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CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys: How and Why US Agents Conspired to Assassinate JFK and RFK Hardcover – November 6, 2013

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Serious conspiracy theorists will probably enjoy this new book, which lays the blame for the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert at the feet of CIA men Richard Helms and James Jesus Angleton (this isn’t a spoiler: the author gives the identities of the conspirators away at the very beginning of the book). Other readers might be a little, well, less than impressed. The author uses some clever tricks to persuade us to follow him down his line of reasoning, including weighting his prose with words designed to impress (“top forensic scientists,” “intrepid historians”) and dismissing some conspiracy theories (the ones that say the moon landings were faked, say, or that Elvis still lives) while positioning critics of his own theory as small-minded and unimaginative (“. . . it is very difficult for shallow people to live with the hard, cold fact that individuals within their own government conspired to assassinate their leaders”). The book uses, the author says, a mosaic theory of intelligence gathering, which involves piecing together evidence from a variety of sources to form a composite picture of the truth. In practical, literary terms, this means assembling a conglomeration of facts and suppositions and unsupported statements and gluing them together. Is the book persuasive? Absolutely. It has a sort of internal consistency that could lull the reader into accepting the author’s assertions as a reasonable facsimile of historical fact. But it’s the sort of internal consistency that, if you poke too hard at any of its central arguments, might collapse under its own speculative weight. Readers who can’t get enough of speculation about the JFK and RFK assassinations should definitely give it a read, but with a skeptical eye. --David Pitt

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“Readers who can’t get enough of speculation about the JFK and RFK assassinations should definitely give [CIA Rogues and the Killing of the Kennedys] a read . . .”—Booklist
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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (November 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626362556
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626362550
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn Uyemura VINE VOICE on November 16, 2013
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Serious research involves the use of primary sources--FBI files, Freedom of Information requests, original news reports, and so on. That is not what is in this book. This is like a very long, very detailed college-level research paper using all secondary sources. Nearly every sentence is footnoted (backnotes, actually) but whole sections are drawn from a single book, so the notes are, for example, Melanson, p. 31, Melanson, p. 32, Melanson, p. 33. And on and on. Unfortunately, there is no simple List of Works Cited, just the notes, so you have to go back pages and pages to figure out what Melanson wrote.

So, given that, what is the argument here? In a word, hypnotism. Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, James Earl Ray, as well as the guy who shot George Wallace were all "unwittingly" (that word occurs dozens of times) hypno-programmed to be, not the murderers, but the fall guys for actual trained assassins.

I actually believe that there is a better than even chance that the CIA or some other secret agency within the government may have been responsible for all 3 murders, and that Lee Harvey Oswald had ties to the CIA. And I believe that the CIA was more than willing to use mind control of whatever crazy sort they thought might work. So I am prepared to believe this author's thesis. But unfortunately, he doesn't help his case at all. There is far too much supposition, and far too many leaps from "it could have been done like this" to "as so as we see, that is what happened." Let's say Sirhan's whereabouts are unaccounted for for 3 months. Is that proof that he was being hypno-programmed by the CIA? To this author, it is.

So no, this is not a well-researched book, and the support is worse than thin--it is amateurish.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen L. C. on November 21, 2013
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Even 50 years later, more than half of Americans polled believe that JFK was killed by conspirators. But by whom? and why?
Author Patrick Nolan, in his book "CIA Rogues," argues that our own CIA, used techniques developed to take out foreign enemies (think Manchurian Candidate) against not only JFK but also his brother Robert. Drugs, hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion, the cultivation of "patsies" and marginalized "pawns" were utilized, Nolan explains, and highly placed CIA leaders, some OSS veterans of World War II service, were in a position to set the stage--a chilling possibility.
This book guides us through the drama of November 1963 and June 1968. You'll learn a lot, whether you favor the "lone gunman" theory or believe there was a conspiracy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Courts on April 29, 2014
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I read this book in a couple of days and found it quite conclusive in as far as he goes with the MK-Ultra program. Naomi Klein first published The Shock Doctrine back in the early part of the last decade. She goes into quite some detail about a program I should have known about, but did not. H. P. Albarelli Jr. wrote a convincing book about this same program with respect to Dr. Frank Olsen's murder. The CIA used the same methods, specifically psychedelic drugs to rid themselves of a member of the inner club who suddenly developed a conscience. The government settled Dr. Olsen's family's lawsuit for I recall $750,000.00 in 1975. The alleged suicide was changed to murder, but to my knowledge not one person was charged much less convicted of this heinous crime.

I am more inclined to believe Sirhan Sirhan was a victim of this same unsavory method of mind control based on both the defense and prosecution use of hypnosis that to this day has erased virtually all memory of Sirhan in regards to that tragic night in L.A. on June 5, 1968. To a lesser degree I suspect Intelligent Agent Lee H. Oswald was also a victim of this illegal method of mind control.

The author spends significant time discussing both Richard Helm's and James Angleton's role in the development of of the notorious MK-Ultra mind control program. He delves deeply into both men's long intelligence careers, more than most any of the several hundred books I have read regarding the public execution of President Kennedy.

My issue with the book is not what is in it. Despite others comments about "research" and using only a small number of sources compared to say James Di Eugenio's excellent book Reclaiming Parkland, the documentation of witnesses and government officials (particularly the L.A.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Allert on November 24, 2013
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A thorough and well-written informative expose of CIA leaders and their actions toward the American government as well as overseas interests. A highly and well-documented treatise of the topic.
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Well-written although aimed at a relatively uninformed audience, i.e. readers who are new to the idea that the "lone nut" theory does not stand up to investigation for either JFK or RFK. It goes further in naming names (Helms and Angleton) than do most other books. But it is not plausible (to me) that only two CIA men (hard to call them "rogues" given how senior they were) were able to pull it off. What about LBJ? What about the many conspirators named by E. Howard Hunt is the taped confession released after his death?
The introduction by Henry Lee is compelling and deals strictly with the forensic evidence. He is highly credible too.
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