“Conspiracy theories,” writes author Annie Jacobsen in a New York Times forum, are ”the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of how we live.” A JFK conspiracy theory (or anti-conspiracy theory) is a story we tell ourselves in order to make sense of what happened on November 22, 1963.
I’m no expert in the medical evidence of JFK’s assassination, but Dr. David Mantik is surely correct when he emphasizes in this just-published letter to the journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, that the interviews of medical personnel conducted by the Assassination Records Review Board, demand attention.
This line, in particular, is startling: Read more
An intriguing tidbit from a faithful reader about the bullet that allegedly killed President Kennedy.
A new book, Two Days in June, calls attention to the JFK’s supremely important and still relevant speech at American University on June 10, 1963, in which he asked Americans to rethink ‘peace.’
In a new piece JFK and the Cuban Embargo, Jacob Hornberger connects Obama’s Cuba diplomacy to JFK’s Cuba diplomacy of 50 years ago:
“Already, we’re hearing that President Obama is a traitor, that he is surrendering America to Fidel Castro and the communists, and betraying the Cuban people and the cause of freedom and democracy for wanting to lift the 54-year-old Cold War-era U.S. embargo against Cuba.”
“That is precisely the way that the national-security establishment felt about Kennedy and actually much worse.”
Fifty one years before President Obama normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba, President John F. Kennedy was thinking of doing the same. To start the negotiations, Obama sent one of his aides, Ben Rhodes, to talk to the Cuban government. Likewise in the fall of 1963, JFK authorized a U.S.diplomat, Bill Attwood, to make contact with Cuban representatives to discuss the outlines of an agreement between the two countries.
In a new document collection, Cuba – United States Secret Diplomacy Documents (1961-1977), published by Paperless Archives, you can follow how JFK’s pursuit of peace with Cuba, right up to the moment he was assassinated. After JFK was dead, LBJ had no interest and the initiative died. It would take a half century before JFK’s goal was achieved. Read more
Late on the night of November 13, 2014, JFK Facts welcomed its one millionth site visitor, fulfilling the goal that Rex Bradford and I had when we launched the site on November 22, 2012: to establish the premier Web destination for quality information and informed debate about the assassination of the liberal president.
None of this would have been possible without Rex. With the help of Comments Editor Peter Voskamp and Copy Editor Bill Hogan, I’m looking forward to growing the site’s audience even more in the next year. Exactly how to do that is a challenge we all face.
“And not just any big question but one of the biggest in the history of the United States.
“Painter Dennis Blagg, her friend and the curator of her current show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, was 12 years old and living with his family in Dallas at the time of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
““This was something that always stuck with me,’ the Fort Worth naturalist master said, ‘and there are a lot of questions that just begged to be answered … As a child, I was deeply horrified.’”
The NYTimes.com asks: “Would the security needs of the United States be better served if the agency were dismantled?”
Three responses are especially apt. All of them note that CIA abuses of power are deeply rooted in the agency’s history, going back to the Kennedy presidency.
JFK author Lamar Waldron renews the call:
“It’s time to release ALL of the JFK assassination files. Congress passed the 1992 JFK Act to declassify them, but the Secret Service, CIA, FBI, and other agencies continue to withhold important files,” Waldron’s petition reads. “The National Archives won’t even say how many pages of files remain unreleased.”
Comedian Vaughn Meader shot to fame in early 1962 with his spot-on but affectionate send-ups of President Kennedy and his family. His LP record The First Family won a Grammy in 1963. When JFK was killed in Dallas, Meader was shattered and his career was over. He died in obscurity in 2004. He lives on in the heaven known as YouTube.
Reader David Regan asks if anyone has information regarding the story below, in which the Dallas police allegedly encountered a group of men engaging in “target practice” on the Grassy Knoll on November 20, 1963: Has anyone come across confirmation on this? “Target Practice in Dealey Plaza” — from “Mafia Kingfish,” by John Davis (paperback Signet Books edition, 1989):
The Washington Post‘s Joel Achenbach reports from south Florida, Obama’s opening to Cuba has provoked little outrage in what was once a bastion of anti-Castroism.
“The biggest change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in half a century, an historic rapprochement — the end of the Cold War! — has not yet incited organized outrage at the level where people start pouring onto Calle Ocho. Something has changed here over the years — and the decades.”