Assassination

Woody Harrelson’s ‘LBJ’ is important American History brought to light

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.

Source: ‘LBJ’ is Important American History Brought to Light

USA Today: CIA started to disavow knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald within hours of killing

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.

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Morley responds to CIA historian David Robarge

In a great compliment to me, personally and professionally, CIA historian David Robarge has attacked my new biography of James Angleton, THE GHOST. Read more

Where to find a JFK smoking gun: in the coming FBI files

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.”

As I explained to the Washington Post: Read more

El Pais on ‘mysteries hidden in the secret JFK assassination files’

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.

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Where to find the smoking gun: in the 30,000 JFK documents that remain secret

After the JFK document dumps of July 24, October 26 and November 3, the most historically significant records related to the assassination of the liberal president remain out of public view.

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The Intelligence Community Flips Off America

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.

Source: THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY FLIPS OFF AMERICA

New batch of JFK assassination files illuminate CIA’s interest in Oswald

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.

The Washington Post digs in and confirms my point. Pre-assassination communications about the unimportant Lee Oswald went straight to the top of the agency, i.e., to James Angleton. Read more

Top CIA official was told Oswald contacted KGB officer in Mexico City, new JFK file shows

An obscure code name jumped out at me from a key new document in the latest JFK files to be made public by President Trump and the CIA on Friday. Read more

Bowing to public opinion, the CIA releases more JFK files

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.

Source: Secret C.I.A. Documents May Shed New Light on J.F.K. Killing – The New York Times

 iCONECT offers searchable database of new JFK files

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

Source: Request Access to the JFK Files in iCONECT XERA

Trumped: the mandate, the media, and the new clues in the JFK document (un)-Dump

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.”

Source: Trumped: The Mandate, the Media, and New Clues Amid the JFK Document (Un)-Dump – WhoWhatWhy

Beyond the JFK headlines, the deeper story

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 JFK files and the problem of trust 

On the very limited JFK file release last week, The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Frank notes that “secrecy itself shares the blame for fomenting so many conspiracy theories and Read more

Search the new JFK files yourself

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)

Source: Formerly withheld-in-full documents released on October 26, 2017