Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A Note on Research Techniques

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Before getting into more details - I’d like to describe some of the research techniques that were and are being used to take this work further.

The Archivist of the United States is a blogger - and wrote about the remarkable uncovering of thousands of previously unknown letters written by Walt Whitman when he was a federal secretary during the Civil War. This was accomplished by a lone professor who was familiar with Whitman's unique signature who went looking through the federal files where the letters Whitman wrote would likely to be located. And he found some, thousands of them, so many it will take decades for Whitman scholars to properly review them. 

Walt Whitman: The poet as federal worker - The Washington Post

This just goes to show that new research techniques can be employed with success, as it is being done in many places on many levels.


Just as scientists break down complicated problems into smaller parts in order to understand it – we too must take such an approach – and develop some basic hypothesis, as John Newman has done in the course of his work. 

JFKcountercoup: Going Deep into the Records - Assumptions, False Assumptions and Hypothesis

JFKcountercoup: Bill Kelly's Hypothesis on the Assassination of JFK

JFKCountercoup2: John Newman's Hypothesis - Countdown to Darkness


 For starters we have to make some basic assumptions that are necessary to proceed, using logic and reason as our guides.

The first basic assumption is that the assassination of President Kennedy at Dealey Plaza, whatever you believe occurred there, and regardless of the role of the accused assassin and self-proclaimed Patsy Lee Harvey Oswald, the event was a covert intelligence operation and must be studied as such in order to understand it. As California attorney Bill Simpich, author of State Secret, has said, you must view the assassination as an operation in order to proceed. (3)
Another basic assumption, as the Microsoft analysis of the most recently released assassination records at the National Archives (NARA) concluded, the assassination had something to do with Cuba, as President Kennedy, his accused assassin and the killer of the accused all had ties to Cuba in common, and a large selection of official records on the assassination relate to Cuba. (4)

Research Techniques 

In the course of my half-century study of the assassination, Professor Peter Dale Scott has been a guiding light, and I utilize three of his basic research techniques and have developed one of my own.

Peter Dale Scott’s “Negative Template” thesis, Phase One and Phase Two Cover-Stories and recognizing the Psych War – Black Prop Operation to blame the conspiracy on Castro Cuban Communists are key elements in focusing on what’s important and narrowing the suspects.

The “Negative Template” thesis is the idea that the records that are referenced, but missing, are the most significant records – as this report confirms that thesis.

Scott also calls attention to the facts that indicate a very detailed psychological warfare – black propaganda campaign was part of the plan to kill the President, a false attempt to blame the conspiracy to kill JFK on Cuban Castro Communists, which formed the basis of what Scott calls the “Phase One” cover story that was officially rejected, but continues today as an “active measure” with former CIA agents Brian Latell and Bob Baer – along with their media assets Gus Russo and Phil Shenon – actively promoting this failed thesis. Because this aspect of the plan failed, like all failed covert intelligence operations, it gives us an insight into those responsible.

JFKcountercoup: Peter Dale Scott on Managed Disinformation at Dealey Plaza

JFKcountercoup: Disinformation at Dealey Plaza

John Newman also recognized this – and wrote about it, as I have done.

Kelly – The Part of the Plot that Failed

In the course of my research, while reading the House Select Committee on Assassination (HSCA) reports, I came up with my own research technique I call Three Time Hits.

Besides the standard research technique utilized by all journalists and investigators covering complicated stories in starting a name and subject file and chronology, I began to start files on certain subjects when they came up in three separate areas – which first led me to focus on Collins Radio, then the Pan Am Bank of Miami, and more recently – Looking Glass and Silver Dollar. 

JFKcountercoup: Collins Radio Connections

JFKCountercoup2: Pan Am Bank of Miami

JFKcountercoup: Looking Glass - x 3 - JFK Assassination Characters

Of course it was the Three Time Hits routine that led me to the Valkyrie and Pathfinder leads - leads that are continually panning out with new names, new events, new dates for the chronology and new pieces to the puzzle. Stay Tuned....More to Come -

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