Readers weigh in: JFK video you should watch: Gerald McKnight

JD recommends Episode 33 from Black Op Radio’s series “50 Reasons for 50 Years,” in which Professor Gerald D. McKnight discusses the Warren Commission’s reaction to the rumor that Oswald was an FBI informant.

11 thoughts on “Readers weigh in: JFK video you should watch: Gerald McKnight”

  1. David Smatlee Phillips

    Guys the Warren Commission were the most forthright patriots on the planet they could not be swayed. I mean so what Dulles had Nazi friends he was the greatest man alive and he said as far as he knew the CIA doesn’t participate in murder. Hoover was not in Dallas he was betting on horses with Roselli.

    James Angleton sums up his career in the CIA in a mid 1980’s interview with author Joseph Trento
    [Joseph Trento, “The Secret History of the CIA,” (2001) pp. 478-479]

    “You know how I got to be in charge of counterintelligence? I agreed not to polygraph or require detailed background checks on Allen Dulles and 60 of his closest friends.” His monologue would stop only for a sip of tea or a violent fit of coughing. “They were too arrogant to believe that the Russians would discover it all.” The real problem Angleton concluded, was that “there was no accountability. And without real accountability everything turned to xxxx.”
    All the trappings of Angleton’s legend were gone by this time, except for his love of exotic tea. But now, this man who had struck fear into most of his colleagues- this man who had been able to end a CIA career with a nod or a phone call- unassuming house in Arlington seemed empty. “You know, the CIA got tens of thousands of brave people killed… We played with lives as if we owned them. We gave false hope. We – I – so misjudged what happened.”
    I asked the dying old man how it all went so wrong.
    With no emotion in his voice, but with his hand trembling, Angleton replied: “Fundamentally, the founding fathers of U.S. intelligence were liars. The better you lied and the more you betrayed, the more likely you would be promoted. These people attracted and promoted each other. Outside of their duplicity, the only thing they had in common was a desire for absolute power. I did things that, in looking back on my life, I regret. But I was part of it and loved being in it …. Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, Carmel Offie, and Frank Wisner were the grand masters. If you were in a room with them you were in a room full of people that you had to believe would deservedly end up in hell.” Angleton slowly sipped his tea and then said, “I guess I will see them there soon.”

    Cord Meyer, when asked by writer C. David Heymann, who murdered Mary Meyer, the former wife of Cord, and later mistress of John Kennedy: Cord hissed in 2001: “the same sons of bitches that killed John F. Kennedy.”

    1. Heymann? A single sourced quote? I’m not feelin’ the love…
      “By MARGALIT FOXMAY 10, 2012
      C. David Heymann, a literary biographer turned best-selling celebrity biographer who came to wide attention in 1983 after his life of the heiress Barbara Hutton was withdrawn by its publisher because of factual errors, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 67…..Dr. Kantor, who became Ms. Hutton’s physician in the late 1960s, graduated from medical school in 1954. In 1943, as the news media reported after the error came to light, he would have been 14.
      Mr. Heymann, who did not dispute this and other errors ascribed to the book, attributed them to researchers he had engaged to conduct interviews on his behalf.
      After the book was withdrawn, Mr. Heymann later said, he attempted suicide. He moved to Israel for a time; there, he told interviewers afterward, he worked for Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.

      On Thursday, Mr. Heymann’s wife said that while he had sometimes spoken to her of having worked for Mossad, she could not confirm that assertion…..”

  2. Excellent and revealing. Ever more detail into the obvious conspiracy by the various parties involved.

    A question I continue to wonder about is just how fractured was the FBI? Wasn’t Hoover in Dallas on 11/21? Seems he would’ve known, yet the FBI in general seemed surprised, and that, with two thwarted assassination plots not long before the murder. I get a sense that a greater percentage of the CIA knew of the plot compared with the FBI… ‘course, the FBI is bigger…

  3. Was Oswald an FBI Agent?
    “J. Lee Rankin, the Warren Commission’s General Counsel, was told in January 1964 by a reliable source that it was common knowledge among journalists in Texas that Oswald had regularly received $200 per month from the FBI. If Oswald had indeed been secretly employed by a federal agency, the Commission would of course have found it almost impossible to make a convincing case that he had acted alone. Rankin and Earl Warren were determined to silence the rumour.
    The matter was discussed at an emergency meeting of the Commission on 22 January 1964. Two days later, Rankin and Warren met officials from Texas, who repeated the FBI rumour and mentioned other rumours about a connection between Oswald and the CIA. According to FBI interviews with one of the officials, Rankin swore them to secrecy. At the next meeting of the Warren Commission, on 27 January, Rankin discussed the FBI rumour but did not mention Oswald’s alleged connection with the CIA.”

  4. I always thought the shooting in the DPD basement looked like a low-level mobster liquidating a low-level intelligence asset.

    Oswald was such a prized propaganda catch in the USSR the mayor of Minsk greets him? And the KGB use the latest fiber optic tech to spy on Oswald and Marina in their apartment?

    In what world is the CIA not working with this guy in some form or fashion during the height of the Cold War?

    1. “proof that Oswald ever attended the language school at Monterey”~fnn

      As far as I know, only circumstantial. But anyone who understands ‘Sheepdipping’ an agent knows, that such documentation may have only existed in ciphered documents shared by very few handlers. It is ‘spycraft’ after all. I suggest listening to the John Newman interviews on Alan Dale’s website:

    2. Of course not. It is just one of many false assumptions and outright falsehoods Prof. McKnight makes during this interview.As I have asked before, why do CTers have to resort to make up stories if the CT scenario has any merit?

      1. Photon,

        Why don’t you ever admit that circumstantial evidence is valid? It is used in courts of law. If there is overwhelming circumstantial evidence and no countervailing factual evidence; decisions are made in favor of such circumstantial evidence.

        Do you have compelling countervailing factual evidence that Oswald did NOT attended the language school at Monterey?

    3. Probably not but possibly. There is his unexplained extended absence from his normal duties at the time in Southern California where the school is located. Shortly before his exceptionally speedy discharge and departure for the USSR with limited funds. I’ve read it is a difficult language to master on one’s own without someone fluent in it to practice with.
      Then there is the ONI/Marine investigation after the assassination into his time in Southern California which has never been made public. I’d guess it was shredded or burned years ago. But there might be a copy some old General or Admiral kept in his safe for protection or posterity. We may never know. Still, another unexplained aspect of the mysterious O.

  5. I watched this and found it spectacular! I even have it uploaded to my blog site now. The discussion of the January 27, 1964 meeting of the Warren Commissioners is an important subject that needs to be broadcast far and wide.

    The likelihood that Oswald was an intelligence agent seems almost a certainty in my opinion.

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