90 percent of new JFK files are online at MFF

Newly uploaded JFK records include those from July 24 2017Nov 9 2017, and Nov 17 2017. Currently about 90 percent of the more than 50,000 released documents are in the Mary Ferrell Foundation Document Archive

Source: Documents released in 2017 and 2018

How the CIA coopted the leaders of the Mexican government

In response to my query about the most revealing new JFK documents released in the past year, Larry writes:

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How did Gen. Maxwell Taylor, JCS chairman, react to the death of JFK?

Gen. Maxwell Taylor

Gen. Maxwell Taylor with Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, left, and JFK. (Credit: Robert Knudsen/JFK  Library)

 

I ask because I don’t know the answer. In a crisis like a presidential assassination, the role of the nation’s top soldier is worth understanding. But I don’t know how Taylor responded Can any help me out here?

I known Taylor testified to the Church Committee but only about the plots to kill Castro.

Taylor was known in CIA traffic as GPPHOTO, perhaps in recognition of his manly photogenic style. Robert Kennedy named one of his sons after him, a measure of the personal affection the Kennedys had for the general.

 

QAnon is a psychedelic mushroom growing in the fertile manure of the Warren Commission

As the editor of the JFK Facts blog, I try not to spend a lot of time on stupid conspiracy theories, but given tge widespread ignorance and confusion on the subject, journalistic duty often calls.

Who killed JFK? The Federal Reserve? Nah. A Secret Service man? A hoax. Ted Cruz’s father? Pure B.S. George H.W. Bush?  Heavy breathing is not the same as credible evidence.  On a recent Black Vault podcast, the most common JFK question I heard was, “Was Kennedy assassinated because of his interest in UFO’s?” Um, no, he was not.

QAnon

A chart of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Which brings me to QAnon, the imaginative conspiracy theorist now dominating the Internet, attracting followers of President Trump, and obsessing the Washington Post, which has has published four articles on QAnon in the past week. Like many conspiracy theories, the QAnon fever dream can be traced back to the assassination of JFK.

The QAnon conspiracy theory is a psychedelic mushroom growing in the fertile manure of the Warren Commission. This mind-altering proposition grows in the gloom of anonymous chat groups. It is then stimulated by the bright lights of social media. And finally it is harvested and ingested by Trump cultists eager to prolong the alt-reality buzz that commenced on January 20, 2017.

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Breaking his promise, Trump blocked the release of JFK files

Documentary film maker Randy Benson makes a important point about the latest JFK file release, which left more than 15,000 assassination-related records beyond public view: President Trump is responsible. While railing against the “deep state,” Trump kept the last of the CIA and FBI’s assassination-related secrets.

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‘Creating Chaos’: covert political warfare from Truman to Putin

I’m looking forward to reading Larry Hancock’s new book, Creating Chaos, because he’s a scholar, not (thank god) a conspiracy theorist. And Hancock’s historical perspective clarifies the roots of a new 21st century reality: the rise of hybrid warfare, as waged by intelligence agencies, regardless of ideology

Creating Chaos explores that dark side of statecraft, the covert use of political warfare in international relations – from its early practices during the Great Game between the British and Russian empires, through the Cold War era of ideological confrontation and forward into the hybrid political warfare of the 21st Century

Source: New Book! Creating Chaos/Covert Political Warfare from Truman to Putin 

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Anatomy of a cover-up: G. Robert Blakey on how the CIA stonewalled the HSCA

My conversation with John Greenewald of the Black Vault

The Black Vault Radio with John Greenewald, Jr. – Episode 5 – Special Guest: Jefferson Morley

Doug Horne responds to Jeremy Gunn’s 50th anniversary speech 

Doug Horne, former analyst for the Assassination Records Review Board  has posted a thoughtful response to his former boss Jeremy Gunn’s speech about the state of the JFK case.

For the most part, his speech was a cautionary tale about not jumping to conclusions without first considering ALL of the evidence about any facet of the assassination, pro or con. Jeremy is saying here that one must approach all evidence (film evidence such as the Z film or many of the autopsy photos; eyewitness testimony; and so-called forensics evidence) with extreme caution, and take nothing for granted about its accuracy or provenance. Yet—and I find this unfortunate—Jeremy continues to use all of the uncertainties about the evidence as a “mask” to hide behind in a sense, which allows him to continue to say that he personally has no idea who killed President Kennedy, in an attempt to avoid controversy.

Source: Here is My Response to Jeremy Gunn’s 50th Anniversary Speech About the JFK Evidence – insidethearrb

From July 26 to November 22 to today

The cover of a commemorative album about the Cuban Revolution published in Havana in 1959

Cuba celebrates the 60th anniversary of the beginning of its revolution on July 26, 1953. Later this year America will commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963,

The events are ancient but linked. The connection between Cuba’s revolution and the death of the 35th American president remains a live issue in the political culture of both countries.

The assassination of JFK is one reason why this conflict between the United States and Cuba endures to this day.

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Bill O’Reilly made up a story to make himself look good, and then he got busted by the tape


Somebody asked me about Bill O’Reilly the other day. I said:

Jeremy Gunn on seeking the truth in the JFK story

in the 1990s, Jeremy Gunn served as counsel and executive director of the Assassination Records Review Board  He know the material released (or postponed) under the JFK Records Act better than almost anyone. In this 2013 talk, he assessed the evidence.

Jackie Kennedy’s packing list for Texas, chic and poignant 

Jackie Kennedy’s bloodstained pink Chanel suit tells more acutely than any other image the story of what happened in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 22. But the notes she prepared for her personal assistant, Providencia Paredes, read as stage directions for a weekend of political theater and a catalog of the wardrobe that made her the most fashionable first lady of the 20th century, referenced by her successors to this day.

Source: Jackie Kennedy’s Packing List for Texas, Chic and Poignant – The New York Times

What is the most revealing new JFK document you have found?

While working my way through the mass of new JFK documents released (and unreleased) since last October, I have been compiling a list of new and significant items. I have received nominations for important new records from Mark S. and others, and I want to cast the net even wider.

Send me your document or list of documents and we will vote on a “Top 10 New JFK Files.”

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FBI file reveals some of the secrets of Howard Hunt’s White House safe

Emma Best at MuckRock reports on newly-released FBI files that illuminate the shared CIA history of the Watergate burglars. Read more