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Victor Marchetti, disillusioned CIA officer who challenged secrecy rules, dies at 88

Source: Victor Marchetti, disillusioned CIA officer who challenged secrecy rules, dies at 88

Ted Cruz throws his father under the Trump bus and gets on board

The president also said he doesn’t “regret” suggesting Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination effort of President John F. Kennedy, which was among his more controversial statements regarding the Texas senator as they both vied for the GOP presidential nomination.

Source: Trump on Ted Cruz: ‘Beautiful,’ not ‘Lyin’, doesn’t regret JFK-dad conspiracy – Business Insider

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The CIA is fighting in federal court to seal these JFK files

What does the CIA want to hide most about the JFK story?

Kerry has ‘serious doubts’ about lone gunman theory

I’ve written here about “Six Washington insiders who suspected a JFK plot.”

Now you can add another name to the list: Secretary of State John Kerry.

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6 Washington insiders who suspected a JFK plot

Jackie Kennedy’s private thoughts about Dallas

Defenders of the semi-official theory of JFK’s assassination sometimes suggest that anyone who disagrees is deluded or dishonest. Dale Myers and Gus Russo have dubbed the benighted souls “the conspirati,” a term intended to convey disdain for those allegedly emotionally needy or intellectually incompetent people who doubt the claim that one man killed JFK for no reason.

The problem with this trope, alas, is the facts. There were plenty of astute observers of American power in 1963 who rejected the official theory of a “lone nut” and concluded President Kennedy had been killed by his enemies.

Here are six six U.S. government insiders in 1963 who suspected a JFK was killed by a conspiracy.

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RIP David Wise, CIA expert who exposed ‘invisible government’

“We felt very strongly that there were two governments in the United States: one in the civics texts and the other in the real world,” Mr. Wise told the New York Times in 1988. “We thought the intelligence agencies were important to our security. But we were troubled about a system based on the consent of the governed when the governed didn’t know to what they have consented.”

Source: David Wise, author and CIA expert who exposed ‘invisible government,’ dies at 88

Today’s political turmoil can be traced to Kennedy assassination 

Despite all the modern tools of investigation and communication, the Kennedy years remain cloaked in somewhat of a self-serving narrative

Source: Today’s political turmoil can be traced to Kennedy assassination | Columnists | virginiamn.com

JFK Secret Service Agent Clint Hill to receive North Dakota’s Rough Rider Award | News | The Mighty 790 KFGO

He is the agent famously seen in movies and photos jumping on the back of the president’s limousine as it sped away to the hospital.

Source: JFK Secret Service Agent Clint Hill to receive North Dakota’s Rough Rider Award | News | The Mighty 790 KFGO

The busboy who tried to help a wounded Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 dies

That was the night an assassin took aim at Robert F. Kennedy, a candidate for president of the United States. Romero, just 17 at the time, squatted next to the fallen U.S. senator, cradled Kennedy’s head, and tried to help him up before realizing how gravely wounded Kennedy was.

Source: The busboy who tried to help a wounded Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 dies. His life was haunted by the violence – Los Angeles Times

In his last decision before his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh sided with the CIA

 

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Brett Kavanaugh, the future of justice?

The D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on July 9th that the CIA does not have to pay my court costs incurred in the long-running FOIA lawsuit Morley v. CIA. The split decision was joined by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Trump later that day to serve on the the Supreme Court. Read more

The Sixth Floor Museum to hold assassination debate on October 29

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Home of the Sixth Floor Museum

In a welcome development, the Sixth Floor Museum is holding a debate about the causes of JFK’s assassination on October 29. Long reluctant to engage with critics of the official story, the Dallas museum is opening itself to new points of view.

I suspect curator Stephen Fagin is responsible. I did an oral history of my JFK journalism for the Museum, and I found him to be a perceptive questioner who was interested in different interpretations of November 22.

The two participants in the Oct 29 could not be more qualified to represent their views. Read more

Up close and personal with David Ferrie

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Pilot in training Rick Bauer (left) with his trainer David Ferrie
(photo credit: Rick Bauer)

 

Rick Bauer, a reader in Florida, writes to tell of his personal experience in 1965-66 with David Ferrie, the New Orleans pilot who has been the target of JFK conspiracy speculation for decades.

Bauer writes.

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Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald

“Gail Raven,” an exotic dancer in the southwestern United States in the 1960s, became friends with Jack Ruby.

Who says new JFK witnesses can’t be found?
After JFK Facts recounted Jack Ruby’s pursuit of an exotic dancer named Gail Raven in January 1963, I received a message from a woman who identified herself as Raven’s daughter. She told me that her mother was still alive, and she confirmed that her mother and Jack Ruby were close. I asked her if her mother would share her memories of the man who killed accused assassin Lee H. Oswald. She said yes.
In 1963 Gail Raven was the stage name of a precociously mature 20-year-old woman who danced on the national nightclub circuit that included Ruby’s Carousel Club in Dallas. Ruby (born Jack Rubenstein) was a Chicago tough guy who took a shine to her, and they became friends.
Now close to 70 years old, Gail Raven is living in the southern United States. I have confirmed her real name but have agreed not to publish it here to protect her privacy. Read more

Cuban said his friend was a Dealey Plaza gunman; CIA has files on source of the story

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Reinaldo Martinez’s JFK story

A Cuban-American man has said a leading anti-Castro fighter identified a mutual friend as having admitted he took part  in the assassination of President Kennedy. Reinaldo Martinez, who made the allegation in this video interview with JFK author Anthony Summers, named the man who admitted involvement as Herminio Diaz.

Is the story, picked up last month in the online Daily Mail, credible?

Summers, author of “Not In Your Lifetime,” notes the story is hearsay. Martinez, now deceased, admitted he had no proof it was true, only that the anti-Castro fighter who told him the story.

JFK Facts has discovered that the CIA retains two secret files on the source of Martinez’s story. The agency says the files are “not believed relevant” to JFK’s assassination.

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