Support Operation Secure Drop: We’re looking for the Edward Snowden of the JFK story

The Freedom of the Press Foundation is offering a software package called Secure Drop, which they call an “open-source whistleblower submission system for journalism organizations.”

When I heard about Secure Drop, I emailed Trevor Timm, the foundation’s executive record, and said, “Hook me up.” He said, no problem, but explained  there are technical costs associated with installing the software.

All told, it will take $3,500 to install SecureDrop on JFK Facts.

Your donation to the our sponsors at the Mary Ferrell Foundation can make this happen.

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Our mission: history over secrecy

The lawsuit Morley v. CIA is now in its 10th year. My attorney Jim Lesar has run up legal bills in excess of $100,000 dollars which the government refuses to pay. Help me help Jim Lesar.

Donate now to JFK Facts.

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April 10, 1963: Oswald tries to shoot Gen. Walker

Life Magazine, February 21, 1964

Ron Capshaw, a writer in Midlothian, Virginia, noted a year ago that 51 years ago this month, Lee Oswald fired a rifle shot at Gen. Edwin Walker, who had been cashiered from the Army for proselytizing to his troops with his right-wing, white supremacist politics.

Capshaw, a contributor to National Review, The Washington Times, and The New York Post, argues this incident on April 10, 1963, points toward Oswald’s sole guilt as the assassin of President Kennedy seven months later. I disagree with Capshaw’s interpretation but agree the Walker incident is important.

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Was JFK going to pull out of Vietnam?

The question is still “hotly debated” says the JFK Library and Museum, not the least because the question has become part of the debate over the causes of JFK’s assassination.

What does the record show about Kennedy’s thinking and actions on Vietnam? Read more

Declassification center deflects calls for opening JFK records

In response to 11 comments calling on the National Declassification Center blog calling on the NDC to make the declassification of JFK records a priority, archivist Don McIlwain has a familiar message.

It is not possible, he says.

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Pentagon history documents hostility to JFK in 1963

Michael Swanson, an investment adviser turned JFK researcher, called my attention to “Council of War,” a fascinating official history of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which documents the Pentagon’s resistance to, and resentment of, President Kennedy’s foreign policy, especially on Cuba and Vietnam.

Published last year by the JCS, the study presents an unvarnished view of an unprecedented mistrust between White House and Pentagon in the year before Kennedy was violently removed from power.

“Read this book and you are reading a real history of the American empire and defense establishment written for future leaders of the Pentagon and armed forces,” writes Swanson, who plans to publish his own study of the Cold War from 1945-1963 in the fall.

Some highlights from “Council of War:”

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ICYM: Modern art as CIA soft power

Jackson Pollock’s Cold War

Some of the best minds in Langley thought so reports The Independent. Read more

Didn’t do It: George H.W. Bush

It is true that former president George H.W. Bush was in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. It is true that Bush became director of the CIA in 1976. And it is true that, as vice president in the 1980s,  Bush was up to his eyebrows in the nexus of criminal activities known as the Iran-contra scandal.

But,rest assured, G H.W. Bush did not supervise gunmen in Dealey Plaza as

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What was Operation Northwoods? Was it connected to JFK’s assassination?

Operation Northwoods was a Pentagon plan to provoke a U.S. invasion of Cuba in 1963 through the use of deception operations. First disclosed by the Assassination Records Review Board in 1997, the  Northwoods plans are among the most significant new JFK documents to emerge since Oliver Stone’s “JFK” movie.

Operation Northwoods envisioned U.S. intelligence operatives staging violent attacks on U.S. targets  and arranging for the blame for the mayhem to fall on Fidel Castro and his communist government. The idea, wrote one planner, was to creates a “justification for U.S. intervention in Cuba,” by orchestrating a crime that placed the U.S. government “in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government” in Cuba.

These plans included the use of violence on American soil against American citizens.

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Credible witness: Bill Newman’s story

One perennial question people have about the JFK story is, Who do you believe? One credible witness is a man named Bill Newman. He was there, about 15 feet from JFK, when the gunfire rang out. His testimony is important. Read more

National Archives solicits comments on the opening of JFK records

The National Declassification Center has once again requested public comment on topics for priority declassification in opening up of government records to the public.

One JFK Facts reader has submitted the comment below:

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JFK Facts Top 5: Comments and recommendations

While the site was under construction, readers flocked to Comment Editor Peter Voskamp’s directive to the commenting crowd, and perennially popular pages about Gail Raven’s memories of her friend Jack Ruby, about secret CIA files and about the best JFK websites.

These were the most-read stories from March 27 to April 3: Read more

JFK review board was thwarted on Marines’ assessment of Oswald

One of the most effective open government laws ever passed by the U.S. Congress was the JFK Records Act, passed 22 years ago in October 1992.

The implementation of the law, mandating the review and release of all records related to the assassination of President John Kennedy in 1963, was overseen by the Assassination Records Review Board, a forgotten federal agency that did a remarkable job uncovering what former New York Times reporter Phil Shenon has called “the hidden history of the Kennedy assassination.”

But the ARRB was stymied on one key group of records.

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Back in business!

JFK Facts has completed its migration to new servers. This will enhance our capacity to gather information about the JFK story. I’ll be posting more on what that means soon.

As I stated last week, some comments may have been lost in the server transition. There is no way to retrieve those comments.

 

 

CIA viewed modern art as a ‘weapon’ in the Cold War

Jackson Pollak’s Cold War

First, came convincing proof that the the University of Iowa creative writing program benefited from funding by the CIA.

Now, says the U.K. Independent, modern art was a “weapon” deployed by the agency, and interviews with a couple of retired CIA men confirm the claim.

“Would Abstract Expressionism have been the dominant art movement of the post-war years without this patronage? The answer is probably yes. Equally, it would be wrong to suggest that when you look at an Abstract Expressionist painting you are being duped by the CIA.”

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