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JFK Facts Podcast: What will the History Channel say about JFK and CIA?

Alan and I talked about the upcoming History Channel’s JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald, a six-part docu-series on Kennedy assassination story, which begins Tuesday, April 25th. Based on what I know, I have mixed feelings about the show.

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History Channel, CIA officer to examine ‘The Declassified Oswald;” The Internet will be fact-checking

JFK DeclassifiedThe History Channel’s upcoming documentary series, “JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald” sounds enticing. A videogenic and decorated former CIA operations officer Robert Baer revisits the secret intelligence dimensions of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Baer is not the worst choice for a guide to the JFK story. He is an incisive commentator on CIA affairs, and no apologist. He rejects torture and expresses skepticism on drones. He comes across as a thinking man’s intelligence officer. (The fact that George Clooney played Baer in the movie Syriana gives him a whiff of Cool Liberal cologne.) Read more

Pre-order now: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton

James Angleton testifies

James Angleton, spymaster

Be the first among your friends to pre- order this book and you will not be sorry. Read more

What was Antonio Veciana’s connection with the CIA?

Tracy writes with a good question: “In your [JFK Facts] podcast you make the following statement:” Read more

CIA critics reviewed the JFK film ‘Executive Action’ even before it was released

Executive Action is perhaps the most famous conspiracy thriller about the John Kennedy assassination, with the exception of Oliver Stone’s JFK.  Recently released CIA records in the CREST database show that they were keeping an eye the production and how it was being received.  The articles even detail how the CIA may have threatened or tried to stop the production of the film.

Source: CIA Open Source Records on Executive Action | Spy Culture

Angleton and the CIA’s illicit mail surveillance program

Although this account does not mention James Angleton, the CIA Counterintelligence Chief (1954-74) was the man who expanded and oversaw the opening of the mail of U.S. citizens for nearly 20 years. In 1977, the Justice Department decided not to indict him.

Source: The Justice Department refused to prosecute CIA for illegal surveillance

James Angleton and the art of leak

Similarly, the late James Angleton, America’s most famous counterspy, slipped me the history of a ridiculously expensive recovery vessel called the Glomar Explorer and a few years later laughed that it was an effort to upstage a New York Times investigative reporter he knew was chasing the story.

Source: The leaks I received during Watergate taught me they’re worth the risk – The Washington Post

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Does Trump’s fight with the CIA increase his risk of assassination?

No. A comparison of Trump and JFK shows why.

 

Now an audiobook: Oswald, the CIA & Mexico City (The Lopez Report) 

Oswald, the CIA & Mexico City (The Lopez Report) Audiobook

Thanks to Dave Giglio, you can now listen to a key JFK assassination document: the HSCA report about Lee Oswald’s visit to Mexico City. Read more

JFK’s differences with the CIA were profound. Trump’s, not yet.

JFK at Dallas AirportFrom the fever swamp of InfoWars, Jerome Corsi reports that “JFK researchers” are saying that President Donald Trump is at risk for assassination because of his differences with the Central Intelligence Agency.

I have been a JFK researcher for 35 years, and Corsi has distorted what most of us think to serve a fear-mongering political agenda.

“JFK researchers: Trump at risk for assassination” is a lousy piece of journalism, less of a story than a conspiratorial meme but it is revealing about Trump and the CIA.

Corsi’s right about one thing: Trump faces an important JFK decision later this year.

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Judge Tunheim says JFK files were ‘probably unlawfully withheld’ by CIA

Judge Tunheim

Judge John Tunheim, former chair of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board.

At a Washington press conference Thursday, Judge John Tunheim called for the release of all the government’s files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this year.

Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Incredibly enough, thousands of pages of government files related to his murder remain secret, 54 years later.

“It’s time to release them all,” Tunheim said. “There’s no real reason to protect this information.”

Some 3,500 JFK documents remain secret, according to the National Archives data base,

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A CIA officer’s revealing hostility toward JFK

In this interview, Sam Halpern articulates the widespread hostility in the CIA towards President Kennedy in 1963. When I interviewed Halpern in 1997, I was struck by his insistence on voicing a certain contempt toward JFK and his brother.

In these comments, Halpern acknowledges it was rational for Robert Kennedy to suspect the CIA was complicit in his brother’s murder. “So what?” he says.

HIs tone and body language say it all: JFK had it coming. 

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‘Jim [Angleton] would prefer to wait out the Commission …’

The reason James Angleton’s still-secret testimony to the Church Committee matters in 2017 is found in this Warren Commission document.

“Jim would prefer to wait out the Commission on the matter covered by paragraph 2 …”

CIA’s Raymond Rocca, writing to Richard Helms regarding counterintelligence chief James Angleton’s desire to stonewall the Warren Commission on certain CIA materials passed to the Secret Service.
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The origins of the battle for the soul of the CIA

In a prequel of sorts to the emerging war between President-elect Trump and the CIA, the War on the Rocks blog, reviews the latest revelations from the declassified history of the CIA’s disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961.
Why is something that happened 55 years ago relevant to power politics in today’s Washington?
Because the the power struggle that followed the CIA’s first public defeat would shape and hone the interventionist mission of the secret agency. Now the CIA faces the wrath of a commander in chief who mistrusts its prerogatives and sympathizes with its adversaries in Moscow and, according to the CIA, was aided by them.

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Literary (CIA) agents at work

In Literary Agents, Patrick Iber of the New Republic delves into the role of the CIA in the culture Cold War. He doesn’t specifically mention the role of Cord Meyer and James Angleton but they were probably the two CIA officials most responsible for CIA cultural funding between 1954 and 1967,

Iber captures what was most problematic about the CIA’s role, something I will touch on in my forthcoming Angleton biography.

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