Tag Archive for New Orleans

Debunking the JFK conspiracy theory involving Rafael Cruz, father of Ted

The bogus question Did Rafael Cruz Kill JFK?  is being peddled by a self-described “conspiracy theorist” with no track record of credible reporting on the JFK story. It echoes on the Internet with Crooks & LIars expressing appropriate derision..

JFK Facts can set the record straight.

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New Orleans mobster said Jack Ruby was a ‘goombah’

From The Advocatee — Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a fun obituary of an unrepentant crook with a delicious name, Frenchy Brouillete.

Marcello’s name cropped up in various JFK assassination theories, and a House Select Committee report in 1979 mentioned “credible associations relating both Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby to figures having a relationship, albeit tenuous, with Marcello’s crime family or organization.” In the Randazzo book published last year, Brouillette describes Ruby — who killed presumed Kennedy assassin Oswald — as “another Marcello family goombah.

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In New Orleans, ‘Oswald’s Summer of Secrets’ 

Oswald’s Summer of Secrets: New Orleans and the JFK Assassination” is the topic of conference in the Crescent City starting tomorrow October 16. Some JFK writers whose work I admire will speak, including Joan Mellen, Russ Baker, and Jim Marrs.

I won’t be attending.

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The CIA’s secret files on Jim Garrison, the prosecutor celebrated in the ‘JFK’ movie

Jim Garrison

Jim Garrison, New Orleans DA, and object of CIA attention. (Credit: LYNN PELHAM/TIMEPIX )

The CIA retains two secret files on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, the crusading prosecutor who inspired Oliver Stone’s hit movie “JFK.”

The files–whose existence was first reported by JFK Facts- are among the 3,600 secret U.S. government records related to JFK’s assassination that are scheduled to be released in October 2017. Earlier this week,  Politico and NOLA,com reported on the existence of the 3,600 records, which was first disclosed on May 12 by JFK Facts.

The Garrison files contain 16 pages of undated and unclassified material, according to  the  National Archives’ online database of JFK assassination records

One file– labelled  “CIA File on Garrison, James”–contains ten pages of material. The other–described as “Illegible Document, Garrison Investigation”–has six pages.

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New Orleans picks up on Politico’s JFK story

On May 12 I reported bout the 3,600 JFK-related documents that remain out of public view.

On Monday, Politico picked up on the story and added a host of new details and comments.

Yesterday the story was picked by NOLA.com, the Web site of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

CIA admits undercover officer lived in New Orleans

George Joannides, chief of CIA covert operations in Miami in 1963, also had a residence in New Orleans, according to the CIA.

In a court motion filed last week, the CIA acknowledged for the first time that deceased CIA officer George Joannides lived in New Orleans while handling contacts with an anti-Castro student organization whose members had a series of encounters with accused presidential assassin Lee Oswald in August 1963.

The unexpected admission came in arguments before a federal court judge about whether the CIA is obliged to pay $295,000 in legal fees incurred during my Freedom of Information Act lawsuit concerning certain 50-year-old JFK assassination records.

In a previous court filing, my attorney Jim Lesar argued that two documents released over CIA objections in 2008 were significant because they showed that Joannides’s espionage assignment took him to New Orleans where Oswald lived.

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Who paid for the first JFK conspiracy theory?

The answer: certain employees of the U.S. government’s Central Intelligence Agency, otherwise known as the CIA.

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Fifty one years later, federal judge upholds the CIA’s right to keep JFK secrets

Ten years ago I filed a lawsuit seeking the records of a deceased CIA officer involved in the events leading up to the assassination of President Kennedy and its confusing investigatory aftermath. Read more

Thoughts on the Willens defense of the Warren Commission

I want to  thank Howard Willens for his willingness to answer questions from JFK Facts. Like most Americans, I cannot share his certitude about the Commission’s findings, and I find my skepticism fortified by his admissions about the “untruthful” and “unresponsive” posture of Richard Helms and James Angleton.

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ICYM: My friend, David Ferrie

Rick Bauer shared his memories of David Ferrie, a man who has been the object of JFK conspiracy speculation for decades.

U.S. Attorney walks back a JFK story

U.S Attorney Ron Machen changes the government’s story.

Why would the U.S. government change its story about the actions of an undercover CIA officer involved in the events that led to the assassination of President Kennedy?

That’s the question raised by the latest court filing by U.S. Attorney Ron Machen in the case of Morley v. CIA.

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Who was George Joannides and why is his story important?

Joannides, now deceased, was an undercover CIA officer, whose actions provides strong evidence that certain Agency personnel manipulated Lee Harvey Oswald for propaganda purposes before and after President Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

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Crowdsourcing JFK: DiEugenio on the mysterious David Ferrie

Rick Bauer’s recollections of David Ferrie may prompt readers to ask, how does Ferrie figure in the JFK story? Jim DiEugenio explains in this video from Len Osanic’s “50 Reasons for 50 Years.”

“Many witnesses saw Oswald with Bannister or Ferrie in the summer of 1963,” DiEugenio says.

If you know who these witnesses were, send info, documents, and/or links to JFK Facts.

Up close and personal with David Ferrie

David Ferrie

Pilot in training Rick Bauer (left) with his trainer David Ferrie
(photo credit: Rick Bauer)


Rick Bauer, a reader in Florida, writes to tell of his personal experience in 1965-66 with David Ferrie, the New Orleans pilot who has been the target of JFK conspiracy speculation for decades.

Bauer writes.

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Celebrating Jim Garrison at UNLV

@UNLV, January 31

From Dick Russell, via News From Underground, comes word of an evening about New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, hero of the movie “JFK,” on Jan. 31 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

I doubt the evening will be “the last word,” but the event is sure to be informative, especially for those who haven’t decided whether Garrison was truly a hero, or something of a scoundrel.

And if the proceedings get too heavy for you, it sounds like comedian Richard Belzer may crack a few jokes.

My view of Jim Garrison is this:  Read more