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  1. Hello all, I recall seeing some lists of CIA abbreviations from documents on the forum sometime in the past. For example: CIAWH/3 is CIA western hemisphere division 3. Would anybody know of lists similar to this on the forum or on the net? I can't seem to locate them on the forum. You can also email them to me at johnpetergeraghty@gmail.com All the best, John
  2. This party doesn't seem to stop so heres another thread. Who ,live or dead, would you most like to have sat down and had a pint with. And for you non-alcoholics you can have a nice glass of milk. For good company and a bit of an adventure I would say Steve McQueen For a good rewriting of history I would say watergate burglar Howard Hunt (since he is still alive my chances are good) John
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    Dave Powers motorcade film

    I had not come accross the fact that dave powers had taken footage of the motorcade from the following car, had he kept rolling who knows what we would have seen. http://www.cnn.com/US/9611/21/kennedy.lost.film/ John
  4. Randy Benson, a film maker and winner of a student academy award has released the first trailer of his upcoming film 'The Searchers', which tells the story of JFK assassination researchers. The trailer features a clip of John Judge speaking on the Knoll on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of JFK in front of a 5,000 strong crowd. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flg0DE2RrWw John
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    Joseph Alsop

    I was reading 'The Last Patrician, Bobby Kennedy and the end of the American Aristocracy' when I came accross Joseph Alsop who was a rich columnist. Alsop was also good friends with Ed Lansdale and also supported Jack Kennedy for president. Has anybody got any other information on him?
  6. much has been written of guy bannister and LHO sharing a corner space of a building on 544 camp street and 531 lafayette street but what is not known is that this is part of the newman building which was owned by none other than E.Howard Hunt. Kill Zone, Craig Roberts, pg50 john
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    John has brought the topic of Wikepedia.org up before and I think something needs to be done about the pages on the warren commission, garrison investigation, lee harvey oswald and all matters relating to it. Would anyone like to help me to correct all of the severly biased inforamtion that somebody has put up there, im sure there are plenty of articles written online that could be used to give an accurate and truthful account of the assassination. I volunteer to do the page on Lee Harvey Oswald, any takers on other pages? John http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Harvey_Os...#External_links
  8. I thought I would start a thread on lyrics relating to the assassination, I notice in a rolling stones song which I think is jumping jack flash mick jagger says "who killed the kennedys", there is also a song called "the ballad of billy sol estes" , has anybody else got examples. I have heard that elvis was very interested in the assassination and looked into it personaly, can anyone confirm this? john
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    Truman Capote and Sirhan Sirhan

    Hello all. It's been around 2 years since I posted on the forum, but, like Pacino says "Just when you think you're out, they pull you back in." Truman Capote is, supposedly, the only person to have met JFK, RFK, LHO, and Sirhan before the assassinations took place. I say allegedly (only in the case of Sirhan), because I recall hearing several years ago that Capote used to tell people about meeting both Sirhan and Manson at the Tate/Polanski house in California. The only online references I can find for this don't mention what books he may have written this in. In one interview he conducted with Bobby Beausoleil he mentions visiting Sirhan in prison, but nothing about meeting him at the Tate house. http://truthontatelabianca.com/threads/truman-capote-interviews-bobby-beausoleil.3551/ Does anyone have further info on this? Thanks in advance. John
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    Charles Voyd Harrelson

    Charles Voyd Harrelson Charles Voyd Harrelson is known mostly because of the fact that he was convicted in 1982 of murdering Judge John Wood, but, What has sparked a lot of controversy is the fact that Harrelson is suspected of being one of the three tramps that were arrested on the day of the Kennedy Assassination. Harrelson was indeed involved with some very dirty people in his criminal life but was he involved with the assassination? Harrelson was born in Huntsville Texas in 1939 although he did not plan on staying there long and was drawn to the more attractive sights of Houston. In Houston Harrelson made a living selling dental equipment and was also believed to have sold encyclopaedias.(1) Harrelson wished to earn money at a quicker rate and soon became involved in criminal activities. Harrelson was fingered by Chauncey Holt as being one of the three tramps taken from a train hours after the assassination “so I scooted under the train, went under to the other side, encountered Harrelson and Montoya”(2) said Holt in a Newsweek interview with John Craig, Philip Rogers and Gary Shaw. Holt states that he did not know Harrelson that well but said, “I’m confident that’s who it was”. Lois Gibson a forensic artist and facial expert for the Houston Police Department compared the photos of the tramps with those of Holt, Harrelson and Charles Rogers and came up with a match for all three(3). It is said that Harrelson once while high on cocaine exited the Corvette he was driving and shot it full of holes as it made too much noise(4). Harrelson was wanted for the contract murder of Judge John Wood and was stopped by police, a six hour stand off ensued when the police found him, and he allegedly held a .44 magnum to his head and confessed to the murder of both Judge John Woods and President John F. Kennedy(5). A reporter for the Dallas morning news by the name of Chuck Cook interviewed Harrelson on the judge Wood case and subsequently asked him about his claims of murdering the President, Cook said that Harrelson ‘got this sly little grin on his face, Harrelson is very intelligent and has a way of not answering when it suits him’(6). At a later interview Cook brought the subject up again and at that point Harrelson became very serious, Cook quoted Harrelson as saying “Listen, if and when I get out of here (prison) and feel free to talk, I will have something that will be the biggest story you ever had” and added “November 22, 1963. You remember that!”. Cooks claims seem to be sensational as every other time Harrelson has been questioned with regard to the assassination he has emphatically denied it. Cook later showed the photos of the three tramps to Harrison’s wife Jo Ann Harrelson who was “amazed at the similarities”, Cook later revealed that Harrelson's jail conversations were indeed being monitored although this is the norm in some prisons including the maximum penitentiary in Colorado in which he is currently incarcerated(7). When later questioned on the assassination and the murder of Judge Wood by Dallas TV newsman Quin Matthews, Harrelson said “ At the same time I said I killed the Judge, I said I had killed Kennedy, which might give you an idea as to the state of my mind at the time… it was an effort to elongate my life... well, do you believe Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy alone, without any aid from a rogue agency of the U.S. Government or at least a portion of that agency? I believe you are very naïve if you do”(8). Harrelson was also shown the photos with comparisons of himself and the tall tramp on Nigel Turners documentary ‘The Men Who Killed Kennedy- The Cover-up’, Harrelson admitted a striking similarity between himself and the tramp but that it was not him and that he was dining with a friend in Houston at the time. I recently asked retired Texas Ranger Captain Jack Dean what he thought Harrelson might do when questioned about the photos, he stated “my thought's are that if asked he would not say yes or no but make some statement as “it does look like me”” , Capt. Dean has not seen the documentary yet he predicts that this would be Harrelsons likely response. In Harrelsons wallet the day he was arrested was the business card of Russell Douglas Matthews(9), Matthews was believed to be Harrelson's idol although this has not been conclusively proven. Russell Matthews is described by the FBI as a burglar, an armed robber, a narcotics pusher and a murderer(10). Matthews worked for mob controlled casinos in Cuba during the 1950’s and later turned to the Dallas underworld in the 1960’s. He was a known associate of Santos Tafficante the Miami mob boss and Joseph Campisi a leading Mafioso who also testified for Harrelson at one of his trials. Matthews and Campisi were seen together in both Dallas and Las Vegas in 1978(11). Perhaps the most interesting fact is that Matthews was a known associate of Jack Ruby the murderer of Lee Harvey Oswald. This is just one of many ties between Harrelson and Ruby although it may well be that they never met, nevertheless they were both indirectly connected with the same people. Four witnesses say that they knew that Matthews and Ruby knew each other well(12), although the Warren Commission states that Matthews was only a ‘casual acquaintance” of Ruby’s, and this link alone proves that Ruby was involved with organized crime, a fact that the Warren Commission refused to acknowledge. On October third 1963 a call was placed from Jack Ruby’s Carousel club to a number in Shreveport, Louisiana listed to Elizabeth Matthews, Russell Douglas Matthews former wife(13). Matthews was also the best man at the wedding of George McGann and Beverly Oliver. Beverly Oliver was a witness to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and captured the whole event on film only to have her film confiscated by the FBI and was never to be seen again, Beverly also worked in the Colony club as a dancer, this club was right next door to Ruby’s Carousel club, it was frequent for dancers to go from club to club watching their friends dance . Beverly Oliver has also stated that she saw Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald together and remembers seeing David Ferrie in the Carousel(14). Another claim by Beverly Oliver is that she and McGann once had a meeting with Richard Nixon in a hotel in 1968 in Miami. George Mcgann was murdered in the home of one Ronny Weeden, the case was never closed. Harrelson knew Weeden during his stay in prison and claims that Weeden committed the murder and that Weeden disappeared afterwards. Harrelson also stated that Weeden “had a reputation as a hit man”(15); Weeden's name was also in McGann's notebooks. Even if Harrelson was not involved in the assassination he may have learned of it from Matthews who may well have had knowledge of it from his friend Jack Ruby. Another associate of Matthews was Lewis McWillie. McWillie was once employed as the manager of the Tropicana Casino in Havana where Jake Lansky brother of Mayer Lansky held considerable influence. Jack Ruby went on a weeklong trip to Cuba in 1959 where he met with McWillie on several occasions. Ruby once shipped 4 guns to Cuba for McWillie, Ruby also sent a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver from Rays Hardware Store Dallas to McWillie in Las Vegas(16). Over a four-month period Ruby called McWillie 8 times at the Thunderbird in Las Vegas. Another man believed to be involved in the assassination was Frank Fiorini/Sturges who was once in Government with Castro before he defected and worked for the CIA, Sturgis was the government overseer at the Tropicana during the time of Lewis McWillie's employment there(17). Marita Lorenz, Castros former lover once stated that she drove to Dallas with Sturges carrying weapons in their caravan. One man linked McWillie, Matthews and Harrelson altogether, although the link with Harrelson is somewhat tenuous and is mostly speculative. Benny Binion (1904-1989) was at first a bootlegger and involved in illegal gambling in the 40’s and 50’s until he opened his own casino ‘The Horseshoe’. Binion was investigated by the FBI all his life. Benny ran craps games in 1936 from a hotel, he killed a bootlegger and got 2 years in jail, he also killed another rival but was acquitted on the grounds of self defence. He served 3½ years for evading income tax and once proclaimed “I’ve been a hustler all my life, since I was nine”(18). Binion's horseshoe was a place of much controversy and also a lot of money. Binion was once nearly convicted of shooting someone in his own casino but was later acquitted after all 3 witnesses did a 180 and fingered a pit boss at the casino instead(19). Lewis Mcwillie was employed by Binion in 1942/43 involving his underground schemes in Dallas(20). Matthews was once manager at Binion's casino ‘The Horseshoe’(21). Both men have worked with Binion and both men knew Jack Ruby, this implies some sort of connection. The contract for the murder of judge Wood was put out by Jimmy Chagra who was convicted and sentenced by Judge Woods. It was in Binion's Horseshoe Casino where Harrelson first met Chagra although there were no members of the Binion family present at the time(22). Harrelson introduced himself to Chagra and after he had left Chagra asked someone “That guy is passing himself off as a killer, what do you think?” An investigation into Binion by the FBI in 1983 states that there was one member of the Binion drug ring in El Paso Texas which is where Chagra was from and definitely implicates Binion in the murder of Judge Woods and so links Binion with Harrelson, “(censored) was a principal subject in the FBI major case-WOODMUR, dealing with the murder of San Antonio Federal Judge John Wood. Information indicated that it was the Binion family that introduced (censored) to (censored) in the wood shooting. It is believed that their introduction took place at the Horseshoe Casino”(23), we must assume hat the censored names are those of Charles Harreslon and Jimmy Chagra. Sheriff Steve Guthrie of the Dallas police was once recorded as saying “We all know Bill Decker is a payoff man with Benny Binion”(24), Bill Decker was sitting in the lead car of the motorcade when President Kennedy was assassinated and was also involved in the transfer of Lee Harvey Oswald from the Police station to the county jail where he was ambushed by Jack Ruby who mysteriously entered or was let into the building. Decker was also known to be friendly with the aforementioned Russell Douglas Matthews and also with Joseph Campisi who as I have already stated was involved with organized crime and testified at Harrelsons trial. This is quite a strong connection between Ruby, McWillie, Matthews, Binion, Harrelson and Decker although it seems Harrelson was not included on quite the same level as everyone else, nevertheless he was involved with these people, indirectly with some but directly with others. Chauncey Holt, the man who claims that Harrelson was one of the three tramps also claims that Harrelson was connected to John Masen(25), the gunsmith of Dallas, where Holt had to send ammunition previously. There is speculation that Masen was involved in gun running with Jack Ruby. John T. Masen told the FBI that he acquired and sold 10 boxes of mannlicher Carcano ammunition (the type Oswald Supposedly used to assassinate the president) in 1963(26), Masen had previously been investigated for violation of the firearms act. Masen was associated with Manuel Rodriguez of the Alpha 66 group (mercenary group with anti-Castro feelings). A man who has more dealings than most with Charles Harrelson is retired Captain Jack Dean, United States Marshall and Texas Ranger. Charles Harrelson was brought to Edinburg, Texas in September 1970 to stand trial for the hired killing of Sam Degilia Jr. The case had been worked on by two Rangers Tod Dawson and Skippy Rundell until Jack entered the service in 9-1-70 and inherited the case as he put it “I did the leg work on this case”. Harrelson had just been in court in Palcious texas for another hired killing and was found to be innocent, during the next four years he came to know Harrelson very well. The first trial was a hung jury as a nightclub singer came forward and claimed to have been with Harrelson at the time although the second trial resulted in his conviction as the singer feared perjury charges and did not turn up and instead went to Aruba. Harrelson was sentenced to 15 years in prison but was let out in five due to a new state law passed allowing him credit due to jail time served. During Harrelson's time in prison he wedded a nurse who worked in the penitentiary. He also attempted to escape from prison and was sent down on a gun charge in Kansas for a year or two after he had served his time. The next dealing Jack had with Harrelson was when Judge John Wood was murdered outside his San Antonio condo by a shot in the back by a high-powered rifle. A few days after the murder Jack received a phone call from an unknown source, “How are doing, Jack”, “Who is this”, “You know who this is”, “I don’t think so”, “Charles Harrelson was in San Antonio the day Judge Woods was Killed”, Jack asked “Did Charlie kill the judge”, “Charles Harrelson was in San Antonio the day judge Woods was killed”, the caller then hung up and Jack was never sure who the caller was. In an operation of this size one would assume that people would be tight lipped as to who was responsible for such a serious crime, someone would only tip off the authorities if they had themselves something to gain, perhaps a rival to Chagra/Binion. Recently Harrelson has made an appeal on the grounds that he did not receive a fair trial and claims that he was 270 miles away in Dallas when the Judge was murdered, part of his lawyers strategy was to discredit a key witness who testified against him 16 years previous. His son Woody was asked whether he believed if his father was innocent in the Judge Wood case he said “I’m not saying my father is a saint, but I think he’s innocent of that, yeah!”(28). At one point Harrelson apologises to Judge Orlando Garcia for going on at length to which the judge responded “ We’re talking about your freedom, so you need not apologise”. Jack Dean does believe that Harrelson is guilty of the murder of Judge Wood as it was his own information that the FBI used to start their case. He also believes that Harrelson is/was only dangerous to a select few and only when money was involved, “He has a conman's personality, and you would like him if you met him”. Jack Dean also knew Harrelson's father who ironically was a prison guard and his Uncle who was a prison warden. Jack has also said that ‘Charlie’ liked to gamble which ties in with his involvement of things at the Horseshoe casino and with other figures who used to be involved in gambling. Jack stated that to his knowledge Harrleson was not involved with the Mafia but was involved with the ‘Dixie Mafia’ who he described as “a bunch of Texas and L.A. bad guys” he also said that “He did do some collecting for some people related to organized gambling……at one time he supposedly had a cocaine habit”, this could be relating to McWillie and Matthews who were heavily involved in these rackets. Harrelson had a reputation of getting the job done according to Jack but when he got caught he took everyone else with him, which is something that I think any of us would do to save our own hides. Capt. Dean was in charge of security at the court hearings presided over by judges Beiery and Garcia and during this time he let Harrelson see his grandchildren, Jack received a note of appreciation afterwards, he also at another point told Jack that when he got out he would buy him a beer to which Jack responded that HE would buy the Beer IF Harrelson did get out. Another possible tie to the assassination or others like it is the fact that Harrelson was once represented by the Lawyer Percy Foreman. Foreman had an impressive record as a lawyer, by 1958 he had defended 778 accused murderers, of which one was executed, 52 went to prison and the remaining 705 were acquitted of the crime(29). Foreman famously defended James Earl Ray who was accused of assassinating Martin Luther King in Memphis although after Ray's death it was proven that he did not do it and the assassination was funded by wealthy Texans and Businessmen from New Orleans(30). Foreman urged Ray to ditch his attorneys and pick him as otherwise he would face the electric chair, he convinced Ray to plead guilty to the murder as if he did so he would spare his own life(31). Foreman also defended oil tycoon HL Hunt, Hunt was believed to be one of the men that funded the assassination of Martin Luther King, Hunt sponsored a radio show that denounced Martin Luther King, was involved with the FBI’s phone tapping and was also a member of the racist John Birch Society. Foreman was indicted by a federal grand jury for obstruction of justice as the sons of Lamar Hunt, Nelson Hunt and W.Herbert Hunt paid him $100,00 to ensure that two of his clients (Rothermel and Curington) would not testify against the Hunts(32). When the Hunts were brought to trial they had only to pay a fine and it was rumoured that due to political pressure from Washington the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee received $50,000 from the Hunts for lobbying for their case. Perhaps most amazing of all is the fact that Foreman also represented Jack Ruby albeit only for 4 days after he had been convicted of murder and sentenced to death, Ruby’ sentence was later commuted to life in prison. It is worth noting that it was Foreman who called Joseph Campisi as a witness , Campisi was the number two man in Carlos Marcello’ Dallas Organization. Campisi dined with jack Ruby the night before the assassination and was the first to visit him in jail(33). The water surrounding Percy Foreman is somewhat murky, Harrelson aside Foreman representing 2 figures in the assassination of Martin Luther King (Ray and Hunt) and one in the assassination of John F. Kennedy (Ruby). Ruby did not want to be represented by Foreman , Ray was convinced to plead guilty although he was proven innocent later and Harrelson was convicted for the murder of Degelia. At the moment Harrelson is in his jail cell (8x12), which he leaves only for visits of family or his legal team, He has not much chance of getting out of prison unless some new evidence is found. The prison in which he is incarcerated is one of the most secure prisons in the world, some of its former and present inmates include Timothy McVeigh the Oklahoma city bomber, Terry Nichols, McVeighs accomplice, Eyad Ismotil, bomber in the first world trade centre attack, Luis Felipe leader of New York's Latin Kings gang and Rodney Hambrick serving on bomb charges(34). The average sentence in the Colorado penitentiary is 36 years although Harrelson was sentenced to more than that, life. It is unclear if Charles Voyd Harrelson was involved in any way with the assassination of John F. Kennedy but it is clear that he associated with a number of people who had knowledge of the assassination and were involved on some level with organized crime in Dallas and Las Vegas. Perhaps Harrelson was telling the truth while high on cocaine or perhaps he was as he claims not in the right state of mind, however many that knew him saw the photos and believe there to be a resemblance. Information regarding Harrelson during the early 60’s is hard to come by, and nobody can definitely tie him to being in Dealey Plaza on 22 November 1963, all there is, is circumstantial evidence and the confession of one man. Charles Harrelson may have done a lot of bad things in his time but we can not jump to conclusions that may be untrue based upon things which remain unfactual. Even Ross Perot is getting in on the act, he claims that Harrelson was given a contract to assassinate him!(35) There is evidence that Harrelson was identified in 1982 by Florida Law enforcement officials as being a member of a group of hired gunmen known as ‘The Company’(36), which takes its name from the CIA. It is claimed that ‘The Company’ owned $30 million in assets including planes ships and real estate. Florida officials claim that ‘The Company’ imported drugs from South America and also were involved in gunrunning and mercenary operations. This scenario is comparable with the situation in 1963 where there was collaboration between the CIA, Mafia, Cuban exiles and some FBI men in operations against Cuba, most notably in the training camp at lake Ponchartrain Louisiana. It is said that Jimmy Chagra once hired ‘The Company’ as protection . This name ‘The Company’ could just be a composite name used by Florida officials for the well known Cuban exile force that launched the Bay of Pigs invasion and also separate raids on Castro’s Cuba. There is no proof to suggest Harrelson was involved with this group in 1963 although his involvement with Jimmy Chagra in the late seventies does suggest that he knew them at some level. Charles Harrelson was 25 when the assassination happened, what needs to be known is what he was doing at that stage in his life, was he selling dental equipment or was he establishing his reputation as a hit man? Something to ponder, the cost of the trial and investigation into the assassination of judge wood exceded that of the Warren Commission. I would like to thank Captain Jack Dean for his assistance to me in writing this piece and also to Ms. Judy Shoffner the librarian of the Texas Ranger Research center for her advice and help in contacting Capt. Dean. I would also like to thanks Mr. Charles Voyd Harrelson for responding to my letters. Please support the petition http://www.PetitionOnline.com/lepopres/petition.html 1. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKharrelson.htm 2. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKharrelson.htm 3. http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/lois1.htm 4. Mick Farren, CIA Secrets of the Compan, page 190 5. Ibid. 6. Jim Marrs, Crossfire:The Plot that Killed Kennedy 7. Letter from Charles Harrelson 23rd June 2004 8. Jim Marrs, Crossfire:The Plot that Killed Kennedy 9. http://www.jfkresearch.com/ 10. David E. Scheim, The Mafia killed President Kennedy, pg 101 11. Ibid. 12. Ibid. 13. Ibid. 14. Nigel Turner, The Men Who Killed Kennedy Documentary 15. David E. Scheim. The Mafia killed president Kennedy, pg 101 16. Ibid. page 102 17. Anthony Summers, Conspiracy, page 448 18. Eyewitness News Las Vegas: http://www.klas-tv.com/ 19. Peter O’Connell, Las Vegas Review Journal Sunday June 24th 2001 20. David E. Scheim, The Mafia killed president Kennedy, pg 102 21. Ibid. page 101 22. Peter O’Connell, Las Vegas Review Journal Sunday June 24th 2001 23. Ibid. 24. David E. Scheim, The Mafia killed President Kennedy pg 110 25. http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/holt1.htm 26. Anthony Summers, The Kennedy Conspiracy pg 553 27. Texas News Monday 3rd August 1998 28. Ibid. 29. www.fans offieger.com/foreman.htm 30. Act of state 31. Jerry McLeer: http://www.jfkresearch.com/ 32. Ibid. 33. Ibid. 34. www.talk left.com/news-archives/001680.html 35. Gerald Posner, Citizen Perot 36. Jim Marrs, Crossfire:The Plot that Killed Kennedy
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    Armando Cubria Ramos

    Armando Cubria Ramos was a pal of mario Tauler Sagues as far as I can tell, Anybody know anything about him. James Richards, I'm looking in your direction! John Geraghty
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    Eugene Thane Cesar: Did he do it?

    Several witnesses in the kitchen where Robert Kennedy was shot have identified Ace security guard Eugene Thane Cesar of shooting Robert Kennedy while Sirhan caused a distraction. Cesar is still alive and if i am not mistaken Mel Ayton has spoken with him and is sure that he did not shoot Kennedy (I could be wrong on Mel meeting him). Cesar told the LAPD that he had worked for the Ace Security Company for 6 months before the shooting, whereas in reality he had only worked three jobs for them before the ambassador and never before in that particular hotel, as he told the investigation. He was also in possession of a .22 calliber gun at the time of the killing. He has stated that he sold the gun before the assassination but the buyers receipt clearly shows the sale happened some months after the assassination, the gun was later stolen and never seen again. Are we to believe Cesar? Is is possible to build a case against him if he is guilty of the murder? John Geraghty
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    Bay of Pigs timeline

    I found this timeline of the bay of pigs very helpful and detailed, starting with castros overthrow of Batista. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/bayofpigs/chron.html Some interesting snippets LATE MARCH 1960: David Atlee Phillips, a CIA contract employee who until recently had maintained a public-relations company in Havana, is selected by the CIA as chief of propaganda for the Cuba project. At operation headquarters in Washington, Phillips is told that the Cuba project will go by the Guatemala scenario. (Phillips had performed the same function in PBSUCCESS, the 1954 operation against Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz. During the coup by a CIA?directed exile force, Phillips had operated a clandestine station supporting them.) CIA operative E. Howard Hunt, also a veteran of the Guatemala operation, is assigned the position of chief of political action for the project. His primary responsibility is to form a government-in-exile to replace Castro's government following the invasion. (Wyden, pp.20-22; Hunt, p.23) MAY 1960: CIA operative Howard Hunt spends several days in Cuba on an undercover visit, during which he observes Cuban attitudes toward the revolutionary government and visits areas around revolution?controlled radio stations. After returning to Washington, he reports on his findings to his supervisors at the CIA and offers several recommendations, including a suggestion that the Agency destroy the Cuban radio and television transmitters before or coincident with the invasion: Hunt's recommendation is based on his belief that without radio and television to inform the country, Castro's heirs would be unable to rally mass support. . (Hunt, pp.36, 38) I can not overestimate the usefulness of the national security archive website http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/ John
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    COPA conference online

    Apologies for not posting this sooner, but there will be several hours of the COPA conferences broadcast online over the course of this weekend. Last night both Cynthia McKinney and Walt Brown were live online. Cynthia's speech can be found here-http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/10966614 The full online schedule is as follows and can be watched on the COPA website http://politicalassassinations.com/conferences/broadcast/ We hope to broadcast the commemoration live from the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza. Schedule: ALL TIMES CST November 19, Friday 7:00 pm – COPA keynote speakers, Adolphus Hotel, 1332 Commerce Street Sam Houston Room, Mezzanine level 7:00 pm – John Judge, Introductory remarks (this could be livecast or not) 7:15 pm – Walt Brown, Author of People v. Lee Harvey Oswald and Master Chronology of JFK 8:30 pm – Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman who introduced MLK Records Act November 20, Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – George Allen Building, 600 Commerce at Houston, Jury Room 9:30 am – Peter Dale Scott, 11/22, 9/11 and War 10:30 am – William Pepper, Esq., Emerging New Evidence on the Political Assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy 11:00 am – Doug Valentine, The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Assassination of JFK 12:00 pm – Lunch break (near West End restaurants, shuttle available) 2:00 pm – Dr. G. Paul Chambers, PhD., Head Shot: The Science Behind the JFK Assassination 2:30 pm – William Turner, Rear View Mirror – Hoover’s FBI and the Assassinations 3:00 pm –Dr Cyril Wecht, J.D., M.D., Forensic Science and the Assassination of President Kennedy 4:15 pm – Don Adams, Oswald Did Not Shoot the President; The Surfacing of Joseph Adams Milteer and 11 shots fired in Dallas 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Hotel Lawrence, 302 S. Houston, 2nd Floor Rear, Haynes Room 7:30 pm – Bill Simpich, Oswald in Mexico City November 21, Sunday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Hotel Lawrence, 2nd Floor Rear, Haynes Room 11:00 am – Clayborne Carson, Ph.D., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 11:30 am – Mike Golden, Gerald Posner’s Descent (DVD or video play from internet, not live feed) November 22, Monday 12:30 pm – Moment of Silence, Grassy Knoll, Dealey Plaza, 47th anniversary (livecast to website if we can do it)
  15. Since we have previously had a thred about songs that have something to do with the assassination i thought i would start one about movies. The ending for Dr.Strangelove was not the originally proposed ending, it was supposed to end with a huge pie fight and the president being hit in the face with a pie, one of the generals then remarks 'our beloved president has been cut down in his prime' , they had to change it as just weeks before it was due to air kennedy was shot. In 'malcolm x' directed by spike lee we see malcolm x saying that he didnt care that kennedy was shot because he was a white man, malcolm x later retracted this i believe after his trip to mecca. john
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    JFK assassination logic

    Amazon has listed a book available for pre-order and due out in November of this year. It is called 'Assassination logic: How to think about claims of conspiracy' by John McAdams. I'm not sure if this has been posted on the forum before so I'll delete the topic if it has. Description: http://www.amazon.com/JFK-Assassination-Logic-Claims-Conspiracy/dp/1597974897/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280230758&sr=8-1 Publisher: Potomac books inc. Has also published ' Directors of Central Intelligence as Leaders of the U.S. Intelligence Community, 1946–2005', ' Fr. Francis Duffy, Wild Bill Donovan, and the Irish Fighting 69th in World War I', 'A farewell to justice', 'John F Kennedy- world leader' by Stephen G Rabe, 'Operation Overflight' by Gary Powers, 'Secrecy Wars' by Philip Melanson, and 'The forgotten terrorist' by Mel Ayton. Interesting collection.
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    JFK assassination logic

    Pat, Cliff, Can one of you start a new thread on the back wound discussion? I'm just trying to keep the thread on topic. Thanks guys, John
  18. John Geraghty

    Gerarld Posner + Mark Lane = Teammates ?

    John, I don't think it's fair to say Mark had lunch with David Atlee Phillips. It was more of an adversial relationship with them in court during the DAP vs. Spotlight libel trial. Seldom does a libel trial go that far, and I belive, Phillips testified under oath with Mark questioning him. Now maybe if there's a trial for Posner, they can call other witnesses to testify, and we can have a real show and tell, like the Simpson trial. BK Nefarious was a poor choice of words. What kind of witnesses do you mean Bill? Ones that can affirm his professionalism I suppose. I take your logic over Posner's in this case..... or any case for that matter.
  19. John Geraghty

    Gerarld Posner + Mark Lane = Teammates ?

    So Mark has now represented Jim Jones and Gerald Posner and had lunch with David Atlee Phillips. Any other nefarious ties we should be aware of?
  20. With the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination fast approaching I think it's worth taking stock of what exactly we, as a research community, are doing and what we're trying to achieve. We could call ourselves concerned citizens, well wishing skepticists, history enthusiasts, or a host of other titles, but we probably couldn't call ourselves organised. That is not to say that we haven't accomplished a lot since the assassination both in terms of published work and influencing public opinion with research, but lately we haven't had a goal or a plan of action. I feel that we must realise that time is running out for us to get an kind of closure in this case. Easy for me to say, but what exactly is closure in a case like this? To be honest, I don't know. We seem to have a hell of a lot of evidence but we can't ellicit any reaction from the deep political powers of the state. Perhaps we need to set ourselves a target for 2013. As I see it, we have a few options that could, in part, or on their own provide some kind of conclusion but not conviction for this crime and all subsequent actions committed in the name of the 'cover-up'. These options include -Pushing for full implementation of the JFK records act -Pushing, as Bill Kelly has suggested, for a grand jury to be convened -A new 'rosetta stone' book to blow everything out of the air (It could be contended that we've already had one or two of these books) -We've already had a few second hand stories of CIA confessions (Morales, Hunt, Phillips), maybe we're waiting for another one. This isn't really an option as it includes no activity. -Using the 50th anniversary to whip up a public debate on the assassination and to try to convince the majority of people that the evidence of conspiracy is overwhelming, thus winning the battle for minds. This would raise another question, is this closure? These are some of the options that I can see. I'm interested to hear others' opinions on what our course of action should be in the coming years. Are we trying to solve this in a legal sense or prove to average citizens that the official story is definitively debunked? What next?
  21. John Geraghty

    What do we want and when do we want it?

    Some of the suggestions given on the COPA facebook page Perhaps a law suit? I was thinking that a defamation or liable case, in the Tom Hanks situation. Although I'm nit very clear on American Laws. It would be great to see Tom Hanks or HBO to have to prove that there was no conspiracy beyond any reasonable doubt. Following something like that, if we could cause a big fuss, perhaps there would or could be an exhumation. Kicking up a fuss to have the rest of the files released... And a counter doco, just incase HBO can get their series made.... Convene grand juries by citizens petition in the cities with legal standing, Dallas, New Orleans, and Washington DC. Using the existing files and evidence, and any new evidence obtained by deposing witnesses and subpoenaing documents, argue before the grand juries for indictments and other judicial findings and determinations. Submit any resulting charges to the appropriate district attorneys for prosecution. The resolution to work for is a legal verdict of conspiracy submitted by a U.S. court in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Such a verdict will forever trump propaganda to the contrary, and free historians to work without fear of ridicule and worse. Achieve a new trial for Sirhan Sirhan, the wrongly convicted, alleged assassin of Robert F. Kennedy. The Government has shown over and over that it is incompetent in terms of invesigating itself. With another Congressional investigation, I wouldn't expect any better results than all the others before. The goal should be working for the complete and unconditional release of all the existing files on JFK/X/MLK/RFK. After 40-50 years have passed in ... A complete database of all resources collected in one place. A clean, easy to access website and possible books displaying every document scanned. All picture, audio, and video reference in one place. Everything, everything, everything. In a short time would be the only place to go to for the truth. This would be the natural extension after the ... Wow, I cannot believe someone FINALLY put it in CLEAR and EXACT LANGUAGE. Easy to understand and a place to start! Thank you Matt Payne. COPA Data Base...when will you have this up and running Sir? We need it before Cheney has Obama executed by the CIA and his 'Shadow Government' which isn't hiding anymore. They are out in the OPEM saying, F**k you... Anything here we should talk about?
  22. John Geraghty

    William Norman Ewer Spy Ring

    I read in the guardian that the same book has details of MI5 bugging 10 downing street during the Heath government and for a further 15 years after that. Why it would stop, I don't know. It was claimed that the bugs were never listened to or used as a source of information. Not the brightest explanation an 'intelligence' agency.
  23. Can anyone report back on how the conference went? I see Barry Keane is online now, perhaps he would be kind enough to give us the low down.
  24. John Geraghty

    assassination movies

    Parralax View http://veehd.com/video/2383018_THE-PARALLA...rren-Beaty-Baby JFK http://stagevu.com/video/jejvkhwuqfvi 7 days in May (not strictly assassination, but a coup movie) Blow out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVjBiiN8JDU Executive action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VAOVhwLkEU
  25. John Geraghty

    Paxton Directs JFK Assassination Movie

    If the film is ever to be made, 2013 is the best selling point they could hope for. I assume since Paxton is involved in the Hanks production, his seemingly conspiracy oriented project is off the table.