Thursday, May 17, 2018

How the CIA Controlled the Media in the Wake of the JFK Assassination

The following is an excerpt from my book JFK and the End of America:

Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite co-anchored a CBS special in 1967 called “CBS News Extra: November 22 and The Warren Report.” (It pre-empted “Mr. Ed,” the show about a talking horse; in retrospect, a talking horse was more credible than the information Cronkite and Rather provided.) The special opens with a view from the sixth floor window of a car turning onto Elm Street in Dealey Plaza. A voiceover, accompanied by string music to add profundity, says, “You are watching an official re-enactment of the murder of John F. Kennedy, filmed from the window where the alleged assassin crouched.”65 One minute into this supposed objective journalistic endeavor, we are led to believe Oswald was guilty.

CBS compromised any honest investigation when it consulted with Allen Dulles before and after the program. Dulles was allowed to inspect the transcripts and was said to have had some minor objections to the content. This was Dulles’s shrewd way of letting CBS think it actually had some independence while still controlling what was broadcast. In the end, the CIA had nothing to fear. The network’s news director at the time, William Small, exchanged a series of letters with Dulles in which Dulles “…commended Small for a job well done.”66 Such was the broadcast media’s obsequious subservience to Dulles and the CIA. Fact finding lost out to the secret state’s official version of assassination. As a result, a false history of America was created; one that is still deeply embedded in the mythology of this country’s past.

Rather and Cronkite, and their ilk, were willing accomplices in this fraud. Why did they do it? Were they just blissfully unaware of the genuine truth? Did they gullibly swallow whole what was fed to them by the plotters? Or were they just ambitious men, consumed with the prestige and influence their mere faces and voices transmitted, and unwilling to surrender their lofty positions by actually challenging the men who really ran the country? Whatever their motives, it is hard to believe that they did not recognize the Warren Report for what it really was—an implausible fairy tale concocted by flawed men to cover up the ugliest political crime in American history. But instead of summoning the courage to face that ugly truth, CBS and all the other Mockingbird assets chose the path of least resistance. The CIA’s Frank Wisner once bragged that Operation Mockingbird was like his own personal Wurlitzer: he could play any tune on it he wanted, and America would follow along. And consider these chilling declarations from Dulles’s successors—William Colby (CIA Director from 1973-76): “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media”67; William Casey (DCIA from 1981-87): “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”68

Even that giant of the television medium, Walter Cronkite, was not immune to corruptive influences. As a fellow Texan (Cronkite spent his youth in Houston), Cronkite had an affinity for Lyndon Johnson. Johnson “treated him more like a second cousin than a fourth-estate adversary.”69 Cronkite’s boss at CBS, Frank Stanton, was a close friend of Johnson’s. According to Cronkite’s biographer Douglas Brinkley, “[LBJ] hoping to exert control over CBS…would routinely call Stanton to grouse about on-air content…[and] whenever LBJ went to New York, Stanton would fete him with limousines, cocktails, and coffee…to keep him happy.”70

Cronkite was also linked to Allen Dulles. In 1976 an ABC News reporter named Sam Jaffe claimed that he had seen Cronkite’s name at the top of the list of journalists who worked for the CIA. Jaffe also confirmed that Cronkite had received a briefing from Dulles as part of his normal duties. When Cronkite learned of Jaffe’s allegations, “…the anchorman sprang into damage control mode, traveling from New York City to Langley, Virginia, to confront George H.W. Bush [then CIA Director]…Cronkite demanded the list of news people who had actually been CIA agents.”71 Bush refused to release it, but later the CIA “confirmed that…CBS correspondents had worked for the agency.”72 Beyond Cronkite’s understandable consternation at having his journalistic reputation compromised, it is revelatory to note here that a list of CIA journalist assets apparently DID exist. And George Bush, head of the CIA, kept it secret. Cronkite did not deny being a CIA asset, nor did he seek a disavowal of his collaboration with the agency from George Bush. Instead, Cronkite sought to verify that he was only one of many newsmen who had worked for the CIA, as if public knowledge of such common practice would legitimize it. It speaks to the power of Operation Mockingbird. If the CIA had ensnared Cronkite, the number one television journalist of the 1960s, what newsman was immune to the agency’s perfidious influence?


Friday, May 11, 2018

Trump Reneges on Promise to Release All JFK Assassination Files

This is a reprint of a story from the Associated Press:

President Donald Trump boasted last fall that he would open all remaining John F. Kennedy assassination records. So far, Trump hasn’t made good on the “great transparency” he promised then.
Trump announced on Thursday that the public must wait another three years or more before seeing material that must remain classified for national security reasons — more than five decades after Kennedy was killed Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

The National Archives released its last batch of more than 19,000 records on Thursday. But an undisclosed amount of material remains under wraps because Trump said the potential harm to U.S. national security, law enforcement or foreign affairs is “of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.”

He ordered the CIA and other agencies to take yet another look at each blacked-out section of their documents during the next three years to see what more can be released.

CIA spokesman Nicole de Haay said the agency has already released more than 99 percent of CIA information that was in the Kennedy assassination records collection. “CIA narrowly redacted information in rare instances only to protect CIA assets, officers and their families as well as intelligence methods, operations and partnerships that remain critical to the security of our nation,” she said.

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and author of a book about Kennedy, lamented that it might be 100 years post-assassination before everyone has a more complete picture of what happened. “I envy the scholars of, say, 2063,” Sabato said.

The files released Thursday — mostly FBI and CIA records — detail how authorities combed through tips in the wake of Kennedy’s death, including a report from a woman who claimed she saw a man who looked like Oswald at a party in Mexico City.
Another file shows ex-CIA officer David Atlee Phillips being grilled by lawmakers about whether he believed Oswald was the lone assassin. Phillips said he wished there was information showing the Soviets or former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had played a role “because there are so many people, especially on college campuses who are convinced the CIA did it.”

But Phillips said since there was no evidence showing Cuban or Soviet involvement, he had to believe Oswald was just “a kind of loony fellow who decided to shoot the President.”

“Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t miss, and the American public doesn’t want to believe that one man could murder Camelot,” Phillips said. [Phillips was lying to the committee. See the *Note below for clarification of Phillips' role in setting up Oswald as the CIA's patsy in the assassination.]

The records are still being released today because in 1992, Congress passed the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act. The act ordered the archives to disclose all information collected — some 5 million pages of material — on the assassination within 25 years — barring any exceptions designated by the president.

Those 25 years ended Oct. 26, 2017 and Trump had to decide whether any of the documents should still be kept secret. Several days before the deadline, it appeared Trump had no plans to withhold anything.

“Subject to the receipt of further information,” he tweeted on Oct. 21, 2017. “I will be allowing, as president, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”

Again, on the day before the deadline, it appeared every last shred of the government’s material was headed for release. “The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow. So interesting!” Trump tweeted.

A lot of documents were released, but not all. Bending to appeals from the CIA and FBI, Trump blocked the release of hundreds of records pending a six-month review. “In the end there will be great transparency. It is my hope to get just about everything to public!” Trump tweeted in October.

His six-month review ended Thursday when all documents, he said, were to be released “with redactions only in the rarest of circumstances.”

While happy for what’s been released so far, Sabato said more than 15,000 of the 19,045 in Thursday’s National Archives release have redactions — “some quite substantial.” He said more than 500 files were held back in their entirely for various reasons.

“Trump has set the next official argument over further disclosures at October 2021, when he may or may not still be president,” Sabato said.

[*Note: David Atlee Phillips later admitted that Lee Harvey Oswald was framed for the murder of JFK. Phillips was in charge of the "Mexico City scenario" in which an Oswald impostor visited the Russian Embassy in Mexico City and met with Valery Kostikov, a KGB officer who ran the Soviets' assassination program. When the impostor was caught on audio and video tapes, Phillips destroyed the recordings. This was necessary when it was revealed that the real Oswald was in Dallas at the time that his impostor was in Mexico City.]


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Excerpt from chapter 8 of "JFK and the End of America"

The more lasting tragedy of 11/22/63 is that it began an era, an era that has no end in sight, of massive distrust of the government. Before Dallas, America trusted its leaders. That quaint notion now seems as silly and obsolete as hula hoops. We now expect the worst. We think of our legislative bodies as bombastic bordellos, full of corrupt hacks willing to sell their souls to the highest bidders. “The good of the people” is way down the list of priorities when laws are written and policy enacted. Everywhere one looks, there is corruption and perfidy. Those who have money and power—corporations, special interests and the super-wealthy—control the ministers of government and make the lives of the masses more dangerous, difficult, unhealthy and poverty-stricken. We have become inured to bloody wars for profit. We have accepted the fact that liberty and justice for all are empty words. “Ask what you can do for your country” has been replaced by “greed is good.” The home of the brave is now the land of cynical self-interest.

Admittedly, there is nothing really new about this. There has always been a strain of craven opportunism in America. Hucksters, scam artists, for-profit schemers and crooked politicians have always been with us. It’s just that today they have prevailed over our better angels. The rise of right-wing radio (Rush Limbaugh and his ilk) and TV (FOX News) has brainwashed those who lack the education and intellect to resist. Progressivism has been demonized. Media, once the only thing that stood between us and fascism, has been neutered by corporate takeover. Trump and other tyrants urge us now to turn our backs on the truth. Lies are given equal time and presented as legitimate counterbalances under the guise of fairness. While the planet slowly burns and oceans rise, climate change deniers, funded by fossil-fuel polluters, are actually granted air time as if they have a legitimate argument to make. Fact and fiction get blurred; truth becomes a subjective guess until there is no truth left. In this environment, all manner of distortion and deception is possible; it was inevitable that a narcissistic con artist and pathological liar, like Trump, would eventually make it to the White House. An unbalanced egomaniac, elevated in the age of lies, now has his finger on the button. One shudders to think what would have happened if Trump had been in charge during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

If we look closely at the history of America, its one lasting and irrevocable legacy is mendacity. The country was even founded on a lie. Columbus did not discover what we now know as the United States. Our leaders lied to the natives who originally dwelled here, stealing their land and slaughtering their people. Industrial barons and corporate giants, and the government they bought and paid for, have owned the country ever since. Their lies help them maintain their power. We are told that we live in a land of equal opportunity, but we know it is a rigged system in favor of the wealthy, and becoming more so every day. Our leaders claim they are doing our bidding when, in truth, they are nothing more than paid agents of the most powerful interests in the country. Government of the people has been replaced by government of the one percent. This dreary reality was facilitated by historical lies. Lies that overwhelm us and, in the end, turn us into helpless children in a land of tyrannical powerbrokers. When did we lose sight of the promise of America as a land where righteousness and justice were at the heart of the great experiment called democracy? It is the argument here that on November 22, 1963, we veered off into an alternate universe, a quasi-fascist state where the power of government and corporations, with the help of the military-intelligence monolith, has merged, and the slow destruction of true democracy has eaten away whatever freedom we have left.

Lies are at the heart of it.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Excerpt Three From My Latest Book, "JFK and the End of America"

From chapter 5:

We can surmise, then, that the men on the sixth floor, including the Second Oswald, lingered for a few minutes to plant the weapon and cartridges and make a sniper’s nest after the assassination. They were seen by several witnesses including Lillian Mooneyham. In an FBI report dated 1/10/1964, Mooneyham, a court clerk who watched the motorcade and its aftermath from a judge’s courtroom in an adjacent building, stated that she saw a man standing in the sixth floor window about five minutes after the shooting.171 Several other witnesses reported seeing two men on the sixth floor. Arnold Rowland reported two men pacing back and forth about ten minutes after the assassination.172 L. R. Terry, standing across the street from the TSBD, also saw two men in the southeast window.173 A Dallas County jail inmate named John Powell, in his cell across the street from the TSBD, watched two men with guns on the sixth floor; one of them, probably Wallace, had dark skin.174 Ruby Henderson, at street-level, noticed the same two men; one had a darker complexion than the other.175 Neither of the men seen in the window could have been the First Oswald because he was in the second floor lunchroom at the time.

At about 12:40 p.m. the Second Oswald made his move. As stated previously, Roger Craig, a Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy, saw a man closely resembling Oswald fleeing the TSBD by hurrying down Elm Street and jumping into a waiting light-colored Nash Rambler driven by a man who resembled CIA asset David Morales.176 Craig was not alone; several other witnesses—including Helen Forrest, James Pennington, Marvin C. Robinson and Roy Cooper—saw the same thing.

Craig’s keen observation tells us that at about the same time that the First Oswald was on the Marsalis bus stuck in downtown traffic, the Second Oswald was fleeing Dealey Plaza in a car driven by a getaway man. This uncomfortable fact caused great concern for the Warren Commission and the Dallas police, and it eventually ruined Craig’s career. An honest and decorated cop, he stuck to his story until the day he died.

Craig also saw some suspicious goings-on before he saw the Second Oswald. He was on duty near Dealey Plaza when the shooting occurred. Upon hearing the shots, he ran towards the picket fence atop the grassy knoll and saw a woman trying to drive out of the parking lot behind the fence. He stopped the car, arrested the woman, and turned her over to another Dallas cop for questioning. Soon after, the woman vanished without a trace. The other cop offered no explanation for her disappearance, and there is no record of her arrest; Craig also noticed what appeared to be a sidewalk nick caused by a fresh-bullet strike on Elm Street—another indication that many more than three bullets were fired that day.177

Friday, March 16, 2018

Excerpt From My Book "JFK and the End of America"

From chapter one:

After the assassination, the two men warily circled one another. Johnson kept constant tabs on the progress of the Warren Commission, and the shadow of Dulles’s renegade CIA always loomed over Johnson. According to the memos of Paul Rothermel, ex-FBI man and head of security for Dallas oil billionaire H.L. Hunt, “Lyndon Johnson [was] mortally afraid of being assassinated and does not trust the Secret Service…and has ordered the FBI to be present everywhere he goes…”11 This might have been a figment of Johnson’s enormous paranoia, for the guilty plotters knew better than to turn on one another for fear of mutual destruction. Then again, Johnson saw first-hand in Dallas what the CIA and the Secret Service were capable of, and he surely never fully trusted the CIA.

With JFK’s death, Johnson achieved his life-long obsession of becoming president, he stayed out of prison by quashing congressional investigations into his shady business dealings, and, by becoming the most powerful man in the free world, he was able to cover up his involvement in the crime of the century. By killing JFK, he had also neutralized his hated enemy Bobby Kennedy, who was powerless without the backing of his brother.

With JFK out of the way, no longer did Johnson have to worry about the Kennedys, who “…were out to ruin [Johnson] completely by making him look like a crook.”12

Dulles also reaped immense benefits from the death of JFK. His vision of a world dominated by an elite cadre of plutocrats was restored. His beloved CIA was preserved; without meddling from the Kennedys, the agency’s illegal and unconstitutional operations flourished, and its power over American and international policy became more dominant than ever. The Cold War, which JFK wanted to end, became hotter than ever. Dulles’s clients and assets were enriched by war and the expansion of American imperialism. The largest impediment to Dulles’s quasi-Fascist America had been surgically removed. It was sweet revenge for his bitter ouster after the Bay of Pigs. As Dulles once told magazine editor Willie Morris, “That little Kennedy, he thought he was a god.”13

Upon Kennedy’s death, the two titans of American governance were restored to positions of such power that they were beyond any prosecution. One man stacked the investigatory commission with men he could easily control, and the other man became the de facto head of that fraudulent commission. It is hard to bring killers to justice when the killers are the ones conducting the murder investigation.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Excerpt From My New Book "JFK and the End of America": How Ruby Was Able to Kill Oswald with Such Exquisite Timing

From chapter 5:

Time was of the essence; the longer Oswald lived, the greater the chances he would reveal too much. Having missed several opportunities to kill Oswald in the immediate aftermath of the assassination, the plotters’ choices were limited once Oswald was taken into custody. Few criminals die while in police protection. Killing Oswald in his jail cell deep in the bowels of the Dallas police headquarters would have been too suspicious. The cops would have been blamed, and talk of their complicity would have been rampant. It would have been one thing to kill an armed and dangerous Oswald fleeing from the Tippit murder or hiding in the Texas Theatre. Those incidents could have been explained away as self-defense; the cops would have been hailed as heroes. But it would have been quite another thing to murder a jailed and unarmed Oswald. The cops would have had a lot of explaining to do. No, an outsider, ostensibly unconnected to Oswald, needed to do the job. And it needed to be done in a very public way so that Americans could see for themselves who was responsible. The solution was a sleazy strip-joint owner who acted on his own.
Ruby was able to gain access to the city jail because he was well-known to the cops. For years he had plied them with free food and booze, and he had treated them as VIPs when they visited his strip club. Cops knew if they wanted to get laid, make a bet, or sip a free beer, Ruby was their guy. Many of Ruby’s strippers ended up as wives or girlfriends of Dallas policemen. So Ruby’s face was a familiar one at the city jail, and no one batted an eye when he showed up for Oswald viewings over the long weekend.

Still, Ruby was not the perfect choice; his Mafia connections were conspicuous, and it would take little effort to connect him to Santos Trafficante in Cuba in 1959 and H.L. Hunt in Dallas just the day before the assassination. But who else could they find on short notice? And who would be willing to do it? Perhaps Ruby was the back-up plan all along, and when Oswald made it to the jailhouse alive, Ruby started building his cover story. He told several people he didn’t want poor Jackie Kennedy to have to make the trip to Dallas for a trial.

The slightest peek into Ruby’s past indicates he was beholden to gangsters most of his life. In the year prior to the assassination he made phone calls to at least seven organized crime members who had been prosecuted by Bobby Kennedy and the Justice Department. A Ruby stripper with a stage name of Gail Raven told Jefferson Morley in August 2016 that “Ruby had no choice but to kill Oswald,” implying that he was ordered to do so by his superiors in organized crime. Oh, and that “saving Jackie a trip to Dallas” story? An absolute lie, said Raven.207

Ruby’s phone records also reveal that he made several calls to his friend Breck Wall on November 23. Wall, at the time, was in Galveston, Texas, with David Ferrie, CIA recruiter and puppet master in the Louisiana Civil Air Patrol.208 Ferrie also worked as the private pilot of New Orleans mob king, Carlos Marcello. Dallas was part of Marcello’s territory, and all organized crime activity conducted by Ruby or anyone other hood in Dallas came under Marcello’s control. Ruby’s calls on November 23 might have been an attempt to receive instructions from Marcello, relayed through Ferrie and Wall, on how and where to eliminate Oswald.

Marcello, one of the most powerful gangsters in the country, had a special hatred for the Kennedys. In April 1961 he was apprehended by agents of Robert Kennedy’s Justice Department, flown to Guatemala, and unceremoniously dumped there. He had been deported without warning and without having the chance to pack or notify his family. He was not a man to suffer these indignities meekly. For the next two years he groused angrily about getting revenge. He likened the Kennedys to a “stone in his shoe,” and, referring to JFK’s assassination, he remarked that if you cut off a dog’s head (Jack’s), the tail (Bobby) stops wagging.

Regardless of who gave the order to kill Oswald, Ruby could not have accomplished his task without inside help from the Dallas police. Ruby said as much himself—“…who else could have timed it so perfectly by seconds?...someone in the police department is guilty of giving the information as to when Lee Harvey Oswald was coming down.”209 Testifying to the Warren Commission, Ruby admitted that it was “…a million and one shot, that I should happen to be down there at that particular second when this man comes out of whatever it was—an elevator or whatever it was—all these things—plus the fact…that they saw us [Ruby and Oswald] together at the club...”210

Ruby’s rambling, and sometimes incoherent, statements offered stark contradictions and a hodgepodge of tangential names and dates. Mixed in were conspiracy innuendos, alternating with his insistence that he was not part of any conspiracy. Taken as a whole, Ruby’s words seem a desperate plea to Earl Warren, implying that his family was in danger and that he could only tell the truth in Washington under the protection of the federal government. When he was denied that protection, he reverted to his ludicrous cover story—he acted out of pity for Mrs. Kennedy, and killed Oswald without any forethought or malice. Ruby, perhaps tricked into believing that a plea of extreme emotional distress would get him off, laid the groundwork for his defense by telling many acquaintances of being overly distraught before he shot Oswald. He even went so far as to approach local broadcaster Wes Wise to pre-establish his phony rationale; Ruby lamented that it would be “terrible for that little lady [Jackie]” to have to come to Dallas for a trial. Sure enough, Wise was called as a defense witness at Ruby’s trial to testify about the accused’s extreme emotional state before he gunned down Oswald.211

Still in all, Ruby was doomed as soon as he pulled the trigger in the city jail on Sunday morning. He couldn’t refuse the plotters’ orders, and once he had done it he knew he was in a terrible spot. If he divulged his real reason for killing Oswald, he knew he and his family could be harmed by the plotters. He was trying to save his own neck, but didn’t know quite how to do it. He must have been wondering how high in the government the plot went, and was testing the waters with Warren. “I have been used for a purpose…you have a lost cause, Earl Warren. You don't stand a chance,” he told the head of the commission.212

Ruby’s other lame attempt at proving that his shooting of Oswald was impulsive, emotional and unconnected to a larger plot was the money wire he sent to one of his strippers just minutes before the assassination. Ruby shot Oswald at precisely 11:21 a.m.; just four minutes prior to that, he stopped at the Western Union office about a block from the Dallas jail, to wire $25 to Karen “Little Lynn” Carlin, one of his nightclub performers. Supposedly Carlin called Ruby earlier that morning and said she needed a quick loan for rent and food. This was meant to provide Ruby a reason to be in the area of the Oswald transfer. But according to Dallas reporter Bob Huffaker, Ruby told Carlin that he was headed downtown anyway.213 Why was Ruby headed downtown anyway? The only plausible answer, given his penchant for being everywhere the action was that weekend, is to be in the city jail basement for the Oswald transfer.

By informing Carlin that he was going to be downtown that Sunday morning anyway, Ruby proved that his entrance into the jail at the exact moment Oswald appeared was not simply a weird coincidence. His admission of pre-planning destroys the lone-nutters’ argument that if Ruby had pre-planned the killing of Oswald, he would not have risked stopping at a Western Union office for a transaction that could have held him up for several minutes, thus missing Oswald’s transfer and the opportunity to kill him. In fact, Ruby’s admission compels us to look at the timing of the Ruby-Oswald confrontation in quite a different way, one which is much more in line with the weekend’s other events: namely, there were just too many coincidences to explain away. If the circumstances of Oswald’s transfer from the city jail to the county jail were a set-up, arranged so that Ruby could silence Oswald once and for all, then it didn’t really matter if Ruby arrived at 11:20 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. or midnight. Oswald’s transfer was detained until Ruby was in place to shoot the prisoner in the Dallas police basement. In other words, it is much more logical and likely that the exquisite timing of the Ruby-Oswald confrontation was a product of planning than it was coincidence; because if it wasn’t, then all we are left with are fortuitous happenstances to account for the timing, and that is one more overstuffed coincidence that is just too big to swallow. One Dallas officer, Elmer “Sonny” Boyd, later conceded that Ruby could not possibly have planned the murder by himself. 214

The Warren Commission would have us believe that Ruby just happened to show up at the Western Union office on Main street, a short distance from the Dallas jail, just minutes before Oswald was moved; that Ruby just happened to be carrying his revolver in his jacket pocket, something he normally did not do; that Ruby, after sending his wire, a transaction which luckily did not last too long, just happened to wander down the street to the Dallas jail and easily find a way into the supposedly heavily guarded basement; that Ruby just happened to walk right into the perfect position to murder Oswald, whose transfer had fortunately been delayed just long enough for Ruby to appear on the scene; and that Oswald’s bodyguards just happened to be inept and distracted. It is a ludicrous narrative, full of flukes and accidents. It makes sense only as the product of scrupulous pre-planning. Ruby’s actions were purposeful, and Oswald was being held until his killer arrived.

This leads to the question, which Dallas officers aided Ruby? Researchers have zeroed in on several suspicious circumstances. Sergeant Patrick Dean was a close acquaintance of Ruby, and he was in charge of security for Oswald’s transfer.215 Dean could have quietly let Ruby in via an alley entrance in order to avoid Officer Roy Vaughn who was stationed at the main ramp. To his dying day, Vaughn swore that Ruby did not pass by him that day. If Vaughn told the truth, it is almost certain that Ruby was ushered into a side entrance by someone in the Dallas police department. Dean vehemently denied doing this; however, no less than Warren Commission counsel Burt Griffin doubted Dean’s story. Griffin accused Dean of lying when Dean testified that Ruby had walked down the Main street ramp past Vaughn.216

If it’s true that the Oswald transfer was delayed until Ruby’s arrival, who was responsible for this and how was it justified? Chief Jesse Curry’s actions may provide some clues. The timeline of the transfer was given flexibility by Curry; he told reporters that it would not happen before 10 a.m., but gave no specifics beyond that. Curry also rejected Sheriff Bill Decker’s suggestion that they “abort the public transfer” and move Oswald early in the morning when no press would be there.217 Ultimately the transfer of the prisoner was delayed when Curry received a phone call from Dallas mayor Earle Cabell.218 If Curry had taken Decker’s suggestions, or refused to linger on the phone with Cabell, the Ruby-Oswald confrontation would not have occurred as it did. A 2017 release of long-suppressed ARRB documents verifies that Earle Cabell, like his brother Charles (fired by JFK in 1962), was a CIA agent. He had a 201 personality file, and he signed his CIA secrecy agreement in October of 1956; for unknown reasons, these documents were considered irrelevant by ARRB overseer John Tunheim. Having now been outed, Cabell’s activities on the weekend of the assassination warrant closer scrutiny. He oversaw some of the motorcade arrangements; he greeted the President at Love Field, and Cabell’s wife presented Jackie with red flowers, not the customary Texas yellow roses which would have been garishly smeared by the bloody massacre Cabell knew was coming; and he distracted Chief Curry just long enough to allow Ruby time to plug the patsy in the basement of the Dallas jail. Were these his duties as a CIA operative on the weekend of 11/22/63? He certainly had motive, means and opportunity to aid and abet the plotters. And he was intricately intertwined with the other suspicious characters in Dallas.

But Ruby needed even more inside help to accomplish his mission. Even the HSCA stated that it was unlikely Ruby entered the basement without police help. In the minutes before Ruby’s arrival, security guards were removed from the area where it is suspected Ruby entered the garage. There were also unlocked doors along that side of the building. The Dallas police withheld this information from the Warren Commission.

Getting Ruby to the kill zone at the exact right moment was only half the challenge. He needed an opening, and he got it from the casual formation arranged around the accused presidential assassin. Dallas police officers did not surround their prisoner as they should have. Officers James Leavelle and L.C. Graves, who escorted the prisoner, made no attempt to stop Ruby. Leavelle, in particular, gazing in another direction and positioning himself away from the crowd of people to Oswald’s left, seemed to be unconcerned with his prisoner’s safety until it was too late. Prior to escorting Oswald, Leavelle joked with his prisoner that he hoped any assassin would be a good shot. Minutes later, Oswald was shot. Was this just a spooky premonition? Leavelle used the copious TV cameras and photographers’ flashes as his excuse; he was temporarily blinded by the light. Fair enough, but why were news reporters and cameramen allowed in the basement in the first place? Dallas police should have restricted the area to law enforcement only; as it was, the people who were permitted in were not required to show identification.

Leavelle’s post-assassination activities raise alarms about his integrity. He intimidated witnesses and made up strange stories for his own purposes. He showed up one night at the home of assassination witness Victoria Adams and frightened her with his presence. Adams, recall, descended the stairs of the TSBD right after the shots were fired and insisted to the Warren Commission that she heard and saw no one on the steps of the TSBD at the very time Oswald, if he had fired shots from the sixth floor and then run down to the second floor, should have passed her on those steps. Leavelle told Adams that she needed to be re-interviewed because all the original witness statements had been lost in a fire. No report of any such fire exists.219

Later in life, Leavelle, exploiting his dubious role as the man who failed to protect the most important prisoner of the 20th century, became a mini-celebrity and toured the country spreading lies about the assassination. Even in his 90s Leavelle was earning speaker’s fees and signing autographs for the gullible who attended his lectures. Capitalizing on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, Leavelle spoke to an uncritical crowd at Washburn University in 2013 and made these outrageous, unsubstantiated claims that were swallowed whole by the audience: 1) JFK’s body showed no evidence of shots from the front; 2) Only three shots were fired and all three were fired by Oswald from behind; 3) No shots missed their mark.

My first thoughts were: 1) Does anyone teach history at the universities where Leavelle makes his speeches? 2) Who would pay 92-year-old Jim Leavelle, who failed at the most important task he ever had in his life, to spread his preposterous falsehoods? 3) What sort of real college students/journalists would let him get away with it? Leavelle said, "...the first shot struck Kennedy, the second shot struck Texas Governor John Connally, sitting in front of Kennedy, and the third hit Kennedy."220 In other words, no shots missed their targets. This would certainly be news to bystander James Tague who was struck in the face by a piece of pavement dislodged by a shot that completely missed the limousine. And his fellow Dallas detective Roger Craig would have certainly refuted Leavelle’s bullet count. Craig saw fresh metal marks on the Elm Street curb, indicative of a second missed shot. And Leavelle must have overlooked the widespread reports of bullets found by his fellow officers in the grass in Dealey Plaza. Apparently Jim considered himself an expert in medical evidence too. His assertion that there was no entrance wound is refuted by Parkland doctors. Leavelle also claimed that three tramps arrested a few blocks from the Kennedy shooting were just tramps travelling through Dallas. No mention of the fact that two of the tramps were identified as CIA killers Charles Rogers and Charles V. Harrelson. And he ignored the fact that the "policemen" who made the "arrest" let an interloper come between them and their "prisoners." The interloper was positively identified as Edward Lansdale, Air Force general and CIA officer who many believe was the operational manager on the ground in Dealey Plaza.

The bitter irony is that if Leavelle had done his job on November 24, 1963, we might have gotten much closer to the truth much sooner, possibly soon enough to actually round up the culprits. Through his own bungling, Leavelle ensured a long, secure life for himself, albeit one based on lies. When he let Ruby just walk right up and murder Oswald, he furthered the cause of the plotters, and rather than being chastised or punished for his incompetence, he went on to profit from it at the expense of the dead President.

Jack Ruby, the murderer Leavelle failed to see right in front of him, eventually came to understand that, like other dupes in the plot, he was doomed. His sponsors couldn’t prevent his conviction, and Ruby, probably feeling abandoned by them, bitterly spurted the real truth before he died: “Everything pertaining to what’s happening has never come to the surface. The world will never know the true facts, of what occurred, my motives. The people that had so much to gain and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in the position I’m in, will never let the true facts come above board to the world.”221

Asked if these men were in very high positions, Ruby replied, “Yes.”

Ruby appeared to be in good health until late 1966 when he suddenly came down with what was, at first, diagnosed as a common cold and then pneumonia. It turned out to be cancer, and within weeks Ruby was dead. Before he died, Ruby told others that he had been injected with cancer cells.222 JFK researchers have focused their suspicions on Dr. Louis Jolyon West, a CIA psychiatrist who “examined” Ruby while Ruby was incarcerated. West studied the effects of sleep deprivation on brainwashing.223 His work in MK-ULTRA, the super-secret CIA program that dealt with mind control on human subjects, is now a known fact. MK-ULTRA was responsible for the deaths of many innocent subjects. West’s mere presence in Ruby’s cell suggests that the CIA was invested in either brainwashing Ruby or silencing him permanently. Ruby died on January 3, 1967, but not before telling the world that a whole new kind of government was going to take over America. He was referring to a kind of fascist state where our leaders, having learned the lesson of Dallas, would be controlled by the military-intelligence state and a small group of the wealthiest businessmen in oil, finance and the war industry.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

My new non-fiction book on JFK assassination just released

"JFK and the End of America: Inside the Allen Dulles/LBJ Plot that Killed Kennedy," is the title of my new book. It has just been released and is available for sale online at the usual retail outlets. The Amazon link is:

This book comes closer to the full truth about the events of 11/22/63 than any other book on the market. It references up-to-date information from the latest documents recently declassified by the U.S. government.

In the coming weeks I will be posting excerpts from the book on this site.