By Patrick Nolan
Patrick Nolan will be one of the panelists presenting at “John F. Kennedy: An Inside Look at the Assassination of a President 50 Years Later” at The Mob Museum on November 7. He is a forensic historian who has dedicated his life to uncovering truths surrounding the John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy assassinations of the 1960s. He’s been a journalist, a television news producer and a professor at Hofstra University and St. John’s University. He lives with his wife in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Man landed on the moon in 1969; Elvis died in 1977, and 9-11 was not an “inside job.” Serious historians agree that these are facts and that conspiracy believers are incorrect. Yet not all conspiracies in U.S. history are untrue. My book, CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys: How and Why U.S. Agents Conspired to Assassinate JFK and RFK, is based on world-famous forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee’s conclusion that both Kennedy murders involved more than one gunman. Were the conspirators who assassinated the President the same perpetrators that killed his brother the Senator? CIA Rogues offers a fresh new look at the evidence and pieces together one of the most disturbing puzzles in American history. Clearly, an alliance involving a high-level CIA rogue element, led by Richard Helms and James Angleton, with Mob support, alone had the motive, means and opportunity to carry out both assassinations and cover them up for nearly a half century. Today, most Americans know that the work of the CIA is crucial in protecting the country from terrorists. It wasn’t always this way. This is the secret history of the CIA’s darkest days – the 1960s.
CIA Rogues is based on interviews and/or correspondence with world-renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee and other notables including Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., former FBI agent William W. Turner, Sirhan attorney Larry Teeter, RFK assassination expert Judge Robert J. Joling, and University of Massachusetts Professor Philip H. Melanson, among others.
Dr. Henry Lee, who wrote the foreword for this book, has found that, based on his own evaluation of the physical evidence in both the JFK and RFK cases, the official lone-gun scenarios are unsupportable. My two decades of questioning and research builds upon this fact. The preponderance of evidence is clear; both Kennedys were killed by the same forces and for the same reason. Again, the evidence points to only one group with the motive, means, and opportunity to plan, carry out and cover up the assassinations – the CIA’s Richard Helms (long-time operations head and director from 1966-1973) and James Angleton (chief of counterintelligence), along with Mob support.
Their motive was power, self-preservation and ending the Kennedys’ moves toward coexistence with the Soviet Union and Cuba and their plans for an early disengagement from Vietnam. In my book, I utilize the mosaic method of intelligence, analyzing each piece that is obtained and determining its relationship to other pieces to arrive at the solution.
In an era when the U.S. Army was experimenting with atomic radiation on GIs , disclosed FOIA documents show that a well-financed CIA unit, guided by Helms and Angleton, tested amnesia and behavior-modification drugs on unwitting subjects – subjects who could be used in foreign and domestic assassination operations. The results of the program proved to be too unreliable. However, when coupled with hidden marksmen firing from the sidelines, this “unwitting fallguy” concept worked. The evidence clearly shows that Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan were both framed fallguys (not “Manchurian Candidates”) in finely-orchestrated murder plots. Through chronological narratives, my book presents the well-documented facts surrounding the manipulation of these two young men as it illuminates one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history.
I feel that it is vital for the American public to know the facts about our past, to put these cases to rest, end the charade and restore faith in our government. Ultimately, it is hoped that this book will aid the cause of those pursuing justice for Sirhan Sirhan and the family of Lee Harvey Oswald and also serve as a guidepost as we seek to avoid future tragedies like the Kennedy assassinations.