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Malcolm Gladwell’s folly: Did a Secret Service man shoot JFK?

What me worry about JFK?

No, he did not.

The “Secret Service Man Did It” theory is comic in its macabre ludicrousness. It would not be worthy of discussion, except that Bill James and Malcolm Gladwell, and now the Huffington Post, have taken it seriously.

JFK Second Shooter? New Documentary Makes Radical Claim,” the liberal site reported. The article quotes a couple of cable TV documentarians from the Reelz Channel insinuating, without evidence, that a Secret Service agent killed Kennedy. There is no comment from any historian or journalist who actually knows the record of JFK’s assassination. To date, more than 3,000 people have “liked” the HP story. I have submitted a correction without hope that it will ever be acknowledged.

I could blame Gladwell for this sorry display of public ignorance, but let’s stick to the facts: Read more

Bloomberg asked Donald Trump the wrong JFK question 

 

I can understand why David Sirota and his retweeters are impatient about the attention to Trump. Among the issues facing the United States of America in the 2016 presidential election–the broken immigration system, extreme inequality, endless wars, out-of-control gun violence, and the assault on voting rights– the question of who perpetrated one homicide in Dallas 52 years ago may seems trivial, far-fetched, and perversely beside the point.

It isn’t.

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 Red Duke, surgeon who attended JFK, dies at 86

Dr. Red Duke, initially treated President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and became nationally famous as a medical TV host.

Duke was not one of the doctors who tried to save JFK’s life. Their story will be told in forthcoming documentary, “The Parkland Doctors.” Read more

CIA chief told RFK about two shooters in Dallas

RFK and John McCone

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and CIA Director John McCone (photo credit: CIA)

Why did Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy believe that his brother President John F. Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy, as his son recently said?

Did RFK have any evidence for his belief, asked several readers who had seen the widespread coverage of RFK Jr.’s comments

It turns out RFK had it on good authority that two people were involved.

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‘Tiny details can be critical:’ Mark Lawson on William Manchester

Its 700 pages cover just five days, from preparations for the flight to Dallas to the burial of the 35th president. … [Manchester constructs an astonishing multi-viewpoint narrative in sections named after the Secret Service code-words in use on the days in question, including “Lancer” (the president) and “Castle” (the White House).

Source: A forensic study of JFK’s death debunked the conspiracies  | Mark Lawson | Comment is free | The Guardian

Kerry in Havana: the JFK backstory

Kerry and JFK in 1962

John Kerry, right, watching a sailboat race in August 1962 with President Kennedy, seated on the left.

Fifty three summers ago, John Kerry was sixteen years old. He went sailing with the president of the United States. In 2013, John Kerry became Secretarytof State and expressed some doubts about the Warren Commission’s much-criticized theory of JFK’s assassination.

Now that Kerry has restored normal relations with Cuba, the time has come for both governments to disclose all they know about the events of 1963.

The time has come for US and Cuba to release all JFK files

Kerry In Cuba

Secretary of State John Kerry opens the U.S. Embassy in Havana on August 14, 2015.

Secretary of State John Kerry opened the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the first time in fifty four years that the U.S. government has officially recognized the government of Cuba. This was an eventuality that President Kennedy was planning for when he was killed. Yet all agree that a legacy of mistrust endures.

One way for the two governments can improve relations is to release all JFK assassination records in their possession.  Read more

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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Hillary Clinton called for release of JFK files


After JFK Facts asked all 2016 presidential candidates to answer the JFK challenge, one reader pointed out that Hillary Clinton already has. Read more

Ideological politics and the JFK conspiracy question

This 2014 Daily Caller piece about Jack Ruby, like the death of Richard Schweicker, reminds me that one of the lamest memes in the discussion of the causes of the assassination of President Kennedy is the claim that the question of conspiracy is actually a left-wing plot to undermine America.

The facts say otherwise. Read more

From Cuba to Iran: Obama claims JFK’s legacy

Obama at AU

President Obama speaks at American University, August 5, 2015

In a “blunt” speech at American University, President Obama “aggressively” defended the international agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program by invoking the daring diplomacy of President John F. Kennedy.

The polemical fire in Obama’s address targeted the many critics of the deal who supported the disastrous invasion of Iraq in 2003. The setting invoked JFK’s “strategy of peace” speech, delivered on the same campus in June 1963. The analogy of Obama’s Iran nuclear deal to JFK’s Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty took up much of the speech.

But the historical strength of Obama’s argument came from another source: Read more

‘Assassination Theater’ brings JFK story to the stage 

The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago will be the setting for a bold and provocative play about the assassination of our 35th president.”

Opening August 11, the play was written by editor/author Hillel Levin. He blames the Chicago organized crime figures for the Kennedy’s death. Levin says the play will bring new information to light proving his claim.

I’m most curious about what Levin has to say about Jack Ruby, the man who lived at the intersection of the JFK story and Chicago organized crime. Read more

Richard Schweiker, Republican critic of JFK assassination probe, dies at 89

Richard S. Schweiker

Sem Richard S. Schweiker, Warren Commission critic (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

 

“The evidence the Committee has developed suggests that, for different reasons, both the CIA and the FBI failed in, or avoided carrying out, certain of their responsibilities in this matter,” Schweiker and [Senator Gary] Hart wrote in their study regarding the role of U.S. intelligence agencies in the Warren Commission’s review.”

Source: Richard Schweiker, Critic of JFK Assassination Probe, Dies at 89 – Bloomberg Business

The CIA’s secret files on Jim Garrison, the prosecutor celebrated in the ‘JFK’ movie

Jim Garrison

Jim Garrison, New Orleans DA, and object of CIA attention. (Credit: LYNN PELHAM/TIMEPIX )

The CIA retains two secret files on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, the crusading prosecutor who inspired Oliver Stone’s hit movie “JFK.”

The files–whose existence was first reported by JFK Facts- are among the 3,600 secret U.S. government records related to JFK’s assassination that are scheduled to be released in October 2017. Earlier this week,  Politico and NOLA,com reported on the existence of the 3,600 records, which was first disclosed on May 12 by JFK Facts.

The Garrison files contain 16 pages of undated and unclassified material, according to  the  National Archives’ online database of JFK assassination records

One file– labelled  “CIA File on Garrison, James”–contains ten pages of material. The other–described as “Illegible Document, Garrison Investigation”–has six pages.

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More on Russ Holmes, the CIA’s JFK assassination archivist

Comes a note from a well-informed source about the late Russ Holmes, the man in charge of the CIA’s JFK archives. Holmes was one of the best-informed people in the U.S. government about the JFK assassination records. From his record collection, there may yet emerge new revelations about the assassination of JFK in 2017.

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