Sunday, November 24, 2019

Dallas CAPA Day 2


Day two of the Dallas CAPA Conference began with an hour long presentation by San Fran attorney Bill Simpich, who was the guy to first discover the existence of the Texas Court of Inquiry and was one of the lead attorneys who had presented the Mock TCI yesterday, with much success.

On this day Simpich did an in-depth report on the Dallas Police - focusing on the Special Services Unit - and the roles in the assassination drama played by its officers - Capt. George Lumpkin, Pat Gannaway, Jack Revill and others, especially noting their duel hats of also being U.S. Army Reserve Intelligence officers. This conforms with my own working hypothesis that overlaps with the Valkyie plot to kill Hitler that the CIA "studied in detail" to use against Castro that I believe was redirected to JFK in Dallas. Of the five aspects of the Valkyrie plan was the part to use the Home Guard - the National Guard-Army Reserves as the "boots on the ground" doing the operational work of the coup.

After Simpich, there was a panel of a number of forensic specialists who discussed various ballistic evidence - with special emphasis on the rifle and bullet fragments, and included NYC attorney Lawrence Schnapf, Cl;iff Spiegleman and David Josephs.

Then James Wagenvoord, former Life Magazine editor, give a deep background report on how Life Magazine obtained and promoted the Zapruder Film and backyard photos, a presentation that led to much discussion and many questions afterwards.

Following lunch were the two longest - hour and a half each presentations by the heavy hitters - former CIA officer Rolf Mowatt Larsen, whose presentation, "Marked for Assassination - Who Killed JFK?" was a very detailed report on CIA operational procedures and what an intelligence officer would have had to do in order to put Oswald in position, frame him for the assassination, and insert and arrange for the escape of a first class, professional assassination team.

While some - Jim DiEugenio - complained about CAPA bringing in a CIA man to make a presentation, I told Jim I would explain it all to him - and will in a more detailed special report when I get home.

Larsen worked for the CIA for 25 years and rose to the position of Division Chief, one of the top positions in the agency, and he now works at the Kennedy Library in Boston. Larsen, Dick Russell and Jefferson Morley continued their discussion in the hall for another hour after his presentation and Larsen said he is still learning about the assassination.

Larsen's presentation was a good prequil to John Newman's "Turning Antonio Veciana's Misdirection into a Roadmap," that went into great detail of how anti-Castro Cuban terrorist used journalist and Congressional investigator Gaeton Fonzi to get out of federal prison and redirect his investigation to the CIA rather than the U.S. Army intelligence unit - Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI), who he really worked for - according to the recently released records.

Newman's documentation and detailed analysis seems unarguable, and also fits in with my Valkyrie theory that it was not the CIA but U.S. Army Reserve Intelligence who were involved in the details of the Dealey Plaza operation.

I took ten pages of notes from Larsen and Newman presentations and will do separate reports on each as soon as I get home.

After a break in the action, Andrew Kiel gave a fine report on "J. Edgar Hover, LBJ and the Secret Service" in which I learned a lot of new tidbits, and I enjoyed talking with him between presentations. Andrew fit in for former Warren Commission counsel Burt Griffin, who was originally scheduled to talk, but backed out when he learned that Dr. Cyril Wecht was our chairman and Oliver Stone was to be the featured speaker at the banquet.

Following Kiel, Judge Brandon Birmingham, when he was a young assistant District Attorney in Dallas, discovered boxes of records from the Jack Ruby trial in a basement closet, saved them and arranged for them to be digitalized and put on line. He is a real Judge and is sympathetic to our Texas Court of Inquiry project and may be the Judge we will present the real TCI to sometime in the near future, creating a real TCI that could legally exonerate Oswald in the eyes of the law. That would kick in a number of new legal venues including a possible Grand Jury investigation of the unsolved murders of JFK, J.D. Tippit and possible conspiracy in the murder of Oswald. And the new black Democratic D.A. is considering convening a special Dallas County Grand Jury to attempt to resolve such outstanding cold cases.

After another break, the room was broken down from a conference to a weeding-banquet setting and a really fine dinner - this Marriott is a first class joint and Dr. Wecht arranged for a first class meal for a sell out crowd.

I sat at the table with Dr. Wecht and the CAPA board and Oliver Stone, who Wecht presented with CAPA's "Profile in Courage" Award for his movie "JFK," which led to the passage of the JFK Act of 1992 and the release of the government's records on the assassination.

I was especially honored when Stone made special reference to me when he said, "You can ask Bill Kelly what's in the records - and how they were stripped like the bones of a fish or a Mercedes left in Harlem for 20 years," which was the metaphor he himself used twenty years ago when he testified before a Congressional Hearing on the JFK Act and a Congressman asked him what he - Stone expected to find in the records? Stone replied that the records would be like a Mercedes left in Harlem for 20 years - stripped of tires, crome, radio, battery, but you would still recognize it as a Mercedes. And the records left indicate that it was a "Coup."

We had a very good video team tape the entire conference and will be posting it on line at ASAP.

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I will give further details of the conference as soon as I have the time.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Dick Russell from the Grassy Knoll - Friday, Nov. 22, 2019

Published with Permission - BK
Dallas, Friday, November 22, 2019
It is an honor to be asked to stand here today and speak to you about John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States. Fifty-six years since he was brutally murdered in this space, it remains a tragedy that is painful to speak about. For what we lost that day is yet an open wound from which our country has never recovered because of the promise that John F. Kennedys time in office carried, and also because the truth has never been told about what happened to him here in Dealey Plaza.
I came of age during the 1960s, a Kansas City kid whose whole life had revolved around sports Suddenly with that rainy weekend when I was sixteen, nothing would ever be the same. When the three other great leaders of that era were also cut down in their prime Malcolm X in 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy in 1968 the hope of a different kind of America, one in which meaningless wars became obsolete and impoverished citizens got a chance to succeed, died with them. Lies superseded honesty. Corruption superseded compassion.
John F. Kennedy and his comrades-in-arms were great men because they were willing to grow as human beings, to change not only their minds but open their hearts. None of us would be here today, had not the Kennedy brothers been willing to put aside ideology during the Cuban Missile Crisis and face down the mad generals who would have driven us into the abyss of nuclear holocaust. Like each of us, the brothers had their human flaws. But their integrity and courage far outweighed these lesser character traits. What JFK came to stand for created powerful enemies, who felt justifiably threatened by a newer world that the Kennedys and their African-American brethren were seeking. So, one by one, they were eliminated. Not by lone nuts, as the big media would have us believe but by organized groups out to keep their power intact.
As an investigative journalist and the author of several books on the assassination of President Kennedy, I have come to the conclusion that we were all the victims of a coup whose reverberations continue to this day. A young man named Oswald was set up to take the fall for a cabal that included rogue CIA, far-right military, extremist Cuban exiles, wealthy industrialists, and Mob gangsters. This coup was ingeniously orchestrated, pointing a false finger at Cuba and the Soviet Union in order to ensure a massive cover-up by our own government. While dozens of witnesses have been silenced, hundreds of incriminating documents have also been destroyed or withheld from public scrutiny
The extremes that we are seeing from the current administration in Washington, with its intimidation of witnesses and refusal to turn over evidence legally sought by a congressional inquiry, is unfortunately a natural outgrowth of what began on November 22, 1963. Perhaps, as Malcolm X famously said that day, the chickens are coming home to roost. Amid the chaos of these times, we would do well to remember the words of John F. Kennedy, addressing the American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27, 1961, early in his presidency and ten days after he was deceived by the CIA at the Bay of Pigs invasion.
JFK: The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society, and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to  secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control….
“No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition….
“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.
That legacy is still our responsibility to fight for a better world for our children and future generations even when the odds may sometimes seem insurmountable. A great psychological thinker, James Hillman, who was among the founders of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, once said: What do you do when the ship is going down? I may want to get in the lifeboat and leave but there is no place to go, there is no other shore. So you still do all the things that make the day in dignity and honor. You  do the work, whatever the work is. Its touching the world, keeping in touch with what needs to be held, touched, felt, noticed.
So let those of us who are elders strive to do this, as we pass the torch to a new generation. A generation with young people like the ones from Parkland High School who, amid their grief for lost friends, organized the inspiring march against gun violence in Washington. A generation with young people like Greta Thunberg from Sweden who, amid their grief for our planet, are sounding an eloquent and impassioned call to take immediate action toward changing our agricultural, industrial and energy systems to combat climate change. The social justice that those four men of the Sixties believed in and gave their lives for can and MUST become what we fight for today.
We stand on a precipice, our democracy that was once an example for free nations of the world in grave jeopardy. As we contemplate a world begging for our attention, on so many different levels, let us remember these words of President John F. Kennedy:

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.
Thank you. - Dick Russell

Report From Dallas


I arrived in Dallas on Thursday afternoon and was met at the airport by a local researcher who is also working with John Newman as an assistant. We assisted in preparing for the CAPA conference by picking up snacks at a local store and then had a CAPA board meeting over dinner at the Marriott hotel, straightening out some minor details in the program.

While Dr. Wecht, the CAPA chairman, visited the competing conference at another hotel, making a presentation there, and then saying a few words at the Dealey Plaza Grassy Knoll Memorial Service, the first day of the CAPA conference got under way with the Legal Team making their Mock Texas Court of Inquiry presentation before a real Texas Municipal Judge.

The presentations were very interesting and convincing, and included attorneys Bill Simpich, Larry Schanapf, Dr. Gary Aguilar and SWAT team counter-sniper Brian Edwards, as well as former Federal Prosecutor John Orr, all well done. When they were finished they stuck around together on the stage to answer questions while most people went over to the Memorial Service at Dealey Plaza, as I did, with CAPA treasurer Mike Nurko.

When I returned an hour later, I was shocked to see that there were still more than a dozen people questioning the legal team, all caught on tape by the video team led by Carlos, a very interesting interlude captured for posterity. All of the presentations were recorded and while not live streamed, will be up on the web site and archived ASAP.

The legal team then adjured to convene an After Action Report to decide what went right and what went wrong in order to refine their presentation that will be made before a Texas Judge in the near future, seeking a real Texas Court of Inquiry, a legal venue unique to Texas. It can not convict but can legally absolve a person wrongfully accused or convicted, as they will try to legally exonerate Oswald in the eyes of the law.

While they were doing their AAR, Jeff Morley moderated a panel of Archivists who handle JFK Assassination records, an interesting program that provides many avenues for researchers.

Then H.L. Hunt's right hand man - John Curington made a presentation on Hunt's actions in the 48 hours after the assassination, complimenting his book on the subject.

While David Denton was under the weather, Dr. Wecht and Dr. Gary Aguilar moved up their presentation on "Five Lines of Medical and Scientific Evidence Converge - A Shot from the Front."

Dr. David Mantik then gave a report on an interesting survey he did on researcher's opinions of the medical and scientific evidence.

Dan Storper gave a short report on the activities of the new Truth and Reconciliation Committee that David Talbot formed a few months ago, and on which I serve on the board of directors.

At the book store set up in the hall I purchased an old copy of Jim DiEugenio's 1992 book Destiny Betrayed, that is currently being made into a documentary movie by Oliver Stone. As I was reviewing it as I hadn't read it in a long time, Jimmy D walked by me with Stone and I had them sign my copy, something he was very surprised to see and said that he now knows how stupid he was then compared to what he knows now.

After dinner Jim gave a very interesting update on the book and the New Orleans connections - FBI, JFK and Jim Garrison, followed by a skyped in report from Russ Baker on 'Strange Discoveries and Fertile Paths" that included reports on D. H. Byrid, Larry Carfard (USMC sniper) and other tidbits Russ will include in the book he has been working on for a decade.

I then gave my presentation on "Oliver Stone's Mercedes and the Blind Men and the Elephant," a deep background on the JFK Act, before Jeff Morely gave a more in depth review of the status of the JFK Act today, what records have been released and what remain withheld.

At 10 pm, with the closing of the first day of the conference, the Truth and Recon Com Board met for a meeting - including Dan Storper, DC reporter and attorney Andrew Kreig, Jeff Morley, John Newman and myself, and had a very interesting hour and a half discussion on what we have to do next.

Today the program will include the heavy hitters - John Newman, who will talk about "Turning Antonio Veciana's Misdirection into a Roadmap," and former CIA officer Rolf Mowatt Larson, who will give a talk on "Marked for Assassination: Who Killed JFK?".

I am looking forward to an interesting day where I can sit back and listen, and will report back to you ASAP.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Support JFK Countercoup - Dallas CAPA 2019

A Matter of Money

If the truth about the assassination of President Kennedy is a matter of money, then it will be enshrined in granite that disgruntled leftist loser killed President Kennedy alone and there was no conspiracy.

As Mary Farrell pointed out in her November in Dallas JFK Lancer keynote speech some years ago, when it was apparent that Oliver Stone’s movie “JFK” was going to make serious waves and threaten the official version of events, the US News and World Report published a short news item that former Warren Commission lawyers had met in Washington D.C. and accumulated a $4 million dollar war chest to counter Stone’s film.

I don’t know where that money went, but over the course of a few years, Gerald Posner received a big advance to write his book “Case Closed,” Norman Mailer got a big book contract to write his book on Oswald – the lone assassin, Vincent Bugliosi got his major book contract for “Rewriting History,” and Max Holland got paid to write for the CIA’s  in house magazine, obtained a major grant from a CIA academic front foundation and was financially backed by a German Jewish venetian blind company. How shady is that?

Now, decades later, there’s the D.C. Spy Museum, the Cold War Museum, and the recently established Intelligence Museum that is being funded by $10 million dollar grant from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society.

Meanwhile, on our side of the Devil’s Chessboard, we have barely a half-dozen floundering organizations that are scrounging for basic survival substance.

As I started a GoFundMe campaign to help finance my JFK assassination research – we are more than half way there to reach the modest $3,000 amount I estimated it would cost me to continue this work for the rest of the year.

I will be leaving for Dallas today – to attend the CAPA conference that I helped organize over the past year – and it should be one of the most important conferences ever held. Last year I opened the Lancer Conference and said that was my Last Hurrah in Dallas, but since there is no more Lancer Conference, CAPA, under the leadership of Dr. Cyril Wecht, it should be very successful after the hard work of the board – especially Secretary and program chair Glenda, and Treasurer Michael Nurko.

I am on the board of CAPA and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, but after so many presenters requested their air fair and hotel be covered, the CAPA board voted we would pay our own way and hotel, which puts me in a bind. While I have my air fair covered, the hotel room rate is excessive for me and I will need some assistance.

I was going to stay on Bob Groden’s couch, but he just got married at the Grassy Knoll the other day, and Friday, November 22 is also his birthday, a double wammey. So I have a hotel reservation that I hope to be able to pay on Sunday.

Those who have supported me include a number of significant researchers who I have worked with over the years, and some strangers, including one who said he donated just because I wrote about the late, great Mae Brusssell. Another – Barbara heard me on Black Op radio and sent a check with the Lao-Tzu quote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” and wrote: “Dear Bill, aren’t you glad you took that first step. Julian Assange wrote ‘until I am free, everyone must take my place.’ The same sentiment could be applied to JFK. – ‘Until the truth is found we must not give up.”

[For those who still write checks, my snail mail address is P.O. Box 250, New Lisbon, N.J. 08064]
CAPA also now has no-profit status that allows you to deduct larger donations from your taxes to support our cause – and you can do so through

Patrick from San Fran also sent me a check for $50 – earmarking it for beers with Bill Simpich, a request I will honor. And you can earmark your donation - $20 buys Bill breakfast or lunch, $40 dinner, and $100 helps pay for the hotel room for a night.

If I can get enough support I may delay my return flight home to stay in Texas a few days to visit and attempt to interview a few important living witnesses – Carl Jenkins and John I.F. Harper, two of the JMWAVE trainers of the Pathfinders, major subjects of mine. As with Ruth Paine, these witnesses must be carefully approached so as to get their confidence and cooperation.

My main objectives for this conference is to see to the success of the Mock Texas Court of Inquiry, that we hope to conduct for real sometime soon, and hook up with Professor John Newman and Rolf Larrson, of the Kennedy Library, both of whose work coincides with my own. I also hope to unite the divergent factions to focus on something we can accomplish – get Congressional Oversight and public hearings on the JFK Act, especially now that there is a new chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

After Dallas and a real Texas Court of Inquiry, and JFK Act Oversight Hearings, our next task will be to formally interview the last remaining witnesses, something that both CAPA and the TRC are attempting to do together in an organized fashion. I am also preparing two books that all donors will get sneak previews at - a CAPA Anthology of important news articles, book excerpts and conference presentaions, and a second book on my own journey through the JFK assassination story.

I hope you will support us in the long run, and me this weekend. Thank you all for your support.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

20 Questions for Ruth Paine - Augumented


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Ruth Paine, her station wagon and the garage where the rifle was kept. 

Later tonight (Tuesday  nov.19) Ruth H. Paine will be making a presentation at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas. If I were there these are the questions I would ask her, as she apparently is open to such questions and seems sincere in her response. She is featured in a new documentary film "Truth is our only Client" and will be the subject of another documentary devoted just to her. 

1)      When you had a Russian Pen-Pal – what was their name, how long did you keep up correspondence and did you ever meet them?

2)      How did you choose Antioch College to attend?

3)      Is your brother still living in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the home of Antioch?

4)      When you met Michael Paine in Philadelphia was he living with his mother at the time?

5)      When did you meet Michael’s mother – Ruth Forbes Paine Young, and what did you think of her?

6)      When you married Michael at the Quaker meeting in Media, did you know that it was the Media FBI office that was burglarized by anti-war radicals who stole and published the COINTELPRO documents? Did you know any of the perpetrators, some of whom were Quakers? 

7)      Michael’s mother Ruth Forbes Paine Young had been married to Lyman Paine, a founder of the Trotskyie Communist Party in the USA – did you ever meet him or discuss him with Michael?

8)      Michael’s mother then married Arthur Young, the eccentric inventor of the Bell Helicopter. What was your opinion of him and how he arranged for Michael to work at the Bell plant in Texas? 

9)      Michael’s mother was a close personal friend of Mary Bancroft, the daughter of the founder of the Wall Street Journal. Did Michael’s mother ever mention her or did you ever meet her?

10)  The Forbes family, of which Michael’s mother was a part, own Naushon Island off Massachusetts, where you apparently have visited. Can you describe it and did you ever meet other visitors like Mary Bancroft and Walter Cronkite?

11)  At the house party where you met Marina Oswald, did you know that while you were talking with Marina Lee was talking at length to Volkmar Schmidt, who discussed the  July 20, 1944 attempt to kill Hitler and suggested that General Walker should be killed as Hitler should have been?

12)  While Michael testified he too didn’t know Osawld had a rifle, and thought the gun in the blanket was camping equipment that he moved around, he later said that he did see the backyard photo of Oswald with the rifle and pistol, and two communist publications including the Militant – the news of the Trotksyite party. Do you know if Michael and Lee ever discussed the Trotkysite party that Michael’s father and Oswald were involved with?

13)  Did you know that Oswald gave George deMohrenschildt a copy of the backyard photo that Marina had inscribed “Hunter of Fascits – Ha, Ha”?

14)  When you drove Marina and the Oswald’s belongings to New Orleans, you didn’t know you were transporting the rifle as well. When you asked Marina to move in with you in Texas until she had the baby, you asked her to write her response in a letter to be sent to her in care of Arthur Young. She must have done so because when you left the Youngs in Philadelphia you drove to New Orleans and picked up Marina and the rifle. Did you mention Marina moviong in with you to the Youngs?

15)  Oswald had four notations of Russian organizations in Philadelphia. Since you lived there, were you the one who supplied those address to Oswald, and did he ever mention moving to Philadelphia to find work?

16)  A few weeks before the assassination you wrote a letter to your father mentioning that Oswald was a good and loving father. And Oswald once broke up a fight among kids on your front lawn telling them violence never settled anything. How do you fit these facts with Oswald being the assassin of the President?

17)  Shortly after the assassination a police report of a wiretap at Bell Helicopter quoted two people talking, a man and a women who said that they knew Oswald didn’t kill the President and knew who was responsible. Was that you and Michael talking, and if not what was that all about?  And did Michael ever mention Walter Dornberger, who worked in security at Bell Helicopter?

18)  After such a close relationship, why didn’t you and Marina ever talk again after the assassination? There is a report you did meet once, if so when was that and what were the circumstances?

19)  You often mention the letter Oswald wrote to Marina and left in a book you passed on to Marina through the Dallas Police. The letter, photos of Walker’s house, the notebook he kept and later destroyed and the story of Oswald returning home without the rifle and telling Marina he took a shot a Walker all seem to indicate the April 10, 1963 Walker shooting was a well planned act. Why wasn’t the assassination of the President also planned in advance with such preparation?

20)  If Oswald killed the President alone, without any assistance, as you ostensibly believe, why is he degraded as a wife beating loser who couldn’t hold a job instead of being the world’s greatest assassin, as he would be if he had done the deed all by himself?

And as Columbo would have done - Oh, yea, I have one more question Mrs. Paine, - When you were in Nicaragua in the 80s working for the Quakers with the Sandinistas, you were accompanied on occasion with a gentleman from Antioch College - who was he? And who were you working for and reporting to? 

NOTE: I will be heading to Dallas this week and am woefully underfunded. My plane fair is paid but I need some additional support to pay for my Hotel Room, as the CAPA Board members decided that we would each pay our own way. 

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