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Back to JFK future

David Talbot’s top 7 JFK books

Erik, Jeff S., and other frustrated readers complained that the link to my September 13 post, David Talbot’s JFK reading list, was broken. Sorry about that. You can read the story here. Read more

‘The Parkland Doctors’ get greenlighted by the crowd

Bill Garnet and the producers of the documentary film, “The Parkland Doctors” send word via the crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo that they have achieved 103 percent of their $50,000 funding goal.

In other words, this important film about the seven doctors who tried to save JFK’s life will get made. I’m looking forward to it.

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‘Assassination Theater’ probes a Mafia plot against JFK

Assassination Theater

A “Mafia done it” theory comes to the Chicago stage

“I’m an investigative reporter but I’ve always loved plays,” says Hillel Levin. The result is “Assassination Theater,” Levin’s investigative drama about the murder of President John F. Kennedy, now playing at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.

Focusing on Chicago FBI agent Zach Shelton, the four-man drama develops a “Mafia did it” interpretation of JFK’s assassination, along with excursions into the medical evidence and the life of Jack Ruby.

It is unusual territory for a stage drama.

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The CIA’s presidential briefings before November 22, 1963

Veteran JFK researcher Bill Kelly asks a good question about the CIA’s media blitz at the LBJ Library in Austin Texas last week. Read more

CIA director John Brennan: why the agency is releasing JFK records it once said could never be released

Here’s what CIA director John Brennan said last week:

For the first time ever, the Central Intelligence Agency is releasing en masse declassified copies of the President’s Daily Brief and its predecessor publications—some 2,500 documents from the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. This is just the beginning—some 2,000 additional declassified PDB documents from the Nixon and Ford administrations will be released next year,

How unexpected. How unusual. How odd. How welcome. The CIA is yearning to declassify long-secret records in the public interest. Do you wonder why? Read more

What the Huffington Post doesn’t know about the CIA and JFK

HuffPoWhat’s with the Huffington Post?

In his news report, New CIA Information on JFK Assassinationon the release of thousands of presidential briefings from the 1960s, HuffPo reporter Keith Thomson devoted considerable effort to ridiculing unnamed JFK conspiracy theorists who attended a press briefing at the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library in Austin, Texas last week.

Along the way, Thomson managed to miss the historical significance of the CIA’s disclosure. Read more

What did the CIA’s release of JFK and LBJ presidential briefings reveal?

The briefings, released last week, showed how the Agency sought to get information to the two presidents.The CIA had long resisted releasing the records on the grounds that any disclosure would harm national security, an argument the Agency has now abandoned.

One of first briefings in the wake of JFK’s assassination revealed something important: where the CIA’s JFK assassination cover-up originated: in the Directorate of Operations and the Counterintelligence Staff.

CIA may still have photos of Oswald in Mexico City

One mystery of JFK assassination story is why accused assassin Lee Oswald was not photographed when he visited the Embassy of the Soviet Union in Mexico City two months before President Kennedy was killed in Dallas.

Mexico City mystery man

The CIA thought he was Lee H. Oswald.

The CIA had three photographic surveillance bases to take pictures of visitors to the Embassy. Oswald visited the Embassy at least twice in an unsuccessful effort to obtain a visa. But the CIA says no photograph of Oswald was taken.

The photo to the right, which CIA personnel in Mexico City mistakenly linked to Oswald, depicted a man who was never conclusively identified.

In 1978 investigators from the House Select Committee on Assassinations Read more

The CIA’s sources and methods in Hollywood

VICE News has a revealing story about the CIA, with the help of the Obama White House, used Hollywood to sell the idea of torture in the Oscar winning movie Zero Dark Thirty.

The movie, VICE observers, “stongly suggested that the use of torture led the agency to bin Laden, a narrative that current and former CIA officials promoted in numerous op-eds and interviews after bin Laden was killed. That the narrative was so prominently featured in ZDT angered Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who fired off a letter to the president of Sony Pictures objecting to what she called a ‘false narrative.’

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CIA disclosures bare the origins of the JFK cover-up

Three days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the CIA told his successor Lyndon Johnson a bit of news: the agency’s sources had just confirmed press reports that accused assassin Lee Oswald had visited the Cuban and Soviet Embassies in Mexico City two months before.

Here’s what the President’s Intelligence Checklist (TPIC)– just released by the CIA and LBJ Library–reported on November 25, 1963.

Presidential Intelligence Checklist

It was revealing moment. Intentionally or not, the CIA was misleading the new U.S. president about what Agency personnel knew of the man accused of killing his predecessor.

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Declassified CIA presidential briefings shed new light on the agency’s reaction to JFK’s assassination

The CIA’s release of 2,500 presidential briefings written during the Kennedy and Johnson presidential administrations is shedding new light on the agency’s reaction to the assassination of JFK. The CIA has long contended that the briefings could not be released in any form for reasons of national security

On the day Kennedy was killed the CIA briefers wrote they could find “no more fitting words” than a poem that JFK sometimes cited about the burdens of his office: Read more

From a 5-Star Amazon review of Our Man in Mexico

A reader’s take on Our Man in Mexico:

“What a pleasure to read a fact-based, well researched, and completely documented book that covers, not only the JFK assassination, but the early soldiers of the WW II – OSS. Many of these same OSS people became the CIA’s senior management team by 1963. Unlike most books on these subjects, Mr. Morley allows the reader to draw their own conclusion(s). There are no wild-eyed, self-perpetuated, illogical theories here – only substantiated and referenced facts.”

“I strongly recommend Our Man in Mexico to any serious OSS/CIA/JFK historian or researcher …”

Tell me more about Our Man in Mexico. 

‘Concerning the Facts and Consequences of the Tragic Death of President John F. Kennedy’

What Fidel Castro said about JFK’s  assassination on November 23, 1963. He was judicious. Read more

David Talbot’s JFK reading list

David Talbot

“There is a wealth of useful information about the Kennedy assassination available online,” writes Salon’s founding editor, David Talbot. Talbot’s  book about CIA director Allen Dulles will be published in next month.

“But before a beginner wades into these thickets, it’s best to start with some of the best books on the subject,” he adds.

Here’s Talbot’s top seven JFK books. Am I biased because Talbot is a friend and he includes my book? Yes, I am.

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