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Why Won't The CIA Release Its Joannides Files?

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At JFKfacts.org, which is the best website for keeping up with matters relating to the Kennedy assassination, the website's editor, Jefferson Morley, who used to be a reporter for the Washington Post, had two related postings.

One posting asked people to post requests at the National Archives' blog site to release the 1,100 records that the CIA continues to keep secret from the American people. That posting is here.

The other posting relates to an interview that a former staff member on the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the 1970s, Dan Hardway, recently had at Black Ops Radio. That posting is here.

Hardway was a law student when he went to work for the House Select Committee, which was reinvestigating the Kennedy assassination. He and another young staffer, Edwin Lopez, who was also a law student, were assigned to delve into CIA files relating to the assassination.

The CIA required them to do all their work at CIA headquarters. They could take notes but could not remove the notes or anything else from the building. At first the CIA was cooperative, bringing whatever records Hardway and Lopez were requesting.

At some point, however, when it became clear that the two staffers knew what they were doing and where they were going, the CIA abruptly abandoned its cooperative attitude. It instead brought in a CIA agent named George Joannides to serve as the CIA representative with whom the two staffers would now have to deal. From that point on, Joannides succeeded in blocking and obstructing the investigation being conducted by Hardway and Lopez.


Many years later, after Joannides had passed away, it was learned that Joannides was a rather interesting selection to serve as the CIA's liaison with the House Select Committee. Why? Because by that time he had already retired from the CIA. Rather than simply call on an active CIA official to serve as the CIA's contact with Hardway and Lopez, for some reason the CIA deemed it important to call Joannides out of retirement to serve as the CIA's contact man.

As people later found out, there was another interesting twist to the Joannides selection. He had actually played an interesting role in matters relating to the Kennedy assassination, a role that both he and the CIA, for some reason that is still unknown, kept secret from the Warren Commission in 1964 and from the House Select Committee in the 1970s.

When Lee Harvey Oswald moved to New Orleans in the summer of 1963, he had an interesting encounter with an anti-Castro group known as the DRE. When Oswald first met with the head of the DRE, a man named Carlos Bringuier, Oswald offered to help out the anti-communist DRE, which was a rather odd offer given that Oswald was supposed to be a devout communist.

Later, however, while passing out pamphlets for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a national organization that the CIA and the FBI were trying to destroy pursuant to their ardent anti-communist mindsets, Oswald got into a public altercation with Brinquier, which resulted in lots of publicity for Oswald and his affiliation with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee.

As a side note, another interesting twist to this story is that some of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee pamphlets that Oswald was distributing had the same return address stamped on them where a retired FBI agent named Guy Bannister, who had ties to U.S. intelligence, had his offices. In fact, witnesses said they sometimes saw Oswald in Bannister's offices.

One of the interesting byproducts of the Kennedy assassination was that soon after JFK's assassination, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee went out of business, in large part because of its purported affiliation with Oswald. What was also interesting is that Oswald was the only member of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee in New Orleans and, in fact, had set up the chapter himself.

So, where does Joannides fit in this tale? It turns out that in 1963, he was serving as the CIA's contact man for the DRE. Not only that, he was also responsible for delivering large sums of CIA money to the DRE to help fund its activities. Thus, there is a good possibility that Joannides was fully aware of those contacts that Oswald had with the DRE, both when he offered his services to the anti-Castro organization and when he had his much-publicized altercation with the DRE.

It gets more interesting. Immediately after Oswald was apprehended, the DRE went on the offensive, issuing statements to the press detailing Oswald's purported devotion to communism. Thus, there is a good possibility that Joannides was fully aware of the details and strategy behind that publicity campaign by the DRE.

In fact, while it has always been assumed that Joannides lived in Miami when he was serving as the CIA contact with the DRE, the CIA, according to Morley, recently admitted in a court filing that Joannides was actually living in New Orleans when Oswald made contact with the DRE in the summer of 1963.

Many years ago, Morley brought suit against the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act seeking the disclosure of the CIA's records on Joannides, especially those relating to his relationship with the DRE. The CIA fought the suit fiercely. Ultimately, the federal courts ruled in favor of the CIA, accepting the agency's representations that disclosure of the Joannides records would threaten "national security."


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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas.
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Forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht points to bullets that were test fired as part of the experiments used in the Warren Commission's Report for the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. Wecht explained the incorrect analysis of evidence to an audience on Oct. 3, 2013 in the Greek Church Social Hall in Oakmont, PA
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• Oswald was given a nitrate test on the night after the shooting. Results showed he had not fired a rifle recently.

• Julia Ann Mercer, caught in traffic on Elm Street, saw a man get out of a truck and carry a rifle up the grassy knoll. She later identified the driver to the FBI as Jack Ruby.

• More than 500 photos were taken by 75 photographers in Dealey Plaza in the hour before, during and after the shooting. The Warren Commission examined 26 photos; the FBI examined 50.

• Sixteen of the 20 Dallas sheriff's deputies in Dealey Plaza believed shots came from the knoll and ran in that direction.

• Connally's clothes were dry cleaned, destroying evidence.

• Oswald's mother insisted that he was an intelligence agent.

• There was more metal in Connally's body than was missing from Commission Exhibit 399, which is known as the “magic bullet.” Connally died in 1993.

• Kennedy's brain is missing from the National Archives.

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By David Conti

Published: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, 10:09 p.m.
Updated 2 hours ago

They were born a year apart to Jewish immigrants in rural towns as the Great Depression took hold.

Both served in the Air Force during the Cold War, studied law, went into politics. They nearly served together in the Senate. They wrote books and fought public battles.

Yet 3 centimeters of copper-jacketed lead forever separated Dr. Cyril Wecht of Squirrel Hill and the late Sen. Arlen Specter of Philadelphia.

When gunfire in Dallas 50 years ago this Friday ended the life of President John F. Kennedy, Wecht and Specter were on different professional trajectories.

“What I've done and who I am, in Pittsburgh, for better or worse, I don't think you can link to JFK,” said Wecht, 82, a forensic pathologist who was elected Allegheny County coroner and county commissioner around a decades-long medical-legal consultant business.

Exhibit 399 — the single bullet — made Wecht and Specter national names.

As a junior attorney for the Warren Commission, Specter developed the single-bullet theory of the assassination. He concluded the 161-grain slug fired by Lee Harvey Oswald entered and exited the bodies of Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally a combined seven times as the president's convertible rolled through Dealey Plaza.

“It began as a theory, but when a theory is established by the facts, it deserves to be called a conclusion,” Specter wrote in his 2000 book, “Passion for Truth.”

Wecht poked holes in the commission's findings during a 1965 meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has spent 48 years explaining how Specter's “conclusion” fails, and with it the commission's finding that Oswald acted alone in Dallas.

“It was an American conspiracy,” Wecht said. “It was a coup d'etat.”

‘Impossible to explain'

On a recent October night in Oakmont, about 240 people pay $10 each to hear Wecht discuss the case.

Wecht's voice starts low with a clinical tone. He then starts pacing and describing the president's horrifying wounds in a louder, staccato style. Halfway through his description of a botched autopsy in Bethesda Naval Hospital, he is yelling.

“How does it grab you as an American citizen?” he asks the crowd that had just heard that two Navy doctors called to examine the leader of the free world had never performed a bullet-wound autopsy.

The crowd gasps upon seeing frame 313 of bystander Abraham Zapruder's film of the assassination. They murmur when Wecht mentions “a fairly young attorney, a junior legal counsel for the Warren Commission, Arlen Specter.”

They ask, given the evidence he just described, how anyone can believe the commission's findings.

“It's impossible to explain,” Wecht said.

“If they heard him talk, everybody would know the truth,” said Jannie Saxon, 48, of Oakmont, one of dozens who asked Wecht to sign their books after the speech.

Case a ‘launching pad'

Wecht said he did not set out to become famous for this case. A series of consultations led to what he called an “unplanned launching pad.”

Los Angeles County Coroner Thomas Noguchi called Wecht to consult on slain Sen. Robert Kennedy's autopsy in 1968. Work on other famous cases followed.

Back home, Wecht started his first term as coroner. When he got access to evidence at the National Archives in 1972 and found the president's brain was missing, a front-page article in The New York Times introduced him to America. So did Geraldo Rivera, who invited Wecht to appear on TV with him for an airing of the Zapruder film. Then came testimony before the House Select Committee on Assassinations.

“I was always into politics,” Wecht said recently in his Strip District office, where a wall contains a half-dozen photos of the Kennedy brothers. “But on a national level, it's certainly possible that I began to get these cases because of the name, the attention.”

After losing a Senate race to John Heinz in 1982, Wecht stayed active in Democratic politics and returned to the coroner's office from 1995 until 2006. Federal investigators accused and later dropped charges alleging he used his elected office to conduct his high-profile consulting career.

“He bucked the system and paid for it,” said longtime Warren Commission critic Robert J. Groden, who like Wecht served as an adviser on Oliver Stone's 1991 controversial film, “JFK.”

Outright mistakes

Specter was an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia when Howard Willens, Robert Kennedy's deputy at the Justice Department, asked him to work for the Warren Commission. Specter said he initally balked at the request because he was fighting the Teamsters in City Hall and considering a run for state Senate. His friends urged him to join.

In his book, Specter described missteps by the commission, the ways politics and Chief Justice Earl Warren pushed members to cut corners, and a few outright mistakes — such as the commission's failure to review autopsy photos and X-rays.

He defended the commission's conclusion, though.

In his book, he said he nearly sued Stone for libel because of the movie.

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PBS show on JFK assassination 'rigged' and 'biased,' author says Josiah Thompson, author of "Six Seconds in Dallas," said he was "outraged" by a "Cold Case: JFK," a "Nova" special in which he appears, because it short-changed evidence of a second gunman. Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:42 PM In Wednesday's Nova special on the JFK assassination, private investigator Josiah Thompson is an avuncular presence, repeatedly explaining what happened on Nov. 22, 50 years ago in Dallas. But yesterday the author of Six Seconds in Dallas said he was “outraged,” calling the program “rigged.” He wasn’t accusing “Cold Case: JFK” of faking or staging any tests, but said the program failed to fully examine acoustic evidence that suggests four shots were fired that day, because doing so might have derailed the show’s conclusion, that Lee Harvey Oswald was probably the only gunman. "It was very reminiscent of what CBS News did in defending the Warren Commission in 1968 and successive years," Thompson said. "... It was biased and cooked at the beginning." Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Novas_JFK_show_rigged_and_biased_author_says.html#ct7seDJx5ey0yCmz.99 Sounds like something the Boston Herald is doing now,eh?
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We brought William Turner to speak at our 13th Annual Conference Investigating Crimes Committed by FBI  agents
held at the University of Maine in the fall of 2002.

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Did The CIA Assassinate JFK? Former FBI Agent Dedicated To Case Believes He Knows Answer
November 16, 2013 11:43 PM

 On Friday Nov. 22, 1963, less than an hour after he had arrived in Dallas for a rally, President John F. Kennedy was gunned down.

Now, 50 years later, we’re hearing from a man who’s dedicated his entire life to figuring out what really happened that day, and he says he knows the truth.

“I smelled a rat,” said William Turner.

He has seen it more times than he cares to count. The grainy Zapruder film captured a pivotal moment in American history — the shot seen and heard around the world.

President Kennedy was shot in the head and rushed to a Dallas hospital. There was nothing doctors could to do save him.

Turner saw the aftermath first hand, arriving in Dallas just hours after the assassination.

“It was a somber and eerie situation,” he said. “It was half dark and people were crying.”

Turner was a G-Man — an FBI agent from 1951 to 1961 — with counter espionage and major crime cases his specialty.

However, He grew increasingly concerned by the way J. Edgar Hoover was running the bureau. Hoover found out and cut Turner loose.

So, he parlayed his investigative talents into becoming a journalist. His very first assignment was to head to Dallas to cover the breakdown of security during the assassination.

He scoured Dealey Plaza, asking questions, and using former FBI colleagues as confidential sources.

“I conducted the investigation and had two pieces of information that I thought might be pertinent,” Turner said.

Witnesses, including a police officer, told him they thought there was a second shooter.

“He thought he heard three shots from an upper area equally spaced,” said Turner. “A woman ran up to him from the direction of what we now know as the Grassy Knoll and the bushes there, and said ‘they were shooting from the bushes.’ “

The Warren Commission concluded in the official government report there was a lone gunman — Lee Harvey Oswald.

“The bushes are a good distance from the supposed sniper perch of Oswald,” said Turner. “I tucked that in my bonnet and it demonstrated there were at least two shooters.”

Turner was one of the first to report that. Days then turned to hours, which turned to decades. A lifetime of research led Turner to a shocking conclusion — the Kennedy’s murder was choreographed by our own CIA.

“I think what happened was a capacity for assassination was set up by (a) CIA base in the Everglades called Point Mary. That’s where they trained Cuban snipers,” said Turner.

He says two of those Cuban snipers were sent to assassinate the president. The CIA and Kennedy had a falling out after the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba. After the failed plan to oust Fidel Castro, it’s reported that Kennedy promised to smash the CIA into a thousand pieces.

But would the CIA really plot to kill a U.S. president?

“I believe the mafia was allied with the CIA in assassinating Kennedy, and I think we’ve proven that and should go ahead with closure — designating it a conspiracy and not a single man’s work,” said Turner.

It’s a tangled web. Turner believes President Lyndon B. Johnson worried a full investigation could reveal plans to assassinate Castro — a finding he feared could escalate into a nuclear war with Cuba and their soviet allies.

“National security is used as an excuse for all kinds of ridiculous activities and the failure to investigate the assassination of JFK was one of their worst failures,” said Turner.

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November 15, 2013
JFK Assassination 50 years later

Guy Banister, a former FBI agent and New Orleans police official, appears frequently in accounts of Jim Garrison's investigation of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, even though he died more than two years before the Orleans Parish district attorney launched his inquiry.

Banister, who was well known for his right-wing views, was working as a private investigator when Kennedy was killed. His office, at 531 Lafayette St., piqued investigators' interest because that building had another entrance around the corner, at 544 Camp St., which appeared on the Fair Play for Cuba leaflets that Lee Harvey Oswald was distributing in the summer of 1963. It was the office of Carlos Bringuier, an anti-Castro exile.

Banister, a Monroe native, started his law enforcement career in 1934, when he joined the FBI. He was present when John Dillinger was killed that year in Chicago, and he was part of the bureau's investigation of the American Communist Party.

He retired from the FBI in 1954. In January 1955, he was named assistant superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, where he was in charge of investigating organized crime and corruption within the force, as well as the role of left-wing groups in the local civil rights movement.

Banister's career in the NOPD ended abruptly in March 1957, after he pulled a gun in a bar and threatened a waiter. After a suspension, he refused to be transferred to the department's planning office and was dismissed. He then became a private investigator.

By 1963, Banister's views had intensified. He believed the civil rights movement was a Communist plot, and The States-Item published an allegation that he had supplied munitions for the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion and continued to deal weapons from his office until 1963.

He and David Ferrie, an anti-Castro activist who emerged as a major player in Garrison's conspiracy scenario, began working for G. Wray Gill, a lawyer, to try to block Mafia figure Carlos Marcello's deportation to Guatemala.

On the afternoon Kennedy was killed, Banister and Jack Martin, one of his investigators, were drinking in a bar near Banister's office. When they returned to the office, they got into a heated argument over files that Banister claimed Martin had stolen, according to Martin's testimony before the congressional committee that investigated the assassination in the late 1970s.

Banister became so enraged that he hit Martin several times with his .357 magnum revolver. At one point, Martin said he cried out, "What are you going to do? Kill me like you all did Kennedy?"

Martin, who was injured badly enough to be treated at Charity Hospital, started spreading the story that Banister was involved in the assassination plot, and Martin named others, such as Ferrie, who would become better known as Garrison's wide-ranging inquiry unfolded.

According to testimony before the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations, Martin said that Ferrie had taught Oswald -- a friend from their days in the Civil Air Patrol -- how to use a telescopic sight and that Ferrie was supposed to fly Oswald out of Texas.

Delphine Roberts, who had been Banister's secretary, said Oswald worked for Banister, Anthony Summers wrote in his book "The Kennedy Conspirac
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JFK Denialism: Why Does Mainstream Media Refuse to Ask the Real Questions About His Death?

Questions about the official story are derided as "conspiracy theories" by journalists who'd rather talk about fashion.

Guests watch a JFK speech at a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of his Cold War declaration "Ich bin ein Berliner", on June 26, 2013. His wife Jackie reportedly told Monroe she was welcome to move into the White House.

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Every day, people are charged with criminal conspiracy in courtrooms around the country. In those cases, a “conspiracy” merely describes a criminal act involving two or more individuals. Also every day, the establishment media reports on various criminal conspiracies — including racketeering, insider trading, political corruption, sex scandals and murder plots.

Murder plots are their favorite, particularly when a husband or wife or crazed lover hires an assassin to knock off a troublesome or inconvenient spouse for personal gain. The details and facts of those conspiracies attract a great deal of attention from journalists and news personalities who pore over police blotters, always looking for a good hook to a shocking story with “legs” and, therefore, a long life with lots of details and great ratings.

Yet, over the last 50 years, the simple, descriptive word “conspiracy” has taken on a double life. On one hand, a feverish “true crime” obsession has spread around the news business, turning newsmagazine shows into banal police procedurals, and transforming entire cable broadcasts into tabloid mimics fixated upon mysteries, cover-ups and conspiracies.

The media literally spent years on the case of Chandra Levy and never stopped asking “Who killed JonBenét Ramsey?” They’ve obsessed on Amanda Knox’s convoluted story and eagerly entertained various theories about the death of Princess Diana. And they even jumped headfirst into the feeding frenzy around the murder of J.R. Ewing!

On the other hand, when faced with the crime of the 20th Century — the murder of President John F. Kennedy — those selfsame establishment mediacrats have relentlessly and effectively mutated the term “conspiracy” into a dismissive, all-purpose epithet: the “conspiracy theory.”

Instead of handling JFK’s murder like a criminal case, they’ve treated it like an urban legend. Rather than examining eyewitness accounts or reporting on the facts and notable names associated with the murder, they’ve become a pool of official stenographers. They simply ignore conspiracy facts and make offhanded remarks about conspiracy theories.


Take note that it is always the plural: “theories.” It colors every critique or suspicion of the official story with the taint of alien autopsies, Bigfoot sightings and faked moon landings. Even worse, they’ve established a blockade around experts and researchers and best-selling authors who have — over the last 50 years — uncovered reams of new information and documents relating to the case.

No, the establishment media prefers to consult with news personalities and pulp-trade historians who opine about the “myth” and “legend” and psychological “meaning” of JFK’s life and death. This is an interesting, self-serving distraction. It avoids tough questions, replacing them with predictable intonations on the tragic fall of Camelot, with epic paeans to JFK’s charisma and Jackie’s panache, and with somber reflections on a nation’s shock and awe.

And it is all punctuated with the perennial question of “What if?” “What if Jack had lived?” Alas, it is no replacement for the far more relevant question of “How did Jack die?”

Ironically, the establishment media incessantly theorizes about “what ifs” and groans about conspiracy theories while the people they accuse in absentia of being “theorists” dutifully, often heroically, gather and share conspiracy facts.

Tune into CBS or NBC or ABC or anywhere around the dial, and you do not see  James DiEugenio (Preview)  or David Talbot or James Douglass. Instead you get Chris Matthews and Rob Lowe and, most disappointingly of all, Ken Burns. They speak like people who haven’t read. They embrace a theory they haven’t questioned. And they explain away “the people” who believe in conspiracy theories with callow psychobabble.

In spite of all their talk, they literally say nothing. There is no mention of the House Select Committee on Assassination’s determination that JFK was likely killed by a conspiracy or the invaluable book by Committee investigator Gaeton Fonzi. There is no mention of the information uncovered by the Assassination Records Review Board or that it was established because Oliver Stone did what many “journalists” and “mainline historians” refused to do. And, perhaps most significantly, completely absent is  Jim Garrison’s prosecutorial dismantling (Preview)  of the Warren Commission.

It is as if none of it happened.


Just imagine if the blood, hair and brain tissue splattered and still preserved on Jackie’s pink dress elicited the same scrutiny and attention as did that tiresome little semen stain left on Monica’s blue dress. Perhaps then the New York Times would ask why, if Oswald shot JFK from the rear with a non-exploding bullet, the woman sitting to the left of him was so thoroughly sprayed by the fatal shot.

Alas, after leading with “Let them see what they’ve done” — Mrs. Kennedy’s famous response to the suggestion that she clean up prior to LBJ’s hasty inauguration — the Times’ story blathers on about fashion, archival ethics and, of course, “the rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald.” The reporter never mentions, if only to dispute it, that it has been shown repeatedly that neither the rifle northe bullet could have created those “iconic” stains in the first place.

America heard often about Bill Clinton’s crooked member. But it is strictly verboten to mention the Mannlicher-Carcano’s notoriously skewed gun-sight. Instead, the murder is treated like a moment frozen in time and consecrated by some preternatural force beyond the power of mortal men.

On ”Face the Nation,” a recalcitrant and almost fanatical Bob Schieffer pronounces that Kennedy was killed by a “madman.” On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,”  Rob Lowe compares criticism of the Warren Commission (Preview)  with Charlie Sheen’s belief that the moon is hollow. And the New York Times’ Executive Editor Jill Abramson takes over the Sunday Book Review to declare JFK’s life and death to be “elusive” without mentioning a single book detailing the facts that are, of course, elusive to those who choose to ignore them.

In this case, the use of the word “elusive” is a stark example of psychological projection. As David Talbot points out, it is exactly what the establishment media have been over the last 50 years. They’re elusive about their bungled reporting on a sloppy criminal conspiracy of epic proportions.

It is a failure that has metastasized over the five decades since, with those entrenched behind the privileged walls of network news, major newspapers and sanitized pulp-history continually doubling-down on a discredited theory that has them perpetually out of step with the majority of Americans who, not coincidentally, also distrust them.


Perhaps it is forgivable that many reporters and editors didn’t ask questions when faced with the rapid-fire public executions of a sitting president and his accused killer. The Cold War was hot. The Cuban Missile Crisis was fresh in the minds of many. Everything seemed dangerous and tenuous. It’s even reasonable to sympathize with Chief Justice Earl Warren, who LBJ forced — practically against his will — into an untenable situation.

But that was then. And this is now. Now there is no excuse for what journalist Jefferson Morley calls “JFK denialism,” or for the establishment’s growing track record of repeated “failures” just like it, with the lead-up to the Iraq War standing out in a crowded field of errors and supposed ignorance.

Perhaps the anniversary of JFK’s death is also the anniversary of a birth — of the establishment media’s ultimate cover-story for ignorance and complicity. By dismissing “conspiracy theories” it is instantly possible to elude conspiracy facts. Ultimately, the real conspiracy may be the criminal contempt our media elites have for open inquiry and how it allows others to get away with murder.

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Jackie Kennedy believed LBJ had her husband killed new tape shows

Interview also reveals her affair with actor William Holden

Pres. & Mrs. John Kennedy
Pres. & Mrs. John Kennedy
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Jackie Kennedy believed Lyndon B Johnson was behind the 1963 assassination of her husband  President John F Kennedy.

In the sensational tapes recorded by the First Lady months after the President’s death, broadcast by ABC, Kennedy revealed her belief that Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons orchestrated the murder of her husband by gunman Lee Harvey Oswald.

Kennedy, who later became Jackie Onassis, claimed that the Dallas murder was part of a larger conspiracy to allow Johnson to become American President in his own right.

Johnson, who served as a member of Congress, completed Kennedy’s term after the assassination and went on to be elected president.

Leading historian Arthur Schlesinger Jnr recorded the tapes with Jackie Kennedy within months of her husband’s death.

They have been stored in a sealed vault at the Kennedy Library in Boston after orders from Mrs Kennedy that they would remain secret for 50 years after her death.

Years after her mother died from cancer, daughter Caroline has opted to release the tapes early.

She has entered an agreement with the ABC network in the States who will air the tapes after agreeing to cancel their Kennedys drama series which upset Caroline and the Kennedy family.

The $10 million series starred Tom Cruise’s wife Kate Holmes as Jackie Kennedy and critically charted the family’s political and personal trials and tribulations since the 1930s. It has now been dropped in a deal with Caroline concerning these tapes.

ABC executives have confirmed that the revelations in the tapes are ‘explosive’ with Jackie Kennedy allegedly blaming President Lyndon Johnson for the death of JFK, according to the Daily Mail reports.

It is believed the tapes also include the suggestion that President Kennedy was having an affair with a 19-year-old White House intern with his wife even claiming that she found underwear in their bedroom.

Jackie Kennedy also admits to several affairs of her own in the tapes - one with Hollywood star William Holden and another with Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli - in  retaliation for the President’s indiscretions.

There are also claims that the couple had discussed having more children in the weeks before his death.

Noted Kennedy family historian and author Edward Klein said: “Jackie regarded the pretty young things in the White House as superficial flings for Jack. She did retaliate by having her own affairs.

“There was a period during which she was delighted to be able to annoy her husband with her own illicit romances.”

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In the mid 1990's we brought retired FBI  agent Wesley Swearingen to speak at Bates College in Maine also taking him to speak in Burlington Vermont where filmaker Roz Payne arranged for him to speak at the University of Vermont as well as conducting a private interview with him which is now included in her 4 DVD collection she has just released containing all the footage of the Black Panthers she took starting in the 1960's continuing through 2013.  see

We brought Swearingen to discuss his book FBI SECRETS in which he detailed many of the black bag illegal break ins he performed
as a taxpayer funded FBI  agent. during the 1960's through the 1970's.
Swearingen was assigned to the FBI  San Fransisco office as part of the Racial Squad. The function of the Racial Squad is to eliminate black politicians/ activists by any means necessary . Swearingen was responsible for getting black activist Geronimo Pratt released from prison after he served 27 years  when a judge looked at evidence Swearingen presented that FBI  agents had framed him. see

Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner was a recent target of the Boston FBI  Racial Squad.

More recently Swearingen's second book was released called TO KILL A PRESIDENT detailing his prior knowledge of Kennedy's assassination 1 year before it happened.

I thought you might enjoy this recent interview with Searingen.
Backstory : Because of my interest in sailing I asked retired FBI  agent Swearingen about his experiences sailing across the Pacific in his sailboat from San Diego to Hawaii.

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While he was in jail, Oswald asked to speak to the FBI, whereupon Special
Agent John Quigley met with him for an hour and a half. When Quigley
 testified about this incident to the Warren Commission, he said Oswald
 simply explained to him why he was passing out the Castro leaflets. But
 Harold Weisberg's book "Whitewash IV" included top-secret
remarks http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?absPageId=172696
 from chief Warren Commission council J. Lee Rankin, which were declassified
after an extensive legal battle. Rankin's statement revealed the actual
 reason for Oswald's meeting with Quigley. According to the session
 transcript, Rankin stated Oswald was "employed by the FBI at $200 a month
from September of 1962 up to the time of the assassination."
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If you had the presence of mind to attend our 13 th Annual Conference
Investigating Crimes Committed by FBI  agents in 2002 you would have had the opportunity to hear former FBI  agent William Turner discuss how J Edgar Hoover, Lyndon Johnson and Texas Oil assassinated President Kennedy.
The conference was held at the University of Maine in Farmington Maine.
The birthplace of Chester Greenwood, the man who invented ear muffs.

The question on everybody's mind was How do you shut the FBI down?
The answer was you shut down the Department of Justice.

In today's Boston Globe you have the expected corporate media spin on the JFK assassination They are now spinning Robert Kennedy saying in the article  "There is no indication that Bobby ever found evidence to prove a wider conspiracy." Fortunately we have the facts that within 48 hours of the assassination Robert Kennedy asked the French Secret Police force to investigate the murder of his brother. Shortly later The report was published in the book FAREWELL AMERICA detailing the evidence for Texas Oil, the FBI  and Lyndon Johnson assassinating Kennedy.
Of course Bobby Kennedy could not be allowed to become President.

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1st story
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Robert F. Kennedy saw conspiracy in JFK’s assassination
By Bryan Bender and Neil Swidey
 |  Globe Staff 

  November 24, 2013


Robert Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy watched as President Kennedy’s coffin was placed in an ambulance at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Nov. 22, the day he was assassinated.

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy was sitting at his backyard patio table, clutching a tuna fish sandwich, when the call came through. Kennedy had spent the morning at a Justice Department conference on his intensifying war against organized crime. He had invited two of his employees from New York, US Attorney Robert Morgenthau and an aide, back to his sprawling home, Hickory Hill in McLean, Va., to continue the conversation over a private lunch.

A key focus of the morning meetings had been the Justice Department’s efforts to put Mafia kingpins behind bars. Now, by the pool on an unseasonably warm day in November 1963, Kennedy talked optimistically about efforts to neutralize one of those mob leaders, Carlos Marcello. At the very moment when Kennedy and his guests were digging into their sandwiches and clam chowder, Marcello was sitting in a packed courtroom in New Orleans, awaiting the verdict in his deportation trial.

Kennedy had turned 38 just two days earlier, and his mop of brown hair, slim frame, and charging intensity had always combined to project an aura of youth. Still, the bags under his eyes betrayed the weight of responsibilities he had been shouldering for the previous three years, serving as not just the nation’s top law enforcement official but also the president’s most trusted adviser and fixer.

Just then his wife, Ethel, called over to him, holding the patio phone extension. “It’s J. Edgar Hoover,” she said, a look of worry playing over her face. They both knew the FBI director never called Bobby at home.

Morgenthau, in a recent interview, recalled watching Kennedy drop his sandwich, race over to the phone, and then quickly cup his hand over his mouth as he heard the devastating news. “Jack’s been shot in Dallas,” Bobby said with a gasp. “It may be fatal.”

In the half-century since that awful day, much has been made of Bobby Kennedy’s impossible burden following the assassination of his brother. He needed to reassure a shaken nation, support his widowed sister-in-law and her two young children in addition to his own brood of kids, and maintain the cohesion and political relevance of the entire Kennedy clan — all while contending with his own soul-crushing sadness.

But a closer examination of Bobby’s actions leading up to and immediately following Nov. 22 offers a fresh vantage point on this still-unhealed gash on the American psyche. The view has become clearer thanks to the accumulation of documents released over the last two decades — some as recently as a few months ago — that had long been kept from public view. A review of those documents by the Globe, fortified by the work of historians and new interviews with former Kennedy aides, paints a picture of a brother responding to the assassination with equal parts crippling grief and growing suspicions.

No one had done more than he to create enemies for the Kennedy administration — the right kind of enemies, to the brothers’ way of thinking. In the mob, in corrupted labor, in Castro’s Cuba, in the rogue wing of the American intelligence system.

It had been a brave, sometimes reckless crusade. It all looked different now.

In the five years between his brother’s murder and his own assassination in 1968, Bobby Kennedy voiced public support for the findings of the Warren Commission, namely that a pathetic, attention-seeking gunman had alone been responsible for the murder of President Kennedy. Privately, though, Bobby was dismissive of the commission, seeing it, in the words of his former press secretary, as a public relations tool aimed at placating a rattled populace. When the chairman of the commission, Chief Justice Earl Warren, personally wrote to the attorney general, asking for any information to suggest that a “domestic or foreign conspiracy” was behind his brother’s assassination, Bobby scrawled a note to an aide, asking, “What do I do?” Then, after stalling for two months, he sent along a legalistic reply saying there was nothing in the Justice Department files to suggest a conspiracy. He made no mention of the hunches that appeared to be rattling around in his own mind.

There is no indication that Bobby ever found evidence to prove a wider conspiracy. But judging from his actions after hearing the news out of Dallas, it’s clear that he quickly focused his attention on three areas of suspicion: Cuba, the Mafia, and the CIA. Crucially, Bobby had become his brother’s point man in managing all three of those highly fraught portfolios. And by the time the president was gunned down, Bobby understood better than anyone how all three had become hopelessly interwoven, and how much all three bore his own imprint.

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Farewell America
The Book and the Enigma
by Al Navis


    "Farewell America, Al, you have to get a copy of Farewell America," said the voice on the telephone. The soft East Texas twang immediately identified the caller as one William Penn Jones, Jr. and he was calling me from his desk as Editor-in-Chief of the Midlothian Mirror, a weekly newspaper from the town just south of Dallas.

    It was about two weeks before Christmas 1968 and winter in Toronto was fast approaching. America, and indeed the entire world, had just endured what was possibly the worst single year of the century, excepting the Wars. It was a presidential election year and Lyndon Johnson said he wouldn't run, but Robert Kennedy said he would. By the end of the year, Kennedy was dead by assassins' bullets, Richard Nixon was President, Hubert Humphrey had lost the election by just over 25,000 votes and Johnson was back home in Texas after aging 20 years in the past five.

    Add to this, the assassination of Civil Rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago; North Korea capturing the electronic spy ship USS Pueblo; the continuing war in south-east Asia; the Soviet Union occupying Czechoslovakia, a student and worker revolt in France and the few good things which occurred that year were all but invisible.

    The first heart transplant in December, 1967 gave way to an avalanche of them in 1968; American astronauts orbited the moon in preparation for a lunar landing in mid-1969 and President John Kennedy's widow, Jacqueline, married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.

    So when Penn mentioned Farewell America, I asked him what was it about. The story that Penn told me -- coupled with what I learned from former FBI-agent-turned-author William Turner and added to the rather bizarre occurrences which would happen to me 16 years later -- is what Paul Harvey routinely calls "the rest of the story."

    The rest of this story begins on 22 November 1963, with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. While the various timelines of history converged on that place at that time, what came out of Dallas was best described by a Hopi word koyaanisqatsi, meaning crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating or a state of life that calls for another way of living.

    For virtually every person connected with the assassination, this is true and it was especially true for the President's brother, then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Even in the middle of the worst four days of his life, Robert Kennedy had the presence of mind to ask one of his most trusted aides, future Senator from New York Daniel Moynihan to quietly assemble a small staff to look into his brother's murder. Kennedy basically asked Moynihan to get him the answer to two questions: did Teamster boss and Kennedy family enemy Jimmy Hoffa have any involvement in the assassination, and, was the Secret Service as an agency or specific agents themselves paid off?

    In a few months, the results came back to Kennedy: "no" and "no." The report was, however, quite damning in its criticism of the Secret Service agents and the agency in general, as far as their collective performance was concerned. Standard protection procedures had been ignored, countermanded or subverted and the result was that the President was left exposed from practically everywhere in Dealey Plaza -- a full 360 degrees of opportunity.

    When you look back at the weekend which followed the assassination in 1963, you can probably agree with Robert Kennedy's prime suspects. Jimmy Hoffa was the most vocal of the detractors of the Kennedy White House as both John and Robert Kennedy had sat on the Kefauver Committee in the late 1950s looking into organized crime in America. The very fact that the President was so completely defenseless naturally gave cause to cast disparaging glances at the organization whose primary duty is to protect him.

    It is indeed interesting, from the point of view of 35 years after the fact, that Hoffa and the Secret Service would be the primary suspects in the 'crime of the century.' When we now look at who might have had a hand in the planning and execution of this execution, we normally list the CIA, the FBI, the Mafia, the anti-Castro and pro-Castro Cubans, the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Pentagon/DIA, the Texas oil fortunes of the Hunts and the Murchisons and even the massive interests involved in the Federal Reserve Bank. The 'grassy knoll' is now getting to be as crowded as a Tokyo subway car at rush hour!

    It was during the first few months of 1964 that a copy of the Moynihan report to Robert Kennedy found its way across the Atlantic and into the caverns of French Intelligence and, eventually, onto the desk of President Charles de Gaulle. Who actually was the genesis of what would become Farewell America must now be left to pure conjecture, as it was probably done verbally, covertly and quietly. Was it Robert Kennedy or Charles de Gaulle or both or neither?

    It became the provenance of two recently-retired French Intelligence operatives and one of their British counterparts to look into the murder of a president, again probably done verbally, covertly and quietly. They were basically given carte blanche to travel wherever leads took them and to talk to whoever they thought had useful and pertinent information to give. Their investigation took more than 3 years and covered practically the entire globe.

    Because the operatives were just that, and not writers, they enlisted a rather peculiar-looking Frenchman who called himself Herve Lamarr. It was this slightly-built, chain-smoking editor who took the voluminous notes, reports, interview transcripts and essays that the operatives had accumulated over the past 40+ months and collate them into a somewhat readable concise report. It was also Lamarr who came up with the pseudonym "James Hepburn," based on his overwhelming love and admiration for actress Audrey Hepburn. He bastardized the French word j'aime which means I love.

    It was most probably in mid-December, 1967 that Robert Kennedy received the final draft of the report and its effect was quite noticeable. Kennedy's public image changed from that of a New York Senator to a potential presidential candidate. His speeches became more international and less local-oriented. And it was quite soon thereafter that he did indeed throw his hat into the ring for the November presidential election.

    During Kennedy's all-too-brief run for the Presidency, most people judiciously avoided the assassination questions, but one student reporter for a campus newspaper in Berkeley, California asked Kennedy a rather direct question, couched in metaphor -- if elected would he open 'the files?' Kennedy's reply was metaphorical in return, saying that only the President can open 'those files' and I will be President! In less than three days, Robert Kennedy lay dead in a Los Angeles hospital after being shot three times at point blank range 25 hours earlier, only minutes after winning the California Democratic Primary.

    After waiting a few weeks, the Kennedy family was contacted about the status of 'the project,' meaning Farewell America. It was now the duty of the last remaining son, Edward Kennedy to basically squelch the entire operation as he said to the effect that he and the Kennedy Family no longer wished to pursue any aspects of either of the brothers' deaths.

    So now Lamarr had a book with content that could change the world's view of what had happened in Dallas. After approaching nearly every major American and British publisher and getting rejections from all of them, Lamarr decided to begin in Europe. One can assume that corporate attorneys working as counsel for those American and British publishing houses looked at a statement on page 387 of Farewell America:

        We challenge the individuals whose names are cited in this book to sue us for libel.

    One can also assume that those same attorneys would have cast a 'no' vote when asked by the editorial staff if they should publish Farewell America. But that was the entire tone of the book, because the book was a natural product of the results of the research and that research named names and placed blames.

    While I won't disclose what that research found, leaving it up to you to read the book, I will say that it cast light in directions which, at that time, had always been in shadows. When it was published in France under the title America Brule (America Burns), it quickly shot to the top of the non-fiction bestseller charts. Italian and German editions soon followed, each a bestseller as well and soon it became apparent that the only way to get an edition published in English was to self-publish it.

    So came the entity now known as "Frontiers Publishing." It was registered in Vaduz, the tiny capital city of the even tinier Duchy of Liechtenstein, nestled in the Alps. The legal office was in Geneva, Switzerland. The editorial office in Paris. The books were actually printed in Belgium and shipped to Manchester, England and Montreal, Quebec. The print run has never been disclosed but my research came up with an approximate number of copies in the 10,000 range. It seems that 4,000 were shipped for distribution throughout the UK and the other 6,000 were off to North America, but by having them sent out from Montreal they kept them out of the reach of the American authorities. Or so they thought.

    While the copies which were in England were distributed without incident to various bookstores in the British Isles, the copies which were sent to Canada came under attack quite quickly. After about one-third of the consignment had been shipped, a very odd thing happened. The shipments stopped completely.

    I have been able to place together some random facts and oddities into a fairly reliable story of what indeed happened. It seems that the FBI (or perhaps the CIA, but more probably the former) had traced the flow of Farewell America to a book warehouse in Montreal and they elicited the assistance of the Canadian Government (possibly the RCMP, but more probably the Ministry of Customs and Excise) to find a way to staunch the flow of Farewell America into the U.S.

    Now comes the creative part. Through some logistical legerdemain they were able to create an excise on hardcover books which were printed in Belgium. They were then assigned a 50% duty, to be applied retroactively as well! This means that the books would be seized for non-payment of a duty which didn't even exist when the shipment arrived in Canada. It's like getting a speeding ticket in September after they lowered the speed limit, and you traveled there in July! Nice grift if you can swing it.

    From 1969 until 1984 two pallets of Farewell America languished in Montreal, in an unheated, bonded, government warehouse. Freezing cold winters and blistering hot summers -- all fifteen of them.

    During this time the book became very tough to find and the price began to climb, eventually hitting more then $100.00 -- if you could find a copy. The scuttlebutt was that the FBI had bought up all remaining copies and had them destroyed. This type of tactic had worked with two of William Turner's books, The Fish is Red and The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy which Random House had stopped shipping to bookstores a few months after it was published, probably at the behest of the FBI. Of the 20,000 copies it printed, Random House probably burned three-quarters of them! Not good for the bottom line, but very good for the government relations.

    But the rumors were untrue and for some reason, still unknown, the book showed up as part of a Canadian government auction back in the spring of 1984. When I saw that there were two lots of about 2,000 copies each, I decided that I would attend the auction. With most of the auction audience after office furniture and the like, I was unopposed when bidding for the first lot of 2,000 copies. That changed in the few minutes that it took to begin bidding for the second lot. I repeated my opening bid when a voice from the back of the room bid an amount that was ten times my bid! Needless to say I didn't get the second lot.

    The bidder was a nondescript white male in a dark suit, perhaps 6'2" and around 200 pounds, as was his partner. I say 'partner' because they immediately radiated the impression 'government' or 'police.' When I paid for the lot and got my receipt and release slip I was approached by the two men and offered twice what they had just paid for the second lot in cash, right there and then, if I gave them my release slip and receipt. I politely declined.
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Kennedy assassination's unanswered questions

November 24, 2013 2:00 am


Fifty years ago, the JFK assassination diminished and weakened American pride and spirit. Our national spirit and purpose have not been the same since Nov. 22, 1963. We were left confused and shocked by this one tragic, seemingly senseless murder. Consequently, the presidential assassination became a national nightmare. As years went by, we were lied to and truth was hidden. “Truth” was fabricated for us to consume because we were not willing to challenge it and too naïve to understand. The media played along and were unwilling to pursue those who were responsible. A patsy was held up to us as the alleged assassin only to have his life taken. A false summary report was presented to us by the new president that did not correspond to the evidence found in the official 26 volumes of the Warren Commission testimony. As a result, our national nightmare continued to be haunted by the lack of clear answers to the assassination. Over the decades a majority of Americans refused to believe that one lone gunman was the assassin. Researchers discovered that witnesses were intimidated, presidential security protocol measures were violated, state laws were broken, evidence destroyed, evidence planted, evidence fabricated, incompetent medical physicians were used to perform the presidential autopsy, and the result was a rush to judgment without regard to the truth. Feelings of disbelief, discouragement and doubt continued. We felt this way because no motivation could be established by government authorities for the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

Files are still hidden from the American people, so the truth will not emerge. Our national spirit was weakened because those in power did not accept the American constitutional way to change power. As a result, future trust in government authority diminished. Conspiracy theories emerged because legal forensic examination of the evidence was faulty and controlled by external government authorities. If the JFK assassination was simply one “lone nut” being killed by another “lone nut,” then why erect an immediate wall of secrecy? If the case was as simple as the government said, then why the delay of the release of all the files? Why should forensic researchers experience so much frustration to gain access to all the files?


More troubling questions have emerged since the Warren Commission Report (1964), House Select Commission on Assassinations (HSCA, 1979), and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB, 1998) released their reports. Questions such as:

1) Why has there been a delay and difficulty to get at all the JFK files released since the passage of the JFK Record Act of 1992?

2) Why was the motorcade photographer’s position moved further back in the line-up instead of being located traditionally in front of the presidential limo?

3) Why did only one Secret Service agent react to the shooting on Elm Street?

4) Why was the military aide to the president not sitting traditionally in the front seat of the presidential limo between the Secret Service driver William Greer and Secret Service agent Roy Kellerman?

5) Why did Kennedy’s body show up in Bethesda with head wounds that contradicted Dallas doctors’ written medical reports?

6) Why was Kennedy’s body forcibly taken by the Secret Service before a legal autopsy could be performed by medical examiner Dr. Earl Rose at Parkland Hospital?

7) Why didn’t the FBI warn the Secret Service of their knowledge that a assassination hit team was in route to Dallas prior to JFK’s arrival?

8) Why did the Secret Service not allow the public to see Dallas doctors’ JFK news conference?

9) Why was the Zapruder film withheld from the American public and finally shown on Geraldo Rivera’s talk show, “Good Night America” in 1975?

10) Why was the presidential limo allowed to make that zig-zag turn through Dealey Plaza that violated Secret Service motorcade protocol instead of going straight down Main Street?

11) Why were two Secret Service agents waved off the rear bumper of JFK’s Limo by Secret Service agent Emory Roberts just as the presidential limo leaves Love Field?

12) Why did President Johnson order all evidence not released in the 26-volume Hearings and Evidence of the Warren Commission classified for 75 years?

13) Why would the HSCA close their investigation with much of the evidence considered secret and sealed for 50 years by congressional rules?

14) Why were witnesses intimidated in advance by the FBI and by the Warren Commission counsel?

15) Why was there no explanation for a photo showing the presence of another rifle found on the sixth floor of Texas School Book Depository building?

16) Why did Emory Roberts, the Secret Service agent in the follow-up car, prevent his fellow agents from reacting to the sound of gunfire and attempt to reach the president?

17) Why were Secret Service agents in Dealey Plaza immediately after the assassination seen confiscating and removing evidence from the crime scene?

18) Why did communications between the Pentagon and all other agencies go dead at the moment of the assassination for two hours?

19) Why was the nuclear command “Black Box” missing for a period of time following the assassination?

20) Why was JFK’s limo sent back to Hess & Eisenhardt of Cincinnati, Ohio, before a forensic examination could be completed?

Who could orchestrate something like this? Who could exert power to conceal from the American people what really happened and why? Only a few had to know the truth. Others were unknowingly manipulated to comply with direct commands. A conspiracy was created to hide the truth and to ensure a successful assassination. So why haven’t these questions been addressed? The answer is obvious. Because very high-level government officials were complicit in organizing, concealing and promoting falsehoods to cover their participation in the assassination plot. Various government intelligence, security and military agencies went along because they were told to do so.

Without answers for the tragedy of Dallas, the pain will continue to haunt the souls of thoughtful Americans. Justice delayed is no justice at all to find those responsible and the American soul remains anguished. As JFK so accurately stated, “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” Americans want answers and are owed an answer for an assassinated leader who was constitutionally elected!

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Dear friends, 
After its world premiere at the Texas Theatre in Dallas last Sunday and a successful UK cinema release yesterday, my new documentary KILLING OSWALD is now available to stream worldwide at http://www.killingoswald.com
The film features interviews with authors John Newman, Dick Russell, David Kaiser and Joan Mellen; Cuban exile leader Antonio Veciana and Watergate burglar Eugenio Martinez; alongside rare archive film and audio of Oswald and his alleged CIA handlers George De Mohrenschildt and David Atlee Phillips. 
None of the TV specials aired here or in the US over the last few weeks have explored Oswald's life before Dallas in any depth, so I hope the film provides a counter-argument to the mythology still swirling around Oswald in the mainstream media. It was heartening to see the film outscore Parkland in many reviews here yesterday. 
Please help spread the word about the film within and beyond the research community. The DVD is also available on Amazon via the links on the website. 
All the best,
Killing Oswald
A film by Shane O'Sullivan 
UK• 2013 • 102 MINS
Using archive footage, interviews and dramatic reconstruction, Killing Oswald explores the mystery of how and why John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald were assassinated in 1963. We trace Oswald's bizarre transformation from US Marine radar operator in Japan, monitoring U2 spy planes over Russia; to 20-year-old Marxist defector, decamping to Moscow threatening to share military secrets with the KGB; to pro-Castro activist in New Orleans and self-proclaimed patsy in Dallas. We chart his secret life in the months and years leading up to Dealey Plaza, and the troubling intelligence connections that led to the “assassin” being assassinated.
"Killing Oswald sifts through the [secret files] made public after Oliver Stone's JFK and raises compelling new questions about the whole affair" - The Guardian
"This excellent documentary from Shane O'Sullivan benefits from the richness of the archive material it has unearthed and from some intriguing testimony by well-informed 'experts'" - The Independent (4 stars)

"A mesmerising and intricate tale...unique in that it focuses solely on the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and his movements prior to the shooting" - Cine Vue (4 stars)
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Barry Seal, the Dallas get-away plane, and the JFK assassination
November 22, 2013

It’s July 1, 1972. The TV series Bewitched is airing its final episode, Attorney General John N. Mitchell is resigning as chairman of President Nixon's re-election  committee, and Sammy Davis JR’s aptly-titled single “Candy Man” is moving smartly up the charts.

And its also the date of Barry Seal’s arrest in New Orleans for conspiracy to export enough C4 plastic explosive to blow the island of Cuba half-way toward the Florida Keys, an arrest which will eventually result in a move on Seal's part that seems to confirm that the explosive rumor about him we've been trying to track down–that he flew a get-away plane out of Dallas after the JFK assassination–is true. Or, rather, is likely true, because we'll never know for certain.

His arrest for attempting to export 7 tons of platic explosive is—although no one suspects it yet—one of the many twists and turns of the Watergate Scandal. And he knows it. When Customs Agents slap the cuffs on Seal in New Orleans, he says, angrily, “All I need is a bunch of Cubans after me.”
"All our secrets are the same."

seal_480It was in the sun-drenched Albuquerque study of two of America's most prominent writers —one a Guggenheim Fellow, National Book Award winner, and former member of the National Security Council, the other a celebrated investigative reporter whose first book took on  the entire power structure in Kentucky —that I first heard what I later came to think of as  "The Question."

Answering that question, to my satisfaction and hopefully yours, is where this story will end. In between are a few carefully chosen  fragments, shards from the broken mirror that I have—that we all have—been attempting to piece back together for the past 50 years.

To understand what follows, here are a few insights that seem to have particular relevance to this story from a few of Barry Seal’s contemporaries kind enough to share with me some of their accumulated wisdom.

An active and still-living(and thus necessarily anonymous) participant in American “clandestine operations,” for example, who once told me something that upon reflection seems obvious on  its face.

He said, “All our scandals are the same scandal. All our secrets are the same.”

secretsWhat he meant, I believe, is that serious American scandals almost always arise from the fertile soil of this nation’s chief post-WWII money-making propositions: selling weapons and/or running drugs.

These are often said to be the No. 1 and No. 2 industries in the world, in terms of foreign trade, and it matters not which is ranked first, and which second, because they are two sides of the same coin. Many people to whom you would like to sell weapons can only pay you back with an equivalent quantity of illicit drugs.

    The three most over-rated things in this world,” he told me, “are home cooking, home loving…and the FBI.

Then there's something a famous Southern lawman named Rex Armistead told me, which helps me keep from getting my hopes up too much when there's an announcement that there will be a full FBI investigation of whatever the latest outrage happens to be: "The three most over-rated things in this world,” he told me, “are home cooking, home loving…and the FBI."

Finally there's what a retired US Customs Agent who had spent much of his career investigating Barry Seal said when he learned how shocked I'd been at the solicitousness of so many Americans towards Fidel Castro back in the 50’s, when he was just another bandito in the hills. These Americans had all shown their concern for Fidel by running weapons to him to defend his guerrilla band against the cruel Cuban tyrant Batista.

Their number included CIA guys, Mafia guys, and even a few characters from what they call the “Dixie Mob,' including Barry Seal, David Ferrie, and even Jack Ruby, who I was shocked to discover all knew each other!

“What did you expect?”asked my Customs informant with a bemused smile. "Of course they all know each other. There aren't that many ‘players’ out there."

Most of what follows drives home one or another of these points.
Welcome to Connected-land!

goon-platoonOur story begins during the summer of 1972, a more innocent time where few suspected that the breaking Watergate scandal will contain links to narcotics trafficking and arms smuggling.

During the CIA’s shut-down of what Watergate investigators will later call “The Mexican Connection,” the arrest of Barry Seal will merely be “collateral damage”

But it is what happened after Seal’s arrest that today provides persuasive evidence that Barry Seal was involved in the Kennedy assassination, and viewed it as his "ace in the hole" during his often-acrimonious dealings with his superiors.

On July 3 The New York Times reports a DC-4 has been seized at the Shreveport Regional Airport, loaded with enough explosives to fuel a coup in a good-sized Latin American country. There’s almost seven tons of C-4 explosives, there’s 7,000 feet of  primer cord, 2,600 electric blasting caps and 25 electrical  detonators.

Authorities say the explosives are destined for Cuban exiles in Mexico, who plan to use them to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Federal officials say seven men in Texas and Louisiana have been arrested on charges of conspiring to smuggle munitions to Mexico.

eagle-passThey include Richmond Harper, a millionaire rancher and bank director from Eagle Pass, Texas, a former Inspector with the INS, a New York Gambino-connected Mobster named Murray Kessler, and pilot Barry Seal.

Kessler, a  frequent house guest at the Harper ranch, has a record of six felony convictions on charges of interstate theft, transporting stolen property, bookmaking and conspiracy to possess heroin.

A surveillance report written after he landed at the San Antonio airport  describes him as “50-ish and Jewish-looking, wearing a open-collar gray shirt with a gray sports suit, accompanied by a “bleached blond in white slacks and a red polka-dotted jacket.”

More important than the bleached blond wearing polka dots, to our story, at least, is that Murray Kessler according to former DEA agent Dick Gustafson, who knew him, is “an anti-Castro guy, which was like a mantra he carried around with him.”

Stirring the pot a little thicker, Kessler was also a known associate of Guy Banister and David Ferrie in the 1960’s.

“He had a lot of familiarity with that group of ‘yahoos’ in New Orleans,” Gustafson says. “That’s how I figure he met Barry, who was involved with Guy Banister and Ferrie back then too.”
The Shut-down of the Mexican Connection


It will come out at their trial that the men were busted by a US Customs undercover agent with CIA connections with whom Kennedy assassination aficionados are familiar named Cesario Diosdado, a participant in one of the stranger episodes occurring on November 22, 1963.

In Miami, Cuban Alpha 66 head  Antonio Veciana reported that several hours after the assassination Caesar Diosdado mysteriously showed up at his home unannounced.

“You don’t know anything about Kennedy, do you?” Diosdado asked.

When Veciana replied “no,” Diosdado seemed satisfied. Veciana felt he was being tested, so didn't tell Diosdado that he had seen Oswald in Dallas a month earlier, he later testified, because “he didn't want to get involved.”

JFK assassination investigator Gaeton Fonzi reported: "Veciana said as soon as Diosdado walked in the door he told him, ‘hey, don't worry about a thing, I don't even know why I'm doing this, they just told me to do it, interview some Cubans.’”

What’s been busted up, later court testimony reveals, is a weapons for heroin deal, masterminded by “rancher-banker” Richmond Harper, who is  described as a “tall lean guy wearing a string tie and cowboy boots  and a cowboy shirt with monogrammed initials “RCH.”

It’s a description which fits him, Seal widow Debbie agrees, having seen him when she flew in to the airport in Eagle Pass with her pilot husband, so the two men could confer while awaiting trial.
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My friend Ed Tatro sent this to me today

50 Reasons For 50 Years - Episode 50

The Bigger Picture
Filmmaker Oliver Stone discusses conflict behind the scenes during John Kenn…

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‘An important part of intelligence work is sensing, before you have hard proof, that a critical development will occur. Call it professional intuition, the conviction that a number of pieces, when eventually assembled into enough of the entire puzzle, will constitute a revelation that is vital. … That one new piece of information, perhaps a single line in a report, some awareness which gives you a funny feeling at the back of the neck…’

 ‘… Using the STASM formula for spot analysis, propaganda can be distinguished by the consideration of five elements : 1 – Source (including the media), 2 – Time, 3 – Audience, 4- Subject, 5 – Mission…..”
Read the entire piece by Kelly above about Grandma on the roof; if you’ve been labelled a “conspiracy theorist” (as I have) or you spend a significant amount of time tracking down the details of the latest national or international event, then you need to read this.


You should also note, if you are not already familiar with it, the movie “The Assignment”.

Here’s the trailer:
(2:29)  [The full movie is available online.]

My favorite part is the awareness training that takes place inside an old building, perhaps a former hospital, in which the interior was gutted and re-built to create an apartment setting. Anibal is taught something like that alluded to in the article by William Kelly, Jr. above, in the film’s case, it’s about sizing up and zeroing in vital clues with a glance.

The Wikipedia entry for the film is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Assignment_(1997_film)

The IMDB listing for the film is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118647/



The Public Interest Declassification Board should Establish Credibility by Re-Reviewing the Kennedy Assassination Records, then Prioritize Declassification by “Following the Footnotes.”

DECEMBER 9, 2013

tags: FOIA, Kennedy Assassination, MDR, National Declassification Center, NDC, pidb, public interest declassification board

by Nate Jones






Who has read this?

Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy 

Vince Palmara, author of Survivor’s Guilt declares: “During all presidential motorcades during the period from 1961 to 1963, multi-story buildings were manned and guarded by either the Secret Service, the local police, the military, or some combination of the three except in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. This was standard operating procedure before the assassination, not merely as an after-the-fact result or reaction of the tragedy itself.”

Kris Millegan, publisher of TrineDay states: “The author discovered this fact not only through intensive research of long-forgotten newspaper articles and the like but through interviews with Key Secret Service officials. And contrary to popular opinion and mythology, President Kennedy was very cooperative with the Secret Service and did not order either the Secret Service or his presidential staff to relax any security measures. In particular, via many interviews with former agents and White House aides, the author discovered that President Kennedy did not order the agents off his limousine for the Dallas trip. As with the lack of protective coverage of buildings, the buck stops with the Secret Service, not JFK, for why this security measure was not invoked.”


The author’s blog: http://vincepalamara.blogspot.com/


“Survivor’s Guilt” is now free online; please see:


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A Grim Sundae
December 9, 2013UncategorizedHunger Games, killing, NWO, Vietnam. social engineering   

On another forum somewhere out there on the Internet, I received a comment from someone who called him- or herself “not wasting anymore time here” (location unknown), suggested to be and seemingly acting like an Internet troll [have you read Victor Pelevin’s book The Helmet of Horror?].

He disagreed with me about the Hunger Games being “bad books” and wondered why I — confusing my gender from lack of knowledge of who I am — would waste my time reading three books in a series I didn’t like.

I had suggested in my own comments that the Hunger Games was a “social engineering” effort, a media psy-op.

So I went back and resurrected what I had written just around Labor Day of 2012.

I’d been exposed to the trilogy after a short vacation stint in mid-coastal Maine where I’d stopped at the bar in a resort hotel at the tip of one of Maine’s infinitely-numbered rocky peninsulae and struck up a conversation with the bartender, a college girl working for the summer.  She wanted to be a novelist and was well down the path, and she said she’s been reading some of Stephen King’s material on how to write, with which I am intimately familiar.  She said she was deeply engaged in the first book in the trilogy and told me about it, and said it’d been written for adolescent girls.  There was already some street buzz about the series, and I was intrigued as to why someone would write a book about survival and murder for an audience of 15-year-old girls. Not wasting her time here anymore suggested that perhaps it was to alert the audience to the New World Order. I hope she is right, and I hope that the 15-year-old girls and boys pay close attention and practice their archery skills. They will come in quite handy in a battle with those who have virtually total awareness through surveillance, whose troops are mobile in armored vehicles, and who have — to borrow on Brzezinski — psychotronics.

I watched the first movie on TV after I’d read both the first and second books in the trilogy.

“What struck me almost immediately about the movie was the casting of Woodie Harrelson as Haymitch which I found oddly curious given his father’s history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Harrelson.”

After watching the movie and doing some preliminary Googling to read more about the series and the author, I wrote about killing.


KILLOLOGY, (n): The scholarly study of the destructive act, just as sexology is the scholarly study of the procreative act. In particular, killology focuses on the reactions of healthy people in killing circumstances (such as police and military in combat) and the factors that enable and restrain killing in these situations. This field of study was pioneered by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, in his Pulitzer-nominated book, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society.

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    Asken, M., & Grossman, G., with Christensen, L., Warrior Mindset: Mental Toughness Skills for a Nation’s Peacekeepers, Warrior Science Publications, 2010.

    Grossman, D., with Christensen, L., On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace, WSG Research Publications, 2004. (On the USMC Commandant’s required reading list.)

    Grossman, D., & DeGaetano, G., Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence, Crown Books (Random House), 1999. (Published in German and Norwegian.)

    Grossman, D., On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, Little, Brown and Co, 1995 (hardback), 1996 (paperback, in 18th printing as of 2008). Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, 1995. (Published in German, Japanese, and Korean;On the USMC Commandant’s required reading list.)

    Grossman, D., The 7th Infantry Division (Light) Capabilities Book, U.S. Army, 1986.


    Grossman, D., “The Ability to Kill,” in Police Sniper Training and Operations, D.Bartlett (ed.), American Sniper Association, 2008.
    Grossman, D., “Stress Inoculation and Fear: Practicing to be Miserable,”in W.I.N. Critical Issues in Training and Leading Warriors, B. Willis (ed.), Warrior Spirit Books, 2008.
    Molloy, B., & Grossman, D., “Why Can’t Johnny Kill? The Psychology and Physiology of Interpersonal Combat,”in The Cutting Edge: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Combat, B. Molloy (ed.), Tempus Press, 2007.

    Grossman, D., “Defeating the Enemy’s Will: The Psychological Foundations of Maneuver Warfare,” in Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology, R.D. Hooker (Ed), Presidio Press, 1994.

    Grossman, D., “Maneuver Warfare in the Light Infantry: The Rommel Model,” in Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology, R.D. Hooker (Ed), Presidio Press, 1994.


    Grossman, D., “Aggression and Violence,” in Oxford Companion to American Military History, Oxford Press, 2000.
    Grossman, D., “Evolution of Weaponry,” in Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, Academic Press, 2000.
    Grossman, D., & Siddle, B.K., “Psychological Effects of Combat,” in Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, Academic Press, 2000.
    Murray, K.A., Grossman, D., & Kentridge, R.W., “Behavioral Psychology,” in Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, Academic Press, 2000.
    Grossman, Dave, Two Lessons from Jonesboro: Conducting Critical Incident Debriefings and the Role of Television in Feeding the Need for Enemies.

    Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part VII: Auditory Exclusion, ‘Our guns just went “Pop!”’” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 3 No. 2, Summer 2011.

    Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part V.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 2 No. 4, Winter 2010.
    Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part IV.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 2 No. 3, Fall 2010.
    Grossman, D., “America’s Sheepdogs: Standing Guard Inside Homelend Security.” Inside Homeland Security: Journal of the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, Vol. 8, Issue 3, Fall 2010.
    Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part III.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 2 No. 2, Summer 2010.
    Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part II.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 2 No. 1, Spring 2010.
    Grossman, D., “On Combat, Part I.” ALERT3: Journal of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, Vol. 1 No. 4, Winter 2009.

    Rahman, M., Grossman, D., & Asken, M., “High Velocity Human Factors: Factoring the human being into future police technology” (PDF). PoliceOne.com, http://www.policeone.com/training/articles/1646301, February 5, 2008.

    Grossman, D., “What Does it Mean to be a Police Officer?” Police Recruit, Vol. 1, 2007.
    Fairburn, R., & Grossman, D., “Preparing for School Attacks.” The Police Marksman, Nov/Dec 2006.
    Grossman, D., “Preface: Hunting Wolves.” Global Crime, Vol. 7, Number 3-4, Aug-Nov 2006.
    Grossman, D., & Christensen, L., “Of Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs.” Published in:
    -South Carolina Trooper, Winter 2006.
    -Arkansas Lawman, June 2005.
    -Oklahoma Chief to Chief: The Official Publication of the Oklahoma Chiefs of Police, -Spring/Summer 2005.
    -The Coalition: The Official Publication of the National Narcotics Officers Association Coalition, Spring 2005.
    -The Police Marksman, Nov/Dec 2005.

    Grossman, D., “Life Not Death: ‘Earn It’.” Integrity Talk: The Official Publication of the International Association of Ethics Trainers, Summer 2005.
    Grossman, D., “Justice, Not Vengeance.” Integrity Talk: The Official Publication of the International Association of Ethics Trainers, Spring 2005.

    Grossman, D., & Christensen, L., “The Murder Statistic is Not aTrue Indication of the Problem.” The Firearms Instructor: The OfficialJournal of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Issue 36/Spring 2004.
    Grossman, D., & Christensen, L., “Terrorism and Active Shooters:The Threat of Mass Murder on American Soil.” The Firearms Instructor: The Official Journal of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Issue 35/Winter 2003.

    Grossman, D., “Islamic Zealots, Corporate Predators, and the Attack on Democracy: A Moral Perspective On Our Current State of Affairs.” Tuebor: A Publication of the Michigan State Police Training Division, Winter, 2003.

    Grossman, D., & Christensen. L., “In Order to Survive.” Signalman: Journal of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Autumn/Winter, 2003.
    Grossman, D., & Christensen. L., “Practising to Be Miserable.” Signalman: Journal of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Spring/Summer, 2003.
    Grossman, D., & Christensen. L., “Looking Forward to It, and Getting It Over With.” Signalman: Journal of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Spring/Summer, 2003.
    Grossman, D., “Killology.” Signalman: Journal of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, Spring/Summer, 2002.
    Klinger, D., & Grossman, D., “Answering Foreign Terrorists on U.S. Soil.” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Spring 2002.

    Grossman, D., “Terrorism and Local Police.” Law and Order: The Magazine for Police Management, Dec 2001. (Reprinted in Ohio Police Chief magazine, Summer 2002.)

    Grossman, D., “Cops, Kids, Killing and Video Games: The Psychology of Conflict, the Media’s Role in Creating an Explosion of Violent Crime, and the Implications to Law Enforcement,” Illinois Law Enforcement Executive Forum, Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, August 2001.
    Grossman, D., & Siddle, B.K., “Critical Incident Amnesia: The Physiological Basis and Implications of memory Loss During Extreme Survival Situations.” The Firearms Instructor: The Official Journal of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, Issue 31/Aug 2001.
    Grossman, D., “Pulling the Plug on Kids and Violence. Study Confirms Obvious: Less TV = Less Violence.” American Family Association Journal, Oct 2001.
    Grossman, D., “On Killing II: The psychological cost of learning to kill.” International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Summer 2001.
    Strasburger, V., & Grossman, D, “How Many More Columbines? What Can Pediatricians Do About School and Media Violence.” Pediatric Annals, 30:2/Feb 2001.
    Grossman, D., “Teaching Kids to Kill.” National Forum: Journal of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Fall, 2000.
    Grossman, D., “Human Factors in War: The Psychology and Physiology of Close Combat.” Australian Army Journal, Issue 1/99.
    Grossman, D., “Trained to Kill: Are We Conditioning Our Children to Commit Murder?” Christianity Today, cover story, August 10, 1998. (Received national writing award, translated and reprinted in periodicals in eight languages; and reprinted in over a dozen U.S. and Canadian periodicals, to include: Hinduism Today, US Catholic, and Saturday Evening Post.)
    Grossman, D., “Cops, Kids, Killing and Video Games: The Psychology of Conflict, the Media’s Role in Creating an Explosion of Violent Crime, and the Implications to Law Enforcement,” The Law Enforcement Trainer: The Official Journal of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, vol. 13, Number 3, May/June 1998.

The above are merely samples extracted from a larger source….

See also http://www.killology.com/audio.htm
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Warren de Brueys played a major role in the coverup of the President Kennedy assassination.
He worked closely with New Orleans Mafia Boss Carlos Marcello who assisted the FBI  in assassinating President Kennedy

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Warren de Brueys, former Metropolitan Crime Commission director and FBI agent, dies at 92

 December 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Warren Claude de Brueys, a managing director of the Metropolitan Crime Commission who also was an FBI agent whose duties included deciphering Japanese codes in World War II and compiling the first report on President John F. Kennedy's assassination, died Dec. 21 in Mandeville. He was 92.

DeBrueys.jpgWarren Claude de Brueys

 A native New Orleanian who had lived in Covington more than 20 years, Mr. de Brueys joined the Metropolitan Crime Commission as its managing Director in 1979, two years after retiring from the FBI. He held that post for a decade, during which he was a member of the Governor's Commission on Criminal Justice, the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforcement, the New Orleans Mayor's Citizens' Commission Against Crime and the Juvenile Courts Subcommittee of the Judicial Planning Committee. He also was chairman of the Subcommittee on Police, Courts and Corrections.

He returned to his hometown after an FBI career that began during World War II, when he worked undercover with the FBI in Mexico City. During that period, he met Mary Louise Henderson; they were married in New Orleans.

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Barry Seal, the CIA camp in Lacombe, & the JFK Assassination

It was in the sun-drenched Albuquerque study of one of America's most prominent historians—a Guggenheim Fellow and a National Book Award winner—that I first heard what I later came to think of as "The Question."




Enroute from Los Angeles to New Orleans, where I would spend the next two years researching and writing a book about renowned CIA pilot-turned-infamous drug smuggler Barry Seal, I stopped to visit Dr. Roger Morris and Sally Denton, the writers who first brought serious national attention to the CIA operation in Mena, Arkansas led by Oliver North, and Barry Seal.


We were drinking cokes in the warm sun and exchanging tidbits of information each of us had gleaned about our common subject, when at one point Morris leaned forward.

“What have you heard,” he asked, “about Barry Seal having flown a get-away plane out of Dallas after the Kennedy assassination?”  

I stared at him blankly. I replied that I didn’t know there had even been a get-away plane. And that was the end of it. The conversation quickly moved on.  But the moment changed my life. In the two years of research which followed, I never forgot the question.

Months later, while collecting old news clippings in Barry’s hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I struck up a conversation about Seal with the morgue librarian at the Baton Rouge Advocate. She had a kind of smoky whiskey voice you generally don't associate with librarians.

"Its another world, New Orleans"


We shared a few anecdotes about Seal. Then, unbidden, she told me, “My ex-husband, who was ‘connected,’ told me that Barry Seal flew a getaway plane out of Dallas after JFK was killed."
"How long ago?" we demanded. "How long ago did he tell you? When did you hear about this?'

"Hell, she said, “a good 20 years. I've been remarried for ten."

Later, after I heard a story  about Barry Seal from John Odom, a friend and classmate of Seal’s in high school, I began to realize that the rumor might be something more than that.  While it wasn’t common knowledge, in certain circles in Louisiana it is what is known as an “open secret.”


“One Friday evening, while we were in high school, I got a call from Barry,” Odom began, “asking if I'd like to fly with him in the morning over to Lacombe, a little town on the north shore across Lake Pontchatrain from New Orleans."
“We left about 5.30 A.M. and flew over to the little airport there. And when we got off the plane there was a guy on the tarmac dressed all in black: black military fatigues, black boots, a black beret. He was sitting in a director's chair, drilling a bunch of Civil Air Patrol cadets, all carrying the old M1 rifles, standing in formation in front of him.”
“His name was David Ferrie. He was a captain in the Louisiana Civil Air Patrol. And he had fake eyebrows, real weird, with one eyebrow turned up at a 45-degree angle. I laughed when I saw him. And Barry didn’t like that, and told me to stay by the plane or he wouldn't let me fly back with him to Baton Rouge.”

Big shout out to Oliver Stone


Even if  you’re not a JFK assassination researcher—and I wasn’t—you know who Ferrie was. Everyone’s seen Joe Pesci’s brilliant portrayal of Ferrie in Oliver Stone’s JFK. Many recall that Ferrie – just forty-eight hours after Kennedy died—was brought in for questioning on suspicion that he had been involved in the assassination.

Odom watched them confer, he said, and saw Ferrie point to the 50-or-so wooden crates staged next to the tarmac.

On the way back to Baton Rouge, Barry Seal told him that he was working for Ferrie, who he said was "CIA.”  (Ferrie's CIA link was confirmed by Victor Marchetti, former Deputy Assistant to Richard Helms, who testified that Helms disclosed, in executive discussions during the Garrison investigation, that Ferrie had in fact been employed by the CIA.)

“Seal said he making $400 a week flying "runs" of crates of weapons and ordinance for Ferrie,” said Odom. He asked me, How'd you like to make that kind of money?”

Odom said he told Barry, 'I'll think about it.'  But they never discussed it again. Decades later, the incident remains puzzling to Odom. "Our dad made about $400 a month back then, and we weren't poor, but I was stunned and didn't know what to say.”

Translated into today's money, Barry Seal was making $2500 weekly…on the weekends.

A piece of real history slipped through the cracks


Then a fortuitous happenstance brought me a photograph that spoke volumes about Barry Seal's career, and the people involved in the JFK assassination.

Seal left it to his wife, Debbie, now his widow. And despite the 7-man "clean-up crew" from the State Department that came down from Washington to her home and combed through all of Barry's records in early 1995, it is still in her possession. The photo, which she considered a keepsake, remained untouched in her safe.

The photo was in a cardboard frame of the kind used by nightclubs and tourist attractions, with the date it was taken, January 22,1963, stamped on the back. It was taken in the nightclub of the Aristos Hotel in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa.

At the time the photo was taken, the CIA's covert action chief in Mexico City was David Atlee Phillips. Philips, AKA Maurice Bishop, reportedly met with Oswald in Dallas before the assassination.


The photo shows a group of ten men, wearing black suits and skinny ties, drinking around a table. They appear to be a mixed group of Cuban exiles, Italian wise guys, and square-jawed military intelligence types.

Identifying the men in the photo took months. And when I had, I realized that it is the only extant photograph of the members of  the CIA’s super-secret assassination squad known as “Operation Forty."

A young (24-year old) Barry Seal is seated third from left.  Seated to Seal’s right is former CIA chief Porter Goss. Front left, beside Goss, is the notorious Cuban "freedom fighter" Felix Rodriguez.  Rodriguez, a vice cop under the corrupt Mob-run Batista regime in Cuba, later became an Iran Contra operative and a confidant of the first George Bush.


Felix Rodriguez has long been known to be one of the CIA's most vicious assassins. According to law enforcement authorities, he keeps Che Guevara's hands in a jar atop his dresser. 

On the other side of the table, the only celebrant displaying any regard for tradecraft is  covering his face with his sport coat. However, his swept-back “Big Wave in Hawaii” pompadour made him fairly easily identifiable as Frank Sturgis. Sturgis has often been mentioned in connection with the JFK assassination.

Sturgis will later become famous as one of the Watergate burglars.Beside him, front right, is a man well-known among Kennedy assassination researchers.  William Seymour was the New Orleans representative of the Double-Chek Corporation, a CIA front used to recruit pilots (like Seal).  Researchers identify Seymour as the man said to have impersonated Lee Harvey Oswald, while Oswald was out of the country.


It is certainly a well-connected group. Just the fact that the man who will become the biggest drug smuggler in American history had been  consorting back in 1963 with a man whose job was recruiting pilots for the CIA makes allegations of CIA involvement in the drug trade far more than just another conspiracy theory.

So, if there had been a get-away plane flown out of Dallas after the Kennedy assassination—and assuming there had been an authentic investigation into the assassination, which there was not—Barry Seal would have been high on the list when authorities told the police to call in the “usual suspects.”

But that puts the cart somewhat in front of the horse. Is there evidence that there was a get-away plane?  The answer is yes.

Three men in suits at Redbird Airport

RedbirdAirportAt about 1:00 P.M. that same afternoon, half an hour after the president was shot, neighbors who lived along the road that runs by the Redbird Airport, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Dallas, began calling the police.  A small private plane, they reported, was behaving very strangely.  

For an hour it had been revving its engines, not on the runway, as per usual, but parked at the end of the airstrip on a grassy area next to the fence. The noise was so loud it prevented nearby residents, glued to their TVs for the news about the terrible event downtown, from hearing.

The police, perhaps understandably, were too busy to check it out. The question became moot when shortly thereafter  the plane took off. 


An FBI file of March 10, 1967, describes statements made by Louis Gaudin, the government's air traffic control specialist at Redbird airport, who recalled observing three men in business suits board a Comanche-type aircraft at about 2:00 P.M.

Thirty-seven years later, I  tracked down Louis Gaudin in retirement in the tiny town of Long Branch, Texas. “I filed that report in ’67 for only one reason,” Gaudin told me. “Sometime in 1967 I received a visit from an Assistant District Attorney in (New Orleans District Attorney) Jim Garrison’s office.”

“He showed me pictures of four possible pilots involved in the incident that day. One was a weird-looking character with a funny-looking wig. Then, shortly thereafter I saw on the news that David Ferrie had committed suicide, said Gaudin.

“That’s when I smelled a rat.”

Redbird Airport (today Dallas Executive Airport) is  a  small airfield between Dallas  and  Fort Worth. But it wasn’t just any old airport.

“The  FAA  had  its  general  aviation  headquarters there, said Gaudin.  “Howard Hughes had a huge old WWII hanger there, with heavy security. People from Wackenhut all over the place. And there were the Porter planes from General Harry Byrd’s outfit.”

MDByrde3General D. Harry Byrd’s links to the Kennedy assassination begin with the fact that he owned the building, the Texas School Book Depository, from which Kennedy was supposedly gunned down.

Then, too, he founded an aircraft company that became one of the largest U.S. defense contractors during the Vietnam War, Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV), which also—and perhaps not coincidentally?—tested missiles at the Venice Airport in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

“What had happened was this,” he continued. “I was an air traffic controller working in the tower at Redbird that day. When I came on shift at 2 PM,  we received a bulletin to report any suspicious activity immediately to an FAA Security number. And we kept calling that number all afternoon, but got nothing but a busy signal. And then, after we heard they had caught the ‘lone gunman,’ I guess they called it, we stopped calling, and let the matter drop.”

From his perch atop the control tower, Mr. Gaudin, between handling twenty or thirty flights into and out of the airport an hour, had noticed something suspicious about three well-dressed men  in business suits standing, along with several suitcase,  beside a Comanche painted green-and-white.


So suspicious was he, Mr. Gaudin related, that when the plane took off on runway 17, he asked the pilot if he needed any assistance. The pilot said no. Gaudin asked which way the plane was heading. The pilot stated south.

Gaudin watched as the plane flew south for two miles, then made a hard left, and then flew north to Love Field.

The pilot had lied.

Suspicions aroused, Gaudin went over to the control tower’s receiver and listened as the plane made an approach and landed at Love Field, eight miles north of Redbird.

An hour later, the plane was back at Redbird. This time only two people were aboard. The third passenger—let’s call him the shooter–had been left at Love Field.

James Garrison, American hero

jim-garrisonAnd that’s where the matter rested until Garrison’s investigator’s came calling. 

Then, after Gaudin became alarmed at the death of a man whose picture he had just recently been shown, he called the FBI, and filed the report which, he said, became something of a burden to him for the rest of his life.

“There was no Freedom of Information Act back then,” he says today. “That’s what’s  created some problems for me.”

This would be just a ‘suspicious sighting’ except for something that happened later, which clearly indicated to Gaudin that he was a witness to something he had no business seeing.

From the control tower, he says, he was too far away to be able to identify anyone who boarded the plane. But there was one person who could: Merrit Goble, who ran the fixed-wing operation, TexAir, at Redbird Field.

“Merrit and I were friends,” Gaudin relates. “So one day, after filing the FBI report, I went down to see if the FBI had been by to visit him as well. They hadn’t, he told me. So I asked him if he had anything, any gas receipts, any record of the fueling of the plane in question. And Merit acted very strangely. He told me, in effect, that it was none of my business. He said, ‘I will only answer questions from a bonafide law enforcement authority.’”

“I always thought that was strange: ‘I will only answer questions from a bonafide law enforcement authority.’ Because like I said, we were friends.”

Merrit Goble died last year, taking any secrets he possessed about the suspicious plane to his grave.

Means, Motive, Opportunity

 young-sealWas Barry Seal at the controls of the plane that took off from Redbird Airport on November 22 1963? We’ll never know for sure. But lacking an eyewitness willing to come forward and enough of a survivalist to live to tell his tale, we base a “yes” answer on his association with—and proximity to—the major players whose names get bandied about in connection with the assassination.

The central thesis of most writers on the  assassination is that the Kennedy assassination was the work of the Mafia, elements of the CIA, and right-wing Cuban exiles aligned with Guy Banister, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, all of whom were CIA-connected. Not to mention Lee Oswald, who had formed an alliance with the U.S. intelligence community as a young man in the Civil Air Patrol with David Ferrie.

Barry Seal knew them all.

He was a known associate of the ‘usual suspects’: David Ferrie, Carlos Marcello, Guy Banister, and Grady Partin. He was a gunrunner to Cuba, and a veteran of the Bay of Pigs. And his participation in Operation 40, the CIA’s assassination squad, the blackest of black ops, as attested by the photo taken in Mexico in January 1963.

guy-bAbout one longtime associate of Banister and Ferrie (Murray Kessler)  who was busted with Barry in 1972, one DEA agent said, “He (Kessler) had a lot of familiarity with that group of ‘yahoos’ in New Orleans; that’s how I figure he met Barry, who was known to have been involved with Guy Banister and Ferrie back then too.” 

Moreover, Barry Seal was a spectacular pilot, one of the best alive.

I believe Seal flew that ‘getaway’ plane out of Dallas; and that during his often-acrimonious dealings with his superiors, his participation in the JFK hit remained his ‘ace in the hole’ for the rest of his life.

But where did the shooters come from? I’ll take that up tomorrow, in “The Camp in Lacombe.” As far as I know, I’m the only investigator in recent times who was able to locate—and visit—the site of the CIA’s secret camp for assassins in Lacombe, Louisiana.

What do the 9/11 attack and the Kennedy assassination cover-ups have in common?


Mis-direction. On 9/11, New York City was where most of the killing took place. It took maybe an hour. In Venice, Florida, where the key conspirators got together, they spent more than a year.  Yet there’s been endless talk—leading absolutely nowhere—about thermite, about holograms, about Building 7. And its all hooey, or, to use the technical term, disinformation.

Why I’m so sure is because I was the only investigative reporter at the biggest 9/11 crime scene—Venice—that wasn’t reduced to rubble. And I was continually made aware that I didn’t belong—and wasn’t wanted—there.

The Kennedy assassination set the pattern. Debating the minutiae of Dallas—the ‘magic bullet theory,’ the changing parade route, the standing down of military intelligence, and dozens of other unexplained anomalies—has proven only that a conspiracy had indeed taken place.

But it was never going to put anyone in jail. Because the conspiracy was elsewhere. In New Orleans, Chicago, Miami, on No Name Key, and. most especially, in Lacombe, Louisiana, where the CIA kept a secret camp which trained  assassins.

Moreover the conspirators were pros. The Kennedy assassination was their calling card.  Unlike the “big find” about the identity of the second shooter which one prominent author is currently using to flog his book—who was told by a friend of a friend of a guy who had it on good authority that so-and-so, who’s now, regrettably, dead, was in on the hit— they didn’t disappear from history after November 23, 1963.

 For the next several decades, the people who killed JFK made history. In Laos, and Cambodia, at the Watergate complex, and in the drug trafficking scandal that was mis-named Iran Contra.

They were people like Barry Seal. 

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After 40 plus years, former FBI agent Donald G. Wilson reveals in his book “Evidence Withheld”, physical evidence that was recovered from the car of James Earl Ray which was abandoned in Atlanta, Georgia in 1968 and has never been viewed by anyone until the printing of this book, “Evidence Withheld.” Wilson was targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2000 for only one reason: they didn’t want the American public to know the truth or view all of the evidence surrounding the assassinations of MLK and JFK. Read in his own words as Wilson, one of the only remaining men alive who participated in the MLK Jr. Assassination investigation, casts a bright spot-light on the tragic events of 1963 and 1968 and reveals the truth as it really occurred. Read in Wilson’s book “Evidence Withheld” the following: • What really transpired leading up to the date of king’s assassination and the cover-up aftermath that continues even today. • Read how Atlanta FBI agents danced and sang upon learning of MLK’s assassination. • Read Wilson’s response to the contrived U.S. Department of Justice report of 2000 that attempted to destroy both his credibility and that of the evidence. • View for the very first time new physical evidence that documents a conspiracy implicating the FBI and CIA and an FBI informant with the initials of J. J. Who sold out MLK. “Evidence Withheld” provides not only words but actual physical evidence in the form of handwritten notes that one can view. Make no mistake, this book will be attacked by the “people of darkness,” a shadow cabal that to this day controls the foreign policy of the United States of America regardless of who is President.

About Donald G. Wilson

[author] Donald G. Wilson was born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania in October of 1942. He is married and has three children and four grand-children. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. Degree from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee. He continued his education, graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee with a L.L.B. Degree in 1965. He spent ten years as a special agent with the FBI and ten years in the private sector involved with domestic and international security matters. He currently resides in the upper mid-west where he is an avid tennis player. His writing projects, in addition to the current book “Evidence Withheld” include, in series form, the Exploits of Carter Holiday, A Modern Day Soldier of Fortune who divides his time between Chicago, Illinois; Fort Lauderdale, Florida and exotic world-wide locations.
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my friend Ed Tatro has been researching the JFK assassination
for 50 years

He spoke last weekend at this conference.

watch him in the banned documentary
the guilty men
google the title with the word jfk
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New book reveals how much FBI, CIA knew about Oswald before Kennedy assassination

It has long been known that the Warren Commission, the blue ribbon panel of public officials appointed by former President Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy, was flawed in ways that led to generations of conspiracy theories about what happened on Nov. 22, 1963. A forthcoming book from former New York Times reporter Philip Shenon digs into exactly what the commission got wrong, both by intentional concealment, or, in Shenon's view, extensive attempts by both the CIA and FBI to withhold just how much they knew about Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the weeks and months before he killed the president.

"In many ways, this book is an account of my discovery of how much of the truth about the Kennedy assassination has still not been told, and how much of the evidence about the president's murder was covered up or destroyed - shredded, incinerated, or erased - before it could reach the commission," Shenon writes in the prologue to A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination, which draws its title from the first sentence of the commission's report. "Senior officials at both the CIA and the FBI hid information from the panel, apparently in hopes of concealing just how much they had known about Lee Harvey Oswald and the threat that he posed."

Schieffer: The weekend America lost its innocence
Shenon was interviewed by Bob Schieffer on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday morning. He started the book in 2008, when one of the former staff lawyers from the commission contacted him to suggest he write a history of the Warren Commission like one he had just authored on the 9/11 Commission.

Much of the evidence Shenon includes in his book shows the amount of information about Oswald's time in Mexico that either never reached the Warren Commission investigators or was directly contradicted in reports by the CIA. One example is a June 1964 memo to the commission's lead investigator from J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI director at the time of Kennedy's assassination, in which Hoover wrote about a report from "our people in Mexico" that " [Oswald] stormed into the embassy, demanded the visa, and when it was refused to him, headed out saying, 'I'm going to kill Kennedy for this.'" (it was unclear to Hoover whether the embassy in question was the Cuban or Soviet embassy in Mexico City). The investigators told Shenon they were certain they had never seen the memo, which disappeared before it reached them and only turned up in the classified archives of the CIA years later.

Panelists discuss JFK assassination
Another previously unknown revelation in the book: Cuban dictator Fidel Castro submitted to questioning by the Warren Commission in a secret meeting with one of the commission's investigators, William Coleman, off the coast of Cuba.

Some of the FBI's other attempts to cover up their connections with Oswald have previously been revealed, such as the fact that Dallas-based FBI agent James Hosty had received and later destroyed a letter from Oswald protesting the FBI's questioning of Oswald's Russian-born wife, Marina. Under orders from his superior, Hosty destroyed the letter by ripping it into pieces, then flushing the pieces down the toilet at the Dallas FBI office, two days after the assassination when Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby.

Tom Johnson, a former press secretary to President Johnson who later became publisher of The Dallas Times Herald and The Los Angeles Times as well as a president of CNN, described Oswald's letter to the FBI as "a note threatening to blow up the Dallas office of the FBI, the building, if the agents did not cease trying to interview Oswald's wife Marina." Johnson confirmed the existence of the latter with former FBI director Clarence Kelley during his time at the Dallas Times Herald.

"The decision was made two days after the assassination to destroy this note. In truth, we'll never know exactly what was in that note, and its been described in different ways," Shenon told host Bob Schieffer. "The Warren Commission knew absolutely nothing about it.

Despite the intentional destruction of evidence, Kelley, who succeeded Hoover as the head of the agency, came to see Hosty as a victim when he later conducted a private search of the FBI's own files about the investigation. "He was convinced that if Hosty had been told everything that FBI headquarters knew about Oswald's Mexico trip, he would have alerted the Secret Service to the obvious threat that Oswald posed," Shenon writes. "The FBI, Kelley said, would have 'undoubtedly taken all necessary steps to neutralize Oswald.' And that was Kelley's larger conclusion - that President Kennedy's assassination could have been prevented, perhaps easily. "

Could Kennedy assassination have been prevented?
Hosty's note from Oswald was one of the earliest pieces of evidence the commission might have examined that disappeared, but it was certainly not the only example. In the first chapter of the book, Shenon tells the story of how Navy pathologist James Humes threw his blood-stained notes from Kennedy's autopsy into the fire after he transcribed a fresh copy of the report. He said that he wanted to keep the documents from falling into the hands of "ghouls," and gave a similar rationale for ordering that the sheets that covered Kennedy's head wounds in Dallas be laundered during the autopsy.

The commission's investigators never even saw the photos and X-rays from the autopsy, which were in Robert Kennedy's custody at the Justice Department. The Kennedy family - and Earl Warren, the Chief Justice and chairman of the commission - decided to withhold the photos for fear that they would be leaked to the public and destroy the public image of Kennedy as a handsome young president instead of a crime victim with a gruesome bullet wound to his head.

"Repeatedly in the history of the Warren Commission you see the chief justice making decisions that were designed to protect the [Kennedy] legacy," Shenon said. The decision to block access to the autopsy photos caused "huge turmoil" among the commission's staff, he added.

Shenon also points to the CIA as having taken great steps to cover up their knowledge of Oswald's visit to Mexico City before the assassination. The book's prologue opens with the story of diplomat Charles William Thomas, a career State Department employee who uncovered details about Oswald's time in Mexico, including his affair with a Mexican woman who was a supporter of dictator Fidel Castro. The reports Thomas wrote to CIA Mexico City Station Chief Winston Scott with those details were ignored, as was the memo he sent to then-Secretary of State William P. Rogers when Thomas was forced out of the State Department in 1969. Thomas committed suicide in 1971.

"There is some evidence to suggest [Oswald] had a brief relationship with a young Mexican woman ho worked at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City," Shenon said on "Face the Nation." "The Warren Commission actually wanted to interview that woman but Chief Justice Warren made the decision she would not be interviewed because he said 'she was a communist and we don't interview communists.'"

A section of Scott's memoirs - which included details about the extent of the CIA's monitoring of Oswald in Mexico - was only declassified in the 1990s. The agency photographed Oswald outside of the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City, and recorded his phone calls while he was in Mexico, evidence that never reached the commission. Scott's memoirs also reveal that he thought there might have been a foreign conspiracy to kill Kennedy involving Oswald as a Communist agent, which contradicted what he told the Warren Commission.

"Scott told the Warren Commission that he did not believe there was a conspiracy, and apparently in his memoirs he says he exactly the opposite," Shenon said.
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Ed Tatro and I became friends
after we brought him to speak
not once but on two different occasions
at Bates College where we held a conference for 11 years detailing evidence of crimes committed by taxpayer funded FBI agents.
He detailed the role the FBI Director
J Edgar Hoover played in planning and covering up President Kennedy' s assassination.


THE DALLAS ACTION~PT.27: “A Front Row Seat To History-Ed Tatro And The Shaw Trial”.

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Recently at the JFK Historical Group’s Research Conference, I had the opportunity to sit with Edgar F. Tatro, Consultant/Contributor, Nigel Turner’s “The Men Who Killed Kennedy” episodes “The Guilty Men”, “The Truth Shall Set You Free”and “The Smoking Guns”; the original editor of Madeleine Brown’s “Texas In The Morning”, among many other credits.
Here, Mr. Tatro recounts, for Us, the incredible story of his experience when, at 20 years old, he travelled to New Orleans and attended the Conspiracy Trial of Clay Shaw.

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Scientific Study Reveals Conspiracy Theorists The Most Sane Of All

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When you are the law enforcement agency
investigating the murder of President Kennedy
who you just helped assassinate,
you can control the direction and outcome
of the investigation.

Every good criminal justice consumer
knows that.

LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination by Phillip F. Nelson

LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination

The 2013 softcover edition of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination is now available, marking the 50 year anniversary of JFK's assassination. This is an updated version of the original Skyhorse hardcover edition, first published in 2011.
This book is about a man whose long history of criminal behavior has been documented, even in the absence of a court conviction for any of it. His underlying mental issues -- a deadly combination of personality (narcissistic and sociopathic) and psychiatric (bi-polar and paranoia) disorders, all untreated until he left the presidency, formed the manic condition with which he climbed the political ladder. His success in brazenly stealing the 1948 Senate election, followed by a series of murders gave him ever-increasing confidence to go further in his criminal activities. His involvement with the Billie Sol Estes scandals in the mid-1950s, through selling his powerful influence to facilitate the Estes frauds against the government, was widely reported on in 1962, yet he cunningly escaped indictment through sheer willpower, threats against Estes and at least five murders of men who could have connected him to the crimes, all of them still "unsolved cold cases" fifty years later. The murder of his sister Josefa was also directed by Johnson in this same period of time, according to Estes. As soon as that scandal had been swept under the rug in 1962, the Bobby Baker scandals followed in 1963, threatening to end his political career through certain censure by the Senate and Justice Department indictments to follow. The only way out for the vice president was to succeed the president, and that meant "He had to go" (which was exactly how Johnson phrased his orders to kill people who got in his way, according to U.S. Marshal Clint Peoples, who was eventually killed by persons unknown, twenty years after Johnson died).
The premise of the book, and the term "Mastermind",
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