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The New Proof of the KGB’s Hand in JFK’s Assassination

November 20th, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and most of the world still wrongly believes that the culprit was the CIA, or the FBI, or the mafia, or right-wing American businessmen. It has been also 50 years since the Kremlin started an intense, worldwide disinformation operation, codenamed “Dragon,” aimed at diverting attention away from the KGB’s connection with Lee Harvey Oswald. Not unrelated are the facts that Oswald was an American Marine who defected to Moscow, returned to the United States three years later with a Russian wife, killed President Kennedy, and was arrested before being able to carry out his  plan to escape back to Moscow. In a letter dated July 1, 1963, Oswald asked the Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C., to grant his wife an immediate entrance visa to the Soviet Union, and to grant another one to him, separtably (misspelling and emphasis as in the original).

The Kremlin’s “Dragon” operation is described in my book Programmed to Kill: Moscow’s Responsibility for Lee Harvey Oswald’s Assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. In 2010, this book was presented at a conference of the Organization of American Historians together with a review by Prof. Stan Weber (McNeese State University). He described the book as “a superb new paradigmatic work on the death of President Kennedy” and a “must read for everyone interested in the assassination.”[i]

Programmed to Kill is a factual analysis of that KGB crime of the century committed during the Khrushchev era. In those days, the former chief KGB adviser in Romania had become the head of the almighty Soviet foreign espionage service and pushed me up to the top levels of the Soviet bloc intelligence clique. My book also contains a factual presentation of Khrushchev’s frantic efforts to cover his backside. Recalling that the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian terrorist Gavrilo Princip had set off the First World War, Khrushchev was afraid that, if America should learn about the KGB’s involvement with Oswald, it might ignite the first nuclear war. Khrushchev’s interests happened to coincide with those of Lyndon Johnson, the new U.S. president, who was facing elections in less than a year, and any conclusion implicating the Soviet Union in the assassination would have forced Johnson to take undesired political or even military action, adding to his already widely unpopular stance on the war in Vietnam.

According to new KGB documents, which became available after Programmed to Kill was published, the Soviet effort to deflect attention away from the KGB regarding the Kennedy assassination began on November 23, 1963—the very day after Kennedy was killed—and it was introduced by a memo to the Kremlin signed by KGB chairman Vladimir Semichastny. He asked the Kremlin immediately to publish an article in a “progressive paper in one of the Western countries …exposing the attempt by reactionary circles in the USA to remove the responsibility for the murder of Kennedy from the real criminals, [i.e.,] the racists and ultra-right elements guilty of the spread and growth of violence and terror in the United States.”

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So LBJ’s initial assessment (as quoted in “The Best and the Brightest”) that “the communists had done it” was correct. And then he cowardly refused to act on it. Some Texan.
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Self-aggrandizing ex- communist seeks another 15 minutes on JFK 60th anniversery. He postulates Johnson's already "unpopular stance" on Vietnam in 1963. RRRIIIIGGGHHHTT!!!!!!!! In 1963 there were less than 10,000 Americans in Vietnam and the overwhelming majority were civilian. Vietnam wasn't even a footnote in the American political conscience. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was almost {Aug 1964} a year away. This guys talking out his @ss trying to turn a quick buck from those too stupid to know better. Of course the editors here at PJMedia are notoriously reluctant to fact check a story "Too Good to be True". As for the authors "Defection", if the auditors of his section didn't catch him, had he stayed, the peasents, pichforks and all would have. "I haff zeen all zeeze secret viles, trust me I zwere, and please too make out zheck to..DOUBLE PLUS GUD AGENT SMIRNOFF, or cash, whatever is easiest."
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At least he's citing KGB documents that were recently released.
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Scary stuff but compelling. Imagine what could have happened if this information was widely know 50 years ago. This could have become the nuclear war trigger that we thought the Cuban Missle Crisis was going to be. Maybe LBJ was prudent, not cowardly.
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The author will be trashed by Ron Radosh and David Horowitz for violating their orthodoxy about their former ideology in 3...2...
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There has been plenty of documents released that the KGB also had a real top priority to spread disinformation of American atrocities in Vietnam starting in the late 50's and that the KGB sponsored the Stockholm Peace Conference as well as aiding in the founding of the anti-War movement, the whole while being Ho Chi Min's benefactor. Yet in our schools and all media that is not what is taught. To this day the truth about Vietnam is just side stepped. Collectively we keep throwing Nixon under the bus but he was very right on Vietnam and I firmly believe he fully understood what is being brought up here. 58,000 American's would still be here if Kennedy had not been elected, Khrushchev moped the floor with him. Nixon knew just where Khrushchev was coming from and he was ready. Nixon's book "the Real War" should be mandatory reading in American schools.
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It could be worse I suppose...David Hornick could be lecturing us on how the assassination was really just another anti-Semetic plot hatched by Kissinger and Nixon.
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So LBJ’s initial assessment (as quoted in “The Best and the Brightest”) that “the communists had done it” was correct. And then he cowardly refused to act on it. Some Texan.
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Imagine if the public had been trusted with the truth that Oswald was a KGB agent. Even if he possibly went rogue, he was trained, put in place, supported, and handled by the KGB.
Might have stiffened spines all over the free world during the Vietnam conflict and during the Cold War and saved a great deal of suffering in the end.
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Ockham's razor tells us that the the solution to a mystery that has the fewest assumptions is probably the correct one. It is a dubious credit to the many JFK books I have read over the years have all rejected this obvious possibility.
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ermn...... do we bomb them er wut?.............
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