Tag Archive for conspiracy theories

Thomas Mallon asks, did ‘the climate of hate’ kill JFK?

‘Communism killed Kennedy’ remains one of the few defensible statements that the John Birch Society ever issued.

Source: The John Birch Society’s Lasting Influence – The New Yorker

The theory that one man alone killed President Kennedy has a tenacious hold on a respectable minority of JFK writers, including novelist Thomas Mallon, writing in the current New Yorker. Read more

JFK at the movies: ”Umbrella Man,’ a story of obsession

In “The Umbrella Man,” a film co-written by Rome (NY) natives Michael and Joe Grasso, Peter Brennan spirals into grief after the death of his young son while clinging to the conspiracy theories surrounding the mystery of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Source: Local ties reign in ‘Umbrella Man,’ showing to be held at MWPAI – News – Uticaod – Utica, NY

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‘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

Fidel Castro on JFK’s assassination

“First of all, nobody ever goes that way for a visa. Second, it costs money to go that distance. He (Oswald) stormed into the embassy, demanded the visa, and when it was refused to him, headed out saying ‘I’m going to kill Kennedy for this.’…..What is your government doing to catch the other assassins? It took about three people.”

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

What Fidel Castro said on November 23, 1963: Read more

Despite the dumb conspiracy theories, Jade Helm 15 deserves scrutiny

Jade Helm

The logo of the military training exercise that has some people exercised.

A U.S. Special Operation Command (SOCOM) military training exercise in seven southwestern states has triggered an outburst of right-wing conspiracy-mongering about “everything from a ploy to confiscate Americans’ guns to an excuse to abduct political dissidents.” 

While these fears may be unfounded, even laughable, more people paying close attention to the Jade Helm 15 exercise is a good thing.

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The problem with Politico’s JFK conspiracy theory

Phil Shenon

As the United States and Cuba seek to negotiate a new relationship, ancient history is intruding.

“What if the answers to the many, persistent questions surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy lie not in Dallas or Washington, D.C., but in the streets of a foreign capital that most Americans have never associated with the president’s murder? Mexico City.”

So begins Phil Shenon’s new piece in Politico, What Was Lee Harvey Oswald Doing in Mexico? Shenon is surely correct that the U.S. government’s response to Lee Oswald’s visit to  Mexico City in October 1963 is key to understanding the JFK assassination story.

And before Washington and Havana can reach any real rapprochement, renewed allegations that the Cuban government aided JFK’s accused assassin demand clarification.

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The Air Force comes clean: UFO’s weren’t extra-terrestial

There’s disappointing news for UFO conspiracy theorists. Read more

Dick Russell on Richard Case Nagell


This is a helluva story that always left me scratching my head. Russell, perhaps best known as Jesse Ventura’s wordsmith, can explain it better than anyone.

JFK postscript: CIA intrigue enveloped Bradlee and Angleton

British historian John Simkin adds important detail to the story of Ben Bradlee and CIA Counterintelligence Chief James Angleton after the assassination of President Kennedy.

I find Simkin to be a credible and knowledgeable writer. If he has made any mistakes, please let me know via email.

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What did French intelligence think of JFK’s assassination?

Former FBI agent William Turner says the conspiratorial analysis of France’s Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage, known as SDECE, is found in an unusual book called Farewell America.

Yuri Nosenko and the Warren Commission Report

John Simkin breaks down the mysteries of a key JFK story: Yuri Nosenko and the Warren Report.

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Why RFK refused to swear there was no JFK conspiracy

Politico addresses a question too long ignored by the Washington press corps: Did Robert Kennedy refuse to provide the Warren Commission with a sworn statement about the causes of his brother’s murder?

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Does Reddit have to be stupid about history?

That’s the question raised by a Boston Globe column on JFK conspiracy trolls. My answer on Medium.

JFK on a military coup: ‘It could happen in this country’

“It’s possible. It could happen in this country, but the conditions would have to be just right. If, for example, the country had a young President, and he had a Bay of Pigs, there would be a certain uneasiness. Maybe the military would do a little criticizing behind his back, but this would be written off as the usual military dissatisfaction with civilian control.”

JFK went on:

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