My 10th JFK declaration: on Angleton’s obstruction of justice

On Tuesday I filed a another declaration with Judge Richard Leon in the case of Morley v. CIA. As a legal document it is a bit dry but it does summarize both the public benefit and the historical significance of what the lawsuit has uncovered. 

The 18-page declaration, the tenth I have submitted to the court since filing the lawsuit in 2003, documents the widespread media coverage the case has generated and focuses the court’s attention on the the sensitivity of Joannides’s undercover work in late 1963 in the immediate aftermath of JFK’s assassination.

The Joannides files shed new light on certain CIA covert operations that counterintelligence chief James Angleton hid from investigators after President Kennedy was killed. According to Tim Weiner, author of “Legacy of Ashes,” a best-selling history of the CIA, Angleton’s actions constituted “an obstruction of justice.”

The declaration concludes:

“…. the information generated by Morley v. CIA complements and enhances what is known about the CIA in this period, shedding new light on James Angleton’s alleged obstruction of justice in the investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy. As the appellate court stated, “Records about individuals allegedly involved in President Kennedy’s assassination serve a public benefit.”

Read it here.

17 thoughts on “My 10th JFK declaration: on Angleton’s obstruction of justice”

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  2. I view Jeff Morley as a real life Captain James T. Kirk. Each step forward that he takes in his search for truth forces the evil that crated the murder of President Kennedy to take a step backward.

    I believe he is the epitome of how a person can selflessly apply their talent, skill & intelligence to a cause that benefits people globally, regardless of age, financial statue or social status.

    If he ever decides to run for any office he’s got my vote.

  3. S.R. "Dusty" Rohde

    Jeff, your efforts are highly commendable, appreciated and I think not just of “interest” to the public, but a necessity for the resolution of this crime.
    I think at times that some people lose sight of the fact that this is an open murder case. Witholding evidence, as far as I know is a felony, and an actionable offense. I don’t recall any law that says some people or organizations may withhold evidence in a capital murder case, including the CIA. I for one, am positive your efforts will pay off in the long run. For that I would like to say “Thank You” in advance.

  4. Ah, the same Angleton who carried Allen Dulles ashes at his funeral. I bet he was a little upset when JFK fired Dulles after the BOP. Could he have still been more loyal to Dulles than JFK? Any more info on Mr. Paranoid could be very insightful.
    Also, thanks for posting the link to the Aguilar/Cunningham essay on the 5 medical investigations getting it wrong in the “Contradictions” topic on 9/26. I’d never read it and the 1st section was quite enlightning.

    1. Also at the time, 1969, the widow of the man in the ash urn, received a note of sympathy from Senator Prescott Bush. He wrote that “he’d never forgive the Kennedy’s for” what was done to poor Allen being sacked after 12 years and the fiasco in Cuba. This was one year after the second Kennedy had his head blown up by a bullet before either reached age 47. Dulles, in old age, died in his bed. Bush pere of Poppy, and grandpa of W,was a Brown and Root man – the group that supported Nixon and LBJ and became the Halliburton of Cheney and Bush.And he “never forgave” them? Hmmm.

      1. Even Dulles could have been set up as a patsy. I’m not naive when I share the following passage from “Gentleman Spy,” by Peter Grose (pg. 540). Of course Allen Dulles was a master of propaganda and counter intelligence, but I think this is worthy of study:

        Dulles: “I shall never forget when I first heard the news of the Dallas tragedy.” …. [John Kennedy] “was a man who hadn’t had a chance really to show his full capabilities,” Allen told Tom Braden in his oral history for the Kennedy Presidential Library. “He’d gone through the very difficult days ….” and here Allen had to recall his own part in making those difficulties. “All that, he had put behind him,” Allen said. “He was at a point to move forward and show us the full possibilities of a very extraordinary man.”

        Dulles may have been the master deceiver in the Great Game, but a man of his apparent temperament would never have authorized the assassination without being guaranteed he would get away with it. Who had the power to make that guarantee? His colleagues at Sullivan & Cromwell?

        1. How can you possibly accuse a patriot like Allen Dulles of being involved in the assassination of a President? Have you no shame?

          1. Yes he only moved to close the Berlin law office of his firm in the 1930s when he saw what the Nazis were doing to the Jews.

          2. Photon,
            It has occurred to me that there is some irony in your seeming outrage that I would suggest that Allen Dulles was behind the assassination – which in fact I did not (see my post below if and when it clears the moderator of this site) – and yet you seem to follow Jeff Morley’s research with devotion and without challenge. Would not George Joannides’ have ultimately reported to Allen Dulles when GJ first joined the agency? I’ve not read that Jeff Morley makes any specific claim against Dulles, but certainly the implication is there either by omission or commission on Dulles’ part, whether it was during his tenure as Director or as lead member of the Warren Commission. How patriotic was he in fact?

          3. dulles a charter member of 1% club did his best to coverup JFK murder. You only have to look at present ORWELLION STATE TO SEE HOW IT GOT THERE

        2. Leslie,

          Isn’t what Allen Dulles did what is called “talking out of both sides of your mouth”? LBJ did the same thing, hinting to Senator Dick Russell that he didn’t believe the shot that hit Governor Connally was the same one that hit Kennedy (Photon, if you’re reading this, it’s actually on tape for you to listen to if you want me to source it). I think Dulles wasn’t stupid. If he helped to orchestrate this event, then I’m fairly sure he had the operation compartmentalized enough to seal off the leaks in the lower decks before any trail got to him. Nixon, it should be noted, tried to do the same “leak sealing” with Watergate, but it didn’t work. So, even smart people can make mistakes. They don’t always operate with perfect assurances of success, and take big risks. Dulles appears to have taken a big risk (in my opinion with regards to JFK being assassinated/covered up by the Warren Commission which he headed) and gotten away with it in his lifetime. That’s my speculation.

          1. JSA,
            To me it makes sense that Dulles was somewhat deferential to President Kennedy posthumously, not wishing to provoke controversy or close scrutiny of his role in the BOP and/or the Warren Commission; but there is a tone to his statement that strikes me as a genuine.

            Of course there is the possibility of an undertow to his comment which have been intended for insiders, that Kennedy did not have “the opportunity” to … “show us the full possibilities of a very extraordinary man.” That says nothing, and yet perhaps it says everything. A spymaster’s unique form of communication?

          2. Dulles’ statement after Kennedy’s death reminds me of former conservative pro-segregationists who backed Wallace/LeMay in 1968, but who say today that “Martin Luther King was a great American.” It’s just cheap talk. Kennedy FIRED Dulles. Allen Dulles hated Kennedy. That seems pretty clear to me.

  5. Thank you for all your efforts as an outstanding citizen in trying to help the public learn the true facts behind the murder of our highest elected official, the President of the United States.

    1. I second that. We all appreciate how you have put yourself on the line for the release of these secret police files. I am very curious to see what they reveal, and I am crossing my fingers that they will actually be released, sort of like waiting for Nixon to finally leave the White House—nobody in 1972 could picture his leaving office (if reelected) before January, 1977—but he did. The release of these files will give me that same feeling I had back in August of 1974.

      1. I third it. History will show that your efforts were instrumental in getting at the truth. In addition, you demand the obvious: who is entitled to withhold info from “the people?” Your work,and Mr Lesar’s, will be praised in ages hence. Yours is a significant contribution precisely because it uses the legal system which has its own rules and time tables, unlike historical research which can be published upon completion. You gentlemen have the gratitude and respect of many seekers of truth – even those of us who are grinding teeth over the authoritarian, national security crowd.

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