After I published my review of Antonio Veciana’s book, Trained to Kill, for Newsweek, several people asked me about Dan Hardway’s review of the book AARC web site and W. Tracy Parnell’s blog, purporting to debunk Veciana’s story.
The former is an investigator’s take, the latter a prosecutor’s brief. Dan looks to get beyond Veciana’s self-presentation. Parnell seeks to impeach his credibility. Dan sees Veciana’s story as “modified limited hangout,” Parnell sees it as a fantasy.
Both are worth taking seriously.
One of the stories I will tell in The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton is how the British secret intelligence services pressured Harold Wilson, the leftist Labour leader, into retiring early.
Some would credit Angleton with good counterintelligence instincts. Others might see a witch hunt or the workings of the so-called “deep state.” In any case, it was vintage Angleton, as Alex Cockburn explains.
Source: “Ashes & Diamonds” by Alexander Cockburn” Read more
President Kennedy gave two speeches, on June 10 and June 11, 1963 that changed the course of American history, says historian Andrew Cohen, author of “Two Days in June.” Cohen explained what JFK wrought in a recent interview with CBC TV host Peter Mansbridge.
To recap the JFK mystery of the year: The last four episodes of “JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald” a six-part History Channel documentary series on the JFK assassination were not shown in the United States as scheduled.
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President Kennedy’s growth as a leader in June 1963 is a key to understanding his life and death.
As Arms Control Today documented last year, JFK’s June 10 speech at American University would influence the arms control vision all of the U.S. presidents who followed him. And as this New York Times column notes, his often-overlooked nationally televised address on June 11, 1963, signaled his evolution as a civil rights leader.
President Kennedy’s speech to the graduating class of American University in Washington DC 54 years ago today represented the high point of his efforts to wind down the Cold War. His vigorous style and clear mind never had a more important goal — or more powerful enemies.
MDG writes with a summary of the mysteriously cancelled (at least in the United States) History Channel series on the JFK assassination:
Jim asks: “Jeff…should we still be posting comments or are those old hat and we should just email you directly?”
After years of silence, a former CIA operative speaks out about Castro, Oswald and the assassination of JFK.
Source: The CIA’s Secrets About JFK, Che, and Castro Revealed in New Book By Former Operative
I don’t agree with the author’s pro-Trump take but he quotes me accurately about the secret government. The idea that the CIA is the source of Trump’s problems is simplistic.
Source: Trump, JFK, and the Deep State – The Unz Review
JFK’s assassination never goes away as a factor in American politics.
“There is a theory that Kennedy’s assassination was set up by the United States special services,” the Russian leader noted in his interview with Megyn Kelly. “If this theory is correct, and one cannot rule it out, thus what can be easier in today’s situation, given the entire technical capabilities available to special services than to organize some kind of attacks in an appropriate manner while alluding to Russia in the process.”
Summers was amazed when doing his documentary for BBC’s “Panorama” in the late 1970s that many of his interview subjects had never been spoken to before. “All of the media of that time, not least the New York Times, had completely failed to really quarry into the story. They simply had not done it,” he said. “They concentrated on the great tapestry of the assassination and the Kennedy era.”
Source: On the trail of the assassin(s) — Irish Echo
If you can’t attend the Future of Freedom Foundation’s conference on The National Security State & JFK in northern Virginia this Saturday, you can watch it on TV. CSPAN has confirmed that they will broadcast the proceedings.