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HSCA came to the correct conclusion in spite of CIA obstruction.

As the former chief counsel of the House Select Committee (G. Robert Blakey) now concedes. Although that's just part of the story. Let's go back to how the first two chairmen (Thomas N. Downing and his successor, Henry B. Gonzalez) and Blakey's predecessor (Richard A. Sprague) were replaced...

Eventually we arrived at this neutered version of the HSCA under Chairman Louis Stokes and the aforementioned chief counsel Robert Blakey. Before being replaced however .. the incorruptible Richard Sprague was able to leave the committee with one lasting legacy ..

Gaeton Fonzi, Investigator of Kennedy Assassination, Dies at 76
Published: September 11, 2012

...Of course it was a conspiracy, said Mr. Fonzi, a journalist recruited mainly on the strength of scathing magazine critiques he had written about the Warren Commission and its conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in killing the president in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. But who were the conspirators? What was their motive? How could the committee close its doors without the answers?

Mr. Fonzi, who died in Florida on Aug. 30 at 76, nailed those questions to the committee’s locked doors, figuratively, in a long article he wrote the next year for Washingtonian magazine and in a 1993 book, “The Last Investigation.” In both, he chronicled the near-blanket refusal of government intelligence agencies, especially the C.I.A., to provide the committee with documents it requested. And he accused committee leaders of folding under pressure — from Congressional budget hawks, political advisers and the intelligence agencies themselves — just as promising new leads were emerging...

Mr. Blakey was criticized by Mr. Fonzi as overly deferential to the C.I.A., and he now concedes that Mr. Fonzi was probably right on that score. Mr. Blakey said he was shocked in 2003 when declassified C.I.A. documents revealed the full identity of the retired agent who had acted as the committee’s liaison to the C.I.A. The agency never told Mr. Blakey that the agent, George Joannides, had overseen a group of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Dallas in the months before the assassination, when Oswald had two well-publicized clashes with them.

At the time of the revelation, the C.I.A. said Mr. Joannides had withheld nothing relevant from the committee. Mr. Joannides died in 1990.

“Mr. Joannides obstructed our investigation,” Mr. Blakey said. Asked how that had affected the committee’s work, he added: “We’ll never know. But I can say that for a guy like Gaeton, a guy who really wanted to know what happened to Kennedy, it kind of tortured him.” ...



Yep. RFK in '68 and '72

At the very least we know that Bobby was the one candidate in 1968 that Nixon did not want to face. So that made it 2 elections in a row where Nixon avoided the candidate(s) that his campaigns feared.

@BeschlossDC: Here Ted & Bob Kennedy with ailing father Joe watch 1967 World Series at Fenway -- @RedSox v @Cardinals : pic.twitter.com/xRLpJrzbef

Edmund Muskie and George Wallace were only candidates CREEP was worried about...

CREEP (the Committee to Re-Elect the President) was concerned, rightly or wrongly, with two candidates. George Wallace was conveniently removed from that list by Arthur Bremer.

That left Edmund Muskie. Queue the Dirty Tricks Team...


Historically sound move...

Stephen Kinzer made this observation on Fresh Air...

Meet 'The Brothers' Who Shaped U.S. Policy, Inside And Out

by NPR Staff
October 16, 201312:33 PM

On the Dulles' ability to overthrow regimes in Iran and Guatemala but not in Cuba or Vietnam

They were able to succeed [at regime change] in Iran and Guatemala because those were democratic societies, they were open societies. They had free press; there were all kinds of independent organizations; there were professional groups; there were labor unions; there were student groups; there were religious organizations. When you have an open society, it's very easy for covert operatives to penetrate that society and corrupt it.

Actually, one of the people who happened to be in Guatemala at the time of the coup there was the young Argentine physician Che Guevara. Later on, Che Guevara made his way to Mexico and met Fidel Castro. Castro asked him, "What happened in Guatemala?" He was fascinated; they spent long hours talking about it, and Che Guevara reported to him ... "The CIA was able to succeed because this was an open society." It was at that moment that they decided, "If we take over in Cuba, we can't allow democracy. We have to have a dictatorship. No free press, no independent organizations, because otherwise the CIA will come in and overthrow us." In fact, Castro made a speech after taking power with [Guatemalan President Jacobo] Árbenz sitting right next to him and said, "Cuba will not be like Guatemala." ...


Sugar Daddy of John Birch Society

Another excellent piece that draws a straight line from the forces that removed JFK to the fascist thugs hijacking the US government still...

Who exactly was this man, Robert Welch, who in 1958 founded a group in honor of John Birch? Besides being the man who gave us Sugar Daddies, Sugar Babies, Milk Duds and Junior Mints, he also gave us the father of the Koch Brothers, chief funders of the Tea Party movement today. Jane Mayer wrote in her 2010 article in The New Yorker, "Covert Operations: The Billionaire Koch Brothers' War Against Obama":

A Republican campaign consultant who has done research on behalf of Charles and David Koch said of the Tea Party, “The Koch brothers gave the money that founded it. It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mud—and they’re our candidates!”

Did the Tea Party Spring from John Birch's Ashes? ...

Labels: Allen Dulles, Fort Worth Set, John Birch Society, opium, Paul Helliwell, propaganda, Tea Party

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