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JFK Betrayed: Sunshine Week documentary and discussion about freeing secret JFK files

President BetrayedDuring “Sunshine Week” please come to this screening in downtown Washington DC of the documentary “JFK: A President Betrayed,”  (which the New York Times called “well-researched”).

There will also be a discussion of “Constitutional Activism” as a means of expediting release, during 2014, of all JFK assassination-related records still withheld from the public.

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Translation: Kennedy was killed by the CIA, says a former agent

[Editor's note: Thanks to Ramon in Houston for this translation of Antonio Veciana's comments to the Diario de Las Americas newspaper about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This translation replaces the Google machine translation that I published last week.]

By Iliana Lavastida/DLA
“The death of John F. Kennedy was a coup, an internal conspiracy, says Antonio Veciana with absolute conviction and willingness to reveal what he considers a historical truth.

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From July 26 to November 22 to today

The cover of a commemorative album about the Cuban Revolution published in Havana in 1959

Cuba celebrates the 60th anniversary of the beginning of its revolution on July 26, 1953. Later this year America will commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963,

The events are ancient but linked. The connection between Cuba’s revolution and the death of the 35th American president remains a live issue in the political culture of both countries.

The assassination of JFK is one reason why this conflict between the United States and Cuba endures to this day.

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In 1963, RFK urged lifting of the Cuba travel ban that is still in effect 51 years later

In 2014, most Americanns are barred by law from visiting Cuba, the island nation closest to America. When it comes to Cuba, Amrica’s vaunted ideals of “free trade” are frankly repudiated by the government in Washington which justifies violation Americans’ freedom to travel in the name of supporting democracy and human rights.

A half century ago,  Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy came to believe that the ban on travel to Cuba was “inconsistent with “our views of a free society,” as these historic documents collected by the  non-profit National Security Archive reveal..

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What did Fidel Castro think about JFK’s assassination?

The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg spent some time with the Cuban leader a few years back and asked him exactly that question.

Unlike some JFK conspiracy theorists who portray Castro as a demonic puppet master who somehow manipulated Oswald, Goldberg conveys a sense of the man who bedeviled Washington with his defiance of U.S. domination but who also sensed JFK was open to the mutual respect that still eludes the two countries after fifty years.

Goldberg explains:

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‘A President Betrayed’ explores JFK’s peace policies


Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this new documentary by Cory Taylor goes where the recent mainstream news organization coverage did not dare: to the political context of JFK’s violent removal from power.

The New York Times called it “well-researched” and a “worthy entry” in the JFK documentary film catalog.

Was JFK going to make peace with Fidel Castro?

At the time of his death President Kennedy was thinking about it — and thinking hard. You can even hear JFK talking about it: just click here.

In 2003, Peter Kornbluh, an analyst at the non-profit National Security Archive in Washington, obtained a White House tape recording about JFK’s Cuba policy, made on November 5, 1963.

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Obama, JFK and the 2nd term national security agenda

“We do this in a peaceful and orderly way,” said Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee at President Obama’s inauguration. “There is no mob, no coup, no insurrection. This is a moment when millions stop and watch.”

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Jan. 14, 1963: JFK dowplayed Cuba as he prepared for State of the Union

JFK signsOn Monday morning, January 14, President John F. Kennedy woke up prepared to give his third State of the Union address on Capitol Hill. He would never give another.

The past few days had been spent in intense preparation. JFK had shaped the address to focus on managing the Western coalition arrayed against the Soviet Union while proposing a three-year $10 billion tax cut to sweeten prospects for his liberal agenda on Capitol Hill. Read more