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Bidding begins at $10,000 for intimate Kennedy family photos

Iconic, banal, poignant.
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What does the NSA have on JFK’s assassination?

I recently wrote,“NSA also has an unknown number of JFK documents.” Read more

National Archives details plans for JFK disclosures in 2017

The National Archives is getting serious about a big JFK records data dump in October 2017, according to officials who spoke at a public meeting in Washington today.

At the 25:00 mark in this video Martha Murphy of the National Archives outlines plans for declassification of still-classified JFK files in 2017.

A JFK Facts reader was there and filed this report.

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Slate dodges the JFK bullet

Slate’s David Greenberg is one of those historians who prefers to discuss JFK theories rather than deal with JFK  facts. In his recent Slate piece, The plot to link JFK’s death and Watergate, (republished from 2003), Greenberg has this to say:

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The JFK question for the #2016election

Here’s a question for the presidential contenders of 2016: Will each candidate “declare, unequivocally, his or her intention to release the remaining JFK assassinations records in 2017.”

It is a basic test of the candidates’ commitment to open government and rule of law.

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JFK assassination aborted U.S. reconciliation with Cuba

From the Sierra Leone Times: Kennedy assassination aborted U.S. reconciliation with Cuba. Read more

U-S.-Cuba relations continue to warm

Along with growing signs that U.S. and Cuban embassies are set to open soon—a move that will boost our diplomatic influence in the region—there’ve been more than a few signs that the U.S.-Cuba relationship is moving forward and not looking back.

Source: #CubaNow Briefing: U-S.-Cuba Relations Warm Up Going Into Summer. Read more

 ’11 Seconds in Dallas': Max Holland comes under fire for his JFK theory

In a huffy blog post,Ballistics and the TruthDale Meyers and Todd Vaughan unload on Max Holland’s reinterpretation of Abraham Zapruder’s film, accusing him of “irrational logic, mockery, and distain (sic) for the truth ” Read more

As U.S.-Cuba relations improve, its time for Havana and Washington to open up

In OpEd News Bill Simpich calls attention to two CIA conspiracies to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the early 1960s. As U.S.-Cuba relations improve, he hopes the government in Havana will share more information about these deadly doings.

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Federal judge denies bid for CIA JFK records

From: Courthouse News Service

:A federal judge denied most of an attorney’s bid for CIA records on the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, finding the agency had searched diligently enough to satisfy the law. ”    Read more

A JFK question for 2016 candidates

Here’s a question for the presidential contenders of 2016: Will each candidate “declare, unequivocally, his or her intention to release the remaining JFK assassinations records in 2017.”

Its a basic test of the candidates’ commitment to open government and rule of law.

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Vincent Bugliosi, JFK conspiracy skeptic, dies at 80

reclaiming historyVincent Bugliosi, former prosecutor, best-selling author, and prolific skeptic of JFK conspiracy theories, has died.

My dealings with the man were always cordial, though not productive. I read as much of his mammoth Reclaiming History as I could. I came away agreeing with him that there were many implausible JFK conspiracy theories out there–in addition to the also-implausible anti-conspiracy theory that he advocated.

And that was what was problematic about Bugiliosi’s intellectual approach to the JFK story. The idea that you could get at the truth about JFK’s death by refuting every false theory strikes me as very odd. A historian would never write  a book about the causes of World War II by trying to refute every interpretation but his or her own. Why would you address the JFK story in such a backhanded way?

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RIP Harry Livingstone, JFK researcher

Harry Livingstone, a prolific JFK author  and disputer-in-chief, has died. I read one of his books but I never read another. Another time I saw him in action at a JFK conference. A faithful reader advises De mortuis nil nisi bonum. (“Of the dead, nothing unless good.”)  so I’ll leave it at that.

The Garrison Group: What one top CIA official said about Clay Shaw

Wistar Janney, CIA officer

Wistar Janney, CIA officer who monitored Jim Garrison

In response to last week’s post on the CIA’s still-secret file on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, author Peter Janney  sent the following comment about the CIA’s secret monitoring of Garrison’s JFK investigation.

The fact that counterintelligence chief Jim Angleton oversaw this effort is very telling. Angleton’ job was to prevent penetration of the agency  by a foreign powers. Yet his Garrison Group showed no interest in whether Garrison was cooperating with or advancing the agenda of another intelligence service. So why did Angleton care? To me the most plausible explanation is that Angleton feared Garrison might uncovered evidence of a counterintelligence operation in New Orleans or Angleton’s pre-assassination interest in Oswald. Or both.

To the story Janney, the son of a CIA officer, adds an important detail that I had forgotten.

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Top 5 JFK Facts stories in May

The most-read stories on JFK Facts in the month of May were:

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