I often challenge people who doubt my sanity and beliefs about such events as the JFK murder or 9/11 to examine the evidence. Few do, but those few always walk away deeply troubled. Doing so can lead to a transformative experience. That, to me, is the only remaining importance of such inquiry, as the people who did these crimes will never be formally accused, apprehended, or confess. No punishment awaits. In fact, so long after JFK’s death, it is probably safe to say that most of those involved at that time are now dead.
Those who do not look at it have the luxury of assuming that the “evidence” consists of blurry photographs and bizarre imagined coincidence. Far from it, over the years a large body of incriminating information has been assembled. But it is not anyone’s job to solve those crimes, and skeptics do not have to submit a plausible alternative to the official stories. It was the job of the government to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that events transpired as it claims. If one critical aspect can be shown to be false, then that duty has not been met. And indeed, each event has a lynchpin that holds it together – with JFK, a bullet performing miraculous deeds, and with 9/11, a jet aircraft not just in violation of Newton’s Third Law, but absurdly mocking it.
I was just perusing Jame W. Douglass’ JFK and the Unspeakable, recording some important passages, and came across this: from page 153 forward:
Richard Case Nagell, “the man who knew too much,” walked into a bank in El Paso, Texas, on September 20, 1963, and calmly fired two shots from a Colt .45 pistol into a plaster wall just below the bank’s ceiling. He then went outside and waited in his car until a police officer came to arrest him. When questioned by the FBI, Nagell made only one statement: “I would rather be arrested than commit murder and treason.”
Richard Case Nagell had been a U.S. Army counterintelligence officer from 1955 to 1959. He was assigned to Field Operations Intelligence (FOI), which he later described as “a covert extension of CIA policy and activity designed to conceal the true nature of CIA objectives.” During his FOI orientation at Far East Headquarters in Japan, Nagell was familiarized, he said, with “simple and intricate weapons to be used in assassinations.” He was also “advised that in the event I was apprehended, killed or compromised during the performance of any of my illegal FOI duties, the Department of the Army would publicly disclaim any knowledge of or connection with such duties, exercising its right of plausible denial.”
In the late fifties while stationed in Japan, Nagell began his Army/CIA role as a double agent in liaison with Soviet intelligence. In Tokyo, Nagell’s path converged with that of counterintelligence agent Lee Harvey Oswald. Both men worked in a counterintelligence operations with the code name “Hidell,” which Oswald later used as part of his alias, “Alek James Hidell.” Nagell’s biographer Dick Russell believes it was Nagell who actually assigned the “Hidell” alias to Oswald.
As a continuing double agent in 1963, Nagell was working with Soviet intelligence in Mexico City. He was reporting back to the CIA, in an operations directed by the chief of the CIA’s Cuban Task Force, Desmond Fitzgerald. Assigned by the KGB to monitor Lee Harvey Oswald in the United States after Oswald returned from Russia, Nagell became involved in New Orleans and Texas with Oswald and two Cuban exiles in what he saw was a “large” operation to kill JFK. The Cubans were known by their “war names” of “Angel” and “Leopoldo.” Nagell told Dick Russell that Angel and Leopoldo “were connected with a violence-prone faction of a CIA-financed group operating in Mexico City and elsewhere.” He identified Angel’s and Leopoldo’s CIA-financed group as Alpha 66.
Douglass has done a masterful job of assembling a small portion of the evidence so that we understand what happened that day. More importantly, he works it into a larger narrative of why it happened. He may have lionized JFK a bit too much, as people tend to do with fallen martyrs, but he sets the scene where a man at odds with the national security establishment is murdered by that establishment. What is most troubling are the number of people involved and the accessories after the fact, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
One thing leads to another to another, and in the end, there is no coincidence, no blurry photographs, but events tied to one another by common actors and predictable “coincidence.” It’s not just a few things here and there, but volumes of ‘things’ that far outweigh the official evidence brought to bear against Oswald.
I understand why people look away. That’s human nature. It’s much easier to do that than to confront fear. I only wish that in so doing, they were not so rude as to call those among us who have not turned off our brains such insulting names. Far from being mental or paranoid or obsessive, we are among that small percentage of citizens that are alert, skeptical of power and of official truth. And, oh yeah, by the way, we are able to easily solve a pretty obvious crime.
* Douglass is currently working on two more books covering the assassinations of 1) Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and 2) Robert F. Kennedy.