Daily Beast goes for an unfounded JFK theory

In a piece for the Daily Beast, How the KGB Duped Oliver Stone, Max Holland argues that an article published in an Italian newspaper in 1967 was a KGB disinformation operation that convinced the American people and Oliver Stone that JFK was killed by a CIA conspiracy.

There are many problems with this claim. I’ll just mention four.

First, there is no evidence that the article in question exercised any influence on public opinion about conspiracy.

Max Holland

Max Holland , JFK author,

The article, published in Rome daily, Paese Sera, in March 1967 alleged, that New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw had been involved in “pseudo-commercial” activities in Italy while serving on the board of the defunct organization called Centro Mondiale Commerciale. Ostensibly devoted to making Rome a commerce hub, the article said the CMC had actually been “a creature of the CIA… set up as a cover for the transfer to Italy of CIA-FBI funds [sic] for illegal political-espionage activities.”

Holland says this is KGB disinformation. Not quite. The CIA was indeed deeply involved in Italian business and politics in the 1950s and 1960s, thanks to the enduring influence of CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton who had grown up in fascist Italy in the 1930s and headed the U.S. intelligence office there from 1945-1947. The role of the CIA in the CMC is too obscure to rehearse here but it is more problematic than Holland suggests.

The more important point is that American suspicions of conspiracy were  pervasive long before March 1967.

JFK shot headlineThe first polls on the question of who killed Kennedy were taken the week after JFK was killed. At a time when the White House, the FBI, and the Dallas Police Department all insisted that accused assassin Lee Oswald had acted alone, 62 percent of respondents said they believed that more than one person was involved. Only 24 percent thought Oswald had acted alone. Another poll taken in Dallas during the same week found 66 percent of respondents believing that there had been a plot.

So a solid majority of Americans believed there was a JFK conspiracy in 1963. It is, shall we say, unlikely that American thinking was shaped by article that appeared in Italian three and a half years in the future.

Second, Holland’s claim that Garrison’s charges of CIA plot drove public opinion is not factually supported. The 1975 revelation that the CIA had been involved in multiple assassination conspiracies of foreign leaders was far more influential than Garrison’s scattershot prosecution, which ended in Shaw’s swift acquittal in 1969. Garrison’s failed case prompted no reaction from Washington, save media derision.

The revelation of CIA assassination plots six years later prompted a majority of Congress to authorize three different JFK investigations, all of which took a hard look at the CIA’s role in the events of 1963. Neither Garrison’s claims nor Clay Shaw’s possible CIA contacts was a factor in the Capitol Hill debate about whether to launch these investigations.

Third, Holland omits a key bit of evidence to make his argument more plausible. He asserts that the allegation that Shaw worked for the CIA is communist disinformation. Shaw, he says, merely “volunteered” information to the CIA, and “was never a covert operative.” The CIA’s own historian said otherwise.

What Holland ForgotWhat Holland omitted: A CIA historian on Clay Shaw

In 1993 J. Kenneth McDonald, chief of the Agency’s History Staff, reviewed Shaw’s CIA file. He then wrote a memo for the record describing Shaw as “a highly-paid contract source” for the Agency for some period of time ending in 1956.

Holland knows about this memo because he tried–and failed–to discredit it in online discussions. He did not mention it in his piece for Daily Beast. Maybe he can explain why it wasn’t relevant. At a minimum, his claim that the “highly-paid” Shaw only “volunteered” information to the CIA is questionable.

[Click here to read the complete McDonald memo. Look at page 3 for the exact quote.]

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone on the set of ‘JFK’

Fourth, Holland’s claim that the Paesa Sera article had a decisive influence on filmmaker Oliver Stone is ludicrous. In 1967 Stone was a conservative young man radicalized by combat experience in Vietnam who became a Hollywood moralist deeply read in history and philosophy. Twenty five years later, Stone made his all-too-believable epic “JFK, ” based in part on Garrison’s book but also on other works including Jim Marr’s Crossfire and John Newman’s JFK and Vietnam.

Stone may have romanticized Garrison in his film but the idea that Garrison’s citation of one article in a foreign newspaper convinced him of the CIA’s role in the events of 1963 and shaped his cinematic vision is not simplistic. It is just silly.

The editors of the Daily Beast got played.

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

In seeking to expand the range of informed debate about the events of 1963 and its aftermath, JFKFacts.org welcomes comments that are factual, engaging, and civil. more

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

cbd oil: cbd oil shark tank cbd cartridge effects cbd hemp oil legal cbd oil video green mountain cbd discount essential oils in bong water cbd oil honey sticks cbd oil birmingham al cbd oil dallas tx cbd oil studies cbd american shaman omaha ne is cbd oil good for cats how is cbd oil consumed will cbd oil lower cholesterol gainesville cbd what is the best cbd oil to use most studies of marijuanas effects have found that paper crane cbd sex how to do everything wiki cbd from hemp vs marijuana does hemp oil get u high non epileptic seizures slice of life gummies find out traduccion sleepmd ingredients drinking cbd vape oil uses for cannabis coconut oil how long until cbd oil takes effect how many mg of cbd oil to take codeine online usa cbd oil effects on phenytoin cannabis prostate cancer

vape: vape pen to smoke weed alpha one voopoo 200w vape tank vaping effects on health can you vape too much cbd e cigs plus blade vape nicotine in coffee nh3 vapor pressure cool vape pen jaybo ecig freemax vape marijuana flavored ecig juice atomizer for vape pen ecig fda approved what is the best e cigarette reviews effects of cbd vape juice aqua salts lemon lime slush vape juice uwell valyrian vs smok tfv12 e cigarette cartridge compatibility where can i buy e cigarettes near me different mods for vaping smok cloud machine kit vaping is gay memes all natural vapor rub where are vape pens sold does vaping affect cardio smok spirals tank review kangertech nebox uwell aspire vape cloud e juice

male enhancement: anti depression drugs how to stop arousal dhea libido viagra cock pills to keep you hard best mens vitamins most popular drug dysfunction or disfunction my dick can only get so hard natural testosterone booster reviews growth exercise triple action pill male enlargement pill flaccid vs erect size what is the largest human penis sildenafil over the counter how to make your penis long monster dick what is a micropenis pharmacy one source login what is the best test booster how to make dick thicker natural supplements for staying hard natural male enhancement alpha fuel and alpha cut reviews dragon pills muscletest review how to make cock thicker black ant pills where to buy natural ginseng top 3 male enhancement how to desensitize penis

exam: High Success Rate GB0-283 Exam Dumps Pdf On Store, Most Accurate 200-601 Vce Files On Our Store, 50% OFF ACSO-OS-WIN8-PSG-01 Online Exam Guaranteed Success, Discount HC-031-521-ENU Material Pdf For All Candidates From All Over The World, ITexam-Answers C2040-405 Book 100% Pass With A High Score, Latest Updated C2170-010 Exam Book With Low Price, Discount C2180-181 Guide With 100% Pass Rate, Useful HP2-E21 Test On Sale, Test-inside 70-219 Exam Questions And Answers For Each Candidate, Buy 070-519 Exam For Download, Helpful 77-886 Exam Book Is Your Best Choice, Most Popular 1Z1-216 Exam Questions And Answers On Sale, Prompt Updates 050-V71-CASECURID02 Vce with PDF and VCE Engine, Prep4sure 3X0-202 Ebook Is What You Need To Take, Up To Date ST0-29B Ebook , Topdump NS0-180 Exam Topics With Low Price,

weight loss: best exercise for weight loss physicians formula the healthy lip weight loss soup quick weight loss smoothie recipes breastfeeding and weight loss any weight loss pills that work 7 days weight loss plan red meat weight loss rush limbaugh weight loss green wraps weight loss lemon and ginger tea weight loss best weight loss pills in stores basal metabolic rate and weight loss weight loss for teenage guys inspiration for weight loss are scrambled eggs good for weight loss sulfurzyme and weight loss quickest weight loss diet what vitamin is good for weight loss prednisone weight loss diet weight loss quotes tumblr weight loss journal simone biles weight loss ponderal diet pills fast weight loss pills reviews pills for weight loss that work envy weight loss pills reviews abilify weight loss reviews weight loss pills buy online tamar and vince weight loss buy prescription diet pills online colonic weight loss before and after