Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The National Security State & JFK Conference

Jacob Hornberger - and The Future of Freedom Foundation present "The National Security State and JFK" - Saturday June 3, 2017 at Dulles Airport Marriott.






The Future of Freedom Foundation is pleased to announce one of the most fascinating, important, and relevant conferences in our 27-year history.

Entitled “The National Security State and JFK,” the conference will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Dulles Airport Marriott in Northern Virginia.

Admission price: $99, including coffee, tea, lunch, and afternoon appetizer break.

The conference will examine the nature, origins, and consequences of America as a national security state since the end of World War II, including such programs as regime-change operations, invasions, occupations, coups, support of dictatorships, assassination, torture, indefinite detention, rendition, and kidnappings.

The conference will also focus on President John F. Kennedy’s turn toward peace and friendly relations with the Soviet Union, and Cuba and his resulting war against the U.S. national-security establishment.

We have lined up one of the most impressive arrays of speakers in our 27-year history for this conference. Complete bios are posted below.

Jeffrey Sachs, one of the speakers who takes no position on the Kennedy assassination, will kick off the conference with a discussion of JFK’s Peace Speech at American University in June 1963.

Stephen Kinzer and Michael Glennon, both of whom also take no position on the assassination, will be addressing the origins, nature, and consequences of the national security state.

Douglas Horne, David Talbot, Peter Janney, Jefferson Morley, and Jacob Hornberger, all of whom are authors of notable books relating to the JFK assassination — will be addressing the JFK presidency, his war with the national-security state, his outreach in peace and friendship to the Soviet Union, and the Cold War context of the JFK assassination.

Ron Paul will be talking about freedom and the national-security state and will be expressing his views on the JFK assassination at the conference.

Oliver Stone will be talking about the national-security state and the JFK assassination.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a fantastic conference. Space will be limited and so attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schedule

8:00 a.m. – Registration
8:45 a.m. – Welcome
9:00 a.m. – Jeffrey Sachs
9:45 a.m. – Michael Glennon
10:30 a.m. – Stephen Kinzer
11:15 a.m. – Douglas Horne
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m. – David Talbot
1:30 p.m. – Peter Janney
2:15 p.m. – Break
2:30 p.m. – Jefferson Morley
3:15 p.m. – Ron Paul
4:00 p.m. – Appetizer Break
4:45 p.m. – Jacob Hornberger
5:30 p.m. – Oliver Stone
6:15 – End

Conference Speakers

Oliver Stone, the noted Hollywood producer and directot, received an Academy Award for Best Director for his war drama Platoon, which received the Best Picture award. Stone won another Best Director Oscar for the second movie of his Vietnam War trilogy, Born on the Fourth of July, which was followed by Heaven & Earth. His other movies include Salvador, Wall Street, Natural Born Killers, Money Never Sleeps, The Doors, Nixon, W., and Snowden. He wrote the screenplay for Midnight Express, a movie that received three Academy Awards. He has also produced and directed many documentaries, including Showtime’s Untold History of the United States. In 1991, he directed the movie JFK, starring Kevin Costner and  Donald Sutherland, which posits that the U.S. national-security establishment orchestrated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The movie led to the passage of the JFK Records Act, which mandated the disclosure and release of tens of thousands of assassination-related records and documents of the military, the CIA, the Secret Service, and other federal agencies.

Ron Paul was a Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012 and the Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 1988. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976-1977, from 1979-1985, and from 1997-2013. One of the country’s most ardent defenders of freedom, peace, free markets, and sound money, Paul has long been a fierce critic of the Federal Reserve System, the IRS, the war on drugs, socialism, empire, interventionism, and the national-security establishment. He has also been an ardent defender of civil liberties and a vocal critic of the USA PATRIOT Act, torture, indefinite detention, and NSA surveillance programs. A graduate of Gettysburg College and Duke University School of Medicine, Paul was a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist from the 1960s-1980s. The Founder of the Ron Paul Institute, Paul is the author of several books on Austrian economics and classical liberalism, among which are The Case for Gold, A Foreign Policy of Freedom, End the Fed, Pillars of Prosperity, The Revolution: A ManifestoSwords into Plowshares, and Liberty Defined.

Jeffrey Sachs holds the title of University Professor, the highest rank of professorship at Columbia University. He is a special adviser to former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the Millennium Development Goals. Sachs has authored three New York Times bestsellers: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). His most recent book is The Age of Sustainable Development (2015). At the age of 28, he became a full professor with tenure at Harvard. Sachs was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2004 and 2005. In 2013, he authored a book on President John F. Kennedy’s remarkable Peace Speech at American University, entitled To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace.

Stephen Kinzer is a former New York Times reporter and is currently a world affair columnist for the Boston Globe. Having taught at both Northwestern University and Boston University, he also currently a senior fellow in international and public affairs at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. A longtime critic of America’s interventionist foreign policy, Kinzer’s books include Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala; All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror; Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to IraqThe Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War; and, most recently, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire.

Michael J. Glennon is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.  He has been Legal Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1977-1980); a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC (2001-2002); and Thomas Hawkins Johnson Visiting Scholar at the United States Military Academy, West Point (2005). Professor Glennon has served as a consultant to various congressional committees, the U.S. State Department, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.  He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Glennon is the author of numerous articles on constitutional and international law as well as several books.  His op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald-Tribune, Financial Times, and Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung. The paperback edition of his latest book,  National Security and Double Government, was published this year by Oxford University Press. He is the author of “Security Breach” in the current issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Douglas P. Horne served as head of the military records team on the Assassination Records Review Board, the independent federal agency established by Congress in the 1990s to secure release of long-secret official records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Horne played an instrumental role in locating and securing the release of U.S. military records on Cuba and Vietnam policy from 1961 through 1964. He is the author of the five-volume book Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK (2009) and the author of FFF’s bestselling ebook JFK’s War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated (2014). He also made a 6 1/2 hour video presentation entitled “Altered History: Exposing Deceit and Deception in the JFK Assassination Evidence,” which has now received 240,000 views. His most recent book, Deception, Intrigue, and the Road to War (2017), is about FDR and Pearl Harbor.

David Talbot is the founder and former CEO and editor-in-chief of Salon, a pioneering, award-winning Internet magazine. He has also worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine and a features editor for the San Francisco Examiner. He has written for Time magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and other publications. In 2007, Talbot authored Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, which focuses on Bobby Kennedy’s search for truth in the assassination of his brother, became a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book is The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, which Kirkus Reviews called “a frightening  biography of power, manipulation and outright treason” and a book that “all Americans citizens should read … and have their eyes opened.”

Peter Janney has been a practicing psychologist, educator, and consultant for over 35 years. He is the author of  Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace (3rd edition, 2016), which details his many years of investigation into Washington’s most famous unsolved murder of Mary Meyer. The book was the general non-fiction winner of the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival and received honorable mentions in the 2012 N.E. Book Festival and the 2012 London Book Festival. Hollywood producer and director Oliver Stone, who directed the movie JFK, called the book “a fascinating story” and said that “Peter Janney’s unsparing analysis moves us closer to a reckoning.” A graduate of Princeton, where he studied American history under Martin Duberman, Janney earned a doctoral degree in psychology at Boston University in 1981. He currently resides by the sea in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Jefferson Morley is moderator of of JFK Facts (JFKFacts.org). He worked as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and Harper’s Magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, and Slate. His first book was Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA (2008). His book Snow-Storm in August (2013) details what happened when the anti-slavery movement first came to Washington, D.C., during Andrew Jackson’s presidency. Morley is also the author of FFF’s ebook CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files. His newest book, a biography of James Jesus Angleton, CIA chief of CIA Counterintelligence from 1954 to 1975, will be published by St. Martin’s Press this year.


Jacob Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, a libertarian educational foundation whose mission is to present an uncompromising case for the libertarian philosophy. He received a B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and a J.D. from the University of Texas. From 1975-1987 he was a trial attorney in Texas and also served as an adjunct professor of law and economics at the University of Dallas. Hornberger left the practice of law in 1987 to become director of programs at The Foundation for Economic Education and then founded FFF in 1989. He is the author of The Kennedy Autopsy as well as Regime Change: The Kennedy Assassination; and The CIA, Terrorism, and the Cold War: The Evil of the National Security State.


Friday, May 5, 2017

JFK Declassified Episode 2 - More Dis

JFK Declassified – Following Oswald – The History Channel – Episode 2 – More Dis 

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Former CIA officer Bob Baer (left) meets with KGB officer Oleg Nechiporenko 


Tagging along with Bob Baer and his team of investigators that includes a former LAPD Lieutenant and a former US Army intelligence officer who did tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as local guides in Moscow and Mexico City, we are following Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President Kennedy. 

Recap of Part 1 –

In Part 1 Bob Baer, intrepid 21 year CIA veteran, stated at the get go – that he believed the Warren Commission was right in that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone shooter and assassin of President Kennedy, but that he could not have done that alone without the support of an intelligence network, and his goal was to prove that the KGB were behind Oswald.

Bob Baer: “Fifty four years ago the President of the United States was murdered. I for one have never been satisfied with the record on this. The official investigation tells us that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. The pieces never fit together for me. When I was at the CIA I investigated assassinations. One man cannot plan this without support.”

“Oswald met with our main enemy (The KGB) and then came back and assassinated the president. If someone met with ISIS and then committed mass murder, can we really say he acted alone?”

“If Lee Harvey Oswald was working with the KGB it would mean the Soviet Union was responsible for the assassination of the American president.”

While some of what Robert Bob Baer (BB) says is true – much of what he says is false – fake news – that we’ve either known for some time and isn’t news, or is totally wrong all together.

First off – Fake Fact #1 – That Oswald killed anyone is simply not true. Oswald was not the lone assassin, he was not even on the Sixth Floor of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) at the time of the shooting and was what he claimed to be – a Patsy, and he should be properly referred to as the “accused assassin.”

Fake Fact #2 – This program pretends to be based on recently declassified government files – it’s called “JFK Declassified,” yet, after two programs, he has yet to introduce any new and relevant information from the recently released files.

Fake Fact #3 – BB correctly states that over 2 million government records have been released by the JFK Act – a true fact, but then he falsely states that, “No one has analyzed them. Until now.”

In fact John Newman, Jeff Morley, Peter Dale Scott, Bill Simpich, Malcolm Blunt, Larry Hancock, Jerry Shinley and dozens of other independent researches like myself have been poring over these records for years, and none of us were consulted for this program titled "JFK Declassified." 

When will we get to the new smoking records that have been declassified and contain startling information? 

Fake Fact #4 – BB’s US Army Intelligence officer and associate correctly states that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin and self-declared patsy, utilized intelligence tradecraft – something that must be taught from a specialist and not just learned from a book. And he certainly practiced such tradecraft, but then BB attributes that to the KGB, “who perfected” such techniques, when in fact every intelligence agency in the world practices the same tradecraft, regardless of nationality.

In the first program, BB and his team go to Mexico City where they check out a former CIA “LP” Listening Post across the street from the Soviet embassy, where everyone who entered and left were photographed, except for Oswald.

After finding four Mexico City postcards among Oswald’s effects – apparently taken from the Paine garage in Irving, Texas, a provenance tidbit they don’t bother to tell you, they start chasing the bull. 

They discard three of the postcards as “decoys,” but they like the postcard of the bull fighter and go to the bull ring. They do this just to prove that Oswald could have possibly went there among 30,000 people and secretly met with the KDB without being under CIA surveillance, and when BB does meet with his pal without the LAPD Columbo or the Army Intel guy watching them, he declares that to be “proof” Oswald could have met the KGB there. False logic. 

They don’t tell you that Oswald did meet with the KGB at the embassy, and did meet with an American bull fighter (Buick) at the Hotel Luma, and that Jack Ruby had tried to make a deal with a Mr. Odum whose phone number was in Oswald's notebook, a guy who tried to organize bullfights in New Orleans and Dallas, but that doesn’t seem to be relevant to these crack investigators.

So after their first visit to Mexico City BB and his B Team go to Moscow, where according to their massive computerized government records data base – they review a Chronology of Oswald’s movements in Russia and learn that when he arrived in Moscow he stayed at first at the Hotel Berlin, then moved to the more swanky Metropol, and BB wants to know why.

“We are going into a hostle area – what the CIA calls denied area,” he says, as they check out the Metropol Hotel room where Oswald stayed, and using state-of-the-art radar and x-ray equipment they check out the walls and find that Oswald was monitored by the KGB! Imagine that. 

Then, BB says, “According to his diary” – wait a minute. It wasn’t a diary or journal – the HSCA determined it was written in two or three sittings, two years after the events happened, so it is not accurate chronology of events.

BB says, “The Warren Commission never came to Russia to investigate this,” – but Judge Tunheim did and he saw the KGB files and says they were five feet tall stack of documents that reflect the KGB’s high intensity surveillance of Oswald the two years he was in the Soviet Union.

Then they bring in Steve Gomez – an FBI profiler –who says that Oswald’s personal diary was never looked at – (totally untrue) and is “a window into his personality – a window into his soul,” but they don’t bother to tell you it is NOT A DIARY.

When ordered to leave the Soviet Union when his visa expired, Oswald writes in his "historic diary" blames a, “Petty official” and “bad planning.”

So he fakes suicide, and does it by the book – “cold water”  – “slash wrist,” as BB quotes for Oswald's fake "diary," his  “dreams are shattered. His world is shattering.”

“Oswald's a planner," BB says, "Consider he was planning this for two years – he’s 19 years old, so this takes it back to 17 when he was in the Marines. Did something happen in the Marine Corps trigger this?

Yes, but BB doesn’t bother to go there. Why not review Oswald's time in the USMC. How can you "follow Oswald" and not go there? Maybe they will. They got four more of these to air, so it may get pretty thick. Get your gas masks out. 

“Nothing that he does is random, he’s a planner. He didn’t really want to commit suicide, he wanted to take some sort of action that will keep him there.” And it worked. 

“October 28 1959 – written two weeks after his attempted suicide. He meets with officials including KGB.”

Now BB gets serious and says, “We need a KGB agent – active in the sixties,” and they find one.

“We are at the doorstep in determining if the KGB was involved in the assassination. I have no idea what he will tell me.”

Oleg Nechiporenko tells them,  “He was suspected to be working for American intelligence.”

Oswald arrived in Moscow on October 16 1959 and moved to Minsk six months later.
They show a photo of new Russian wife Marina and daughter – but it’s not their daughter, it's a doll. More fake news.

BB says he didn’t know what KGB agent Oleg Nechiporenko would tell him, apparently having failed to read his book, or run his name through their massive data bank computer file of government records he's got at his disposal, or bothering to review his Wiki profile before they met, which would have told them:

According to Wiki: 

Oleg Nechiporenko (Олег Максимович Нечипоренко) is a Soviet and Russian foreign intelligence and security operative, lobbyist and author. He is known for his subversion work in South America and Europe, as well as for his involvement in formulating Russian censorship policies and spying on Russian dissidents abroad. He is considered expert on counterintelligence, black operations and information warfare.

In 1961-65 and 1967-71 Nechiporenko was stationed in Mexico under the cover of the Soviet consular office. In this capacity he claimed to meet Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. This alleged encounter led to speculations that the KGB was behind the JFK assassination and later attempted to cover up its involvement through a systematic campaign of disinformation.

In 1979 Nechiporenko and another KGB operative, A. Itskov, worked with a CIA defector Philip Agee on his book Dirty Work II which was meant to tarnish the image of the CIA and the United States. Nechiporenko passed Agee a list of CIA officers working on the African continent and wanted, along with Pedro Pupo Perez, the head of the DGI (Cuban intelligence) to time the publication of Dirty Work II to coincide with the conference of non-aligned nations in Havana, presided over by Fidel Castro, in September 1979.

JFK Assassination Controversy

In 1964 a KGB agent Yuri Nosenko defected to the West. Nosenko, in his CIA debriefings, insisted that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman. This thesis was later corraborated by Nechiporenko in his book on JFK assassination.  In his 2007 book Tennent H. "Pete" Bagley, former chief of the CIA counterintelligence for the Soviet Russia ("SR") Division and Division Deputy Director accused Nechiporenko of deliberately planting a story to support Nosenko's account as part of the ongoing Russian intelligence disinformation campaign about its involvement in the JFK's assassination. According to Bagley: "Nechiporenko revealed that books like his own were actually parts of ongoing KGB operations. A West German editor complained to him, at about the time Nechiporenko's own book was appearing, that another author, Oleg Tumanov, was refusing to fill in the details in his manuscript recounting his twenty years as a KGB penetration agent inside Radio Liberty. You are naïve, Nechiporenko replied, to expect details. Tumanov, he explained, ‘‘was a link, a part of an operation. . . . And this operation isn’t completed.’’ If the author were to tell all, ‘‘CIA would know what the KGB was doing today and tomorrow. The KGB is not dead.’’ Similar claim was made by Lt. General Ion Mihai Precepa, former head of the Rumanina foreign intelligence in his 2013 article: "In 1993, when the U.S. commemorated 30 years since Kennedy had been killed, Moscow definitively tried to wash its hands of the case. “Passport to Assassination: the Never-Before-Told Story of Lee Harvey Oswald by the KGB Colonel Who Knew Him,” is a KGB book written for an American, not Russian, audience, by a “retired” KGB officer (Oleg Nechiporenko). It claims to present “definitive proof” that Kennedy was killed by the CIA." Similar doubts on Nechiporenko's account of his encounter with Oswald and the JFK assassination were expressed by a Russian journalist Yuri Komiagin in 2016.

Propaganda Activities

Oleg Nechiporenko has a reputation of a spin doctor and public expert working on behalf of Russian intelligence services. In the 1970s Nechiporenko started collaborating with the KGB Press Department (set up in 1969 by Yuri Andropov) on creating a positive image of the Soviet secret police. In 1987, during perestroika Nechiporenko authored a book on the CIA which presented the agency as a terror organisation («ЦРУ – государственный терроризм США»).

He has also published a book on the assassination of J.F.Kennedy in both Russian and English and a book of   "Living Undercover". Oleg Nechiporenko is a member of the editorial board of «Lubianka» magazine, edited by the Russian State Security Veterans Club. «Lubianka» in Russian signifies historical headquarters of the Soviet State Security Services in Moscow.

Please note that the CIA's interrogation records of Yuri Nosenko are scheduled to be released in October. 

After a short conversation with the Nechiporenko the KGB officer, who tells him the KGB take on Osawld, Baer turns 160 degrees, and flat out says that, I am now convinced the KGB had nothing to do with the assassination.”

But he’s not done yet, and we can see where this is going with this, as he will now try to pin the bull's tail on Fidel Castro Cuban Commies, just as was the original cover-story tried to push. 

Back to Mexico City – they come up with a document on Sylvia Duran dated – 28 September 1963.
Sylvia Duran is the clerk at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City who met Oswald when he came in to see her about getting a visa to Cuba. 

“Oswald met with Cubans – this file could change everything,” BB says excitedly.

“We have to get to the bottom of this.- Sylvia Duran – Who is she?” – Wait a minute, Baer has claimed to have been “immersed” in the Kennedy assassination for decades but he doesn’t recognize Syliva Duran? Impossible.

Baer: “Look at this – CIA Cable – Duran arrested – a key witness – essential to finding out what happened. 23 Nov. 1963 – within hours of Kennedy’s assassination. This is incredible.”

“What do we have on her?”

LAPD guy: “Guess what? Nothing.”

Baer: “Your telling me we are getting a blank to a key witness.”

“The Warren Commission doesn’t talk to her.”

There was an arrest warrant.

“If she was arrested she made a statement to the Mexican police, who have a file on this women.”
They go to the Mexican archives for the Police files – historian Jorge Sanches – national archives - archivist – finds them.

“These are redacted. When you have a criminal case you don’t redact,” the LAPD guy says.
“Someone is playing a little game here.”

Yea, Bob Baer and his friends are playing a game on us.

Duran said,  “normal day at work.”

Oswald applies for visa.

“Oswald was so angry and crazy at the moment.”

“She tells him he needs a photo for visa application. He turns dramatic and starts to make a scene at the consulate.”

Duran in her statement to the police says she met Oswald only once and never saw him again.
“Why would she have her own file if she is just a clerk. Why was she arrested? What is crazy about this is the US asked for her arrest. The US had something against her. She was more than a clerk. This is explosive. We have to find her and talk to Duran.”

The search for this Mysterious Witness – “One of the last living witnesses to the assassinations.
What’s the secrets she has kept all these years.”

To find her BB explains they us what they call a “skip trace – used to locate people – utility bills – landmarks to find them.”

“Something about Duran flagged the CIA – and made them suspicious.”

He knocks on Sylvia Duran’s door and announces: “This is Bob Baer, we are doing an investigation.”
“She has something to hide.”

They conclude: “She’s hiding out. She ran for it. She will take her secrets to the grave. Who can shed light on this? Linking Cubans to the assassination of President Kennedy. This could change history. Digging deeper to Oswald’s connections to the Cubans.”

Except Sylvia Duran’s story is well known. She was arrested and violently interrogated by the Mexican police at the request of the CIA. Under torture she told them she did meet with Oswald outside of the embassy and had sex with him.

Then the CIA had a very prolific agent – infiltrate Duran’s family, moving into her house, and reporting back to the CIA about Duran hosting a “Twist Party” that was attended by Oswald and Cubans from the embassy who allegedly encouraged Oswald to kill Kennedy.

But they don’t mention this, yet. Maybe it’s a hit that’s still coming in a future episode.
As Baer concludes, “The more we get into it, it doesn’t look like this guy is a Lone Wolf. He had accomplices.”

Then promising to present, “Oswald’s motives for killing JFK,” which we can presume will be to promote the Castro Cuban Commie revolution. 

It is now quite clear that there is an active CIA countermeasure to deflect public attention from the upcoming release of secret assassination files by promoting the original (Phase One) cover-story for the Dealey Plaza operation - that it was a Castro Cuban Commie conspiracy, and Bob Baer joins Max Holland, Gus Russo, Brian Latell and Phil Shenon as part of this operation on this important mission. 

Stay tuned, there's more to come. 









Monday, May 1, 2017

Russian Disinformation and the Kennedy Assassination

Russian Disinformation and the Kennedy Assassination - By William Kelly 
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Vasili Mitrokhin 

Disinformation is defined by Merriam-Webster as “false information deliberately and often covertly spread in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth,” and by Oxford as “false information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media, a government inspired disinformation campaign.”

Unlike simple misinformation, it isn’t “disinformation” unless its source is a government organization and it is intended to deceive and influence public opinion. 

Disinformation and intelligence tradecraft are neutral tactics and techniques developed over centuries and utilized by every national intelligence agency and network, regardless of nationality, though the KGB and CIA are the most proficient and prolific practitioners, especially when it comes to defining exactly what occurred at Dealey Plaza.

The very fact that such intelligence tradecraft and disinformation were utilized at all is evidence if not proof that whatever happened there was not the work of a lone deranged gunman but a much more sophisticated and distinct covert intelligence operation that was designed to shield its actual sponsors by the use of such tactics and deceptions.

As a basic premise, and the only one that is capable of incorporating all of the known facts and evidence, is that the assassination of President Kennedy was conceived and conducted as an intelligence operation, and when viewed as such an operation, it all makes sense, although identifying the MO – Modus Operandi does not name the actual sponsor.

The most prolific disinformation to come out of Dealey Plaza is the original Phase One cover story that the assassination was a conspiracy, albeit a Castro Cuban Commie (– CCC) one. That this disinformation campaign continues today is also indicative that the intelligence network responsible for the Dealey Plaza operation is still functioning.  We can see what they call “active measures” in promoting this false conspiracy theory in the works of Brian Latell, Phil Shenon and Bob Baer. 

And as House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) investigator Dan Hardway has noted, the source of most of the Castro Cuban Commie allegations can be traced back to those with direct ties to one person – David Atlee Phillips, the director of psychological warfare and propaganda for Operation Success (Guatemala) and the Bay of Pigs, who was responsible for the CIA’s monitoring of the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City when the accused assassin was there. 

On the Soviet side of things, a number of specific disinformation operations have been attributed to them, including the “Dear Mr. Hunt” letter, the financial support given to Mark Lane and Joachim Joesten, the Paese Sera article linking Clay Shaw to the CIA and Robert Lipka, a National Security Agency (NSA) clerk who passed on records to the KGB.

Just as the sources of the CCC disinformation campaign can be traced back to one man, David Atlee Phillips, all of the Soviet disinformation related to the Kennedy assassination can be attributed to one person – Vasili Mitrohkin, the self-described KGB archivist who defected to the British and spilled the beans on the KGB at Dealey Plaza in the book The Sword and the Shield.


When it comes to the KGB files on the accused assassin, Judge John Tunheim, the former chairman of the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) says he saw them – a five foot high filing cabinet of documents in Minsk, and he was aware of even more records in Moscow, where Norman Mailer was given copies of some of them, copies now in the hands of his associate Lawrence Schiller, who refused to copy the ARRB.


Of the Soviet KGB disinformation on the Kennedy assassination, each item can be viewed as a separate operation, and deciphered, using the STASM formula for tracing propaganda, as developed by Paul Linebarger, the former US Army psychological warfare specialist who wrote the book on propaganda.

Linebarger, as a professor at the Center for International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, taught more than one generation of CIA agents, including David Atlee Phillips and Joseph Smith, as well as E. Howard Hunt and Edward Lansdale, who Linebarger described as having “black minds.”


In his book on propaganda, Linebarger outlines his STASM formula for deciphering such disinformation, and we can apply it to each of the case studies that Mitrohkin says were used by the KGB in regards to the Kennedy assassination.


Beginning with the “Dear Mr. Hunt,” letter that the HSCA handwriting experts said was written by the accused assassin, Mitrohkin says that it was an attempt by the KGB to link Oswald with E. Howard Hunt, the CIA officer who became famous during Watergate but was also involved in the Bay of Pigs and Mexico City shenanigans.

While the financial support Mitrohkin says the KGB gave Mark Lane and Joachim Joesten may be used to discredit them both, Lane is quite a controversial character without the KGB support.
As for Joesten, his book “Assassin or Fall Guy” was a major factor in the shaping of European attitudes towards the assassination, and their general recognition that the murder was not only a conspiracy but a coup d’etat. Just one point of reference is Joesten’s chapter/article on the Warren Report’s description of how a German publication had the scoop on Oswald’s link to the Walker shooting. That portion of the Warren Report was written by Pentagon historian Alfred Goldberg, and Joestein’s critique is pretty penetrating.  


Max Holland has been giving quite a bit of play to the KGB support for Paese Sera that Holland blames for New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s indictment of Clay Shaw.


But the late Bill Turner, who worked closely with Garrison, says that the Paese Sera article did not come to the attention of Garrison until after he began his investigation, sparked by witnesses who linked Oswald with Bannister and Ferrie, especially the Clinton witnesses who testified to the Grand Jury that indicted Shaw.

Of the disinformation operations Mitrohkin says were launched by the KGB to deceive the public about the Kennedy assassination, Robert Lipka is the most interesting yet ignored case. Lipka, a former NSA clerk, was identified by Mitrohkin as a KGB double-agent as a means of establishing Mitrohkin’s bonafides.


Image result for robert lipkaYears after he left the NSA Lipka was arrested by the FBI based on Mitrohkin’s report. At his first preliminary hearing Lipka acknowledge having secret NSA documents and passing copies on to the KGB in exchange for money. One of the documents, Lipka said, included the name of the real assassin of President Kennedy.

With that the judge ended the proceedings, but as Lipka was being led away, a reporter asked him what the name of the real assassin and Lipka replied “Luis Angel Castillo.”