At An Impass – the JFK Assassination at the Crossroads –
Walt Whitman – JFK and the Known Universe of Assassination Records
By William Kelly
Since the present model of assassination research has failed to determine even the basic facts of the assassination of President Kennedy, the espousing of various possible theories as to what happened and then debunking them simply does not work, new and different approaches are needed if we are to determine how JFK was killed, by who and for what reasons.
In “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” which Douglas Horne calls attention to in his book “Inside the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB),” and mentions how Thomas Kuhn looks closely at the history of science and how great scientific and technological advances were made, often in times of crisis.
In viewing the history of science as episodes that occur in cycles, after years of attacking questions and problems from the same angle, different and radical approaches are also often successful after traditional means have been exhausted.
Not long ago scientists didn’t know of any planet revolving around a sun within our own Milky Way galaxy, but after a relatively simple means was discovered, thousands of planets have been found and more are being discovered every day.
For many years it had been assumed that the entire work of America’s Poet Laurient Walt Whitman were known and had been completely studied and analyzed by students and scholars, but then, Dr. Ken Price, armed only with an intimate knowledge of Whitman’s handwriting, visited the National Archives II in Maryland, where the JFK Assassination Records Collection is also kept, and requested the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Attorney General (1860-1866), where Whitman was known to have worked as a clerk. Price expected to find one or two or maybe even a few letters written in Whitman’s unique hand, but instead found over 3,000!
JFK Assassination researchers should take notice of how these planetary and archival discoveries were made, and apply them to the JFK records that the various agencies of government claim were destroyed, are lost, missing or are being wrongfully withheld, and at least make the attempt to see if they can be found and included in the public record so there can be a more complete understanding of the assassination.
For starters, just as we don’t know how many planets there are in the galaxy, we don’t know how many records and documents are missing, were destroyed or are still being with held, numbers that we should be able to determine and know as they are contained in the universe of records at the NARA.
Just as Dr. Price knew what Walt Whitman’s handwriting looked like, and knew where in the government Whitman worked, he took those two facts and when he put them together he discovered the mother lode of Whitman gems that went unnoticed by others who lacked a knowledge of Whitman’s handwriting or didn’t bother to check the location of the records in question even though anyone can go to the NARA and request any open public record they want. Many scholars knew Whitman worked as a clerk for the government, but no one bothered to look where they knew they should be located.
Even though I know for a fact that the government’s official version of Dealey Plaza events is wrong, rather than espouse a conspiracy theory I long ago elected to approach the case from a radical and different direction – that of an unsolved homicide that should be pumped through the legal system – beginning with the evidence and testimony being evaluated by a grand jury.
In addition, from reading the official reports, I developed a unique research technique, a subject index filing system that begins a file on a new subject if it appears more than twice in apparently unrelated parts of the story – as I did with Collins Radio, the Pan Am Bank of Miami and the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI), U.S. Army Reserve Branch, an obscure office in the Pentagon, where a lot of assassination related activities occurred.
After I read where George deMohrenschildt tried to get Oswald a job at Collins Radio, after all he did work at a radio factory in USSR, I thought it significant that Collins also supplied the cover for the CIA Cuban raider ship “Rex,” and made and serviced the radios used by the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and Special Air Missions (SAM), including Air Force One, I began a subject file on Collins Radio, which is now very thick.
In reading the House Select Committee on Assassination Records (HSCA) the Pan Am Bank is mentioned as the place where “Maurice Bishop” had Antonio Veciana sign his security oath, where Jack Ruby deposited money for his Havana casino friends, the Fox Brothers, and I took special interest in the bank when testimony revealed that Cuban gun runners were paid in cash with Pan Am Bank wrappers.
I took interest in the ASCI office when it was revealed that George deMohrenschildt, after visiting Oswald for the last time in April 1963, and joking with him about shooting General Walker, he visited ASCI officers at the Knickerbocker Club in New York. He then went to Washington DC and met with ASCI officers again before leaving for Haiti. These ASCI officers (Col. Sam Kail and Dorothe Matlack) are the same contacts Antonio Veciana knew from the US Embassy in Havana. The Colonel who directed ASCI was also the case officer for Col. Frank Brandstetter, the former head of the Havana Hilton where Castro made his first headquarters when he took over Cuba who was in the same US Army Reserve Intelligence detachment in Dallas headed by Col. Jack Crichton and included the Colonel in the pilot car of the motorcade. http://jfkcountercoup.blogspot.com/2010/11/col-frank-m-brandstetter.html
Besides my Three-Time-Hits research technique, that calls attention to ubiquitous subjects of interest, like Collins Radio, the Pan Am Bank and ASCI, I think there are other different approaches that can be used to determine exactly what happened at Dealey Plaza. These different approaches require new and unique perspectives, including the perspective of the Level One sniper, forensic experts and especially any surviving witness who have not been properly questioned.
As Peter Dale Scott has shown us in proposing the “Negative Template” research technique, if we focus on exactly those records that are deemed destroyed, missing or otherwise no longer in existence, the records being with held and the records they wanted withheld but we now have, and see where that leads us, especially in regards to the CIA, the Secret Service, the National Security Agency and the White House Communications Agency.
How many records do they have that were requested but were designated “Not Believed Relevant”?
How many records are known to have been destroyed?
How many records were known to exist but are missing?
How many records are being legally withheld on grounds of national security?
These are questions that can be answered and numbers that can and should be known.