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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHISTLEBLOWERS AND TRUTH AND AMERICA’S GOVERNMENT – AMERICA’S PUBLIC HISTORY OF LAST HALF CENTURY IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS IS ALMOST COMPLETELY FABRICATED – DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND HONEST TULSI GABBARD – JOE BIDEN WITH HIS LONG RECORD OF AVOIDING TRUTH WILL LIKELY BE THE CANDIDATE – AMERICANS JUST DO NOT SEEM TO CARE ABOUT ALL THE COUNTRY’S KILLING AND IMMENSE DISHONESTY   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY SAM HUSSEINI IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“Film ‘Official Secrets’ is the Tip of a Mammoth Iceberg

“A new film depicting the whistleblower Katherine Gun, who tried to stop the Iraq invasion, is largely accurate, but the story is not over”.

 

Good gripping tale.

As we can see from so very many modern instances, it matters not at all that truth is on your side, if what you are doing is attacking those with money and power.

And there’s an entire American establishment dedicated to keeping things just that way.

America’s public history of the last half century, at least so far as foreign relations and control of an empire are concerned, is almost entirely an artificial construct.

Absolutely no truth in everything from John Kennedy’s assassination, which was intimately connected with America’s schemes in Cuba, and the despicable Vietnam War to 9/11 and the despicable Neocon Wars in the Middle East which promptly followed.

From hundreds of millions of printed newspapers and television broadcasts to speeches from prominent American politicians, you have a gigantic fabric of lies not unlike that that was constantly being woven and altered by Oceania’s Inner Party in 1984.

That’s not even the slightest exaggeration, but, truly, are Americans in general the least concerned or bothered?

We have no evidence of significant concern. None.

The Democratic Party just weeded out of its debates for leadership the only candidate whom it had brave and informed enough to speak to truth in some of these matters, Tulsi Gabbard.

The ten left just represent varying degrees of hopelessness. On and on with describing dreams about this or that creative social program while the resources and close official attention dedicated to destruction in a dozen lands make all the dreams impossible.

At the same time, there is an almost complete lack of knowledge, and the courage to find out, about what America has been actually doing in Syria, in Iraq, in Libya, in Israel, and in such massively important countries as China, Russia, and Iran.

Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are brave contemporary examples of the American establishment’s methods for shutting down truth and punishing severely those who reveal it. While they have followers and supporters, I am always amazed at how relatively small their numbers are.

And we have remarkably few individuals like Manning or Assange themselves, especially when you consider the scale and scope of America’s many dark works which involve huge numbers of workers. Mostly, we see only “willing helpers” carrying on with their sensitive, secretive, well-paid careers in government.

In the Democratic nomination contest, the “star” liberals, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are virtually no different in these absolutely critical matters than a confirmed old puke of a war criminal like Joe Biden, someone who probably deserves recognition as father of Obama’s industrial-scale extrajudicial killing project with drones and Hellfire missiles making thousands of legally-innocent people in a dozen countries just disappear.

Biden has a long record of smarmy deeds and lack of courage and principles. He is, of course, the most likely to get the nomination.

Acts of killing by America’s CIA are no different in principle and in law than those of the old Argentine military junta’s massive efforts at dragging people they disliked off the streets, drugging them, and throwing them out of airplanes over the ocean, something they did to thousands.

Oh, and during that wonderful project in Argentina, there were no objections from the people in America who had detailed knowledge of what was happening, as at the State Department and the CIA. Only silence.

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Response to a comment expressing concern that America was going to be lost:

Sorry, but, oh please, America is lost, and has been so for a very long time.

Only tremendous, virtually revolutionary influences such as depression or war or the growth of competing states with the loss of the dollar’s privileged status, are going to change what has become reality.

America’s feeble democratic political system is capable of changing almost nothing. After all, it was constructed with just that in mind.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: KEY TURNING POINTS IN AMERICA’S HISTORY – A RATHER ODD AMERICAN GRAB BAG OF AN ARTICLE RAISES SOME THOUGHTS ON AMERICA’S PAST AND WHERE IT IS HEADED – THE CIVIL WAR, THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION, 9/11 AND THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST CRUSADES, THE APPROACHING MULTI-POLAR WORLD   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY PASTOR CHUCK BALDWIN IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“These Are The Dates That Destroyed America, 1865 – 2016”

“Ever since Lincoln’s presidency, virtually every battle that free men have fought for the principles of limited government, State sovereignty, personal liberty, etc., has stemmed directly from Lincoln’s usurpation of power and subjugation and forced union of what used to be ‘Free and Independent States'”

 

https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/dates-destroyed-america/ri17307

 

This article, well-written and highly readable, is a strange grab bag of well-informed truths and unpleasant fantasies.

A truly American product, a tapestry of hard-headed thinking and bizarre mythical ideas with no relationship to reality, as in its specifically religious points such as that about the end of prayer in schools or the legalization of same-sex marriages

Some of his points about the evolution of the United States are dead-on, as his discussion of Lincoln and the Civil War.

That is exactly what the Civil War really was about, ending an America that was basically a set of associated and somewhat-cooperating mini-states. The war molded America, by force of arms, into a single giant of a country. Despite later embroidered legends about the Great Emancipator, slavery had relatively little to do with Lincoln’s motivation, although it formed an integral part of the society of the South, what I would describe in many ways as a true Jeffersonian society, and it was that society’s norms and conventions that the South fought to preserve.

The effort to fight the war created almost revolutionary industrial changes in the North, as with mass production of soldiers’ uniforms and equipment. Many new concepts were born, as with ready-made sizing and new materials used. Railroad building, important to the movement of troops and materiel, flourished in the North. The South badly lagged with its agriculture-based economy.

There were many military technology experiments, from the beginnings of machine-guns to the use of observation balloons and iron-clad ships and even a primitive submarine.

Unfortunately, this activity also had the side-effect of making America a true world power, and one that would set out on a new series of conquests, beyond those it had undertaken in its drive West and events like the Mexican War.

However, the effects of the Civil War I condemn are not the ones the author condemns. He is fixed on regret that the Jeffersonian republic died, something I believe was a very good thing because Jefferson was on the whole a pernicious, narrow, and prejudiced man, contrary to his public billing.

For an assessment of Jefferson, see:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/john-chuckman-comment-the-remarkable-case-of-thomas-jefferson-he-wasnt-at-all-what-so-many-think-he-was-how-the-needs-of-politics-can-twist-and-exploit-historical-figures-and-myth-making-as-a/

The author is also correct about the important role of the Kennedy assassination. It was indeed effectively a coup by powerful unelected forces like the CIA against an elected President, about the last strong and determined one America has had. It was followed by a national descent into vast and meaningless imperial wars on a global scale.

It marked the end of an elected president exercising serious authority over such entities as the Pentagon and CIA and FBI. Presidents since that time have not just been guided by informed advice from such agencies, they have been guided, full stop.

And he is right about the set of events stemming from 9/11, including passage of the insidious Patriot Act, the creation of the unwarranted Department of Homeland Security, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the needless destruction of much of the Middle East which followed.

He doesn’t really tie these together, but I think it pretty clear they represent a series of steps to see the “birth of a new Middle East,” an unbelievably arrogant phrase if ever there was one, and an associated effort at home to “gird the loins” for the task with immense new institutionalized spying and intrusion into people’s lives and basically an effort to create a kind of Fortress America, a truly large-scale copy of many of the practices of Israel in its occupation of people who do not want to be occupied.

The domestic changes and preparations reflect anticipation of the “blowback” effects from the Middle East as its cities would be destroyed and its people maimed and made into refugees and killed in the millions.

Whoever was responsible – and it certainly wasn’t just the patsy, the radical Osama bin Laden and his merry band of men who lived in rude caves in faraway Afghanistan – the course of the United States and the world was terribly changed. The event represents a second internal American revolution, after the Kennedy assassination which had ensconced the power of unelected agencies in the governing of the country.

You do not have to believe that American agencies were directly responsible for 9/11 to recognize that they exploited the opportunity it represented to capture great new authorities and to embark on a terrible crusade abroad.

For many reasons, we know the effect of two airplanes passing through what were literally suspended outer curtain walls did not collapse those massively strong towers. Someone had to have arranged for the destruction of the central cores, immensely strong structures (Discussed in the first reference link below).

There will be a long and costly price to pay for this crusade, something just as blunderingly stupid as the original Crusades of the Middle Ages.

The price will be in lost authority of, and in respect for, the United States in the world, something well underway already. No one loves a bully or a patently dishonest actor in world affairs. The price will be in having created new forces it doesn’t even understand or know how to deal with, as the truly massive flows of refugees its bombing and overthrows have created.

And, of course, the price will be in tremendous permanent losses of individual freedom and privacy, not only in America but in all the “Western” countries America now so dominates.

But, ultimately its price will be in the United States having accelerated a natural evolution in the world that its establishment is not happy about, the evolution away from a world of “America as Leader of the Free World” and towards a multi-polar world, a world in which other states and blocs play important roles in world events.

 

 

Concerning 9/11 and the events which followed, see:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/john-chuckman-comment-a-survivor-says-even-the-simplest-questions-around-911-have-not-been-answered-by-government-yes-and-some-disturbing-truths-around-those-events-the-saudi-arabian-nonsense/

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/john-chuckman-comment-author-says-9-11-was-an-operation-by-israel-i-dont-know-but-if-israel-was-involved-i-know-to-a-certainty-so-was-the-cia-review-of-some-dark-chapters-in-recent-american-his/

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/john-chuckman-comment-more-crap-about-the-saudis-and-9-11-this-time-from-a-retired-fbi-agent/

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/john-chuckman-comment-cbc-news-swims-in-the-muck-with-the-corporate-press-idiot-article-on-a-sustained-response-to-syria-the-neocon-goal-gifted-to-america-9-11-questions-as-pertinent-as-eve/

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/john-chuckman-comment-important-new-fbi-documents-about-9-11-are-released-an-excellent-article-on-them-will-they-just-go-ignored-much-as-that-last-most-revealing-document-released-on-the-kennedy/

 

Concerning the Kennedy assassination, see:

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/john-chuckman-comment-the-first-genuine-information-in-the-kennedy-assassination-records-release-to-give-us-some-genuine-information-about-what-happened/

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/john-chuckman-comment-on-re-opening-the-kennedy-assassination-investigation-why-it-would-be-a-waste-of-time-the-nature-of-truth-where-empire-or-great-power-is-involved-some-truth-about-the-fbi/

 

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/reflections-on-how-little-is-revealed-by-just-released-jfk-assassination-documents-and-just-some-of-the-many-reasons-why-there-had-to-be-a-conspiracy/

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/john-chuckman-comment-the-death-of-george-h-w-bush-what-his-presidency-really-told-us-about-america-in-the-late-20th-century-and-a-link-to-an-intriguing-video-concerning-the-kennedy-assassinatio/

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/john-chuckman-comment-a-new-book-on-cia-murders-of-western-leaders-plus-another-important-book-lead-to-my-revaluation-of-the-kennedy-assassination/

 

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SOME NEW OBSERVATIONS ON THE DEATH OF JEFFREY EPSTEIN – WHY I BELIEVE IT LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO HAVE KILLED HIMSELF – WHAT THIS DEATH SCREAMS TO US ABOUT THE STATE OF AMERICA   4 comments

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“Epstein jail death: One of people watching disgraced financier not a proper prison guard, says report”

 

I think Jeffrey Epstein’s death tells us better than many events we’ve seen – and we have indeed seen many – just how utterly corrupt the American establishment is.

It’s of the nature of, but even goes beyond, such known matters as Hillary Clinton’s stealing the 2016 Democratic Party nomination or the murder of young Party worker, Seth Rich, a crime never even adequately investigated by authorities.

Likely the highest-valued prisoner in America manages to be killed inside a secure federal prison.

As one sharp comment said, the case resembles Lee Oswald’s getting shot by Jack Ruby.

Yes, it does.

Ruby – a small-time violent hoodlum-enforcer, originally from Chicago, and someone identified by witnesses both as being seen with Oswald before the assassination and as stalking him at police gatherings during the brief period between his arrest and murder – managed to kill Oswald, certainly the most important prisoner in the America of his day, right in the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters.

And look at how that killing was never adequately explained, just as the President’s assassination was never adequately explained.

As Lord Acton long ago so accurately observed, absolute corruption follows from absolute power, and I think we can agree that in a number of spheres America’s power establishment today wields close to absolute power.

Look at its bloody, bloody record abroad. In a dozen lands. Why would anyone think it should somehow be different at home, especially where the establishment’s very authority is threatened?

I don’t believe for a moment Epstein committed suicide. As one comment accurately stated, even the bed sheets in that prison are made of special paper. Hanging yourself is impossible.

Anyway, the man’s entire personality speaks against the idea of suicide. Although the mainline press keeps telling us about how people accused of such matters as pedophilia do commit suicide, I seriously doubt that Epstein thought of himself as a pedophile for even a moment.

This is not some twisted little man with a dirty secret he can share with no one.

He was not alone in his activity, ever. He always had people around him, and notably Ghislaine Maxwell, supporting him, actively assisting him, providing kind of a demi-monde family which could only validate what he did. No one he knew would ever use that term “pedophilia.”

And then there were all those famous people who shared his passion. Do you think the likes of Bill Clinton or Britain’s Prince Andrew or Alan Dershowitz or, as heavily rumored, Tony Blair, or, as I much regret to learn, George Mitchell, ever used the term “pedophile” about themselves or those they socialized with?

No, of course not, so Epstein, quite apart from his own extremely positive ego, was literally inoculated against the kind of psychology some in the mainline press unthinkingly try to pass off on us.

And all this is all even truer if he was in fact, as has been forcefully and knowledgeably suggested, working for a state security service in a honey-trap, sexual-compromise operation to secure future influence over notable people, something giving his work the highest imprimatur of official support and approval, even a sense of distinguished service.

We have an interesting new article from the New York Times by James B Stewart concerning his own ninety-minute meeting, of about a year ago, with Epstein.

He had asked Epstein for an interview because he heard Epstein was working with Tesla on financial matters. Well, Epstein stayed clear of that topic. And, as it turned out, much of what Epstein talked about proved rather vague and unspecific. To my mind, that tended to support questions about Epstein being a genuine financier type.

But he was sure ready to brag about how many celebrities he knew and how much he knew about their sex lives and drug habits.

A couple of new names came up, Saudi Arabia’s bloody Crown Prince, who apparently made many visits to Epstein just as Bill Clinton did, and Woody Allen.

Epstein proudly spoke about having sex with young girls, saying it had been a common practice in history. He saw it as being no more wrong than homosexuality, something which was also illegal in many parts of the world. Again, then, the notion of a pedophile’s suicide-prone psychology, being peddled by some of the mainstream press, is just false.

Epstein gave Stewart the impression of an energetic, rather charismatic person. Epstein enjoyed his notoriety, saying that while it made him taboo in some circles, it encouraged the people he socialized with to confide in him, feeling their own sins and secrets were rather small compared to what Epstein was noted for.

I’ve taken an interest in the story and made a number of observations, and likely will continue doing so. Readers may enjoy:

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/john-chuckman-comment-jeffrey-epstein-kills-himself-just-as-the-fun-of-revelations-was-about-to-begin/

 

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/john-chuckman-comment-more-intriguing-bits-on-jeffrey-epsteins-suicide-in-custody-an-excellent-piece-by-philip-m-giraldi/

EPSTEIN CASE REFERENCES:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/john-chuckman-comment-the-gift-that-just-keeps-giving-jeffrey-epstein-fascinating-new-facts-about-his-imprisonment-and-before-more-big-names-associated-with-him-and-a-big-and-highly-suggestiv/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/13/john-chuckman-comment-some-new-observations-on-the-death-of-jeffrey-epstein-why-i-believe-it-impossible-for-him-to-have-killed-himself-what-this-death-vividly-demonstrates-about-america/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/john-chuckman-comment-a-word-on-conspiracy-theories-reported-details-of-jeffrey-epsteins-death-just-raise-doubts/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/john-chuckman-comment-jeffrey-epstein-kills-himself-just-as-the-fun-of-revelations-was-about-to-begin/

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/john-chuckman-comment-more-intriguing-bits-on-jeffrey-epsteins-suicide-in-custody-an-excellent-piece-by-philip-m-giraldi/

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: NEW DISCOVERY ABOUT THE NEW YORK TIMES – BUT IT’S RIGHT IN LINE WITH WHAT WE KNOW FROM HISTORY – SOME JOURNALISM – SOME FREE SPEECH – SOME LIBERAL SPIRIT   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY BEN NORTON IN CHECKPOINT ASIA

 

‘New York Times Admits It Sends Stories to US Government for Approval Before Publication

‘Casually acknowledges that it first sends major scoops to “national security officials” to make sure they have “no concerns”’

 

Well, that is very interesting, even though anyone who ever read the New York Times for a period understood that it consistently supported the American government in just about everything, including national tragedies like the Kennedy assassination, and especially wars, every single one of them.

I recall a bizarre business back at the time of the invasion of Iraq, an entirely criminal act from beginning to end, when the Times made an effort to bring back the WWII sentimental expression for citizen soldiers,” GIs” in its reports.

It was pure, obvious propaganda, but it was almost laughable, too, because it fit the situation so poorly.

Here were professional mercenary troops involved in an illegal invasion, one that ultimately killed about a million people and saw many atrocities and disgraceful behaviors such as the looting of the precious antiquities’ museum, being referred to as “GIs,” like something from a tearful old Jimmy Stewart movie.

That anecdote is very revealing of the Times’ traditional imperial bias. There never has been a war or conflict it didn’t essentially support. And all of those wars, every one of them since WWII, have been imperial enterprises having absolutely nothing to do with defending the United States.

Also, it was not a terribly long time ago that the Times admitted something many had suspected for years. Every story involving Israel is submitted to the official Israeli censor before being published.

Some journalism. Some brave free speech. Some liberal spirit.

Someone once described the New York Times as the official house organ for America’s establishment. No description has ever suited it better.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A REMARKABLE DULL LITTLE PHOTOGRAPH OF GEORGE H W BUSH …WITH EXPLOSIVE SUGGESTIONS   2 comments

John Chuckman

COMMENT ON A REMARKABLE PHOTO OF GEORGE H W BUSH

 

Well, I have just come across the most remarkable photograph.

Here is a relatively young George H W Bush, standing nonchalantly, hands in his suit pockets, looking off to one side.

What’s remarkable about such a dull little photograph?

It was taken in Dallas in front of the Texas School Book Depository on November 22, 1963. George is on the left edge of the picture.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE DEATH OF GEORGE H W BUSH – WHAT HIS PRESIDENCY REALLY TOLD US ABOUT AMERICA IN THE LATE 20TH CENTURY – AND A LINK TO AN INTRIGUING VIDEO CONCERNING THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION   3 comments

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JAMES GOLDGEIER IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

“George HW Bush’s death marks the end of an era in American politics

“It’s fitting that George HW Bush, Second World War military hero and Cold War veteran, was the last American president to oversee a major military victory fought on behalf of the entire world against a dictator”

 

Here is an interesting different take on the late George HW Bush (link below).

It is intriguing, whether you accept it or not.

As someone with a long-time amateur interest in the Kennedy assassination, I can assure readers that this does have basic facts correct. It is not to be dismissed out-of-hand.

I’ve just never seen them assembled in this fashion.

Whether this elaborate speculation is accurate or not, Bush was, unquestionably, CIA, the first “made man” in the White House.

There are many things supporting that idea. Several of his major acts as President – attacking Iraq with a classic diplomatic false signal and going after Noriega, a man whom CIA loathed for several reasons – came right from the top of CIA’s to-do list. There was also his involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair when he served as Reagan’s Vice-President.

And they don’t name the headquarters at Langley after you, as they did for Bush, just because you spent a brief two years as an appointed director. We do have a couple of actual documents (they are discussed in the video below) which came to light after the Kennedy assassination referencing a George Bush of the CIA.

He was a lifetime CIA man, for sure, and that fact alone tells us something very important about America since the postwar period.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NlJQJUUqR4

You may also enjoy:

https://chuckmanwordsincomments.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/john-chuckman-comment-a-remarkable-dull-little-photograph-of-george-h-w-bush/

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: PRESS PICKS UP ON CIA MEMO IN RELEASED DOCUMENTS SAYING THERE WAS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN OSWALD AND CIA – EXACTLY WHY THIS IS SUCH A DISHONEST CLAIM – AND WHY JFK DIED   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

JFK files: Lee Harvey had ‘no links’ with CIA newly released documents reveal
Spy agency files say a thorough search had been conducted of records inside and outside the US

I’m not aware of any highly-rated researcher who ever regarded Oswald as having been CIA. It’s kind of red herring logical fallacy to say that he was not.

But, while never working directly for CIA, Oswald was unquestionably part of a flaky fake-defector program in the 1950s, a program associated with CIA.

He was recruited while in the Marines and taught Russian in one of the military or security service high-intensity language schools.

We know he spoke Russian before his phony defection.

James Angleton, a very senior CIA official as its Chief of Counterintelligence, created and ran that program.

The revealing fact is in the way in which Oswald came back to the US with no charges, with secret help, and a Russian-speaking wife. McCarthyite fury was at its height in those days, but it somehow didn’t touch Oswald.

Later, however, there is no question he worked as a paid FBI informant. His informant FBI number and an uncashed FBI voucher for $200 were discovered. But that obviously crucial matter was dropped when old J. Edgar Hoover assured the Warren Commission that Oswald had not been an informant.

There is a great deal of evidence of CIA obstruction and disinformation through the whole case. And now they are still at it. Why would that be?

If you want to read further, see:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/reflections-on-how-little-is-revealed-by-just-released-jfk-assassination-documents-and-just-some-of-the-many-reasons-why-there-had-to-be-a-conspiracy/
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Response to another comment about the CIA’s Mexico City telephone intercept tapes having been “routinely erased”:

CIA also released a supposed surveillance photo to the investigation.

It was of a complete stranger, looking nothing like Oswald, and that fact was never explained.

The embassy was under 24-hour-a-day photo coverage and telephone intercepts by CIA. If Oswald or anyone went there, CIA would have proof.

Few things scream CIA hiding stuff more loudly than Mexico City events.

We have no actual proof Oswald even being in Mexico City.

Yes, for sure, someone who resembled him and claimed to be him was there.

But we also know someone who resembled him also pulled a number of showy stunts in Dallas before the assassination, including taking a car for a test spin with a salesman and talking bizarrely to leave a lasting impression. But the fact is that Oswald couldn’t drive.

Assassins don’t call attention to themselves this way either. It’s laughable.

What the Mexico City events represented was an effort to associate Oswald with Castro and Russia before the assassination. A kind of sheep-dipping.

The real assassins wanted to “kill two birds with one stone,” to eliminate the despised Kennedy and to have Cuba in some way be blamed so that it could again be invaded, and despite Kennedy’s Cuban Missile Crisis promise to Khrushchev not to invade.

And whom do we know who desperately wanted to invade Cuba?

You guessed right if you guessed the CIA.

Motive writ large.

Kennedy was killed for a series of reasons, all of them relating directly to CIA concerns, especially concerns about Cuba.

First, the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion by CIA-trained and supplied Cuban refugees when Kennedy was first in office. CIA blamed Kennedy for refusing the air support for the invasion. They had asked him for it when they explained what they had planned during the last administration, but he refused, not wanting Americans directly involved.

Second, Kennedy’s embarrassment over the failed invasion was acute and it caused him to fire three top officials, including Director Dulles. This did not go down well with the CIA loyalists. Dulles had the status of a demigod or Mafia godfather in those days. Kennedy’s people believed the invasion failed because it was so badly planned, not taking account of the intense loyalties to Castro in Cuba. The evidence does point in that direction, but big shots do not like being told such things. Resentments were positively feudal.

Third, when Kennedy made an agreement with Premier Khrushchev to end the Cuban Missile Crisis, he gave Khrushchev his pledge not to invade Cuba again. This infuriated CIA loyalists. During the crisis, Kennedy also established backchannel communications with Khrushchev, again something that would not be well received by CIA. And, still, in the early stages, Kennedy refused advice that the crisis be used as an excuse for an immediate invasion. And a good thing, too, since CIA was ignorant of the fact that Soviet troops working on the missiles in Cuba had some operational short-range tactical Luna nuclear missiles to protect themselves against invasion.

Fourth, and perhaps just the straw that broke the camel’s back, was Kennedy’s affair with Mary Pinchot, a beautiful and connected Washington establishment figure who was a free-spirit type and whose former husband was a very senior CIA official, Cord Meyer. As his wife, she had made her hostility to CIA operations well known in the circles who went to cocktail parties together.

Mary introduced Kennedy to marijuana (he welcomed anything which might help his bad back quite apart from any aspects of pleasure) and possibly LSD. Kennedy talked a lot with Mary about peace and doing something for peace. She became, unlike most of his casual lovers, a deeply regarded friend he loved talking to. Mary had a harebrained scheme of her own about trying to get a group of high-ranking wives in Washington to get their husbands turned on to LSD and peace. We can only imagine the faces of CIA mandarins learning these things from recorded pillow talk, on top of all the other reasons they felt Kennedy was unfit for office.