Today, The Two Mikes hosted James DiEugenio who, for the past 30 years, has been researching the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King.
On his first visit with us we discussed the assassination of JFK.
Mr. Di Eugenio explained that there is still a good deal to question about who in the U.S. government is in control of declassifying documents. It is always reported that the president has the ultimate right to declassify whatever he decides ought to be made public.
During President Trump’s administration, after promising to release all of the remaining classified JFK documents, however, Trump stepped back from a complete release at the last minute. Why?
Mr. Di Eugenio says that, based on his research of assassinations, the FBI and the CIA probably suddenly arrived at his office and claimed that to release the documents would be to knowingly endanger national security, the lives of Americans, or both. Being ultimately responsible for protecting the country and its people it is not surprising that Trump stood down. This is a scenario that would be familiar to most presidents since 1945.
In terms of the JFK assassinations, Mr. Di Eugenio said his research had produced a number of intriguing facts:
–1.) The authorities gave the name of the man who took the photographs at JFK’s autopsy in Dallas as John Stringer. When Mr. Stringer was latter shown the pictures and asked if he had taken them, he said no. The photographs were not taken by Mr. Stringer, and, as well, were taken from a camera model that he did not own.
–2.) In the summer of 1963 the CIA was running a group of Cuban exiles called “Fairplay for Cuba.” At that point in time the CIA’s chapter in New Orleans had only one member — Lee Harvey Oswald.
–3.) CIA says that Oswald went to Mexico in late September/early October 1963 to visit the Cuban embassy. Mr. Di Eugenio said that his research shows that the CIA had two plants working inside the embassy and both later told their handlers that Oswald had never entered the embassy.
The foregoing is just a snippet of the interesting information that was related by Mr. Di Eugenio, whom we hope pays us another visit and tells us more.
–Mr. Di Eugenio’s book, written with Oliver Stone, is called JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (Skyhorse, 2022). The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other booksellers. His splendidly informative website is at https://www.kennedysandking.com