Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK? by Mark Lane, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?

Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?

by Mark Lane
     
 

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The assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 continues to be shrouded in mystery and controversy. In Plausible Denial, Mark Lane, the author of Rush to Judgment, the provocative and bestselling critique of the Warren Commission, reveals startling evidence about the CIA’s involvement in a plot to murder the president.

In 1978, when a small

Overview

The assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 continues to be shrouded in mystery and controversy. In Plausible Denial, Mark Lane, the author of Rush to Judgment, the provocative and bestselling critique of the Warren Commission, reveals startling evidence about the CIA’s involvement in a plot to murder the president.

In 1978, when a small magazine ran a story by CIA renegade Victor Marchetti linking ex-CIA operative and convicted Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt to the assassination, Hunt sued for defamation. Lane signed on as defense counsel for the publication, and set out to prove the truth of the allegations against Hunt and the CIA. Lane’s investigation uncovered a web of conspiracy that involved anti-Castro Cubans, Watergate conspirators, and public officials at the highest levels of the intelligence community. The forewoman of the jury, Leslie Armstrong, stated that “Mr. Lane was asking us to do something very difficult. He was asking us to believe that John Kennedy had been killed by our own government. Yet when we examined the evidence, we were compelled to conclude that the CIA had indeed killed President Kennedy.”

Meticulously documented and compellingly written, this book makes public the contents of this curiously unpublicized trial, the only jury verdict directly related to the theory that the CIA was involved in the assassination.

Editorial Reviews

Fred Graham - New York Times Book Review
“Well documented, persuasive, and restrained.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lane, the lawyer whose Rush to Judgment was the first in a flood of books calling into question the Warren Commission Report on the JFK assassination, has come up with a highly unusual angle this time. He tells, in enormous but only occasionally tedious detail, the story of a little-publicized 1985 trial in which he figured and which ended in a Florida jury endorsing the notion that the CIA was involved in Kennedy's killing. The case arose out of a libel suit brought by CIA officer E. Howard Hunt against Liberty Lobby and its magazine Spotlight for an article claiming he was in Dallas at the time of the assassination and played a role in it on behalf of the CIA. Representing Liberty Lobby, Lane called as witnesses an impressive roster of Agency figures, including Richard Helms, Stansfield Turner, Gordon Liddy and, of course, Hunt himself. Hunt's alibi, that he was in Washington on Nov. 22, 1963, could not be adequately supported, and an important witness, CIA operative Marita Lorenz, placed Hunt in Dallas, along with agent Frank Sturgis and a carload of guns, the day before the assassination. Lane's arguments convinced the jury. He justly excoriates the press for never having sufficiently followed his leads--and ends with an epilogue suggesting that President Bush was also associated with the CIA at that time, long before he became director. A highly stimulating, disturbing book, marred only by repetitiousness and excessive self-justification. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In Rush to Judgement ( LJ 10/1/66), Lane challenged the Warren Commission's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy. In this sequel, Lane describes a court case that offers new evidence implicating the CIA in Kennedy's death. Lane was the defense lawyer for a small weekly newspaper that had been sued by E. Howard Hunt for defamation of character when it published an article by an ex-CIA officer asserting that Hunt and the CIA were responsible for the assassination. Among Lane's more interesting revelations: President Bush apparently served as a CIA operative who was involved in the Bay of Pigs fiasco; Gerald Ford, while a member of the Warren Commission, passed confidential information on to the FBI. Lane's book, which will undoubtedly be controversial (Lane was unable to find a major publisher willing to touch it), is a substantive contribution to the field. Highly recommended for most libraries. See also Mark North's Act of Treason: The Role of J. Edgar Hoover in the Assassination of President Kennedy , reviewed below.--Ed.-- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616083595
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Lane has been a member of the bar for half a century and is the author of nine books including the New York Times bestselling Plausible Denial and Rush to Judgment. He was a member of the New York State legislature, and is the best-known researcher on the JFK assassination. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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