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JFK Assassination: CIA and New York Times Are Still Lying To Us
We’ll never know, we’ll never know, we’ll never know. That’s the mocking-bird media refrain this season as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of America’s greatest mystery – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson hijacked a large chunk of her paper’s Sunday Book Review to ponder the Kennedy mystery. And after deliberating for page after page on the subject, she could only conclude that there was “some kind of void” at the center of the Kennedy story. Adam Gopnik was even more vaporous in the Nov. 4 issue of the New Yorker, turning the JFK milestone into an occasion for a windy cogitation on regicide as cultural phenomenon. Of course, constantly proclaiming “we’ll never know” has become a self-fulfilling prophecy for the American press. It lets the watchdogs off the hook, and excuses their unforgivable failure to actually, you know, investigate the epic crime. When it comes to this deeply troubling American trauma, the highly refined writers of the New Yorker and the elite press would rather muse about the meta-issues than get at the meat.
“A Cruel and Shocking Act” by former New York Times investigative reporter Philip Shenon has been soaking up most of the media spotlight in recent days. The book proclaims itself to be a “secret history of the Kennedy assassination.” Based largely on interviews with Warren Commission staff lawyers, the book reveals how the investigation was immediately taken over by the very government agencies — the CIA, FBI and Secret Service — that had the most to hide when it came to the assassination. The other new book, “History Will Prove Us Right,” was written by Howard Willens, a Warren Commission lawyer who refused to speak with Shenon. As suggested by the title — which is taken from a defiant statement by the commission chairman, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren – Willens’ book is a stubborn defense of the report that he helped produce. But ironically, after grinding one’s way through Willens’ serviceably written but highly revealing story, a reader can only come to the same conclusion that Shenon’s sexier expose’ demands – namely, that the Warren Report was the result of massive political cunning and investigative fraud.
Both books contain juicy and informative details that shed new light on the JFK investigation. (Shenon’s book also contains a few breathlessly advertised “scoops” that turn out to be rehashed stories or false leads.) But the two books also suffer from a strange cognitive dissonance. After elaborating on the many ways that the Warren Commission’s work was sabotaged by President Johnson, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover (who immediately took charge of the investigation), former CIA director Allen Dulles (who conveniently got himself appointed to the commission), Treasury chief C. Douglas Dillon (who oversaw the Secret Service) and other Washington power players, the books seem to arrive at the same baffling conclusion as the deeply compromised Warren Report – i.e., that Oswald did it.
In contrast to the vacillating Shenon, Willens at least has the courage of his convictions. He’s a Warren Commission apologist, pure and simple. And yet in a recent conversation, he sounded somewhat less certain, as we discussed new revelations that his own political patron, Robert Kennedy, never believed the Warren Report and was determined to find the truth on his own.
Fifty years later, Willens still can’t offer a credible motive for why Oswald supposedly killed Kennedy. In his book, he reveals that the commission assigned staff lawyer Wesley Liebeler to write a memo on Oswald’s “Possible Personal Motive” – but the panel found Liebler’s effort so unconvincing that it was rejected. In the end, the Warren Commission decided against offering a definitive motive for the murder, leaving the country forever puzzled by the young man who insisted he was a “patsy.”
In the years following the Warren Report’s release, several of the commissioners and staff members distanced themselves from their own report and publicly criticized the manifold deceptions of the agencies on which they had relied, namely the FBI and CIA. Among those who suffered grave doubts was lawyer David Slawson, the man who had been the Warren Commission’s lead investigator into whether JFK was the victim of a conspiracy. In 1975 Slawson aired his criticisms to the New York Times, attacking the CIA for withholding vital information from the commission and calling for a new JFK investigation. Within days of the story breaking in the Times, Slawson received a strange and threatening phone call from James Angleton, the spectral CIA counterintelligence chief. Angleton – who had not only closely monitored Oswald for several years before Dallas, but later took charge of the agency’s investigation into the alleged assassin – adopted a decidedly sinister tone during his call with Slawson, making it clear to the lawyer that he would be wise to remain “a friend of the CIA.” Slawson and his wife were deeply unnerved by the call. He thought the message was clear: “Keep your mouth shut.”
E.Howard Hunt's confession should have been huge news.It was never even mentioned just like all the other recent revelations.I find it strange how the HSCA and the ARRB discoveries have been ignored as well.Case in point check out this interview with the former chief counsel of the ARRB:Counsel for the JFK review board found many things that were disturbing.
All you need to know about the Warren Commission is they put Alan Dulles on the commission - a guy who JFK fired and said he was going to "splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds."
It's akin to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed being on the 9/11 Commission.
E.Howard Hunt's confession should have been huge news.It was never even mentioned just like all the other recent revelations.I find it strange how the HSCA and the ARRB discoveries have been ignored as well.Case in point check out this interview with the former chief counsel of the ARRB:[url=http://jfkfacts.org/assassination/experts/counsel-for-the-jfk-review-board-found-many-things-that-were-disturbing/]Counsel for the JFK review board found many things that were disturbing.
Yes. Exactly. Here there are TWO new books on JFK's assassination, and yet somehow they are completely unaware of E. Howard Hunt's outright diagrams on his deathbed pointing BY NAME and individual function to the perpetrators?! And given all the people they interviewed and the evidence they did uncover, they STILL come to the conclusion that a lone nut who actually admired JFK was the lone shooter?
Can everyone say A-GEN-DA?
The JFK cover-up was the sealing of the final nail for America and true freedom because at that moment the oligarchs had claimed us via control of the military industrial complex Ike so clearly notified us of the impending doom. By learning to control certain aspects of the way the media operated and learning how to fool most of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, they shut out the evidence over and over.
For me it was a coup plain as day and Sr. Bush is at the book depository according to Time-Life magazine that published that one and the photos of Hunt as one of the hobo's. Those pic's are my proof before Hunt confessed. People vilify the JFK Assassination producer Stone over his movie but the author of the book the movie was using is the former DA of New Orleans Jim Garrison and he has credibility with me. Plus, it might explain Oliver's stance on uhmerica, as Jr Bush pronounced it. Now with the liberal power grab really happening in BOTH major parties, we are subject to the very real possibility of marxist/totalitarian ends to the US appearing imminent with the very next major 'crisis'.
Why kill him? He wasn't playing along with the 'master plan' Joe had agreed to for him and for RFK, ditto.edit on 14-11-2013 by Justoneman because: (no reason given)edit on 14-11-2013 by Justoneman because: (no reason given)
New documentary from Channel 5 uk/tv:
Well made and basically says oswald fired two shots from window and a secret service agent in follow up car accidently shot kennedy when he lifted a rifle from the floor of the follow up car.This was also the reason the secret service gathered up all the evidence to hide their mistake.
make of it what you like and the secret service mistake is plausible but i still dont think Oswald was in the 6th floor depository when the shots were fired.
www.channel5.com...edit on 14-11-2013 by clanger because: (no reason given)
We know who did this. There were many willing helpers, all with their own agendas, but we know who did this….