“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.”
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.
“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.
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?
Jefferson Morley and Alan Dale discuss Cass Sunstein’s ideas concerning conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists.
- Conspiracy theory as a political issue
- The US government and the Theory of Incompetence
- Sunstein and Vermeule: Conspiracy Theories (2008)
- Dr. Cyril H. Wecht’s Reply to Sunstein and Vermeule
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
The JFK is remembered around the world. Claudio writes from Buenos Aires: Read more
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.
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.”
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
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.
- Making sense of the JFK assassination 53 years later
- Thomas Jefferson’s secret and almost 200 years of faulty expertise
- Applying Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” to our understanding and methods
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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