Wednesday, January 21, 2015

UFOs at Dealey Plaza

UFOs and JFK

The assassination of JFK has attracted its share of loonies but few are more persistent than the recurring theme of UFOs and the assassination, which stems mainly from the fact that the U.S. Air Force and the CIA used UFO’s as a cover for the early development of the U2 and other special advanced air craft and weapons systems.

So the association is not just a draw for loonies, but a subject worthy of attention and study because if the assassination of President Kennedy was a covert intelligence operation, one way to identify its participants is to study other connected covert operations that occurred before and since and the U2 and the use of UFOs to cover the U2 project is just one, with the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Houma Bunker Raid and the Venezuela Arms Cache operations dovetail with the Dealey Plaza operation.

Forget the loonies and “UFO conspiracy theorists” and the issue of whether UFOs exist and just look at the UFO connections to Dealey Plaza beginning with John Crisman, a witness to one of the first widely reported UFO encounters, some of which was filmed.

Chrisman went on to be a Dealey Plaza suspect who figures prominently in Jim Garrison’s New Orleans investigation, while the films of Chrisman’s UFOs were viewed by the U.S. Navy Photo Interpretation (NPIC), whose photo specialists, led by Art Lundahl, concluded the UFOs in the films could not be explained.

The CIA liked what the Navy guys were doing and hired Lundahl to begin the CIA’s own National Photo Interpretation Center – which analysized the U2 photos of Cuba and identified the Soviet missiles that set off the crisis.

UFOs were used to explain sightings of the U2 and often served as a useful cover for the spy plane, and UFOs were used to ridicule and dismiss serious critical analysis of the Kennedy assassination, branding all conspiracy theorists with the UFO moniker.

A few examples of this can be found in such carefully constructed but fake documents – the Marilyn Monroe – Dorothy Kilgallen document – known as the Speriglio document – after Monroe biographer Mike Speriglio, who first made the document public.

And the SS-CIA  document that was ostensibly released as part of the Zipper Documents in the book Regicide, by Gregory Douglas, who is known to have forged records in the past and whose alleged associate – was a real CIA intelligence officer and Col. Phillip Corso.

Corso himself was involved in special advanced projects research and is the author of a number of books including “The Day After Roswell,” which reportedly documents how the military and CIA distributed technology recovered from the UFO that crashed at Roswell so it could be developed by US defense industry companies, but also includes other interesting facts worth reviewing, including Corso’s illegally sharing U2 photos of Soviet missiles in Cuba with New York Republican Senator Kenneth Keating, who opposed RFK for election and was close friends with TV reporter Lisa Howard, a key link in the JFK – Castro backchannel negotiations.

Rather than extra-terrestrial technologies, its more likely they came from Project Moon Dust - which is said to have been a genuine U.S. intelligence operation "\designed to capture, understand and exploit oversees advanced technologies, such as Soviet spy-satellites."

For more on Corso and Keating see:

Do you think I’m onto something here yet?

Well stay tuned because it gets better.

When I interviewed Arthur Young at his suburban Philadelphia farm shortly before he died, he did my astrology chart while I interviewed him at length on tape recorder. Young was the brilliant inventor of the Bell Helicopter and third husband of Ruth Forbes Paine Young, Michael Paine’s mother.

A photo Arthur Young gave me of him experimenting with a remote model helicopter - forerunner of the Bell Helicopter 47 B- the MASH helicopter - which is still flying today - and an early drone -

Photo of Young with model helicopter:  Arthur Young with model helicopter | JFKCountercoup

During the course of our conversation, Young asked me if I was an alien – and at first I thought he might mean an Irish immigrant or something, but then he asked if I was from the Pleadies, and was kind of disappointed I wasn’t from another galaxy. 

The Pleadies Young explained to me, were a few million light years away but Pleadians have been visiting us for years on their "Beam Ships," which they park just outside our solar system and commute via flying saucers, and were living among us to study us today.

Realy? I said incredulously, but he insisted it was all well documented, and went to his vast book shelf in the adjoining room and pulled out a hardbound book – UFO Contact from the Pleiades – A Supplementary Report – The Report of Outgoing Contact – (1989) by Lt. Col. Wendelle C. Stevens USAF (Ret.), which included photos of Pleadians, including one enchanting blonde babe.

When I got home I located Col. Stevens in Arizona and called him on the phone. Yes, he said, he was the author of the book and where did I hear about it? – Arthur Young – Of course, Arthur was an ace in his book, and if Author was my friend he would talk to me.

In response to my questions Col. Stevens said that he was a US Air Force Colonel in the 1960s, assigned to Project Blue Book at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, (where I went to college). 

Who was his commanding officer?

Why that would be General Charles Pearre Cabell –  the commander of the Air Force during the Bay of Pigs invasion and brother of the mayor of Dallas, Texas at the time of the assassination.  

"In May 1945, General Cabell was assigned to Air Force headquarters, where he became chief of the Strategy and Policy Division in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Air Staff for Plans. In December 1945 he was assigned with the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations, and after attending the London Conference, remained on duty with the United Nations in New York, as deputy and later as U.S. Air Force Representative on the Military Staff Committee. "

"General Cabell was assigned to Air Force Headquarters in August 1957 as special assistant to the assistant chief of air staff for plans, and the following two months served as acting deputy to the director (designate) of the Joint Staff. In November 1947 Major General Cabell became chief of the Air Intelligence Requirements Division in the Office of the Director of Intelligence. On May 15, 1948, he was appointed director of intelligence of the U.S. Air Force. On Nov. 1, 1951, General Cabell was named director of the joint staff in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Lieutenant General Cabell was sworn in as deputy director of Central Intelligence on April 23, 1953."

Now why would his official bio end in 1953 when he didn't retire until 1962?

On April 23, 1953, while still an active air force officer, he was appointed deputy director of the CIA. In 1956, along with the CIA'sRichard Bissell, he flew to Bonn, to brief the West German Chancellor, Konrad Adenauer, on the U-2 program. Adenauer allowed U-2 planes, pilots, and support teams to be based atWiesbaden. He was promoted to full general in 1958.

Cabell became Deputy Director of CIA under Allen Dulles. He was forced by President Kennedy to resign, on January 31, 1962, following the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion.[2] Cabell's brother,Earle Cabell, was Mayor of Dallas when Kennedy visited that city and was assassinated, on November 22, 1963.
Legacy and death

The Washington Post revealed in 1973 that New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison was preparing as late as March 1971 to accuse Charles Cabell of conspiracy in the Kennedy assassination, although he had no evidence.

So I ask you – do all of these UFO connections to Dealey Plaza come from Looney-Conspiracy Theorists who can easily be dismissed or do they actually stem from or lead to some covert psychological warfare operation that is somehow used to cover or conceal real operations? 

Photo of UFO over Dealey Plaza: 

Or is it an early CIA Assassination Drone?

Friday, January 2, 2015

JFK's Assassin - Patsy or Jackel COP

JFK’s Assassin - Patsy or Jackel?

The Costa Garves movie “Z,” David Atlee Philllp’s book “The Carlos Contract” and Fredrick Forthsite’s “Day of the Jackal” all give good examples of how a proper counter-intelligence investigation is conducted against political assassins who utilize covert operational techniques to conduct their work.

In each case one man is made responsible for the job and he recruits a small crew of dedicated assistants, each with their own specialty, to assist hm, and in each case the investigation is penetrated by the assassin himself.

The film “Z” takes place in Greece where a prosecutor manages to identify and arrest assassins, despite their high political connections and influence, while Forthsite’s novel “Day of the Jackal” and subsequent movie concerns the real life efforts to kill the French president, who escaped six assassination attempts, and the inspector who leads the effort to capture the lone wolf jackal, who like the real Carlos the Jackal, escaped the law by living with girl friends he would pick up at discos.

David Atlee Phillps’ novel “The Carlos Contract” concerns the assignment to kill Carlos the terrorist, also known as the Jackal, who has since been captured and is now in jail.

In each case it is the way in which one man was given the task and proceeds to conduct a proper counter-intelligence investigation – one that has never been fully conducted in the case of the murdered president – JFK.

Unlike a criminal investigation, the purpose of which is to develop suspects and evidence in criminal cases, counter-intelligence CI – investigations don’t proceed to court, but are intended to provide security, identify suspects and new information and determine the truth.

Sometimes crimes are even committed in conducting CI investigations  -  such as breaking and entering – a black bag job they call it in their parlance, which is what Watergate was all about, and tapping phone and offices but also includes finding out everything you can about targeted suspects, including a review of all open source records and going through their garbage. That’s one thing that David Phillips has his characters do in their quest to get Carlos, and something that A. J. Weberman did to his Village neighbor Bob Dylan. Weberman also wrote the radically significant book “Coup d’etat” with Michael Canfield.

While there have been a number of private CI investigations of the assassination – all of which concluded there was a conspiracy behind what happened at Dealey Plaza, all of the government CI investigations, including one by the US Marine Corps, have produced no documentary trace of their conclusions.

Once a year a group of law enforcement professionals get together in Philadelphia to consider a case one of them is working on – sometimes historic, sometimes current, each case has its own solution.

When we formed COPA – the Coalition on Political Assassinations in Washington DC in the early 1990s, one of the benefits of such an organization was to have a networking group of assassination researchers who have extensively explored the American political assassinations of the 1960s that can be immediately be put to work investigating any new political assassination as it happens.

In the course of developing suspects on the ground in Dallas Lee Harvey Oswald (LHO) certainly stands out as Suspect Number One – and whether or not he was the patsy or committed the deed alone or in concert with others – Lee Harvey Oswald fits the COP criminal profile. 

When the Secret Service hired a team of psychologists to examine the suspects in all of the cases of all presidential assassinations and attempted assassinations, they put Oswald in the Lone-nut category and failed to correctly profile him, or even categorize the correct profile at all.

Being from New Jersey where we have developed criminal profiling into a fine art, I thought I would correct the situation by using Oswald as the proto-type for what I have called the Covert Operational Profile – COP.

Those who fit the COP profile standout and are easily identifiable by their use of standard intelligence techniques and covert procedures that betray them – but they don’t tell you who the COP is working for, just that he is one and fits that particular profile.

COPs must be trained in these techniques and procedures, and are connected to a private or government intelligence agency or network through a case officer cut-out who operates and controls the COP, whether he be an asset, agent or operative.

COPs are usually trained by the U.S. military, and maintain their relationship with their department through the Reserves or a case officer they report to.

COPs live frugally, use Post Office boxes, keep an apartment apart from their families, are bi-lingual, have lived and worked abroad and are specially trained in communications, codes and ciphers.

Whether Oswald was a Lone Wolf and killed the president without any assistance or he was a Patsy in a bigger scheme, whatever happened at Dealey Plaza must be viewed as a Covert Operation and investigated as such.

For a Covert Operation to be uncovered and properly identified it must be countered by a Counter-Intelligence Operation – one similar to those portrayed in Phillips’ book “Carlos Contract” and the films “Z” and “Day of the Jackal.”

In each case the CI investigation was headed by a single man – but as we have seen with what happened to the HSCA, one man who tries to conduct a serious investigation can be squashed by the powers of government.

A private CI investigation however, can be conducted today and quickly accelerated with the use of the networking tools now available.

In his novel, one of the first things David Atlee Phillips has his chief investigator on the Get Carlos squad do is to file a Freedom of Information Act – FOIA request for the CIA file on Carlos, which is quickly and efficiently process by the agency because they can give it a fast track when they want to.

Now with the JFK Act we have the government documents and files on the assassination that allows us to do that aspect of the CI investigation.

To begin with any investigation must focus on Suspect Number One – Lee Harvey Oswald – and whether a Patsy or the only shooter he is a significant but not the most significant character in the Dealey Plaza drama.
If Oswald was the only shooter at Dealey Plaza then he wasn’t the inept loser who couldn’t hold a job but he was in fact – the greatest assassin in history and should be studied and considered as such.

If the president was murdered by a deranged lone nut or a motley conspiracy of CIA and Mafia types, then it wasn’t a coup and those who killed the president didn’t take over the government or power, but they just facilitated LBJ’s almost accidental assassination..

But if the assassination at Dealey Plaza was a covert intelligence operation and thus a conspiracy and coup then the people who killed JFK had to take over the government – and the suspects are limited and can be traced through the files.

The intelligence network that conducted the Dealey Plaza operation can and should be identified and exposed and though justice may never be served, the truth will out. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CAPA Mission Statement

                                                   CAPA Mission Statement

“When powerful organized interests conspire to remove those leaders who threaten them then the very core of democracy is compromised.” - Philip H. Melanson, Ph.D.  

Joe Green wrote for CTKA (Citizens for Truth in the Kennedy Assassination – Probe): “The downside to not coming up with some sort of organizational structure is that opposing forces are strengthened and even galvanized….The investigative process is a scientific one at its best, and that means weeding out the ideas that don't work as well as promoting the ones that do…. By promoting those where the evidence is irrefutable, we present a more unified front to the world and help to streamline and organize our public relations. It may not be to everyone's taste, but it has to be done, if we are to ultimately win over the generations to come...”  

Dr. Cyril Wecht - the Chairman of the COPA and CAPA Executive Committee:

                50 years have passed since the Warren Commission declared that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin in the murder of President John F. Kennedy. During those decades, independent researches, authors, medical and ballistic experts continued to expose the hard evidence that proves the official government conclusion is invalid. We now know that:

-          - No lone gunman could have killed President Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally.
-          - The official investigations were flawed and important leads never properly pursued.
-         -  Significant unanswered questions remain in other political assassinations, such as those of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.
-          - The truth remains hidden as long as the government records on these assassinations remain sealed from the public.

Some people may feel that there is no purpose in working to solve murders that date back fifty years, but we know there is no time limit on the truth and no statute of limitations in a murder case. Until we face the truth about the assassinations of our political leaders, we cannot hope to move toward a viable democracy in this country, nor prevent other such assassinations from happening. No other event has frozen more people in time, or changed the shape of the future in the same way as the assassination of President Kennedy, and we can wait no longer for a solution,  - we must act now. 

Our immediate goals are clear. We intend to:

- Work closely with the NARA and get Congress to fulfill their oversight mandate by holding public hearings and ensure the full disclosure of the remaining sealed records;
- Analyze the new records and educate the American people about who murdered their leaders, who covered up the conspiracies to kill them, and why;
- Correct the media spin that says there is nothing new in these records;
- Initiate a similar process to release the records in other assassinations, especially the HSCA MLK files that remain sealed and weren’t covered by the JFK Act;
- Answer the outstanding questions that can be answered;
- Find the historic truth and
- Seek justice.

There are hundreds of non-profits organizations and think tanks that study war and peace and promote democracy but only a few that focus on political assassinations as the biggest threat to the legitimacy of the government.

Political assassination is the most serious threat to democratic government - and it occurs some where every day usually as a convenient means of maintaining and controlling power. That’s why it is important to support those who do focus on and study political assassinations as a tactic that must be opposed.
We want to live in a country where murders will not go unpunished, and where the democratic processes cannot be frustrated by individuals, agencies or organizations who oppose the popular will and violate the Constitution

Recent polls show that 85% of the American people agree with us about the evidence of conspiracy in this case and the need to release all of the remaining withheld records. They know they have never been told the full story by the official investigations. We need your help to reach them and to let them know that something can and must be done. Help us reveal the truth and tell the American public that there is something new in these files and something can be done about it.

This is your organization. Working together we can make a difference now. There is an organization that supports the latest research, uses grassroots outreach and social media, is lobbying Congress for oversight hearings, using the courts to free secret files and is forcing the rule of law in political assassinations.

Join Us.

We need to address these unresolved political assassinations today in order to prevent political assassinations from happening in the future and create the independent investigative network that can immediately respond to any future assassinations.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.

Chairman, Executive Committee COPA-CAPA  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Response to Newsweek Nov. 22 2014

In response to Max Holland’s Newsweek Article  -  By Bill Kelly

The article in Newsweek (November 2014) “The Truth About the Kennedy Assassination” requires a reasoned response, as the article seems to confuse the major issues, the most basic being that we still don’t know the total truth.

For beginners, the continued references to Lee Harvey Oswald being the Sixth Floor Sniper is a big and unfounded assumption, as there is strong evidence to support the majority of people who don’t believe Oswald was the assassin at all.

The reliance on the testimony of Amos Eunis, James Tague and Oswald’s Marine Corps training deserve specific elaboration.

The late James Tague was a victim of the same forces that killed President Kennedy, an innocent bystander who was nicked in the cheek and drew blood by a ricochet bullet fragment or piece of concrete curb nicked by a stray bullet or fragment. His testimony and book on the subject (“Truth Withheld” 2003) clearly reflect his belief that the assassination was more than the work of any one person and that the conspiracy to kill the president was and is being concealed by the government, a belief shared by a majority of people.

"It was a government take over, a coup," Tague said. "You have to understand one basic fact and it all becomes clear. The public loved Kennedy. The Washington insiders hated his guts. The exact people who killed him, I don't know. But I know they wanted someone in there they could control -- named [Lyndon] Johnson. Johnson was too busy being vice president to do it himself. But he knew it was coming down and he knew it was going to be done for him."

The idea that Oswald was not the Sixth Floor Sniper and was framed for the crime as Oswald himself claimed, is a strong possibility as most witnesses put Oswald on the lower floors of the building at the time of the assassination, and others who saw the man shooting a rifle wore white shirt (Oswald wore brown) and the gunman had a distinguishing bald spot, not Oswald.

The article refers to eyewitness Amos Eunis, who testified before the Warren Commission that he saw the man in the window firing the rifle and the sniper had a very distinguishing feature – a bald spot on the top of his head.

Mr. SPECTER. All right. Now, when the third shot occurred, Amos, let me ask you again, where were you looking then?
Mr. EUINS. I was still down here, looking up at the building.
Mr. SPECTER. What did you see in the building?
Mr. EUINS. I seen a bald spot on this man's head, trying to look out the window. He had a bald spot on his head. I was looking at the bald spot.
Mr. SPECTER. Now, what kind of a look, if any, did you have at the man who was there?
Mr. EUINS. All I got to see was the man with a spot in his head, because he had his head something like this.
Mr. SPECTER. Indicating his face down, looking down the rifle?

Mr. EUINS. Yes, sir: and I could see the spot on his head.
Mr. SPECTER. How would you describe that man for us?
Mr. EUINS. I wouldn't know how to describe him, because all I could see was the spot and his hand.
Mr. SPECTER. Could you tell whether he was a Negro gentleman or a white man?
Mr. EUINS. No, sir.
Mr. SPECTER. Couldn't even tell that? But you have described that he had a bald--
Mr. EUINS. Spot in his head. Yes, sir; I could see the bald spot in his head
Mr. SPECTER. How far back did the bald spot on his head go?
Mr. EUINS. I would say about right along in here.
Mr. SPECTER. Indicating about 2 1/2 inches above where you hairline is
. Is that about what you are saying?
Mr. SPECTER. All right. Let me ask you about a couple of specific things here, Amos. In the statement you say here that he was a white man. By reading the statement, does that refresh your memory as to whether he was a white man or not?
Mr. EUINS. No, sir; I told the man that I could see a white spot on his head, but I didn't actually say it was a white man. I said I couldn't tell. But I saw a white spot in his head.
Mr. SPECTER. Your best recollection at this moment is you still don't know whether he was a white man or a Negro? All you can say is that you saw a white spot on his head?
Mr. EUINS. Yes, sir.

Mr. SPECTER. Then, did you tell the people at the police station that he was a white man, or did they make a mistake when they wrote that down here?
Mr. EUINS. They must have made a mistake, because I told them I could see a white spot on his head.

I count a dozen times Eunis mentions the Sixth Floor Sniper’s “bald spot” in those few minutes of testimony, but Max Holland and the Newsweek article doesn’t mention it at all, and neither does the Warren Report.

Not a trivial item, such a bald spot as seen by a witness would be an identifying feature as strong in court as a tattoo or handwriting signature.

As G. Kinston Clark wrote in The Critical Historian, “The distortion produced by bias are potentially present in any attempt to write history. Sometimes the danger is obvious and menacing, sometimes it is covert, coming from unexpected angles and in not easily detected forms. ….Any interpretation which makes use of facts which can be shown to be false, or accepts as certainty true facts which are dubious, or does not take into account facts which are known, are at best, potentially misleading, and possibly grossly, and dangerously deceptive…It is the first task of the historian to review any narrative to find what links are missing altogether…where what is defective cannot be supplied by further research, it is an historian’s duty to draw attention to the fact so that men can know where they stand.…Any historical conception which has not been adjusted to the most recent results will cease to be satisfactory.”

Not to argue with the idea that the first shot and the assassination event began before the Zapruder film began rolling, expanding the time of the assassination from the fist to the last shot from six to eleven seconds, it is hard to believe that the first and easiest shot was the one that missed. This is the one that the Sixth Floor Sniper had all the time in the world to line up and take his time, while the second and third shots had to be taken after reloading the rifle and lining up the shot.

Assuming for a moment that Oswald was the Sixth Floor Sniper, did his Marine Corps training, as the article attests, give him the ability to make the shot that killed JFK?

Max Holland says that Oswald, as a Marine, was trained to take the best, first shot, and if he did then he would have taken the best shot as the target came towards him down Houston Street, rather than wait for a moving target obstructed by a sign and tree. But the Sixth Floor Sniper, whoever he was, didn’t take that best shot.

The three shots believed to have been taken by the Sixth Floor Sniper were those of a Third Level Sniper – one with minimal training and a standard issue rifle – but the shot that hit JFK in the head was probably taken by a Level One Sniper with the best weapon, from a concealed position in front or behind the target moving towards or away from him, one shot – one kill.

Even with Oswald’s USMC training, as his brother Robert, a former USMC sharpshooter himself said,- if Lee didn’t practice extensively with that rifle and scope, as the Warren Commission contends, then he didn’t take the shot that killed the president.

Robert Oswald wrote: “If Lee did not spend a considerable amount of time practicing with that rifle in the weeks and months before the assassination, then I would say that Lee did not fire the shots that killed the President and wounded Governor Connally.”

So the idea the first shot missed and the assassination time expands from six to eleven seconds still does not account for the fact that Oswald probably wasn’t the Sixth Floor Sniper and the fatal head shot was not taken by the Sixth Floor Sniper, whoever he was, but by a first class Level One snipe with the best weapon.
And the truth about the assassination is that we don’t know the total truth, yet.

And Another Thing

In Max Holland's  Newsweek article - The Truth About the JFK Assassination,  Sheriff Deputy Luke Mooney's discovery of the Snipers Nest and the dispersion of the shells is cited as evidence - with the crime scene photo used - But - and its a Big But - that's not where they were originally located.

According to Dallas TV cameraman x Alaya - one of the first reporters to get inside the building before it was sealed told the Sixth Floor Oral History project that he asked Capt. Fritz if he could film the shells and Fritz said yes - and Fritz then picked them up and held them in his hand and before he threw them back on the floor where they assumed the position they were in when photographed by the crime scene photographer.
Roger Collins:
I've been watching a C-Span video of the "Journalists remember JFK assassination" conference in November 1993.

One of the speakers was cameraman Tom Alyea who was one of the first newsmen in the TSBD. He was there with Kent Biffle before the building was sealed off and followed law enforcement officers as they searched the building floor by floor. Tom had some interesting things to say.

For instance, he said that he was just behind a plain clothes policeman who found a lunch bag with chicken bones and an empty Dr. Pepper bottle on the 5th floor. He repeated it several times so that there was no misunderstanding. He said the 5th floor. This of course justifies a whole bunch of questions by itself but that's for another day.

Alyea also said he filmed the "snipers nest" before it was taken apart and put back together again for the photographers who were later allowed in the building. If this is true it would basically mean that all the photos we have seen are not of the original configuration of the "snipers nest". I have since tried unsuccessfully to locate a video of what Alyea filmed on the 6th floor. What I did find in Robin's photo galary is a frame of what I believe to be Alyea's film.

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I'm I seeing things or are there boxes stacked up in the corner between the two windows and next to the pipes on the spot where the paper bag was allegedly found.....

If this is indeed a frame from Alyea's film and shows (part of) the original configuration of the "snipers nest" doesn't this image destroy the paper bag story?
Unfortunately, Alyea's current account differs from the one he gave in a statement on December 19, 1963:

    They were conducting a systematic search. It boiled down to the sixth floor. After awhile it was obvious that the assassin was not in the building. They looked for the gun. I filmed 400 ft. of film of the Secret Service men looking for the assassin, climbing over boxes, over the rafters, and the actual finding of the gun. At the time it was suspected that the assassin had stayed quite a time there. There was a stack [sic] with a stack of chicken bones on it. There was a Dr. Pepper bottle which they dusted for fingerprints. The fingerprints were not Oswald's. (John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection, Papers of C. Douglas Dillon, The President's Committee on the Warren Report to Columbia University Bureau of Applied Social Research, Box 3, National Archives, College Park, MD) 

Dylan's Tom Paine Award


Bob Dylan accepted the "Tom Paine Award" from the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee at a ceremony shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. According to those who were there “a drunken, rambling Dylan questioned the role of the committee, insulted its members as old and balding, and claimed to see something of himself (and of every man) in assassin Lee Harvey Oswald..”

Bob Dylan's speech given to the E.C.L.C.


at the Americana Hotel on 12/13/63

I haven't got any guitar, I can talk though. I want to thank you for the Tom Paine award in behalf everybody that went down to Cuba.

First of all because they're all young and it's took me a long time to get young and now I consider myself young. And I'm proud of it. I'm proud that I'm young. And I only wish that all you people who are sitting out here today or tonight weren't here and I could see all kinds of faces with hair on their head - and everything like that, everything leading to youngness, celebrating the anniversary when we overthrew the House Un-American Activities just yesterday, - Because you people should be at the beach. You should be out there and you should be swimming and you should be just relaxing in the time you have to relax. (Laughter) It is not an old peoples' world. It is not an old peoples' world. It has nothing to do with old people. Old people when their hair grows out, they should go out. (Laughter) And I look down to see the people that are governing me and making my rules - and they haven't got any hair on their head - I get very uptight about it. (Laughter)

And they talk about Negroes, and they talk about black and white. And they talk about colors of red and blue and yellow. Man, I just don't see any colors at all when I look out. I don't see any colors at all and if people have taught through the years to look at colors - I've read history books. I've never seen one history book that tells how anybody feels.

I've found facts about our history, I've found out what people know about what goes on, but I never found anything about (how) anybody feels about anything (that) happens. It's all just plain facts. And it don't help me one little bit to look back.

I wish sometimes I could have come in here in the 1930's like my first idol - (I) used to have an idol, Woody Guthrie, who came in the 1930's (Applause). But it has sure changed in the time Woody's been here and the time I've been here. It's not that easy any more. People seem to have more fears.

I get different presents from people that I play for and they bring presents to me backstage - very weird, weird presents - presents that I couldn't buy. They buy - they bring me presents that - I've got George Lincoln Rockwell's tie clip that somebody robbed for me. (Laughter). I have General Walker's car trunk keys - keys to his trunk that somebody robbed for me.

Now these are my presents. I have fallout shelter signs that people robbed for me from Philadelphia and these are the little signs. There's no black and white, left and right to me anymore; there's only up and down and down is very close to the ground. And I'm trying to go up without thinking about anything trivial such as politics. They has got nothing to do with it. I'm thinking about the general people and when they get hurt.
I want to accept this award, the Tom Paine Award, from the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee. I want to accept it in my name but I'm not really accepting it in my name and I'm not accepting it in any kind of group's name, any Negro group or any other kind of group. There are Negroes - I was on the march on Washington up on the platform and I looked around at all the Negroes there and I didn't see any Negroes that looked like none of my friends. My friends don't wear suits. My friends don't have to wear suits. My friends don't have to wear any kind of thing to prove that they're respectable Negroes. My friends are my friends, and they're kind, gentle people if they're my friends. And I'm not going to try to push nothing over.
So, I accept this reward - not reward, (Laughter) award in behalf of Phillip Luce who led the group to Cuba which all people should go down to Cuba. I don't see why anybody can't go to Cuba. I don't see what's going to hurt by going any place. I don't know what's going to hurt anybody's eyes to see anything. On the other hand, Phillip is a friend of mine who went to Cuba.

I'll stand up and to get uncompromisable about it, which I have to be to be honest, I just got to be, as I got to admit that the man who shot President Kennedy, Lee Oswald, I don't know exactly where —what he thought he was doing, but I got to admit honestly that I too - I saw some of myself in him. I don't think it would have gone - I don't think it could go that far. But I got to stand up and say I saw things that he felt, in me - not to go that far and shoot. (Boos and hisses) You can boo but booing's got nothing to do with it. It's a - I just a - I've got to tell you, man, it's Bill of Rights is free speech and I just want to admit that I accept this Tom Paine Award in behalf of James Forman of the Students Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and on behalf of the people who went to Cuba. (Boos and Applause)"

December 19, 1963
A Note from Corliss Lamont
Dear Friend:

Many of our friends disapproved our choice of Bob Dylan for the Tom Paine award. Without defending his acceptance speech, I would like to tell you why we feel he deserved the award. Bob Dylan has sent us a message which more clearly conveys his feelings. It is enclosed and I urge you to read it carefully.
E.C.L.C. defends the right of all Americans to advocate their beliefs. This is not confined to ideology or political groups. It should certainly be extended to our own youth, who according to many experts are becoming increasingly alienated and lost in our present society.

Whether we approve or not, Bob Dylan has become the idol of the progressive youngsters of today, regardless of their political factions. He is speaking to them in terms of protest that they understand and applaud. (see the enclosed review from The New

E.C.L.C. feels that it is urgent to recognize the protest of youth today and to help make it understood by the older generation. Walt Whitman and Woody Guthrie, the culture antecedents of Bob Dylan, were not appreciated by their society until they were very old.

We think that it would be better to make the effort now to comprehend what Bob Dylan is saying to and for the youth. It is true that he is not as respectable as Lord Russell, the winner of last year's award, but neither was Tom Paine, and our history is too full of disregard for important messages which were unrespectable at the time.

The annual celebration of Bill of Rights Day is not just a fund-raising affair - although we hope that our friends will help us carry on our work - it is also an opportunity for us to present to our supporters the problems of our democracy which in their daily lives they are apt to over-look.

This year over 1400 people were at the largest civil liberties dinner on record. We appreciate the understanding and support we received from many of those present and we hope that others will gain from the reading of the enclosed message by Bob Dylan an understanding which his speech did not convey.
Yours sincerely,

Corliss Lamont

[BK: Notes - The author of the apology letter, Corliss Lamont, is also the author of a pamphlet that Lee Harvey Oswald specifically requested and ordered from V.T. Lee, the head of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC) in New York City. Researchers have noted that the numbered copies of the leaflets sent to Oswald were from a batch of that were ordered and paid for by the CIA.]
A MESSAGE from Bob Dylan

(Sent to the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee after he received the Tom Paine Award at the Bill of Rights dinner on December 13, 1963.)

to anybody it may concern...
mr lamont?
countless faces I do not know
an all fighters for good things that I can not see
when I speak of bald heads, I mean bald minds
when I speak of the seashore, I mean the restin shore
I dont know why I mentioned either of them
my life runs in a series of moods
in private an in personal ways, sometimes,
I, myself, can change the mood I'm in t the
mood I'd like t be in. when I walked thru the
doors of the americana hotel, I needed to change
my mood... for reasons inside myself.
I am a restless soul
perhaps wretched
it is hard to hear someone you dont know, say
"this is what he meant t say" about something
you just said
for no one can say what I meant t say
absolutely no one
at times I even cant
that was one of those times
my life is lived out daily in the places I feel
most confortable in. these places are places where
I am unknown an unstared at. I perform rarely, an
when I do, there is a constant commotion burnin
at my body an at my mind because of the attention
aimed at me. instincts fight my emotions an fears
fight my instincts...
I do not claim t be smart by the standards set up
I dont even claim to be normal by the standards
set up
an I do not claim to know any kind of truth
but like an artist who puts his painting (after
he's painted it) in front of thousands of unknown
eyes, I also put my song there that way
(after I've made it)
it is as easy an as simple as that
I can not speak. I can not talk
I can only write an I can only sing
perhaps I should've sung a song
but that wouldn't a been right either
for I was given an award not to sing
but rather on what I have sung
no what I should've said was
"thank you very much ladies an gentlemen"
yes that is what I should've said
but unfortunatly... I didn't
an I didn't because I did not know
I thought something else was expected of me
other than just sayin "thank you"
an I did not know what it was
it is a fierce heavy feeling
thinkin something is expected of you
but you dont know what exactly it is...
it brings forth a wierd form of guilt
I should've remembered
"I am BOB DYLAN an I dont have t speak
I dont have t say nothin if I dont wanna"
I didn't remember
I constantly asked myself while eatin supper
"what should I say? what should I tell 'm?
everybody else is gonna tell 'm something"
but I could not answer myself
I even asked someone who was sittin nex t me
an he couldn't tell me neither. my mind blew
up an needless t say I had t get it back in its
rightful shape (whatever that might be) an so
I escaped from the big room... only t hear my
name being shouted an the words "git in here
git in here" overlappin with the findin of my
hand being pulled across hundreds of tables
with the lights turned on strong... guidin me
back t where I tried t escape from
"what should I say? what should I say?"
over an over again
oh God, I'd a given anything not t be there
"shut the lights off at least"
people were coughin an my head was poundin
an the sounds of mumble jumble sank deep in
my skull from all sides of the room
until I tore everything loose from my mind
an said "just be honest, dylan, just be honest"
an so I found myself in front of the plank
like I found myself once in the path of a car
an I jumped...
jumped with all my bloody might
just tryin t get out a the way
but first screamin one last song
when I spoke of Lee Oswald, I was speakin of the times
I was not speakin of his deed if it was his deed.
the deed speaks for itself
but I am sick
so sick
at hearin "we all share the blame" for every
church bombing, gun battle, mine disaster,
poverty explosion, an president killing that
comes about.
it is so easy t say "we" an bow our heads together
I must say "I" alone an bow my head alone
for it is I alone who is livin my life
I have beloved companions but they do not
eat nor sleep for me
an even they must say "I"
yes if there's violence in the times then
there must be violence in me
I am not a perfect mute.
I hear the thunder an I cant avoid hearin it
once this is straight between us, it's then an
only then that we can say "we" an really mean
it... an go on from there t do something about
When I spoke of Negroes
I was speakin of my Negro friends
from harlem
an Jackson
selma an birmingham
atlanta pittsburg, an all points east
west, north, south an wherever else they
might happen t be.
in rat filled rooms
an dirt land farms
schools, dimestores, factories
pool halls an street corners
the ones that dont own ties
but know proudly they dont have to
not one little bit
they dont have t be like they naturally aint
t get what they naturally own no more 'n anybody
else does
it only gets things complicated
an leads people into thinkin the wrong things
black skin is black skin
It cant be covered by clothes an made t seem
acceptable, well liked an respectable...
t teach that or t think that just tends the
flames of another monster myth...
it is naked black skin an nothin else
if a Negro has t wear a tie t be a Negro
then I must cut off all ties with who he has
t do it for.
I do not know why I wanted t say this that
perhaps it was just one of the many things
in my mind
born from the confusion of my times
when I spoke about the people that went t Cuba
I was speakin of the free right t travel
I am not afraid t see things
I challenge seein things
I am insulted t the depths of my soul
when someone I dont know commands that I
cant see this an gives me mysterious reasons
why I'll get hurt if I do see it... tellin me
at the same time about goodness an badness in
people that again I dont know...
I've been told about people all my life
about niggers, kikes, wops, bohunks, spicks, chinks,
an I been told how they eat, dress, walk, talk,
steal, rob, an kill but nobody tells me how any
of 'm feels... nobody tells me how any of 'm cries
or laughs or kisses. I'm fed up with most newspapers,
radios, tv an movies an the like t tell me. I want
now t see an know for myself...
an I accepted that award for all others like me
who want t see for themselves... an who dont want
that God-given right taken away
stolen away
or snuck out from beneath them
yes a travel ban in the south would protect
Americans more, I'm sure, than the one t Cuba
but in all honesty I would want t crash that
one too
do you understand?
do you really understand?
I mean I want t see. I want t see all I can
everyplace there is t see it
my life carries eyes
an they're there for one reason
the reason t see thru them
my country is the Minnesota-North Dakota territory
that's where I was born an learned how t walk an
it's where I was raised an went t school... my
youth was spent wildly among the snowy hills an
sky blue lakes, willow fields an abandoned open
pit mines. contrary t rumors, I am very proud of
where I'm from an also of the many blood streams that
run in my roots. but I would not be doing what
I'm doing today if I hadn't come t New York. I was
given my direction from new york. I was fed in
new york. I was beaten down by new york an I was
picked up by new york. I was made t keep going on
by new york. I'm speakin now of the people I've met
who were strugglin for their lives an other peoples'
lives in the thirties an forties an the fifties
an I look t their times
I reach out t their times
an, in a sense, am jealous of their times
t think I have no use for "old" people is a betrayin thought
those that know me know otherwise
those that dont, probably're baffled
like a friend of mine, jack elliott, who says he
was reborn in Oklahoma, I say I was reborn in
New York...
there is no age limit stuck on it
an no one is more conscious of it than I
yes it is a fierce feeling, knowin something you
dont know about's expected of you. but it's worse
if you blindly try t follow with explodin words
(for that's all they can do is explode)
an the explodin words're misunderstood
I've heard I was misunderstood
I do not apologize for myself nor my fears
I do not apologize for any statement which led
some t believe "oh my God! I think he's the one
that really shot the president"
I am a writer an a singer of the words I write
I am no speaker nor any politician
an my songs speak for me because I write them
in the confinement of my own mind an have t cope
with no one except my own self. I dont have t face
anyone with them until long after they're done
no I do not apologize for being me nor any part of me
but I can return what is rightfully yours at any
given time. I have stared at it for a long while
now. it is a beautiful award. there is a kindness
t Mr Paine's face an there is almost a sadness in
his smile. his trials show thru his eyes. I know
really not much about him but somehow I would like
t sing for him. there is a gentleness t his way.
yes thru all my flounderin wildness, I am, when it
comes down to it, very proud that you have given this
t me. I would hang it high, an let my friends see in
it what I see, but I also would give it back if
you wish. There is no sense in keepin it if you've
made a mistake in givin it. for it means more'n any
store bought thing an it'd only be cheatin t keep it
also I did not know that the dinner was a donation
dinner. I did not know you were gonna ask anyone
for money. an I understand you lost money on the
masterful way I expressed myself... then I am in debt t you
not a money debt but rather a moral debt
if you'd a sold me something, then it'd be a money debt
but you sold nothin, so it is a moral debt
an moral debts're worse 'n money debts
for they have t be paid back in whatever is missin
an in this case, it's money
please send me my bill
an I shall pay it
no matter what the sum
I have a hatred of debts an want t be even in
the best way I can
you needn't think about this, for money means
very little t me
so then
I'll return once again t the road
I cant tell you why other people write, but I
write in order to keep from going insane.
my head, I expect'd turn inside out if my hands
were t leave me.
but I hardly ever talk about why I write. an I
scarcely ever think about it. the thought of it is
too alarmin
an I never ever talk about why I speak
but that's because I never do it. this is the
first time I am talkin about it... an I pray
the last
the thought of doing it again is too scary
ha! it's a scary world
but only once in a while huh?
I love you all up there an the ones I dont love,
it's only because I do not know them an have not
seen them... God it's so hard hatin. it's so
tiresome... an after hatin something to death,
it's never worth the bother an trouble
out! out! brief candle
life's but an open window
an I must jump back thru it now
see yuh
respectfully an unrespectfully
bob dylan