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RIP: Dr. Robert McClelland, the most important JFK witness

Dr. Robert McClelland saw JFK’s wounds up close on November 22, 1963.

Dr. Robert McClelland, the surgeon who oversaw the effort to save President Kennedy’s life in 1963, died earlier this month at age 89.  In his interviews, you sense a man of considerable dignity, humility, and integrity. It comes as no surprise that he self-published an anthology of writings on surgery to which thousands of doctors subscribed. He was both a teacher and doctor, an instructor and  a healer. And it is those qualities that make McClelland one of the most important witnesses to JFK’s assassination.

In 1963, McClelland was 34 years old. He had just become the chief of surgery at Dallas’s Parkland Hospital. When the mortally wounded JFK was brought to Trauma Room One, McClelland stood over the dying president and participated in the efforts to save him. He observed the president’s fatal head wound for about 10 minutes from a distance of less than two feet.

“My God,” he recalled saying to his colleagues. “Have you seen the back of his head. There’s a wound in the back of his head that’s about five inches in diameter.”

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Inside the CIA, JFK suspicions turned to James Angleton

William Colby, CIA
William Colby, CIA director 1973-75

A recent Daily Mail article on JFK’s assassination highlighted James Johnson’s new book, Murder Inc.: The CIA Under President John F. Kennedy which argues Cuba government may have been involved.

There are many reasons to doubt this conspiracy theory, which I detailed in this 2012 article for Salon. Those reasons still apply. But Johnson is right about one thing: The central role of James Angleton, CIA counterintelligence chief in obstructing the JFK investigation is highly suspicious. Those suspicions, in fact, reached the highest levels of the CIA itself.

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Seven Years Ago, We Launched a Blog Called JFK Facts. These Are 29 New Facts We Found

In the fall of 2012 my friend Rex Bradford and I bought the domain name “jfkfacts.org” and launched this web site. This post is about what we have learned since then.

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29) RIP Rep Walter Jones, Congressman who sought full JFK disclosure

Walter Jones
Rep. Walter Jones, Republican of North Carolina

“I want the truth to come out. The truth needs to come out,” Rep. Walter Jones told McClatchy’s Washington Bureau in October 2017.

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28) After Trump’s broken promise, 15,834 JFK files remain secret

On October 26, 2017, President Trump was a happy tweeter:

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27) Medal for stonewalling: one JFK secret the CIA plans to keep

One of the most important JFK documents uncovered the Morley v. CIA  lawsuit is this photograph.

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26) Who was George Joannides and why is his story important?

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George Joannides, now deceased, was an undercover CIA officer based in Miami and New Orleans in 1963.

His 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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25) Anatomy of a cover-up: G. Robert Blakey on how the CIA stonewalled the HSCA

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23) Bill Harvey’s widow talks about his hatred of JFK and his friendship with a gangster


This world exclusive video, first published on JFK Facts in 2014, presents a fascinating interview with CG Harvey, the widow of legendary CIA officer William King Harvey.

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22) Plausible JFK suspect: William K. Harvey

Bill Harvey

“William King Harvey is worthy of our attention,” writes Alan Dale.

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20) ‘I was naive:’ Q&A with Howard Willens, Warren Commission defender

Howard Willens

Howard Willens, former staff attorney on the Warren Commission, remains one of its most vigorous public defenders 50-plus years later.

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18) Dec 24, 1963: CIA official investigating Oswald is ‘sandbagged’ by his bosses

John Whitten is a rare hero of the JFK story.

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17) After JFK was killed, ex-president Harry Truman called for CIA abolition

 “For some time I have been disturbed   by  the way the CIA has been diverted  from its original assignment,” wrote   former president Harry Truman in the  Washington Post on December 22, 1963. It was exactly one month after the assassination of President Kennedy.

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16) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald

Gail Raven
“Gail Raven,” an exotic dancer in the southwestern United States in the 1960s, became friends with Jack Ruby.
Who says new JFK witnesses can’t be found?
 
After JFK Facts recounted Jack Ruby’s pursuit of an exotic dancer named Gail Raven in January 1963, I received a message from a woman who identified herself as Raven’s daughter. She told me that her mother was still alive, and she confirmed that her mother and Jack Ruby were close. I asked her if her mother would share her memories of the man who killed accused assassin Lee H. Oswald. She said yes.
 
In 1963 Gail Raven was the stage name of a precociously mature 20-year-old woman who danced on the national nightclub circuit that included Ruby’s Carousel Club in Dallas. Ruby (born Jack Rubenstein) was a Chicago tough guy who took a shine to her, and they became friends.
 
Now close to 70 years old, Gail Raven is living in the southern United States. I have confirmed her real name but have agreed not to publish it here to protect her privacy.
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15) What’s the most important piece of new JFK assassination evidence?

I nominate a forgotten tape recording that surfaced in 2011. The unedited Air Force One tapes from the afternoon of November 22, 1963 could be a reveleatory–if it ever surfaces.

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