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  1. In a new article, the Italian journalist Michele Metta shows CIA documents exist strongly connecting, from day one, Clay Shaw's Centro Mondiale Commerciale, the Italian branch of Permindex, to the Israeli Intelligence http://www.lantidiplomatico.it/dettnews-centro_mondiale_commerciale_nuovi_dirompenti_documenti_cia_confermano_i_legami_tra_cmc_e_israele/82_23303/
  2. https://kennedysandking.com/news-items/michele-metta-interviews-jim-dieugenio-on-jfk-the-cia-shaw-and-italy Michele Metta is an Italian journalist whose recent discovery of documents concerning Centro Mondiale Commerciale-Permindex has resulted in a number of groundbreaking essays on the interconnections between Italian fascists, US and Italian politicians, and the intelligence communities. MM: Hi, Jim. First, let me say I am honored to interview one of the best experts in the world on the plot that killed JFK. Welcome. An introductory question, just to break the ice: your name suggests Italian roots. Is that so? JD: Yes, both my parents were Italian. MM: Where does your passion towards that fundamental watershed of history, John Kennedy’s assassination, come from? JD: One day, many years after it was published, I picked up the Playboy interview with Jim Garrison. I was really puzzled because the guy seemed to make so much sense to me, much more sensible than the Warren Commission. So it seemed to me that he had been unfairly attacked by the media. So that posed the question as to why he had been attacked. Which meant that the mainstream media was not interested in getting to the bottom of the JFK case. And that has been verified by the new document releases that came out this year. Unfortunately we had to wait fifty years for those documents. MM: You are author of several astonishing books that I strongly recommend to everyone. One of them, Destiny Betrayed, highlights the greatness of Jim Garrison. Would you please explain it to our readers? JD: In the second edition of Destiny Betrayed, we see two things at work. First, how a very small bit of information, the address of Guy Banister on a pamphlet Oswald was handing out in New Orleans, mushroomed into the first real investigation into the Kennedy assassination, three years after JFK was murdered. In other words, the peeling back of Oswald’s true role as an undercover intelligence agent began to rearrange the circumstances of the crime. Second, the massive force used by the CIA, the FBI and the mass media to smear and to squelch Garrison’s investigation was unprecedented on a domestic level at that time. It’s usually the kind of campaign the CIA would use abroad to attack a designated political opponent. That is how seriously they took Garrison as a threat. MM: Why did JFK have to die? JD: In my opinion, this is not just a matter of any one policy issue. Some people say it was over Cuba, some over Vietnam. Kennedy was breaking with the status quo over several issues, both domestically and in foreign policy. And he did it pretty quickly. For example, he changed Eisenhower’s Congo policy within a matter of days after being inaugurated. In Indonesia, he decided to back Sukarno, when the CIA had previously tried to overthrow him. Domestically, he wanted to open up more state banks as opposed to Federal Reserve branches to make it easier to borrow money, and, unlike Eisenhower and Nixon, he really was going to move ahead on civil rights, through his brother Bobby Kennedy. In retrospect, it’s really kind of remarkable how much he did in less than three years to further the liberal ideal of progressive change. And by 1963, the Powers That Be said, “Enough is enough.” MM: What are the biggest bombshells you reveal in your excellent books? JD: In the second edition of Destiny Betrayed, I think it’s the fact that Allen Dulles went to see former president Harry Truman in April of 1964, while Dulles was sitting on the Warren Commission. Truman had written an editorial for the Washington Post, which was published about one month after Kennedy’s death. But he started it about 8 days after the assassination. He said the CIA had gotten out of control and he never foresaw such a thing when he signed the National Security Act. Dulles wanted him to retract that editorial. Truman would not. But as Dulles left, he said words to the effect that Kennedy had not really chastised the CIA for usurping his policy in Vietnam. Meaning, Dulles thought that this is why Truman had written the editorial!Which is a remarkable admission, because no one at that time thought the JFK murder was over the Vietnam issue. The other aspect was the number of infiltrators the CIA sent to obstruct Garrison’s investigation, and the lengths they went to in their surveillance and in misleading him. One of them, Gordon Novel, was hired by Allen Dulles himself to bug Garrison’s office. MM: You do more than write books. You are also the soul of other projects. For example: websites. Do you want to talk a bit about this? JD: Me and a friend of mine, Al Rossi, maintain the website kennedysandking. com, and I think it’s a good site with news and stories and visual essays about the assassinations of the Sixties: both Kennedys, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. The Internet is one of the last bastions of freedom of speech in America. And I think it’s important to take advantage of it while it lasts. Because, with very rare exceptions, the mainstream media does not cover these cases to any serious degree. But yet, they are central to history in my view. Things would have been quite different if those four men had lived. MM: Are you satisfied or disappointed with the very recent release of documents about John Kennedy? JD: I am not satisfied with the way it was done. I do not think President Trump should have yielded to pressure brought upon him at the last minute by the CIA and FBI to thwart the actual letter of the law. This has allowed literally thousands of pages of documents to be released in redacted form, or even with whole pages blanked out. This battle will now have to probably be waged in court because Trump gave in. MM: As you know, I uncovered the CMC documents. Centro Mondiale Commerciale was the Italian branch of Permindex. On the CMC Board of Directors there was Clay Shaw. Thanks to those exclusive documents, I demonstrated the importance of so many Italian characters for a real understanding of what’s behind November 22, 1963. However, to my surprise, on this I met with the hostility of some US researchers. Fortunately, there are excellent exceptions: one is Oliver Stone, who has openly praised my findings. Another excellent exception is you. After taking this opportunity to warmly thank you both, I also want to ask you please to explain the risks of an examination of the JFK Assassination too confined to the US side. JD: I think it constricts the picture. Because what Kennedy was doing was not limited to just the USA. Therefore, his murder had an impact that was worldwide. And the people who were opposed to him were very aware of the things he was doing in his foreign policy. In regards to that shadowy entity called the CMC, the revelations about it are still coming out today, through people like you. And as far as Italy goes, in David Talbot’s book, The Devil’s Chessboard, he shows how Kennedy was pushing for a policy to pull the socialists into the mainstream of Italian politics. A policy opposed by William Harvey, a CIA officer stationed in Italy, and also the publishing family the Luces. In my opinion, after Kennedy’s death, that policy was countered by the “strategy of tension” that began to terrorize Italy. See, it always puzzled me that Clay Shaw said he was a Wilson-FDR-JFK liberal. If so, why did he have the name and address of a member of the Borghese family in his address book?And why was he a part of this Permindex association with so many wealthy, and rightwing, worldwide members in it? Because, as the new documents reveal, Clay Shaw lied on the stand when he said he was not associated with the CIA. He was a highly compensated contract agent, and his role with the CMC was a part of that, according to FBI agent Regis Kennedy. But further, the CIA we now know did all they could to cover up this part of his life, including destroying documents about him that would show how useful he was to them. In my opinion, his association with Permindex in Italy was the key to opening the door on Shaw.
  3. Centro Mondiale Commerciale, the Italian branch of Permindex, shows the presence of not only Clay Shaw, but also of people connected to the Italian fascist masonic lodge P2 and the Italian Strategy of Tension, meaning Jim Garrison was right, and besides, that the assassination of JFK needs to be seen in a larger and darker contest than what supposed to be till now
  4. Clay Shaw’s Centro Mondiale Commerciale and its Israeli connections – Article by Michele Metta – Warning: this article of mine will be, for me, the most difficult. It will also be the most important. It is, first of all, my tribute to the birth centenary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and to the anniversary of his assassination. It will sometimes contain personal accents. This in no way means that it will lack of objectivity. Quite the contrary. Please, as never before, read it to the end. Well, let’s go. I never ever doubted that one day I would also narrate what I’m about to say. I was only looking for the right mean, and I think I found it: it’s L’Antidiplomatico and in its director - my director - Alessandro Bianchi, that – you have to know it - never censures a dot or a comma of what I write. Because of the content of the previous chapters of my CMC investigation, I can easily imagine some of my readers becoming surprised, if not even dazed, at reading the title. In all of those previous chapters, in fact, I did each time show the presence, in Centro Mondiale Commerciale, of individuals with a clearest fascist connotation. Talking of Israel all of a sudden, might seem a contradiction. I answer that - and I stress unfortunately - it is not. And, before going to the enormous revelation on CMC I am about to give you, I will explain why it’s not a contradiction thanks to a very concrete example. It is an example taken from another issue that I know very well: the History of Chile, a country that – in this case, it is not a stock phrase - everyone should visit at least once in their life. When Pinochet came to power there through a coup d'état supported by the US, a girl was kidnapped by the DINA, the regime’s torture organization. She was only 23, her name was Diana Frida Arón Svigilsky, and she was born from a Jewish family. She was amazing beautiful. In describing her, the language of poetry rises to your mouth: the face sprinkled by the spring of a conference of freckles; the hair crossed by obsidian; the height soaring like the rush of a hymn; the gait with something of the aerial proceeding of dreams. And just like her father Elias, Diana was a journalist. A journalist on Allende’s side. That means, on the side of the legitimate President of Chile that Pinochet killed. Since Diana, because of her sensitivity so special that, among her friends, had given her the joking definition of Aliviol, the most famous Chilean brand of painkillers, immediately understood what her duty was: despite her profound economic prosperity, she instantly supported that socialist whose government priority was that the poor could stop being poor. This’s why the DINA, on November 18, 1974, set up an ambush in which, in order to capture her, they even shot her. An ambush after which they led her forcibly to Villa Grimaldi, the main dictatorship detention center. A place where Diana, as witnesses later told, suffered the tortures of Miguel Krassnoff Martechenko, notorious tormentor. Tortures imparted regardless of the fact that Diana, just for the wounds received at the time of the seizure, was already copiously bleeding. Tortures imparted – please, pay attention - while mocking the religion of Diana; shouting at her a chilling infamous: “Not only a Jew, son of a bitch! No! You are even a communist!”. Tortures given in spite of Diana’s third month and a half pregnancy. Tortures imparted until her heart ceased to work. And all this, while Diana’s parents, begging for the pity of a release, had sent their own rabbi, with the idea, thus, of being able to indirectly obtain compassion from the Hebrew Kissinger, the US Secretary of State and hidden mind of the coup. But the conversation between the rabbi and Manuel Contreras, the head of the DINA, produced only the extreme insult of the latter, who, despite knowing, of course, the true fate of Diana, denying, lying, had exclaimed: “Oh, please, please, come on! These girls! These girls! They go around, looking for adventures, and we have even to listen to you pointing at us your finger!”. They did not understand, those parents, that those like Kissinger, whose power is out of any democratic definition, got that so incredible power because they simply do not consider their own ethnicity at all. Because if he had considered it, Kissinger would never have been the right-hand man of Nixon, a deeply anti-Semitic. If he had considered it, he would not have been maneuvering conspiracies from the White House. He would, vice versa, have been, for example, member of one of the many Jewish Associations that, in the World, demand justice and equity for the Palestinians. If he had considered it, he would have realized that to support someone like Pinochet, a madman surrounding himself with real Nazis like the Italian Stefano Delle Chiaie, is tantamount to twice killing the millions of Jews who were victims of Hitler’s gas chambers. In other words, Diana’s parents did not understand that someone like Kissinger is incapable to find inside himself and the others that empathic denominator of commonsense so wonderfully synthesized by JFK during his well-known June 1963 speech where the 35th President explained the absolute need to reach peace in the world by saying: “For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.” Clarified, necessarily, the above, here it is the revelation: inside CMC, from 1967 to 1970, sat Gershon Peres. Huge revelation, as I anticipated, because we are talking about the brother of Shimon Peres, the President, from 2007 to 2014, of the State of Israel. During Shimon Peres’ presidency, a white phosphorus attack against the Palestinians was perpetrated, killing hundreds of children. But, on closer inspection, the CMC is actually impregnated everywhere with the presence of Israeli power. For example, its member Roberto Ascarelli was a prominent representative of the Roman Jewish community. Yet, just as seen in Kissinger, this status did not stop him, as he should have instead stopped, from being a fundamental pivot of the rise of Licio Gelli inside P2. To say it with Sergio Flamigni, someone who has dedicated his life to the study of this fascist lodge, it is thanks to Ascarelli that «Gelli’s past as a fascist and a member of the Repubblica Sociale Italiana that have blocked his affiliation until that moment, becomes now rather an element of guarantee for the anticommunist function that he will be called to do». It is thanks to Ascarelli that some CMC Board of Directors meeting will be celebrated at his lawyer’s office in Piazza di Spagna 72/A, a place where, at the same time, P2 runs its first fundamental steps. Piazza di Spagna 72/A besides home of another secret lodge, Hod, and headed by the very same Ascarelli. Hod Lodge described, by witnesses listened by the Italian Parliamentarian Commission on P2, as an antechamber, if not a real twin branch of P2. And in fact, before landing in P2, Gelli had been an Hod member. And again, just like Kissinger, his being Jewish had certainly not inducted Ascarelli to find absurd to add his name to that of Gutierez Spadafora: a fascist whose son was married with a daughter of Hjalmar Schacht, one of Hitler’s strongest collaborators. Or to add his name to that of Giuseppe Pièche, one of Mussolini’s strongest collaborators. Also keep in mind that connected to Israel is the CMC member Dov Biegun, who worked for the British Intelligence during WWII. Biegun is the national secretary of the National Committee for Labor Israel. It’s an institution whose goal is to solder bonds between Israel and the US. It was fundamental in creating and strengthening the State of Israel, through, for example, the purchase of Israeli bonds. A notable role within it, has been taken by conservative Unions radically oriented towards the expansion of the war in Vietnam: that means the opposite of what Kennedy was preparing to do if he had not been killed. JFK, in fact, had already arranged for the withdrawal of US troops from the Asian country. Not to mention the fact that Philip Agee, a former CIA agent, accused the NCLI of connivance with the Central Intelligence Agency. An accusation that fits very well with today’s NCLI relationship with Syndicates referred to as fomenters of the attempted fascist coups d’état in Venezuela. Biegun, moreover, was part of the Jewish National Fund. JNF that, through dirty tricks, subtracts land owned by Palestinian citizens transferring them into Israeli hands. Please, consider that there were two other excellent reasons for which Israeli leaders saw Kennedy as smoke in the eyes. The first was the opposition of this US President to the Israeli nuclear arsenal. The second was that, moreover, JFK was in favor of a fair policy towards the Arabs, as demonstrated by its support towards Mattei’s oil policies and towards the end of colonialism. Something which necessarily leads us to the CMC member Alfredo Crocco. Crocco, in fact, had a brother, Luigi, recruited by William Donovan, the head of the OSS, the CIA’s forerunner. Luigi Crocco was a very long-standing friend and collaborator of the Jewish scientist Theodore von Kármán. The latter was the president of the AGARD, a special NATO structure whose aim was the direct coordination between scientists with the highest contributions to the Western war machine. AGARD Italian representative was Giuseppe Gabrielli, who is none other than the brother-in-law of Alfredo and Luigi Crocco. Theodore von Kármán also among the fathers of RAND Corporation: a fanatically anti-Communist think-tank, in osmosis with the Pentagon, and responsible for the most senseless US escalation during the Cold War. But above all, Theodore von Kármán president of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, which is the root of Israeli nuclear ballistic development. But deeply tied to Israeli power is, nevertheless, Louis Bloomfield, the founder of Permindex, the company from which the Italian CMC was born. Bloomfield decided, shortly before his death, to leave his papers to the Archives of Canada. It was where the researcher Maurice Phillips was able to find a document, dated April 1, 1959. It is a letter from Bloomfield to Abraham Friedman, a member of Israel Continental Oil. Letter in which Bloomfield refers to the desire to meet the famous Jewish banker Edmund Rothschild to discuss details about a CMC operation named Capocotta. An operation that was actually a mask devised by the CMC to buy off the holders of the Italian power. And, in fact, involved in Capocotta we find a right-wing General, Giovanni De Lorenzo, and an admiral, Giuseppe Pighini, who was at the top of the Mussolini’s Navy under fascism, and then at the top of NATO ComNavSouth, the Headquarter of NATO Naval Forces in Southern Europe. Another Italian Commission of Inquiry - that on Michele Sindona, a member of P2 and Mafia – shows us the secret face of Pighini: according to the testimony of Carlo Bordoni, a long and very close friend of Sindona, Pighini, during the Seventies, received millions of dollars from Sindona in order to establish in Italy a far-right military dictatorship. As I demonstrated in the immediately preceding my two articles for this magazine, it is the very same Sindona deeply connected to CMC. Sindona on which writes Peter Tompkins in his Strategy of Tension, a book that is a sort of concentrate of Tompkins’ knowledges about the US abuses of power. Tompkins knows this kind of subject very well, since he had taken part in the activities of the OSS in Italy, so he really deserves a very special attention when he recalls that we can find the origins of Sindona’s fortunes in what happened during the Landing in Sicily, in 1943, of the Allied Forces. Landing behind which there is a shamefull agreement with the Mafia. Pact Sindona was involved in, and in which a strong role had the equally member of the OSS Max Corvo. Circumstances - is always Tompkins to point it out - by Corvo admitted in an interview in the eighties to the Italian magazine Il Mondo. Admission as clear as to induce Il Mondo to comment with this very eloquent phrase: “Thanks to the connection between Sicilian mafia, the Italo-American, and the American secret services that had been created 35 years earlier, at the time of the Allied landing in Sicily, the former financier [Sindona] had made alliances that explained the rise of a young man without a penny, to the top of world finance.” It means that Sindona had become an OSS trustee. And head of the Italian section of the OSS was James Angleton. News to be joined to that kindly given to me, through his assistant Giulia Corradi, by the already mentioned Sergio Flamigni: once again during the Italian Liberation Campaign, Angleton recruited Licio Gelli. News thanks which ceases to appear peregrine what discovered by the Italian historian Giuseppe Casarrubea: commingles, just in the shadow of Angleton, between fascism, mafia, and future citizens of Israel, in creating the Israeli army. And how can we avoid at this point to remember the singular proposals of support Israel made to the Italian terrorist group Brigate Rosse? According to the testimony of Luigi Carli, former magistrate of Genoa, during the session of Italian Inquiry Commission on Moro given on June 19, 2017, those proposal would have resulted in concrete financial aid from the Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence. And for this same reason we cannot avoid to remember the words of Giovanni Galloni, a brave and honest man, former vice-president of the Italian Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura, when, in 2007 – as referred by the journalist Saverio Occhiuto - he said: Then there is my sentence, something that I have always said without ever getting attention, on some confidences that Moro gave me a few months before being captured. He told me that he was worried because he believed that the US and the Israeli espionage had infiltrators in the Br [Brigate Rosse] Or how can we avoid to remember the infiltration into Brigate Rosse certainly made by the P2 member Edgardo Sogno through those who, very subtly, he baptized Committees of Democratic Resistance. Committees the CMC member Corrado Bonfantini was part of. Bonfantini that, what a coincidence, was a very strong trustee of Sindona. A series of facts that must necessarily be extended to the exam of the detention and murder of Aldo Moro. Sure, because Giacomo Lauro, who is one of the most reliable former members of a branch of the Italian mafia named ’ndrangheta, during his dense testimony given on January 22, 2010, during the trial for the fascist massacre, connected to the Strategy of Tension, made in Piazza della Loggia, specified that he had managed to become very close to one of the most powerful members of P2 ever: Francesco Cosentino. That’s how Lauro was able to know that Cosentino was the true occult mind of the deviated P2 management of the seizure, and then execution, of Moro. Lauro added that, just in carrying out this role, Cosentino constantly felt with another Mason, whose name is Roberto Zamboni, a doctor. Roberto Zamboni who, incidentally, is not only the protector of Franco Freda, the executor of the 1969 Piazza Fontana fascist massacre connected to the Italian Strategy of Tension, but also the doctor cited as Scientific Director of a so-called Press Information Agency under whose aegis a very peculiar document is issued: a document by the P2 member Aldo Semerari, and whose goal was to try to kill morally the very well-known Italian artist Pier Paolo Pasolini, as Pasolini himself repeatedly underlined. What does CMC have to do with it? It has to do with it because behind that document there was a lawyer, Giorgio Zeppieri, that was a CMC member. On that Zamboni’s and Semerari’s document there is also a telephone number and an address. When I revised them, I stumbled in a very special publisher: Giovanni Quattrucci, a Mason at the head of a structure with masonic connotations. It’s Great Italy, and Francesco Pazienza had quite a lot to do with it. It’s the same Pazienza then condemned for another episode of the Italian Strategy of Tension: the Bologna massacre. And then perhaps we must also ask ourselves what was the true origin of both this massacre and that, previous, in San Benedetto Val di Sambro. Because about the latter - of which, coincidentally, Pasolini spoke, including in his posthumous Petrolio - it emerges that, on that train that, for a bomb on-board, exploded in 1974, Aldo Moro was about to have a trip, but at the very last moment - it was the very same daughter of Moro to reveal it, in April 2004 - he was asked to get off, because he ought to sign some important papers. About the attack in Bologna, which took place at a short geographical distance from the other, someone said that it would have been necessary because that in San Benedetto had a message, and this message had not been understood; it was therefore necessary to repeat it by a new explosion. From there, it has been speculated, even in the presence of trials to say the least wobbly, that to act at the Bologna station were the Palestinians, furious at the failure of the so-called Lodo Moro: a secret agreement, signed by Moro, and with the main clause to always close an eye towards Palestinian terrorism. In the light of what I have outlined above, I think it is more than reasonable to ask whether the terms of the question have not been reversed and, to say it very clear, if in this frightful affair there is instead an Israeli contribution, firmly stressing that no dubt exists that the executors are Mambro and Fioravanti. I conclude – please, allow me - with a last personal note: anyone who wants to use what I wrote today to launch from their own vocal cords phrases like “Hitler was right”, or “Death to Israelis” and similar, commits a crime, he did not understand what I have here explained, he, more generally, does not understand anything of life, and he is not my friend. On the contrary, I trust very much that this article may serve as a reflection for the many enlightened Jews who - to return to JFK - inhabit our little planet: to meditate, I mean, if they want their fate in the hands of a Kissinger or in those of a Diana Frida Arón Svigilsky. The question, all in all, is this one.
  5. The Italian newspaper L'Antidiplomatico published today a worldwide exclusive, by Michele Metta: inside Centro Mondiale Commerciale-Permindex in Rome, there was not only Clay Shaw but also Gershon Peres, brother of Shimon Peres, President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. http://www.lantidiplomatico.it/dettnews-esclusivo_ad_gershon_peres_fratello_dellex_presidente_israeliano__stato_membro_del_cmc_il_centro_occulto_della_cia_legato_allomicidio_kennedy/6_22228/
  6. The document below is among those released this summer of previously redacted files. It is unclear to me how much of this document was redacted or available before this year, so apologies if this is old news to everyone. Did Garrison knowingly lie about Shaw and did he knowingly present perjured testimony in trial? Jason
  7. https://www.facebook.com/events/1822580231391352/?acontext={"source"%3A4%2C"action_history"%3A"null"}&source=4&action_history=null Dealey Plaza UK meeting at the Flying Horse pub on Saturday August 5th.We have arranged for a showing of the John Barbour documentary: The American Media & The Second Assassination of John F. Kennedy Director John Barbour blends archival footage from his 3-hour interview with Jim Garrison as well as video of the Zapruder tape, interviews with witnesses, and clips which show concrete evidence of how the mainstream media mislead the public with false information. It will be followed by a Q and A with John Barbour via Skype. We intend to video record the Q&A.New members welcome, if you wish to join us then email stuart.galloway@ntlworld.comMeeting Starts at 12 noon. Film starts at 13:30 and ranting hour begins at about 4-ish :-) Venue location The Flying Horse Pub 52 Wilson St. London EC2A 2ER Tel: 020 7247 5338
  8. http://www.jfk-online.com/billings4.htmllass Ninth paragraph down. Note the scar on Morales' left eyebrow. FWIW, He was half Spanish (his mother was from Spain), and half Yaqui Indian. "A certain person who is known to you" (Morales?) https://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk/cia/russholmes/104-10400/104-10400-10302/html/104-10400-10302_0002a.htm Camera-toting (note the thin leather strap around his neck) "Neck Scratcher" enters from the left at 03:55 while scratching his neck. No, this was not filmed at the Maison Blanche Building where Dean Andrews claimed to have seen Oswald passing out flyers on 8/09/63, but a little farther down, in the 700 block of Canal Street, on the same day. This short clip was shot by 16-year old James Doyle from Portland, Oregon. WARNING TO PAUL TREJO: PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO HIJACK THIS THREAD -- Tommy
  9. When I joined the JFK Forum back in 2011, I announced my interest in Ron Lewis and his book, FLASHBACK: The Untold Story of Lee Harvey Oswald (1993). I contacted Ron Lewis back in 2007, and transformed his book into a screenplay. Briefly, Ron tells his true story of his friendly relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans during the summer of 1963. (Academic reviews of our screenplay informed us that there wasn't enough female participation in the story to generate the necessary human interest. Both Ron and I had to agree. Yet the only relevant female character in that story would have been Marina Oswald. To include Marina Oswald into this documentary screenplay would (in common courtesy) require Marina's permission to use her Warren Commission testimony as part of our screenplay. Yes, I know that the Warren Commission is part of the public domain, but I prefer social courtesies to strictly business.) Anyway -- I find FLASHBACK to be basically believable, and evidently so did Oliver Stone, because he briefly engaged Ron Lewis as a consultant for his movie, JFK (1991). For those of you who haven't read Ron's book, yet, here's a brief summary of his claims: 1. Ron was a dishonorably discharged Marine who was also on the lam for passing bad checks in Seattle and Texas, and during the summer of 1963 he was living in New Orleans as a meat packer. (Ron had learned his meat packing skills early in life, and he knew that he could travel anywhere in the USA and be accepted immediately in almost any meat packing plant in America.) 2. Although Ron had a family in the Northwest, he lived alone in a small duplex in New Orleans and he walked to work. 3. On his way to work one day, he met Lee Harvey Oswald handing out FPCC handbills near the Reilly Coffee Company. Ron was interested in Cuba at the time, so he struck up a conversation with Oswald. 4. They had much in common. Lee invited Ron to become further involved in local politics, and Ron thought might be fun, so he agreed. 5. Over the course of that summer in 1963, Ron learned a lot about Lee Harvey Oswald and the life that Lee had been keeping secret from Marina Oswald -- including a young girl on the side (probably Judyth Vary Baker, though Ron never met her personally). Ron never met Marina Oswald, personally at that time. 6. Ron did meet David Ferrie and Guy Banister -- once -- and worked for Guy Banister through Lee Harvey Oswald on a project to keep tabs on the political campaigns of Russell Long and his family. 7. Once, at Guy Banister's offices, Lee showed Ron a cache of illegal arms and explosives that Banister and Ferrie were accumulating on behalf of Cuban Exile revolutionary groups in New Orleans. 8. Ron and Lee remained fairly close during the summer of 1963, meeting each other in the mornings as Ron would walk to work, and sharing stories about the Marines, politics and guns -- Lee's favorite topics. 9. Throughout much of the summer of 1963, Ron Lewis believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was a left-wing activist, however, by the closing weeks of the summer, Oswald appeared to Ron Lewis to have changed into a right-wing activist. This was puzzling to Ron. 10. Ron was especially puzzled in August, 1963, when he saw Lee Oswald carrying his rifle in a bulky bag to a Russell Long speech. He could hardly understand Lee's reasoning during this period. 11. Ron watched as Lee went through many emotional changes, including trying to get Ron to help him hijack a plane to Cuba -- for a very unclear reason. 12. When Ron pressed Lee, he learned that Guy Banister had discovered that Lee was the shooter at resigned General Edwin Walker on 10 April 1963, and Banister was using this information to blackmail Oswald to do anything Banister demanded. 13. Ron claims that after Lee moved to Dallas, he still saw Lee one more time in New Orleans. On that occasion, Lee told Ron some vague details about his trip to Mexico, and about Guy Banister's plans to use Roscoe White to murder JFK in Dallas. 14. Lee also warned Ron, in very callous terms, to keep all this information secret. Lee was so callous about it, that Ron was glad to be rid of Lee at last. 15. Ron says he would have forgotten about Lee Oswald, except that the world went nuts when JFK was murdered later that same year. That's the basic story, in a nutshell. Several writers have found Ron Lewis to be believable. I find him believable in these basics. Ron doesn't go to the lengths of Judyth Vary Baker to make their brief relationship of a few weeks into a life-changing drama -- but sometimes Ron does try to give the impression that his friendship with Lee Harvey Oswald was something special to them both. I'd like to hear from others who have read Ron Lewis' book, FLASHBACK (1993), to discuss its merits and possible points of debate. Best regards, --Paul Trejo
  10. The following audio recording of a telephonic conversation between me and Gerry Patrick Hemming is nearly 25 minutes in length. Gerry and I touch on various topics and characters of interest. Gerry Patrick Hemming: "We’d have been left dead and bleeding on the tarmac right at the foot of the stairs to Air Force One”.
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