Documents

Data glitches mar the coming JFK file release

A timely data-rich report on the last of the goverrnment’s secret JFK files from Jimmy Falls at WhoWhatWhy.

This issue here is not “conspiracy.” The question is transparency, specifically, will the letter and the spirit of the JFK Records Act be enforced in time for President Trump’s April 28, 2018 full disclosure deadline?

“The National Archives’ commendable efforts to make the new records available online notwithstanding, overall the release process has been disappointing and disheartening,” Rex Bradford — president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, which hosts one of the premiere sites for searchable, online JFK documents — told WhoWhatWhy.

Source: What’s Buried in the Missing JFK Documents? – WhoWhatWhy

 

If Trump is serious about the last of the JFK files, he will release this one

A faithful reader sends a timely reminder: Birch O’Neal, the CIA’s unknown Oswald expert, dissembled to an FBI agent within hours of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

I wrote about O’Neal yesterday. A career CIA counterintelligence officer who died in 1995, O’Neal is perhaps the most interesting new character to emerge from the tens of thousands of JFK assassination files released since last October.

His previously unknown saga sheds new light on a JFK secret the CIA and defenders of the Warren Commission still deny: the agency’s  pre-assassination surveillance of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Read more

Federal judges to hear JFK files case on March 19

On Monday morning March 19 my attorneys Jim Lesar and Dan Alcorn and I will appear at the Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse in Washington to make oral arguments in my long-running lawsuit, Morley v. CIA. Read more

Talbot sues CIA for records of Bill Harvey, assassination specialist

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Willam King Harvey, CIA officer

Journalist David Talbot has brought a federal complaint to obtain records on the ex-CIA official at the center of congressional investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.Talbot  says he asked the State Department and CIA for travel records and other documents about William “King” Harvey.

Source: Kennedy Assassination Intrigue Swirls in D.C. Federal Court

How to decipher CIA pseudonyms

In CIA communications, undercover officers are usually referred to, not their real name, but by a pseudonym, or, in intelligence lingo, a cryptonym.

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Anthony Summers digs deeper on Orest Pena

Orest Pena

Orest Pena, JFK witness (H/T Vasilios)

A faithful reader adds to what is known about Orest Pena, the New Orleans bar owner whose testimony to Congress in 1978 remains secret. The reader quotes from Anthony Summers’ useful reporting in his book, Not  in Your Lifetime. 

“There was the claim of Orest Pena, a New Orleans bar owner who in 1963 himself supplied occasional information to FBI agent Warren De Brueys. Pena was to say he had seen Oswald with Agent De Brueys on “numerous occasions” and that De Brueys threatened him physically before his Warren Commission appearance, warning him to keep quiet.

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What Orest Pena knew

Orest Pena’s story is particularly compelling because he was trusted by the FBI agents in New Orleans. As a bar owner of Cuban descent, he saw and heard a lot of interest to law enforcement. Oswald had visited his bar in the summer of 1963 in the company of a man Pena described as Mexican. Pena also said he saw Oswald with FBI agent Warren DeBreuys on several occasions. DeBreuys denied this and denigrated Pena as unreliable.

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Secret JFK document #1: the Orest Pena interview

To launch the New Year, JFK Facts will highlighting key JFK documents that remain secret in part or in full. We will also be focusing on the effort to make sure that all these documents are made public by the legal deadline of October 26, 2017.

The first is a document that has always intrigued me. As described by Rex Bradford of Mary Ferrell Foundation, it is

A transcript of the HSCA interview with Orest Pena, the New Orleans bar owner who told them that he saw Oswald was palling around with FBI agents in New Orleans. There are actually 3 copies of this 1978 interview with different RIF numbers – all still withheld in full

Source: Mary Ferrell Foundation: Mark the Date

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Open letter on full JFK disclosure in 2017

The following is an open letter from 22 JFK authors and investigators recently sent to the White House General Counsel . The letter calls for full enforcement of JFK Records Act in October 2017.

We will post the White House response when we receive it.

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MKULTRA mystery: the CIA and Jack Ruby  

This incredible story of MKULTRA and Jack Ruby is, alas, well-documented.

Was the CIA manipulating Ruby mentally before or after he killed Oswald? It’s not a crazy question. Given what we now know, it’s a necessary question.

From Glomar Disclosure, a tale from the CIA’s own crypts.

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The 2016 election and the secret CIA memo targeting ‘conspiracy theorists’

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?

 

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Lee Harvey Oswald’s application to work at the Texas School Book Depository

Take a look. See anything suspicious?

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Exclusive: What Angleton told JFK investigators about the mole at the CIA

On June 15, 1978,investigators from  the House Select Committee on Assassinations interviewed James Angleton, retired CIA counterintelligence chief about his handling of the JFK assassination investigation in 1963 and 1964.

The interview, which sheds new light on Angleton’s conspiracy theories about a mole in the ranks of the CIA, was never transcribed or made public–until now.

In a Web exclusive, JFK Facts is offering a downloadable PDF transcript of  Angleton’s closed-door HSCA interview.

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Investigators interview with TV reporter Judd McIlvain still sealed

Among the first three documents on the list of those still-secret JFK Assassination records is: “178-10004-10394 McIlvain Tape 75′ Rock (Duplicate).”

In a post for JFKCountercoup2: Judd McIlvain – TV Reporter Subject of Secret JFK File, Bill Kelly explains who McIlvain was.

RFK and Dulles: A closer look at the record

RFK i shadowedPhil Shenon writes:

“I see there’s a suggestion on your site, in response to my POLITICO piece, that Bobby Kennedy would never have recommended Allen Dulles for membership on the Warren Commission. I continue to believe the record shows that RFK did propose Dulles, and not just because LBJ (more than once) said that was the case.

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