Friday, April 27, 2018

Final Release

As I predicted, the mainstream media headline on the day after President Trump's deadline for the release or continued withholding of JFK assassination records is: Cleveland Browns draft a Quarterback as the first pick in the NFL Draft.

And that's what it is.

There's also the response to Trump's decision to release 19,045 assassination records, 
15,584 with redactions, and withhold in full 520 records under sections 10-11 and 6103 of the IRS tax code. 

Sections 10-11 deal with grand jury records, that are supposed to remain secret forever, but in reality we already have the New Orleans grand jury records that are open in full, and deeds of gift - such as Jackie Kennedy's oral history and William Manchester's papers. 
The key paragraph in the official announcement appears to be an oxymoron, but not if you read it carefully. 

"All documents subject to section 5 (National) of the JFK Act have been released in full or in part. No document subject to section 5 of the JFK Act remain withheld in full. The President has determined that all information that remains withheld under section 5 must be reviewed again before October 26, 2021 to determine whether continued withholding from disclosure is necessary."

The key words here are "have been released in full or in part." In part - refers to the 15,584 records that have been released with redactions. 

In my first quick perusal of these records I found every one significant in some way, and not like the other batches that were previously released that contained many records NBR - Not Believed Relevant. 

Of the dozen documents I reviewed so far, every

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Two Ace of Spies

TWO ACE OF SPIES - James Bond - Henry Pleasants

I have come to meet more than a few interesting characters in the course of my reserach into the assassination of President Kennedy, and a few stand out as exceptionally eccentric or notorious, especially James Bond - the world's most famous spy, and music critic spy Henry Pleasants - who debriefed Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen.

It was the summer of 1976 when I first came across a published reference to the real James Bond in a 1948 Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper article about millionaire philantropist Cummins Catherwood, who I had just learned had served as a secret CIA bursar for covert activities.

Catherwood's CIA connection was exposed by David Ross and Thomas Wise in their groundbreaking book "The Invisible Government," and I was at the Bulletin clipping morgue, reading dozens of newspaper clips that mentioned Catherwood. His CIA activities were readily transparent in the news coverage of his activities, including the support of the anti-Castro Cuban Aid Relief (CAR), providing cover for CIA agent Joseph Smith in the Philllipines, tourist travels behind the Iron Curtain, including the Soviet Union, and the construction of the Vigilant, a yacht that he had built to his personal specifications and as a tax write off - used for scientific and research explorations under the auspicies of the Catherwood Foundation.

In the course of reading the news clips about Catherwood, there was one report of his expedition to some Caribbean out-islands that included a number of scientists, one of whom was identified as "James Bond - whose main interest is birds."

Now that jumped out at me, and I looked at the date of the paper - 1948 - years before Ian Fleming began writing his 007 novels, but the year Philadelphia ornithologist James Bond published his classic work "Birds of the West Indies."

Those familiar with the official and deceptive biographies of Ian Fleming know that the author of the Double-Oh-Seven spy novels appropriated the name for his hero from James Bond - the American author of "The Birds of the West Indies," a copy of which Fleming kept on his breakfast table at Goldeneye, his Jamaican beach house where he wrote all of his 007 stories while on his annual winter vacations. 

So - as opposed to those who claim similiar adventurous exploits, or another person named James Bond, there is only one real James Bond - the American ornithologist and author of the book "Birds of the West Indies."

Readers of Ian Fleming's original fiction know that he appropriated names and characters from real people he knew - as in Dr. No where 007 poses as a bird watcher using the alias Ivor Bryce, Fleming's OSS and NANA associate.

But besides James Bond himself, I was surprised to see Fleming portray a character Milton Krest, who closely resembles Cummins Catherwood, - the rich sportsman whose yacht and expeditions are tax deductable research missions just as Catherwood bankrolled the Vigilant.

While Fleming and his man Krest don't expose the supposedly secret CIA connections to such millionaires and their foundations, the Ruskies knew about it all along, as Kim Philby revealed in his autobiography "My Silent War.``

In his book written from Russia Philiby recalls the CIA's Frank Wisner explaining to him (and his KGB masters) how the "Foundation System" worked - ostensibly philanthropic non-profit organizations were to be used to fund secret CIA covert operations worldwide.

So Ian Fleming based two ostensibly fictional characters on real people from Philadelphia - ornithologist James Bond and philantropic CIA bursar Cummins Catherwood, that made it easier to find another, as when things happen twice they usually happen a third time.

In the course of reading Ian Fleming's New York adventure in which 007 and his CIA sidekick Felix Leiter go to Harlem jazz joints, Leiter is described as being a music critic and writing about jazz and classical music as a cover for his covert CIA shennigans. That got a WOW out of me, as I still had David Wise and Thoms Ross' "The Invisible Government" right there next to me.

And there it was: Henry Pleasants, former OSS interrogator and CIA agent, who debriefed Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen, also wrote classic and jazz music. Besides writing reviews and critiques of classical performances, he wrote a book that declared classical music dead and jazz the future of serious music.

It just so happened that before Henry Pleasants moved to London, he was the chief music critic of the Philadelphia Bulletin, whose clipping morgue I routinely mined, and his wife Virginia played the cello in the Philadelphia Orchestra.

While attending a concert at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, the former home of the orchestra, I asked an old black usher if he remembered Henry Pleasants and got a positive response.

Wearing a uniform, and in a very proper English voice, the usher snapped to attention, almost clicked his heals, saying, "Yes. Mr. Pleasants the writer and critic, and his wife Virginia, are now living in London, sir."

And so it was, a few years later, enroute home from Berlin after the collapse of The Wall in 1990, I just happened to be in London in a pub with a phone directory that listed Henry and Virginia Pleasants, and called them on a whim.

Mrs. Pleasants, very polite, said that Henry was at a music festival in Vienna, but as I was an American from Philadelphia, she said that Henry would be in New York in a few weeks, and she arranged for me to meet him there.

It was in the basement of an old church where Pleasants had scheduled a lecture, a well attended talk on the earliest recordings of opera singers - as they could be heard on old player piano type rolls, and a fascinating class it was. After which, I approched him, introduced myself and asked if I could have an interview. Sure he said, but back at his hotel, a few blocks away a little later. 

There, he poured us each of us a drink of whiskey over ice, and sat down and asked what I wanted.

Well, I said I read many of his Philadelphia Bulletin music reviews, and wrote about a weekly music column myself, but I was really more interested in Gehlen and Ian Fleming, to which he bristled a bit and sat back.

It was no secret that he had debriefed Gehlen, but he said, standing up and walking across the room, opening the door - he said he was expecting someone else. - But it just wasn't a subject that he could talk about. It was all still classified and he just shrugged and said he couldn't talk about it.

What about Fleming?

Well, I showed him the reference to him in "The Invisible Government," and then quoted the lines from Ian Fleming's Harlem adventure.

"That's me all right," he acknowledged with a smile, as I asked him how he knew Fleming, or how Fleming knew him?

Pleasants thought about it for awhile and then he said, almost to himself in wonder, "My wife Virginia played the cello in a chamber group with Ian Fleming's sister, who also played the cello," but otherwise he couldn't explain it.

Then I found another character in one of Fleming's short stories - "The Living Daylights," in which 007 is assigned a sniper's rifle and assigned to kill a Soviet sniper who will attempt to shoot someone escaping East Berlin.

It turns out the Soviet sniper is a women, a beautiful women, who kept her rifle in the cello case, so instead of killing her Bond only wounds her in the hand so she can't fire.

It should also be noted that President Kennedy was in the audience when Leonard Bernstein introduced a teenage cellest Yo Yo Mass to the world at a Washington concert, so the cello comes into play a number of times in this story. 

So Ian Fleming took the name for his secret agent from an American ornithologist, and based two other characters on Philadelphia personages - Cummins Catherwood and Henry Pleasants, and adapted his sister and Virginia Pleasants for the cello playing sniper.

But what did all this have to do with the assassination?

Well there was Michael Straight - an ex-patriate American at Cambridge where he was recruited into a communist spy ring by Guy Burgess, one of the bevy of KGB spies - the others being Kim Philby, Donald MacClean and Sir Anthony Blunt, the surveyor of the Queen's pictures.

When JFK nominted Straight for appointment as the head of the national federation of the Arts, the FBI background investigation led to the Cambridge ties, and Straight confessed. The problem was that while Burgess and MacClean had fled to Moscow, Philby and Blunt were still on the loose.

Straight was a close friend of Fleming, and it was Fleming's primary liason to MI5 who was given the responsiblity of informing Kim Pilby of Straight's confession and his implication.

Of course when J. E. Hoover found out about the Cambridge spy ring he ordered an investigation of every American who attended Cambridge - and that would include American ornithologist James Bond, who was also a member of the Cambridge Pitt Club, Guy Burgess' fraturnity.

The plot thickens.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

MLK Fifty Years Gone

MLK - 50 Years Gone

                                                                                                                       Patrick Duff inspects the MLK House in Camden
Michael King

There's a lot to be said on this 50th anniversary of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr..

As James Douglas concluded in his book "Why JFK Was Killed and Why It Matters," the nation, including you and me were in denial over the murder of President Kennedy, and blandly accepted the government's cover-story, which set the stage for the subsequent murders of MLK and Robert F. Kennedy.

Douglas contends that if the accused assassin lee Harvey Oswald wasn't himself killed while in police custody, and JFK's murder was properly investigated and prosecuted, MLK and RFK would not have been killed in the way they were, with set-up patsies to take the fall while we all look the other way.

And I will take that a step further as I believe that if Brian DeBeckwith didn't shoot Medgar Evers in the back as Evers got out of his car after watching JFK give a civil rights speech, and get away with it for decades, then JFK would not have been killed the way he was.

King was killed as he leaned over the railling of a second floor balcony of the Loraine Motel in Memphis, where King was supporting a sanitation workers strike. Well King would be glad to know that those municiple sanitation workers were just awarded $70,000 each when it was noticed that they were the only municiple employees who didn't get a pension. One guy, eighty some years old, who was on strike when King was killed, is still driving a truck today because he didn't get a pension.

King's last words, as he called them down to the band and choir director in the parking lot, was a request for a favorite gospel song "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," that Elvis even covered.

Take My Hand Precious Lord

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I'm weak, I'm lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear, precious Lord linger near
When my light is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet, hold my hand
Take my…

All I remember of MLK's death is the riots where young blacks took to the streets, turned over cars, set fires and stores as my father, a Camden policeman, carried my grandmother out of her North Camden house, and she lost everything she had.

While the official investigators continue to blame James Earl Ray, another deranged loner framed for the crime, Loranne Motel cafe proprietor Loyd Jowers has testified in a Memphis trial that the real sniper was a Memphis police lieutenant. Former Oxford professor and British barrister William Pepper brought that trial to court, and wrote a book "Act of State," that sets much of the record straight.

The House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded there was a conspiracy, and then locked away their MLK records for fifty years, records not included in the JFK Act of 1992 that freed the HSCA JFK records, though many of the MLK records are among the batches of JFK Act records released in 2017.

There are a number of MLK connections to South Jersey. King's personal attorney Clarence Jones, was the song of the cook and servants of the wealthy Quaker Lippincott family who owned the Chalfont-Haddon Hall and lived in Longport, where the future attorney for King recalls his first racist experience as a child.

In 1958, as King was studying Ghandi's non-violent civil disobedience tactics in freeing India of British colonial rule, MLK gave a speech to a Cape May, NJ conference of Quaker Friends on using non-violence techniques in the Civil Rights movement to end segregation. On April 4, 1968 Walter Cronkite began his national news cast announcing the death of King, who he called "the Apostle of non-violence in the civil rights movement."

King's first civil act occurred in South Jersey in June 1950 when he was refused service at Mary's Place in Maple Shade, where when King and three friends refused to leave when they were refused service, and the bar owner, a German World War I veteran Ernest Nichols, pulled out a gun, opened the door and fired the gun in the air. That was enough and King and company left but went to the police station where they pressed charges against Nichols for refusing service and weapons violation.

King was assisted in he case by Camden Dr. Ulyssis Wiggins, but the case was dismissed when the parents of three college students who were sitting at the bar pressured their kids not to testify. Today, MLK boulevard in Camden ends at the Delaware River waterfront park named after Dr. Wiggins.

Patrick Duff, a South Jersey car salesman, deserves much of the credit for researching the published records of MLK's time in South Jersey, especially the incident in Maple Shade, where the site of Mary's Place will soon have an historic plaque to recognize what occurred there.

Duff found a copy of the original report signed by "Michael King," as he was yet to be known as Martin Luther King, Jr., and they called him Mike.

That report also lists King's legal address as 753 Walnut Street, Camden, New Jersey, where King and his best friend, fellow Crozier seminary student Walter McCall lived as the row house was owned by McCall's uncle and his cousins lived there.

That row house was boarded up and slated for demolition until Duff called attention to its historical significance and King's friend Rep. John Lewis (D. Ga.) said the house should be preserved for future generations, so they will know the story behind it.

Duff interviewed a number of people who also lived at the house at the same time and they recalled Michael King living there, but that was before he was famous and he was just another guy passing through, a friend of their cousin. King also gave sermons at the local Baptist Church when he lived in the small bedroom in the back of the second floor while one of the sons was away in the Army.

Duff recently came up with a newspaper story about King''s time in Camden that included an interview with the young man who said he just got out of the Army that very day in June 1950 and was still in his uniform when King told him they were going to Maple Shade to get something to eat. The young soldier warned King that he wouldn't get served in Maple Shade, but King replied, "We'll have to change that so we can go anywhere."

So King and his friends went to Maple Shade because they knew they wouldn't get served, and they provoked that incident and wanted to test the relatively recently passed New Jersey state civil rights law that ended segregation.

One of the old houses still standing on MLK Boulevard is the Walt Whitman house, owned and run by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Agency - Parks and Recreation Department. It is still standing today despite the race riots of the sixties and seventies because of its late caretaker Elizabeth Ray. Ray was a local neighbor who graduated from Rutgers and worked at the Whitman House, where during the height of the riots she stood out front swinging a broom stick at any rioter who came near the place.

Now the NJ state DEP is taking nominations for the 28th annual NJ Historic Preservation Awards [ ], that should be named after Elizabeth Ray and I intend to nominate Patrick Duff for the 2018 Award as I can think of no one more deserving.

As Acting DEP commissioner Catherine R. McCabe has said, "We look forward to honoring the many projects being done in communities across the state to preserve priceless pieces of New Jersey's legacy. Our history is being preserved because of the efforts undertaken by people who are moved to action because they care so much about the indelible mark these places and people have had on their communities. These efforts have contributed significantly to the preservation and understanding of our treasured past."

And nothing fits that description better than MLK's Camden house and the role Patrick Duff played in preserving it and calling attention to an important chapter in King's life that has so far escaped his biographies and the history of the civil rights movement.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Grandmother is on the Roof! Today is the Day of the JFK Act

Grandmother is on the Roof – Head’s Up!

Image result for AOTUS David Ferriero
Archivist of the USA David Ferriero with the Constitution 

If David Atlee Phillips were alive today I’d give him a call and tell him “Grandmother is on the roof!,” and he would laugh, and ask what’s up?

“Grandmother is on the roof” is the punchline Phillips would tell as a joke to his newly recruited agents. As the joke goes, a newly arrived immigrant to America who received a letter from home that informed him that his beloved cat had climbed on the roof, fell off and died.

The immigrant responded with a letter that asked not be give so much bad information all at once, and break it down, first sending a letter saying the cat went on the roof, then later say she fell off and then that she died, so as to ease the impact.

He then received a letter that simply said: “Grandmother is on the roof.”

Phillips used that as a way of an intelligence analysist recognizing some seemingly insignificant piece of information and recognizing it as something that was going to develop into something big and significant.

As Phillips explains in his novel The Carlos Contract, "That's what you must look for - 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 - the suspicion that suddenly becomes a conviction that something important is in motion, that grandmother is on the roof."

Well Monday, March 26 is here - Todays The Day - the deadline date President Trump prescribed for the Archivist of the United States David Ferriero 

So heads up! 

The NARA should, though anything can happen, they should identify the agencies that have requested JFK assassination records be continually withheld, announce how many records there are on that list, and release those previously released records that are not being requested to be continually withheld, a motherload of the best stuff.

Now I don’t know what will happen, but I suspect, since the archivist I communicated with two weeks ago, that it will take two weeks to process the records that have been requested to be continually withheld, so to me that says there are a lot of them.

We should have been lobbying David Ferriero AOTUS these past to weeks to recommend full disclosure and not continually withhold anything – as the law – the JFK Act of 1992 prescribes – so now we will have to lobby Donald Trump POTUS – who has one month to decide whether or not to continually withhold anything and if so, what records on the assassination of JFK are so sensitive our national security is impearled. He is also required to identify those records, and explain the reason why they must be withheld from the public and citizens of the United States.

Whatever happens, we must come up with a reasonable and sensible response, and mobilize the troops to get what we want and is needed – total and full disclosure.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Debunking Dave Perry


Dave Perry 

Even before he was quoted on the CNN story, “One JFK conspiracy theory that could be true,” I had a number of problems with Dave Perry.

First off, in dealing with the CNN report, the question isn’t “Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone when he shot the President?” – the question Vincent Bugliosi asked my associate John Judge, who correctly responded, yes he acted alone, he just didn’t kill anybody.

As Bugliosi went on to write “various conspiracy theorists have accused 42 groups, 82 assassins and 214 people of being involved in the assassination,” but the bottom line is the event only happened one way in real life and that is the full truth we are trying to determine.

I have three issues with Dave Perry, though I know there are probably more if I paid any attention to him, but I have a few bones to pick with him, including his knowledge of the Bledsoe police report, the stopwatch video and his attempts to denigrate the late Jim Marrs and the eminent Dr. Cyril Wecht.

The Bledsoe Dallas Police arrest report of October 1963, says that “Alex Hidell” and Jack Ruby were arrested for an altercation at Bledsoe’s rooming house, the day before Bledsoe actually evicted Oswald. The document was found among the effects of Oswald’s mother at a major university library some years ago, and considered genuine by some, even Dallas police officers and court clerks.

Perry however, says that it’s all a hoax, a prank by some people he knows who wanted to embarrass conspiracy theorists. If that is the case then it wasn’t a joke but a crime, as tampering with evidence in a homicide is itself a felony, and obstruction of justice as well, and if he knows those who committed this forgery and crime, he too is guilty of obstruction of justice.

Like the Monroe-Killgallon wiretap report and the Secret Service – CIA memo that says Oswald was trained by the CIA at Camp Perry (no relation to Dave), the Bledsoe document is a very detailed and professionally crafted document that is either genuine or designed to deceive. If a deception, it was meant to link Oswald and Hidell, Ruby and Oswald and both of them to Castro, who was being set up to take the fall for the Dealey Plaza operation.

As Bob Fox’s detailed analysis of the Bledsoe arrest report concludes: , “Genuine or not, there is a lot more to the Bledsoe arrest report than Dave Perry ever let on. Perry’s writing is so incomplete, so one-sided, so agenda-driven is to be misleading,” as he parodies Dave Perry as Naked Gun’s Lt. Frank Drebin/Leslie Nelson when he says amid the calamity and chaos - “Nothing to see here.”

My second problem with Dave Perry is the deceptive video he shot with the late Gary Mack that was broadcast on the Discovery Channel a few years ago and shown again by prosecutors at the CAPA Mock Trail of Oswald recently held at the Texas College of Law in Houston.

In this video Perry and Mack attempt to prove that Oswald could have been the sixth floor sniper because someone could leave the sixth floor southwest corner of the building, move across the full length of the building, ditch the rifle, descend four flights of stairs, walk across the room and through the second floor lunchroom door in less than ninety seconds, when Dallas Policeman Marion Baker saw Oswald through the closed door window of the lunchroom.

No one I know contends that the distance couldn’t be done in the time allotted, but the four facts that exonerate Oswald are not even addressed, as you can’t dance around them as Mack and Perry do with the bogus timing issue.

1)     At 12:15, when the motorcade was supposed to be at Dealey Plaza, but was running fifteen minutes late, a number of people on the street saw the man with a rifle on the sixth floor, at a time when Oswald was seen on the first floor. If not Oswald, who was that guy?

2)     None of the four witnesses on the stairs and fourth and fifth floor landings saw or heard anyone go down those stairs in the two minutes after the last shots were fired, and would have if anyone descended those steps at that time.

3)     Ninety seconds after the shooting Marion Baker arrived at the top of the steps on the second floor landing and saw Oswald through the square foot window of the closed lunchroom door. The door had to be closed or Baker would not have been able to see through the window, as physics and geometric law prescribes. And if Oswald had gone through that door a few seconds before Baker saw him, then building manager Roy Truly, who was a few seconds in front of Baker, would have seen him go through the door, and didn’t. But alas, there is another door to the lunchroom, one from the secretary’s office, the one Oswald left through, and the one he came in, coming up from the first floor, where he was last seen.

4)     Four minutes after the last shot, two minutes after the second floor lunchroom encounter, as Oswald was leaving the building, a court clerk from across the street saw a man in the sixth floor sniper’s nest window, not Oswald but someone who was in no hurry to get away, and confident that he would.

But Gary Mack and Dave Perry ignore those four established facts that exonerate Oswald as the sixth floor sniper.

The third beef I have with Dave Perry is his attempts to discredit Jim Marrs and Dr. Wecht. While I knew when Jim Marrs wrote the book on UFOs that it would be used to discredit his JFK work, we now know that the whole UFO phenomenon was used as a pretext to cover the U2 and other experimental technology like drones. In fact, the UFO project Bluebook was run by USAF General Charles Cabell, the brother of the mayor of Dallas, a documented CIA asset.

Perry tries to flip Dr. Wecht’s statement about the bogus Alien Autopsy film that he’s never seen an autopsy like that one, and he’s performed thousands of them, which Perry misconstrues as an endorsement of aliens. 

It isn’t Jim Marrs or Dr. Wecht who need to be exposed for misrepresentation of the truth, it’s Dave Perry whose the fraud.

There’s a lot of problems with the CNN story, but biggest fallacy is: “So, when reporters, producers, or amateur historians want to check out the latest JFK conspiracy theory, they call Dave Perry.”

At the time of the passage of the JFK Act in 1992 the Go-To Guy was the now discredited serial plagerist Gerald Posner, who garnered headlines a few days after the law was passed saying that the files are free and there’s nothing in them, even before anyone could read them. Then it was John McAdams, the fired university professor. Max Holland is also a favorite of the media, and more recently Phil Shenon has been given a lot of ink and airtime to promote his attempt to revive the original fake cover story that Castro was behind the assassination.

The difference between Lone Nut Debunkers like Perry and Real Researchers is real researchers take what we know and try to answer the outstanding questions that can be answered, while debunkers like Perry poke holes in silly conspiracy theories. I’ve debunked more conspiracy theories than Perry but I know that one of them is right, and that’s the way it really happened.

Rather than Perry, Posner, McAdams or Holland, those who really want answers to the outstanding questions surrounding the assassination should go to the best independent researchers working full time on the case – Professor Peter Dale Scott, Dr. John Newman, Paul Hoch, David Talbot, Dick Russell, attorneys Jim Lesar, Bill Simpich and Larry Schnapf, or any of the good researchers – Larry Hancock, Jim DiEugenio, Lisa Pease, Len Osanic, Larry Haapanen,….there are dozens who know  more than Perry but are not asked.

Another misleading statement is: “Conspiracy theorists often gather to compare notes at special symposiums, like one in 2012 at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University. The event, which included (Oliver) Stone as a panelist, seemed more like a revival meeting at a Sunday house of worship than an academic conference, according to a reporter who was there. "Replace 'Amen' for 'That's right!' and it would have basically been a church," recalled Rebecca Nuttall. It’s a shame neither CNN nor Dave Perry were there, or they would have learned something.

Nuttall, a reporter for the Pittsburgh free weekly, is a newbee to JFK research, and must have gone to the wrong church. I was there and saw no such display of ferver, but rather a series of serious presentations that anyone can view on line and judge for themselves, including many of those named above. My presentation was on Ed Primeu's combination and cleanup of the two existing Air Force One radio transmission tapes and my transcript of them, for which I earned the 2013 Mary Ferrell Award for research. But of course CNN, the New York Times and Washington Post didn’t bother covering that conference.

Perry then goes on to list the five top suspects:

1)     LBJ did it. Not based on Madeleine Brown, who was, despite all of Perry’s attempts to debunk her, was LBJ’s mistress and what she knew and said carries much more weight than Perry’s biased opinions. That LBJ did it, as Trump confidant Roger Stone attests, is because he benefited the most by taking over the reigns of power. We know LBJ wasn’t the mastermind behind the Dealey Plaza operation because he rejected, on the early evening of the assassination, the original cover story that was falsely devised to blame Castro for the assassination, and he decided to go with the Phase Two deranged lone nut scenario.

2)     That the military industrial complex was responsible does not rest on the fact that JFK wanted to avoid a ground war in Vietnam, something the military brass wanted, but rather on the fact that many of those involved were associated with US Army Reserves Intelligence. And the Joint Chiefs of Staff and their intelligence arm (the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence – ACSI) had an intelligence net over Dallas and Dealey Plaza and were the first to finger Oswald as the assassin and patsy. And the framing of Oswald and Castro was a black propaganda ploy similar to the Northwoods operations they wanted to use against Cuba.

3)     The mob didn’t do it because the mob doesn't use snipers (Bugsy Seigal excepted) or black propaganda though they were in bed with the CIA in the attempts to kill Castro, William Harvey was Johnny Rosselli’s case officer, and Rosselli was known as “Colonel Roselli”who co-sponsored, with the CIA, one of the anti-Castro Cuban commando teams at JMWAVE, while Harvey went to work for a book company that had an office in the TSBD.

4)     “Oswald acted alone as part of an unknown conspiracy” is not possible because Oswald did act alone but wasn’t the assassin and didn’t plan anything.

5)     That the CIA did it can only be considered in light of the plots to kill Castro, their associations with the Mafia, and the connections between other known covert operations and Dealey Plaza. The idea the assassination was a coup détat assumes that all of the major institutions of government were either made a part of the coup or compromised by those who were.

It’s commendable that Perry wants all of the records released, and CNN is right in that we already known the truth. But it isn’t either Oswald acted alone or we will never know the truth – we know the truth and it won’t set us free but make us mad.

We know that whether Oswald was the lone assassin as Perry attests, or the patsy, as Oswald himself claimed, the MO-modus operandi of whatever happened at Dealey Plaza was that of a covert intelligence operation, one planed, organized and executed by a domestic, anti-Communist government connected intelligence network that also ran such operations in Cuba. And  that network continues today to utilized psychological warfare techniques to deceive the public and protect the guilty, and so far they have gotten away with it.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Sen. Patrick Leahy Calls for Full Disclosure

Leahy Joins In Pressing For Full Public Disclosure Of JFK Assassination Documents
October 4, 2017

 Congressman Walter B. Jones and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley are calling for full public disclosure of documents pertaining to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Today, Jones and Grassley introduced companion resolutions to accomplish just that. The first, H. Res. 556 in the House and S. Res. 281 in the Senate, calls on the President of the United States to allow the release of all remaining documents currently held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and reject any efforts to postpone their release.

The second, H. Res. 557 and S. Res. 282, commends NARA and its employees for working to release those records by October 26, 2017, the date established by the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.

“To me, the tragedy that took place in Dallas continues to raise many questions that go unanswered,” said Jones. “After 54 years, there is no reason, for the sake of honesty and integrity in America, that the facts of the JFK assassination should not be made public. Virgil once said, ‘Evil is nourished and grows by concealment.’ It’s time to reveal what happened that awful afternoon in 1963.”

“Transparency in government is critical not only to ensuring accountability; it’s also essential to understanding our nation’s history.  The assassination of President Kennedy occurred at a pivotal time for our nation, and nearly 54 years later, we are still learning the details of how our government responded and what it may have known beforehand.  Americans deserve a full picture of what happened that fateful day in November 1963. Shining a light on never-before-seen government records is essential to filling in these blank spaces in our history,” Grassley said.

“I am proud to cosponsor Chairman Grassley’s resolutions calling on the Trump Administration to publicly disclose all government records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – as required by a 1992 law authored by my good friend, the late Senator John Glenn,” responded
Senator Patrick Leahy, Senate cosponsor.  “The assassination of President Kennedy was one of the most shocking and tragic events in our nation’s history.  Americans have the right to know what our government knows.  Transparency is crucial for our country to fully reckon with this national tragedy, and that is the purpose of these resolutions.  Chairman Grassley and I both believe that a government of, by, and for the people simply cannot be one that needlessly hides information from them, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to make our democracy ever more transparent to the American people.”  

"Twenty-five years ago, both Houses of Congress unanimously passed a bill mandating that these records would be released this month. It is time for the National Archives to do what it was directed to do and release these documents," said Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, an original cosponsor.
Several academics with research interests in the life of President Kennedy are also calling on the release of all classified documents.

"Historians and political scientists have been patiently waiting for this information for many years.  If the full true story is to be told, then the full release of these files is essential," said UVA Professor Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. "Surely, 54 years of hidden secrets is more than enough.  It's time to bring all the facts into the bright sunshine of public disclosure." 

Additional House cosponsors include Representatives Dana Rohrbacher, John Conyers, Matt Gaetz, Gerald Connolly and Marcy Kaptur.

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Lawmakers call for Release of JFK Assassination Files

Lawmakers Push Trump to Release JFK Assassination Files

Bipartisan group introduce resolutions ahead of October deadline

October 2017'

Senior lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to allow the release of remaining government records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Resolutions introduced in the House and Senate would call on the president to allow release of documents held by the National Archives and Records Administration, and for the Archives to work to meet a statutory deadline that arrives later in October.

The deadline occurs because it will be the 25th anniversary of the signing of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act.

The leaders of the Senate resolution are Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, who is a former chairman of the committee.

“The assassination of President Kennedy was one of the most shocking and tragic events in our nation’s history,” Leahy said in a statement. “Americans have the right to know what our government knows. Transparency is crucial for our country to fully reckon with this national tragedy, and that is the purpose of these resolutions.”

Grassley expressed a similar sentiment in his statement.

“Transparency in government is critical not only to ensuring accountability; it’s also essential to understanding our nation’s history. The assassination of President Kennedy occurred at a pivotal time for our nation, and nearly 54 years later, we are still learning the details of how our government responded and what it may have known beforehand. Americans deserve a full picture of what happened that fateful day in November 1963,” Grassley said.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter B. Jones and New York Democratic Rep. Louise M. Slaughter are leading the House versions of the resolutions.

The Kennedy assassination and related conspiracy theories made an unexpected appearance in the chaos of the 2016 presidential race.

Trump made a bizarre accusation highlighting the National Enquirer’s publication of a photo the tabloid purported to be of the father of campaign rival and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz with Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

“To me, the tragedy that took place in Dallas continues to raise many questions that go unanswered,” Jones said in a statement. “After 54 years, there is no reason, for the sake of honesty and integrity in America, that the facts of the JFK assassination should not be made public. Virgil once said, ‘Evil is nourished and grows by concealment.’ It’s time to reveal what happened that awful afternoon in 1963.”