Friday, October 03, 2014


As with every cover-up, the TRUTH despite the passing of the decades since this assassination continues to emerge    

By Andrew Kreig

A former Cuban exile anti-Castro militant told a conference audience Sept. 26 in a blockbuster revelation that he saw accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald with their mutual CIA handler six weeks before the killing and there would have been no anti-Castro movement in Cuba without the CIA funding.

Antonio Veciana, the acknowledged leader of the Alpha 66 assassination squad of Cuban exiles in the early 1960s, made the statements in a dignified but emotion-laden manner at this year's major conference analyzing the Warren Commission report on murder of President John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas. 

Alpha 66 is alleged to have tried to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro on two occasions, but Veciana, a onetime certified public accountant for a wealthy Cuban in the years before the revolution, has never been been charged with an attempt.

Separately, the general counsel of the last major government investigation into the killing issued a statement saying the CIA had deceived him and the rest of the public during the late 1970s inquiry into the validity of the Warren report. 

Former House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) General Counsel G. Robert Blakey issued the statement during the conference Sept. 26-28 organized at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD by the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC).

Antonio Veciana
Veciana said he is convinced the CIA organized the president's murder and that he saw Oswald meeting with a CIA official in Dallas because Veciana arrived at his meeting fifteen minutes too early. 

Veciana said he believes Oswald was a CIA operative whom the agency decided to blame for a killing it organized in a complex plot.

Veciana said his CIA handler was the late David Atlee Phillips.

Phillips was a high-ranking CIA official who used the cover named "Maurice Bishop" during his many meetings with Veciana. Earlier this year, Veciana confirmed to researcher Marie Fonzi, widow of his friend the author Gaeton Fonzi, that "Bishop" was "Phillips." But Veciana has never previously answered questions in a public forum.

David Atlee Phillips
The CIA placed Phillips in charge of the CIA's Cuba operations after the newly created agency recruited him from newspaper work in 1950s. According to biographers, Phillips, a former actor born in Texas, used hundreds of aliases in his CIA work. After retirement from the CIA Phillips organized thousands of fellow intelligence officers into the politically influential Association of Former Intelligence Officers. 

The group quietly helped support the political career of former CIA Director George H.W. Bush and Bush allies, among other endeavours.

Veciana, 85, spoke through a translator and with a son by his side. He said he was trained as a CPA and admired "Bishop" and the CIA deeply for many years.

Now, however, he said he wanted to set the record straight because he has come to admire also Kennedy, whom and he and Phillips once regarded as a "traitor" for allowing communist Cuban leader Fidel Castro to remain in power.

Former Top JFK Investigator Rebukes CIA For Cover-up

Blakey, shown in a file photo from his longtime work as a professor of law at Notre Dame University, spoke Sept. 27. 

(HSCA) General Counsel G. Robert Blakey
He reiterated his statement read by former colleagues the previous day, and answered questions. His statement is available via a link at the top of the AARC site here. Blakey's committee issued a report in 1979 on behalf of the House scrutinising the original 1964 Warren report.

The two admissions were part of an explosive agenda for the conference, which I helped open with an address on why the 50th anniversary of the Warren report is a unique, historic opportunity to solve the nation's most important murder, one whose after-effects continue to the present with the unchecked power of the CIA as a secret government.

I amplified on that theme on Sept. 27 in an afternoon panel "Why Won't the Media Cover the Story?"

The remarks drew from my recent book research for Presidential Puppetry: Obama Romney and Their Masters, which documents on the record how all recent presidents, including Barack Obama, were involved with CIA or FBI covert information-gathering operations before they entered politics. These kinds of under-reported relationships foster the ascendancy of the nation's leaders -- including in business, politics, academics and the media -- in ways unknown to the general public. The methods? For those in the media and academia, it's by facilitating book contracts, university posts, television appearances and consultancies for those with pro-Warren themes and thwarting others seeking to offer contrary evidence, such as Oswald's role as a CIA and FBI under-cover operative.

As previously reported here and elsewhere, the CIA used Operation Mockingbird to control messaging at major news organizations in the 1950s and 1960s. Also, the CIA generated a now-declassified memo in April 1967 instructing its operatives to use major newspapers and broadcast outlets to describe critics of the Warren Commission as "conspiracy theorists" unfit for belief or employment.

The conference panel agreed for the most part that ownership and top management of mainstream news organizations have thwarted for the most part meaningful coverage of vital discrepancies in the Warren report. 

To do so would call into question a half century of slanted and biased government statements and reporting. However, one panelist said Warren report critics need to do a far better job in reaching out in a professional manner to journalists and their outlets.

C-SPAN covered the conference's opening, but reportedly removed it from view and has not yet announced its cablecast schedule.

Among the conference highlights, a team of professional actors provided a dramatic reading Sept. 27 of a long-secret transcript of a Commission meeting in January 1964 in which commissioners secretly addressed the threat that two newspaper reporters posed. According to Texas law enforcement officials, the reporters had discovered that the supposed "lone nut" Oswald was actually an FBI paid asset from the time he returned to the United States following his sojourn in the Soviet Union through the time of the JFK assassination.

At the conference also, Oswald's friends Buell Wesley Frazier and Dr. Ernst Titovets said they never believed their friend could be guilty of murder. They regarded him as a "patsy" -- as Oswald claimed before he was murdered by Jack Ruby at a Dallas police station two days after the assassination.

Frazier made his first public appearance to describe his experiences on the day of the assassination. He said that at age 19 he drove his fellow worker Oswald to work at the Texas Book Depository on the fateful day of the assassination. Frazier said a package Oswald carried was too small to contain a rifle, as the Warren Commission claimed. He recalled that police detained him and threaten him in a fruitless effort (regarding Frazier) to obtain incriminating evidence against Oswald. Titovets is a professor of medicine in his native Belarus, with M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in the field of brain and other neurological research. He has published a new edition of his 2010 memoir: Oswald: Russian Episode.

In other conference news, professor author and former intelligence officer Dr. John Newman traced more than a dozen of the Phillips identities to show his work was so secret that even his internal memos at the CIA, now declassified in part, show that he was trying to fool fellow employees about his activities. 

Also, AARC President James Lesar called for an end of obstruction by the National Archives in complying with the provisions of a 1992 law passed unanimously by Congress to make all available records public regarding the JFK murder. Lesar, an attorney fighting freedom of information battles, has argued that the CIA exercises too much influence over the Archives and other Washington officials on the issue.

For further links on the conference, see the links below, most notably in our recent column,Washington Post Still Selling Warren Report 50 Years Later. The column shows both how the newspaper continues to suppress and distort reporting about the killing.

Fearless:  New Orleans DA Jim Garrison
The column includes also a link to a gripping video statement made in 1967 by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, who unsuccessfully brought murder conspiracy charges in the JFK death murder against a CIA operative, businessman Clay Shaw, and perhaps more importantly eloquently described for the ages why American citizens deserve the full facts of the killing even though it might prove temporarily embarrassing for some government officials or news executives.

President Lyndon B. Johnson was the former Texas senator and vice president who succeeded Kennedy after the assassination. 

Johnson named the seven-member Warren Commission to reassure the public. The commission was named for Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and included former CIA Director Allen Dulles.

Just three days after Kennedy's Nov. 22 killing, Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach wrote Bill Moyers, the major communications adviser to incoming president.

Nicholas Katzenbach
As top deputy to Attorney Gen. Robert Kennedy, Katzenbach -- a Princeton-Yale-Oxford-schooled mandarin -- helped lead the Justice Department and White House toward a predetermined conclusion against Oswald. Like many orchestrating or otherwise involved in the cover-up, Katzenbach had many fine qualities and career successes widely celebrated through the decades. The honors and promotions occurred even as they hid career-enabling secrets, which many of the officials have confided (according to books and documents) they undertook with various patriotic motives.

As reported last year here on this site in our Readers Guide to the JFK murder, virtually all major U.S. publications and broadcasters have supported the Warren Commission findings to the present. The news outlets have trivialized contrary evidence as "conspiracy" on the rare occasions they address it even if significant evidence, as in the Veciana comments, suggests that Oswald was a cog in larger operations and did not necessarily mean any harm to Kennedy, whom Titovets described as Oswald's hero. 

Time Magazine illustrated the ongoing pattern this year in its nine-page special supplement on Sept. 24 (excerpted below) extolling the Warren Commission and vilifying Oswald, shown at right in a 1964 cover story (Time, Behind the Scenes: The Complete Kennedy Assassination Story in 9 Pages, Lily Rothman, Sept. 24, 2014. OpEdNews, Cuban Exile Militant ClaimsCIA Meeting With Oswald Before JFK Killing, ).

"The public must be satisfied," Katzenbach wrote Moyers in a now declassified memo, "that Oswald was the assassin; that he had no confederates who are still at large; and that evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial."

Katzenbach was promoted by Johnson to become attorney general. Moyers went on to an illustrious career in newspapers and broadcasting, often adopting a liberal and moralistic point of view.

In April 1967, the CIA created a 50-page memo, "CIA Dispatch 1035-960." The directive instructed CIA assets to explain to their media contacts worldwide how to defend the Warren Report and attack its critics. The document is here in the original, and here in reformatted text of its summary.

This memo initiated the “conspiracy theorist” smear that continues to this day against anyone who speaks against a crime potentially committed by United States government agents working in military, law enforcement or intelligence services.

Editor's Note: On OpEdNews here, a shorter version of the above column provides a section for reader comment and discussion.

Also, the column above was updated, including correction of several broken hyperlinks, following original publication on the morning of Sept. 27, 2014. The column continues a series in the "JFK Readers Guide" series here ( treating major books, videos, events, organizations and revelations, especially those at the AARC conference that I assisted in organizing as AARC’s business development director. The opinions expressed in the column are independent of AARC's and do not necessarily reflect its views.

Andrew Kreig
Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder. Andrew Kreig has two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.

As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.



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