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  1. Good to know that he's alive and kicking.
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    Richard Case Nagell

    Yes. And his sister's house, where he also stored documents and evidence, was burglarized as well, even before his death.
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    Richard Case Nagell

    And his house was ransacked; no doubt they were searching for documents.
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    Richard Case Nagell

    One of the frustrating things about the Russell book is the ambiguous manner in which Oswald's role is portrayed. At times he seems to imply that Nagell viewed Oswald as an witting participant who may have actively been involved in killing JFK; at other times as an unwitting patsy. If Nagell had followed orders to kill him, would the plot have been foiled because the patsy was done away with or because a more active participant was done away with? In this account, it isn't clear. So I think David's suggestion is a great one, particularly since Russel's views may have evolved or clarified after all this time. And if Nagall was saying that Oswald was a shooter, I for one would then have to question what role Nagall was actually playing, or whether he was simply misinformed, since it should be clear by now that Oswald was obviously not playing that particular role. Paz, I'm glad you opened this thread. I read the 800-page plus first edition of the book, and as Jim D says, it is indeed unnecessarily labyrinthine. But it also contains a lot of interesting clues. Part of the frustration in reading it is that Nagall was also The Man who Didn't Talk Too Much. As Larry said, the fate of his children was used as a threat to silence him. Also your question about lawyers is a good one; the reasons he kept switching them is another story that unfolds throughout the book. Maybe Jim D can suggest to Russell that he prepare such a summary for his web site.
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    A warning

    That is a very good solution. And grateful that this forum will continue to exist.
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    What if RFK had become the CIA head?

    ... And beyond ironic that Dulles, who was directly responsible for the extermination of a million Indonesians, was selected for such a civil rights project.
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    What if RFK had become the CIA head?

    Very interesting audio - thanks for posting it! Although this has no bearing on what Bobby knew about Dulles, I think we also have to keep in mind that all three men were aware they were being recorded, so one has to factor that in when one attempts to decode what's really happening here.
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    What if RFK had become the CIA head?

    Paz, I recall reading that, at one point, JFK openly remarked that he regretted not appointing RFK to run the CIA instead of the FBI. (Maybe it was after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, once he realized the CIA had tricked him.)
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    What if RFK had become the CIA head?

    I had to wince at that, because, knowing what we know now about the evil machinations of Allen Dulles, it seems that Bobby really didn't know the full extent of what Dulles was capable of. Yet, even so, it seems really bizarre that RFK would want to involve Dulles in any project that was of such importance to him after what happened at the Bay of Pigs. Does anyone know what happened after this conversation? Did Dulles accept the job and if so what happened? And I agree that not only did Dulles have a hand in the assassination, he was a central player. Dulles, on the other hand, certainly seems suspicious, if not incredulous, that RFK would pick him. Dulles's laughter over Bobby's remark speaks volumes.
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    Mort Sahl on JFK

    Wow, definitely drop by and let us know what happens!
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    Desperate Measures in the Congo

    Another example of how far ahead of his time he was. Compare that with Eisenhower, who refused to meet with many of these leaders - and even snubbed one to instead play golf. I just finished Mahoney's "JFK: Ordeal in Africa" and am now reading "Betting on the Africans," so this comes at the perfect time. By the end of his term, I think even Eisenhower had second thoughts about the Dulles brothers. Too bad JFK didn't fire Allen right at the beginning. But that's just wisdom in hindsight. The Agency plots in the Congo and Indonesia are so similar that, at times, I was confusing one with the other. And similar to what they intended for Cuba.
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    Desperate Measures in the Congo

    I really enjoyed it - thought you summed everything up really well. Plus he didn't interrupt you and let you get into it in depth. Which is always a sign of a decent interviewer. By the way, did you see that Marrell McCollough's daughter just published a touchy-feely piece in the Washington Post about Dr. King and growing up in Memphis and somehow managed to never mention that fact that her dad was an agent provocateur, undercover cop, and later a CIA man? "My father, Marrell McCollough, witnessed the shooting and attempted to render first aid to King." Are the editor's asleep at the wheel ... or do they still have a second job at the Agency? Really shameful. Apparently she is writing a book about her father - there's one for you to review. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/04/04/i-ran-from-memphis-but-i-cant-escape-how-it-felt-to-grow-up-black-there/?utm_term=.c10cb5c6f539
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    Desperate Measures in the Congo

    Thanks for this Jim. PS: I just posted a link to your interview about the MLK assassination that was hosted on the Ripple Effect Podcast. Really nice work.
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    Mort Sahl on JFK

    Well said, Robert. I had no idea he was still alive.
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