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  1. I have not seen much discussion of Kerry Thornley on here and was curious to get members’ take on him. Was he entangled with elements of the conspiracy to be used perhaps as a backup patsy or was he simply one of the many coincidences surrounding Oswald’s activities prior to the assassination? As many of you know, Thornley knew Oswald from back in 1959 when they were stationed in MCAS El Toro in Santa Ana, CA. They became close associates by talking about philosophy and politics. Thornley famously published a book about Oswald – The Idle Warriors – before Kennedy’s assassination. Like Oswald, Thornley spent the summer of 1963 in New Orleans and consequently spent time in Dallas around the assassination, leaving Dallas a week after the assassination. He testified in front of the Warren Commission in May 1964. He became of interest to Jim Garrison upon Garrison’s reading of the Warren Commission report because Thornley was one of the few people who knew Oswald that vouched for his supposed communist sympathies. Garrsion would uncover supposed evidence that Thornley was associated with the same group in New Orleans – Bannister, Shaw, Ferrie, and Cubans – and that he frequently used a PO Box associated with these same individuals. Garrison also claimed that although Thornley usually wore his hair long, shortly before the assassination, he cut it short to match Oswald’s hair and bore a striking resemblance to Oswald. Garrison went as far as initially accusing Thornley of being complicit in the assassination, but soften his stance in later years. In 1965, Thornley published a book entitled Oswald that generally supported the view that Oswald was the lone assassin. However, later in life Thornley himself would claim there had been a conspiracy and that Oswald was a CIA asset. He also acknowledged there were many coincidences he was personally involved with and he may have been used unwittingly by the conspirators. Some of the claims he made included numerous meetings in New Orleans with Gary Kirstein and Slim Brooks, who both – like Thornley – disliked Kennedy. The subject of how one might assassinate Kennedy came up repeatedly. Thornley claimed Gary Kirstein was in fact E. Howard Hunt and that he knew a lot about secret CIA activities and predicted Richard Nixon’s eventual election to the presidency, the Vietnam War, 60’s counterculture, and a Manson-like figure, which made him think the CIA was somehow involved in these activities. He also said there were mob and Nazi connections to the assassination. Another remarkable coincidence is that in the mid-60’s he became friends with Johnny Roselli, but I am unsure of the context or extent of their relationship.
  2. Cord Meyer and the Assassination of JFK

    Plus, they had completely opposite politics, with Meyer being a liberal and Hunt a staunch conservative.
  3. Gene Wheaton

    This is excellent. Thanks for posting, Larry. I'd love to hear the other interviews with the guy in Minnesota that he references at the end. Wheaton's naming Jenkins and Quintero and the motives of the ground crew corroborates some of what we already know of the hit. When he says people in power had other reasons for getting rid of Kennedy, it implies the person orchestrating the ground level crew (perhaps Jenkins) was on orders from someone higher up and it wasn't as rogue as even some of the participants thought. Of course, we'll probably never know the connecting piece between the paramilitary people and the "political elite," but if we did I think it would give us a lot more insight. It could be Phillips, Harvey, or Shackley, but someone who stuck out to me that would be well placed in all of this is Henry Hecksher. If it were Hecksher, it may imply it was more of an officially sanctioned job than simply turning the gun on Kennedy for revenge.
  4. Proof CIA did not plan or execute the JFK assassination

    Exactly. And why wouldn't they be able to have done it successfully? Couldn't they just tell the secret service and re-route or stop the parade?
  5. Proof CIA did not plan or execute the JFK assassination

    Or simply: Tosh Plumlee is lying and there was no "abort team."
  6. One other note about this talk of Allen Dulles' senility around the time of the Warren Commission. Philip Shenon in "A Cruel and Shocking Act" also advocates the position that Dulles was in the early stages of dementia in 1964 and goes into it fairly explicitly and extensively. Shenon claims a staffer on the Commission told him everyone was excited to work with the legendary spymaster only to find he was a 'nit.' Reading it, though, I get the impression that Dulles was playing dumb, or naive, in order to intentionally create surface-level analysis where he wouldn't be expected to dig into past CIA programs. Juxtapose this portrayal of Dulles with the rigorous personal calendar he maintained, virtually until the month he died. I've mentioned this on here before, but you can go and look at his daily appointments, etc. and you will find he was meeting with or at least having phone conversations with the likes of Cord Meyer, Tracy Barnes, Richard Helms, etc. on a weekly basis. He even talked with William Harvey as late as 1967...after the 1967 “Plots to Assassinate Fidel Castro” CIA Inspector General's report came out (!!).
  7. I bought it when it first came out but never got around to reading it. I recall skimming the JFK assassination sector and Allen being on the Warren Commission, which was very brief. It said the usual stuff and implied Allen was a shadow of his formal self at the time of the Commission.
  8. I was reading Flawed Patriot and in it is a statement (below) about a trip Roselli made to the Dominican Republic with Howard Hunt. I'd never heard this before and wasn't aware that Hunt worked directly with Roselli. The book doesn't cite the source of this information. Can anyone confirm this or know the original source? “In March 1961, well before [Bill] Harvey was involved in Caribbean matters, [Johnny] Roselli went to the Dominican Republic, accompanied by Howard Hunt of the CIA. Rafael Trujillo, the Republic’s dictator, was ambushed and killed on May 30, 1961, but the CIA was cleared of involvement in the assassination.”
  9. The End of CTKA, but the beginning of....

    Great job, Jim. Such a nice resource to direct people to with a fresh new look.
  10. The Umbrella Man movie will be released throughout the U.S. and Canada on multiple video-on-demand and cable systems Tuesday, November 22nd. It was written and directed by Michael Grasso, who filmed David Lifton’s 1990 interview with Marina Oswald. I have seen a few clips from the film and it looks the conspiracy theory involving the Umbrella Man that the main character develops is pretty detailed. In one scene, he mentions how Louie Steven Witt worked for the Rio Grande Insurance Company and that Carlos Marcello had connections to the company. The film may also be available for direct download. If that is the case, I’ll post a link in this thread in the coming days. Below is a synopsis and links to the trailer, IMDB page, and Facebook pages. Looks pretty entertaining. “Set in 1983 Pittsburgh, PA, Peter and Annie Brennan face the tragic death of their young son. The boy's death and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, kindles a conspiratorial paranoia in Peter that threatens his sanity, and marriage. While trying to discover more about the killer of his son, Brennan becomes fixated on the story of The Umbrella Man, a suspected shooter in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His decent into the underworld of conspiracy theorist sub-culture provides a place of emotional refuge for Peter, yet also contributes to his psychological undoing. From a Moose Lodge in Swissvale PA, to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, The Umbrella Man is one couples story of love, loss, and the 'against all odds' survival of their relationship.” Trailer IMDB Page Facebook Page Mindfox Productions Facebook Page
  11. I was in a Half Price Books near my house last year and saw a copy of Wim Dankbaar's James Files book. If you look into Files' "full story," there's so much that is disqualifying. It reads like a greatest hits of conspiracy theories. He has top level Mafia people in public locations in Dallas (and even firing some of the shots) that day. He also has conspirators interacting that likely would never have spoken face to face, and there's no evidence that many of them had even met. Oh yeah, and he places Edward Lansdale and E. Howard Hunt in Dealey Plaza during the shooting (and he knew their real identity). Then there's that ridiculous line that Lansdale supposedly said to Files... "I heard you was a cowboy" LOL
  12. Judyth Baker writes about Wim Dankbaar's film

    Completely agreed that Judyth is a total fraud, with the exception that she likely did really work for Reily coffee company and probably did see Oswald in person occasionally. I doubt she has any motives in terms of muddying the waters for honest researchers, but wants the attention because she doesn't have anything else going on and/or is past her prime and can't come to terms with that.
  13. Dallas Has Now Lost 82 Cases Against Robert Groden

    I was in Dealey Plaza this past May and met Groden. He no longer puts up the sign that says "Grassy Knoll" (which I agree with the City of Dallas that it is a nuisance and should be taken down), but he's there three days a week selling his magazine and DVD. He is only on a small portion of a pergola and doesn't go up to anyone who doesn't come to him first. There are actually two other guys who are on the knoll more than him--one with large Zapruder film print outs and another guy who claims he witnessed the shooting from Houston & Elm at age 11 and that he can be seen in the background of the Zapruder film. I think he actually may have been in DP during the shooting, but he pushes some ridiculous story where James Files was the shooter.
  14. Interesting read: http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/08/16/bush-angle-reagan-shooting-still-unresolved-hinckley-walks/
  15. Selective Memory of George H.W. Bush

    You mean Philip Graham? Cord Meyer died in 2001. How would Bush (if that is him) attending Graham's funeral prove he was CIA?