Turner was controversial within the agency because he curbed covert operations and demanded the agency cut ties with known human rights abusers. This made him unpopular with operations officers but it was the right thing to do.
In November I published a piece on the top five JFK files that are still being hidden by the government. Since the one of them, the transcript of James Angleton’s testimony to the Church Committee in September 1975, has been released.
Four other key JFK documents have been released late last year–but with extensive redactions.
They are the files of four officers involved in the surveillance of Lee Harvey Oswald between 1959 and 1963. Read more
David Lifton, author of Best Evidence, writes:
“Jeff: I think you’ve framed the question too narrowly….. Read more
I’ve been debating the question with CIA historian David Robarge,
In Washington Decode, he asserts “that the US government did not have actionable information that Oswald was a clear threat to the President before 22 November 1963.”
That is true. He says, correctly, that historians “must fairly assess why people acted based on what they knew at the time.”
A reader responds to THE GHOST:
“this is brilliant and pioneering work on LHO and the assassination. I guess the only thing I don’t quite get is, if you conclude that Angleton was using Oswald in some way(s), does this not make LHO a CIA asset? And if it makes him a CIA asset, doesn’t that directly implicate the CIA in JFK’s murder, no ifs, ands or buts (though still understanding that there are many grey and unexplained areas)?”
A note from Professor David Kaiser, diplomatic historian and author of a fine JFK book, The Road to Dallas.
Kaiser’s account of Lee Oswald’s activism on behalf of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee in New Orleans is key to understanding the JFK story.
I recently talked to Raul Gallyot of KWMR radio in Point Reyes Station, California. Espionage and Counterintelligence : R. Gallyot: Internet Archive
From my story in AlterNet
The latest batch of JFK assassination files, released December 15, illuminate a story that the CIA still denies: the surveillance of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the years before he shot and killed President John F. Kennedy.
The surveillance of Oswald led the CIA to use him in an operation against the Fair Play for Cuba Committee in the summer of 1963.
Tomorrow: Oswald and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee
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A talk by Bill Simplich and Larry Hancock about the CIA’s assassinaton program.
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