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  1. A lesser known anecdote illustrates Phillips’ hatred of JFK. By 1966 he recruited—under the alias of Harold Benson—a high official of the Cuban Ministry of Construction, Nicolás Sirgado, who had been entrusted since 1962 by the CuIS to penetrate the CIA. Castro honored him at the memorial service for the victims of the 1976 Cuban passenger jet bombing in Barbados. After retiring in 1991 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Sirgado appeared in the Cuban TV documentary ZR Rifle (1993). He remembered that Benson “told me [about having] seized the opportunity to urinate on Kennedy’s grave, since he considered Kennedy a damned Communist.” https://kennedysandking.com/john-f-kennedy-reviews/antonio-veciana-with-carlos-harrison-trained-to-kill-2
  2. "then we found some little metal file cabinets---I don't know what kind you would call them---they would carry an 8 by 10 folder, all right, but with a single handle on top of it and the handle moves." If you Google up "metal file boxes," you'll see these narrow portable models popular in the 1960s, with a handle on the top that swung down for storage, and a key lock on the front. My parents had several in the house. Six or seven would fit n the big 'ol trunk of a 1950s-1960s car. Here's the exact brand we had, Porta-File. That thin wire handle was painful to the palm: Everybody tried to peel the stickers off to make them look professional, but the glue always trolled them. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Porta-File-TANISH-Metal-Box-NO-KEY-Hamilton-Skotch-Corp-/132135956496 http://www.ebay.com/itm/1950s-RETRO-Vintage-PORTA-FILE-GREY-Metal-Box-Hamilton-Skotch-/272614063027?hash=item3f79107bb3:g:~eYAAOSwx6pYq1GJ
  3. Bobby Baker's 2009 Senate Historical Office interview. Highlights in the article, full transcript on page 3. Lock up the kids while reading - even if they're thirty-five. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/11/sex-in-the-senate-bobby-baker-099530?o=0 "[Kennedy] made a big speech about Algeria. I don't think many in the Senate knew where Algeria was located." * * * "The biggest disaster in the history of this country was [Robert] McNamara. Henry Ford was my good friend and he said, 'The best thing that ever happened to me was getting rid of that b*****d.' "
  4. From the first post, the only foreknowledge story I don't know is Herbert Philbrick's. Can anyone fill in details?
  5. There may have been multiple people on the sixth floor, but there was only one shooter. Only one rifle. What about the controversial rifle stamped "Mauser" that Roger Craig witnessed, or the mysterious second rifle glimpsed in the Alyea film?
  6. No doubt Dulles was a major player in the cover-up, but no one in their right mind would frame people so close to them. I dunno - this was the Dulles who also sent Noel Field to be arrested in Russia, and Field's whole family fell into that trap after him. The Field mission was an intellectual exercise compared with replacing a president. Your comment, though, shows one of the problems of the Castro-did-it scenario. As has been noted. the majority of Oswald's known friends were not comsymps.
  7. Did the Bleecker Street Cinema have only 35mm projection? Doesn't seem like the NYC art house circuit I remember, which showed films from a variety of worldwide distributors, private collections, and independent filmmakers. Not all of that was available in 35mm, including privately owned 16mm prints of some rare Hollywood films.
  8. I already saw Platoon with the Samuel Barber Adagio on the soundtrack, so I'll pass.
  9. I got it at the public library. Released by The Criterion Collection, which ought not to release a film directed by Ronald Neame after 1969.
  10. I heard an interesting reference to the Hammarskjold killing in another film. I watched on DVD last night a 1980 comedy called Hopscotch, with Walter Matthau as a CIA officer gone rogue (in a good way) by writing an Agee-Marchetti style tell-all book. In his book proposal is the question, "How much did the Office of Dirty Tricks have to do with the plane crash of Secretary Hammarskjold?" Reading that sends blustering boss Ned Beatty up the wall. Hopscotch isn't a very good movie and I didn't finish it, but the reference shows that the Hammarskjold rumor had been kicking around in the golden age of conspiracy film. I no longer remember if it got a mention in Agee's or Marchetti's books.
  11. Is it fair to say that even if Sirhan did say "...because that son of a bitch turned his head at the last second", he was joking? Lisa Pease talked about Sirhan's sense of humor in the same BOR show. Suddenly, in the midst of their conversation, Sirhan started to explain the moment when his eyes met Kennedy's just before he shot him. Shocked by what Sirhan had just admitted, McCowan asked, "Then why, Sirhan, didn't you shoot him between the eyes?" With no hesitation and no apparent remorse, Sirhan replied, "Because that son of a bitch turned his head at the last second." Once upon a time at NYU, I was in a very large Psychology class - held in a auditorium - where the professor attempted to hypnotize us all. We had to sign disclaimers beforehand. I was one of the few that did not go under, but only because the sensation and the setting made me feel like I was falling asleep in class. So I jerked back into consciousness, and sat with a few scattered others watching the majority of the group raise first one hand, then the other, on command. I have wondered since whether parts of hypnosis do not consist of the desire to please the hypnotist, to go along with the program in order to satisfy and be rewarded, and if succumbing to hypnotic suggestion is not a product of wanting also to achieve one's own goals and needs. (In contrast, I, and maybe others, had been conditioned to stay awake in class and avoid censure.) So, the Sirhan comment above. Could you hypnotize someone who tells such "jokes"?
  12. I put that up just for you, Paul baby. Because everybody believes Thomas Mallon.
  13. Aside from being knowledgeable, skilled, and interpretive in historical matters, Bernice was so kind and helpful to researchers, and remarkably judicious and patient with Forum members. This is a loss to the community, and. I'm sure, a great sorrow to her family and friends. God bless you, Bernice.
  14. Not to drag us off topic, but - leaving Gerry Ford's and Bill Decker's motives aside - I'm not sure Earl Warren understood Ruby's struggle to drop false (or real) hints in the least. Reading the WR testimony, my feeling is that Warren was observing a presidential mandate to not make a federal case of the criminal case, and so Ruby was foredoomed to stay in the Dallas pokey. Ruby made his confusing play and failed to sway Warren from his inexorable mission. It would have taken a giant revelation to budge Warren, and Ruby couldn't make it.
  15. From Thomas Mallon, author of Mrs. Paine's Garage, a disquisition on the JBS, plus a small review of the JBS-unaffiliated biography John Birch: A Life, a level-headed book that I happen to be reading now and can recommend to those curious about the life behind the legend. The JFK assassination is discussed, interestingly, in Mallon's article: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/11/a-view-from-the-fringe