Overview

 

Patrick Nolan’s CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys:  How and Why US Agents Conspired to Assassinate JFK and RFK (Skyhorse Publishing, NY, 2013) 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.  Mr. Nolan’s 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.  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.  Mr. Nolan’s book utilizes 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, the author presents the well-documented facts surrounding the manipulation of these two young men as he illuminates one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history.

Mr. Nolan feels 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, the author hopes 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.

 

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