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.
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.
“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:
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:
Because of the evidence. Read more
Is Madeleine Brown’s story true and verified?
Here’s Arnaldo Fernadez’s article, “The Last of the Cuban 5,” in Spanish.
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)
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.
Regarding yesterday’s post on the 1971 FBI break-in that was kept quiet for decades, Paul F. wrote:
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.
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
This interview with retired colonel Fletcher Prouty launches Len Osanic’s heroic series from 2013, “50 Reasons for 50 Years.”
You don’t have to agree with everything Prouty said (or that Osanic says) to admire the conviction and care that went into this series of reports on JFK’s assassination.
Alex Jones’ conspiracy mongering InfoWars website is a cash cow, my former colleague Alex Seitz-Wald recently reported in Salon. Is that a bad thing?
A reporter recently emailed to ask me to comment on the JFK conspiracy debate on the 50th anniversary. I declined with the following observations: