JFK 201 pt. 2 - The Department of Defense

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Historian Larry Hancock, author C.A.A. Savastano, and your host Chuck Ochelli return to discuss the Department of Defense and its related agencies that influenced the development of some illegal and compartmentalized programs. These gaps in oversight allowed for the possible influencing of some groups related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

A Dive into the Pond

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J.V. Grombach and his group "The Pond" might be the least well known development in wartime US intelligence because of a commitment to pursuing his political enemies using the power of an unknown intelligence group. In total secrecy, he would attempt to destroy or purge official groups of those he found unacceptable and it would require other officials to stop his increasingly damaging attacks from within their own ranks.  

Hoover's Special Intelligence Service

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The Special Intelligence Service is a little known predecessor of the most infamous and renowned later groups that still remain in the public consciousness. This largely forgotten American entity was under the command of J. Edgar Hoover and despite his earliest lukewarm desires to manage the group, in time he would desire to use this organization as a launching point for shared control of worldwide intelligence operations with the military.

The Bi-Partisan American War Machine

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An increasing expansive budget, repeated calls for military escalation, bipartisan love of political pork, and expansive benefits have fueled an expanding war machine that presents there will be no end to government-authored violence without public demands for reason.

The Past America Century reviews Allen Dulles

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Historian Mike Swanson and The Past American Century podcast return with author C.A.A. Savastano to discuss the historical successes and failures of Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles. They consider whether he is truly the mastermind of lore or perhaps his legend is founded upon less than substantial evidence.

Who controls Covert Action?

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The Past American Century podcast is back featuring a discussion with author C.A.A. Savastano and historian Mike Swanson. They review US covert action operations while considering if decades of official and public debate and restructuring have diffused responsibility so much that no official or government agency completely does.

The DGI Revealed

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Join historian Mike Swanson and author C.A.A. Savastano to discuss the operations, membership, and origins of the Cuban DGI intelligence group. Documents and discussion reveal the undertakings of this assumed minor group revealed in declassified documents to be more prominent that some expect.

C.A.A. Savastano returns to The Past American Century

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Lee Harvey Oswald and his actions have dominated much of the public discussion about the JFK case, but has this constant focus on him taken away the greater view of events in the JFK assassination? C.A.A. Savastano and your host Mike Swanson discuss this and other related historical subjects.