Wednesday, December 18, 2013

JFK, BAY OF PIGS AND WATERGATE

JFK, THE BAY OF PIGS AND WATERGATE, OH MY!

As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has come and gone, there are many questions left unanswered despite the assurance of the mainstream media that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin.

One of those unanswered questions is what was the motive for killing JFK by Oswald or anyone else?

President Kennedy, despite the promises of Inauguration Day 1961, got off to a very bad start with the Bay of Pigs invasion of Castro's Cuba and he got off to a really bad start in his relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency.

On the Watergate tapes, President Richard M. Nixon made this comment...

"If this thing about the Bay of Pigs comes out, it will blow the lid off everything."

I have not heard a credible explanation of just what Mr. Nixon meant by this remark.  It is a fact that some of the Watergate "burglars" working for the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP) were involved in the Bay of Pigs operation, but other than that what would be the connection to that operation and Watergate?

In the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs invasion of April 17, 1961, President Kennedy accepted full responsibility for the failure but "retired" CIA director Allen Dulles and expressed frustration with the Agency privately by saying he would "scatter it to the winds."

An internal investigation by the CIA was published in 5 parts.  To date 4 parts have been released publicly.  The fifth and final part is still under lock and key. Why?

More than a half-century has passed.  Most of those involved, including the CIA historian who wrote the report, are dead.  Why is it important to keep this a secret so many years later?

The government of the United States still sides with secrecy on this issue.  It was reported in an article by Michael Doyle in the McClatchy Tribune a few days ago that...

"The Obama administration...fought to keep secret a CIA account of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle..."  by arguing in appellate court "that the time still isn't right to make the document public."

Doyle reports US Attorney Mitchell P. Zeff said...

"The passage of time has not made (the 5th part of the CIA Report) releasable."

Mr. Doyle does not elaborate on the reasoning behind this statement.

The National Security Archive is suing under the Freedom of Information Act to have the final part of the report publicly released.

The President's attorneys are claiming that this particular CIA document is exempt from the FOIA, according to Doyle's article, "because it is part of the intelligence agency's deliberative process."

Well, I would have to say that 50 years makes it ridiculously deliberative.


SOURCE

"Suit aims to unlock CIA's secret history of Bay of Pigs invasion," by Michael Doyle, McClatchy Tribune, Knoxville News-Sentinel, December 15, 2013.