The Dark Side of Camelot

The Dark Side of Camelot

Book - 1997 | 1st ed.
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An investigative chronicle examines the dark side of the Kennedy family legacy from its earliest beginnings to the 1990s.
Publisher: Boston : Little Brown, c1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316359559
Characteristics: x, 498 p., [16] p. of plates : ill.


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Aug 07, 2018

Let's examine just one paragraph from Hersh's exercise in revisionism:
QUOTE: Just prior to assuming office, JFK asked CIA director Richard Bissell to create a formal capacity for political assassination. He picked up where the Eisenhower administration left off; in plotting the assassination of three foreign leaders: Fidel Castro of Cuba, Patrice Lumumba of the Congo, and Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic. Well-versed in "plausible deniability", there are no papers tying JFK to the use of the word
"assassination", but the evidence for his directives is overwhelming. In mid-January
1961, Lumumba was murdered. In May 1961, Trujillo was murdered by assassins using
CIA supplied weapons and ammunition. UNQUOTE
DEBUNKED: Lumumba was assassinated during the Eisenhower Administration, prior to JFK taking office, and although Eisenhower had ordered his assassination and all circumstantial evidence indicates CIA contract killer and Belgian criminal, Mozes Maschkivitzan, aided in it, the actual killing was undertaken by Mobutu's soldiers.
The assertion that JFK set up an assassination section derives from William Harvey [CIA station chief in Italy on Nov. 22, 1963] and his testimony before the Church Committee. The sole source of this assertion was William Harvey, who traveled to Dallas several weeks prior to the murder of President Kennedy where he met with Allen Dulles. Harvey was the CIA station chief in Italy when Pfc. Dinkin intercepted cables between that station and the French rightwing outlawed gang, the OAS; details to murder President Kennedy in Dallas sometime between Nov. 22 to Nov. 28. [We now know - - from those recently declassified documents {April/2018, November/2017} that the comm traffice for 1963 from the CIA station in Italy went missing long ago, as did the 1963 intercepts from NSA site, USA-55, where Sgt. Christensen alleged an intercept between Lisbon and Tangiers, also detailing the planned murder of President Kennedy in Dalls.]

[MAJOR BOOK CORRECTION: Seymour Hersh in the Dark Side of Camelot attempted to use letters from Marilyn Monroe & JFK to prove an affair took place between the two. The letters were proven to be fakes & Lawrence Cusack – who furnished the letters was convicted on 13 charges of mail & wire fraud. {Special thanks to R. Andrew Kiel for this info.}]
Instead of this claptrap, try Andrew Cohen's wonderful book, Two Days in June and Donald Gibson's masterful work: Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency.
[Now, if Seymour were truly a first-rate investigative journalist, he would have explained that Tracy Barnes, head of the CIA's Domestic Ops Division [also member of the Rockefeller family by marriage and cousin to Allen Dulles and John Foster Dulles], directed contractor, Robt. Morrow to procure four Mannlicher-Carcano rifles, and four transceivers [walkie-talkies] configured for closed comm; and he would have explained that the four assassins on 11/22/63 were Lucien Conein [CIA, French immigrant], Jean Rene Souetre [French Army officer deserter and OAS assassin]; Mozes Maschkivitzan, a Belgian CIA contract killer; Lazlo the Hungarian [French Foreign Legion deserter and OAS member], the weapons specialist - - three shooters, one weapons man. Hersh would also have explained that President de Gaulle directed his French intelligence to leave a splendid paper trail in message inquiries tipping us off to the assassin Jean Rene Souetre, who had previously failed in an attempt on de Gaulle's life!]
After - - or while - - reading this book, be sure to read this very short and brilliant paper by James DiEugenio concerning a most radical president:

Jan 03, 2015

Revisionist history to the max! For a comparison of honest and accurate history, please read Andrew Cohen's wonderful book, Two Days in June.
Staff D, mentioned in above document at CIA site, first came into being in the early 1950s, created by William Harvey. There is at least one mention in the Congressional Budget of 1956, long before Kennedy became president - - yet another FACT which thoroughly debunks Hersh's many fictionalized assertions in this pile of drivel!

JeremiahSutherland Jan 27, 2013

Turns out the man never equaled the myth.

Jun 24, 2012

Interesting once again on the Kennedys.

mikeyppl Mar 19, 2012

i read it and I feel that there's a bit of revisionist history going on.


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Mar 09, 2009

See Vanity Fair "The Man who would be Jack:A Claim to Camelot" (

The story of a Vancouver banker who claimed to be the illegitimate son of JFK.

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