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The ‘Deep Throat’ story is coming to your screens

It’s a Liam Neeson flick that screened at Cannes. And speaking of Mark Felt, the FBI man nicknamed “Deep Throat” while serving as a secret source for the Washington Post’s Watergate reporting, the History Channel is working on a documentary about him.

 Online conference to mark JFK’s 100th birthday

At the request of a reader, I am posting a link to an online conference on JFK’s 100th birthday on May 29.  At least one of the speakers, William Law, has done fine work–on the autopsy of the president–and written a fine book about it, In the Eye of History,   I would like to hear the latest on Law’s research.

Source: Schedule – JFK 100th Birthday Online Conference.

 

‘JFK Declassified,’ episode 4: the samizdat version

In the Soviet Union banned publications and writings that circulated privately were known as “samizdat” (Russian for “I self-publish”). Now that History Channel’s “JFK Declassified” has been taken off the air for unknown reasons, we must rely on samizdat reports to learn about what we cannot see.

Reader MDG reports the substance of episode 4: Read more

JFK’s last birthday: Gifts, champagne and wandering hands on the presidential yacht 

On May 29, 1963, Kennedy and about two dozen others boarded the 104-foot Sequoia, the presidential yacht, for a dinner party cruise down the Potomac River. It was a family-and-friends-only affair. Aside from a few Secret Service agents, the roster of guests gleamed with a touch of Hollywood — actors David Niven (“Separate Tables” and “The Pink Panther”) and Peter Lawford (a Rat Packer who was married to Patricia Kennedy, the commander in chief’s sister).

Source: JFK’s last birthday: Gifts, champagne and wandering hands on the presidential yacht – The Washington Post

JFK Declassified, Episode 3 surfaces (in Canada)

Thanks to everybody who has been bombarding History Channel and A&E with questions. No one received anything but a spam answers. So the mystery endures. We still have no explanation of why the History Channel’s “JFK Declassified” series was taken off the air after two episodes, at least in the United States.

Was it poor ratings? Did the show’s “Castro Sorta Done It” semi-conspiracy theory offended somebody in high places? Why is the series available to Canadians only. We’re still looking for answers.

Here’s History Channel’s summary of Episode 3. Read more

RFK’s secret campaign to become LBJ’s Vice President

By late July, Johnson could no longer risk waiting until the Democratic convention to remove Kennedy from vice presidential consideration. The president called his attorney general on Monday, July 27, and asked him to come to the White House—Tuesday, if he could—to talk over “some other matters.”

Source: Robert Kennedy’s Secret Campaign to Become Lyndon Johnson’s Vice President

JFK rates highest among last ten presidents

As the nation marks the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth on Memorial Day, a University of Virginia Center for Politics-Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that Americans rate JFK more highly than other recent presidents. Read more

The revelations of ‘CIA & JFK’

CIA & JFKMy ebook, CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files is based on thousands of pages of newly-declassified records and scores of interviews with former CIA officers.

In telling the story of my JFK research over twenty years, I lay bare the role of CIA employees involved in the events of 1963.

These are the men and women whose secretive actions related to the breakdown of presidential security on Nov. 22, 1963 were never explained by the U.S. government.

They include:

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Natalie Portman embodies a magnificent ‘Jackie’

JFK Facts movie critic Patrick McDonald on “Jackie

This biographical portrait is superior cinematic form, a combination of stylistic close-up work and funereal atmosphere by Pablo Lorrain, one of the most creative directors working today. The camera never blinks while following Natalie Portman as the title character, in a peak career performance.

Secret JFK document #2: James Angleton’s testimony

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Counterintelligence chief James Angleton

On January 22, 1976. retired CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton testified in secret session with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities, otherwise known as the Church Committee.

Forty two years later, the 74 page transcript of Angleton’s testimony is still a state secret, according to the Mary Ferrell Foundation’s comprehensive listing of still-classified JFK material.

Angleton’s testimony, scheduled to be released in October of this year, could not be more important to JFK assassination scholarship.

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Max Holland vs. Oliver Stone: A debate about the CIA and JFK

In response to Max Holland’s recent JFK piece in the Daily Beast, Jim DiEugenio writes:

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Did bad ratings kill ‘JFK Declassified?

Reader Stuart may have the answer to the “JFK Declassified.” The new version of the “Castro Done It” conspiracy theory was killed by bad ratings, he suggests. It is the most plausible explanation yet.

Stuart writes:

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Another question about ‘JFK Declassified’

Reader Diana says “JFK Declassified” is showing in Canada. But not apparently in the United States. Why would that be?

“I watched in Canada the third episode of ‘Tracking Oswald’ on the History Channel last night Wed May 17,” she writes Read more

Oswald in New Orleans

Whoever shot President John F. Kennedy, New Orleans played a role in the plot.

Source: 300 unique New Orleans moments: Lee Harvey Oswald lived in New Orleans | Tricentennial | theadvocate.com

Finding strange bedfellows among JFK conspiracy fans

Santa Rosa’s Ruth Paine spoke of her experience living with Lee Harvey Oswald and his wife to a group in Rincon Valley Wednesday.

Source: Smith: Finding strange bedfellows among JFK conspiracy fans | The Press Democrat