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Barry Keane

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  1. Ronan O’Rahilly, who died in April this year, was one of the founders of pirate radio in Britain, with his station Radio Caroline (named after JFK’s daughter) In February 1964 O'Rahilly obtained the 702-ton former Danish passenger ferry Fredericia, which was converted into a radio ship. The ship was renamed MV Caroline and anchored off Felixstowe, Suffolk, where it began test transmissions on Friday, 27 March 1964. Great days, remember them well. He had been working on a documentary film, called King Kennedy, since renamed, A Brief Moment In Time. The film is about JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King. Using 100% archive material with no narration the film manages to create a complete narrative that engages in an extremely moving and powerful manner. Ian Griggs and I attended a rough-cut screening of the film about 18 years ago in London. The Production Company were seeking to raise funds to be able to complete the project. We had the pleasure of meeting Ronan, who when I asked him how long he had been working on the film, he replied, since 1972! Although I was unable to help him financially (no surprise), I thought the film, even in an unfinished version, was very powerful and evocative.
  2. William Manchester in his book “The Death of a President” writes…. “He (undertaker Vernon Oneal) was concerned about the Britannia’s pale satin upholstery; it was immaculate now, but could easily be stained. Motioning to Orderly David Sanders, Oneal directed him to line the inside of the coffin with a sheet of plastic. Nurse Doris Nelson and Diana Bowron swooped around, wrapping the body in a second plastic sheet. Then the undertaker asked Doris to bring him a huge rubber sheath and a batch of rubber bags. Placing the sheath over Sander’s plastic lining, he carefully cut the bags to size, enveloping the President’s head in them one by one until he had made certain that there would be seven protected layers of rubber and two plastic sheets between the damaged scalp and the green satin.” This differs substantially from the various accounts of the witnesses in the morgue at Bethesda.
  3. The JFK autopsy photos have never been officially released. What we see today are bootlegged photos which first entered the public domain via Mark A. Crouch and James K. Fox. Crude attempts were made by someone to conceal the real nature of the wounds. In 1964 when the Warren Commission had access to them, they may have been un-doctored images depicting the reality of the wounds. I have no way of knowing this to be a fact, but I do know the Rydberg drawings do not depict the truth of the wounds. Specter, Rankin and no doubt all of the Commission members knew it as well. They would have done better not to publish the drawings at all, because as Specter wrote “Someday someone may compare the films with the artist’s drawing, and find a significant error which might substantially effect the essential testimony and the Commissions conclusions “ Significant error? You better believe it Arlen!
  4. All this is fine James, but my point is, although they did have the autopsy photos etc, they were never going to rely on them for an accurate depiction of what happened in Dealey Plaza. Whereas one can understand that for possible reasons of taste they chose to rely on schematic drawings to illustrate JFK’s wounds. As they are misleading, they should never have been published in volume 16 of the 26 Volumes. If in 1964 an interested party were to examine the illustrations as published by the Warren Commission, they would discover that the Rydberg drawings are presented as fact. If schematic drawings had to be used as substitute for the autopsy photos, they would have to be historically accurate, if the Commission wanted the truth to paramount. Clearly this was not the case. Specter knew this, for all his faults, he was no fool. He knew that someday the Commission would be taken to task for their obfuscation. Humes lied about these drawings being an accurate depiction of the wounds. Rydberg may have actually drawn the exhibits, but the authors were Humes and Boswell and the fact that the Commission relied on them, is an indelible stain on their search for truth and justice.
  5. The Warren Commission chose not to study the autopsy photos and x-rays so as not to make them a part of the record. Reasons of taste apparently overrode historical accuracy. When the drawings were finished they were stood against a wall in an office at Bethesda and Humes said "We can fly with these" Specter's memo indicates that he knew the drawings were misleading and at some time in the future they will be compared with the autopsy photos and throw doubt on the Commissions conclusions. Which of course they have. The Commission chose to get by with them, knowing full well they are inaccurate, so they lied.
  6. Specter effectively admits cover-up.
  7. Many thanks to Bart for his hard work helping to set this event up!
  8. Does anyone have a copy of "The Head of the Dog" by Harold Rydberg that they no longer want and are willing to sell it at a reasonable price?
  9. I will be displaying original documents regarding Harold Rydberg's experience,
  10. He was a remarkable man, gracious, witty, a delight to talk to. It was a honour and a privilege to have known him.
  11. It was with a profound sense of loss when I heard of the recent death of my good friend Skip Rydberg. He was the Bethesda Medical Illustrator who produced the Warren Commission drawings, exhibits 385,386 and 388. We were friends for 15 years and I fully supported his attempts to correct an historical inaccuracy regarding his Commission drawings. They gave a misleading impression of what really occurred. He was in no way responsible for this re-shaping of the truth. He was a fine man and a wonderful friend, I will miss him. May he rest in peace.
  12. Tribute to JFK to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. On May 29th this year it was the 100th anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy. During that traumatic century mankind exhibited the best and the worst of its traits. There were many who willingly accepted great sacrifice in the face of overwhelming adversity. Brave men and women laid down their lives so that others could live and be free: but there were Some who possessed an appalling disregard for the sanctity of human life, who committed acts of bestial cruelty on a scale that truly defies belief. Evil men through their hatred and bigotry have brought great suffering to many. Fortunately there have been great and good men who have countered this tragic failing of the human psyche. John Kennedy was a shining example of the latter. He was man born into privilege who never felt the crushing pressure of poverty. But nevertheless he wanted to do something to alleviate it; so he chose public service as a path to pursue, public service in its truest and finest sense. He brought, grace, dignity, wit and eloquence to leadership, which we see precious little of today. It has been said that a great nation is judged not by its military might and its ability to force its will on other nations; But by the manner in which it treats the weakest and the poorest in its society. John Kennedy said in 1961 “…. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” He was a committed advocate of diversity. Throughout his political career he sought justice for all. He stated 1963 “Our problems are man-made. Therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings ……..we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures and we are all mortal…. .” He believed that the problems that we faced could be solved by peaceful co-operation between nations. By us working together, we can defeat the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, and war itself, we can invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors; we can explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease and assure a more fruitful life for all mankind. But there were others who lacked his vision and his humanity; who conspired to end his quest for a just and honourable society of nations. The Book of Genesis Chapter 37- Verse 18 sums it up very aptly. “…… they saw him from a distance. Before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death. And they said to each another, “Here comes this dreamer! “Let’s kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then let’s say, ‘Then we can say that a wild beast has devoured him.’ And then we will see what will become of his dreams.” When Robert Kennedy, was introduced to the delegates at the Democratic Party convention in August 1964, he was prevented from speaking by a standing ovation. It went on for over 22 minutes. It has been said that this outpouring of emotion from the audience was because they saw in RFK the living embodiment of what they had all lost. When he was able to speak he thanked them for what they had done to help his brother. He went on to say that when he thought of President Kennedy, he was reminded of what Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet ”…and when he shall die take him, and cut him in little stars. For he will make the face of heaven so fine, that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” John Kennedy was born during the First World War, he went on to serve in the US Navy in the Second World War, in 1962, a year before he was assassinated he prevented a Third World War; a war which may have led to the end of the World. For this, in my opinion, he has earned our undying gratitude. For the first 13 years of my life John F. Kennedy lived the last 13 of his; when he was President I was too young to fully understand and appreciate his service to mankind. But, in the years that followed his death, I came to realise the full extent of this remarkable man’s achievements. So in closing, I would like to say; that for a brief shining moment, it was indeed an honour and a privilege for me to have breathed the same air.
  13. The Searchers is an excellent documentary focusing on the researchers of JFK's assassination. I am honoured to have played a very small part of this film (blink and you might miss it!) Randolph Benson, the Producer/Director, deserves our support. All JFK Researchers should see this film.
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