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  • Created by pierre.nau on Nov 11, 2013
  • Last update by on Sep 23, 2019
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Below, some critics of different books on the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Many thanks to Christian Toussay for his kind contribution.

Someone would have talked
Larry Hancock (JFK Lancer Production (novembre 2006))

Seems like all the pieces are now starting to fall into place, forty years after the fact (maybe this should be "facts", as the recently documented presence of David Morales and 2 other CIA officials at the Ambassador Hotel when RFK was assassinated indicates...)

Larry Hancock shows that, at this point in the ongoing, unofficial investigation, there is much to gain in simply reassessing the wealth of data ammassed thru the years, if you do so with a good angle and a sound mind.

Hancock 's research is based on the statements of a number of people who professed knowledge (before and after the fact)of the assassination.

Most of these statements are officially documented, some are put forward by very credible and reliable witnesses and some are harder to substantiate.

Hancock pertinent analysis shows clearly that those statements in fact can all be traced back to a group of specific individuals, all formal or informal members of the "Secret War Against Castro".If you want names, you'll find them in the book...

Hancock also shows,interestingly,that the same goup of people is also very active in the "Oswald-as-a-Communist-Assassin" disinformation campaign that took off almost immediatly.

This analysis, of course is not new in itself: I believe that most serious researchers of the case have come, separately, to the same conclusions, just like I did.

The fact, crucial in order to make sense of the ballistic and medical "evidence" (most of it self-contradictory) in the record, is also to understand that those who planned and executed the shooting did have different motives and agenda than those who initated the cover up.
Though Hancock does broach the subject,I think it can be developped further, most notably the hypothesis of a manipulation of the Exiles themselves, while they were busy manipulating Oswald to their own ends. That will be my only, albeit very slight, critic of the book....

But Hancock's book is precious in putting together for the first time all the information pertaining to this aspect of the case, and sheding new light on some minute, but crucial, details.

It is also well written, and hard to put down, even if you are a seasoned afficionado of the case, whom I happen to be.

In the end, the case he makes is compelling.
And that's an understatement....

I very highly recommand as a companion book "JFK: The Cuba Files" by fabian Escalante. Escalante was head of Cuban security in charge of penetrating the Exiles groups, to prevent sabotage and assassinations attempts.

The very efficient Cuban services were in fact infiltrating and spying on the same group of people that we find, coincidentally, in Hancock's research.It is a vital reference index for names and activities of Exiles in the war against Castro.

I don't think it a coincidence that the Cuban security were able to collect information (including a statement by a self-admitted participant)
indicating those same people were involved in the killing of JFK...

Christian Toussay

Jfk: the Cuba Files: The Untold Story Of The Plot To Kill Kennedy (Secret War)
Fabian Escalante (Ocean Press (AU) (November 1, 2006))

It has been said once that the truth about JFK's assassination would never be known "in our lifetime". This short volume contradicts this statement and proves that it is still possible, provided there is a will to do so, to bring the case to justice.

For a number of years now, most serious scholars and searchers (meaning those who have no specific agenda to market, and who try to analyze the evidence without bias)of the JFK case have come to the conclusion that the murder of Kennedy was some sort of side-effect of the secret war against Castro, what would be called today a "blowback" in Intelligence parlance. Since that war involved elements of the CIA, Military Intelligence, FBI, Mafia, Cuban exiles and their supporters (mainly business or pro-business figures), names of individuals and organizations pertaining to this loose alliance of interests have repeatedly and regularky cropped up either during the various official investigations or the work of researchers.

Unfortunately, even though some HSCA investigators started unraveling some crucial information, the official inquiry in fact buried the case (see HSCA investigator Gaetan Fonzi's book). So no real, "hard" investigation of what was still only a very compelling hypothesis (was JFK killed by people in relation with/pertaining to the secret Intelligence and Military apparatus at war with Cuba?)ever took place.
It befell to independant researchers to pour over the evidence over the years and painstakingly verify and refine the information, zeroing on the hypothesis described very sketchily above: a general overview of the conspiracy, but with some crucial elements missing to complete the puzzle.

So, just when you thought that we would have to be content with what we've got, comes this little book, which gives names, dates and places and allow the serious searcher to reevaluate previously gathered information. What we have here is, in fact, the hard inquiry into the Anti Castro Cuban Exiles that we were hoping for, but never happened.
Well, it came to pass that some people did have a reason to be very interested in the activities of Anti Cuban Exiles at the time and did have the means and motives to obtain detailled information about what they were up to at the time of JFK's assassination: Cuban Intelligence.

Former head of Intelligence Fabian Escalante relates how, in the course of their eforts to thwarts assassination plots against Castro and prevent sabotage, they came across fragmentary information that allowed them to reconstruct the assassination in Dallas and identify some of the principals in the crime.

One of the greatest asset of the book is that people that are only alluded at in previous books are identified by name, and dates and details of specific events are clarified.Basically, who said what to whom, when and where.

Imagine having several informants deep within the most violent exile groups of the sixties,crossing paths with such notorious figues as David Phillips, Franck Sturgis, Carlos Bringuier, Guy Bannister, and the like.

Imagine analyzing all the information coming back, and starting to find, along the years, an intriguing track of evidence leading back to the events in Dallas.

Imagine capturing a senior Anti Castro exile, seriously wounded, who would start talking, after years of treatment in a Cuban hospital, of what he knew about JFK's death.

In fact, don't imagine it, because that is Escalante's story.
The book is full of details that should be taken upon and pursued by serious researchers. For instance, Escalante ponders, with good reason, about an obituary published in Dallas sometime after the assassination, and announcing the death of a group of "Exile patriots" killed in action in Cuba. Escalante states that some of the names given in the obituary do not correspond with the identity of the three men actually killed that day.

He also wonders why, of all places, this obittuary would be published in Dallas, and not Miami, the homeplace of the Anti Castro community.

The names of the "would be dead" men are given by Escalante (so go buy the book...). It is my guess that serious inquiry of these persons would show that they were direct participants in the crime, at the action level (probably a shooter team)

Another crucial information, in my view, is that according to Cuban Intelligence, David Morales handled David Phillips, and not the other way around.

Oh, by the way, the book blows of the water the theory propounded by "ultimate sacrifice" (the only JFK book I could not finish, and I have read some real turkeys on that subject believe me..), of a coup d'├ętat led by Che Guevara and supported by Kennedy that somehow led JFK to take unnecessary risks that day in Dallas (yes, I know, makes no sense to me either..). There is not a single mention or allusion to that supposed plot in the Cuban files.

When you know the efficiency of Cuban Intelligence, as demonstrated by Castro's endurance (see also the HSCA records for details of plots foiled by Cuban agents), if there was such a plot, it would have been penetrated and unmasked. So five stars, and a must read for serious researchers.

On the other hand, if you are new or not very well versed in the assassination specifics or general issues of debate, I would recommand you start somewhere else.

You need a good background information to really appreciate and make sense of what is presented here. As you see, there are tons of information to be gained here, in a mere 300 pages.

Christian Toussay

(c) Pierre NAU (2000 - 2014)