CAPA Conference Dallas Nov. 19-22 2021
CAPA - the Citizens Against Political Assassinations [ CAPA-US.org ] will be holding a conference in Dallas over the assassination anniversary weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nov. 19-21, with the moment of silence at Dealey Plaza at 12:30 on Monday, November 22.
Unlike their past conference at the Dallas Marriott, this conference will be held at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel, about a mile from Dealey Plaza heading down towards Deep Elm, as they call it.
As with the previous virtual conference last year, Friday will be dedicated to new students to the case, with presentations on Saturday and Sunday by authors of new books on the case - and there are quite a few, and those with new material to present, with little emphasis on repeating things already said.
Monday we will go to breakfast, probably at the New York Deli on Houston before heading to the Grassy Knoll at Dealey Plaza for the moment of silence, a tradition begun by the late, great Penn Jones, a Texas newspaper publisher who never gave up on pursing the truth about the assassination. When Penn passed away, my former associate, the late John Judge continued the tradition, that has also been upheld by Debra Conway of JFK Lancer, Judyth Vary Baker and others. It is a tradition destined to continue.
While the Sheraton may seem out of the way and a mile off the beaten track, it actually has important connections to the assassination, and should be seen in its proper historical context.
For starters, it is known that Lee Harvey Oswald visited the place on numerous occasions.
The Sheraton shares it's space with the office complex known as - The Southland Center, where the Mexican consulate is located as well as the exclusive Chaparral Club, that took up an entire floor, and included George deMohrenschildt, D.H. Byrd, Jack Crichton and other key players as members.
Oswald visited there when he applied for a job with Sam Balen, a friend of George deMohrenschildt, who testified before the Warren Commission, and while Oswald made a good impression, he didn't get hired.
Oswald, or someone who looked suspiciously a lot like him, met CIA officer David Atlee Phillips and anti-Castro Cuban terrorist Antonio Veciana (author of "Trained to Kill"). Phillips was meeting in the lobby with Oswald when Veciana showed up, and they decided to adjurn to a nearby coffee shop. A young teenage couple were passing by, on their way to the rooftop observatory, and Phillips asked them directions to the coffee shop, and they told him.
Shortly after the assassination, when Oswald's photo was pictured on the news, the young girl recognized him as one of the three men they had briefly met in the lobby of the Sheraton-Southland, but her mother wouldn't let her come forward with that information. The young boy however, did come forward, albet many years later, and confirmed the story.
The Sheraton is also where George H. W. Bush and his wife were registered on Thursday, November 21, the night before the assassination, and the next day, shortly after the assassination, while Mrs. Bush was at a beauty shop, and George was addressing a civic group in a small down outside of Dallas, Bush dropped a dime on a fellow Republican who he suspected of being involved in the assassination, phoning it in.
When federal government officials visit Dallas, they stay at the Sheraton, as did the Secret Service who were assigned to the president while he was in Dallas, as well as the technicians of the White House Communications Agency (WHCA), who set up their base station in a suite of rooms at the Sheraton.
They ran, monitored and according to SOP, recorded the Charlie Channel used by those in the motorcade, including radios in the Pilot Car, the lead car, the Presidential limo, the Secret Service cars and the car with the WHCA officer and the Bag Man, who had the satchel with the Nuclear codes.
At the very moment of the head shot(s), the Secret Service agent in the front seat of the presidential limo was on the radio, so those shots were picked up by the mic and recorded, and is probably the reason why they refuse to acknowledge they recorded it.
The pilot of Air Force One, sitting in his pilot seat at Love Field, was eating his lunch and was listening to Charlie Channel when he realized something was seriously wrong with the motorcade.
Four of the WHCA technicians who manned the radios at the Sheraton base station wrote After Action Reports that the WHCA claims are the only assassination records in their possession.
One of them also told Jim Bishop, author of The Day Kennedy Was Shot, that there was some peculiar conversations overheard on Charlie Channel, including one that included the question, "Whose in charge?", with the answer being "The Joint Chiefs of Staff."
They also listed, not the Constitutional line of succession - Vice President, Speaker of the House, etc., but the line of command to go to war - Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Undersecretary of Defense, etc.
When former Dallas TV reporter and mayor Wes Wise gave me a tour of Dallas assassination spots, he drove down Elm street eight blocks that Oswald reportedly walked after leaving the TSBD. He then got on a bus going back in the opposite direction. As Wise pulled his car over to the side of the road at the bus stop where Oswald is said to have boarded a bus, I wondered where he was going in the first place. Looking further down the street, I noticed a tall building and asked Wise what it was. "Why that's the Dallas Sheraton," he said, and I think that was Oswald's original destination, until he decided against it.
In any case, the Dallas Sheraton, the location of the next CAPA conference, has some historical associations that make it a worthy place to have a conference.
I will provide more details on the conference as it shapes up, and I expect it to be a good one, probably my last trip to Dallas, my last Hurrah, though I have said that before.