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Robert Briggs Trebor.Briggs at BITphysics.orgBUCKET
Sat Dec 11 14:05:23 EST 2004

already underway at the
  time of the briefing, but Kennedy was not told of it.

In fact, on the same day that RFK was briefed, the CIA's
Sheffield Edwards (one of the briefers) along with William Harvey
agreed to falsify the record by saying all future plots had to be
authorized by the Director of the CIA. They weren't. John McCone
was deliberately kept out of the loop by Richard Helms and
Harvey. Harvey admitted to the Church Committee that the Edwards
memo was a deliberately false record, a cover story. In fact,
Harvey had already taken over the plots when Edwards told Robert
Kennedy they were terminated.

JFK Never Authorized Them

On the question of authorization, every official from Kennedy's
administration testified that JFK never knew of any plots, or
authorized them. This includes Dean Rusk, Max Taylor, John McCone
(Alleged Assassination Plots pp. 154-161). Even McGeorge Bundy,
about whom many have had suspicions, denied that Kennedy had ever
approved them or been informed of any plots (Ibid. p. 156). To
conclude the matter, the two people in on them at this time
(1962) said the same, i.e. Richard Helms (Ibid. pp. 148-152) and
Bill Harvey (pp. 153-154).

The CIA did try to coax approval from him. The Church Committee
took testimony from two people who were quite compelling on this
point. They were Tad Szulc, a reporter for the New York Times
Washington bureau, and Sen. George Smathers of Florida. In late
1961, Szulc had been called in to speak with the president at the
request of Richard Goodwin and Robert Kennedy. After a general
discussion of Cuban matters, JFK asked him, "What would you think
if I ordered Castro to be assassinated?" Szulc said he didn't
think it would help foster change in Cuba, and he didn't think
Americans should be associated with such matters. Kennedy
replied, "I agree with 

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