CNN: the ‘one JFK conspiracy theory that could be true’ 

Even CNN recognizes the facts: despite releasing some heavily redacted JFK files, the CIA has not come clean on the assassination story.

Conspiracy theory debunker Dave Perry makes a couple of solid points in Thom Patterson’s report. Read more

Surveillance, not contact: Let me clarify that Daily Mail story about my JFK lawsuit

Daily Mail

Erroneous headline on a good story

The UK tabloid Daily Mail Online reports on Monday’s hearing in my JFK lawsuit, which I welcome, but their story and headline repeat a mistake, which needs to be corrected and clarified.

Morley believes Joannides may have had contact with suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the shooting and later when he served as the CIA’s liaison officer for a JFK assassination investigation in the 1970s.

I don’t believe that. I believe this:
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‘May fortune smile on your exercise in responsible citizenship!’

An old friend named Jeffrey writes: Read more

Listen to the oral arguments in Morley v. CIA

Click for the audio recording of what was said in the Courtroom 31 yesterday. This gets very technical very fast, so lawyers will enjoy it most. Read more

15-year lawsuit over mysterious CIA agent drags as last of JFK files awaits release

Morley v. CIA

(l. to r.) Reporter Ed Brackett, attorney James Lesar, and plaintiff Jefferson Morley

USA Today reporter Ed Brackett reported the story first. Read more

After 15 years, my day in court with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the CIA

Barrett Prettyman Courthouse

Home of Morley v. CIA.

When I sued the CIA for certain JFK assassination files in December 2003, I knew any litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was sure to take a long time.

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Q. ‘Can I come to hear the oral arguments in Morley v. CIA?’

A. Yes. The hearing will take place at Monday, March 19 at  9:30 am in Courtroom 31 on the 5th floor of the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse, located at 333 Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

[Update: You can listen to the oral arguments by clicking here.]

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CIA’s ‘inaccurate representations’ blocked release of key JFK files, investigators say

John Tunheim

Federal judge John Tunheim, former chair of the Assassination Records Review Boad

[Reposted from December 2013, this news report is relevant to the oral arguments in Morley v. CIA  that will be heard in Washington federal court on March 19, 2018.]

Two members of an independent civilian review panel that oversaw the release of the government’s JFK assassination files say the CIA misled them about the records of deceased undercover officer George Joannides.

In a piece for the Boston Herald, Judge John Tunheim, former chair of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) and Thomas Samoluk, former deputy director of the ARRB, said this: Read more

RIP: Michael Paine, debated politics with Lee Harvey Oswald

In testimony before the Warren Commission, created to investigate the assassination of JFK, Paine said he did not regard Oswald as someone likely to kill a president.

Source: Michael Paine, debated politics with JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, dies at 89

Former chief JFK investigator on CIA obstruction

“I now no longer believe anything the Agency [CIA] told the committee any further than I can obtain substantial corroboration for it from outside the Agency for its veracity…. “

— G. Robert Blakey, former Chief Counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, in an addendum to the web page for the Frontline episode “Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?”.

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What is Morley v. CIA?

Morley v. CIA is a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, filed by journalist Jefferson Morley, seeking certain JFK assassination related records generated by a CIA undercover officer named George Joannides

Here’s some press coverage of the case.

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“The air … is pungently fragrant with protest, agitation, and citizen pushback…”

A reader responds about Gina Haspel, the would-be CIA director. Read more

‘Waco’ producers developing a Dorothy Kilgallen project 

Dorothy Kilgallen, perhaps the most famous female journalist in American in the the early in 1960s, died under mysterious circumstances as she investigated the assassination of JFK. Read more

Will new CIA director Gina Haspel take a tougher line on JFK files?

Ed asks: “What do you foresee as a result of Mike Pompeo being replaced by Gina Haspel as CIA Director?”

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CIA to argue JFK lawsuit disclosures have no ‘public benefit’

Barrett Prettyman Courthouse

Washington DC courthouse where federal judges will hear oral arguments about the CIA’s JFK records.

On Monday March 19, a three-judge federal appellate court in Washington, D.C. will hear oral arguments about the “public benefit” of disclosure of CIA files related to the assassination of President Kennedy.

With the release of the last of the U.S. government’s JFK assassination files set for April 26, 2018, the judges have to pass judgement on a still-timely question: is there any public benefit from learning more about the events of November 1963? Read more