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A better JFK files question for 2016 presidential contenders

A faithful reader says he has a better way of phrasing the JFK question for 2016 presidential candidates. He says Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and others should be asked:

“Will you ensure the October 2017 release of all information which might shed light on the JFK assassination?”

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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

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

The fractured reality of JFK art

“Fort Worthian Leslie Lanzotti describes her painting style as ‘fractured reality.’ Fitting then that one of her favorite subjects is shrouded in mystery.

“And not just any big question but one of the biggest in the history of the United States.

“Painter Dennis Blagg, her friend and the curator of her current show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, was 12 years old and living with his family in Dallas at the time of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

““This was something that always stuck with me,’ the Fort Worth naturalist master said, ‘and there are a lot of questions that just begged to be answered … As a child, I was deeply horrified.’”

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Ignorance goes viral: Discredited JFK hoax spreads around the world

Malcolm Gladwell is not alone in endorsing a dumb JFK conspiracy theory.

The just-announced Reelz Channel JFK documentary, which peddles the long-since debunked conspiracy that a Secret Service man shot President Kennedy, is getting credulous attention from factually challenged news sites around the world.

Even the usually reliable Associated Press managed to report the bogus speculation without consulting with a single historian, journalist or former investigator of JFK’s assassination, any number of whom could have pointed out that there is NO photographic, eyewitness, or forensic evidence to support the fiction that a Secret Service agent named George Hickey Jr., now deceased, shot JFK.

None.

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‘Fear and loathing’ began in Dallas

Bill Kelly points out that Hunter S. Thompson coined his immortal phrase “fear and loathing” on the day of JFK’s assassination. In three words, the gonzo journalist had captured a mood that would never go away.

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What’s the best JFK song ever?

Nine out of ten experts agree its “Lee Harvey” by the Asylum Street Spankers. Read more

JFK Facts Top 5: Oswald’s wallet fascinates

The runaway winner of the best-read JFK Facts story for the second week in a row is Bill Simpich’s investigation of Oswald’s wallet.

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Editor@jfkfacts.org: ‘How come you won’t publish my 9/11 theory?’

If you’re so open-minded, one correspondent asks, why don’t you run my comment about 9/11 conspiracy theories?

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ICYM: Modern art as CIA soft power

Jackson Pollock’s Cold War

Some of the best minds in Langley thought so reports The Independent. Read more