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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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?
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. Gerry P. Hemming

    I was clearing out my inbox and came across this reply from Gerry Hemming. I thought I'd share considering has sicne passed away. Good to hear from you John. I have never seen any documentation RE: Raul [originally and erroneously spelled "Raoul" in the French style] as being of "Portugee" ethnicity. I knew Raul under his true name of Robert Emmett Johnson. He was an assassin & facilitator both for the late dictators Somoza (1950s) and after his demise, went to work for "Generalissimo" Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. He was an ex-World War II "China Marine" attached to O.S.S. Detachment 202 aiding Chiang Kai Shek's Nationalists. During early 1980 I met with him and his wealthy Salvadorean clients at the Airport Inn near MIA. They were offering USD $200,000 for the assassination of Salvadorian Arch-Bishop Oscar Romero -- and quickly added a list of 27 other targets which included priests, labor leaders, and government officials. I declined, and explained that all of my operators had just finished up fighting the Farabundo Marti guerrillas after escaping from the war in Nicaragua during July 1979, where they were mecercenary combat team leaders. I further explained that at that time they were deeply involved in the lucrative drug smuggling trade, and a quarter milliom dollar$ was considered by them as "Chump-Change" ["small potatos"]; and moreover, they (as a team) routinely carried more cash than that in their boots while flying or operating the mother ships. Just before Robert died during 1992, he was working with the Croation resistence in the Balkans. [He died of throat cancer]. He did pen a few articles/books under a pen name for Trujillo, and later for Soldier of Fortune Magazine during 1975-'76. Cheerio, and I think it would be easier for you to write directly to me at: GPHemming@aol.com Gerry Patrick Hemming
  18. Kathleen, I was filming that portion and pput it on youtube. I turned off the camera because youtube allows only 10 minutes of film. There were possibly three others filming John Armstrong's talk, Joe Green, Randy Benson and Ralph Cole. Ralph definitely filmed it. The dvd should be available through COPA. If DPUK want to broadcast some of the conference I can send some technical advice. It's not difficult, all that is needed is a laptop, an internet connection and a camera. DPUK could broadcast just a few of the talks and possibly make others available afterwards. Best, John
  19. A Jackie Kennedy movie?

    Surely this movie is coming 3 years too early. There must be a lot of documentation relating to Jackie's thoughts following the assassination yet to be released. This seems a bit premature, surely he should keep this under the carpet until a more developed record is revealed.
  20. Tom Hanks

    Good suggestion. Noel Twyman has one similarly recently. Jack, would you send a suggestion to John about this?
  21. Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell

    I share Pat's opinion on Jesse's tv show. While I find him to be interesting, frank and knowledgeable in interviews, his tv show is somewhat tabloid and lacking in some kind of gravitas. British an Irish viewers may recognise MTV's June Sarpong a one of his 'researchers'. With a good budget and serious production such a series could well be more interesting. Like all tv shows, this programme has a target audience, and it's not us. It's Jesse's way of drawing people in to thinking critically about certain topics. As with most tv shows, the surface can only be scratched. Television is a passive form of media, you generally don't remember anything unless it has a real impact. Having said that, I respect Jesse immensely and I would trust Dick Russell's work over most others.
  22. COPA

    Good stuff Bill. I know you've wanted to do this for a while. I think John Judge said that the relevant committee was having hearings in October at some point too. I'd like to try to make that if my travel schedule suits. What do you think are the chances of full or at least part implementation of the JFK act and what form do you see the process taking? Anything further on the grand jury?
  23. Hello all, Below I have listed the speaker schedule for this weekends COPA conference in Dallas. The speakers to be broadcast live over the internet as they happen are as follows, Jim Douglass, Cyril Wecht, Ronnie Dugger, Doug Valentine and T Carter. Biographies of all speakers are available underneath the schedule. These will be viewable at the times detailed on the schedule at the COPA site, http://www.politicalassassinations.com Each speaker will have time for questions at the end of their talks. There will be a chat window beside the stream for viewers to ask questions. I hope to post updates during the conference on this thread, as well as a few videos and photographs. I will be in Dallas earlier than most of the participants, so I will be wandering around the plaza for a long time. If there are any angles of the plaza that someone would like to see photographed, I would be happy to take them on Wednesday and Thursday and post them on the forum that night. Any suggestions for areas to photograph and video would be interesting. South knoll, triple bypass etc. As I'm arriving early I might see if I can get somewhere on the upper floors of buildings overlooking the plaza. As well as the COPA conference broadcasts, it justed dawned on me that there is a 24 hour a day camera looking out over Dealey Plaza from which you can see the minutes silence, albeit without sound. http://www.earthcam.com/jfk/ All the best, John COPA 2009 Schedule: Friday, November 20 Early Bird Lunch, 12:00 pm Founder’s Grill, off lobby, Hotel Lawrence Dinner, 5:30 pm, Rodeo Bar & Grill, Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce Street COPA keynote speaker, Jim Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable 7:00 pm, Mezzanine level, Adolphus Hotel Movies, 10:00 pm, Second floor Rear, Hotel Lawrence, Houston & Jackson Sts Resource room open on 2nd floor rear Friday to Sunday, books and DVDs, authors Saturday, November 21 Speakers 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Second floor Rear, Hotel Lawrence 9:00 am – Ronnie Dugger, former editor of The Texas Observer (remote) 9:30 am – Lisa Pease, co-author of The Assassinations and editor of Probe 10:00 am – Jim DiEugenio, author of Destiny Betrayed and editor of Probe 10:30 am – Pat Speer, producer of "The Mysterious Death of Number 35" 11:00 am - Dr. Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D., former president American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Author of Grave Secrets. (remote) 12:00 pm – Lunch 2:00 pm – Russ Baker, author of Family of Secrets 2:30 pm – Randy Benson, award-winning filmmaker, showing excerpts from The Searchers 3:00 pm – ?? 3:30 pm – Doug Valentine, author, The Phoenix Program and The Strength of the Pack (remote) 4:00 pm – Ed Haslam, author of Dr. Mary’s Monkey and Mary, Ferrie and the Money Virus 4:30 pm – John Armstrong, author of Harvey & Lee 5:00 pm – Dinner 7:00 pm – COPA Keynote: Walt Brown, author of Master Analytic Chronology: The Death of President Kennedy Movies 10:00 pm, Second floor Rear Hotel Lawrence, Houston & Jackson Sts. Sunday, November 22 46th anniversary Speakers and discussions 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Hotel Lawrence Second floor Rear 9:00 am – T Carter, author an upcoming book Jerry Ray: A Memoir of Injustice (remote) 9:30 am – Robert Groden, author of The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald and Absolute Proof 10:00 am – Ben Rogers, curator of the Penn Jones collection at Baylor University's Poague Library 10:30 am – Chris Pike, researcher into Penn Jones, Jr. and Operation Northwoods 11:00 am – John Judge, COPA plans for the coming year, brainstorming 11:45 am – Conference ends, move to Grassy Knoll 12:30 pm - Moment of Silence Commemorating the Assassination of President Kennedy Grassy Knoll, Dealey Plaza, speakers following 2:00 pm - Carpool to Baylor University Poague Library, Penn Jones, Jr. Collection *NOTE: All times are Central Standard Time COPA Biographies, 2009 John Armstrong is an independent researcher and author of Harvey & Lee and co-author of Dead Witnesses. His main work outlines the evidence that there were two people using the name of Lee Harvey Oswald who are both linked to the Kennedy assassination. See http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200...1068503919.html Russ Baker is an investigative journalist and founder of the nonprofit reporting web site whowhatwhy.com. His heavily sourced and footnoted 2009 book, "Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years," has several chapters with copious new material on the JFK assassination, focusing on the story behind George H.W. Bush's claim not to remember where he was Nov. 22, 1963. Gore Vidal calls it "one of the most important books of the past ten years." The book website is www.familyofsecrets.com Randy Benson is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking, and is an adjunct professor of film and video at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. His films have garnered numerous awards, most notably the Oscar™ for Best Student Documentary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy Awards™. Benson was invited to the Eastman Kodak "Emerging Filmmaker Showcase" at the Cannes International Film Festival where he was awarded an Excellence in Filmmaking Award. He was also selected as one of fifteen directors worldwide to the First Appearance Program for New Directors at the International Documentary Film Festival - Amsterdam. His work has been featured on the Bravo Network, the Independent Film Channel (Split Screen), WTTW-Chicago, UNC-TV (NC Visions), Canal Plus - France, Telewizja Polska S.A.- Poland and MTV-2. Production is wrapping on Benson's most recent documentary, The Searchers, a film profiling the assassination of John F. Kennedy. See http://www.rbensonfilm.com/Welcome.html Walt Brown is the author of Master Analytic Chronology: The Death of President . Kennedy. This Chronology reports data from a handful of historical events prior, even, to the birth of John Kennedy. It was 2½ years in the making -- 5,800 pages -- 50,000 paragraphs -- 2.2 million words. Brown has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame, and teaches history at Ramapo College in New Jersey. Brown, a former special agent of the Justice Department, is a longtime researcher of the Warren Commission and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is also the editor of JFK/Deep Politics and the author of several books on the subject including: The People V. Lee Harvey Oswald (1992), Treachery in Dallas (1995), Referenced Index Guide to the Warren Commission (1995), JFK Assassination Quizbook (1995) and the The Warren Omission (1996). Brown's most ambitious previous project was The Global Index to the JFK Assassination, a CD-ROM of 2400 pages, which indexed not just the WC, but also the HSCA, and 100+ of the best-known JFK books. There are 17,185 names and over 4 million references, and it is cross-referenced by 175 categories. See http://www.manuscriptservice.com/DPQ/ T Carter has played a key role in keeping COPA alive, and is an accomplished historian, researcher and archivist with expertise in the areas of political assassinations, social justice and Native American history. She holds a Master’s Degree in American History from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She assisted John Armstrong in his research on Harvey and Lee and helped Lyndon Barsten research Truth at Last on Dr. King’s murder. She also worked closely with Judge Joe Brown and Dr. William Pepper, the lawyer for James Earl Ray and the King family. She is also the author an upcoming book Jerry Ray: A Memoir of Injustice (TrineDay Books) James DiEugenio is an independent researcher and author of Destiny Betrayed, a defense of Jim Garrison’s investigation into JFK’s murder. He was an editor of the research publication Probe, and co-author of The Assassinations, compiling some of the best of Probe's research, including a section on the Malcolm X assassination. Co-founder and chairman of the Citizens for Truth About the Kennedy Assassination (CTKA) Jim DiEugenio provided additional narrative content for the DVD release of Oliver Stone's film JFK. Recently, he has written a critique of Vincent Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History and worked to oppose the upcoming HBO special with Tom Hanks based on the book. See more at http://www.ctka.net/home.html Jim Douglass is an author, his most recent work, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters, was published in April 2008 by Orbis Books. From 1963 to 1965 Jim Douglass served as a theological adviser, on questions of nuclear war and conscientious objection, to Catholic bishops at the Second Vatican Council in Rome. He then taught theology at Bellarmine College, Louisville, Kentucky (1965), the University of Hawaii (1968-69, 71-72), and in the Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence at the University of Notre Dame (1969-70). In 1977 Jim and Shelley Douglass helped found Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action alongside the Trident submarine base near Seattle, Washington. Jim Douglass served a year and a half in jail for acts of civil disobedience at the Trident base. The Douglasses and Ground Zero developed an extended community in 250 towns and cities vigiling by the railroad tracks of Trident nuclear weapons shipments. In September 1989 the Douglasses moved to Birmingham, Alabama. From Birmingham Jim Douglass has taken part in a series of peacemaking journeys to the Middle East, including peace walks through Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan and five visits to Iraq. In 1993 the Douglasses founded Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham for homeless families. Jim Douglass has also written four books on the theology of nonviolence: The Nonviolent Cross (Macmillan: 1968), Resistance and Contemplation (Doubleday: 1972), Lightning East to West (Crossroads: 1983), and The Nonviolent Coming of God (Orbis: 1991). All four books have been republished by Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. Ronnie Dugger, founding editor of The Texas Observer and co-founder of the Alliance for Democracy, has written biographies of Lyndon Johnson, The Politician and On Ronald Reagan, as well as other books, and hundreds of articles for Harper's Magazine, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Progressive and other periodicals. He is currently working on an article on the JFK assassination. See his work at http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/ Robert Groden is the author of JFK:The Case for Conspiracy, High Treason, The Killing of a President, The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK:Absolute Proof, and parts of Government By Gunplay. He has researched the photographic and medical evidence in the JFK assassination for 46 years. Groden released the Zapruder and many other films and the vast majority of the photographic evidence to the public through the years, including the color autopsy photographs. See http://www.jfkmurder.com/ Ed Haslam last spoke to COPA in 1994 (or was is 1995) shortly before the publication of his first book MARY, FERRIE & THE MONKEY VIRUS. In 2007 he expanded that investigation into a new book entitled DR. MARY'S MONKEY. Ed is from New Orleans and lived there during the JFK assassination and the Garrison Investigation. He is a graduate of Tulane University and later moved to Detroit where he spent most of his professional career managing advertising campaigns for some of the largest corporations in America, such as Chrysler Motors and Rockwell International. Today he lives in Florida. See http://trineday.com/paypal_store/product_pages/Dr_Mary.html John Judge is an independent researcher, lecturer and author of Judge for Yourself. He was the co-founder of both the Committee for an Open Archives and the Coalition on Political Assassinations. He has studied all the major political assassinations of the last century and helped to draft both the JFK Assassination Records Act and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Records Act currently in Congress. Judge also co-founded 9/11 Research Project, the McGehee Intelligence Library, and is working to create a Museum of Hidden History in Washington, DC. See www.politicalassassinations.com and www.judgeforyourself.us Lisa Pease is a writer who has been researching the assassinations of the 1960s and Cold War history for over 17 years. She was the co-editor of Probe magazine for several years, and her articles appear in the book, The Assassinations: JFK, MLK, RFK, and Malcolm X (2003: Feral House), which she also co-edited with Jim DiEugenio. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel and has been seen or heard in a number of documentaries and radio shows. She is a regular contributor to the Consortium News site run by former AP/Newsweek/Bloomberg journalist Robert Parry, the journalist who broke the original Iran-Contra stories. She maintains the Real History Archives site at www.realhistoryarchives.com. Also see Probe articles at www.webcom.com/ctka and her Real History blog at http://realhistoryarchives.blogspot.com/ Chris Pike has contributed materials to the JFK Materials Collection at Baylor University’s Poague Library. He is an independent researcher into early critic Penn Jones, Jr. and Operation Northwoods. Ben Rogers, curator of the Penn Jones collection, is Director of the W. R. Poage Legislative Library. He has been archivist at Baylor University for twenty years. The papers of Penn Jones, Jr. form the foundation for a growing collection of JFK materials including papers from Jack White, Gary Shaw and others. The archive provides a depository for personal JFK papers in a private institution. The collection contains over 800 newsletters and hundreds of magazines and newspapers. In addition to the Jones papers, all of the JFK correspondence of Jack White has been added in the last two years. Visit the web site for the collection: www.baylor.edu/lib/poage/jfk/ Pat Speer, whose background had been in the record industry, had the unusual distinction of being one of the few people ever to research the Kennedy assassination medical evidence full-time, from 2003 to 2006. This devotion, which entailed studying every bit of testimony regarding the evidence, and hundreds of articles on gunshot wounds and X-rays, led to a unique perspective on the medical aspects of the assassination. Mr. Speer continues to investigate the case, and make new discoveries, some of which will be revealed for the first time in his presentation at COPA. His perspective is explained in part in his online video series and DVD, The Mysterious Death of Number 35, as well as his ever-expanding online book at www.patspeer.com Doug Valentine is the author of five books. His new book, The Strength of the Pack, is an expose of the DEA. His previous book, The Strength of the Wolf (about the Federal Bureau of Narcotics), devotes a chapter to the possible drug trafficking aspects of the JFK assassination. In his second book, The Phoenix Program, Valentine revealed that members of a US Army military intelligence group may have taken photographs of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Valentine worked as an investigator for Dr William Pepper and testified in Memphis in 1999 at the King v Jowers trial. See http://www.douglasvalentine.com/ Dr. Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D. is a nationally renowned forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant. Dr. Wecht received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from the University of Maryland, and is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He has served as President of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.The author of more than 500 professional publications, Dr. Wecht is also an editorial board member of more than 20 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications. He has performed approximately 14,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 30,000 additional postmortem examinations. Dr. Wecht has frequently appeared on several nationally syndicated programs discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, the O.J. Simpson case, and the JonBenet Ramsey cases. His expertise has also been utilized in high profile cases involving Mary Jo Kopechne, Sunny von Bulow, Jean Harris, Dr. Jeffrey McDonald, the Waco Branch Davidian fire, and Vincent Foster. A comprehensive study of these cases are discussed from the perspective of Dr. Wecht's own professional involvement in his books, Cause of Death, Grave Secrets, and Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey? He also directs the The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. See http://www.cyrilwecht.com/institute.php
  24. Ex-KKK man freed over 1964 deaths James Ford Seale was first arrested in 1964 but charges were dropped A US appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former Ku Klux Klansman jailed last year over the deaths of two black teenagers in Mississippi in 1964. James Ford Seale, 72, was serving three life terms on charges of kidnapping and conspiracy over the deaths. The court agreed with arguments by Mr Seale's lawyer that a legal time limit for prosecuting the case had lapsed. Dozens of black people were killed in the 1950s and 1960s by white people wanting to preserve racial segregation. Former policeman Mr Seale's case is one of many recently revived by US prosecutors hoping to punish unsolved crimes from the era of the civil rights movement. Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee were both aged 19 when they were killed. They were said to have been kidnapped and forced into a vehicle owned by Mr Seale before being tied up and drowned in the Mississippi river. Their bodies were found months later during a search for three well-known civil rights activists - Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney - who had disappeared in the area. The investigation into the campaigners' disappearance was dramatised in the 1988 Hollywood film, Mississippi Burning. 'Life disrupted' The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lower court had failed to recognise a statute of limitations applied to the case. Mr Seale's lawyer, Kathy Nester, had argued that a 1972 law abolishing the death penalty for kidnapping also imposed a five-year limit in such cases. The appeals court ruling noted that the alleged crimes took place in 1964, while the indictment against Mr Seale was issued in 2007. Ms Nester told the Associated Press news agency the ruling effectively dismissed the case against her client but said prosecutors may take the case to another appeals court. Thomas Moore, the brother of one of the dead teenagers, told AP he felt the truth about the murder had been revealed. "This [ruling] doesn't take one ounce away from me," Mr Moore said. "James Ford Seale has spent more than a year in jail. I know I have disrupted his life." 'Dumped alive' Mr Seale was first arrested in 1964 but authorities freed him, citing lack of evidence. The charges were dropped at the time because local police were colluding with the Ku Klux Klan, federal prosecutors have said. He was rearrested in January 2007 after he was found to be very much alive - despite his relatives' claims that he had died. Mr Seale, who has cancer and growths on his bones, was sentenced last year to serve time in a prison that could provide the medical care he needed. The key witness in his trial, confessed Klansman Charles Marcus Edwards, said during the trial that Mr Seale attached heavy weights to the boys and dumped them alive into the river. But the defence had argued that Mr Edwards, who was granted immunity for his testimony, was an "admitted xxxx". http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7607883.stm
  25. In appreciation of John Geraghty’s efforts

    I should add that it was a great pleasure to meet so many members of the forum. Members and past members present included, Kathy Beckett, Dawn Meredith, Pat Speer, Doug Caddy, Alan (from Australia. Sorry Alan, your surname escapes me at the moment!). There were a few others, but my mind isn't functioning properly at the moment due to all the travelling.