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The trouble with recreation of the speech JFK never gave

In March, the London Times detailed an audio project recreating John F Kennedy’s “lost” Dallas speech, which he was due to deliver the day he was assassinated. A total of 831 existing JFK speeches and interviews, and 116,777 “sound units” were analysed to create the speech that was never spoken. The “JFK Unsilenced” project was widely shared and praised, but I found it unnerving. The potential for manufacturing things that were never said by world leaders for nefarious means is clear.

Source: Una Mullally: How I was caught up in an Iranian fake news operation

Jackie Kennedy’s packing list for Texas, chic and poignant 

Jackie Kennedy’s bloodstained pink Chanel suit tells more acutely than any other image the story of what happened in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 22. But the notes she prepared for her personal assistant, Providencia Paredes, read as stage directions for a weekend of political theater and a catalog of the wardrobe that made her the most fashionable first lady of the 20th century, referenced by her successors to this day.

Source: Jackie Kennedy’s Packing List for Texas, Chic and Poignant – The New York Times

What is the most revealing new JFK document you have found?

While working my way through the mass of new JFK documents released (and unreleased) since last October, I have been compiling a list of new and significant items. I have received nominations for important new records from Mark S. and others, and I want to cast the net even wider.

Send me your document or list of documents and we will vote on a “Top 10 New JFK Files.”

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FBI file reveals some of the secrets of Howard Hunt’s White House safe

Emma Best at MuckRock reports on newly-released FBI files that illuminate the shared CIA history of the Watergate burglars. Read more

Comparing the Zapruder and Nix films

Nix Film

Cranor’s question: Where is the Zapruder frame equivalent to this Nix frame?

I’ve always been skeptical of the theory Abraham Zapruder’s home movie of JFK’s assassination has been altered. Doug Horne’s groundbreaking interview with CIA photo analyst Dino Brugioni convinced me it was possible the film was altered en route to Washington on the weekend of November 22-24, 1963, but I did not find proof it had been altered.
In this interesting piece for WhoWhatWhy Millicent Cranor addresses the obvious issues: if the Z-film was altered, other photography at the crime scene should contain images not found on the Z-film. Her findings surprised me. Read more

‘Judge Henderson’s well-reasoned dissent in this case puts me at odds with Kavanaugh’

Of recents news events, Rick writes:

“Although I support Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court, I am greatly dismayed that he played this role denying Jeff Morley’s suit. The real culprit, as we all must admit, is the CIA itself which has been relentless in their perpetration of the coverup for over half a century. Judge Henderson’s well-reasoned dissent in this case puts me at odds with Kavanaugh on this most important historic subject.”

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My day in court with Judge Kavanaugh: the subject was JFK files

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Kavanaugh

On March 19 the DC Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in my FOIA lawsuit, Morley v CIA. In the absence of Senior Judge Karen Henderson, Judge Brett Kavanaugh presided.

Now Kavanaugh has been nominated for the Supreme Court, and his every word is being parsed.

The question before the court that day: Was the CIA obligated to pay my court costs for a long-running lawsuit about certain JFK assassination files held by the agency.

Click for the audio recording of the hearing. Kavanaugh is the first speaker you will hear, followed by my attorney Jim Lesar, a veteran FOIA litigator. Read more

RFK’s fateful day in Los Angeles and the distrust of the liberals | TheHill

One surprised reporter asked some why they switched allegiance from Kennedy to Wallace; their responses were hauntingly similar to what we have heard from Donald Trump supporters in the past year: “He has guts. … He says what he means. … He is strongly critical of the political establishment.”

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Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn’t believe it was Sirhan Sirhan

What is striking about this article is not only RFK Jr’s trip to see Sirhan and his growing suspicions. What is striking is that the Washington Post treats his views with respect.

“I went there because I was curious and disturbed by what I had seen in the evidence,” said Kennedy, an environmental lawyer and the third oldest of his father’s 11 children. “I was disturbed that the wrong person might have been convicted of killing my father. My father was the chief law enforcement officer in this country. I think it would have disturbed him if somebody was put in jail for a crime they didn’t commit.”

Source: Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn’t believe it was Sirhan Sirhan. – The Washington Post

A promise broken on JFK files release 

President Trump broke his tweeted promise to release “ALL JFK files,” notes James Kelleher.

While an additional 19,000 documents were released, some 15,834 documents contained redactions, and another five hundred or more were withheld from the release. The president bought into the national security argument and again extended the time for the removal of all the redactions and final document release to October 2021.

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Kennedy family believes CIA killed JFK, says RFK  Jr. in new book

RFK Jr. on his uncle’s murder

Since the publication of David Talbot’s groundbreaking book, Brothers, the story of Robert Kennedy’s suspicions about his brother’s murder have come to light.

RFK’s son shares those same suspicions, which he voiced in a Dallas appearance in 2013 and now details in a new book.

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What the Warren Commission avoided: the anti-racist Oswald

In his unpublished memoir, George de Mohrenschildt, an observant engineer and astute writer, talked about his friend Lee Oswald and his support for the civil rights movement Read more

‘Oswald was known to a dozen senior CIA officials’

I make a strong claim about the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald in this video. I think the new JFK files corroborate my observation. But I’d like to get independent verification, preferably from a reputable fact-checking service like Snopes.

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How JFK sought to end the Cold War: with science


A friend passed this History News post with a comment.

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What the curious case of Richard Gibson tells us about Lee Harvey Oswald

I was on BBC 3 Radio yesterday talking about the curious case of Richard Gibson, co-founder of the leftist Fair Play for Cuba Committee and, it turns out, a longtime CIA spy.

The larger context of Gibson’s story, which I broke in Newsweek, tells us a lot about the CIA’s surveillance of Lee Oswald in 1963.  Read more