Natalie Portman will play Jackie Kennedy in a new biopic

With Natalie Portman already signed on to play the former First Lady and the recent news that Peter Sarsgaard is in final negotiations to play Robert Kennedy, Jackie is stacking up to be a movie that will go down in history as one of the best.

Source: A New Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Biopic Is In The Works, So It’s Time To Brush Up On Your American History | Bustle

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Where do the 2016 presidential contenders stand on secrecy?

The Republican presidential candidates debating on October 28 will, if elected, face a question of secrecy.

The CIA retains 1,100 documents related to the assassination that are supposed to be made public in October 2017. The CIA is likely to ask for continued secrecy.

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About those Kennedy Kards

The now poignant Kennedy Kards deck was published in early 1963 when the public infatuation with JFK had been revitalized by his statesmanship in the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962.

JFK was the Jack of Hearts, First Lady Jackie the Queen of Hearts, and Bobby Kennedy, the King of Diamonds.

“Long live the King, Queen and Jack,” proclaimed an informational card that came with the deck.

Within the year, the Jack of Clubs, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, would be president. Read more

How Dallas led to Beatlemania 

Source: Krerowicz will discuss how the assassination of Kennedy helped Beatlemania flourish.

‘Assassination Theater’ and the risk of rabbit holes

Assassination Theater

“The labyrinth of circumstances and people who could have been involved”

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Project ARTICHOKE: how the CIA tried to hypnotize an unwitting assassin

A revealing document from UNREDACTED, the blog of the nonprofit National Security Archive illuminates how CIA officers pondered carrying out political assassinations. Read more

Back to the JFK future

Back to JFK future

David Talbot’s top 7 JFK books

Erik, Jeff S., and other frustrated readers complained that the link to my September 13 post, David Talbot’s JFK reading list, was broken. Sorry about that. You can read the story here. Read more

‘Assassination Theater’ probes a Mafia plot against JFK

Assassination Theater

A “Mafia done it” theory comes to the Chicago stage

“I’m an investigative reporter but I’ve always loved plays,” says Hillel Levin. The result is “Assassination Theater,” Levin’s investigative drama about the murder of President John F. Kennedy, now playing at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.

Focusing on Chicago FBI agent Zach Shelton, the four-man drama develops a “Mafia did it” interpretation of JFK’s assassination, along with excursions into the medical evidence and the life of Jack Ruby.

It is unusual territory for a stage drama.

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Peter Dale Scott reconceives the JFK story

Peter Dale Scott Dallas '63

Peter Dale Scott’s conceptualization of the assassination of President Kennedy offers a bracing challenge to contemporary American historiography, political science, and national security studies.

“Since the aftermath of World War II, the deep state’s power has grown unchecked, and nowhere has it been more apparent than at sun-dappled Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963,” the publishers of his new book write.

Certainly Kennedy’s violent death and the failure to hold senior CIA officials responsible for the intelligence failure it represented marked a decisive moment in the consolidation of secretive power centers in the American state.

Source: Dallas ’63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House (Forbidden Bookshelf) – Kindle edition by Peter Dale Scott.

Jackie Kennedy didn’t believe the single bullet theory

One problem with the Warren Commission’s report surfaced in the October 14 issue of  Vanity Fair: First Lady Jackie Kennedy didn’t believe the single bullet theory on which the Commission’s findings depend.

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Dallas police chief Jesse Curry had a JFK file

Jesse Curry, the chief of Dallas Police Department from 1960 to 1966, published this book about JFK’s assassination. Anybody know what’s in it?

Here’s what Curry had to say about the origins of the gunfire that killed the president.

Source: Jesse Currys, JFK Assassination File. Limited Collectors Edition

JFK assassination film festival

The debut of Plaza Man reminds us that “the cinema of assassination inspired by JFK”  never ceases grow.

Send me links to the YouTube trailers of your favorite JFK film (feature, documentary, fictional, factual, or foreign).

Or just watch:

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JFK author Mary La Fontaine passes

Oswald TalkedComes the sad news that Mary La Fontaine has died. I first met Mary and her husband Ray in 1993 after reading a maunscript version of their book Oswald Talked. I was impressed with their writing for many reasons: its witty tone, its use of original sources,and  its granular depiction of a subject oddly ignored by JFK researchers: Cuban exiles in Dallas.

It was the LaFontaines who highlighted me to the role of the Cuban Student Directorate (DRE) in the JFK story, a hunch that was amply confirmed by my subsequent reporting. Without the LaFontaines, I might never have discovered the curious case of George Joannides.

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Brian Latell indicts Fidel again

Former CIA analyst Brian Latell thinks Fidel Castro was behind JFK’s assassination, a self-serving theory for a former employee of an agency that conspired to assassinate Fidle Castro 634 times. His is one of many JFK conspiracy theories which I doubt. Latell  also thinks Fide Castro is a hypocritical dictator, which I can believe.

In his book review, An appalling indictment of Fidel, in the MIami Herald,  Latell writes: Read more