A cop runs toward the grassy knoll on November 22.
Strange but true:
At least two dozen, and perhaps as many as four dozen, of the witnesses to the assassination of President Kennedy in November 1963 thought at least one gunshot came from in front of the presidential motorcade, a claim rejected by the Warren Commission and most U.S. news organizations..
Richard Charnin has proposed a statistical proof of a shot from the front.
Another way to think about the matter is to review the eyewitness accounts, especially those of people with crime scene training.
Speaking of “Six insiders who suspected a JFK plot,”
Len Osanic’s Black Op Radio drills down on the story of Insider #4, Georgia Senator Richard Russell, a conservative defender of racial segregation and a member of the Warren Commission.
Russell’s biographer dubbed him “the first dissenter” in the JFK assassination story.
The reason James Angleton’s still-secret testimony to the Church Committee matters in 2017 is found in this Warren Commission document.
“Jim would prefer to wait out the Commission on the matter covered by paragraph 2 …”
— CIA’s Raymond Rocca, writing to Richard Helms regarding counterintelligence chief James Angleton’s desire to stonewall the Warren Commission on certain CIA materials passed to the Secret Service.
With the FBI’s report on Kennedy’s assassination, the Commission undertook to select staffers and figure out how to approach its work.
Chief Justice Warren complained about the leaks of the FBI report: “I have read that report two or three times and I have not seen anything in there that has not been in the press.”
The Commissioners then held a wide-ranging discussion of JFK’s assasination, including:
Home of the Sixth Floor Museum
In a welcome development, the Sixth Floor Museum is holding a debate about the causes of JFK’s assassination on October 29. Long reluctant to engage with critics of the official story, the Dallas museum is opening itself to new points of view.
I suspect curator Stephen Fagin is responsible. I did an oral history of my JFK journalism for the Museum, and I found him to be a perceptive questioner who was interested in different interpretations of November 22.
The two participants in the Oct 29 could not be more qualified to represent their views. Read more
From JFK Lancer, a recording of radio program broadcast by WDSU radio in New Orleans on August 20, 1963.
▶ Lee H. Oswald debates the Cuba issue with anti-communist activist Ed Butler, and anti-Castro militant Carlos Bringuier of Cuban Student Directorate (DRE)
Bringuier is an important witness. The CIA-sponsored DRE, is significant. But Ed Butler is key.
Under the suggestive title “Castro Figured Out The JFK Case in Five Days”, an English version of his speech at the University of Havana on November 27, 1963, is available from CTKA.
In due course, the Warren Commission was provided with a slightly different version, but its members feared and rejected Castro’s line of argument depicting JFK’s assassination as part of a broader “plan against peace, against Cuba, against the Soviet Union, against humanity, against progressive and even liberal sectors of the United States.”
In his unpublished memoir, George de Mohrenschildt, an observant engineer and astute writer, talked about his friend Lee Oswald and his support for the civil rights movement Read more
President Trump will soon announce his decision on whether the last of the U.S. government’s JFK files will be fully released or not. April 26 will be a moment to assess what we know about JFK’s assassination that we didn’t know before, and specifically, what have we learned about the CIA’s role in the events of November 1963.
Among those vouching for the probity of the CIA in the JFK assassination story is the agency’s chief historian David Robarge. Read more
The release of more documents about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy isn’t likely to change minds – at least, it hasn’t yet. Almost since the event, large percentages of the public have rejected the explanation that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy.
Source: YouGov | Americans continue to doubt JFK assassination was work of one man
MDG writes about my post, “4 CIA Lies” critiquing Politico’s flawed JFK coverage.
Exceptional reporting. Exceptional writing. Thank you for your dedication to seeking justice in this case. We have been waiting a long time to read what you wrote. The facts have led us here
After more than fifty years and zero quantum of proof since the JFK assassination, Philip Shenon and Larry J. Sabato insist on the out-worn hypothesis “Castro sorta done it” while reporting how the CIA came to doubt the official story.
I’m not a fan of the History Channel’s new JFK documentary series, at least of the one episode I’ve seen. But this History Channel article is much better than I expected: 9 Things You May Not Know About the Warren Commission – History Lists
Coleman was a senior attorney on the Warren Commission, entrusted with some of the Commission’s more sensitive work, such as the review of what the CIA and FBI knew about Lee Oswald’s visit to Mexico City.
William T. Coleman Jr., barrier-breaking civil rights lawyer, Cabinet officer, dies at 96 – The Washington Post Read more
Orest Pena’s story is particularly compelling because he was trusted by the FBI agents in New Orleans. As a bar owner of Cuban descent, he saw and heard a lot of interest to law enforcement. Oswald had visited his bar in the summer of 1963 in the company of a man Pena described as Mexican. Pena also said he saw Oswald with FBI agent Warren DeBreuys on several occasions. DeBreuys denied this and denigrated Pena as unreliable.