John M. Newman, former U.S. Army intelligence analyst turned historian, has just published “Countdown to Darkness,” the second volume of his history of the JFK assassination. I’ll just say I learned how to report on the CIA and JFK from Newman 25 years ago and I’ve never stopped learning.
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The group, commonly known as the Cuban Student Directorate, had a curious double role in the JFK assassination story–a role that the CIA chose to conceal from both the Warren Commission in 1964 and the House Selection Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in the late 1970s.
The deception was not minor: CIA-funded DRE was the first organization to call public attention to accused assassin Lee Oswald–before JFK was killed.
Ross from California writes
“Having perused your website, I know that there are approximately 3,600 records that are still classified, 1,110 of which are CIA related. I realize there is a volume associated with these records, could you give me summary of the records that may be the most pertinent to the case? What influence over the release of these records will the new President have?”
The best summary of the still-secret JFK records comes from Rex Bradford, president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation site. Read more here.
The president can have a lot of influence over JFK records. Read about that here.
More evidence that the whole world is paying attention to the JFK disclosures coming later this year. The British newsmagazine The Economist tweeted out their prediction that JFK internet searches will surge in October. They’re right. Read more
On January 22, 1976. retired CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton testified in secret session with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities, otherwise known as the Church Committee.
Angleton’s testimony, scheduled to be released in October of this year, could not be more important to JFK assassination scholarship.
Why is this date important? Because it’s the 25th anniversary of the passage of the JFK Records Collection Act of 1992. But the significance goes beyond the normal anniversary nostalgia. Here is a section from the JFK Records Act:
Some caveats are necessary. We really don’t have much idea how the Trump presidency is going to work, at least not compared to any recent president. Trump himself doesn’t seem to have a clear plan, and on relevant policy issues, like governmental secrecy, he has no fixed policy positions.
The political reality is this: If Trump wants to be seen as the president who ended government’s ongoing, fifty three year old cover-up of relevant JFK files, he has a golden opportunity.
What will President Trump do come October 26, 2017 when all of the government’s remaining JFK files are due, by law, to be made public?
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.”
The question at the heart of this book concerns 2017 as much as 1963.
With the publication today of CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files, those questions can now be answered. Candid interviews with retired CIA personnel and deep research into the the classified records illuminate the untold story of the JFK and the clandestine service.
My ebook, CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files, available on June 10, takes look at three types of CIA undercover officers:
is today. The 35th President of the United States was born on May 29, 1917.
“John Kennedy was urbane, objective, analytical, controlled, contained,
masterful, a man of perspective,” –Arthur Schlesinger.
HIs violent death was a terrible loss for the country. Yet the CIA still hasn’t released all of its JFK assassination files. Next month, I will publish a short ebook that exposes this sorry state of affairs and explains what can be done about it in 2017.
Candid interviews with retired CIA personnel and deep research into declassified records illuminate an untold story: the secret files of JFK’s enemies in the clandestine service.
One place where the peculiar similarities of Australia and the United States converge is interest in JFK assassination story. Read more
Indeed, the complex reality of how a president of the United States came to be gunned down on a sunny day, and no one lost his liberty — or his job — continues to live and grow in popular memory.