JFK Lancer conference opens today 

If you’re in Dallas, you’ll want to check out the usual array of excellent speakers, inlcuding David Talbot, Bill Simpich, Marie Fonzie. Larry Hancock, and Bill Garnet, to name just a few. It is a chance to drill down on the key issues raised by the unresolved events of November 1963 with some of the most knowledgable people in the world.

What’s the most important piece of new JFK assassination evidence?

I nominate a forgotten tape recording that surfaced a couple of years ago. Read more

Readers weigh in: JFK book you should read: ‘Dallas 1963’

Leslie writes; “I would recommend returning to the scene of the crime, vis a vis Dallas, and read “Dallas 1963” by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis. It is an apologia for the Warren Commission conclusion and has won awards – some of which may have been based on that rather than the detail it provides of the back drop – but regardless, read with discernment, it is an excellent resource toward understanding the dynamics and ethos of the city leading to 11.22.63 … and it names names.:

The curious story of Oswald’s radio

What this Buzzfeed story confirms is a singular fact rarely discussed in the annals of U.S. intelligence: the CIA did not conduct a counterespionage investigation of an accused president assassin.

Police went to the rooming house and seized everything in his room, including the radio. They gave the radio to the FBI, and then it went to NSA.

Source: Oswald’s Radio?

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Who did RFK suspect was involved in his brother’s death?

Phil Shenon writes: “I noticed the recent post on John McCone and wonder if it isn’t worth pointing out — given the recent fierce debate on the site and the criticism of my Politico piece — that Arthur Schlesinger’s quotation is strong evidence to support the idea that Bobby Kennedy DID have suspicions about Castro and Cuba, at least early on?”

The 7 JFK files Obama should have asked for

Obama told GQ’s Bill Simmons that the government’s JFK files are “disappointing.”

He just didn’t know which ones to ask for. Obama should tell CIA Director John Brennan he wants to take a peek the agency’s still-secret files on these seven people.

Then he should share. We won’t be disappointed.


Obama asks for the JFK files

Have you ever said, “Give me the JFK-assassination files, I want to read them. Give me all the secret stuff”?

Source: Obama and Bill Simmons: The GQ Interview | GQ

Comment of the week

By Josiah Thompson – November 15


Why would he have ”procured a .30 caliber unfired projectile that WE had placed on the stretcher cart in our reenactment.”

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6 Washington insiders who suspected a JFK plot

Jackie Kennedy’s private thoughts about Dallas

Defenders of the semi-official theory of JFK’s assassination sometimes suggest that anyone who disagrees is deluded or dishonest. Dale Myers and Gus Russo have dubbed the benighted souls “the conspirati,” a term intended to convey disdain for those allegedly emotionally needy or intellectually incompetent people who doubt the claim that one man killed JFK for no reason.

The problem with this trope, alas, is the facts. There were plenty of astute observers of American power in 1963 who rejected the official theory of a “lone nut” and concluded President Kennedy had been killed by his enemies.

Here are six six U.S. government insiders in 1963 who suspected a JFK was killed by a conspiracy.

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RFK: CIA director said two people involved in JFK shooting

“I asked him [RFK], perhaps tactlessly, about Oswald. He said that there could be no serious doubt that he was guilty, but there was still argument whether he did it by himself or as part of a larger plot, whether organized by Castro or by gangsters. He said that the FBI thought he had done it by himself, but that McCone thought there were two people involved in the shooting.”

— Arthur Schlesinger writing about a conversation with Robert Kennedy on Dec. 5, 1963, quoted in Schlesinger’s Journals: 1952-2000, p. 214.

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

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

Dr. Robert McClelland: ‘a story he feels compelled to share’

The doctor who tried to save JFK’s life shows a memento of a terrible day to WFAA-TV in Dallas. On this occasion, he appropriately chose not share what he has said elsewhere at length: The nature of the president’s wounds indicated he had been shot from the front and the back. Read more

To understand how the CIA works….

… you need to know its specialized language. You need to learn about CIA Cryptonyms.

CNN exposes Bill O’Reilly’s JFK fib


In the run-up to the 52nd anniversary of JFK’s death, we are re-running some of the most significant JFK stories of the year. In this installment from March 2014, CNN picked up on a story first published on JFK Facts.

If you don’t know much about the JFK story, try ‘Before History Dies’

Before History DiesJacob Carter, millennial author, wants his generation to know and care about the JFK assassination story. The result is  “Before History Dies,”  an introduction to the debate over the causes of JFK’s death via interviews with thoughtful people who hold diverse opinions on the subject.

They include: Anthony Summers, David Talbot, Dan Hardway, Marie Fonzi, Dale K. Myers, Max Holland, Judge John R. Tunheim, and Gerald Posner.

I’m not unbiased because I am interviewed too, and because Carter is the social media manager for JFK Facts and a friend. Nonetheless, I have to say this is not just an excellent introduction to the JFK story. Its a model for people of any age for how to think about the JFK story: with humility, tranquility, and courage.