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Anthony Thorne

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  1. The interview with Angleton reminds me of footage I saw of Paul Nizte, Scheslinger and a few others from the late 70's. They came across as methodically spoken rationalists endlessly dwelling on the threat of the Soviets. Once you pictured the way their meetings must have gone, you could have a better idea of how they must have eventually reached certain ideas. An Australian broadcasting outlet (I forget if it was TV or radio) asked Angleton about the Whitlam dismissal, and he again was quite cagey in his response. It'd be lovely if that withheld report on Angleton's activities eve
  2. I enjoyed the portions of all the talks that I heard (and David Boylan’s discussion noted above was really great) but I’m going to wait for the emailed link to come out to rewatch the presentations tonight or tomorrow. The Facebook page was linked in one of the emails that was posted and there’s been a bit of discussion there already.
  3. I’ve got my ticket number and watched a little of Joseph’s presentation (just before 5am here Melbourne time). I’ve sent a request to join the FB group too. But everything is working smoothly for me.
  4. Just bought a last minute ticket, (including the later digital downloads). I’m assuming the ticket number is different to the invoice number I just received. Looking forward to getting it, and to watching the presentations.
  5. Great work Rob and well done, I’m looking forward to reading it.
  6. I think multiple viewpoints are useful. Keeps everyone on their toes. And if we’re not prepared to listen to those who disagree with us, why should they listen to us? Even a disingenuous presentation can often be interesting, just from who is presenting it, and what they’re presenting.
  7. That’s great, thank you Larry, looking forward to it. I’m also letting a Melbourne friend know about the serialisation. I’ll likely have more questions as each chapter goes up.
  8. Here we go. Peretz mentions that he knew Roche at Brandeis in this article. http://jfk.hood.edu/Collection/Weisberg Subject Index Files/N Disk/New Republic The/Item 01.pdf He also mentions how he became close to Max Lerner. Lerner was another Brandeis figure who was previously in the OSS.
  9. Roche joined Brandeis in 1956 as a Professor (Politics), and moved up to become Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1958. Peretz graduated from Brandeis in 1959. So it’s quite likely that they would have crossed paths to some degree. Later in the week I’ll do a more detailed post with links that fills in the gaps, and add the Epstein stuff I found. There’s a few more wrinkles to the story but it all leans in the direction I’ve been indicating over the past few posts.
  10. Larry, I'm looking forward to reading that, it sounds fascinating. I read SWHT years ago (an earlier edition) and a few months ago read NEXUS on my Kindle, which I greatly enjoyed. Out of all your writing, which volume do you think contains your thoughts on the why of the event, as opposed to the what/when/how/where? NEXUS was informative but I'm just wondering if you've ever summarised why you think Kennedy was killed. I think NEXUS contained some material along those lines but I read it before lockdown here in Melbourne and my memory is frankly a bit frazzled.
  11. I’ll write more about Brandeis in a bit. If you rewind the clock and check the history of both the campus and the department Roche ran, you hit numerous OSS and CIA figures, including one - Herbert Marcuse - that openly wrote anti-Soviet propaganda in the 50’s for the CIA, and another - William L. Langer, Marcuse’s boss in the OSS - who worked to cultivate ties between the CIA and universities. Langer left the OSS, set up the Russian Institute at Columbia University, and gave Marcuse a fat scholarship to write a book on Soviet Marxism. Langer - who sat alongside Allen Dulles on various committ
  12. In an interview, Roche emphasised how much he detested Bobby Kennedy, and noted how he’d been in near fistfights with RFK twice at opposite ends of the decade. In 1968, there’s a quote from him telling someone (I think Johnson) that MLK should be ‘destroyed’. The book with the quote continues, ‘of course, John Roche hated Robert Kennedy even more’.
  13. On page 440 of Praise for a Future Generation, John Kelin records letters exchanged between Vincent Salandria and Sylvia Meagher. Salandria makes an observation to Meagher about what he believes is government interest in the case. So Meagher is basically dismissive of Salandria's suspicions, and feels that Salandria has been crying wolf and accusing people with no justification. One of the people Salandria had accused - Jacob Cohen - pops up periodically in Kelin's book, and is also noted in Jim's article at K&K. Here's Jim's reference to Cohen.
  14. Those blurbs are great. I’m sold. When’s the print edition of the book coming out?
  15. That’s really fascinating, Larry, thank you. I’ll keep an eye on those details when I read the upcoming chapters.
  16. Hi Larry, which section of the book do you think benefited most from the availability of new documentation? Or did the whole text - and your view of the assassination - benefit from the new info?
  17. That sounds great, and I'm looking forward to reading it. It sounds like a useful and enjoyable read. Pat, I sent you an email the other day.
  18. Thanks, this looks like a good one. I can’t find any links to the volume online though.
  19. I enjoyed the opening and am looking forward to the later chapters. That noted, I'll be buying the print edition when it becomes available too. Good work Larry.
  20. I'm encouraged by Larry's comment a few pages back that Mike Swanson is bringing a book out on the Vietnam war. Swanson's The War State was a great, helpful book that covered a lot of ground in an easy to read fashion. If you check the Amazon reviews for it, a lot of people feel the same way. So I'll be keen to see what he has to say about the origins of the war.
  21. Good questions. I can't see what else Newman and his researchers would have to pursue legal battles about, other than documentation - trying to get some they've heard about, trying to get material unredacted that has been redacted, asking people to search for further documentation on stuff they've already heard about, or that they suspect things about. It doesn't have to just be court documents - although they could be. But they could also be HSCA records, CIA documentation, FBI materials, or who knows what. Beats me. Depends entirely on what's in the documents, what's
  22. Newman noted in a discussion under his Facebook posts that a legal battle for additional documents, presumably through FOIA, is underway right now.
  23. I'll have more to say on this topic within the next week or two. Vince was right about a number of things from this period.
  24. I found it interesting to read William Davey’s article on Walter Sheridan, NBC, and the Garrison case. That article at Kennedys and King is here: https://kennedysandking.com/john-f-kennedy-articles/shoot-him-down-nbc-the-cia-and-jim-garrison Davey concludes his article by noting that NBC was, by all accounts, working with the CIA from 1967 onwards to discredit Garrison’s case. In the four months prior to the Garrison trial, another person was stationed at NBC. Edward Jay Epstein. As part of his doctoral dissertation for Harvard, Epstein did a tour of the major networks, some of
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