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Travels with John Judge (1948-2014)

From Bill Kelly, an affectionate memoir of the late JFK researcher and organizer who never tired of demanding the full record of JFK’s assassination. Read more

Look for it: Inside Oswald’s wallet

Seen at the crime: Dallas police officers handling Lee Oswald’s wallet

From Bill Simpich, author of the revelatory new book State Secret, comes another piece of original research into JFK’s assassination:

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Justice Dept. denies CIA officer was honored for JFK cover-up

A Justice Department official denied in a federal court filing last month that undercover officer George Joannides received a CIA medal for deceptive actions related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 49 years ago but the claim cannot be verified.

Joannides medal

Retired CIA officer George Joannides (left) received the Career Intelligence Medal from deputy CIA director Bobby Ray Inman on July 15, 1981.    (Photo credit: CIA)

“The CIA has consistently challenged the notion that a career award could be seen as explicit or tacit approval of any one assignment in Joannides’s 30-year career,” asserted Ronald Machen, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, in a brief filed on Nov. 21 in the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Machen’s brief is the government’s latest legal salvo in my decade-old (today) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit over JFK assassination records. At issue are ancient but still-sensitive U.S. government documents related to the murder of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

In recent years, the CIA has grudgingly acknowledged that Joannides served as the Miami-based handler of a Cuban exile group whose members who had a series of encounters with accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald three months before JFK was killed.

The agency also acknowledges that Joannides served as the CIA’s principal coordinator with the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1978 but did not disclose his role in the events of 1963 to investigators.

“That concealment has fueled suspicion that Mr. Joannides’s real assignment was to limit what the House committee could learn about C.I.A. activities,” wrote reporter Scott Shane of the New York Times in 2009. Read more

JFK Facts Top 5: Oswald and the theologians

The single most popular story on JFK Facts for the week of April 10-17 recounted how Lee Oswald apparently fired a rifle shot at Gen. Edwin Walker, a right-wing firebrand and critic of JFK, in April 1963. The second most popular story linked United Methodist minister Lance Moore and theologian James Douglass as a unique type of JFK author:

The top five:

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JFK Facts Top 5: Comments and recommendations

While the site was under construction, readers flocked to Comment Editor Peter Voskamp’s directive to the commenting crowd, and perennially popular pages about Gail Raven’s memories of her friend Jack Ruby, about secret CIA files and about the best JFK websites.

These were the most-read stories from March 27 to April 3: Read more

ICYM: Online covert operations: how NSA & Co. mount them

via The Intercept: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations..

Spy chief James Clapper wins Rosemary Award

 

Would this man lie to you?

“Despite heavy competition, Clapper’s ‘No, sir’ lie to Senator Ron Wyden’s question: ‘Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?’ sealed his receipt of the dubious achievement award, which cites the vastly excessive secrecy of the entire U.S. surveillance establishment.”

via the National Security Archive.

 

 

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JFK Facts Top 5: Stories with legs

Grassy knoll aftermath

Cops runs to the grassy knoll

 

Readers responded to Sunshine Week in Washington by making our story about secrecy around JFK records the favorite story of the week. In self-referential twist, last week’s Top 5 Countdown was the second most popular story of the week thus landing in this week’s countdown. And for the 2nd week in a role the story of cops gravitating to the grassy knoll in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination came in at number 5. As we say in the journalism business, that story has legs.

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Tim Weiner on the CIA and the constitutional crisis

Former New York Times reporter Tim Weiner talks to Tavis Smiley about the CIA. Read more

AP: Obama has failed on open government promise

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In this new study of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, US cites security more to censor, deny records, Associated Press reporters Ted Bridis and Jack Gillum make two points that show President Obama has failed to deliver on his promise of “a new era in open government.”

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Sen. Feinstein’s learning curve

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Senator Feinstein Finds Out How it Feels to be a FOIA Requester

The relevance of the JFK story in the age of mass surveillance

“We hear a lot reasons why things can’t be made public, that the NSA needs to surveil to stop people from attacking America. We hear a lot of explanations like that. What if we took all that secrecy away from the Kennedy assassination. What would we see?”

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CIA denials fail to stop JFK records lawsuit

“Plaintiff’s initial FOIA request sought all records related to three people allegedly connected to JFK’s assassination: Johnny Roselli, Jean Souetre and David Morales,”

via Prison Planet.com » Kennedy Assassination Info Request Advanced.

This line caught my eye:

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CIA spying on Congress: ‘Undercover’ officer duped House JFK investigators in ’78

The scandal started quietly last week when Sen. Mark Udall wrote a letter to President Obama, alleging that the CIA had taken “unprecedented action” against investigators who wrote the Senate Intelligence Committee’s still-classified report on the U.S. torture program.

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Sen. Feinstein claims White House backing in struggle with CIA

“In short, this was the exact sort of CIA interference in our investigation that we sought to avoid at the outset,” Feinstein said, saying she raised the issue with the White House counsel. Read more