In the current issue of the New York Review of Books Max Hastings, conservative British journalist and pundit, contextualizes James Angleton in the history of U.S. intelligence. Hastings writes:
“The Ghost, Jefferson Morley’s shrewd account of Angleton’s career as Langley’s counterintelligence chief from 1954 to 1975, shows the harm that can be done by an energetic spook who is permitted grossly excessive latitude. The Ghost focuses on two manifestations of this.
Brett Kavanaugh, creative jurist
On the second day of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the Supreme Court nominee’s legal record is under close scrutiny. While far from is most important ruling, his last signed opinion as an appellate court judge provides a window into his judicial philosophy.
In a split decision on July 9, Kavanaugh’s vote decided my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for certain JFK assassination files. As fellow judge Karen Henderson pointed out in a stinging dissent, the majority decision ignored precedent and invented mandate.
Substantively, Kavanaugh’s decision undermined a key feature of FOIA law and strengthened the CIA and other agencies that want to keep embarrassing secrets out of the public record–even when they are more than 50 years old. That’s why I’m appealing the decision.
Reinaldo Martinez’s JFK story
A Cuban-American man has said a leading anti-Castro fighter identified a mutual friend as having admitted he took part in the assassination of President Kennedy. Reinaldo Martinez, who made the allegation in this video interview with JFK author Anthony Summers, named the man who admitted involvement as Herminio Diaz.
Is the story, picked up last month in the online Daily Mail, credible?
Summers, author of “Not In Your Lifetime,” notes the story is hearsay. Martinez, now deceased, admitted he had no proof it was true, only that the anti-Castro fighter who told him the story.
JFK Facts has discovered that the CIA retains two secret files on the source of Martinez’s story. The agency says the files are “not believed relevant” to JFK’s assassination.
In March, the London Times detailed an audio project recreating John F Kennedy’s “lost” Dallas speech, which he was due to deliver the day he was assassinated. A total of 831 existing JFK speeches and interviews, and 116,777 “sound units” were analysed to create the speech that was never spoken. The “JFK Unsilenced” project was widely shared and praised, but I found it unnerving. The potential for manufacturing things that were never said by world leaders for nefarious means is clear.
Source: Una Mullally: How I was caught up in an Iranian fake news operation
Bill Simpich has a terrific piece at WhoWhatWhy about the new JFK files released since October 2017. One document found by Simpich jumped out at me. In 1995 the CIA asked Brazilian intelligence.
to photograph the JFK researchers and Cuban counterintelligence officers that met together in August, 1995 in Rio de Janeiro pursuant to an invitation by the Ministry of Culture.
Do we need more historians in senior government positions? Arthur Schlesinger provides an interesting test case.
Source: The Perils of the Court Historian–War on the Rocks
My attorneys Jim Lesar and Dan Hardway, are asking news organizations and open government groups for amicus briefs in support our appeal of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s pernicious July 9 decision undermining a key provision of the Freedom of Information Act.
Here’s our brief and addendum, as found in PACER.
Amicus briefs are due by August 30. If you or your organization is interested in supporting FOIA from Kavanaugh’s attack, please contact Jim Lesar, or Dan Hardway.
Brett Kavanaugh announced.
The last opinion signed by Brett Kavanaugh before his nomination to the Supreme Court dealt a blow to a key provision of the Freedom of Information Action: compensation for successful litigant.
On July 9, Kavanaugh joined a 2-1 majority decision in Morley v. CIA that held that the government did not have to pay my court costs because the CIA had acted reasonably and there was no benefit to the information obtained.
In a powerful dissent, Judge Karen Henderson rebuked Kavanaugh and Judge Gregory Katsas for ignoring precedent and inventing mandate.
Michael Swanson, an investment adviser turned JFK researcher, called my attention to “Council of War,” a fascinating official history of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which documents the Pentagon’s resistance to, and resentment of, President Kennedy’s foreign policy, especially on Cuba and Vietnam.
Published by the JCS, the study presents an unvarnished view of an unprecedented mistrust between White House and Pentagon in the year before Kennedy was violently removed from power.
“Read this book and you are reading a real history of the American empire and defense establishment written for future leaders of the Pentagon and armed forces,” writes Swanson, who plans to publish his own study of the Cold War from 1945-1963 in the fall.
Some highlights from “Council of War:”
For Sunshine Week 2014, audio expert Ed Primeau explained his forensic analysis of a recently discovered audio recording from November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy died.
His comments point to a revelatory audio recording that the U.S. government has never made public in the 50 years since JFK’s assassination.
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. Read more
On question of the Pentagon reaction to JFK’s assassination, a reader writes that the story Gen. Maxwell Taylor took a nap is misleading, at least according to one journalist historian.
On subject of Gen. Maxwell Taylor, Proteus writes:
Gens. Maxwell Taylor and Curtis LeMay at the funeral of JFK, November 25, 1963 (Credit Abbie Rowe/JFK Library
In response to my query about Gen. Maxwell Taylor and the events of 1963, reader John writes:
Newly uploaded JFK records include those from July 24 2017, Nov 9 2017, and Nov 17 2017. Currently about 90 percent of the more than 50,000 released documents are in the Mary Ferrell Foundation Document Archive
Source: Documents released in 2017 and 2018