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From the Secret JFK Files, Praise for a CIA Officer Who Monitored Oswald

The secret JFK assassinations files now under review at the White House include the records of senior CIA officers who knew about the supposed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before President Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963.

The Public Interest Declassification Board, which advises the president on historical issues, has urged President Biden to insure “maximum disclosure” in JFK files, set for release on October 26. Sabato’s Crystal Ball has examined the uneven enforcement of the JFK Records Act. WhoWhatWhy asks, “Will Biden Follow the Law?”

I want to share with readers, reporters, and Twitter, what is on the public record about these officers, individually and collectively. These files may shed light on the breakdown of presidential security in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

Former DA says CIA hides JFK details but are they related to the assassination?

David Minier, former district attorney for Madera County in central California, writes in The Fresno Bee, that the CIA is hiding records of an asset in 1963 named Claude Barnes Capehart.  That may well be true, but Minier’s argument thatt Capehart was involved in JFK’s assassination strikes me as weak.

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How a former Trump aide is pressing Biden to loosen national security secrets 

Bryan Bender of POLITICO profiles Ezra Cohen, the chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board, which this week called for maximum transparency around secret JFK assassination files.

Ezra Cohen, appointed by President Trump, gets positive reviews from one Democratic congressman on the board, which advises the president on declassification issues.

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Public Interest Declassification Board Urges Transparency in  Release of JFK Files

National ArchivesThe Public Interest Declassificaton Board is an office within the National Archives that was created by Congress to advise the president on secrecy and declassification issue. The PIDB is supposed to act as a counterweight to secret government agencies. It doesn’t have much real power but it does constitute a presence that other agencies have to take into account.

And its members have written a letter to President BIden about the last of the JFK assassination files.

Six of out of seven Oswald mock trials ended without convictions

Larry Schnapf is an attorney in New York who is a leading legal effors to secure release of the last of the secret JFK files in October 2021, as mandated by the JFK Records Act of 1992. I’ll be reportin more on those efforts in coming weeks.)

Meanwhile, Schnapf adds some important about mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, the supposed assassin of Kennedy, that I did not know.

RIP: Trevor Moore, Satirist of Assassination

Comedian Trevor Moore has died at age 41. As this bit shows, Moore was a satirist of assassination, depicting ominous events as buffoonery, to make fun of the powerful and our media obsessions.

Moore is correct that George H.W. Bush was social friends with the family of John Hinckley, the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981. As Moore says in one of this thought bubbles, “Awkward!”

Moore makes one factual mistake. George H. Bush was in Dallas on November 22, 1963 and he had a friendly cooperative relationship with the CIA. But it’s not accurate to say Bush was “working for the CIA” that day. He was not employed by the CIA at the time.

Also: there’s no evidence that Bush was complicit or involved in Kennedy’s assassination.

I’m interviewed in the new Fox Nation series on JFK

“We still have JFK records being held secret by U.S. government agencies.”

That’s what I told Fox Nation in an extensive interview earlier this year. Now the four-part series is out and I get to see the whole thing. I’m looking forward to it.

To view the 20-25 minute episodes, you will have to sign up and spend at least 99 cents.

Before agreeing to the interview, I asked myself a question:

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