Assassination

Recycling the ‘Castro sorta done it’ theory

First JFK Conspiracy Theory

The first JFK conspiracy theory, published Nov 24, 1963, and paid for by CIA

In an interview with Time.comformer CIA officer Robert Baer, host of the History Channel docu-series “JFK Declassified,” endorses the “Castro sorta done it” theory.

The theory that Oswald and Castro were “the presumed assassins” was first promoted by CIA propaganda assets in Miami two days after JFK was killed. In 2012, it was revived, with additional evidence, by former CIA analyst, Brian Latell.

You can read my interview of Latell here where he makes his case.

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Reactions to the History Channel’s ‘JFK Declassified’

What did you think of the first installment in this six-part series? I’m especially interested in errors of fact. Comments with links will get preferential treatment.

‘JFK Declassified:’ What the History Channel overlooks

Declassified documents reveal that Oswald met with the Cold War enemies of the United States, both Russia and Cuba, only eight weeks before JFK’s assassination.

This claim, made by the producers of new History Channel docu-series JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald, is not new. The claim may just be promotional hype for the series which begins tonight and runs through May 30. But, from long experience with JFK documentaries, my fact checking antennae are tingling.

It is not too soon to say the History Channel’s claim is potentially misleading.

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History Channel’s ‘JFK’: same old, same old

Readers Zandalf writes about the History Channel’s JFK Declassified.

“This new show seems to be another attempt to unveil the “hidden truths” about the JFK murder, yet it also seems to be yet another distraction from the facts. For whatever reason, and to someone’s perverted fear (the deep state’s?), the real truths remain in shadows, obfuscated by propagandists. Same old, same old…”

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JFK Facts Podcast: What will the History Channel say about JFK and CIA?

Alan and I talked about the upcoming History Channel’s JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald, a six-part docu-series on Kennedy assassination story, which begins Tuesday, April 25th. Based on what I know, I have mixed feelings about the show.

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How the testimony of a JFK witness was distorted

Her name was Mary Woodward Pillsworth and her obituary displayed the impulse of denial. Millicent Cranor reports in WhoWhatWhy.

 

History Channel, CIA officer to examine ‘The Declassified Oswald;” The Internet will be fact-checking

JFK DeclassifiedThe History Channel’s upcoming documentary series, “JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald” sounds enticing. A videogenic and decorated former CIA operations officer Robert Baer revisits the secret intelligence dimensions of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Baer is not the worst choice for a guide to the JFK story. He is an incisive commentator on CIA affairs, and no apologist. He rejects torture and expresses skepticism on drones. He comes across as a thinking man’s intelligence officer. (The fact that George Clooney played Baer in the movie Syriana gives him a whiff of Cool Liberal cologne.) Read more

Pre-order now: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton

James Angleton testifies

James Angleton, spymaster

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What was Antonio Veciana’s connection with the CIA?

Tracy writes with a good question: “In your [JFK Facts] podcast you make the following statement:” Read more

Ruth and Michael Paines’ curious role in the JFK story

From filmmaker Max Good comes this  interview with JFK author Vincent Salandria, about “The Role of the Paines’ in History.”

Good is seeking support to complete the first-ever documentary about the Paines, who were friends with Lee Oswald in 1963.

Vincent J. Salandria: The Role of the Paines in History from max good on Vimeo.

JFK Facts Podcast: On Antonio Veciana’s memoir, ‘Trained To Kill’

This week Alan and I talk about the importance of Trained To Kill: The Inside Story of CIA Plots Against Castro, Kennedy, and Che, a new memoir written by former anti-Castro militant Antonio Veciana with Carlos Harrison.

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CIA critics reviewed the JFK film ‘Executive Action’ even before it was released

Executive Action is perhaps the most famous conspiracy thriller about the John Kennedy assassination, with the exception of Oliver Stone’s JFK.  Recently released CIA records in the CREST database show that they were keeping an eye the production and how it was being received.  The articles even detail how the CIA may have threatened or tried to stop the production of the film.

Source: CIA Open Source Records on Executive Action | Spy Culture

Dept. of Dubious Theories: Roger Stone still defends his claim about Ted Cruz’s father

Source: On Meet The Press Daily, Roger Stone Defends His Claim That Ted Cruz’s Father Was Involved In JFK’s Assassination

Angleton and the CIA’s illicit mail surveillance program

Although this account does not mention James Angleton, the CIA Counterintelligence Chief (1954-74) was the man who expanded and oversaw the opening of the mail of U.S. citizens for nearly 20 years. In 1977, the Justice Department decided not to indict him.

Source: The Justice Department refused to prosecute CIA for illegal surveillance

The return of JFK Facts podcast

After a long hiatus, the JFK Facts podcast has returned!  This week Alan and I talk about the important keynote speech of Judge John Tunheim, former chair of the Assassination Records Review, at the CAPA conference in Washington last month. Tunheim talked about the JFK issues of 2017

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