Over the decades we have come to learn a good deal about the actual conspiracy that murdered President Kennedy. We have very credible information on the people who went to Dallas in November, 1963, who those individuals were personally connected to in independent anti-Castro operations and we know a great deal about their hatred for the President and their view that he was both a traitor and an ongoing national security risk. Yet over 50 years later there is still broad debate about the conspiracy and a lack of focus on those most directly involved.
I suspect part of the reason for that lack of focus is a failure to truly appreciate what we have learned, and to grasp its internal consistency and independent corroboration. That understanding takes a great amount of study. And it involves a considerable understanding context, of fully knowing the related social networks – all in all what might simply be dismissed as minutia. It is an effort which involves slogging – and that is clearly not as much fun as internet browsing (sorry, sarcasm disclosure). And its not a grand story of a terrible, complex conspiracy.
Instead its a story of a relatively small group of individuals, almost all of whom considered themselves to be patriots acting in the best interest of their native country, whether it was Cuba or the United States. It’s a scenario I lay out in obnoxious detail in Someone Would Have Talked and in a much more focused fashion in NEXUS. But for those who have not read those works, or who might not feel like digging into them without some incentive, I offer you Roy Hargraves.
Roy Hargraves, a man who was independently reported to the FBI in early 1964 as a suspect in the attack on the President, a man who volunteered to help Jim Garrison and along with Bernardo de Torres helped poison Garrison’s investigation of the Cuban exile community. A man who, in the presence of his lawyer, years later admitted going to Dallas and building a bomb which did not have to be used. He admitted to a great many other things as well, but cautiously, under guidance. Among the things he acknowledged was the presence of his very good friend Felipe Vidal Santiago in Dallas – another fact which had first been registered in FBI reports back in 1963.
Hargraves represents a good entry point into understanding the actual nature of the conspiracy and the attack on JFK. And for a brief introduction, I offer the following interview done a couple of days ago, I hope you find it interesting if you have the time to listen.