“If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president’s.”
Attributed to John F. Kennedy via Pierre Salinger, With Kennedy (1966), Chapter 1: Lancer to Wayside, page 1
“Texas is the reason that the president’s dead”
“I’m pretty sure those guys are still in power, in some form. The entire government of the United States was co-opted.”
“But nobody reads. Don’t believe people will read in this country. There will be a few professors that will read the record. The public will read very little.”
Allen Dulles, Warren Commission Meeting, July 9, 1964
It is not a theory that the federal government is still keeping information withheld about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. It is a documented fact. This assassination, arguably the greatest crime of the 20th century, occurred in broad daylight before the eyes of hundreds of witnesses. It is known that the unreleased files contain at least thousands of documents. The files are set to be released in October of this year. The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, or the JFK Records Act, is a public law passed by the United States Congress, effective October 26, 1992. It directed the National Archives and Records Administration to establish a collection of records to be known as the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection. It stated that the collection shall consist of copies of all U.S. government records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, which shall be transmitted to the National Archives. Assassination records also included those created or made available for use by, obtained by, or that otherwise came into the possession of any state or local law enforcement office that provided support or assistance or performed work in connection with a federal inquiry into the assassination.
Author Jefferson Morley put out an ebook last year, CIA and JFK: The Secret Assassination Files, that provides a researched account of the JFK records that the government is still concealing as of this moment. Between his work and the online database linked here, here is some of the information purported to be withheld.
According to the National Archives online JFK data base, the CIA retains a 123-page file on William King Harvey’s operations. Bill Harvey was one of the most highly regarded CIA officers of his generation.
A search of the online JFK database of the National Archives shows that the CIA retains four files containing 606 pages of material on David Phillips. David Phillips was from Fort Worth, Texas, and he was recruited into the CIA in the 1950s and won a medal for his work in the CIA’s overthrow of the government of Guatemala in 1954. With Howard Hunt, Phillips went on to play a leading role in the CIA’s failed effort to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in April of 1961. Working undercover in Mexico City in 1963, Phillips was involved in the pre-assassination surveillance of Oswald.
According to the National Archives online JFK data base, the CIA has a 286-page file of Anne Goodpasture’s operational activities that has never been made public. Anne Goodpasture was a career CIA officer who served in 1963 as the top aide to Winston Scott, the longtime chief of the agency’s station in Mexico City. She also worked closely with David Phillips. When the CIA’s photo and audio surveillance monitors picked up on the curious actions of a man identifying himself as “Lee Oswald” in September and October 1963, the reports were sent to Goodpasture. Thus Goodpasture became acquainted with Oswald’s political views, personal history and contacts seven weeks before JFK was killed.
According to the National Archives’online JFK data base, the CIA has 36 files on the interrogation of Yuri Nosenko, amounting to 2,224 pages of material. None of these records have ever been made public. Yuri Nosenko was an officer in the Soviet KGB who defected to the United States in April 1964, shortly after the assassination of JFK. Nosenko said that he had seen the files that the KGB compiled on accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in his two and a half year residence in the Soviet Union between 1959 and 1962.
According to the National Archives’online JFK data base, the CIA has a 61-page file on David Sanchez Morales that has never been made public. David Morales was a career CIA officer who served as the chief of operations at the CIA’s Miami station in 1963 where he worked with David Phillips and Howard Hunt. He later served in Laos and Vietnam where he gained a reputation as a skillful and deadly soldier.
In the course of a lawsuit seeking George Joannides’s records, the CIA acknowledged that it retains more than 50 documents about Joannides’s actions in 1963 and 1978. In 1963, Joannides, an undercover officer, worked for David Phillips and he worked with David Morales. His job title was chief of psychological warfare operations at the CIA’s Miami station; his job was running agents.
According to the National Archives’online JFK data base there are six files containing 332 pages of material on one Howard Hunt. E. Howard Hunt was a career CIA officer. In 1961, he was a leader of the CIA’s failed effort to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. Intelligence officer E. Howard Hunt was associated with QKENCHANT. Hunt, with G. Gordon Liddy and others, was one of the White House’s “plumbers”—a secret team of operatives charged with fixing “leaks”. There is video of Howard Hunt on his death bed, as well as video of LBJ’s mistress, Madeleine Duncan Brown, both suggesting that LBJ was heavily involved in the events of the day of the assassination.
It is merely speculated as to whether any of the censored files include information on Frank Anthony Sturgis or Bernard Leon Barker. Frank Sturgis was one of the five Watergate burglars whose capture led to the end of the Presidency of Richard Nixon. He served in several branches of the United States military and in the Cuban Revolution of 1958, and worked as an undercover operative. Bernard Barker was a Watergate burglar. He had a long career as an undercover operative.
In the mid 90’s a man confessed to the shooting. His name was James Files. In 1994, while serving a 50 year sentence for the 1991 attempted murders of two police officers, Files gave an interview stating that he was the “grassy knoll shooter” in the 1963 assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. In 2010, Playboy magazine published an article by Hillel Levin in which Files also implicated Chicago mafioso’s Charles Nicoletti and John Roselli in the assassination of Kennedy. James Files was released to parole in 2016. Based on my research James Files has never gained money nor much notoriety from his confession.
The Warren Commission, set up to investigate the Kennedy assassination, was aware of many of these details. Their investigations showed that pre-planning of vast proportions had taken place. They buried their additional findings and endorsed the same theory, altered via Gerald Ford and clarified via J. Edgar Hoover, printed in the countries papers and shared on the other news formats the Monday after the assassination. In fact they could have just saved the tax payers money and put out the same conclusion as Life magazine issued much earlier. Included on the committee of the Warren Commission you had the individual that was the moving force behind Japanese internment during World War II, John Jay McCloy, also the force behind the option to drop the atomic bombs, and the former head of the CIA, Allen Welsh Dulles, of whom Kennedy had just forced to resign. History seems clear that some on the commission wanted to do an honest and thorough job, unfortunately they had access to the least evidence of any of the subsequent researchers to take on the case to date. Hale Boggs, the most vocal member of the commission whom dissented from their conclusion, suffered an early death subject to much speculation and suspicion itself. This death was one of hundreds of questionable deaths that have been met by individuals on quests for the truth in relation to the events of the assassination. Also dissenting from the given conclusion were Senators Sherman Cooper and Richard Russell. As one of three Republicans on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, Sherman Cooper was involved with the investigation of Johnson aide Bobby Baker in 1964, which he decried as “a whitewash” after the committee blocked further investigation. Richard Russell’s personal papers indicated that he was troubled by the Commission’s outcome, the Soviet Union’s failure to provide greater detail regarding Lee Harvey Oswald’s time in Russia, and the lack of information regarding his Cuba-related activities.
There were many reasons for powerful people wanting Kennedy out of office, including but certainly not limited to, Bobby Kennedy’s aggressive prosecutions and investigations into the mob, arguably unmatched at anytime before or since in American history. There was also Kennedy’s threat to shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces, as well his desire to dismantle the “vast military Industrial complex!”. Kennedy was talking about reducing the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. It was reported that he used cannabis while in the White House. He was helping to dissipate remaining negative views towards other races, Catholics and immigrants. He was reading Jefferson and espousing some of the views of the Democratic-Republican Presidents. He was also intimidating Israel calling for nuclear inspections. There was the success of the Vienna Summit and the likely-hood of improved relations with Russia. There was his issuing of Executive Order 11110 and his communications with Indonesian President Sukarno that threatened the balance of world powers. Foreign powers helped overthrow Indonesia’s President Sukarno in 1966. Over the following thirty years, half a million Indonesian people died. The world view pursued as U.S. foreign policy by Allen Dulles and his brother John Foster Dulles, as secretary of state under Eisenhower, envisioned employing U.S. military action to preserve U.S. business interests, whether or not it was truly in U.S. national security interests. Kennedy had fired both the Director of the CIA, Allen Dulles, and the Deputy Director, Charles Cabell after the failed secret war in the Bay of Pigs. Cabell’s brother, Earl, was the mayor of Dallas at the time.
According to his son, Robert Francis Kennedy Jr, Robert F. Kennedy believed that the Warren Commission was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship”. Allen Welsh Dulles all but admitted at the time that the Warren Commission’s job was to cover up that the United States had become a Banana Republic via coup d’etat. Evelyn Maurine Norton Lincoln was the personal secretary to John F. Kennedy from his election to the United States Senate in 1953 until his 1963 assassination in Dallas. Lincoln wrote a letter dated October 7, 1994, to Richard Duncan, a teacher at North-side Middle School in Roanoke, VA, in which she stated: “As for the assassination is concerned it is my belief that there was a conspiracy because there were those that disliked him and felt the only way to get rid of him was to assassinate him. These five conspirators, in my opinion, were Lyndon B. Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, the Mafia, the CIA, and the Cubans in Florida.” The FBI, the CIA, and The Pentagon have employed nazi’s or former nazi’s, mafia, economic hit-men, and professional murderers. During the Eisenhower administration it is with the end of alcohol prohibition, the rise of the modern drug trade, and state controlled gambling that the lines really started to blur. It is well known that many of the Kennedy’s were directly involved in these relations. History shows that Kennedy’s father used these ties to give his son’s political careers, including massive voter fraud in JFK’s presidential victory. Kennedy carried Cook County Illinois, which includes Chicago, by 318,736 votes — more than double his national margin of 118,574 votes. There is a plethora of evidence to suggest that Robert Kennedy was involved in a plot to kill Castro and cover it via a barrage of mainstream media disinformation. Some historians have alluded that this pre-existing plot, albeit having attempted to be called off and terribly botched, had it’s location and target changed, was carried out sooner than anticipated.
Another interesting aspect of the fateful day is that Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1963, an advertisement under “Club Activities” was published in the Dallas Morning News stating that George HW Bush, president, Zapata Off-Shore Co., would be speaking for the American Association of Oilwell Drilling contractors at 6:30 p.m., the next day at the Sheraton-Dallas Hotel. The advertisement places George H. W. Bush in Dallas the day before JFK was assassinated; there is no public record indicating when Bush left Dallas on that trip. Further, an FBI memo written by J. Edgar Hoover on Nov. 29, 1963, advised that the FBI office in Miami warned the Department of State on Nov. 23, 1963, one day after the assassination, that “some misguided anti-Castro group might capitalize on the present situation and undertake an unauthorized raid against Cuba, believing that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy might herald a change in U.S. policy, which is not true.”
In November 1963, the available evidence indicates that President John F. Kennedy was on the verge of deciding to remove Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson from the 1964 Democratic Party presidential ticket. The intense Democratic Party in-fighting in Texas, a primary reason JFK included Dallas in the upcoming trip, brought into question whether Johnson could be as effective in 1964 as he had been in 1960. Even with LBJ on the ticket in 1960, Kennedy won Texas in 1960 by fewer than 48,000 votes of the approximately 1.3 million cast. Days after Kennedy died, the new President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared that he will not “lose Vietnam” during a meeting with US Ambassador to South Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge, in Washington, and troop escalation in Vietnam began. Over the next few months Johnson changed the whole power structure in Washington. The CIA’s existence was now assured and the direction that Kennedy had been taking the country in had been permanently altered. Enter former Iowa Governor and Senator, Harold E. Hughes. Hughes, a friend to the Kennedy’s, would shortly take issue with Johnson’s change of direction on Vietnam. Here is his account of a 1966 confrontation with Lyndon Johnson on the matter told in his own words: “He stopped and I wanted to haul back and punch him in the jaw.” Even though LBJ performed some of his famous acting on the day of the assassination there is no evidence that anyone was trying to do him any harm that day. However, this was not the case with Texas Governor at the time, John Connally. Unfortunately Governor Connally’s clothing was allowed to be removed from evidence and dry cleaned prior to being collected. Several months afterward, Connally explained that it “felt as if someone had just hit me in the back, a sharp blow with a doubled-up fist. […] It more or less knocked me over, at least enough to where I looked down. And of course I was covered with blood, and frankly thought that I had been fatally hit.” Before losing consciousness, Connally recalled seeing a chunk of Kennedy’s brain fall onto his trousers. Connally, meanwhile, underwent surgery for wounds to his back, chest, wrist and thigh, and ended up making a full recovery. He later speculated both he and Kennedy might have been targets. He went on to run for president in 1980, but never gained much traction against Ronald Reagan in the Republican primaries. Though once quite wealthy, Connally filed for bankruptcy protection in 1987, emerging within a year. He died in June 1993 due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. Dallas car salesman James Tague, then 27, was late to a lunch date with his future wife on November 22, 1963, when he ran into a traffic jam outside Dealey Plaza. Tague, who was only vaguely aware of the president’s visit, got out of his vehicle to find out what was going on. Just then, he heard a loud bang and felt something slam into his right cheek. A bullet had apparently hit the curb next to him and sent debris flying into his face. Tague’s cheek wound was minor, but demonstrated that at least one of the shots meant for Kennedy must have missed its target. As Tague ducked behind a concrete abutment, he saw the presidential limo racing toward the hospital, and only realized he had been wounded after he was approached by a Dallas police officer on the scene. Tague has also authored two books on the subject. The latest, alleges that LBJ and his associates planned the killing with the help of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Clay LaVerne Shaw was a businessman in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the only person to date prosecuted in connection with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and was acquitted. The United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) was established in 1976 to investigate the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. The HSCA completed its investigation in 1978 and issued its final report the following year, concluding that Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. They implicated Santo Trafficante Jr., Carlos Marcello, Johnny Rosselli, and David Sánchez Morales as players in the conspiracy. John “Handsome Johnny” Roselli, sometimes spelled Rosselli, was an influential mobster for the Chicago Outfit who helped that organization control Hollywood and the Las Vegas Strip. In the early 1960s, Roselli was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a plot to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Carlos Marcello, also known as The Godfather and “The Little Man” Marcello was an Sicilian-American mafioso who became the boss of the New Orleans crime family during the 1940s and held this position for the next thirty years. Santo Trafficante Jr. was one of the last of the old-time Mafia bosses in the United States. He allegedly controlled organized criminal operations in Florida and Cuba, which had previously been consolidated from several rival gangs by his father, Santo Trafficante Sr. Reputedly the most powerful mafioso in Batista-era Cuba, he never served time in a United States prison.
Jack Van Laningham was a decorated war vet. He came upon hard times and decided to hold up a bank. Jack turned himself in to the FBI two weeks later, and ultimately was sentenced to eight Years in Texarkana Prison in Texarkana, Arkansas. While in prison, Jack befriended the aforementioned, Carlos Marcello. Carlos was made by Lucky Luciano and ran a crime network that spanned the entire south, including Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. He also controlled casinos in Cuba. While in prison, Jack was approached by The FBI. They leaned on him and cajoled him to work as an informant. Jack served in the longest running FBI sting to date, called CAMTEX. Jack put his life on the line for over two years, securing admissions and evidence that linked Marcello to the ordered hits on John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa. Lamar Waldron’s, book, “Legacy of Secrecy” outlines in great detail, Marcello’s ties to Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. There is a Leonardo DiCaprio project entitled, “Legacy of Secrecy”, that is currently categorized as in development. In this project DiCaprio is set to portray Jack Van Laningham.
Washington-based Assassinations Archive and Research Center, or AARC has been urging citizens to lobby Congress in support of a Freedom of Information Act request the organization has filed with the National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA. AARC is protesting a NARA decision to withhold from the public until at least October of this year, the classified government documents on the JFK assassination. It appears that one way or another we will learn more than we have ever known before about the shooting of John F. Kennedy by the end of October. I believe that any government operates best in transparency. I believe that the American people deserve access to every last bit of Kennedy information kept private via the government. If there are files related to the Kennedy assassination that could be considered matters of national security than to me this raises more questions than answers still to this day.
“Burke said that there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate, more important far than they all.“
Marco Battaglia writes for the Iowa Free Press and is a proud member of The Fourth Estate
I had this article set to be released on what may have been Johnny’s one-hundredth birthday. I however bumped up it’s release due to concern over current events. I firmly believe that the Federal Government’s unwillingness to attempt to tell the truth about what they know on this matter, and such things like 911, and the Pentagon and Federal Reserve audits, has gotten us to where we are today at this moment in history. In the interest of national security I believe in full disclosure in regards to these matters. This article is dedicated to the countless lives that have been lost in the quest for the accurate telling of the crime, including that of a major hero in the story, Jim Garrison from Denison, Iowa, and to my Godfather, Doctor Rodger Marion Battani. And to the truth. Ride Johnny ride. When I was 12 years old my cousin Rodger took me to Dealey Plaza. He explained to me what he knew about what he believed to be accurate about the events of November 22, 1963. I stood, very likely in the vicinity, of where the critical shot came from. Colder cases with much less available evidence are solved every day. There are recorded sights, sounds, smells, and touches that point us toward the truth. The clothing worn by President Kennedy on the day of his assassination is preserved at the National Archives and Records Administration facility in College Park, Maryland. I don’t think that this is much of a mystery to anyone that cares to do the research. I think that those of us that care to, know much more about what happened than has yet to be admitted by the federal government. I demand the release of the remaining files. Let us reclaim our Republic.