James DiEugenio is a veteran author and researcher lately focusing on JFK's foreign policy. He's the author of Reclaiming Parkland and Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case, now in its second edition. He's a regular guest on Len Osanic's Black Op Radio, he writes for Robert Parry's Consortium News, and he's the principal behind one of the most active and important assassination websites, www.KennedysAndKing.com, which is constantly updated with new articles, book reviews, and important news about the assassinations of both JFK, RFK, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among a lot of other interesting items.
We covered the ebb and flow of the public perception of the case as it played out in the media and in official investigations. It's a good look at the 50 years of the long-term cover up in the press and in officialdom, and on efforts of people such as the early researchers and others - like Jim Garrison, and Oliver Stone - to bring the facts of the case to light. We look too at what some of the official investigations uncovered - like the House Select Committee and the board created by the 1993 JFK Act - and assessed their impact, if any, on the story being put out by the US press. We end by seeing what the 2017 releases might mean and whether or not the press and official story will ever fully grapple with the facts of the murder of John F. Kennedy.
Bill Simpich is an attorney and anti-war activist. He's been practicing law for 35 years now. He's worked on several important political cases. He's been in court against both the FBI and the CIA, against the FBI in a case where two political activists were the victims of a car bombing, and against the CIA for their involvement in the Nicaraguan Contra drug trafficking. He's also been involved in cases against the Bush administration for their civil liberties clampdown during the "War on Terror." He's worked on cases of police shootings in the Bay Area, and most recently, cases to make sure the votes were counted properly in the California Democratic Primaries in 2016. He's also written on political assassinations during the 1960s, such as the murder of Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, CIA attempts on the life of Fidel Castro, and a whole lot, including a book and a series of articles on the Kennedy assassination. His book, called State Secret, is available for free on the Mary Ferrell site.
In 1977 to 1978, Dan Hardway was a researcher for the US House of Representatives. He worked on a committee that sought to determine the facts of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Along with his fellow researcher, Ed Lopez, Dan produced a 500-plus page report looking into the CIA's story surrounding Oswald's trip to Mexico City. The report was so revealing that the CIA fought to keep it hidden and were successful in that effort for almost two decades. The report, 'Oswald, The CIA and Mexico City', is widely regarded as one of the most important documents to be released through the work of the JFK Act.
Worse than this suppression of the report is the fact that Dan and Eddie and the Committee were the target of a CIA covert operation. We know today that this operation successfully prevented the Committee from looking into the CIA's relationship with the Cuban exile group known as the DRE.
The DRE is the group that Oswald had his famous scuffle with in New Orleans. More importantly, it was the group which, immediately after the assassination, launched a campaign trying to blame the assassination on Castro and Cuba. The same CIA officer who, in 1963, was running the operations of the DRE - Mr. George Joannides - was the officer sent in to halt the HSA investigation. This is a topic that journalist and author Jefferson Morley has made the focus of his work and his lawsuit against the CIA.
Our Hidden History spoke with Mr. Hardway about all of this and more.
We have now entered the final decade on the way to 1984. Weary of scandal or not, we must never become weary of being vigilant. We dare not shrink from another redemptive investigation. Learning where we stand can spell the difference between arriving nine years hence at the doorstep of the Orwellian nightmare or awakening with sublime relief in the knowledge that we have, through perseverance today, confounded that dark dream of tomorrow.
--Senator Frank Church
Transcript from a speech by Senator Frank Church (D-ID).
PRA Archive #BC2941
Description: Church discusses the goals of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Date Broadcast on: KPFK, 27 Feb. 1975.
A transcript from the 2011 Coalition on Political Assassinations Conference. Journalist Jefferson Morley, editor of JFKFacts.org and author of Our Man in Mexico, discusses the the JFK Assassination and its connections to CIA psychological warfare operations that came before and after it. Original video of the talk can be found on COPA's ustream channel here.
That source of opium from mainland China had been cut off by the communists. You had a worldwide opium network reaching to America, reaching to Chinatown tongs, right here in America, secret societies. But the opium had been cut off, and this was of course a crisis to the opium industry and the CIA allowed its resources to be used via its airline. Its "private airline" in Southeast Asia. We call it Air America today. It was called Civil Air Transport in those days. Its General Chennault's airline that he set up after World War 2. They allowed that airline, which was 60 percent controlled by the nationalist Chinese, and was based in Taiwan. They allowed it to fly in supplies and even cash. CIA cash to the opium growers and traders. The so called Kuomintang remnants in Northern Thailand and Burma.
--Peter Dale Scott
Pacifica Radio Archive #BC2862
Spooks, Planes, and Heroin: Keys to Escalation in Indochina / Peter Dale Scott ; interviewed by Nick Egleson. Author of The War Conspiracy
, discusses the Central Intelligence Agency and Pentagon backed conspiracies to misinform the White House about the Vietnam War and its extension into Cambodia. Date Recorded on: 30 June 1972
. Date Broadcast on: WBAI, 3 July 1972
. Item duration: l reel (31 min.) : 7 1/2 ips, mono. 31:30
The following is an interview with Hugo Turner, a researcher with a passion for studying the covert operations of the 70's and 80's. We discussed his four part series on the history of the Iran-contra scandal. They can be found at his blog here: part I, part II, part III, part IV. This interview first appeared on his blog.
Our Hidden History interviewing Hugo Turner @hugoturner1969
A transcript from the 2009 Coalition on Political Assassinations Conference. Douglas Valentine, author of Strength of the Pack discusses the nexus of CIA drug trafficking and the JFK Assassination. Original video of the talk can be found on COPA's ustream channel here.
The following is a portal to http://www.cuba.cu/gobierno/discursos/, the official website of the Republic of Cuba. It contains hundreds of speeches delivered by Fidel Castro over a nearly 50 year period (1959 and 2008).
The speeches are in a variety of languages - mostly Spanish at the begining but in English, German, French, and more as the archive comes closer to the present day.
This is not a copy of website - it is the actual website brought into ourhiddenhistory.org via an iframe. You can also visit the site directly by visiting http://www.cuba.cu/gobierno/discursos/.
For internet translations from Spanish to dozens of other languages, try https://translate.yandex.com/translate
"These things kill people. 800,000 in Indonesia alone according to CIA's estimate, 12,000 in Nicaragua, 10,000 in the Angolan operation that I was sitting in Washington, managing the task force. They add up. We'll never know how many people have been killed in them. Obviously a lot. Obviously at least a million. 800,000 in Indonesia alone. Undoubtedly the minimum figure has to be 3 million. Then you add in a million people killed in Korea, 2 million people killed in the Vietnam war, and you're obviously getting into gross millions of people...."
-John Stockwell, Former High-Ranking CIA Official