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JFK Is Not a Culture War

One thing I like about the JFK assassination story: it’s a place where left and right (and center) can all agree. My friend James Rosen and I have very different politics and we still have illuminating conversations about JFK. For example:

Five Questions About Biden’s Dec. 15 JFK Disclosures

December 15 is the next deadline for federal agencies to release files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 58 years ago. What will we see? Last month, I offered some “smoking gun” possibilities in the Miami Herald. The pro-CIA Washington Decoded pooh poohs the idea that the JFK files contain anything of significance.

And that’s the JFK debate in a nutshell. There’s the people, like Harvard professor Cass Sunstein, who say, in effect, A little man killed a big man, get over it. And there’s the people, like Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan, who respond, Some big men killed a big man–and they got away with it. Who is right? This week will offer some clues.

A Documentary Does Justice to Tink Thompson, the First Scholar of JFK’s Assassination

Don’t let the dumb subtitle put you off. This is not a documentary about “conspiracy.” ” Produced by the ABC News affiliate in the Bay Area, JFK Unsolved is a quality production that explores and explains Last Second in Dallas, the new book by Josiah (“Tink”) Thompson that sums up his 50 years of investigation of the death of John F. Kennedy. Thompson’s work is, in a word, rigorous.

JFK’s Assassination Explained For British History Channel

When History Hit, a British history channel, asked me for an interview about the 58th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I hastened to agree, especially when they said they’d throw in a hundred dollars for my trouble. “A hundred quid is always welcome,” I said to my new-found Cousins. Stateside news outlets are rarely so fair to free-lance talent. …

Dylan on the Grassy Knoll: A Defense

I published this piece today, the 58th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination.


Dylan urges us to recognize that November 22, like December 7, was an attack on the American nation. And if that claim makes you uneasy—if you want to believe the reassuring official story that Kennedy was killed by one man alone for no reason—he has achieved his purpose.

Source: What Bob Dylan Does—Or Doesn’t—Know About the Assassination of JFK ‹ Literary Hub

Four Points About Biden’s Decision on the JFK Files

Peter writes:

Thanks for making yourself accessible.  I’m just wondering if you have any thoughts on Biden following Trump and continuing to withhold classification?  Stay well and all the best.

Thanks Peter. The only good news in President Biden’s October 22 letter is the announcement that the National Archives plans to digitize the entire JFK collection, which is welcome and overdue. In the digital age, the Mary Ferrell Foundation says the full record of JFK’s assassination should be available to anybody anywhere.

Otherwise, I have four observations for the press and the interested public on the 58th anniversary of JFK’s death.

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