August 23, 2010
If you appreciate gazing into the darkness, that’s all the more reason to gather around the fire. This is a story about ghosts and spooks that haunt the United States of America. When it’s over, I’m going to suggest that we talk to the people in Washington who can help us make sure we can get the end of the story right. Some of the last chapters are written down and sitting in cold, unlit basements. And though this story is filled with ghosts, some of the spooks are still alive and can still talk.
With millions of documents released in the years since the JFK Act was passed in the nineties, the intelligence backgrounds of Oswald’s handlers have come into focus. A handler can range from a “babysitter” who just keeps an eye on the subject to someone handing out unequivocal orders. I count twelve of them, and I’ll tell you about them here in this series of essays.
Many of these handlers did not know each other, and some of them know nothing about the JFK assassination itself, but their stories when put together can solve important puzzles. A couple of them are integral to the plot. Now is the moment to sum up what we have, demand the rest, and ask the right questions to those still alive. Although we may never know who fired the shots at JFK, you may agree that the new documents reveal who called the shots.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
One important clue revealed in the documents is that the CIA consciously used Lee Harvey Oswald’s visa requests for espionage purposes before JFK was assassinated. A CIA office used Oswald as “bait” while simultaneously trying to recruit Soviet officers and hunt for Soviet penetrators of the CIA itself.
Several CIA officials got Oswald got into the Soviet Union in 1959 with an “instant visa” after sweetening up the Soviet consul in Helsinki. Otherwise this Marine would have never got past Moscow’s border officials.
Oswald tried this again when trying to re-enter the Soviet Union through Mexico City. This time, he got used as part of a counter-espionage game aimed at the Soviets and the Cubans. The story of these instant visa searchesis in my essay The Office that Spied on Its Own Spies.
During Sunshine Week in Washington DC (March 14–20), a number of researchers and concerned citizens will call on the House Oversight Committee to campaign for hearings that will bring more documents and the living witnesses into the daylight. A new MLK Act, based on the JFK Act, is also under discussion for immediate release of the King case documents, presently locked up until 2029.