David A. Phillips, chief of CIA anti-Castro covert operations in 1963
David Phillips was a failed actor turned expatriate newspaper publisher in Santiago, Chile when he was recruited into the CIA in the early 1950s. He made his mark fast. In 1955, he won a Distinguished Intelligence Medal, one of the agency’s highest honors, for mounting deceptive radio broadcasts in the CIA’s overthrow of the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1954.
After that his CIA career took off. With Howard Hunt, Phillips served as propaganda chief in the CIA’s failed effort to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs In April 1961. When he was assigned to Mexico City in 1962, station chief Win Scott described him as “the finest covert action officer I have ever met.”
After JFK’s assassination, Scott was not so complimentary and I suspect the reason why was Oswald’s curious handling of Oswald. .(I tell the story in my biography of Scott, Our Man in Mexico. Buy it here.)
The following is an open letter from 22 JFK authors and investigators recently sent to the White House General Counsel . The letter calls for full enforcement of JFK Records Act in October 2017.
We will post the White House response when we receive it.
This open letter was delivered to the Obama White House last week. We will post the response as soon as we get one.
In an open letter to the White House, a diverse group of JFK authors and investigators are calling on the president’s lawyer to endorse complete declassification of thousands of pages of still-secret government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
Source: Featured Letter on 2017 Records
How to improve JFK Facts? I asked. Michael says:
“First thoughts: An unrelenting campaign to educate the public about the critical importance of October 2017. If the release of information is not acceptable we must demand a new top-to-bottom investigation of the assassination, with a particular focus on the political issues of the day.”
If you want full JFK disclosure in 2017, join CAPA
“CAPA seeks release of the remaining JFK records with a minimum of redactions, which can obscure vital information,” —CAPA Chairman Cyril H. Wecht, M.D.
An open letter from Bill Kelly, veteran JFK researcher and activist.
Help ensure that our elected representatives will uphold and enforce the terms of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act.
Source: ASSASSINATION ARCHIVES AND RESEARCH CENTER
Now available on You Tube retired Major General Fabian Escalante, former head and current historian of Cuba’s State Security Department,i gives a sneak preview of his upcoming book Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt. The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Aggression Against Cuba. Read more
Letting the National Archives and Open Gov know how they can improve public access to government records can have a real effect. The Archives is already mobilizing for the October 2017 JFK releases because people demanded, via the Internet, that they act. More people said JFK records were the top declassification priority–and NARA responded.
Source: Space: Open Government |History Hub
The documents were collected by the Assassination Records Review Board, an independent agency created by the JFK Records Act, which has previously released thousands of documents about Kennedy’s assassination. They should be released by October 2017 as per the JFK Records Act unless the next President decides they should remain classified.
Source: Daily Mail Online
Write your suggestions, with a link to text or video, in the comments section and we’ll publish the most original and provocative suggestions in the week of November 15-22.
In response to a 2016 campaign question, James writes; “It would be a shame if President Trump stepped in and prevented the release of the still secret JFK documents.” Read more
The Republican presidential candidates debating on October 28 will, if elected, face a question of secrecy.
The CIA retains 1,100 documents related to the assassination that are supposed to be made public in October 2017. The CIA is likely to ask for continued secrecy.
What will President 45 do? Read more
Tim Naftali is the former head of the Nixon library, a historian of U.S. intelligence and a chronicler of the Cuban Missile Crisis. So I follow him closely.
Kennedy was “far more interesting intellectually and far less appealing personally” than his family and friends wanted the world to know, Naftali told the Guardian. “And that’s fine.”
Source: JFK: declassified documents reveal a cunning and cagey president | US news | The Guardian