The 54th anniversary of the JFK assassination may prove to be the most memorable because of the recent partial release of classified documents. There are still, contrary to inaccurate reports, tens of thousands of documents awaiting full release.
The release of the assassination files has evidently captured the public imagination. It has been surprising that the mainstream media has devoted so much space to the kind of subject that is often dismissed as the purview of tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists. This may be due to the fact that post Snowden, post Wikileaks and post Trump, the Overton window has shifted – the mainstream debate is now prepared to accommodate the possibility that powerful interests might have engaged in covert action or a coup d’etat to assassinate the commander in chief/POTUS.
So what do we know after the recent release? An exhaustive analysis will require months of poring over documents but here are some of the key highlights. It should be noted that some of this information was already known to the assassination community but it is useful to have mainstream debate and/or documents in the public domain:-
1) LEE HARVEY OSWALD WAS PROBABLY A CIA OPERATIVE
According to the testimony of former CIA agent James Wilcott taken during executive session of the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation during the Seventies, it was felt that Oswald was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency receiving regular payment for his work.
This appears consistent with Oswald’s biography including his stationing at the top secret Atsugi base in Japan from which the CIA U-2 spy planes originated and his apparent defection to the USSR. On his return to the United States, the State Department returned his passport and even handed him a loan without further questions asked.
Oswald eventually moved to New Orleans and Dallas consorting with hard-line anti-communists and anti-Castro Cuban exiles. Yet during this period he was also handing out leaflets in support of the pro Castro Fair Play for Cuba Committee. This behaviour is hardly consistent with that of a Marxist. It seems far more likely that Oswald was infiltrating this leftist group as an FBI informant in the COINTELPRO programme of mass subversion and surveillance of organisations deemed to be politically subversive.
2) OSWALD’S CIA CONTROLLER MAY HAVE SENT HIM TO MEXICO CITY TO FRAME HIM AS A PATSY
In the weeks before the assassination, Oswald apparently travelled to Mexico City and visited the Cuban and Russian embassies in a failed attempt to obtain a visa for travel. He even met with KGB assassinations expert Valery Kostikov.
On the surface, it appears that this information might be consistent with an international conspiracy. However, Antonio Veciana, head of the notorious Cuban exile group Alpha 66, dropped a bombshell in a 2014 press conference and more recently this year in his biography Trained to Kill. He confirmed that his handler, going by the code-name Maurice Bishop, was David Atlee Phillips, who later rose to become the CIA’s Chief of the Western Hemisphere. Furthermore, he had inadvertently witnessed Bishop/Phillips meeting up with Oswald in Dallas in the weeks before the assassination and suspected that Phillips was Oswald’s handler. This information first surfaced during the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigation. However, at the time, Veciana denied that Bishop and Phillips were one and the same.
Therefore it appears that Phillips may well have been sheep-dipping Oswald in order to frame him as a communist for the assassination thus potentially justifying an invasion of Cuba. It looks like Oswald was telling the truth when he exclaimed, “I’m just a patsy” following his arrest. Recent files released include a Soviet report, which concluded that the JFK assassination was a probable far-right coup d’etat.
3) OSWALD’S FRAMING AS A COMMUNIST AND THE DANGER OF WORLD WAR III BREAKING OUT WERE THEN USED TO CLOSE DOWN THE INVESTIGATION
In the immediate aftermath of the assassination, FBI Director J Edgar Hoover arrived at the pre-determined conclusion that Oswald was a lone Communist assassin and remarked as to how to “Convince The Public That Oswald Is The Real Assassin”. He disclosed this to newly sworn in President Lyndon Johnson. Both men decided that the potential danger of a nuclear war meant that the investigation should be confined to proving that Oswald acted alone. In other words, the Warren Commission was really designed as a white-wash from day one in order to suppress evidence.
4) THE CIA WAS RUNNING AN ASSASSINATIONS PROGRAMME OF FOREIGN LEADERS USING MOBSTERS
Lyndon Johnson once declared that, “We had been operating a damned Murder Inc” in the Caribbean. The Church Committee reports would eventually confirm that the CIA had indeed been running an assassinations programme employed against foreign leaders including Castro, Lumumba, Trujillo and others code-named ZR/RIFLE. The Agency was also running a massive programme of covert action directed at destabilising the Cuban regime code-named Operation Mongoose. Both Mongoose and ZR/RIFLE employed the use of Mob hit-men – in other words the CIA and the Mafia were working hand in glove.
Robert Kennedy’s initial hunch was that his brother’s assassination was a product of these operations.
5) THE US GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING FALSE FLAG TERRORIST OPERATIONS TO JUSTIFY THE OVERTHROW OF THE CASTRO REGIME IN CUBA
Recent documents have re-focused the spotlight on the previously known Operation Northwoods presented to JFK by his Joint Chiefs of Staff. This plan advocated the use of false flag terrorist atrocities in American cities, including hijacking of airliners. The blame could then be laid at the door of the Castro regime in order to justify a full-scale invasion of Cuba.