There is a new book out on the JFK assassination, entitled “A Cruel and Shocking Act,” by someone named Philip Shenon, that is reviewed in the Washington Post. I have not read the book, only the review. But if this bit about Oswald is any indication of the truth of the book, the author is delusional and the book is worthless.
This helps to explain how the commission missed out on the evidence that makes up the second major theme of Shenon’s book: the possibility that Oswald was working for or with Cuba’s revolutionary government. As a veteran journalist and former New York Times reporter, Shenon knows to hedge his bets when it comes to conspiracy theories. All the same, he can’t help but engage the strange Cold War netherworld of Soviet defection, repatriation and pro-Castro activism in which Oswald lived during his brief adult life…
This is utter nonsense. Oswald was working with Guy Bannister and David Ferry – on the exact OPPOSITE side of the Cuban situation. They were all working in the anti-Castro movement. Shenon has it all bass ackward.
Then the idiot compounds his error , according to the reviewer:
Shenon is particularly intrigued by Oswald’s September 1963 trip to Mexico City, where the future assassin tried and failed to gain Soviet and Cuban visas. While in Mexico, Shenon writes, Oswald apparently had a fling with a low-level staffer at the Cuban Consulate, and he was spotted at a Chubby Checker “twist party” attended by a Cuban diplomat deeply hostile to Kennedy. Two months later, back on American soil, Oswald shot and killed the president.
Shenon goes to great lengths to emphasize his new evidence about Oswald’s Mexico trip, and understandably so. When it comes to the most-studied murder of all time, it is no mean feat to turn up even the smallest tidbit. Still, the book stops short of suggesting a Cuban conspiracy, arguing simply that the Warren Commission (along with the FBI and the CIA) should have done more to investigate the available evidence. In the end, “A Cruel and Shocking Act” offers many of the trappings of conspiracy literature — doctored evidence, a mysterious suicide, a secret affair — without quite arguing in favor of a conspiracy.
The evidence for this trip is in good measure a long distance photograph of a man purported to be Oswald, at the gate of the Russian Embassy in Mexico City.
The problem? The man is clearly NOT Lee Harvey Oswald.
TOf all the groups who have ever been discussed as possibly running the assassination, the least probable was the Pro-Castro people.
Conclusion? Shenon is a shill – a disinformation front man.
According to these two pieces Shenon doesn’t know what he is talking about. Not about the assassination itself, nor the other possible group. Focusing on the Warren Commission is also exactly the wrong place to look. NO ONE on any side gives the Commission one iota of respect. He is looking in the wrong place – in the one place no possible useful information can reside.
The book is a waste of paper.