You're sick of seeing the initials "JFK," right? I understand. Honest, I really do. There was a lot of crap published about the JFK assassination on the 50th anniversary. But some genuinely good material has come out as well...
Jim DiEugenio has offered a masterful dissection
of Phil Shenon's A Cruel and Shocking Act
. I could not read more than ten consecutive pages of Shenon's deceptive book without retching, and I am glad that Jim did this task.
One oddity of Shenon's work is his habit of pretending that something old and much-discussed is actually a new discovery. Why does he do
that? At any rate, if you read Jim's in-depth review, you may be particularly intrigued to learn the details of Jack Ruby's highly dubious polygraph test, as well as the circumstances surrounding Marina's testimony.
. It's official: "Maurice Bishop" was David Atlee Phillips.
Why is this important? Because...
A) Phillips (who died in 1988) was a CIA guy working for James Angleton.
B) "Maurice Bishop" was the nomme de guerre
of the CIA contact who "ran" Cuban exile leader Antonio Veciana.
C) Veciana (who is still alive at this writing) saw Lee Harvey Oswald working with "Bishop."
D) Phillips rigged up all sorts of false evidence designed to convey he impression that Oswald killed JFK at the behest of the Russians and/or the Cubans. (Shenon's book derives, in large part, from Phillips' deceptions.)
E) After decades of denial, Phillips (when close to death) tearfully confessed to his brother that he was in Dallas on the day of the assassination. Phillips also admitted, late in life, that a faction within the American intelligence community planned the murder.
Is nailing down the Phillips/"Bishop" identification important? You bet your ass it is. Veciana has no motive to concoct
a story about Oswald and Phillips working together.
Alan Dale has produced a series of excellent interviews
with researchers. The production quality may be a little questionable, but the chat is fascinating. I particularly recommend the dialogues with Sherry Feister and David Talbot (one of the founders of Salon).