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CIA dad:  Here’s how run an agent, kid 

People always want to talk, you just need to make them think you’re their friend.

Source: Lessons From My Father: How To Run A Secret Agent – The Daily Beast.

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Allen Dulles and the conspiratorial mindset of the American media 

The headline, alas, says it all:  Did CIA Director Allen Dulles Order the Hit on JFK? asks The Daily Beast

JFK and Allen DullesIn DB’s clickbait gambit we can see the reductio ad absurdum of a certain conspiratorial mindset, the paranoid style of the American media as it is hard-boiled into a punchy headline.

The problem with this question is that it is based on the pervasive but erroneous assumption that the only way to understand the story of how an American president (JFK) lost power and his life (on November 22) is to talk about conspiracies as depicted in Hollywood movies and crime fiction.

Next up: Did President Nixon supply masking tape to the Watergate burglars?

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Did Bradlee fear Angleton?

In response to  Ben Bradlee’s thoughts on JFK’s assassination, a friend asks, “Do you think Bradlee feared tangling with Angleton? Angleton was supposedly livid because Bradlee spread the story that Angleton had lock picked the studio of Mary Meyer [JFK’s mistress, slain in October 1964]?”

Good question.

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The best and the brightest of the Warren Commission

“Almost no one knows — or cares — that the young men who staffed that investigation worked honestly and hard. Most went on to remarkably successful careers reflective of their selection as the best and the brightest to take on the awful task of determining who killed the president. That modern science has repeatedly affirmed their findings does little to abate the continuing doubt.”

–Shanin Specter, son of Arlen, writes about 50 Years With the Single Bullet Theory – The Daily Beast.

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