Tag Archive for conspiracy

Howard Willens corrects my mistakes

Howard Willens writes via email to correct a couple of mistakes in my Nov. 12 post, “Howard Willens weighs in on RFK’s suspicions of conspiracy.”  Let me quote him in full.

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Was Richard Nixon was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy?

Question from a reader:

“.. Or at least knew of the plot involving Howard Hunt, Frank Sturgis, and Cubans associated with the Bay of Pigs project?”

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Howard Willens weighs in on RFK’s suspicions of conspiracy

Howard Willens, former Warren Commission staffer, has responded to Philip Shenon’s article in Politico about Attorney General Robert Kennedy being a “conspiracy theorist” and my post, “Why RFK refused to swear there was no conspiracy.”

In a new post at HowardWillens.com, Willens says the dispute should be broken down into three questions:

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Ignorance goes viral: Discredited JFK hoax spreads around the world

Malcolm Gladwell is not alone in endorsing a dumb JFK conspiracy theory.

The just-announced Reelz Channel JFK documentary, which peddles the long-since debunked conspiracy that a Secret Service man shot President Kennedy, is getting credulous attention from factually challenged news sites around the world.

Even the usually reliable Associated Press managed to report the bogus speculation without consulting with a single historian, journalist or former investigator of JFK’s assassination, any number of whom could have pointed out that there is NO photographic, eyewitness, or forensic evidence to support the fiction that a Secret Service agent named George Hickey Jr., now deceased, shot JFK.

None.

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2 JFK assassination plots that are often forgotten

From New America Media:

“Before President Kennedy’s assassination, the Secret Service had credible evidence that a gunman would attempt to kill the President either in Chicago or Miami, Bolden said.

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Plausible suspect: William K. Harvey

“William King Harvey is worthy of our attention,” writes Alan Dale. In 1962, Harvey served as chief of Task Force W, the CIA’s anti-Castro operation, and then lost his job after an argument with Attorney General Robert Kennedy. When Congress investigated JFK’s assassination in the 1970s, the CIA pulled a 123-page file on Harvey’s operational activities.

All of that file remains secret, according to the National Archives online database.

Dale writes of Harvey:

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JFK Facts Top 5: Readers flock to unanswered NSA questions

Last week’s post about the possibility of NSA targeting JFK Web sites for “cognitive infiltration”–and the NSA’s refusal to respond to questioning–was the most popular story of the week, followed closely by Rick Bauer’s recollections of his friend David Ferrie.

Gail Raven’s ever-popular recollections about her friend Jack Ruby fell to third place.

And the winners are:

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Why do so many Americans believe JFK conspiracy theories?

Because of the evidence. Read more

Crowdsourcing JFK: The Madeleine Brown story

Is Madeleine Brown’s story true and verified?

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El último de ‘Los Cinco’

Here’s Arnaldo Fernadez’s article, “The Last of the Cuban 5,” in Spanish.

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The last of the Cuban 5: why Cuba and the U.S. can’t make peace

Fernando Gonzalez

Fernando Gonzalez, Cuban intelligence officer goes free on Feb. 27.

A man named Fernando Gonzalez is scheduled to walk out of an Arizona prison on Thursday, and the Cuban Five, a group of Cuban intelligence officers convicted of espionage in 2001, will be down to three, since another defendant, Rene Gonzalez was released in 2011.

The Cuban 5 have been lionized by the government in Havana and demonized by the media in Miami. Their ordeal embodies the tortured relationship that has governed U.S.-Cuba relations since the presidency of John F. Kennedy.

(See “From July 26 to November 22 to today,” JFK Facts, February 9, 2014)

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Did Abe Bolden save JFK’s life?

Abe Bolden

Monday’s story about the two still-unidentified young black people who witnessed JFK’s assassination is not the only African-American connection to the murder of the 35th president.

The story of Abraham Bolden is another instance of how black Americans were marginalized in the history of JFK’s assassination.

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Has the public been ‘bamboozled’ ?

Regarding yesterday’s post on the 1971 FBI break-in that was kept quiet for decades, Paul F. wrote:

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Nobody talked: the FBI burglary of 1971 and the JFK case

A faithful reader asks an interesting question about the 1971 burglary of the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, which made the news recently when the perpetrators came forward for the first time.

The crime had been unsolved for 43 years.

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In JFK’s America, Pete Seeger did jail time for his politics

From a 1962 documentary, “Wasn’t That a Time,” a glimpse of how the House Un-American Activities persecuted the late folk singer, even accused him of “conspiracy. Read more