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Unclassified JFK database still stored in ‘Top Secret’ vault

From Nextgov.com, an interesting and usefully details story about how the National Archives keeps secret JFK assassination records from reaching public view. Read more

‘Terminate the States of Emergency’

Peter Dale Scott’s response to the Ellsberg Challenge:

“The first step towards an end to excess secrecy and rule by unchecked agencies (the American deep state) is for Congress to terminate the two States of Emergency proclaimed after 9/11 under Executive Orders 13223 and 13224, presumably authorizing Continuity of Government (COG) procedures, such as the warrantless surveillance so amply documented by Edward Snowden. Read more

What the Warren Commission didn’t know: the Abe Bolden story

Guns and theories in Dealey Plaza

Via via Latino Post, a snapshot of American weirdness:

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The Ellsberg challenge: ‘dismantling the national-security state’

Jacob’s responds to Dan Ellsberg’s JFK challenge: what do you want to happen when people come to an understanding of the causes of Kennedy’s death?

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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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Fifty one years later, federal judge upholds the CIA’s right to keep JFK secrets

Ten years ago I filed a lawsuit seeking the records of a deceased CIA officer involved in the events leading up to the assassination of President Kennedy and its confusing investigatory aftermath.

This week a federal judge ruled that the CIA did not have pay court costs associated with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation because the lawsuit had created “little, if any public benefit.” Read more

What we’ve learned since the Warren Commission report

From the Assassination Archives and Research Center:

“The AARC is hosting a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of President Kennedy:  ”The Warren Report and the JFK Assassination:  A Half Century of Significant Disclosures.” Read more

The sad truth

A reader writes about the Warren Commission.

“The sad truth is, both what should have happened before and during the investigation of the assassination, and what obviously should have happened after it, I fear is no longer a possibility…”

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Once and future presidents


The young Bill Clinton shook President Kennedy’s hand on July 24, 1963.

The Ellsberg challenge

National Security Authors

(l to r) Peter Dale Scott, Russ Baker, David Talbot, Dan Ellsberg, and Jeff Morley.

Pardon my absence. I took a vacation from blogging about JFK to finish writing a book about JFK. It was a coals-to-Newscastle type of journey, a veritable busman’s holiday that took me to northern California where I met some of my favorite people to talk about, well, you know.

Tink Thompson and I explored the Pointillism of the Zapruder film. Bill Simpich parsed some bullets for me and purchased some of the finest cocktails in the Mission. David Talbot filled me on the perfidious Allen Dulles (his book on Dulles is going to be great). Russ Baker wised me up on the American elite. And over a lovely lunch in Berkeley at Peter Dale Scott’s house, I met Dan Ellsberg for the first time.

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Assassination in the struggle for power in Cuba

Reader Photon asks:

Assassination was not his tactic.

“So ‘LBJ and crew’ murdered John Kennedy, but Fidel ‘most certainly was not [involved]‘? While I consider it unlikely that Oswald could have cooperated with anybody in a conspiracy, his visit to the Cuban Embassy certainly is intriguing. It is not like Fidel had never sanctioned political assassination in the past. For 50 years he has gotten away with knocking off Camilo Cienfuegos after Huber Matos didn’t do it for him.”

The ensuing fast and furious debate in the comments section on this subject is reminder that the history of assassination as a political technique in the struggle for power in Cuba from 1955 to 1965 is definitely relevant to any discussion of the assassination of JFK.

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ER doctor talks about JFK’s wounds

From Deb Galentine, a video interview with one of the doctors who saw JFK’s body shortly after the shooting.

Truman v. CIA

A small data dump from the Harry S Truman Library, courtesy of a regular reader. Read more

Harry Truman on the CIA

“The CIA was set up by me for the sole purpose of getting all the available information to the President. It was not intended to operate as an international agency engaged in strange activities.” — Harry Truman in a letter to the editor of Look magazine, May 1964.

From the files of the Truman Library, courtesy of a reader.