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JFK Assassination: Is James Files telling the truth?
Why do I believe James Files is telling the truth? Here is a non-exhaustive list of reasons in random order:
When I first learned about James Files some three years ago, I was
rather amazed that I didn’t know his name. After all, I had been
studying the Kennedy assassination for over 12 years. I was more
astonished because Files had made his confession in 1994 and I was told
the website had been up since 1995. When I searched for the name "James
Files" on the Internet, I found that 9 out of 10 articles attempted to
completely discredit Files' story. I then set out to closely investigate
these criticisms and came to the conclusion they were all superficial
and didn't hold water.
For example, critics said that the weapon Files claimed to have used was
more a pistol than a rifle and would have had an enormous recoil. They
said it "kicks like a mule". Therefore, Files could never have seen what
he claimed he had witnessed through the scope of his weapon. I sent an
email to one of the gun shops I found on the Internet. I acted as a
potential customer and asked whether the Remington Fireball was a
pleasant weapon to fire. That man stated the weapon was one of the most
sophisticated guns ever made, etc. When I inquired about the recoil he
said it was nice and steady. Ultimately, I told him why I asked. He was
quite amused and said that the alleged murder weapon of Lee Harvey
Oswald had a lot more recoil than the Fireball. He added that whoever
said that the XP-100 had substantial recoil had a lot to learn about
Files was also criticized with the allegation that the XP-100 was not
available in 1963 and that the rounds used for this weapon were not a
.222 caliber but rather .221. I found both accusations to be untrue. The
weapon was introduced in 1963 and prototypes were available as early as
1962. The weapon was originally chambered for .222 rounds. To learn
more about the Remington XP-100 Fireball click here.
There is also evidence that seems to conflict with the account of James
Files. This is the story of Ed Hoffman, a deaf mute man, who was ignored
by the FBI, but claims to have seen a man in a suit firing a gun from
behind the picket fence. This man then tossed the gun to another man,
who disassembled the rifle and put it in a briefcase. This other man was
dressed as railroad worker and walked away with the briefcase in the
direction of the railroad yard. James Files says that he was alone
behind the picket fence. However, I tend to see Ed Hoffman as credible,
although he is a single and thus uncorroborated source. If we assume
Hoffman's account is true, and since there is evidence of more than one
shot from the front, for example the wound in Kennedy's throat, it is
not inconceivable that Files, concentrated as he was on the target, may
have missed another shooter behind the fence and closer to the
underpass. This man could have appeared at the last moment. He could
have been hiding behind or in one of the cars behind the picket fence.
It could well have been one of the men in suits, posing as Secret
+ The critics of James Files claim that he is just a convict with "too
much time on his hands" and that he must have read many books on the
assassination to invent his story, which would be designed to get fame
and attention. This claim can be discounted for many reasons:
1) Files has given his video confession only once in 1994. He had
vouched he would never do it again. Indeed, I have worked for almost a
year to get him to agree to a second and final interview. I had already
given up untill he finally consented for a specific reason that has
nothing to do with getting attention.
2) Files has met with Oliver Stone three times and he told us (Jim Marrs and me) this:
JF - We wasn't aware of the water situation untill Oliver Stone comes
along to make a movie here. And when he made his movie here, we see all
these people from the movie company running around carrying bottles of
water. Even the officers that worked here, they got suspicious and
that’s when we started finding out: this water is unhealthy.
Wim - Did you actually meet Oliver Stone?
JF - I met Oliver Stone three times. As a matter of fact I have a paper
that Joe West … no excuse me, not Joe West but Bob Vernon, had Oliver
Stone sign. Now Bob Vernon had come in after the Joe West deal. Bob
Vernon took over for Joe West. Bob Vernon met with Oliver Stone and he
had him sign an agreement where they wanted to get me on film, but I
refused to do that. I met with Oliver Stone three times.
Jim - And you never told him your story?
JF - No, I did not tell Oliver Stone my story. I refused to discuss it
with him and uh …like I say, I ‘ve got a copy, It’s got Oliver Stone’s
signature on it, Bob Vernon’s, the only signature that states what it’s
all about, the only thing missing is my signature because I would never
sign that paper for the agreement.
Jim - Why was that?
JF - I didn’t like the man!
Jim - Case closed!
JF - Case closed! And if you’d like I would be more than happy to send
you a copy of the document. And it has got Oliver Stone’s original
signature on it. And it has Bob Vernon’s signature on it.
Well, I guess that answers the critics who say that Files is just a
convict trying to get attention. I mean, if you want attention, you want
to talk to Oliver Stone, who was the director of the blockbuster movie
3) Tony Godinez is the former warden of Stateville Correctional Center.
He has interviewed James Files more often than anyone else. He has
testified that he never saw a book about JFK in the cell of James Files.
4) I found out first hand that James Files is not well read on the JFK
assassination, just like he says. The day before the camera interview., I
talked with him on an extended visit for four hours. We covered many
subjects, one of them was Chauncey Holt and the three tramps. James
Files started telling me that in his view the three men were not
professionals. I asked him why? He then said that they did not know "how
to improvise", and that they were stupid to get themselves arrested by
the cops, because in a situation like that "you just have to shoot the
cops". I explained to him that this would have been difficult since they
were found in a closed boxcar and that they had been instructed by
their superiors to hide in that boxcar, which would make their exit. I
also told him that they were not arrested, because they identified
themselves as undercover agents, and they were escorted to the Sheriff's
office for a short hearing. Files then conceded and he said he did not
know that, adding that I knew lot more about the assassination than he
+ It is clear to me that the short and sweet "investigation" of James
Files by the FBI was designed to discredit his information, rather than
to get to the bottom of it. James Files was interviewed by two FBI
agents eight months BEFORE his videotaped confession. The transcript of
this interview can be found by clicking here.
+ James Files says that his CIA supervisor, who also recruited him, was
David Atlee Phillips.
David Atlee Phillips is a man whose name is well known to assassination
researchers. He was called to testify for the House Select Committee on
Assassinations in the 1970's. Several members of the committee wanted to
call him again for they believed he had not told the truth and
Phillips was traced as a suspect as a result of the testimony of cuban
exile leader Antonio Veciana, a friend of Files, who knew his CIA case
officer only under the alias of "Maurice Bishop". A composite sketch,
based on the recollections of Veciana prompted US senator Schweiker to
recognize David Atlee Phillips. A confrontation between Veciana and
Phillips was arranged but Veciana, apparently fearing for his safety,
refused to identify Phillips as his former case officer, but later
acknowledged privately that Phillips was indeed his CIA controller.
The following is known of David Atlee Phillips by now: He was one of
the masterminds for the CIA staged coup by Pinochet in 1973, as well as
the overthrow in 1954 of the Guatemala regime headed by Jacobo Arbenz.
He was working closely with CIA officer E. Howard Hunt, another suspect
in the plot to kill JFK and the leader of the infamous Watergate burglar
team. In the 1950's and 1960's, Phillips was the CIA case officer for
the anti Castro Cubans in Havana and Mexico City. The star of David
Atlee Phillips rose to CIA director of Special Operations for the
David Atlee Phillips died of cancer on 7th July, 1988. He left behind an
unpublished manuscript. The novel is about a CIA officer who lived in
Mexico City. In the novel the character states: "I was one of those
officers who handled Lee Harvey Oswald... We gave him the mission of
killing Fidel Castro in Cuba... I don't know why he killed Kennedy. But I
do know he used precisely the plan we had devised against Castro. Thus
the CIA did not anticipate the president's assassination, but it was
responsible for it. I share that guilt."
According to his nephew Shawn Phillips, who is quite a famous musician,
David Atlee Phillips confirmed to his brother James Atlee Phillips that
he was in Dallas the day Kennedy died. To read Shawn's email: click here.