RFK Jr.'s JFK Assassination Guru Promotes Crackpot Theories
RFK, Jr. said that the CIA was "definitely involved" in the JFK assassination.
You can see the full video here: (go to 39:30 for segment on the JFK assassination)
Here is an excerpt from a transcript:
Interviewer: So, as president would you rethink it? And then just as a final question, let's kind of follow-up to that, do you believe they [the CIA] murdered or were involved in the murder of your uncle? What have you come to personally?
RFK, Jr.: The CIA. Yes, they were definitely involved in the murder, and you know and the sixty-year cover-up. They're still not releasing the, you know, the papers that legally they have to release, but I don't think there's any doubt if you look at this huge, you know mountain, monumental mountain of evidence and confessions and you know so many people have confessed to their involvement and you know we understand the -- if you look, I mean for anybody who has doubts about that, I would recommend a book by Jim Douglass called The Unspeakable because I think he's done a better job than anybody else, in kind of assembling and distilling all of the millions and millions of documents that have been released over the past 50 years. And these things these revelations are released incrementally and so nobody really takes notice of them. But when you put them all together, the story is very clear.
Who exactly has confessed to their involvement in the JFK assassination? Have I missed something?
The name of James Douglass' book is JFK and the Unspeakable. You can read a good review here.
JFK and the Unspeakable is structured so that it develops two parallel but supposedly complementary narratives: Kennedy’s statements and actions regarding Vietnam (in public, private, and in policy-making circles), and, simultaneously, the machinations of those who are conspiring to kill Kennedy. Both story lines are chock full of problems and cannot withstand elementary scrutiny. Long before Kennedy ever arrives in Dallas, Texas, and the strands finally come together, the book ceases to be non-fiction and enters the realm of a self-indulgent political fantasy.
The plain fact of the matter is that JFK was a cold warrior who wanted to win in Vietnam. Withdrawal plans were contingent on the training of South Vietnamese forces. Kennedy was clear that timetables would change if the South Vietnamese were not up to the job.
In addition, Douglass has bought into just about every crackpot theory about the JFK assassination:
Douglass accepts the stories that Delphine Roberts told about an association between Guy Banister and Lee Harvey Oswald. But she has little credibility and the HSCA also rejected her testimony.
Douglass believes the story that Oswald was an informant for the FBI. But this story was concocted by reporter Lonnie Hudkins. Here is a story in which Hudkins admits he fabricated the whole story:
Dallas Morning News, March 11, 1975
Hugh Aynesworth has another version of the story claiming that he fed Hudkins the fake FBI number. Regardless, there is no evidence to support the allegation that Oswald was an FBI informant.
Douglass believes former CIA finance office Jim Wilcott's allegation that Oswald was being paid by the CIA. and was thus an agent. However, Douglass does not tell his readers that the HSCA concluded that Wilcott's allegation "was not worthy of belief."
Douglass accepts the stories of Richard Case Nagell who claimed that he was hired by the Soviets to kill Oswald to prevent the assassination. Nagell was the sole survivor of a B-25 plane crash in 1954 and suffered physical damage of his brain. Check out my various posts on Nagell.
Aspersions are cast on Ruth Paine and Douglass ties her to the CIA through her sister and through Marina Oswald. He quotes Marina's testimony before the Garrison grand jury:
But Marina was referring to the American Civil Liberties Union, and not the CIA. Tom Bethell discusses this in his diary:
Marina made one remark that pleased Garrison. She said the Secret Service had told her to beware of Ruth Paine "because she was a member of the CIA." However, Alcock told me later that by the way she answered -- "that organization you join..." it was evident she meant something other than the CIA, namely the ACLU.
The ridiculous story about a supposed plot to kill JFK in Chicago is accepted unconditionally by Douglass. There is no evidence of any plot in Chicago. And, the HSCA investigated the allegation and found nothing.
The Rose Cherami story about having foreknowledge of the JFK assassination is repeated and Douglass even believes that she was shot in the head. Have a look at my several blog posts on Cherami.
Julia Ann Mercer's story of seeing Jack Ruby in a truck delivering a rifle to the grass knoll is accepted without reservation. Over the years, her story just kept getting better.
Douglass believes the incredible story spun by Gordon Arnold, a supposed witness on the grassy knoll, who supposedly filmed the assassination. Few people believe his story.
And Ed Hoffman's unbelievable story of seeing a gunman toss his rifle to an associate who then got in a Rambler is told without skepticism. Few people believe his story.
Roger Craig, a Deputy Sheriff who became part of the conspiracy crowd, is featured in Douglass' book. Craig was a troubled man who ultimately committed suicide. His stories lack credibility.
John Armstrong's wacky theory of two Oswalds is endorsed by Douglass.
Douglass believes Dr. Charles Crenshaw's view that JFK was hit by a shot from the front.
Douglass accepts the story that Commander William Pitzer took photos and films of JFK's autopsy despite evidence that the was not even there. Further, he finds PItzer's suicide in 1966 to be another suspicious death.
This is by no means a complete list. For a while, Douglass believed that Oswald was the man in the doorway in the Altgens photo. However, he came to his senses and changed the paperback version of his book.
And it appears that James Douglass might be a 9/11 truther. He signed the petition of the group, Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth. Their statement includes the following:
The independent research, which has led to conclusions that differ radically from the official account, has been carried out by scientists and professionals in many relevant fields. It has led to the creation of several professional organizations, including Veterans for 9/11 Truth, S.P.I.N.E.: The Scientific Panel for the Investigation of Nine-Eleven, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Firefighters for 9/11 Truth, Lawyers for 9/11 Truth, Healthcare Professionals for 9/11 Truth, and Political Leaders for 9/11 Truth.
There is no statement from Douglass on the website, but it is curious that he signed their petition. I would definitely like to know more.
RFK Jr. is promoting a book with crackpot theories about the JFK assassination. What does that say about RFK Jr.?
Here is another person who has read JFK and the Unspeakable - former Congressperson Tulsi Gabbard, who was an unabashed supporter or Bashar al-Assad, the butcher of Syria.
Previous Relevant Blog Posts on RFK, Jr.
RFK Jr. on the JFK Assassination and Jim Garrison
RFK Jr. gets Garrison all wrong.
RFK Jr. puts words in JFK's mouth.