Last week, I gave $63 on Indiegogo to support completion of this documentary, “The Parkland Doctors.” I hope you will do the same. Bringing together all these doctors to recount their experience in simple factual style will help complete and clarify the historical record of JFK’s assassination.
The mission of this commission would be to document, with fear or favor, the most violent episodes in the secret war between the United States and Cuba from 1959 to 2008.
Welcome to another JFK Facts reader–from another continent–who has enrolled in my History of the CIA course. As de Tocqueville said, “There are some things Americans can only learn from foreigners.” Too true, Alexis!
Enrollment is still open. The course is divided into three parts, The first four weeks, “From OSS to CIA to JFK,” cover the story of the CIA from its creation through the death of JFK. As I note in the lecture, In 1943, the CIA did not exist. Twenty years later, after Kennedy’s death, it was a power unto itself.
In this twelve-week for-credit course, I will trace the roots of today’s headlines–from drone war to torture to the Iran nuclear deal and the Islamic– to the 68-year history of the CIA. In recounting the CIA’s secret operations, unsung successes, and scandals, you will learn how the agency wields its power.
The course is offered through Oplerno, an online learning platform that is ideal for telling the remarkable story of the CIA. In weekly lectures and online discussion, we will follow the agency as it grows from a scatted handful of offices in Washington employing less than a thousand people to a global empire with 20,000 employees and an annual budget of $14.7 billion. Along the way, we will consider the place of JFK’s assassination in CIA history.
I interrupt our regularly scheduled JFK programing for this commercial announcement:
For the past two years I have been teaching a course called “The History of the CIA: 1947 to Today” at the University of California in the District of Columbia (UCDC) The course revolves around a weekly discussion and debate of the CIA today and in the future.
JFK Fact Readers. Put “JFK” after your name on the enrollment form and receive $150 back on the first day of class.
A reader interested in my Oplerno course on the History of the CIA (starting July 6) asks a good question:
At what time of the day are video lectures delivered? And will they be taped for replay?
I am teaching an online course in the History of the CIA this summer.
JFK Facts readers get a 30 percent discount.
Action-packed reading, fun writing exercises, and a whole lot of online discussion with yours truly makes this class a fascinating summertime excursion into reality.
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My very cool online course on the History of the CIA begins the week of July 6.
Go to ciacourse.org.
On June 9 I wrote about Marie Fonzi’s great idea: ask Google to recognize JFK on their home page on November 22, 2015.
Marie wrote back to explain how people can help: Read more
A reader writes: “Fascinating videos of this conference which I planned to but was unable to attend. Are there any video postings planned by AARC of the sessions with AntonVeciana or Buell Frazier?
The answer to the question is: Yes and yes.
David Phillips was a failed actor turned expatriate newspaper publisher in Santiago, Chile when he was recruited into the CIA in the early 1950s. He made his mark fast. In 1955, he won a Distinguished Intelligence Medal, one of the agency’s highest honors, for mounting deceptive radio broadcasts in the CIA’s overthrow of the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1954.
After that his CIA career took off. With Howard Hunt, Phillips served as propaganda chief in the CIA’s failed effort to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs In April 1961. When he was assigned to Mexico City in 1962, station chief Win Scott described him as “the finest covert action officer I have ever met.”
After JFK’s assassination, Scott was not so complimentary and I suspect the reason why was Oswald’s curious handling of Oswald. .(I tell the story in my biography of Scott, Our Man in Mexico. Buy it here.)
Comment and question from a new JFK Facts reader:
“Fascinating website. Thank you for your important work.I’m a political science graduate and history buff and would like to help any way I can.”
The famous playwright (“The Vagina Monologues”) explains why she’s supporting the stage version of James Douglass’ book “JFK and the Unspeakable.”