By George Cassidy Payne |
If the American intelligence community intended to suppress any file that would appear as a smoking gun to JFK assassination researchers, they made a blunder when they released a curious memo from the CIA to FBI that says a senior reporter at Cambridge Evening News was told to call the American embassy for some “big news.” The call was placed anonymously and came 25 minutes before the murder of JFK. Apparently the memo regarding this call came from CIA Director of Plans, Richard Helms, and was presumably sent directly to J. Edgar Hoover. The British Secret Service, or MI-5, had determined that the tip was made.
Why was this document kept secret for 54 years? If it was a routine memo about an oddly timed phone call, then just release it to the public during the Warren Commission. What has changed to make this document less of a national security risk? The answer: nothing.
Could it be that the document is dangerous to the CIA and FBI because it establishes foreknowledge of the assassination? Who made the call?
This story sounds familiar. Remember Jane Standley’s live report on BBC Worldnews when she started reporting that 7 World Trade Center had collapsed about 23 minutes before the building actually came down? As video of the news network ‘s live broadcast on September 11 reached the world, the skyscraper (also known as the Salomon Brothers Building) was still standing and clearly visible over the shoulder of the reporter.
Considering that this building was not hit by any plane, the government’s explanation that it collapsed due to structural damage is implausible. Since 2001, thousands of architects and engineers across the world have said that it was unquestionably brought down by a controlled demolition.
Why did a news reporter announce the fall of a 47 story skyscraper 23 minutes before it actually came down? To this day, WTC Building 7 has never received an adequate explanation, and this mishap turned out to be one of the most glaring blunders made by the conspirators.
As for the bizarre call to the Cambridge station on Friday, November 22, 1963, it is clear in hindsight that the reason Helms wrote the memo to Hoover-and the reason it has been classified ever since then-is because it was a smoking gun that could have undermined the entire cover up. It certainly would have raised many eyebrows and placed a significant stumbling block in front of the lone gunman theorists. Again, who made the call? How did they know about this “big event” ahead of time? If Oswald was the only person who knew that he was going to kill the president that day, why do we have this call coming in 25 minutes before the event happened?
Frankly speaking, I am not surprised that the memo was kept sealed for so long. It is more of a surprise that the CIA and FBI would allow it to get out now.
George Cassidy Payne is a writer, domestic violence counselor and SUNY adjunct professor of philosophy. He writes frequently for a wide variety of national and international publications.