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  1. A bit of promotion... Black Op Radio's 50 Reasons series has been running a sequel on the 1968 assassinations, four episodes apiece on RFK and MLK. Here is the first RFK episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQGSEeK28Kw Here is the first MLK episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g5duA9nvzc&t=43s
  2. Jeff Carter

    Max Boot gets Booted on Lansdale in Vietnam

    Yes, I have come to see a JFK foreign policy framework which is so different from the Dulles consensus - and, as you have ably pointed out, is little understood or acknowledged. Gibson's "Battling Wall Street" helped immensely in grasping what was at stake. The thrust or direction of these sorts of policies put the target on JFK , as his enemies were firmly in the Dulles camp, and the Dulles foreign policy framework served their self-interest.
  3. Jeff Carter

    Max Boot gets Booted on Lansdale in Vietnam

    It is absolutely a humanitarian disaster - but is the primary cause of this disaster because Assad is engaged in a war against his own people with the support of Putin or because regional adversaries have been financing a regime change operation in that country? I say it is the latter. Here is a reasonable overview: https://consortiumnews.com/2015/07/20/hidden-origins-of-syrias-civil-war/ The second link in that article goes to an article by Eric Margolis on the refugee issue. As for reasons for displacement - the most obvious reason is that there was military conflict ongoing and therefore people were not safe in their homes. They could have been fleeing the government or fleeing from the rebels or just fleeing to save their lives. Early 2016 was the high water mark of the rebel’s control of territory, so there weren’t then “government protected areas” that were particularly safe at all. It has been observed since then that large numbers of displaced people returned to areas like east Aleppo and Ghouta after the government’s military operations reversed rebel control there. I would not take the UN’s numbers at face value, as they had been very wrong in claiming 250,000 civilians at risk in east Aleppo when fighting there was approaching government victory about 18 months ago. The real number turned out to be a fifth of that. The UN was using the inflated figure to support a ceasefire to stave off defeat of the rebel forces (who were largely associated with or actually were designated al-Qaeda forces). The SDF are not exactly “Democratic” forces. Today they are, effectively, the Kurdish militia from the north eastern part of the country with a few local Arab allies.They are not fighting the government, but are in alliance with the Americans who are. It’s very complicated. ISIS, in my opinion, was both a psychological warfare operation and an effective proxy force. The Syrian opposition was never truly united, but were mostly ideologically Islamist, as senior US political figures conceded. Even the so-called moderate rebels had a social and political platform not dissimilar from the Taliban. They openly stated that if they were victorious they would spark another humanitarian crisis displacing all who remained who did not follow their religious teachings.
  4. Jeff Carter

    Max Boot gets Booted on Lansdale in Vietnam

    This topic has veered into current events, but I think there is an appropriate link in the ways a conventional wisdom can be created out of false representations. The terrible events in Syria have been grossly mis-reported by the corporate media (MSM). It use to be joked ten to fifteen years ago that viewers of Fox News cultivated completely false or inverted understandings of national and world events based on how much Fox programming they consumed. That phenomenon seems common now across the MSM landscape. Support for regime change in Syria has been consistent in the MSM since the start, part of an information warfare environment which is a distinguishing feature of the struggles in that country. Part of that information warfare relies on decontextualizing facts and figures, and demonizing certain parties while obscuring others. For instance - yes, there has been massive displacement of peoples, a humanitarian crisis. But the implication in the reporting has been that the Assad government is solely to blame for this, which is not true. The Islamist rebels, who managed to seize a lot of territory before Russia’s intervention, are responsible for creating many of these refugees - as is proved by the fact that many persons have returned over the past year or so as the rebels have been displaced and security has returned to the large population centres. Similarly, reports of the conflict’s death toll - approaching approximately 450,000 - usually infer that these represent mostly civilians killed because of their opposition to the government. Not true again. Over half of that number represent government soldiers killed in combat. Another third represents rebel fighters killed in combat (many of whom were Islamic foreigners inserted into the country). The rest were civilians killed during operations by both the government and the rebels. Putin, at the UN in September 2015, stated very clearly his reasons for Russia’s intervention in Syria, largely consistent with principles of sovereignty as described in the UN Charter. This again has been mis-represented by the MSM, which has featured for almost three years scores of talking heads and analyzers who assert Russia’s motives in a form of free association which rarely if ever refers to the original statement (to which the Russians have remained rather consistent). Like the Russians or not, they have introduced innovative means to minimize the fighting, including deconfliction zones and negotiated removals of fighters to other areas. The combat which has occurred, in support of the Syrian government, has been undertaken consistent with UN Security Council resolutions which have called for the “eradication” of designated terrorists and their enclaves. The JFK assassination has a huge “fake news” component, analysis of which should allow for a sharper more critical focus on contemporary events. I say the MSM version of Syria is fake news. It is astonishing that the established fake narrative promotes radical Islamist warriors, with whom the US is technically at war and yet has tacitly supported and further turned a blind eye to the massive support undertaken by its regional allies to such forces. A proxy war utilizing designated terrorist groups is a terrible thing to inflict on people.
  5. Walt Brown in his JFK Chronology (Book 2 pp65-66) noted that two of the Dallas police officers in charge of keeping persons off of the overpass during the motorcade, both happened to submit a written report on December 4, 1963 in which both used the exact same phrase to describe their instructions: “As I recall, he instructed me to keep all persons off the overpass at this location during the parade. It was my understanding that I was to keep all unauthorized persons away from the location…” Brown: “The reader will note that the statement made by Officer J. C. White, xxxigned to the western side of the Triple Underpass, and the statement here, by Officer J. W. Foster, xxxigned to the eastern side of the Triple Underpass, are identical. Not “similar” or “close.” Identical. And it’s not a coincidence, because the odds of two different individuals using the exact same 35 words to describe a situation, when measured statistically, generate a number that is 18 digits in length… In this situation, the two officers on top of the Triple Underpass are guilty of collusion, in that they both weasel-worded their statements to cover their butts because not “all persons” were kept off the Triple Underpass. Whatever else they are guilty of, I leave to the reader.” (CE 1358 link to White’s statement, with Foster’s on the subsequent page) https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=1317#relPageId=634&tab=page
  6. Jeff Carter

    General Walker - for the rest of us

    In my opinion, Oswald came directly into what might be described as a fascist milieu in Dallas circa March 1963. This may have led to involvement with the fake assassination attempt, but also may have led to the connection with Banister in New Orleans. The FPCC operation began while Oswald was still in Dallas (mid-April). The record seems to indicate that the specific move to set up Oswald as a patsy began circa September 1963. I suspect that some of the support for this latter project came from this fascist milieu in Dallas. (i.e. in my opinion Oswald had interacted back in the spring with some of the people who later helped frame him). It's worthwhile looking at Russell's Nagell book Chapter 13 "The Attack On General Walker", which indicates Walker had heard, long after 1963, that Oswald had been connected with Larrie Schmidt in March 1963. Walker also tells Russell (this was in 1976) that the German newspaper was interested only if Oswald was a communist - i.e. the Oswald shot at Walker angle was introduced by the newspaper, not Walker. Although, if the shooting attempt never came up during that conversation, how a reporter several hours later knew to ask that question to Jesse Curry is quite mysterious.
  7. Jeff Carter

    General Walker - for the rest of us

    The reporter cannot be seen. I dug out the footage (WFAA, the local ABC affiliate) and realize that the question was posed earlier, in the afternoon. Curry is being questioned about Oswald's presence at the TSBD and the smudged fingerprints on the found rifle. Then a question from deeper in the scrum: Q - Is there any connection yet between this and the firing at Major General Walker? A - I do not know. I have no idea why the reporter asked the question. Walker was in Shreveport, and conducted the interview with the German paper there some hours previously. It is possible Walker spoke with someone in Dallas and recounted the morning's conversation, and then this was passed along to the reporter. That this topic is not broached again until after the publication of the Walker interview six days later tends to support the notion that the Oswald connection to the Walker shooting was introduced by Walker's German interviewer rather than Walker himself (or there would have been more of this topic put out in public). Personally, I think the alleged attempt on Walker was staged to gain the General publicity and sympathy. Oswald may well have been involved in some fashion, but whatever happened has no correlation at all with the wild stories told by Marina Oswald. If the backyard photos are authentic, then they were produced out of this staged assassination attempt, possibly as some kind of trophy or joke. The Imperial Reflex camera links these photos with others taken of Walker's residence (and the tying of that camera to Oswald specifically is very weak). I can't find the State Department airtel which describes the first interview with deMohrenschildt in Haiti. He mentions the attempt on Walker, likely in response to a question - I don't know the date of the airtel, whether that interview happened before or after Nov 29.
  8. Jeff Carter

    General Walker - for the rest of us

    A reporter (off camera) directed a question the evening of November 23, to Jesse Curry in the hallway of the Dallas Police Department, asking if Oswald might be connected to the Walker shooting. Curry replied he had no information on that. This was during a press scrum referring to the mail order rifle receipt and the backyard photos.
  9. Jeff Carter

    Was Oswald promised a job when he got out?

    hi Steve The recollection that Oswald was leaving the welding job seems to place the meeting in question as October 7th. You are absolutely correct that things don’t add up. This is another topic in which skilled investigators operating in an official capacity should have noted contradictions and sought clarification. They failed to do so, and contributed to the ambiguity which defines much of the record. Stories of Oswald’s supposed desperate unemployment are linked, in 1962, to efforts to separate Marina from Lee (as were stories of spousal abuse). Oswald quit the welding job on October 8 and was hired at J-C-S on October 12. During the autumn of 1962, deMohrenschildt was making inquiries for Oswald in the field of industrial security. That seems to be the sort of work Oswald was hoping for, and presumably needed assistance or reference to obtain. The Reilly’s job in New Orleans seems to be linked to eventual placement in that field (co-workers hired at NASA), or served as cover - if one considers Oswald’s link to Banister’s agency as likely an industrial, or private security gig. When Oswald returned to Dallas in October 1963 he told Mary Bledsoe he was attempting to get work at Collins Radio and/or Texas Instruments. Marina Oswald’s animus to the FBI was said to have been stoked by an impression that they had interfered with Lee’s employment or stymied application for employment. But there is no record of the FBI intervening against him at Leslie Welding, J-C-S, Reilly’s Coffee, or the TSBD. Might the FBI assisted in blunting some of Oswald’s attempts at employment in the industrial security sector, deliberately or not? Perhaps Oswald returned to Dallas feeling the FBI had somehow messed up his ability to gain traction in the industrial/private security field through his efforts in New Orleans?
  10. Jeff Carter

    Michael Paine dies at 89

    hi Paul I have serious misgivings of Michael Paine's late story of being shown a BYP in April 1963, for reasons which I have detailed elsewhere. You are of course free to have your own opinion. I would point out, re: DeMohrenschildt, that in his first statement after the assassination, appearing in a State Department airtel from Haiti, he says that "everyone" in Dallas believed that Walker staged the attempt on himself. I have no reason to doubt Volkmar Schmidt's information, but that Oswald would literally shoot at Walker as a result of that conversation is a suspicion or surmise, not actual proof of such event.
  11. Jeff Carter

    Michael Paine dies at 89

    hi Tom you are correct, my mistake. (data overload) The negative for 133-B is in the archives. The negative for 133-A is missing, although it was listed in the original police files and their Dallas Identification Bureau actually made an 8x10 from it late in the afternoon of Nov 23/63. No explanation why it subsequently disappeared. Perhaps it was removed from DPD custody to create the DeMohrenschildt print. No one knows, no one tried to fully account for this, although the HSCA was claimed to be authoritative on this matter.
  12. Jeff Carter

    Michael Paine dies at 89

    Another pose - possibly holding a rifle aloft, over his head. Another "ask the question" moment, as Marguerite's interlocutor does not pin down whether it is a backyard photo or not (i.e. was he next to the staircase as seen in the other photos). I personally concur with Parker - it was taken elsewhere, not a BYP.
  13. Jeff Carter

    Michael Paine dies at 89

    The DeMohrenschildt version features higher resolution and is not cropped on the sides (i.e. it was created directly from the negative). Wherever it came from, it was not the Dallas Police photo lab, as the equipment which created it is higher quality than what they possessed. It is very tempting to propose that Oswald created this print at J-C-S, and certainly the HSCA’s photo panel’s report guides the reader to presume that as well. Oswald did create a few (innocuous) things for personal use there, but that he printed (or even created) the BYP at J-C-S needs to be considered in light of the workspace being open plan - that is, there really wasn’t a room he could hide away in, so any work on such photos would be in potential view of other employees. The HSCA panel notes some printing flaws are visible on the DeMohrenschildt version, which suggests the fixing process for the print might have been rushed. It is possible that Oswald (or a confederate) processed the photos via the commercial drugstore process, and then Oswald took a negative into work and created the print now known as the DeMohrenschildt version. Michael Paine’s late claim to have been shown a BYP neatly fits into the latter possibility, as the print he described was larger than the small drugstore prints. Paine’s embellishment that Oswald seemed to be proud of the photo also dovetails nicely with the Warren Commission’s supposition of its purpose (Oswald’s self-image). So it is easy to assume Oswald created the print as a farewell gift to George DeMohrenschildt. Case Closed! However, as can be effectively argued, Paine was not shown a Backyard photo during that April visit. There are other logical issues: why would Oswald go through the trouble of creating a print, signing it to his friend, and then forget to actually give it to him soon after when the DeMohrenschildt’s dropped over to say goodbye? And what, presumedly months later, would make Oswald assume the language records Jeanne DeMohrenschildt passed on to Marina would actually make their way back, someday, to the DeMohrenschildt’s? (thinking that it was Oswald who placed the photo there). In 1967, Jeanne DeMohrenschildt was actually surprised to see the records with their belongings, according to her husband’s account. In other words she didn’t expect to see them again, and if that's not the case and they were just on loan why weren’t they returned during the goodbye at Neely Street? It is assumed these records travelled to New Orleans and back, so did Oswald in September tell Ruth Paine that they should be delivered to the DeMohrenschildt storage locker? There is no indication of that, nor is there any indication Oswald even knew there was a storage locker. From the record, it was actually entirely Michael Paine’s initiative to deliver the records to the storage locker. (And then of course there’s this one: why did Oswald permit a cache of English-Russian language tutoring records to be in his house for months when the story was he was adamantly opposed to Marina learning English?) Hi Tom - the negative for 133-A is in the Archives. It was the negative for 133-B (and 133-C for that matter) which is missing.
  14. Jeff Carter

    Michael Paine dies at 89

    Yes, the sources appear in Part Four of the backyard photo article, but I should say that John Armstrong's "Harvey and Lee" was the book which highlighted this information in the first place. I speculate in the article that the BYP in possession of the Dallas police on the Friday night was actually the third pose 133-C (which didn't surface publicly until 1975). This is based on the use of that pose for the recreation photos taken the week following. Where it came from is unknown, but I believe the source would be considered controversial and so it was effectively disappeared. My #1 unanswered question regarding this is whether the 133-C photo came to the Dallas police in the drugstore print format of the other two photos, or in another printed format.
  15. Jeff Carter

    Michael Paine dies at 89

    Paul T - "The vain hope that some people have that everything about a person should or could be found inside WC testimony is always ludicrous." And yet soon after typing this you are on another thread claiming that Marina Oswald's WC testimony is the "core" of the case and should be considered of utmost value and relevancy.
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