Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC) 2014 conference

The Warren Report and the JFK assassination:
Five decades of significant disclosures

50 years since the Warren Commission report

September 26 - 28, 2014

full program:

I attended and offer selected recordings of presentations - titles are from the conference program agenda.


Antonio Veciana

"Maurice Bishop, my CIA contact agent, was David Atlee Phillips, the man I saw in Dallas with Lee Harvey Oswald" (Mr. Veciana will speak in Spanish with Fernald Armand as translator. Marie Fonzi will provide an introduction.)


Written by Andrew Kreig
Published on September 27, 2014

A former Cuban exile anti-Castro militant told a conference audience Sept. 26 in a blockbuster revelation that he saw accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald with their mutual CIA handler six weeks before the killing and there would have been no anti-Castro movement in Cuba without the CIA funding.

Antonio Veciana, the acknowledged leader of the Alpha 66 assassination squad of Cuban exiles in the early 1960s, made the statements in a dignified but emotion-laden manner at this year's major conference analyzing the Warren Commission report on murder of President John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas. Alpha 66 is alleged to have tried to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro on two occasions, but Veciana, a onetime certified public accountant for a wealthy Cuban in the years before the revolution, has never been been charged with an attempt.

Separately, the general counsel of the last major government investigation into the killing issued a statement saying the CIA had deceived him and the rest of the public during the late 1970s inquiry into the validity of the Warren report. Former House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) General Counsel G. Robert Blakey issued the statement during the conference Sept. 26-28 organized at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD by the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC).

Veciana said he is convinced the CIA organized the president's murder and that he saw Oswald meeting with a CIA official in Dallas because Veciana arrived at his meeting fifteen minutes too early. Veciana said he believes Oswald was a CIA operative whom the agency decided to blame for a killing it organized in a complex plot.

Veciana said his CIA handler was the late David Atlee Phillips, shown in a file photo above at right. Phillips was a high-ranking CIA official who used the cover named "Maurice Bishop" during his many meetings with Veciana. Earlier this year, Veciana confirmed to researcher Marie Fonzi, widow of his friend the author Gaeton Fonzi, that "Bishop" was "Phillips." But Veciana has never previously answered questions in a public forum.


Dan Hardway and Edwin Lopez

"The HSCA and the CIA: The View from the Trenches and the View from the Top"


Jim DiEugenio

"Who Was John F. Kennedy, and Why Was He Murdered?"


Lisa Pease

"James Jesus Angleton and The Warren Commission"


Joan Mellen

"CIA and the HSCA: How CIA Controlled the HSCA and the Writing of its Final Report"


Panel: Jefferson Morley, Dr. John Newman, and (by phone) David Talbot:

"The Continuing Cover-Up: New and Newsworthy"


Oliver Stone

"was unable to attend the conference due to previous commitments, but he will address it via a pre-recorded message"


Peter Kuznick

"JFK: To the Brink"
American University historian Dr. Peter Kuznick draws from the JFK segment of his 2012 Showtime documentary film series and New York Times-bestselling book in collaboration with Oliver Stone "The Untold History of the United States". The film episode shows why President Kennedy’s policies, including those JFK proposed in a speech in 1963 at American University, antagonized powerful interests.


Marie Fonzi:
"On the Home Front" - by Mark Robinowitz - updated December 17, 2017