In his era, Johnson was rightly vilified in his escalation of the Vietnam War, but in other areas of legislation (the Civil Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the anti-poverty Great Society) LBJ sought to uplift the underclass in this country, based on an empathy that is smartly expressed in the film. The assassination of JFK was a shocking act, and it was Johnson in the aftermath who had to reset the path of a nation.
Some of the best reporting on the new JFK files is coming from USA Today.
In today’s story, the national daily notes an essential newsworthy fact revealed in the newly declassified records.
Within hours of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the CIA started to distance itself from any connection to suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, recently released secret records from the National Archives show.
Reporters ask me, “Is there a smoking gun in the new JFK files?”
I used to say “No.” But after reading the CIA’s latest releases, I have changed my mind.
Now I say, “Yes, there is at least one potential smoking gun in the new JFK files, and it may soon come into public view.”
Jan Martinez Ahrens’ piece in EL PAÍS, the leading newspaper of Spain (machine translated) shows why foreign coverage of the JFK files release was more realistic and less propagandistic than the U.S. coverage.
This from my friend Dan Hardway, West Virginia litigator and former congressional investigator, who knows what to look for in the new JFK files.
While I doubt the existence of a “smoking gun,” the circumstantial evidence we might look for in the delayed files could show a correlation between Lee Harvey Oswald’s activities in New Orleans and Mexico City in the late summer and fall of 1963 and CIA covert operations that were occurring at that time.
It’s going to take a while to make sense of the November 3 JFK file release, which contains much more significant information than previous releases on July 24 and October 26.
Good news: The CIA has released another batch of JFK assassination-related records, according to the New York Times.
In the face of criticism from a federal judge and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the CIA has released 676 new documents related to the murder of President Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, in November 1963.
As always, I’m looking for any files on my top 5 JFK suspects: James Angleton, Bill Harvey, David Phillips, Ann Goodpasture, and George Joannides. And anything on CIA operations in Mexico City and New Orleans.
If you find something interesting, drop me a line.
This is a public service that will aid JFK research:
As a public service iCONECT is making a public web-based fully searchable archive of publicly available JFK documents. The documents have been downloaded from National Archives and are now available for search, sort, browse, organize and print on a NO-CHARGE basis
Dick Russell sums up the political realities shaping the limited release of JFK records last week and what will happen next.
Clearly, elements of the CIA and FBI had done some last-minute arm-twisting. As night fell, Trump penned a memo saying: “I have no choice — today — but to accept [their] redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our nation’s security.”
I recently appeared with Carlos Harrison, co-author of Antonio Veciana’s revelatory memoir Trained to Kill, on Teresa Rodriguez’s Stories Beyond the Headlines on Apple Podcasts.
We had a good talk about what is–and is not–in the new JFK files. Listen.
The Mary Ferrell Foundation does what the U.S. media organizations and the U.S. government apparently cannot: creates a searchable database of 58 new JFK files that have never been made public before. (h/t Rex)