Joe Giambrone got some things right and some things wrong in his dispatch last November about my JFK reporting: Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire | Political Film Blog
1) Giambrone is right to emphasize my view of the JFK assassination story: “The issue is not conspiracy, it is transparency.” He’s wrong to assume this is some kind of political dodge.
“Conspiracy” is an issue discussed in adversarial proceedings in a court of criminal law. There is no ongoing legal proceedings concerning JFK’s assassination. I’m not a prosecutor or a lawyer. As a journalist I don’t find the loaded discourse of “conspiracy” to be appropriate or necessary when talking about the JFK story.
The issue in 2014 for young people confronting national security agencies engaged in mass surveillance the issue is not “Who killed JFK?” That’s an interesting question for us Baby Boomers who have fading memories of JFK.
The political issue for everybody else — and for Baby Boomer too — is whether our national security agencies can be held accountable and transparent today. The JFK story matters today mostly as a test of the U.S. government’s commitment to transparency. It is a test the Obama administration is failing.
2) Giambrone originally posted a discredited photo of a man purported to be “George Joannides” but has since taken it down. Good for him.
The photo in Giambrone’s blog was first published by journalist Shane O’Sullivan in a BBC broadcast in 2006. David Talbot and I pointed out some problems with this conspiracy theory in 2007 for the MaryFerrell.org. O’Sullivan did more research and determined that his identification of Joannides was mistaken.The man in the photo was actually a watch salesman. O’Sullivan corrected his error and that should have been the end of it.
Giambrone corrected his error, and that’s a good thing. The discredited photo still circulates on the Internet. So let’s get this straight. The man depicted in the photo to the right is NOT George Joannides, the decorated and deceased CIA officer who played a role in the JFK story.
An authenticated and signed photo of Joannides appears in this article.
Please correct this mistake wherever you see it.