Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tony Summer's Not in Your Lifetime Revamped

Tony Summers has recently re-wrote much of his book "Not in Your Lifetime" (aka "Conspiracy"), and has included much new and important information.

The new updated and refreshed edition will be available in the USA on October 1 as an e-book or in paperback from US publisher Open at: 

It will be available in the UK on October 10 from Headline at:  

by Anthony Summers

This note is to let everyone know that I have this year virtually rewritten and updated my book Not in Your Lifetime (né, long ago and over my protest,Conspiracy), on the Kennedy assassination. It will be published on Tuesday, October 1, by Open Road Media in the U.S., and on October 10 by Headline in the UK.
 In the publishers’ view, Not in Your Lifetime has earned a lasting place and should be republished on this 50th anniversary. Realizing, though, that it needed a thorough revamp, I set to work (with Robbyn) for what turned out to be many months. I have honed this new edition, filling in previously unavailable detail and making amendments, shedding material that has been discredited or no longer seems worth space in the book – and adding elements that do justify inclusion.
 Perhaps most significant is a new final chapter that amounts to an overview of the case as things stand in 2013. This includes a section covering “admissions” – claims of involvement in the assassination, their credibility or otherwise.
 Most interesting, perhaps, is a new interview I recently conducted of a Cuban exile in Florida. In extended conversations , over two days, he identified a fellow Cuban, once his best friend, who – he said he learned - “participated” in the assassination. This especially, I expect, will stir discussion.
 Heartening reviews the book has received include: 
§  (On this new 2013 edition) “Not in Your Lifetime is the best single analysis of what we know and what we don’t know about JFK’s assassination. If you have time to read only one book on the assassination, this is it. By far. – Robert Blakey, former Chief Counsel, House Committee on Assassinations 
§  “An awesome work…with the power of a plea as from Zola for justice” —Los Angeles Times
§  “An important piece of work…exceptionally well written, with all the tone and tension of a thriller. . . A book that must be read” —New York Review of Books
§  “The closest we have to that literary chimera, a definitive work on the events in Dallas.” 

Not in Your Lifetime will be available in the U.S. from October 1, as an e-book or in paperback, from U.S. publisher Open Road, by following this link:

For those who would like to have a look at the British edition, it can be found here on the Headline/Hachette Group website:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Alfred Goldberg and Rudolph Winnacker DOD Historians

Rudolph Winnacker
Chief Historian – Office of the Secretary of Defense
November 25, 1949 – June 30, 1973
Chief DOD Historian 24 years
Rudolph Winnacker
Past Chief Historian
November 25, 1949 – June 30, 1973
Rudolph A. Winnacker served as the first Historian for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and remained in that position for 24 years, establishing a firm foundation for the office and achieving a remarkable record of accomplishment.
Winnacker was exceptionally well qualified for the position. His academic background included a Harvard history Ph.D. and more than 10 years of teaching experience at the Universities of Michigan and Nebraska. During World War II he performed research work for the Office of Strategic Services. After an assignment as historian in the Office of the Secretary of War, he served on the faculty of the National War College and with the Army Historical Division.
As OSD Historian, Winnacker played a notably prominent role, particularly during the 1950s. In 1953 he was a staff member and advisor to the Rockefeller Committee whose report led to a major reorganization of the Department of Defense. Subsequently, at the express direction of Secretary Neil McElroy, Winnacker drafted DoD Directive 5100.1 that implemented the Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1958. During these years he sometimes acted as a spokesman for the Secretary of Defense, holding press conferences on matters about which he could speak with authority.
In 1955, once again at the direction of the secretary, Winnacker coordinated and compiled work by military service historians to produce a detailed report entitled The Entry of the Soviet Union into the War Against Japan. The report received much public attention and laid to rest a long-existing controversy, particularly in Congress. Winnacker also had responsibility for important ongoing functions, including publication of the Annual Report of the Secretary of Defense, and the Annual Public Statements of the Secretary of Defense. Of special note was his persistent and successful collection of DoD and other documents and materials that formed the core of the current Historical Office Archives – a valuable research collection. Not the least of his multiple activities was his service for 20 years on the National Historical Publication and Records Commission as representative of the Secretary of Defense. In one of his final contributions, Winnacker oversaw the review for declassification and release of the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War.
All of these and many other activities were accomplished with the help of no more than two professional assistants and a secretary. For Winnacker it was a labor of love. He often expressed astonishment that he was being paid for doing something that he found so enjoyable and rewarding.

Alfred Goldberg (Col. USAFR)

Chief DOD Historian 34 years
Alfred Goldberg
Past Chief Historian
October 28, 1973 – November 28, 2007
Dr. Alfred Goldberg, an eminent and respected military historian, served as the Chief Historian for the Office of the Secretary of Defense for 34 years. He began his service to the United States in 1942 with the U.S. Army, rising from the rank of private to captain and deploying overseas with the Army Air Forces to England and France. He worked in various capacities, ultimately as a field historian. He left active duty in 1946, but remained in the reserves and retired from the Air Force in 1978 as a colonel.
From 1946 to 1965, Dr. Goldberg worked for the U.S. Air Force Historical Division as a senior historian. During that period, in addition to earning a Ph.D. in history from The Johns Hopkins University in 1950, he was a Visiting Fellow at Kings College, University of London in 1962–63; a lecturer at the University of Maryland for many years; and a recipient of a Social Science Research Council Fellowship. In 1964 Chief Justice Earl Warren brought him onto the Warren Commission staff, where Dr. Goldberg served as a historical advisor and as co-author and co-editor of the Warren Commission Report. From 1965 to 1973, Dr. Goldberg was a senior staff member at RAND and also lectured at the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.
In 1973, Dr. Goldberg assumed duties as the chief historian with OSD. He received the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the Presidential Meritorious Award. He was a long-time member of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, whose members include distinguished historians, archivists, and members of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Keenly aware of the historic significance of the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Dr. Goldberg joined with other military historians in documenting the event and its effect on the Pentagon and the military and civilian workforce.
Dr. Goldberg is the author or editor of numerous historical books and articles, many of which have earned special recognition and prizes. Most notably, he is co-author of the Army Air Forces in World War II (7 volumes); editor and co-author of A History of the U.S. Air Force 1907–1957; co-editor of the Department of Defense: Documents on Establishment and Organization, 1947–1978; co-author of The Department of Defense, 1947-1997—Organization and Leaders; author of The Pentagon: The First Fifty Years; general editor, History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (5 volumes); and co-author of Pentagon 9/11. In 2011, Dr. Goldberg received the American Historical Association's Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions to public history.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Wecht Calls it a Coup

                                                                 Dr. Cyril Wecht

Expert Cyril Wecht calls Kennedy assassination a coup

Katherine Ramsland, a Facebook friend, criminal psychologist and prolific author invited friend and COPA associate Cyril Wecht to give a lecture on the Kennedy assassination to her college conference and a local reporter was there to cover it.

Author: Randy Kraft, Reporter,
Published: Sep 18 2013 06:58:04 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2013 01:36:03 PM EDT

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was “the overthrow of the government, it was coup d'état in America.”
So declared Dr. Cyril Wecht, the famous forensic pathologist -- to the applause of about 300 people attending his presentation on the Kennedy assassination Tuesday night at DeSales University in Center Valley, Lehigh Co.
“The assassination of John F. Kennedy was plotted and executed by people in this country,” said Wecht.
“Jack Kennedy was going to be around for five more years – no question – followed by eight years of Bobby Kennedy—almost certainly.”
He said there was no way in the world that “super, super patriots” were going to sit back and allow the Kennedys to move the country politically and ideologically for 13 years.
He said the Kennedys – and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, who like Bobby Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968 -- were undefeatable.
“You could not beat the Kennedys with their charm, their charisma, their power, their money, their colleagues, their friends, the constituencies that fell in line. There was only one way to eliminate that. That was through physical assassination.”
Wecht, one of the nation’s leading experts on the assassination of the president, spoke with so much passion about Kennedy’s death that someone walking into the middle of his talk might have thought he was talking about someone killed just last week, rather than nearly 50 years ago.
The 50th anniversary of his assassination will be observed in November. He was killed on Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas.
Wecht told the audience he could not give them the name of the person behind the assassination of the Kennedy brothers. “I probably would be afraid if I knew the name. But there are some people that are very suspect, who were high ranking in the CIA at that time.”
Wecht said it is naïve to suggest that the true reasons for the assassination should have leaked out by now. He said “super spies” would never talk about it, but would do it “for the best of reasons in your mind, to save your country, which is going to hell in a basket under the Kennedys.”
He noted at the time some leading U.S. military leaders were advocating dropping nuclear bombs on Russia and that people opposed Kennedy’s views on civil rights and voting rights. Some also didn’t like the president just because he was Catholic.
“This was the social-political climate in our country.”
Wecht indicated no other president in his lifetime has had as much public support as John Kennedy.
Oswald not alone?
Wecht said history and political science books in high schools and colleges report Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole assassin, but every poll taken from the late 60s until the present shows the American people do not agree.
He said the latest poll, done late last year, shows 85 percent of Americans do not believe Oswald was the sole assassin.
‘There’s not 85 percent of people in America who think that apple pie, baseball, motherhood and sex is a good idea, but 85 percent of Americans reject the Warren Commission report.”
He encouraged his audience to read several different books about the Kennedy assassination, including those defending the Warren Commission report -- which concludes Oswald alone did it -- and come to their own conclusion about whether it is possible for one person “to shoot from that window, with that weapon, to produce those wounds” in 5.6 seconds.
He said the bolt-action rifle Oswald supposedly used takes 2.3 seconds from shot to shot when fired by the best marksmen in the country. But Gov. John Connally of Texas, who was sitting in front of the president in the open motorcade car, was shot 1.5 second after Kennedy was hit.
He said Oswald flunked his first marksmanship test in the U.S. Marines and got the equivalent of a C-minus the second time he took it.
Wecht believes two shooters killed the president that day in Dallas, one from the rear --. “I personally don’t believe it was Oswald” – and one from the picket fence behind the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. “At least four shots were fired, quite possibly five,” he said. “The president was hit in the head twice.”
As Wecht went frame by frame through the famous Zapruder film of the assassination, Kennedy is first seen grabbing his throat. Many in the audience gasped in horror when the front of the president’s head exploded in blood and gore.
Wecht called that film the single most important piece of evidence in the entire case.
Wecht shot big holes in the single bullet theory, that the same bullet killed the president and wounded the governor. “He called it “scientific nonsense – a forensic folly of the highest order.”
He had his wife Sigrid and program organizer Dr. Katherine Ramsland sit in chairs in the front of the room to simulate the positions of Kennedy and Connally in the car.
He demonstrated that one bullet had to change directions at least twice in mid-air to strike both men. He said Connally had five wounds.
Wecht said the two military pathologists called in to Bethesda Naval Hospital to do the autopsy on the president, after his body was flown to Washington, had never done a single gunshot-wound autopsy in their entire careers. He said 33 people witnessed that autopsy, including admirals and generals.
Wecht said in August 1972, he learned President Kennedy’s brain was missing. “To this day, all these years later, it remains missing.” He said forensic analysis of the brain would have shown trajectories of two different bullets.
He said Jack Ruby, the man who killed Oswald two days after the assassination, had been let into the basement of the police building in Dallas by a high-ranking police officer. “The Warren Commission never said anything about that.” He said Jack Ruby was Mafia, but he does not believe the Mafia orchestrated the death of the president.
He also does not believe vice president Lyndon Johnson, who became president when Kennedy was killed, or FBI director J. Edgar Hoover were involved.
“I do believe Hoover was very much part of the subsequent cover-up and not digging into it.”
He also does not believe the Russians, Cubans or Chinese were behind the assassination.
Waiting for the truth
The 82-year-old Wecht told the audience he used to think the truth about the assassination would be made known in his lifetime. “I now know it’s not going to happen in my lifetime. It’s going to take another generation or two. There remains under seal to this day thousands of documents, which according to an executive order issued in April 1965, remain sealed for 75 years.
“My suggestion is get your children and your grandchildren to read and study, that’s the call to action.”
He encouraged DeSales to get the 26-volume Warren Commission report on the president’s assassination for its library, but to be sure to put it with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and other works of fiction.
The audience applauded when he called that report “the greatest bit of forensic scientific fiction that has ever been foisted on the American public.”
Robert Kennedy assassination
Wecht said Robert Kennedy had just won the Democratic primary in California and was assured of winning the Democratic nomination for president in 1968. He was assassinated in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 6, 1968.
The accused assassin is Sirhan Sirhan.
Wecht stunned the audience when he said the autopsy of Robert Kennedy showed he was killed by a shot fired from only an inch to an inch-and-a-half behind Kennedy’s right ear.
On that point, he said, “There was unanimity of opinion among 10-12 forensic pathologists, including military people.
“This evidence was never introduced into the trial of Sirhan Sirhan,” said Wecht.
"Also, there were 13 shots fired. The gun only held eight bullets. He sure as heck never reloaded that gun.”
He said a private guard standing right behind Robert Kennedy had a gun, but it was never examined by the authorities. Months later, a search for that gun showed it changed hands several times, then was stolen and never recovered.
King assassination
Wecht said he participated in the autopsy of James Earl Ray, accused assassin of Martin Luther King. He described Ray as a “two-bit, petty, punk thief – a penniless bum who was in jail for most of his adult life.” He also said Ray was not involved in politics.
He expressed skepticism that Ray acted on his own in killing the civil rights leader on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.
Wecht said Ray fled to Canada, but forgot to take the rifle with his fingerprints on it. He said, in Canada, Ray had documents “that would make Sean Connery playing 007 green with envy,” and that he managed to flee to England and Portugal before being caught.
Forensic Forum
Wecht spoke for more than an hour, then answered questions from the audience for another 25 minutes.
He said Elvis Presley died not of heart disease, but from 12 central nervous system depressant drugs, including tranquilizers, sedatives and anti-depressants.
One of the several books Wecht has written is about JonBenet Ramsey, the six-year-old Colorado beauty pageant queen found dead in the basement of her home in 1996. He does not believe it was a botched kidnapping attempt, indicating it made no sense for kidnappers to write a ransom note, but then forgot to take the body. He believes JonBenet accidentally was killed by her father during a sex game.
Wecht spoke at the latest in a series of Forensic Forums organized by Ramsland, who teaches forensic psychology at DeSales.
Ramsland introduced Wecht by saying “he seeks social truth and justice in some of our greatest forensic mysteries.”
“I’ve given you the forensic scientific facts,” Wecht told the audience. “I have not said a thing here today that is not subject to corroboration.”
In addition to being a forensic pathologist who has done more than 18,000 autopsies, Wecht is a doctor, a lawyer, an author and a legal and medical consultant who frequently weighs in on high-profile deaths in the national news media.
He said he was interviewed a few months ago for a History Channel program about the Kennedy assassination, which will air in November.
He is clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health.
He said he has another book coming out about the Kennedy assassination in about a month.
He also said his first e-book, called “Final Exams,” is coming out next week.
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The 2013 Wecht Conference:

Passing the TorchAn International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
October 17-19, 2013
Following up on its world-renowned 40th anniversary conference, the Wecht Institute is pleased to announce its plans to re-convene many of the leading scientific and legal experts on the murder case that has fascinated and perplexed us for decades.  As the JFK assassination and many of its witnesses, investigators and researchers begin to recede into history, this symposium is intended in large part to interest and inform young people from the Pittsburgh region, across the country and beyond about one of the seminal events of 20th century American history, and why it still matters today.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Dave Reitzes' Skeptic Essay

On 9/10/13, David Reitzes wrote: I'm very pleased to announce the publication of a new article in one of my favorite magazines:

JFK Conspiracy Theories at 50
How the Skeptics Got It Wrong and Why It Matters
by David Reitzes
Cover illustration by Pat Linse and Ed Pastor

[BK Notes: I will post a link to reading the article on line as soon as I can.]

Kelly Reads and Responds to Reitzes' Skeptic Essay

Congratulations David, getting it published is an achievement in itself, and quoting the publisher Michael Shermer, - "...the point is to use critical thinking to properly access the evidence,.." must have helped.

While David Lifton has also read it and considers it superficial hogwash and balloney, I think it is a good start for beginners - as an overall synopsis, though as Lifton points out, it only deals with
decades old issues, most of which have been satisfied years ago. DSL, like most real researchers, is too busy to stop doing serious work on the subject to respond in full, but I'll give it a go.

David, knowing you since before you changed your stripes I thought it would be all old hat but you even surprised me with the RFK quote:

"You know that fella Harvey Lee Oswald, whatever his name is, set something loose in this country,"

and in writing it I'm sure you had to twitch when John Armstrong pinched you.

Well you can't argue with that, Ozzie the Rabbit certainly did set something loose in this country, and I follow you without interuption up until you make the statement - "...careful and sober analysis of the evidence affirms the (Warren) Commission's conclusions and vanquishes the arguments of the skeptics."

Wooohhh, there David, you didn't footnote that item, where did you get that?

"Careful and sober,...affirms and vanquishes..." are strong words and clearly untrue in the context you put them.

You quote Shermer and threaten to properly assess the evidence, but then go into a litanny of descriptions of conspiracy theories and those who espouse them - taking first aim at Jeff Morley, currently the most popular whipping boy simply because he is one of the most
objective and respected, and Vince Salandria, the original Skeptic. Rather than just take your word for it, people should check out the web presence of both Morley and Salandria, and pay close attention to what they say because both of whom provide key insights into important aspects of the assassination.

Though you don't mention it, Morley is one of the best at doing what you ask - "distinguishing verifiable evidence from idle speculation," (and he does so routinely at How do you managed to mention Morley without saying a peep about his FOIA suit against the CIA? - and its here in the article that you should have called for the release of all the assassination records that remain sealed.

And Dave, your use of Hugh Aynesworth as a source should have come with a qualifier, as he is not only a living witness to the scenes of many crimes - he is also a witting CIA asset who is known to have, in conjunction with another CIA asset (Joe Goulden), promoted disinformation. You quote Aynesworth as saying that witnesses "made up things" from the get go, but fail to note that he was one of the reporters that passed on Oswald's fake FBI number, a number that he had made up.

Because some witness testimony has been shown to be wrong, and Aynesworth interviewed witnesses on the Grassy Knoll who made things up, you dismiss all witness testimony, and then extend that to all the Parkland witnesses because they saw entrance wounds to the front and exit wound in the back. Secret Service agent Clint Hill also saw a gaping hole in the back of JFK's head, while he was still in the car and when he was in the casket. Dissmissing all witness reports because some have been shown to be wrong is some extension in logic.

At that point you should have questioned why they don't just dig up the body today and give JFK the proper forensic autopsy he should have.

And Dave, it just isn't true that "...the critical point has always been whether there was a second gunman."

No it isn't, the case for conspiracy does not rest with multiple gunman, as one good one would do - a real good professional assassin - but those who claim Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK all by his lonesome - a major accomplishment -  but those who claim he did so illogically portray him as a deranged loser. How come he's the loner and looser and not the world's greatest assassin that he is if he did and did it alone?

Rather than the sober analysis of the evidence we get a broad outline of a half dozen now defunct conspiracy theories - count the gunman in Moorman, Tramps Like Us, Umbrella Man and Mysterious Deaths.

One day at Dealey Plaza a complete stranger showed me a newspaper photo of the original Moorman photo and what struck me was the clearly observable brain, flesh and blood matter that could be seen sprayed like in a Quintin Tarentino movie, which could be used for blood splatter anaylsis if a clear copy of the orignal still shows it.

And Dave, the Umbrella Man's excuse doesn't mean it wasn't true - bringing up appeasement and World War II and the sins of the Old Man - cuts to the heart of the murder - especially if the murder stemed from Washington and not Dallas. If the Umbrella Man brought up the word "appeasement" and "Munich" in regards to the JFK assassination, who brought those words up in the White House? LeMay.

As for the Mysterious Deaths, why not just eleminate all but those who were murdered - Rosselli, Giancana, Meyers, et al., and have those cold case homicides solved, all of which should provide new pieces to the JFK puzzle?

I could hardly get past your survey of the Usual Suspects, but not surprised that you buy into the idea that the KGB being behind the idea that the CIA killed Kennedy, and was sadden to see that you
totally discredit yourself with the inclination that Conspiracy Theorists don't practice safe sex or get vaccines.

You went too far over the edge there pal, and maybe should have taken it even further, like Paul Krasner did in The Realist - and create a scene that is even more disgusting than the murder itself.

And rather than being taken as serious journalism, which I didn't think you were aspiring towards  anyway, your article is deposited in the same file as the Dallas Diva Streaker and hey, did you see the
European commercial where the gun of a Dallas Cop goes off while he isdoing tricks with it - and accidently kills JFK?

Oh, well, if there's anyone out there who would like to do a careful and sober analysis of the evidence, let me know, because I'd like to do that.

Bill Kelly

The Perception Part


Our perception of events, not only as they occurred within the Texas Book Depository (TSBD) on November 22, 1963, but also as to what occurred in Oak Cliff, Irving, Parkland, Love Field or anywhere else – is based on what we know from other sources – primarily, especially eyewitnesses who were there at the time, as eyewitness testimony caries more weight than anything else when judging key elements of an event, especially a crime. Though such eyewitnesses have been proven wrong, sometimes mistakenly, other times intentionally lying to protect themselves or others for whatever reason, we still have the option of believing them or not.


The movie “The Parallax View,” about a reporter framed for an assassination, starring Warren Beatty, was written as a novel by Alan Sagner, a former Office of Strategic Services (OSS) agent who based part of the story on his experiences with the OSS. In an interview on Black Op Radio, shortly before he died, Sagner said the OSS gave tests similar to the psychological  “test” part of the "Parallax View," in which subjects are strapped to a chair and forced to watch audio-visual presentations. Lt. Commander Narrut, based in San Diego, revealed to the London Sunday Times that the US Navy selects suitable students for training as assassins based on the results of the Minnesota Multi-phasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), looking especially for those who have passive-aggressive tendencies, and as part of their training they are forced to watch violent videos to control their physical response, just like the fictional “Parallax View.”

The "Parallax View" novel ends not at the Dallas Trade Mart rafters, but off the marshes of Cape May NJ bay where there was a top secret US Navy military research and special communications installation. (Now dead, Author A.S. was interviewed by Len O. for Black Op Radio).  

When Oswald was given the MMPI test by Dr. Herzog in New York City, during his teenage truancy period, he was classified as having a “passive-aggressive” personality, just what the Navy was looking for in potential assassins. 

The word “parallax” refers to the changes in perspective – or “the apparent change in the position of an object resulting from the change in the position from which it is viewed.”

It is believed that JFK, Jr., as pilot of the plane, was confused by the parallax of the horizon in which he was flying that caused him to crash. 

In the early 1960s the Collins Radio Company, a major defense contractor, commissioned a study of “parallax” in pilots when flying.


Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when such research funding was readily available to study such things, the CIA and the US military ran what they called an advanced research project on Remote Viewing (at Fort Halibird, Md.) where their specially trained subjects were placed into a semi-trance and sent on mental missions to certain times and places and describe what they saw – like a fly on the wall in a semi-controlled dream state – and one of the places they sent their subjects on one such observation missions was to the Texas School Book Depository on November 22, 1963, ostensibly to see if they could learn any thing more about what happened there that day.

We’re stuck with the statements, reports and testimony of those who were there at that that time, and for us they are our doors, windows and portholes – the fly on the wall through whose eyes we can at lest try to look back and determine what really happened at that place and time.


Narrowing down the focus of attention to just what happened within the TSBD that day two things are needed – an accurate and detailed 3D Three Dimensional diagram of the 8 floors of the building (including basement) and an accurate and detailed chronology of evens that occurred within the building that day. Like a 3-D chess game being played out on multiple levels, it is grid-ed out more like a Japanese Go board, so it can be even more detailed.

If you approach the TSBD from the back of the building – as Oswald did that morning, you would be facing south and viewing two rear warehouse doors and the loading dock, two of the four entrances and exits. On the inside each garage door flanks a pair of unenclosed service elevators that went up seven floors. To the right side – northwest corner are two sets of rickety wooden steps, one going down to the basement, where there were showers and an employee locker room, while the other set went up to the second floor.

Just beyond the steps was another entrance/exit that led out to the west side of the building where the executive parking lot was located, just beyond the Grassy Knoll and Tripple Underpass that trains rolled over.

If you walked into any one of these back rear doors you would walk past the conveyer belt and the weighting and wrapping table where the paper allegedly came from that was used to carry the rifle into the building.

In the far left north-east corner of the building there’s the “Domino Room,” the employee lounge where Oswald claimed to be at the time of the shooting and where Oswald's jacket was found on the window sill over a week after the assassination.

From the Dominio Room, you head south down a wood paneled hall past two offices – those of Mr. Shelley, the warehouse foreman, and Mr. Truly, the building and company manager. Just south of their offices, in the southeast corner, there’s the main entrance – a pair of glass doors, and a small alcove that includes a passenger elevator (that only serviced the first four floors used for offices), and winding stairs with a railing that went to the second floor offices. Below the steps there's a door to a storage where Oswald was seen shortly after the assassination. 

There’s a cigarette machine between the storage area and the front doors, with a pair of iron heating pipes on each side of the glass doors that open out to the steps leading down to the Elm Street side street sidewalk.

That’s the basic layout of the first floor – with one major distinction being the clean and classy front offices contrasting sharply with the dank, dark, dusty and unkept warehouse portions in the back and upper floors of the building.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

G. Kinston Clark - The Critical Historian

G. Kinston Clark, in The Critical Historian, writes:

“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.” 

50 Questions that can be answered

A reporter who covered the assassination for the New York Herald Tribune recently self-published a book in which he says that he had 25 questions that to him the Warren Commission Report answered. Well that got me thinking....

50 Questions – Regarding the Assassination of President Kennedy – 

Fifty years after the assassination, these reasonable questions can and should be answered.

1)      How many shots were fired, which one missed and which one was the head shot?
2)      From what direction(s) did the shots come from?
3)      Where did the bullets come from? Bugliosi says that Oswald bought them, but there's no evidence of that. Where did they come from? You can’t buy one bullet, you buy bullets like cigarettes in packs and cartons and boxes, each of which has a tracking number that can tell you where and when it was sold and shipped. There were three shell casings found on the floor of the Sixth Floor Sniper’s Nest window and one unused bullet in the chamber.
4)      Where did the rifle come from? How did it get in the building?
5)      Where did the leather strap come from? A USAF military sidearm holster strap that had to come from somewhere, from someone who knew the owner of the rifle. 
6)      Why is there a scope attached that wasn’t used?
7)      What fingerprints were found on the a) rifle, b) shells, c) boxes, d) soda bottles, e) windows, f) doors, g) other locations within the TSBD/ that could be connected to Oswald and others?.
8)      How did the rifle get into the building without Frazer recognizing it?
9)      What became of the “confession” that the DPD tried to get B. W. Frazer to sign and what did it say?
10)  Who else besides Oswald was involved in the Walker shooting, and why didn’t Oswald prepare for JFK like he did for Walker – taking photos of the scene, keeping notebook, etc.?
11)  Did George diMohrenschildt mention Oswald to the CIA officers he met in NYC two weeks after he identifed Oswald as the Walker shooter?
12)  How did a German magazine learn of Oswald’s connection to the Walker shooting before the DPD?
13)  Who were the McCurley Brothers – who allegedly assisted Oswald in distributing FPCC leaflets in New Orleans, and did they know a man named Hidel?
14)  How did the rifle get from Dallas to New Orleans in April of 1963 and back again in September 1963?
15)  Why weren’t Ruth and Michael Paine called to testify under oath by the HSCA or ARRB or today?
16)  Who were the twin brothers, sons of Dallas FBI agent, who were seen breaking into the apartment of Mob moll and JFK mistress Judyth Campbell Exner, one of whom would later kill John Connally’s daughter?
17)  If Oswald killed JFK to obtain notoriety, as alleged, then why did he deny committing the deed?
18)  If Oswald was seen on the first floor of the TSBD at 12:15 pm, then who was the person seen with a rifle on the Sixth Floor at that time?
19)  If Oswald was seen by Baker on the other side of the Second Floor lunchroom door at 12:31 pm, if he went through that door as he would have to do if he was the assassin, how come that Roy Truly, ahead of Baker, didn’t see him, as he should have if Oswald was 20 feet in front of him?
20)  If Baker saw Oswald through the window of the closed Second Floor Lunchroom door, isn’t it more logical that he entered the three door vestibule through the south door, as he said he did, and therefore was not the Sixth Floor Sniper?
21)  If Oswald was on the second floor when Baker and Truly encountered him at 12:31 pm, who was the man in the Sixth Floor Sniper window moving boxes around a few minutes after the last shot?
22)  If Oswald was not the Sixth Floor Sniper, then who was the man in the white shirt and bald spot on the top of his head who shot at JFK from that window and how did he get out of the building?
23)  How come Oswald, if he had just shot the president, deposited the rifle behind boxes and ran down four flights of steps to get to the Second Floor Lunchroom before Baker – a minute and half – 90 seconds after the last shot – how come he wasn’t out of breath from running and hyper from having just blown JFK’s brains out, but was instead, cool, calm and collected, just as he was 30 seconds later when he encountered Mrs. Reid.
24)  Why do those who believe that Oswald killed the President all by himself also claim he was a no good, crazy, loser rather than the very good and successful assassin he had to be?
25)  What became of the Coke bottle? What became of the Dr. Pepper bottle found on the Sixth Floor? And what became of the broken soda bottle at the base of the park bench on the Grassy Knoll and filed by reporters?
26)  What became of black couple – man and women who were sitting on that park bench eating lunch and drinking the soda when they witnessed the assassination, and why haven’t they come forward?
27)  What became of Ms. McKinnon, who claims to have witnessed the assassination from the Grassy Knoll and has since disappeared?
28)  Why hasn’t the HSCA acoustics study been followed up on and the acoustical evidence evaluated properly?
29)  What is the provenance of CE#399?
30)  What’s the real story behind the DNA testing of CE#345?
31)  Why wasn’t the TSBD building secured immediately by the three DPD officers out front?
32)  Why did so many witnesses believe the shots came from the Grassy Knoll and run there afterwards if no shots came from there?
33)  How come – if Brennan and Eunis and other witnesses told DPD and Sheriff’s officers that they saw a sniper with rifle – or just the rifle in the SE corner window of the TSBD sixth floor at 12:31, yet Sheriff’s deputy Luke Mooney didn’t “discover” the Sniper’s Nest until after 1 pm?
34)  Who was the man in the brown sports coat who was seen on the Sixth Floor with the man in the white shirt and rifle who ran out the back door of the TSBD and got into a Rambler station wagon? 
35)  Who was the man in the white shirt who ran down the Grassy Knoll and got into a Rambler station wagon?
36)  How come there is no film or photo of Oswald leaving the front door of the TSBP, as there should be, or is there?
37)  Why did Oswald walk seven blocks east of the TSBD and then get on a bus going back to the scene? And why did he get on a bus that would take him away from his rooming house when the bus behind it went directly to it?
38)  Why did Oswald offer his cab to an old lady if he was in such a hurry, and why did he take it five blocks past his rooming house?
39)  Who gave the DPD the description of the assassin that was broadcast over the police radio at 12:45pm
40)  Who was in the DPD cop car outside Oswald’s rooming house while he was there?
41)  Who was Tippit calling from the Top Ten Records shop phone ten minutes before he was killed?
42)  Who was the “Oswald” patron at the Top Ten shop and the beer drinking Oswald with the drivers license ID?
43)  Why did Tippit stop his assailant?
44)  Whose wallet was found at the scene and examined by officers?
45)  Who found the jacket under the car and where did the cleaning tag come from?
46)  Who were the IBM employees at the shoe store when Tippit’s assailant came by?
47)  Who was the “Oswald” guy who entered the theater at around 1 pm who bought a ticket and popcorn?
48)  Who was taken into a DPD police car in the alley in the rear of the Texas Theater?
49)  Who was driving Carl Mather’s car around Oak Cliff at the time of Tippit murder?
50)  What became of the unedited and complete tape of Air Force One radio transmissions of 11/22/63?
51)  Why was Oswald’s military record destroyed?
52)  What became of the ONI records related to the assassination, specifically those of Adml. Ruffus Taylor?
53)  How many documents are still being withheld for reasons of national security?
54)   If Oswald alone killed JFK because of his own perverted psychological motives, what do the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro have anything to do with it?
55)  Did Oswald take the pistol with him to Mexico City, as some of the Soviet officers claim?
56)  What became of the Cuban training camp film archived at GWU that HSCA staffers saw?
57)  How is it that JFK left Parkland Hospital in a bronze casket yet arrived at Bethesda in a metal one?
58)  Why can’t the Bethesda autopsy photographers recognize the photos?
59)  Who was the four star general at the autopsy who ordered the back wound not to be probed?
60)  Why were there two official autopsy exams of JFK’s brain?
61)  Why were there three different autopsy reports?
62)  What became of JFK’s brain after it was examined by autopsy doctors after JFK was buried?
63)  Why was there a container labeled JFK brain matter that was improperly disposed when flushed down a food processor drain?
64)  How come those who photographed JFK’s autopsy don’t recognize the photos that exist today?
65)  Why isn’t JFK’s body exhumed and given a proper forensic autopsy with the latest scientific equipment?
66)  Why hasn’t Congress held an oversight hearing on the JFK Act in over 15 years?
67) And oh, yea, why did Oswald, during his interrogations, admit to owning the pistol but not a rifle?
68) If all of the professional police officers and federal agents who interrogated Oswald said that he was in total control and appears to have been rehearsed and trained, who would have rehearsed and trained him?