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John Fitzgerald Kennedy (307)

Saturday, 28 April 2018 17:01

The Tippit Case in the New Millennium

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In this dense and expertly synthesized review, Jim DiEugenio shows how more recent evidence has caused our understanding of the Tippit murder and its relationship to the assassination to evolve.
If the bullet wound in John Kennedy’s throat was an entrance, then of course the shot came from the front. But that small hole in the skin, when viewed in relation to the neck’s internal damage, can tell you even more about where that shot came from, writes Milicent Cranor.
As with many things, Jim Garrison was the first investigator to elucidate a three-sided conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy, the three participants being the CIA, the Cuban exiles, and the Mob. He had done this unearthing during his inquiry, but he formally announced it in a famous cover story for New Orleans Magazine in 1976. The Church Committee's exposure of the CIA/Mafia plots to kill Castro filled this in with the figures of John Roselli and Santo Trafficante. And it also outlined the close relationship between CIA officer Bill Harvey and Roselli. Tony Summers made this triangular plot a feature of his book Conspiracy, first published in 1980. In the nineties, Fidel Castro's chief of security, Fabian Escalante, began to publish and speak on the subject of JFK's murder and he also advocated for this view of the plot. Paul Bleau here synthesizes the decades-long history of cooperation between Cubans,…
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 19:15

Does Paul Street get paid for this junk?

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Jim DiEugenio carefully takes apart and corrects another misguided and misinformed attempt by Paul Street to characterize JFK as economically anti-progressive, complicit with southern racists, and a militarist abroad.
Thursday, 05 April 2018 17:30

Noam Chomsky Needs an Intervention

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Once again, the factual basis of Chomsky's statements is allowed to go unchecked by his interviewers, as Jim DiEugenio demonstrates in yet another critique of his praxis of historical elision and distortion.
Saturday, 10 March 2018 00:22

Ricochet of a Lie

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Milicent Cranor addresses the question of JFK's throat incision, bringing to light the fact that it was, and is, standard procedure to make a fairly wide incision when penetrating trauma to the throat is observed. She also reports a very interesting lie Commander James Humes told to JAMA—and its significance.
CounterPunch  is at times a valuable journal. But apparently they cannot outgrow the legacy of Alec Cockburn. What he represented on Kennedy and Vietnam was a gross distortion of historical fact, which is a shame when it’s done by the Left as well as the Right, laments Jim DiEugenio.
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 22:41

Paul Street meets Jane Hamsher at Arlington

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Jim DiEugenio responds to a recent hit piece which uses Joe Kennedy III's State of the Union reply as a platform from which to launch yet another doctrinaire and uninformed attack on JFK and RFK, claiming that the latter's grandson is just another "false progressive idol" like his great uncle.
One of the lesser appreciated programs instituted by President Kennedy, the Alliance for Progress, intended as a way of freeing Latin America from the yoke of U.S. and European entrepreneurial exploitation, encouraging its economic independence and broadening political participation and self-determination, like nearly all of his foreign policy strategies, met with hostility at home and was reversed subsequent to his assassination, as author Michael Le Flem discusses.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:12

Max Holland Says Enough!

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Jim DiEugenio responds to Max Holland's preposterous lament that the MSM was guilty of much ado about nothing by spending an unwarranted two weeks covering the recent NARA releases of JFK documents.
The complete visual essay prepared by expert witness Michael Z. Chesser, M.D., for the mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald held at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, November 16 - 17, 2017.
The complete visual essay prepared by expert witness David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D., for the mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald held at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, November 16 - 17, 2017.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:39

The Newly Declassified JFK Assassination Files

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Files supposedly declassified in full but mostly or entirely redacted, a national security apparatus which thwarts the law, and a media given to smug, glib or downright misinformed dismissals of both the process and content of the document releases mandated by the JFK Act: Jim DiEugenio reviews the current state of (non-) disclosure concerning the event which marked a crucial turning point in our nation's history and consciousness.
Saturday, 04 November 2017 20:08

The Intelligence Community Flips Off America

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Dan Hardway writes:  If those who exercise the power in this country have such blatant contempt for the law, then the time for serious peaceful civil disobedience may be upon us. Get the word out. Don’t be silent any longer. This is not an issue of the left or the right. Do something.
Friday, 27 October 2017 02:48

Rachel Maddow, JFK and Easy Money

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Maddow’s staff fished out some archival footage from NBC, did some research on Pettit, got permission to show parts of JFK and called up Shenon. This results in nothing but aimless and uninformed banter, and is pretty much symptomatic of the MSM’s attitude toward these releases, writes Jim DiEugenio.
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 22:36

The Larry and Phil Show, Part 3

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More from Jim DiEugenio on Larry Sabato and Philip Shenon concerning the upcoming NARA document release.
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 23:19

Eugene Dinkin: The Saga of an Unsung Hero

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Ronald Redmon recounts the story of this Army private who predicted the assassination of JFK well before it happened, but whose reports were ignored by both the authorities in advance of November 22, and by the government investigators thereafter.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:12

Bill Davy at the VMI Seminar

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The following is a transcript of the talk Bill presented for the seminar held at the Virginia Military Institute on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

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