In kicking off this series of posts I noted that one of the things that most plagues conspiracy research 50 years after the murder of President Kennedy lies in the number and breadth of individuals who can be listed as having motive and even being on record of talking about or threatening to do harm to JFK.   That situation is one of the reasons why while more and more “pundits” are acknowledging the weakness and downright dysfunction of the Warren Commission inquiry, while at the same time bemoaning the fact that we can ever know what happened – is all just too complex, murky and conflicted.   And every show offers up to a half dozen groups/individuals who “might have done it”. My response to that – stolen from remarks by John Newman years ago – is that the reason it all appears so murky is that those same pundits simply have not done their homework – they are stuck back in 1964, fruitlessly adrift in the morass of the Warren Commission data.

To move out of that morass its critical to separate talk from action, and that is possible.  We have traced a number of independent reports and sources which make it clear that JFK was at risk beginning as early as late summer of 1963.  The FBI was monitoring individuals who posed a potential threat to him.  And there are multiple indications that those threats were sanitized out of the records following the assassination, very possibly some as late as the beginning of the ARRB records collections effort.  The individuals presenting that threat were known to the FBI, and the threat appears to have accelerated following some sort of abortive incident planned for Washington DC in September – the first incident where Lee Oswald was brought into play as a potential patsy, after having become visible as the ideal candidate in New Orleans during August, 1963.

In October, a presidential trip to Chicago was canceled at the last hour.  Later, literally days before the November assassination, it would be in Chicago that the FBI would file a report that a Cuban exile involved in weapons purchases would talk about being able to now move against Cuba, just as soon as JFK was eliminated. Additional staff were added to the Secret Service PRS effort and technical sweeps (e.g. electronics sweeps) became part of the president’s travel.  By November, the President’s travel to Miami was considered sufficiently risky that the CIA was brought in and utilized its local contacts to try and isolate potential Cuban exile threats in that city.  And in November, Cuban exiles in Miami were not only aware of Lee Oswald, they knew that he had been traveling to Mexico and was either there or back in Dallas.  Beyond that, in November, FBI subversive desk personnel were observing Lee Oswald in contact with subversives in Dallas…..and it was of such a security nature that the information was not shared with the Secret Service.

Now this is not just talk, its clear indication that an active threat to JFK had begun by early fall and that it involved Cuban exiles in Miami who had been traveling to New Orleans, to Chicago and to Dallas in efforts to obtain weapons and explosives for attacks on Cuba – attacks which were being radically suppressed by both the CIA and FBI on orders from the President – as cover for the new autonomous group exile project that RFK had initiated that summer but also very possibly as a sign of good faith for the highly secret back channel negotiations between JFK and Castro.   The other thing going on by the end of summer was the final disbanding of the Castro assassination project under ZRRIFLE which had been run (and funded for 1963) under William Harvey and Johnny Roselli.  The two men and apparently others had met on that project in Florida earlier in the year.

All of the above involved action oriented people, not just people talking but people actively doing dangerous things – things involving high powered weapons and sniper tactics.  The Castro assassination effort had moved beyond poison to sophisticated sniper plots even before the Bay of Pigs.  So, are you hearing any of this on all the 50th anniversary specials?  Do you think the people who now claim to be open minded but think its all totally unknowable have any clue to this chain of incidents and people – apparently not.

And I’m betting that they don’t know about a couple of the very important revelations that would occur after the assassination either.  We’ll get there shortly as I wrap this up before heading off to Dallas for the conference next week.

 

 

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About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

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