After long denials, CIA admits Pinochet behind 1976 assassination in Washington

“This CIA evaluation has come to be considered the Holy Grail of the Letelier-Moffitt case,” according to Peter Kornbluh who directs the Archive’s Chile Documentation Project. “Since direct evidence from Pinochet’s secret police files disappeared long ago, like so many of his victims, the CIA’s detailed assessment is the most compelling evidence we are ever likely to have.”

Source: US releases CIA report that Pinochet behind 1976 Letelier bombing

McAdams on trial: Does the 1rst Amendment protect bullying?

A timely report from Jim DiEugenio about embattled former Marquette University professor John McAdams, a frequent commenter on JFK issues.McAdams claims his First Amendment rights have bee violated. Marquette says he’s an unrepentant bully.

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Poisonous secrecy: the roots of Flint’s water crisis

“Flint’s water crisis was not the first in this country and, tragically, without greater sunlight and public scrutiny, it will not be the last,” says OTG.

Read more in the Battle Creek Enquirer about how government secrecy contributed to the Flint crisis, and how transparency measures in its wake have not gone far enough to prevent future disasters.

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The 2016 election and the secret CIA memo targeting ‘conspiracy theorists’

Viewed dispassionately, “conspiracy theories” are controversial political messages about secret power. They purport to tell us how the world really works, as opposed to official accounts of government and experts. At a time when the credibility of federal government and news organizations is low, conspiracy theories flourish at the expense of public authority.

Credible or not, conspiracy theories have shaped the course of the 2016 presidential campaign. Conservative strategists Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone claim that Hillary Clinton has organized a conspiracy to conceal her own dire medical condition. Liberals Ezra Klein and Cass Sunstein warn that conspiracy theories distort our political discourse and endanger the political process. Who’s right?

 

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JFK Facts podcast: The trouble with conspiracy theories and their critics

Jefferson Morley and Alan Dale discuss Cass Sunstein’s ideas concerning conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists.

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What Cass Sunstein and the New Yorker get wrong about conspiracy theories

Ezra Klein and Cass Sunstein have some sensible things to say about the disturbing prevalence and power of conspiracy theories  in this Vox video, especially about the toxic combination of conspiracy theories, ignorance, and extremism. So does the New Yorker. But these opinion-makers are wrong–or rather, underinformed–about the JFK story. Read more

JFK and Don Adams remembered in Argentina

The JFK is remembered around the world. Claudio writes from Buenos Aires: Read more

The hazards of running a JFK joint in the era of Trump

Two JFK Facts commenters have recently criticized me personally, and I feel the need to respond. I know an editor should have a thick skin but a season of succesful conspiracy theorizing has opened up the real possibility that U.S. nuclear codes will soon be delivered into the hands of a racist buffoon. I’m feeling a little touchy.

So let me dispatch with these theories and theorists.

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Woody Harrelson on playing LBJ

The movie chronicles LBJ’s private fears, questions, and ideological splits with Kennedy before the rivals became running mates—and how JFK’s assassination changed LBJ’s politics. “He did adopt a big swath of JFK’s policies so it would be hard to not see it that way,” said Harrelson. “I’m not sure how much of it was motivated by his depth of emotion or by what he considered to be politically expedient. It’s really hard to read him. He’s a fascinating character.”

Source: Woody Harrelson Is Ready for a Revolution: ‘I Don’t Really Believe in Government’ – The Daily Beast

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Early raves for Natalie Portman’s  ‘Jackie’

This prestige-level drama seems primed to secure Natalie Portman an Oscar nomination with her in literally every scene of the film as Jackie Kennedy, putting a human face on this larger-than-life person

Source:  Movie News | JoBlo.com

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Dealey Plaza eyewitness: Mary Moorman

Mary Moorman Breaks Her Silence – Interview from BAAM Videos on Vimeo.

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JFK Facts podcast: More about how to think (and not think) about the JFK story

Jefferson Morley and Alan Dale continue their discussion about the challenge of acquiring reliable methods by which reason and objectivity may prevail over alleged facts and confirmation bias.

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Retired CIA analyst: release all JFK files in 2017

Earlier this year I spoke about the JFK story with retired CIA analyst  Brian Latell on WIOD radio in MIami. Latell had  a clear message for his former employer: release all the JFK files without redactions.

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Oswald mural stirs controversy in his old neighborhood

“Oswald is part of Oak Cliff history. That is the only reason we did it. We didn’t do it to offend anyone or anything like that,” Avanti told KXAS-TV (NBC5).

Source: Lee Harvey Oswald mural stirring controversy in Oak Cliff | Dallas Morning News

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