Tag Archive for conspiracy theory

Putin weaponizes the JFK story against the CIA

JFK’s assassination never goes away as a factor in American politics.

“There is a theory that Kennedy’s assassination was set up by the United States special services,” the Russian leader noted in his interview with Megyn Kelly.  “If this theory is correct, and one cannot rule it out, thus what can be easier in today’s situation, given the entire technical capabilities available to special services than to organize some kind of attacks in an appropriate manner while alluding to Russia in the process.”

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The long road from JFK to Pizza-gate


A look at how reasonable doubt about the JFK story feeds irrational fears. Read more

How the CIA tried to implicate Castro in JFK’s assassination

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, tormenter of empire

The miracle was that Fidel Castro died in his own bed. Never has a defiant antagonist of the United States of America met a more unlikely fate: a peaceful death. Hated, reviled and targeted by the greatest military empire in the history of the world, Castro launched a one-party socialist experiment in Cuba, which was so antithetical to Washington’s vision of a neoliberal world order that the empire struck back hard.

The CIA and its paid agents began plotting Castro’s violent demise in 1959 and continued to do so through the year 2000, concocting hundreds of conspiracies to kill him, 638 times by one well-informed Cuban account. And the empire struck out every time.

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Q. Was Lee Harvey Oswald just a bad shot? A. No

Unfortunately, Mother Jones and the L.A. Times have recycled another poorly documented JFK theory: James Reston Jr.’s claim that Lee Oswald was aiming at Govermor Connally and accidently hit JFK in the head.

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I’m looking into a new JFK theory

I’m looking into these claims, which are ostensibly well-documented.

The never-before-revealed diaries of Douglas DeWitt Bazata, a decorated officer for the United States Office of Strategic Services — the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency — claim that his longtime close friend and fellow spy, René Alexander Dussaq, was a “primary organizer and plotter” of Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

Source: New JFK assassination theory: Cuban double agent led plot

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Do Trump supporters believe his bogus JFK theory?

At least a few of them agree Ted Cruz’s dad conspired to kill JFK.

something 7 percent of voters with a favorable opinion of Trump told one pollster they believed.

Source: The Conspiracy Theorists’ Election

Oliver Stone says ex-government agent told him ‘JFK assassination was an inside job’

Oliver Stone/Kevin Costner

Oliver Stone, right, with Kevin Costner on the set of ‘JFK”

Stone, 69, said his doubts about ‘Ron’ were dispelled. As a former marine in Vietnam, the film-maker was convinced by the ‘military jargon’ and intricate details within an account that he describes as ‘plausible’ and ‘very authentic’.

Source: Ex-government agent claimed ‘JFK assassination was an inside job’ | Daily Mail Online

Unlike “JFK,”  the movie,” this allegation seems uncorroborated. “Military jargon” and “authentic” details do not constitute corroboration.

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How the CIA abets Trump’s JFK conspiracy mongering

The assassination of JFK  is a meme that has eclipsed the historical event. Donald Trump’s contention that Ted Cruz’s father was somehow involved in the death of the liberal president not only endures but flourishes online and redounds to the benefit of its authors. Why?

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What Trump’s JFK theories reveal about the candidate

TrumpLee Harvey Oswald alone and unaided killed President Kennedy, according to Donald Trump–but Ted Cruz’s dad helped him do it.

In other words, Trump has no fixed opinion on who killed the 35th president of the United States. He is conspiratorial but he is not a conspiracy theorist. He says whatever serves his purposes in the moment, which is not to say his views are unimportant.

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Debunking the JFK conspiracy theory involving Rafael Cruz, father of Ted

The bogus question Did Rafael Cruz Kill JFK?  is being peddled by a self-described “conspiracy theorist” with no track record of credible reporting on the JFK story. It echoes on the Internet with Crooks & LIars expressing appropriate derision..

JFK Facts can set the record straight.

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Gladwell’s folly: Did a Secret Service man shoot JFK?

What me worry about JFK?

No, he did not.

The “Secret Service Man Did It” theory is comic in its macabre ludicrousness. It would not be worthy of discussion, except that Bill James and Malcolm Gladwell, and now the Huffington Post, have taken it seriously.

JFK Second Shooter? New Documentary Makes Radical Claim,” the liberal site reported. The article quotes a couple of cable TV documentarians from the Reelz Channel insinuating, without evidence, that a Secret Service agent killed Kennedy. There is no comment from any historian or journalist who actually knows the record of JFK’s assassination. To date, more than 3,000 people have “liked” the HP story. I have submitted a correction without hope that it will ever be acknowledged.

I could blame Gladwell for this sorry display of public ignorance, but let’s stick to the facts: Read more

Insider Monkey doesn’t know squat about JFK

The business site offers 6 Conspiracy Theories About JFK’s Assassination. Four of the whodunnits are factually wrong  (Jackie, bodyguard, umbrella man, driver). and can be ignored. Two are worth discussing (Mafia and CIA). The Insider Monkey knows nothing about either interpretation.

So skip the Muddled Monkey. If you want to understand the JFK story, go to MaryFerrell.org, and click on ‘Starting Points’, then JFK Assassinaton

‘Your book is factual, without subterfuge, without hyperbole’

A reader’s responds  to Our Man in Mexico.

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JFK on secrecy: ‘the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts’

“…The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it….And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment….”

President John F. Kennedy’s speech at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, April 27, 1961

 

 

Jack Antonoff riffs on JFK’s assassination

Best known as the nerdy-looking frontman for pop rock act Bleachers,Jack Antonoff is much too thoughtful to be a pop music celebrity. . Though he broke into the mainstream as the guitarist for Fun, Antonoff also wrote a hit song “Brave” with Sara Bareilles, and wrote and produced three tracks from Taylor Swift’s latest record.

In his free time, Antonoff is a student of the JFK assassination.

 

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