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  2. Oswald’s Proficiency in the Russian Language

    Mathias, You provide an excellent overview above. Thanks! Regarding Oswald's exam score on the Department of Army's Russian language proficiency test, Lt. Col. Alison Folsom provided a breakdown of the results for the Warren Commission. There were three components to the exam, suggesting that this was a comprehensive test. Oswald's scores were as follows: understanding (-5), reading (+4), writing (+3), with the composite +2 indicating that Oswald answered two more questions correctly than those that he missed on the exam. So, the young man scored better than 50% on this challenging exam. Another factor needs to be considered, based on Col. Folsom's testimony: Oswald was also administered tests in cognitive abilities in English, including reading and vocabulary; arithmetical computation; and pattern analysis. His scores on these tests were all rated as “poor.” Oswald was even administered a “radio code test,” in which Lt. Colonel Folsom indicated that Oswald’s score was in the bottom, or the “lowest” in results. For those who claim that Oswald had an innate intelligence that permitted him to learn Russian by self-study and "immersion," how can one explain the all-around negative scores he received on basic cognitive abilities? The Warren Commission interview with Lt. Colonel Allison Folsom may be read at the following site: http://www.whokilledjfk.net/oswsald_learning_russian.htm
  3. Did the Dallas Radical Right kill JFK?

    Agree with a lot if this. But I dont think Oswald shot at Walker.
  4. Ken Burns' Vietnam

    Joseph McBride has posted on Facebook his response to Ken Burns. He's not happy about painting JFK as just another Cold Warrior. Clearly Burns has not read Newman, or if he has he dismisses it, preferring public statements by our leaders rather than their behind the scenes actions and words. It's another rewrite of history. I agree that the footage is interesting to watch.
  5. The Three Prior Plots to kill JFK

    Larry - could you address a point I keep making on various threads with no response? Backdrop - Cubans and their American handlers were hopping mad at JFK, though their real target was Castro. They wanted Castro out, dead or alive. Why would they, if they were behind the assassination of JFK, think that killing JFK was their best option? Wouldn't a failed attempt, perpetrated by a Castro sympathizer be good enough?
  6. Ken Burns' Vietnam

    I had 6 brothers who served as enlisted men in the 60's through early 70's. 4 Navy and 2 Air force. All the Navy brothers did West Pac Tours in Viet Nam war combat waters. Again, mid-to-late 1960's. 4 brothers did their 4 years. Another one stayed in the Air Force for 5 or 6 years and another one stayed in the Navy for 20 years retiring as a Chief. The Chief was in Aviation mechanics? Although not sure if that is the proper name of his field. He had to help keep the aircraft carrier Jets going and that was some hot and heavy duty during actual bombing and attack runs. He did "5" Pac Tours. All during and after Viet Nam times until 1980. He was gone so much from his family it cost him his marriage and in other ways was also a big sacrifice. I got my draft notice in 1969 the day I turned 18. I went by bus with 400-500 other shocked young men out of Salinas Calif. at 4:30 in the morning to the induction center in downtown Oakland and after all the testing I was given a deferment for my severely bone deformed feet...seriously, they looked like ham hocks. I didn't feel that bad about this. My family had already provided our military with 6 honorably serving brothers and everything I sensed about Viet Nam was not good. Actually, I felt I was given a break. I mention this background story to frame a very brief and general personal experience recounting commentary regards the Viet Nam war through the eyes and voices of family, close friends and even classmates who were actively involved in combat duty there. Their views as enlisted men on the ground and in nearby coastal waters versus the high position officers and policy men is still worthy enough to mention IMO. As I recall, nobody that I knew who served in the war could ever seem to get a handle on exactly why we were in Viet Nam outside of "maybe" that blanket "Domino Effect" communist fear thing. And it seemed most came back disillusioned, ( some even bitter ) although maybe 20% still had that unquestioning duty and military pride mind set. And after all that confusing death and destruction they come back here to what? Massive and continuous war protests and race riots? RFK was being shot, MLK too. What depressing and anxiety feeling times those were in all those respects. Oliver Stone embodied these returning vet sentiments. His reflection comments on his personal serious combat service experiences in Viet Nam are a very compelling and thought provoking read. When I watch this Ken Burns Documentary series I will be juxtaposing what Burns says about the War and the enlisted men who served there versus what I heard all through that time first hand via my brothers and friends and classmates who were actually there. Another point; Looking back, it was clearly the poorest kids from our middle California area that made up the huge majority of ones that couldn't get out of the Viet Nam war draft or went in the military voluntarily because they knew they couldn't get deferments - for post secondary schooling or otherwise. Conversely, almost every better off kid I knew in school never had to go into the military, especially during Viet Nam times...for various reasons, most of which seemed very vague to me. But I felt back then and still to this day that the Viet Nam war was a blatant exercise in economic discrimination in this way. Just another of it's tragic flaws.
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  8. Oswald’s Proficiency in the Russian Language

    Paul, I've posted about this before. Oswald's Russian was already quite good BEFORE he went to the USSR. This link is also very interesting: http://www.dliflc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Generic-Fam-Guide-MC-CBu-updated.pdf The target level of foreign language tests in the US military is L5/R5. So if Oswald got about 50 percent of the questions right, that means he reached level L2/R2. And without instruction that is EXTREMELY difficult, especially considering the difficulty of Russian. I'm sure he received extensive training.
  9. The Three Prior Plots to kill JFK

    Hello Michael, if you compare the backgrounds of both Oswald and Gilberto Lopez you'll find striking similarities: Report post Posted September 2 Sandy, yes, I think that is possible, at least in the case of Lopez: "Like Oswald, Lopez was also of interest to Naval Intelligence. Also similar to Oswald, Gilberto Lopez made a mysterious trip to Mexico City in the fall of 1963, attempting to get to Cuba. Lopez even used the same border crossing as Oswald, and government reports say both went by car, though neither man owned a car. Like Oswald, Lopez had recently separated from his wife and had gotten into a fist-fight in the summer of 1963 over supposedly pro-Castro sympathies. Declassified Warren Commission and CIA documents confirm that Lopez, whose movements parallel Oswald in so many ways in 1963, was on a secret "mission" for the US involving Cuba, an "operation" so secret that the CIA felt that protecting it was considered more important than thoroughly investigating the JFK assassination. Our high Florida law-enforcement source confirmed that Lopez was an asset for another agency, though he did not say whether Lopez was a "witting" or "unwitting" asset)." --> Ultimate Sacrifice, page 305 "Oswald was linked to Lopez via Informant reports of a visit by Oswald to Tampa and someone with its small Fair Play for Cuba Committe chapter, the same Group Lopez visited on November 17,1963, the day before JFK's Tampa trip." --> page 307
  10. Nix film fakery? How done?

    Two of Ferrie's friends testified he'd been in Dallas the day of the assassination? Is that true?
  11. Oswald’s Proficiency in the Russian Language

    Sorry, Paul You offer no documentary evidence, no eyewitness evidence, and no quotes to back up your conclusions. By contrast, my article includes forty-one footnotes. Get a life, and get to the sources!
  12. Oswald’s Proficiency in the Russian Language

    Sandy, Lee Harvey Oswald was unusually intelligent. His cousin, Marilyn Murret, told the WC that young Lee would "read Encyclopedias the way other people would read novels." Lee was self-educated from a very young age, being a latch-key kid, and having nothing else to do except read. However, he dropped out of high school to join the Marines. Marine buddy Nelson Delgado told the WC that he remembers that it was January, 1959, when Lee Harvey Oswald decided to help Fidel Castro and the Cuban cause (like many other young Americans in 1959, including Harry Dean, Gerry Patrick Hemming, Loran Hall, and Frank Sturgis). At first Lee decided to learn Spanish, so that when he got out of the Marines at the end of 1959, he would travel to Cuba and help. Nelson himself was a native Spanish speaker, so he attempted to help Lee learn Spanish. He said that Lee was a very fast learner. However, by February, 1959, Lee decided to learn Russian, instead. Naturally, Nelson could not help Lee with this project, so he felt left out. Nelson didn't understand why Lee wanted to learn Russian all of a sudden. But he did remember that Lee was always on Marine Base (at El Toro, California) and did not leave base with the other Marines on the weekend (except one time, when they went to Tijuana; Lee never went again). Lee spent all his time listening to Berlitz Language tapes, and reading Russian magazines and newspapers. Some of the Marines were miffed as Oswald for standing out that way, so they complained to their CO. The CO questioned Oswald, and then decided that if a US citizen wanted to teach himself Russian, then he had every right. And he permitted Oswald to continue to study Russian on his own. Near the end of summer, 1959, Oswald decided he was ready for a Russian test, and so he asked his CO to set up a Russian test for him -- which the CO did. Oswald didn't pass the test -- his grade was about 50/50. By the end of 1959, Lee Oswald had decided to move to the USSR, and without surrendering his US passport or US citizenship, entered Russia on a temporary permit. By allowing himself to become immersed in the Russian culture, from late 1959 to mid-1962 -- Oswald used the most important strategy for learning any foreign language -- immersion. After 2.5 years of speaking no other language than Russian -- within a fully adult Russian working and living community -- Lee Harvey Oswald had an impressive command of the Russian language. This was despite the fact that Oswald was a high-school dropout. By contrast, the wealthy Ruth Paine studied Russian grammar in classrooms from high-school through college, and she told the WC that she could not carry on an ordinary Russian conversation with a native speaker. This -- by the way -- is the norm. Until we actually immerse ourselves in a foreign language for some period of time, then our conversation in that language sounds as amateur as travel-book sentences. So -- Oswald's mastery of the Russian language was due to his immersion in the language 1959-1962. Regards, --Paul Trejo
  13. Oswald’s Proficiency in the Russian Language

    Sandy, Thanks very much for this posting and for providing the link to the article. Actually, I started a thread on this topic back on September 14, and there were thoughtful responses from users Ron Bulman and Jim Hargrove. The matter of Oswald's proficiency in Russian touches on nearly all aspects of the profile of Oswald as originally formed by the Warren Commission. Reams have been written about all aspects of Oswald and the JFK assassination. But an essential event that helps to unpack this controversial life was when Oswald was discharged from the Marines and left for the Soviet Union in 1959. What was the true intent of the "defection"? A knowledge of Oswald's Russian language proficiency sheds light on that essential question.
  14. The Stamp on the Military ID card

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  15. Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’

    Yes, this is what retired NYPD Detective Rothstein told me. I shall add this: About 30 years ago, my NYC stockbroker, Richard Stoyeck, told me that he had recently attended the Forest Hills Tennis Match that attracts celebrities from around the world and as he rounded a corner of the structure where it was being held he suddenly came face to face with Senator Ted Kennedy who was walking alone towards him. He said that Kennedy's face turned totally white with shock, apparently thinking that he was about to meet his end in the same way that his brother, Robert, had. The moment ended with each passing the other without greeting.
  16. Mr. Walton... You have anything to rebut the work of Mr. Hume? You have anything that disproves his theories? How well versed are you at anagrams - enough so to speak intelligently about it and how it relates to spy craft? IOW Michael... laughing at what you don't understand is both demeaning to the person and indicative of the openness of your mind to new ideas... Lifton was met with the same silliness when the casket charade was being unearthed.... until he was proven correct. Forgive me if indeed you've studied spy craft anagram communications and can explain how Tom is wrong... or are you of the opinion that the CIA/KGB and every other Intel agency on the planet do not use anagrams?
  17. What I find truly hilarious - and probably the most unintentionally ironic posts of late here - is how Jim Hargrove is having a hard time keeping up with Tom Humes' funny ICO secret code posts. As if! OMG really and truly so funny. I'm giggling even as I type this.
  18. Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’

    So what you're saying, Doug, is the drive off the bridge was an elaborate conspiracy to do Ted Kennedy in?
  19. Did the Dallas Radical Right kill JFK?

    Jason, In addition to the books by Caufield and Hosty, I can recommend several others to support a Radical Right CT. 1. Treachery in Dallas (1995) by professor Walt Brown. 2. Who Was Jack Ruby? (1978) by Seth Kantor. 3. From an Office Building with a High Powered Rifle (2010) by Don Adams 4. There's a Fish in the Courthouse (ch. 44, 1971, 1987) by Gareth (Gary) Wean *** 5. Power on the Right (1973) by former-FBI agent William Turner And of course the Lopez Report (2003) and the Simpich eBook: State Secret (2014). *** NOTE: The CT by Wean makes H.L. Hunt into the leader of the Radical Right, with General Walker at his side. Here's a summary link: http://www.kenrahn.com/JFK/Critical_Summaries/Articles/Wean_Chap_44.html Regards, --Paul Trejo
  20. Ken Burns' Vietnam

    Ron, if lost, remember that Prouty cited Lansdale as Allen Dulles' s protege, noting that Dulles's backing got Curtis LeMay to promote Lansdale to Air Force general. However Lansdale may have regarded Kennedy, it's always been "Dance with the one(s) what brung ya." Kennedy didn't give EGL the Vietnam ambassadorship, and Mongoose foundered under uncertain policy control. Lansdale's zeal for a Castro assassination couldn't have helped in the last days of Mongoose. Lansdale may even have been shunted aside by JFK and RFK as a part of the Dulles-LeMay gang. How did LeMay, two years older than Lansdale, hang on at JSOC while Lansdale was retired from USAF, if not by power of reputation? Kennedy should have packed off LeMay with Lemnitzer, but the PR angle on losing two seasoned Chiefs would have been bad. It might have happened had Kennedy won in 1964.
  21. A Couple of Real Gems from the "Harvey and Lee" Website

    First, I understand Jim Hargrove creates posts like this hoping to get a response from myself or other H&L critics. Such discussions are the best form of advertising for the H&L theory and Armstrong’s book and some time ago I realized I was the best thing that ever happened to them. As I have mentioned, I don’t intend to do too much more regarding the already discredited H&L theory. At my age, time is limited and I have a few things I would like to do that are much more important. I will briefly address a few things though. Hargrove continues to imply that because Greg Parker is no longer allowed to post at the EF that arguments he makes at his own website are somehow less valid. Parker has discussed several issues at his site, sometimes quoting directly from threads here at EF. Anyone can follow the links that have been posted repeatedly here and decide for themselves which argument they favor. And as anyone who has followed the debate knows, the issues have been discussed repeatedly right here at EF dating back at least as far as 2015. Hargrove simply prefers to have the issues debated here on his “home turf” to call attention to his and Armstrong’s work. Hargrove is touting the recent article by Dr. Norwood as the “definitive” work on the subject of LHO’s Russian language ability. It is no such thing. A definitive article would document all the witness reports on LHO’s ability and place them in context. It would explain that the witnesses are in general agreement and any anomalies are explainable and understandable. Instead, Norwood “cherry picks” the evidence and emphasizes anything that helps his theory while dismissing the overwhelming evidence provided by the people in Russia who lived and worked with LHO and by Marina. This evidence shows that LHO acquired the language gradually and became fluent simply because he spoke it every day. Of course, Norwood thinks LHO (Harvey) was a spy who was playing a game with his Russian hosts. Hargrove and Sandy Larsen also imply that the H&L critics “disappeared” at the same time. The implication is that the critics are being centrally controlled by some higher power (the CIA perhaps). This is nonsense of course as most of the critics are conspiracy believers themselves. It could simply be that the critics have better things to do than spend every day responding to people who continue to hold on to a belief that has been scientifically disproven. I won’t bother to repost links to the many rebuttals of the H&L theory. Those interested may refer to page 70 of this thread where I previously posted such links. Despite what Hargrove would have you believe, the links do lead to actual websites where there is in formation rebutting his arguments.
  22. Thanks Ilie: Brilliant little post. Big subject. This will take a few posts. With materialists and the choir, my point is asking whether a mystical awakening is a “have to have” or a “nice to have” for the choir. In my professional life, I was recently in a situation where standard “have to haves” were not only not “have to haves,” they weren’t even “nice to haves,” but were: “why the heck do you want that?” It was insane. We are now on the road to getting those elementary “have to haves” that normal companies have. I fully admit that materialists have a huge handicap for what I am doing, but can any of them reach these understandings? At least free energy’s possibility, if not its reality; That organized suppression exists; Free energy’s Epochal significance; That only a high-integrity effort has a prayer of overcoming the pitfalls and avoiding the failed approaches; Coercion will not work, as the means become the ends, and only a loving approach might work; A comprehensive awareness, which will help them stay focused on what is important. If they can, I think that they can be choir material. Is materialism incompatible with those above understandings? I don’t see how, other than the pervasive fear that materialists often operate from, but materialists can operate with high integrity, too. I was on my way to becoming a materialist before my mystical awakening, and Brian was a materialist, even though he was raised Catholic, until his mystical awakening. Anybody with a scientific bent has been fed the Kool-Aid, and materialism is seductive, especially for the “smart.” But it is really little different from religious Kool-Aid, nationalist Kool-Aid, capitalist Kool-Aid, etc. It is abdicating one’s sentience and responsibility to be in some “club,” AKA in-group. In Brian’s materialist days, his Nobel-prize-winning colleagues would sip their sherry and ridicule the paranormal, and Brian smugly sipped his sherry, too. Anybody can wake up. Anybody can express love. If materialists wake up to the Kool-Aid that they have been drinking, do they immediately become mystics? I doubt it, and a mystical awakening can only come through experience, not received teachings and study. Drinking New Age Kool-Aid is not how you get a mystical awakening. A disillusioned materialist does not immediately become a mystic, just like a disillusioned capitalist does not immediately become a communist. Among disillusioned idealists are where I am going to find the most fertile ground. Yes, good scientists are going to always couch their statements in uncertainly, as the guiding principle of science is doubt, not faith. But are the “skeptics” ever cocksure. They are religious zealots who perform criminal acts on behalf of their faith. A mystical awakening is one thing what my fellow travelers mostly had in common, but so were our Boy Scout natures. This is going to be a crazily busy week at my day job (it looks like it will not let up for a couple of months now), so this series of posts will take some time, while I also juggle my biography project. Thanks again for that great post. It is a lot of grist for the mill. Back to work. Best, Wade
  23. Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’

    Thank you Doug.
  24. Ken Burns' Vietnam

    By the way, if you recall, when Stone's film came out in 1991, Prouty, Newman and Oliver took a beating over this issue from the MSM, that is the Washington Post, NY Times, Newsweek etc. They all blasted the withdrawal thesis at every turn. But then, in 1997, the ARRB declassified the records of McNamara's May 1963 Sec Def conference in Hawaii. That evidence was so powerful that even the NY Times changed its tune and had a headline with the banner, "Kennedy had Plan to end the Vietnam War." Did they apologize to those three men named above? Nope. Did they thank them. Nope. Its like all that trashing did not happen. If Burns is ignoring all of this then I think he remembers what happened to them. Which is OK for career advancement. Its not OK for the cause of historical truth.
  25. Ken Burns' Vietnam

    Your right Sir, the Gulf of Tonkin, 'just get me elected, 'I'll give you your Damn War'" (LBJ).
  26. Ken Burns' Vietnam

    So Prouty and Krulak wrote the Taylor/McNamara report For JFK? Wow. Considering their later implications of Lansdale in Dealy Plaza I'm ...lost... so Prouty
  27. Here is an informative, well written article about Oswald's remarkable Russian speaking ability. How did Oswald learn to read, write, and speak Russian like a native? Written by Prof. James Norwood, a member of the forum. Oswald’s Proficiency in the Russian Language
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