Our coverage of JFK

JFK, PT-109, crew

JFK’s War Heroism Speaks Louder Than Rhetoric of War-Dodging Chicken Hawks

Talking tough about military action and being tough are not one and the same. That’s worth remembering in the Trump era, when potential conflicts always seem just a tweet away.

While many politicians, including President Donald Trump, have been quick to threaten military action, few have seen the horrors of war up close.

As Trump rattles his sword at a shifting cast of enemies, with Iran the latest, it is worth remembering not to trust in the bellicosity of those who “mean business”… when it is others View article …

JFK, records, National Archives

National Archives Releases 676 More JFK Files

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released 676 additional JFK assassination records today. It appears that 582 were “withheld-in-full,” meaning they have never been seen by the public. From NARA:


The majority of the public release today consists of 553 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) records that were previously denied in their entirety. Also included in the release are records from components of the Departments of Justice (18) and Defense (48), the House Select Committee on Assassinations (56), and the National Archives (1). Released records are available for download.


Our initial brief inspection has indicated, however, View article …

AngelaMerkel, Donald Trump, NATO

Trump to Release JFK Records?

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Iran Strikes Back With ‘Reciprocal Sanctions’ (Jeff C.)

In what appears a largely symbolic move, the country sanctioned 15 US companies, a wide-ranging list that includes an American real estate entity and a major arms manufacturer.

Coal Miners Turned Coders? Possibly. (Dan)

California Rep. Ro Khanna (D) met with Kentucky Rep. Hal Rogers View article …

JFK, records, National Archives

National Archives Releases 10,000+ More JFK Files

The National Archives and Records Administration has just released 10,744 new JFK assassination files from the FBI.


From a NARA press release:


All of the documents released today are from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Of the documents released today, 8,336 documents are released in their entirety and 2,408 are released with limited redactions. Also, this is the first release for 144 of the documents. Released records are available for download.


The versions released today were processed by the View article …

Lee Harvey Oswald, Richard Helms

WhoWhatWhy Editor Russ Baker Talks JFK Records Release with Big Radio

In the interviews below, Russ Baker explores various issues, but they all have one thing in common — they demonstrate the enduring power of the Deep State. The first concerns the long-withheld documents concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy.


The mainstream media is having trouble putting into context the promised JFK records release, and President Donald Trump’s decision to hold back some of those records — because they all work off the same flawed script. In a brief interview with Los Angeles radio station KNX, WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker sets the record straight on what is at stake here.


In View article …

CIA, FBI, JFK, gears

The JFK Files: New Light on Oswald and Mexico City

Those with a stake in avoiding the truth about John F. Kennedy’s assassination want you to believe Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone nut. If you won’t accept that, they have a fallback position: “It’s even worse. He was working for the commies.”


That “alternative” scenario revolves around a purported Oswald trip to Mexico City in the months before Kennedy’s death, when he allegedly visited Soviet and Cuban missions, met with a handler and sought his escape path to his beloved USSR.


There’s just one problem with this narrative. It probably isn’t true.


While the full truth has not yet surfaced, hints View article …

JFK in His Own Words: A Selective Sampler from His Speeches

These few excerpts display Kennedy’s wit, perception, and originality, and tell us something about the world at the time. The world was very different then—and very much the same.


Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Indochina (Transcript only)

April 6, 1954

But the speeches of President Eisenhower, Secretary Dulles, and others have left too much unsaid, in my opinion—and what has been left unsaid is the heart of the problem that should concern every citizen. For if the American people View article …

Bush and the JFK Hit, Part 4: Barbara’s Hair-Raising Day

1234What possible connection could there have been between George H.W. Bush and the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Or between the C.I.A. and the assassination? Or between Bush and the C.I.A.? For some people, apparently, making such connections was as dangerous as letting one live wire touch another.   Here, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in November, is the fourth part of a ten-part series of excerpts from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker’s bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and View article …

James Leavelle

JFK Assassination Anniversary: Oswald Murder Witness Speaks

The detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald on November 24, 1963, when Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby, provided several revelations in an exclusive interview he granted WhoWhatWhy. The conversation took place two months before his death on August 29 of this year. 

This Friday is the 56th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, allegedly at the hands of Oswald; Sunday is the anniversary of Ruby’s slaying of Oswald in the Dallas Police Department garage.

One striking contention offered by retired Dallas Police Department (DPD) Detective James Leavelle, almost View article …

Dick Russell

Dick Russell Speaks on the New JFK Assassination Files

Acclaimed author and WhoWhatWhy contributor Dick Russell recently spoke to RT News’s Watching the Hawks about the JFK assassination records that have been newly released by the National Archives. Russell talks about the true identity of Lee Harvey Oswald — is there evidence he was a US intelligence asset posing as a fake defector to the USSR?


Who was the “Mexico City mystery man” that was apparently posing as Oswald in the months leading up to the assassination?


And despite President Donald Trump allowing these new documents to be released with significant redactions remaining — at least for now — what View article …

Fidel Castro, CIA

Codebreakers and Killers: CIA Covert Ops and the JFK Assassination

To those not acquainted with the multifaceted narrative of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the idea that US intelligence was somehow involved sounds like wild speculation — an alternative reality deserving of the pejorative label “conspiracy theory.”


But to those more familiar with the facts surrounding the case, and knowledgeable about the formation and history of operations of the various intelligence agencies — particularly the CIA — this doesn’t seem so far-fetched after all.


If you examine the history of the CIA, going from the late 1940s all the way up to 1963, the year of Kennedy’s death, you will discover View article …

Earle Cabell, Dealey Plaza

Dallas Mayor During JFK Assassination Was CIA Asset

Here is the first major revelation from the historic release of previously withheld government records on the JFK Assassination: the mayor of Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was killed in that city was a CIA asset.

We were alerted to this salient fact by retired military intelligence officer and author John Newman, who is conducting a thorough analysis of the long-secret documents.


At the time of the assassination, Dallas Mayor Earle Cabell, brother of one-time Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Charles P. Cabell, had been a CIA asset since 1956.


It is worth noting that Kennedy dismissed CIA Director Allen Dulles View article …