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  1. Mark Lawson

    Where is the exit?

    Apologies in advance if the following posting belongs in another discussion thread, but since this one continues to circle back to the credibility of the JFK autopsists and the evidence (or lack of it) that they produced, I will wade in with this: In the Conclusion to his State Secret e-book, Bill Simpich writes: "... I'm always reminded that the [assassination] planners needed someone in the Navy [i.e., JFK's personal physician, Dr. (Admiral) George Burkley] to smooth the way for the controlled autopsy at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.... White House medical officer George Burkley ... did his best to control the autopsy ... [and he] was answering to Lyndon Johnson, and not the Kennedy family...." https://www.maryferrell.org/pages/State_Secret_Conclusion.html Other reports, including the HSCA Boswell-Purdy interview, portray Burkley's role as prominent or even domineering: "... Dr. Burkley was basically supervising everything that went on in the autopsy room and ... the commanding officer was also responding to Burkley's wishes...." Yet, Simpich goes on to state that it was Secret Service agent (and, according to Simpich, possible assassination co-conspirator) Roy Kellerman who "... [took] possession of the autopsy photographs, the unprocessed negatives and the X-Rays during the night of the autopsy...." Clouding matters further: In the article "How Five Investigations Into JFK’s Medical/Autopsy Evidence Got it Wrong," by Dr. Gary L. Aguilar and Kathy Cunningham, reference is made to "26 persons" being present at the JFK autopsy. The included table of witnesses lists only 22 of them, but conspicuously absent from that list is Dr. Burkley - even though he is reported elsewhere to have signed the "official White House death certificate" of JFK. List of 22 (of 26 total) witnesses to JFK autopsy: https://history-matters.com/essays/jfkmed/How5Investigations/How5InvestigationsGotItWrong_tabfig.htm#Table_2 Possibly explaining the absence of Burkley's name from the above-referenced list, David Talbot, in his 2007 book Brothers, apparently citing William Manchester's The Death of a President, states on page 15 (First Free Press trade paperback edition, June 2008): "The [Kennedy] family's medical representative, JFK's personal physician Dr. Burkley, was banished from the morgue [emphasis added] soon after the eight-hour procedure began, and he joined the Kennedy group in the tower [on the seventeenth floor of the Bethesda Naval Hospital]." Clear as mud? ML
  2. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    Since this discussion thread is entitled "New Article by John Armstrong," with present consideration being given generally to the methods and reliability of Armstrong's research, would it be appropriate to also discuss here what Armstrong reports regarding Jack Ruby? If so, I will post accordingly. If not, can someone please recommend an already-active Education Forum JFK message thread that would be more appropriate to this subject - particularly regarding Ruby's alleged connections with organized crime? Thanks, ML
  3. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    As Jefferson Morley writes in The Ghost: "Washington circa 1961 was a unique place in the history of the world. Never had there been a country so dominant, so wealthy, so influential, so attractive, and so feared as the United States of America. Never had the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, as well as the new multibillion-dollar intelligence agencies, the CIA, the NSA, and the DIA, been so fully funded." (p. 101) Some of these organizations and agencies, and to some extent the FBI, had been tracking Oswald since 1959 or before. For a detailed view of the manpower and money the CIA spent in playing convoluted (albeit deadly) games with Oswald and his intelligence "legend" - particularly regarding his purported September 1963 trip to Mexico City - see Bill Simpich's seven-part e-book State Secret: Wiretapping in Mexico City, Double Agents, and the Framing of Lee Oswald. It is an eye-opening source of information on the convoluted inside workings of the CIA: https://www.maryferrell.org/pages/State_Secret_Preface.html Simpich writes in the Conclusion to State Secret: "... I am convinced that the impersonation of Oswald is a historical fact...." If one is willing to accept Simpich's thesis that the Bill Harvey/David Morales Miami JMWAVE crew was sophisticated enough to sucker Win Scott, possibly David Atlee Phillips, and also James "The Cadaver" Angleton and his whole CI/SIG apparatus, with the "Two Oswalds" in Mexico City story; then it is not too much of a stretch to give credence to Jim Armstrong's own "Two Marguerite" and "Two Lee Harvey" Oswalds theories, positing that the late-1940s OSS survivors in the newly formed CIA (including Angleton and soon to include Allen Dulles) were sophisticated enough to begin the process of blending the identities of two boys who, at that time, were only somewhere between six and eight years old. See: http://harveyandlee.net/Moms/Moms.html Of course, for Armstrong's scenario to work, the boys - most fortuitously - would have had to look alike; and Robert Oswald would have had to cooperate in the ruse as well. In any case, Armstrong has conducted quite a number of primary interviews, and scoured various real property, school and similar records, and the glaring discrepancies he cites have to be explained somehow. As I read more of his work, I am willing to keep an open mind as to its credence. Strictly FWIIW. ML
  4. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    No explanation - unless he is as bad at remembering names as I am (no joke). ML
  5. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    FWIIW: Veciana is reported to be a native Spanish speaker. In British English, Maurice is usually pronounced "Morris," versus the French "More-ESE." Bishop/Phillips *may* have used the former pronunciation. In any event, if whoever made the audio transcript heard "Morris," then there's a good chance they would have spelled it phonetically. ML
  6. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    Thanks for the reply, Jim. I certainly do understand your frustration with SPAM and other junk/crazy e-mail traffic. I wouldn't want to trade places with you. <grin> Regarding the "Harvey and Lee" Web site, I will reply to you offline. ML
  7. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    Spot-on comments, Ron. Regarding the "rat lines," which resulted in the escape of Nazi war criminals Vlaerio Borghese and Eugen Dollmann, and the treasonous "Operation Sunrise" secretly conducted by Allen Dulles, I highly recommend David Talbot's The Devil's Chessboard. There's more on James Jesus Angleton there, too. See also Christian Dewar's 2005 online article "Nazis in the CIA closet: The Origins of Fascism in the United States," at http://archive.democrats.com/view.cfm?id=9099; and Paul Dickson's book Sputnik, in which the author relates the story of how some 135 Nazi rocket engineers and production workers, along with advanced rocket hardware were, at the end of WWII, quickly (and of course very quietly) smuggled out of Germany, and then resettled in the US. Called, "Operation Paperclip," this program included Werner von Braun, who was not only a Nazi party member, but also held the rank of Sturmbannführer (equal to the US Army rank of major) in the SS. https://www.amazon.com/Sputnik-Shock-Century-Paul-Dickson/dp/0802779514 "... The CIA's handling of information about Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is a story shrouded in deception and perjury, theories and disinformation, lies and legends. But at least one aspect of the story cannot be disputed: Angleton controlled the CIA's file on Oswald for four years - from his defection in October 1959 until his death in November 1963. "Angleton would conceal this fact for the rest of his life. He hid it from the Warren Commission and he obfuscated about it with congressional investigators in the 1970s. The story only began to emerge when Congress ordered the declassification of long-secret JFK assassination records in the 1990s...." From The Ghost, by Jefferson Morley, p. 87. A travesty and a tragedy, I'd say. ML
  8. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    Well, yes Tracy - I *am* receptive to the evidence Armstrong presents - but I am also receptive to credible refutations of that evidence. In any case, I will peruse the Web sites you, Bart Kamp and others recommend. Jim Hargrove wrote: Jefferson's Morley's take-down of Mr. Parnell's latest effort is here.... I am well into reading Morley's "Ghost"; and his book "Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott..." now lies on the top of my "to-read" pile. In the meantime, there are other "Harvey and Lee" subjects that I believe might be appropriate for discussion in this "Jim Armstrong" message thread, and which I will thus post as time permits. Thanks, ML
  9. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    Jim, thank you for the above article link. Because of various "place-holder" (non-active) links on John's Web site, I was beginning to wonder whether he is still among the living. I did send a July 16th e-mail message to the "Jim Hargrove" address listed as the contact point for the John Armstrong Web site, but did not receive a reply. Am I correct in assuming that you are one and the same Jim Hargrove? If so, I have some suggestions and dead-link issues that I would like to discuss with you off-line. Meanwhile, Michael Clark wrote: "Start a new thread, IMO." Since by now we are nearly 55 years beyond the subject event, this "John Armstrong" message thread is new enough that I will stick with it for the moment. Regarding your above "opinion versus evidence" statement, I well understand what you are saying, but I am here in this forum to learn your and other members' reasoned *opinions* - as formed on the basis of the available *evidence*. There *are* a few established historical *facts* regarding the JFK assassination, but way too much evidence is still missing - and a considerable amount of it has been deliberately destroyed by various culpable parties. So, please continue to offer you reasoned opinions, based on the available evidence - with the assumption being that if and when the evidence changes, our opinions should be changed along with it. Thanks again, ML
  10. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    Ah yes! Having read read all 19 pages of this thread, I understand precisely. Stay tuned.... ML
  11. I am joining the forum to learn more about the JFK assassination. I had just turned 14 years of age on that fateful day in November of 1963, at which time I was sitting in the junior high school study hall as the successive shooting and death announcements were made. Of course that fateful day has been forever seared into my memory. In the mid-nineties I toured the Sixth-Floor Museum in Dallas, but until I read a 2010 PLAYBOY article by Hillel Levin, followed by the 2007 James Douglass "JFK" tome, a couple of years ago, I had not given the event much thought since that day at the TSBD. Now that I am retired, however, I plan to apply significantly more time and effort to studying the available literature.
  12. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    Yes it did - and I thank you very much. I have read the entire contents of the http://harveyandlee.net/ Web site, but having this same (or more) information searchable within one PDF file will be most useful. In the meantime, since I came to this late-2017 message thread in search of specific John Armstrong-related information, might this be as good a place as any to continue discussion of his (and others') "two Oswalds" theory? I am obviously new to the forum, and will post biographical information soon, but for now would appreciate receiving any pointers that forum members would be willing to offer. Best, ML
  13. Mark Lawson

    New Article by John Armstrong

    Michael, did you ever post the above-referenced file link? If so, would you mind repeating it, please? Thanks! ML
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