI and the CIA would work together.
Angleton used the HUNTER program to feed the COINTELPRO beast.”

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Victor Marchetti, disillusioned CIA officer who challenged secrecy rules, dies at 88

Source: Victor Marchetti, disillusioned CIA officer who challenged secrecy rules, dies at 88

Coming soon: Blakey v. Willens JFK debate at the Sixth Floor Museum

On October 29:

“Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness a riveting conversation between Howard P. Willens of the Warren Commission and G. Robert Blakey of the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations. For the first time ever, these key members will appear together to publicly discuss the context and findings of the two crucial government investigations into the death of President John F. Kennedy.”

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Ted Cruz throws his father under the Trump bus and gets on board

The president also said he doesn’t “regret” suggesting Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination effort of President John F. Kennedy, which was among his more controversial statements regarding the Texas senator as they both vied for the GOP presidential nomination.

Source: Trump on Ted Cruz: ‘Beautiful,’ not ‘Lyin’, doesn’t regret JFK-dad conspiracy – Business Insider

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If there was a JFK conspiracy, wouldn’t somebody have talked?

Electronic security expert John Martino talked with friends and family about his foreknowledge of a JFK plot.

Somebody did talk.

His name was John Martino. In 1963 he was an anti-Castro militant who mixed with organized crime figures and CIA officers. His story is one of the clearest indicators that opponents of JFK’s Cuba policy had foreknowledge that President Kennedy might be assassinated in Dallas.

To put it another way, those who doubt there was a conspiracy need to address John Martino’s story. It is corroborated in multiple ways.

Martino, a native of New Jersey, was a petty racketeer as a young man with arrests for gambling and loan sharking.

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Bobby Kennedy for President, according to Netflix

With its jazz-infused score by Paul Brill and silhouetted profiles of its detail-obsessed subject deep in thought, Dawn Porter’s engrossing four-part documentary depicts Kennedy as a blend of morally upright pop-culture icon and rich kid turned calculating political machine. “He’s two people … he’s a cop at heart,” says JFK, describing the fair-minded, uber-competitive runt of the litter who once worked for the communist-hating Joseph McCarthy but was also the brains behind his brother’s election to the Sen

Source: What’s on TV on demand | Culture | The Sunday Times

JFK’s widow married Aristotle Onassis 50 years ago 

This account scants an important factor in Jackie’s thinking. After Bobby Kennedy was killed, she felt endangered.  She had spent time with Onassis and knew he had big security detail. He could protect her and her children.

Jackie Kennedy: JFK’s widow married Aristotle Onassis 50 years ago – The Washington Post

On this day: JFK speaks in Cleveland