Tuesday, October 15, 2019

CAPA Conference Update


Conference Update - Pogo @ Dealey Plaza

As November 22 falls on a Friday this year, as it did when JFK was killed, there should be a certain astronomical affinity in the air, as if the planets are all alighned for something special to happen.  

And once again, as for the past few decades, there will be two conferences in Dallas that weekend.

As Walt Kelly’s Pogo once said: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

After months of hangling, meetings, conference calls, debates and a lingering antimosity, the CAPA November in Dallas Conference is finally set in stone.  Oliver Stone will be there, receive CAPA’s “Profiles in Courage” Award and address the post Conference dinner on Saturday night at the Courtyard Marriott on Houston Street, one block from Dealey Plaza.

Dr. Wecht will also address Judyth Vary Baker’s conference across town on Friday morning, while the CAPA legal committee will hold a mock Texas Court of Inquiry that will be observed by those who register for the conference.  

So far CAPA has had a National Press Club press conference that featured Judge John Tunheim, the former chairman of the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB), a mock trail at the Texas School of Law in Houston, and a reunion of five Parkland doctors at the Old Red Courthouse at Dealey Plaza last November, so this conference and the mock Texas Court of Inquiry will be the fourth major event sponsored by CAPA, and the hardest to produce.

A Texas Court of Inquiry (TCI) is a legal venue unique to Texas that has only been invoked a few times. It cannot convict anyone, but can legally exonerate someone who has been wrongfully accused or convicted of crimes, and sometime after this dry run, the case will be tweeked, fine tuned and then presented before a Texas Municipal Court judge who will be asked to convene a real Texas Court of Inquiry.

While the CAPA legal committee wanted to make their case in private, before a Texas Municipal Judge who will be present at the Mock TCI, so as not to be interfered with or allow their unique approach to be obstructed by opposition, they were prevailed upon to permit those who register for the conference to attend and observe the proceedings that will also be filmed for review and posterity.

From the experience of the past few weeks, it isn’t the opposition we have to worry about, it’s us.
Much of the hangling was over the fact that CAPA’s chairman Dr. Cyril Wecht, was asked to make a presenation to Judyth Vary Baker’s (JVB) competing conference across town, as he did last year. He agreed, and they will present him with an award as well, much to the consternation of the legal committee, who complained that he was not only supporting a competing conference, but in effect, was endorsing a number of questionable characters who will also be attending and making presentations there.

These same people also held a conference outside of Washington D.C. the very same weekend that Jim Lesar’s Assassination Archives and Resarch Center (AARC) held a very important conference in Bethdsda a few years ago. While a part of the AARC event, Dr. Wecht left for a few hours in order to address the other conference, where he later said he was surprised to learn that his presentation was followed by Roger Stone, and later by Professor Jim Fetzer.

Dr. Wecht bristles at the idea that because he shared the same stage with them that he endorses their ideas. “Stone is a no good, dirty trickster and son of a bitch, and Fetzer is an asshole.”

“But when I’m in the middle of a serious battle,” he said in true Braveheart fashion, “I don’t look around the battlefield to see whose fighting on my side.”

As for JVB, Wecht says, “I don’t care if she slept with Oswald or not. That’s not my business. She organizes a large conference, twice as many people attend as anywhere else, so maybe we should hire her to organize our conference?”

I attended JVB’s conference for a few hours last year and listened to Bob Tannenbaum, Dr. Wecht, Dick Russell and Judge James Bothello, who was Oswald’s bunkmate at Atsugi in the Marines, four aces for you.

And I don’t know if she slept with Oswald either, and don’t really care, and don’t endorse her story, but she does have the official city permit for the 12:00-12:30 pm Memorial Service at Dealey Plaza, that will include remarks by Dr. Wecht.

After the Dealey Plaza memorial service and moment of silence, the CAPA conference will resume and continue through Saturday night, featuring – Dr. Wecht, Dr. Gary Aguilar, Professor John Newman, Bill Simpich, Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Jim DiEugenio, Burt Griffin, Judge Brandon Birmingham, forensics expert Cliff Spiegelman, and oh, yea – Oliver Stone. Others will be added as the program is filled out. 

At some point in the proceedings I hope to give an update on the latest research on Valkyrie and Pathfinder at Dealey Plaza, an article on which may appear in the next issue of Garrison magazine, a slick new Deep Political publication that is making waves. 

I'm also going to push for a Congressional Briefing on the JFK Act to be held in Washington D.C. sometime early in the new year.  

Then there’s a panel of JFK records Archivists – Stephen Fagin of the Sixth Floor Museum, City of Dallas Archivist John Slate, Mary Goolsby from Baylor’s Poague Library and Britney Crawford, the Acting Director of the JFK Collection at the NARA. The Poague Library has a lot of JFK researcher's material, but then stopped accepting JFK material when the archivists changed hands. Now Mary Goolsby is in charge, and she wants to resume accepting JFK material, god bless her. 

Hopefully they will form a JFK Internet Consoritum of JFK assassination records with others - including the AARC and Mary Ferrell, and push for JFK Act Oversight Hearings in Congress.

Debra Conway of JFK LANCER, who has been presenting a conference in Dallas every November for the past two decades, will be manning the memorabilia, books and video store at the CAPA conference.   

The TCI and CAPA Conference will be filmed and recorded, and available for downloading with DVD packages available afterwards.

Live Streaming is being considered but the technical details have not yet been worked out. If you know how to live stream – be our guest to do it, if you can do it right.  

To support CAPA, donate to our cause or register for the conference, please go to our website  and click on the orange link “CAPA November in Dallas Conference.”

Join, donate or register for the Conference: https://capa-us.org/ 



Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CAPA November in Dallas Conference


Oliver Stone, producer of the film “JFK,” will attend the CAPA Conference and give remarks at the banquet Saturday night. CAPA will be presenting him with our “Profiles in Courage” Award.

Dr. Cyril Wecht, world-renowned forensic pathologist and CAPA Chairman will speak at the banquet on “Post JFK, RFK, MLK Related Deaths – Circumstantial or Orchestrated?”

Dr. Cyril Wecht and Dr. Gary Aguilar will give a talk on “Five Lines of Medical and Scientific Evidence Converge - A Shot From The Front.”

Professor John Newman - author of many books on the JFK assassination, will speak about research for his new book volume which will demonstrate how Antonio Veciana’s years of deception about his case officers (laid out in Volume III, “Into the Storm”) reveals a roadmap of new leads he will be pursuing in his upcoming Volume IV—“Armageddon.”

Bill Simpich will discuss the intelligence unit of the Dallas Police Department and its role in the investigation/coverup of the JFK assassination.

James DiEugenio, Author of “Denstiny Betrayed,” will speak on “The FBI and Jim Garrison.”

Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center, will spake on “Marked for Assassination: Who Killed JFK?” Prior to joining the Belfer Center, he served for 23 years as a CIA intelligence officer in various domestic and international posts. He is a recipient of the CIA Director's Award, the George W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, Secretary of Defense Civilian Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Intelligence Superior Performance Medal. Drawing on his 23 years as a CIA clandestine services officer recruiting spies and hunting moles as well as his access to classified CIA files, he will discuss his theory regarding who within the intelligence community plotted to kill JFK.

Former Life Magazine executive James Wagenvoord will reveal the inside story of the Zapruder film, the alteration of certain photos associated with the assassination, and the “backyard” Oswald photos.

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Burt Griffin, former Warren Commission attorney who assisted in the investigation of Jack Ruby, along with Judge Brandon Birmingham who participated in the Ruby trial, will speak about their experiences. Judge Birmingham was the head of the Cold Case unit under Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins and was responsible for discovering previously unknown JFK-related records, correspondence of former District Attorney Henry Wade, and other artifacts that had been stored in a 6-foot safe in a Dallas courthouse in 2007.

“FORENSICS PANEL” - Using modern analytical tools, a panel will review some of the forensic evidence regarding the rifle, bullet fragments, and autopsy used by the Warren Commission and HSCA to support the conclusions of their reports.
Panel members:
Cliff Spiegelman, Senior Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Editor Emeritus for Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, Statistics Advisor to the Texas Forensic Science Commission
David Josephs, a long-time researcher who has written extensively on the JFK assassination

“MEET THE ARCHIVISTS’ PANEL” - The panel will consist of archivists from the major JFK Collections who will discuss the current holdings in each of the participant's repositories, the process to access this material, and suggestions for archiving collections for researchers in the future.

Panel members:
Stephen Fagin, Curator of the 6th Floor Museum;
John Slate, Head Archivist for the City of Dallas;
Mary Goolsby, Archivist at Poague Library, Baylor University;
Britney Crawford, Acting director of the NARA JFK collection'

CAPA November in Dallas Conference

CAPA has assumed responsibility for the annual November in Dallas conference formerly hosted by JFK Lancer Productions. The conference will be held 22 and 23 November 2019 at the new Marriott Courtyard hotel at 310 South Houston Street in the Dallas Downtown/Reunion district which is just two short blocks from Dealey Plaza.

HOTEL INFORMATION
CAPA has reserved a block of rooms for three days (November 21 through November 24) at the discounted rate of only $139 (plus taxes) per night. Here is the link to register online: Book your group rate for Capa November 2019 – or call 214-214-5636. You MUST mention that you are with the CAPA group to receive the discounted rate. The rate is good until October 22. The hotel has only Friday and Saturday nights left. There is a chance, if another tentative conference falls through, they will have Thursday night available too but that is not known at this time. Try this hotel first as they  may have cancellations.
Two other hotels have agreed to block 20 rooms each. The sister hotel to the Marriott will block 20 rooms at the same rate as the Marriott ($139 plus taxes). It is three miles from Dealey Plaza but they have a shuttle that will transport people to and from. HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON DALLAS MARKET CENTER - Phone number  (214) 819-9700 – here is the link to register online


The other hotel is La Quinta next door to the Marriott near Dealey Plaza. They have blocked 20 rooms at the rate of $146/night plus taxes. They will hold the rooms until Nov. 7th or they sell out whichever occurs first. Reservations can be made only by phone -  800-753-3757.

Please mention you are with CAPA to ensure you get the discounted rate at all the hotels.
November is a busy time in Dallas and the hotels fill up quickly.

JFK Lancer President Debra Conway will continue to operate the book and collectibles store at the conference. If you have JFK related materials such as collectibles, photos or campaign materials that you would like to sell at the 2019 CAPA NID conference, please contact debraconway@jfklancer.com for more information.

Please note that CAPA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which means that your payment to CAPA is considered a donation and can be deducted as a charitable expense on your income tax return. As you can see on the CAPA website, annual dues to be a member of CAPA can be as little as $50.

Tentative 2019 Conference Schedule
Friday, November 22nd
9:00 am- 9:30 am Registration
9:30 am – 11:30 am – Mock Texas Court of Inquiry. The CAPA Legal Committee will produce a Mock Texas Court of Inquiry (TCI) – a legal venue unique to the State of Texas that can legally exonarate someone falsely or wrongly accused or convicted of a crime.
11:30 pm - 1:30 pm Dealey Plaza Remembrance Ceremony/Lunch
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Speakers TBA
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner break
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm Speakers TBA
Saturday, November 23rd
9:30 am – noon Speakers TBA
Noon – 1:30 pm – Lunch break
1:30 pm – 6:00 pm Speakers TBA
6:00 pm -7:30 pm Break before Banquet
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Banquet – Keynote Speaker Oliver Stone
Conference Only/CAPA Member – $95
Conference Only/ Non CAPA Member – $110
One Day Admission without Banquet Dinner – $90
Conference with Dinner/CAPA Member – $150
Conference with Dinner/Non CAPA Member -$175
One Day Admission including Banquet Dinner – $140
Spouse admission (including Banquet Dinner): $95
Banquet Dinner only – $75
Streaming TBD

To register for the conference, please go to our website https://capa-us.org/ and click on the orange link “CAPA November in Dallas Conference.”

If you know of any groups or individuals who might be interested in our conference, please feel free to forward this to them.

Thank you all for your support of CAPA and its worthy cause - Pursue the release of withheld records -  Find the Truth -  Seek Justice.
Best regards
Glenda de Vaney
Chair, Membership Committee


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Executive Summary - Legal Venues Being Pursued

JFK Assassination Executive Summary -– Synopsis
PURPOSE

This essay is intended as an executive summary of the basic facts, testimony and evidence in the assassination of President Kennedy as we are aware of them today. Our purpose is to persuade congressional and legal officials to perform their mandatory duties involving disclosure of records, enforcing the JFK Act, and to uphold the laws of our land.

PART I - Basic Facts of the Case

On November 22, 1963, at 12:30 p.m. (CST), President John F. Kennedy was murdered by a rifle shot to the head while riding in an open car through Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Governor John Connally also sustained non-fatal wounds.

Aside from these basic undisputed facts, many essential elements of the shooting have been open to debate. Lee Harvey Oswald was soon focused upon as the accused assassin. Although a rifle was found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) where he worked, his presence on the sixth floor at the time of the shooting and even the provenance of the rifle itself have been questioned.  Even Dallas Chief of Police Jessie Curry admitted that he “couldn’t put Oswald in that window with a rifle.”

Conclusions of the Presidential Commission

Lyndon B. Johnson, JFK's successor, hand-picked a commission to investigate the murder.  The president's commission concluded that Oswald took three shots at Kennedy’s limousine.  One shot missed; another shot entered JFK’s lower neck, exited his throat and passed through Governor Connally, inflicting at least five separate wounds.  A third shot shattered Kennedy's skull.

According to the commission, Oswald then hid the rifle behind a stack of boxes and quickly ran down four flights of steps in approximately ninety seconds.

Dallas police motorcycle officer Marrion Baker, his pistol assending the steps encountered Oswald in the second floor lunchroom.  As Baker held his gun close to Oswald's midsection, TSBD superintendent Roy Truly advised Baker that Oswald was an employee.  Officer Baker and Mr. Truly later testified that Oswald "appeared normal," was not out of breath, and looked calm and collected.

Oswald then purchased a coke and passed a secretary while walking through the second floor office, descended the steps to the first floor and exited the building.

Walking eight blocks east on Elm Street, Oswald boarded a bus heading in the opposite direction, back to the scene of the crime.  But when the bus got stalled in traffic Oswald got off and entered a cab at the nearby bus station, after offering the cab to a lady.  Taking the cab across the Trinity River to the Oak Cliff neighborhood where he lived, Oswald exited the cab five blocks past his rooming house and walked back.

Oswald retrieved a jacket and pistol from his room and was last seen by his landlady standing by the bus stop. The commission concluded that Oswald then walked almost a mile to the intersection of 10th Street and Patton Avenue, where he was stopped by Dallas policeman J.D. Tippit in his patrol car.

According to the official version of events, after a brief conversation with Tippit through the open passenger-side window of the patrol car, Oswald shot and killed Tippit as he got out of his car.

Running towards Jefferson Boulevard, Tippit's murderer emptied the shells from the pistol, stashed a jacket under a car in a gas station lot, and stopped to look into the widow of a shoe store on Jefferson Boulevard, avoiding the police cars as they sped by with their sirens and flashing lights.

Walking a half block, Oswald entered the Texas Theater without buying a ticket and sat in a number of seats before settling on one. After a salesman from the shoe store and the ticket girl for the movie theater discussed Oswald entering the theater without buying a ticket, the police were called and a dozen officers swarmed the area, blocking off the back entrance.

When the shoe store salesman identified Oswald, Oswald took a swing at one of the policeman, and as he was accosted, Oswald's pistol misfired as he was taken into custody. Oswald complained that he was not resisting arrest. He was taken to the Dallas police headquarters where he was interrogated a number of times by Dallas homicide detective Will Fritz.  The interrogations were also attended by representatives of the FBI and the Secret Service. 

Oswald requested legal assistance, and claimed to reporters in the hallway that he was being framed as a "patsy." Oswald was presented before a number of lineups, was allowed phone calls.  He was unable to secure independent legal counsel.

Oswald initially was charged only with the murder of patrolman Tippit. Further charges against him for the murder of President Kennedy were being prepared. It was publicly announced that Oswald would be moved from Dallas headquarters to the County Jail, which was also located at Dealey Plaza. But as he was being moved through the Dallas police basement, he was shot and killed by local nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

Although this is the basic case made by the presidential commission in their final report, the subsequent release of twenty-six volumes of supporting documents raised further questions and the conclusions have been severely criticized in the ensuing decades.

PART II -

PROBLEMS WITH THE OFFICIAL SCENARIO

Periodic polls have consistently indicated that a majority of American citizens do not believe that one man alone was responsible for the murder of the president, and there are many good reasons for them to hold this belief.

The first generation of independent researchers – such as Harold Weisberg, Sylvia Meagher, Josiah Thompson, Penn Jones, Mae Brussell and Mark Lane – combed through the  twenty-six volumes of supporting records and found evidence that clearly indicated to them that the official scenario was seriously flawed.

Subsequent investigations by such official organizations as the U.S. Marine Corps, the New Orleans District Attorney's office, the Senate Select ("Church") Intelligence Committee, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), as well as independent researchers, have cast further doubt on the determination that one man could have been responsible for the murder of the President.

While many disputable aspects of the assassination have been debated at length elsewhere, they beyond the scope of this summary. Areas of controversy that offer support for the proposition that more than one person was responsible for the assassination would include the acoustic evidence, the ballistic evidence, the timing and the number of shots (the Single Bullet Theory), medical forensic issues relating to the autopsy, the Zapruder film, the circumstances surrounding Oswald’s defection to the Soviet Union and his return to the states, Oswald's motives and the Walker Shooting. All of these issues have been studied in detail and are still open to argument.

THE RIFLE

There are many problems with the rifle, which is claimed to connect Oswald to the assassination. For example, Buell Wesley Frazer, who gave Oswald a ride to work that morning, testified that the package Oswald carried to work that morning was too short to contain the disassembled rifle.  Frazer's sister, who saw Oswald place the package in the car, agreed with her brother.

There are also significant discrepancies involving the purchase, shipping, and receipt of the weapon in question.  In addition, Oswald was never known to have actually fired that rifle at any time.  When examined by the FBI, the telescopic sight of the weapon was out of alignment.

One of the three shell casings found on the sixth floor of the TSBD had a dented lip.  In the condition in which it was found, the shell casing could not have been used in the assassination. The authorities were unable to determine the cause of the dent.

In addition, Oswald is not known to have purchased any bullets for the rifle. The bullet shells found on the sixth floor were traced to a batch of bullets sold to the US Marine Corps in 1948, even though the Marines did not use weapons that could fire those rounds.

 If Oswald had purchased the rifle at a local gun shop, sporting goods store, pawn shop or nearby department store with cash, no permanent documentary record of the purchase would have been generated. Instead he purchased it through the mail using an alias and a post office box that could be directly traced to him.

Although he ordered the rifle and pistol a month apart, according to the official scenario, they arrived at the Dallas Post Office on the same day. Oswald’s time sheet at Jaggers-Chiles-Stoval accounts for his activities from early in the morning until after the Post Office closed.

So when did he pick up the rifle and pistol?

And why is there no record of Oswald's receipt of these guns at his post office box? The pistol was sent COD – Collect On Delivery – yet there is no record of him paying for or picking up either weapon. No Post Office employee recalled handing him the weapons over the counter or taking money from him for the pistol.

With regard to the president's wounds, Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, the closest person to the limo when the shots were fired, said that he saw a large gaping hole to the back of the President’s head, indicating an exit wound and a shot that could not have been taken from the TSBD. Hill says he saw the back of the head wound three times – as he approached the car running as the last shot was fired, as he lifted the dead JFK from the limo and after the autopsy when it was requested that he inspect the body. Hill’s recollection is supported by the doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, especially the late Dr. McClendon, who stood above the president’s head at the end of the gurney for some time and clearly saw this wound to the back of the head- an exit wound.

At a reunion of still living Parkland doctors at the CAPA program at the Old Red Courthouse in November 2018, a Bethesda autopsy attendant (Jenkins) supported the recollections of the funeral house mortician who saw a small entrance wound to the right temple just at the hairline. This wound would have been obvious if the victim’s hair had been shaved, a standard operating procedure for gunshot wounds to the head that was not practiced at the president’s autopsy.

Further, in the mid-1990s, former Federal Prosecutor John Orr convinced then Attorney General Janet Reno to have the FBI and National Archives conduct DNA testing on bullet fragments found in the back of the limo. Orr later wrote a convincing report that the head shot was not fired from the same position as the proposed sniper's on the sixth floor off the TSBD, and also was a different type of bullet fired from a different rifle, an opinion shared by other ballistic and forensic experts.

According to First Class military snipers, who are the best trained and use the best available weapon, the Sixth Floor sniper was a third class sniper using a third class weapon, and while he may have taken the shot that wounded the President in the back and inflicted the wounds on Governor Connally, the shot to the head was taken by a First Class sniper who was firing from directly in front of or behind the target moving toward or away from him, and not moving from left to right, a very difficult. The First Class sniper always shoots for the head, and their motto is “One shot one kill.”

 OSWALD' CULPABILITY

According to multiple TSBD witnesses, Oswald was seen at noon standing by the telephone on the first floor, then sitting in the first floor lunchroom reading a newspaper where his jacket was later found on the window sill next to where he was sitting.  When he was interrogated, Oswald said that two African American employees he worked with walked through the lunchroom while he was there.  These employees later acknowledge walking through that lunchroom. If Oswald was not there, how did he know they were there?

At 12:15 Oswald was seen on the first floor standing by the front door by Carolyn Arnold at the same time a witnesses on the street Arnold Rowland, saw two men on the sixth floor, (One of the men was described as holding a rifle, standing at “port arms,” a military standby posture  suggesting that the man was awaiting instruction.

 If Oswald was on the first floor, who were those men?

All of the witnesses on the street who saw a gunman on the sixth floor describe him as wearing a white shirt, while Oswald wore a brown shirt. One witness on the street said the gunman had a very distinctive bald spot on the top of his head, a trait not shared with Oswald.

TSBD official Ochis Campbell told a New York newspaper reporter on the day of the assassination that while reentering the building immediately after the shooting he saw Oswald standing next to the storage room below the steps to the second floor.

Moments later, according to the presidential commission's report, Oswald was seen in the second floor lunchroom by Dallas policeman Marion Baker, who was following TSBD superintendent Roy Truly up the rear steps in search of the assassin. Truly, who was ahead of Baker, would have seen Oswald before Baker if Oswald had descended the steps as they were ascending and went through the door through which Baker saw Oswald. But Truly did not see Oswald enter that door. Truly vouched for Oswald as an employee; neither Baker nor Truly observed Oswald as appearing suspicious, since he appeared calm and was not out of breath. He certainly didn’t appear to have just killed the president and rundown four flights of steps. 

Oswald apparently entered the second floor lunchroom from the secretary’s office, the same way he left with a coke.

Shortly thereafter, Roy Truly met with Dallas Police Captain George Lumpkin, a US Army Reserve Intelligence officer who drove the pilot car in the motorcade. Truly told Lumpkin that Oswald was missing and was the first on a list of employees and gave Lumpkin Oswald’s Irving address.  Lumpkin then gave Oswald’s name and address to Homicide Captain Fritz, as he was examining the recently discovered rifle on the sixth floor of the TSBD.

Oswald’s name appears at the top of a list of TSBD employees but the address is not Irving or his rooming house in Oak Cliff but an old address – not one that the TSBD should have, and must have been obtained from an unknown, outdated source.

Captain Fritz then walked across the street to meet with Dallas Sheriff Bill Decker, though there is no record of this meeting or what they discussed.

When Homicide Captain Fritz got back to his office at City Hall, he ordered a policeman to go out to the Irving address that Roy Truly had supplied and pick up Oswald, and the policeman responded there was no need to as “there he sits” – a suspect in the murder of Tippit.

The Cover-Up – Conclusions – Recommendations

Of the official investigations, all of them were compromised. The Warren Commission was not appraised of the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro, Jim Garrison’s New Orleans Grand Jury and his investigation team included federal government informants. The Church Committee and the Schweiker-Hart Subcommittee conducted many interviews, many of which are now missing. The first chief counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) was dismissed for attempting to conduct a real homicide investigation, and failed to recognize their contact with the CIA – George Joannides, should have been a subject of their investigation as the case officer of the DRE Cubans who engaged with Oswald in New Orleans.

The JFK Act remains unenforced, the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) failed to locate and collect many key records including ONI investigation reports on Oswald, the Oval Office records collected by JFK’s secretary Mrs. Lincoln, the files of Richard Sprague, the first chief counsel to the HSCA, and the original Air Force One radio transmission tapes.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is not following up on the ARRB tasks as it was required to do, and the recommendations of the Archivist of the United States to the President even remains sealed today, while President Trump extended the deadline for release of all of the records for years, possibly forever.

Conclusion

From the evidence, facts and testimony available, it is apparent that the assassination of President Kennedy was not the work of one lone assassin, and regardless of the role of Lee Harvey Oswald or the Sixth Floor Sniper, what occurred at Dealey Plaza that day was not only a conspiracy but a more very distinct covert intelligence operation, and the murders of President Kennedy, Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald must be considered unsolved cold cases that can and should be resolved to a legal and moral certainty in our lifetime.

Recommendations – Actionable Legal Avenues - What needs to be done.

There are many legal options, but they must take place in a very specific order to succeed.43)
And they are:

1)      A Congressional Briefing held in a briefing room in Congress. Any Congressman can request a briefing room reservation at any time, but we need a friendly Congressman to reserve such a room. I arranged for my Congressman William Hughes (D. 2 NJ) to arrange for such a room for a Press Conference announcing the formation of COPA –the Coalition on Political Assassination, and Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D. Ga.) arranged for a large hearing room to be utilized for a Congressional Briefing on 9/11, so we have done this before. This Congressional Briefing in Congress must feature the top JFK assassination lawyers, researchers and investigators who could call attention to the most serious issues and convince Congress to hold public JFK Act oversight hearings. We must get the STAFF of the Congressional Oversight Committee to want to do this, as well as the chairman – Rep. Elijah Cummings (D. Md.) who should meet with a small select group of our key people. The Congressional Briefing is a preliminary step for a full House Oversight Committee hearing, in which each Congressman on the Committee gets a set time to question special expert witnesses and those responsible for the destroyed, missing and still withheld records. This Congressional Briefing must be held before Congress recesses for the summer.

2)      The Congress of the United States must, by law, eventually conduct meaningful oversight of the JFK Act of 1992 by holding public hearings that would be televised live on CSPAN focusing on illegally destroyed, missing and wrongfully withheld records on the assassination of President Kennedy. This hearing should be held in early September after Congress resumes.

3)      All of the remaining withheld records must be released in full as the law requires, but only Congress can make that happen.

4)      Congress should appoint a new – permanent Review Board that will oversee the JFK Act but also the recently enacted Cold Case Civil Rights Records Act, that requires a new Review Board.

5)      All of the living witnesses should be questioned and properly interviewed on the record, officially subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee or its sub-committee on NARA if necessary, and the witnesses should be required to testify under oath.

6)      The Mainstream Media must be convinced to cover these briefings and hearings and detail how JFK assassination records were illegally destroyed, illegally went missing, and are still being wrongfully withheld, which should spark the justice department to take action.

7)      The Justice Department should appoint a special prosecutor and convene a DC Federal Grand Jury to investigate the crimes related to the assassination – including the destruction of records, the illegal theft of and the wrongfully withholding of specific records that we identify.

8)      CAPA attorney Bill Simpich has proposed convincing a Texas Municipal Judge convene a Court of Inquiry, a legal venue unique to Texas that could legally exonerate Lee Harvey Oswald for the assassination of President and require a new official inquiry. Any Municipal Judge in Texas could order such an Inquiry and the positive aspect of this is he is not required to conduct the inquiry, which another judge would be appointed to do. The Innocence Project, which has exonerated hundreds of falsely convicted victims, could cooperate in this endeavor. 

9)      The newly elected Democratic District Attorney of Dallas County John Creazot should be briefed privately on the cold case homicides in his jurisdiction that requires further investigation – including the assassination of President Kennedy and the murders of J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald. He should respond by convening a local Special Dallas Grand Jury to conduct an investigation into these crimes to see if any new evidence and records and compel witnesses to testify. While this local Dallas Grand Jury would only require one assistant – District Attorney to conduct such a Grand Jury, most of the leg work, research, investigative leads and targeted records and witnesses could be provided by independent researchers who have been working on this case for decades. In addition, those responsible for the investigation of related unsolved homicides - Sam Giancana, John Rosselli, et. al., should form a Task Force to work together to resolve these crimes. 

10)  Both the DC based Federal Grand Jury and the Dallas based local County Grand Jury have the power to order an exhumation of the remains of the victims (JFK, John Connally, J.D. Tippit, Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby) for proper forensic autopsies using the most up to date scientific equipment (X-Ray, MRI, photo, etc.) that will provide an enormous amount of new evidence that would be admissible in a court of law. A regular autopsy only determines the cause of death while a forensic autopsy creates evidence that can be introduced in a court of law.


For any of these legal proceedings to take place – they must begin with a Congressional Briefing and a Congressional Oversight Hearing on the JFK Act. All of the others then follow.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Arthur M. Young - Updated

Arthur Middleton Young

Arthur Young with his model helicopter - the First Drone

As I have previously mentioned, Arthur Young was one of the most interesting persons I have ever met, and I have met my share as a working journalist for over three decades. 

I first read his name in Gerald Ford's book "Portrait of the Assassin" that Ford was criticized for using records that were sealed and unavailable to anyone else. Ford said that Ruth H. Paine, Michael Paine's wife, wrote a letter to the pregnant Marina in New Orleans offering to take her into her Irving, Texas home until she had the baby. If she agreed, Paine wrote, Marina should write to her c/o in care of Arthur Young, Paoli, Pennsylvania. 

Apparently Ruth Paine took an annual late summer road trip to the North East visiting relatives - including her father in Ohio, sister in Washington D.C., and her husband Micahel's mom at the Forbes Island off Massachusettes and her farm house outside Philadelphia, near Paoli, Pa.. Michael's mother had been married twice before - including to Lyman Paine, Michael's father, one of the founders of the Communist Trotyskite Party in the USA. Oswald subscribed to the Trotyskite Militant newspaper, which he can can be seen holding along with the rifle and pistol in the backyard photos. 

Ruth Forbes Paine had divorced Paine and married Arthur Young - an equally eccentric inventor of the Bell Helicopter, who arranged for Michael Paine to work at Bell when they opened the Texas production plant. 

When I obtained his phone number I called Arthur Young at his rural Philadelhia home and requested a formal interview, which he granted, if I would read his books first. I then ordered and read his personal history of the development of the Bell Helicopter, and a second book on his philosophy of Process. 

I then drove to his historic colonal farm house on the Brandywine Creek, not far from the Revolutionary War battlefield in which George Washington was almost shot by a Scottish sniper but spared, as the sniper didn't want to shoot him in the back. 

Sometime in early ninties, I will get the exact date from the tape, I visited Paine at his historic old farmhouse hard on the Brandywine Creek. And while his wife, Michael Paine's mother - Ruth Forbes Paine Young sat with a visiting young women in the garden, Arthur Young and myself sat in his living room - study with all the walls lined with books. He was a well read man. 

Young permitted me to tape record our conversation so I set the cassette recorder on the table between us while he sat back in a chair and asked me my date and place of birth, saying he was going to do my astrology chart while we talked.


The son of two fine artists, Young knew that he was a genius and while attending Princeton, argued over Einstein's theory of relativity - saying that time was not a constant but a variable in the equation, something he learned from the sudden death of a brother. 

After graduation in the twenties, Young said he went to the Patent office in Washington D.C. looking for something worthwhile to invent - and after reviewing the work being done on color film, video, steriophonic sound and other yet to be invented ideas - settled on trying to resolve the problems with vertical flight - the helicopter, which he thought was the easiest of the lot. 

Young was proud of the fact that no one died in the experimentation because he used scale models - and indirectly invented the drone - and it took almost two decades to perfect - eventually obtaining a patent for a stabalizing bar that ran from the front to rear propeller shafts allowing for controlled flight. 

Once he was confident he had it right, in 1940, Young put his toy helicopter in a box and took it to Bell Aircraft in upstate New York where they were manufacturing fighter planes they sold to the Soviet Russians. 

Larry Bell's secretary told Young he had only fifteen minutes of Mr. Bell's time, so Young went out to the huge assembly line area of the factory, set up his model plane and began flying it around the room, halting production. When Bell came out of his office to see what was going on, Young flew the helicopter model around some more and then landed it at Bell's feet. 

How long will it take to build a full scale version?, Bell wanted to know. And Young didn't know, but they signed a contract and Bell gave him a building and a team of engineers to build the full scale version of the helicopter - which took over four years - too late for World War II. But it was the first helicopter commercially approved by the federal government - the Bell 41A - which is better known as the glass dome and girder MASH helicopter - some of which are still in use today. The first one is still on display at the New York Museum of Modern Art, something Young said his artist parents would be proud of. 

It was while living with Young and his mother and attending a local college when Michael Paine met Ruth Hyde at a folk music and dance social. Michael Paine and Ruth Hyde were married in the quaint, local Quaker town of Media, Pennsylvania.

When I asked Young why Bell moved the helicopter factory to Texas he said it was for "security reasons," and it was in Texas where Young arranged for his wife's son - Michael Paine - to work at the Bell Helicopter plant as a designer, so that stimulated their relocation to Texas. 

After the helicopter, Young and his equally eccentric wife Ruth Forbes Paine embarked on what he called the "Gee Wiz" years - exploring a number of radical ideas that peaked his interest including ESP, Remote Viewing, remote medical diagnosis, UFOs and the secrets of the Egyptian pyramids. 

In 1972 he formed a research institute the Center for the Study of Consciousness, that still exists in California. Young said that he had earlier formed a earlier non-profit research institute but he didn't like the financial backers who he implied, tried to control things. 

Meanwhile, Michael Paine's mother Ruth Forbes Paine Young developed an interest in the United Nations and supported Cord Meyer, Jr.'s World Federalists - which also included a neighbor - college student Priscilla Johnson (McMillan) and CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite. Cord Meyer, Jr.'s father, Cord Meyer, Sr. was an early aircraft pioneer and with D. H. Byrd, co-founder of the Civil Air Patrol in 1941, an organization that Oswald would be affiliated with in New Orleans before he enlisted in the Marines. 

While I was aware of Mrs. R. F. P. Young's work for the World Federalists - hosting a Main Line black tie fundraising ball, she was too old and infirm to answer any questions when I met her. 

Nor was I aware at the time of our meeting of her close association with Mary Bancroft, that Bancroft mentions in her book "Autobiography of a Spy," that also details her amorous affair with Allen Dulles and their OSS escapades during World War II - including assisting Gestapo officer Hans Bernd Gisivious in the July 20, 1944 Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler. 

I also later learned that at the very moment of the assassination, Michael Paine was sitting in the Bell Helicopter cafeteria having lunch with a co-worker who later said that at the very moment of the assassination Michael was talking to him about the "character of assassins," certainly ESP - extra sensory perception at work - and something Arthur Young would have appreciated. 

I think our conversation lasted over a few hours, and I still have it all on tape, but at one point Young stopped talking about himself and asked me if I was an alien. 

Taken aback by the question, I asked if he meant if I was from Ireland? 

No he said, my astrology chart indicated I could be an alien from the Plaedies - a group of planets hundreds of thousands of light years away. I think he was disappointed when I said I was from Camden, N.J., just across the river and wasn't from the Pleadies. 

Incredulous, I asked him about this, and he explained that we have been visited by aliens from the Pleadies for quite a while, as they have been studying us. And while they look like us, they are not the only aliens visitors, and are at war with other beings from another planet - called the Greys, who look like the Close Encounter aliens.

They come here in giant "Beam Ships," that can go anywhere in the universe instantaniously, and they park the Beam Ship at the end the solar system - so as not to interfere with gravety, and then send out flying saucers, that we know as UFOs. 

When Young realized that I was suspicious of all this, he said it was okay if I didn't believe, but it was all well documented. 

Well documented? Where? And he went into the next room and reached up and pulled a book off a shelf - about regular alien visitors to a farm in Germany where they land their flying saucers and drop off and pick up those who have been living among us and studying us. Complete with pictures - including one of a beautiful blonde alien who was heading home after visiting us for awhile. 

I took note of the author's name - Col. Wendell Stevens, USAF Ret.), and was surprised he was a U.S. Air Force Colonel and not some crackpot. 

Before leaving, Young introduced me to his wife, Michael's mom, and we chatted politely for a few minutes but it was clear, as Young told me, she was incapable of responding to any questions. We then went out to the barn, a huge large brick barn where he built model helicopters, and he gave me an 8 by 10 glossy black and white photo of him back in the late 1930s flying one of his helicopter models around the back field.

When I got back home to Ocean City, N.J., I looked up Air Force Colonel Wendell Stevens, who wrote the book on the aliens from the Plaedies, and quickly located him in New Mexico. The next day I called him on the phone and he politelyl admitted to writing the book, but it was out of print and he was working on an update. Where did I see his book? h. Arthur Young showed it to me.

Ah, yes, how is Arthur? 

When I asked him where he served in the Air Force, he said mainly at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. I told him I attended the University of Dayton, and was quite familiar with the base. 

The retired Air Force Colonel explained that he had been assigned to Project Blue Book - the Air Force study of UFOs. 

I then asked him - who was his commanding officer? 

Why that, he said, would be U.S. Air Force General Charles Pierre Cabal - the brother of the mayor of Dallas. 

For a more detailed report see: 
THE LAST INTERVIEW WITH ARTHUR MIDDLETON YOUNG

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