The Cuban Missile Crisis and Dino Brugioni

Cuban Missile Crisis

The National Archives in tandem with the 12/23/15 edition of  Newsweek,  has released some declassified documents from the Dino Brugioni collection.  To commemorate this extraordinary release, which features a curated list of the most noteworthy documents declassified in 2015, contributing editor and Archive FOIA project director Nate Jones is publishing a supplemental online posting for National Security Archive followers on the National Archives blog, Unredacted.

Cuban Missile Crisis Declassified

Declassified documents show that the Cuban Missile Crisis was even more dangerous than we knew. After what most view as the last day of the Crisis, October 28, 1962, nuclear warheads remained on Cuba. These included 80 nuclear armed front cruise missiles (FKRs) and 12 nuclear warheads for dual-use Luna launchers – this large quantity of tactical nukes was unknown to the Americans during the crisis. Both the FKRs and the Lunas had the capability to be launched without explicit orders from Moscow. And they likely would have been, had the US invaded the island, an option considered by Kennedy and the EXCOM. The final nukes were only withdrawn from Cuba in December 1, 1962, and then only because Castro’s pleas to the Soviets to leave the tactical weapons in Cuba were so inflamed that the Soviet envoy to Cuba, Anastas Mikoyan, became convinced that leaving any nuclear weapons on Cuban territory would have been reckless and dangerous.

Documents: Caption: November 9, 1962: Low-level photograph of 6 Frog (Luna) missile transporters under a tree at a military camp near Remedios. U.S. photo analysts first spotted these tactical nuclear-capable missiles on October 25, but only in 1992 did U.S. policymakers learn that nuclear warheads for the Lunas were already in Cuba in October 1962.

Source: Dino A. Brugioni collection, The National Security Archive.

It will be exciting to see what other documents will be released from the Dino A. Brugioni collection.  Mr. Brugioni, as many of you know, is the man who told Douglas Horne that the Zapruder film he made storyboards from was different.  Shane Sullivan made an excellent film about this anomaly:

The Zapruder Film Mystery from E2 Films on Vimeo.

Was the Zapruder Film altered by the CIA in the days after the JFK assassination to hide evidence of a conspiracy? Legendary CIA photo interpreter Dino Brugioni thinks it was.

In this film, Brugioni speaks for the first time about his examination of the film at the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center on the Saturday evening after the assassination. As researcher Doug Horne discovers, Brugioni was not aware of a second examination of the film at NPIC the following evening by a completely different team and believes the Zapruder Film in the archives today is not the film he saw the day after the assassination.

Drawing on Volume 4 of his book Inside the ARRB, Doug Horne, former chief analyst of military records at the Assassination Records Review Board, sets the scene for his interview with Brugioni and presents his disturbing conclusions.

Edited and Produced by Shane O’Sullivan as an extra feature to Killing Oswald:

This gives me hope that someone will say SOMETHING about what they know about the missing camera original Orville Nix film.

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