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  1. From Joan Mellen’s book, page 14:

    ‘Mac Wallace is a case in point, his history with Lyndon Johnson a window into Johnson’s methods. Wallace’s story is so intriguing because, unlike other Johnson acolytes, it is difficult to prove what he did for Lyndon Johnson, and what Lyndon Johnson, in turn, did for him. More than any other of Johnson’s protégés and acolytes, Wallace’s connection to him remains cloaked in secrecy,

    “In the major events in Mac Wallace’s life, Lyndon Johnson remains invisible. Yet one truth is irrefutable. Everything that was positive and promising in Wallace’s life came to him before he made the acquaintance of Lyndon Baines Johnson and joined Johnson’s circle.”


  2. 2 hours ago, Benjamin Cole said:

    What an entirely depressing article. 

    I agree. I only posted it here because of the reference to Oswald.

    I remember reading at the time one of these guys boasted about blowing off the head of a woman in Iraq who was holding a baby at the time because she was between him and his target. A movie was made about this guy but this scene was not in it.



    “One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place.” — Malcolm McDowell
    During the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese had a $30,000 bounty on the head of U.S. Marine Corps sniper Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock. Usually, they only offered from $8 to $2,000 for killing an American sniper.
    Hathcock was special. He was a legend in the jungle — for both sides, and the communists had to take him out. They couldn’t.
    Here’s how he worked:
    Hathcock volunteered for a dangerous mission before he even knew what it was.Camouflaged with local vegetation, he crawled inch-by-inch across a grass-covered meadow into the enemy camp to kill a North Vietnamese Army general.
    It took him four days and three nights to get there. The days were tropical hot and humid. There were always insects. And there was no time to sleep.
    While creeping through the tall grass, he was almost bitten by a bamboo viper — a nasty little green snake with an extremely painful bite. A wound would feel “as if it had been branded with a hot iron, and the pain does not subside until about 24 hours after being bitten (and) within minutes…the surrounding flesh dies and turns black.”
    While watching the serpent, Hathcock didn’t move a muscle — not wishing to give away his position. The snake slithered away and the Marine kept crawling.
    Just after sunset, as he lay motionless and camouflaged in the foliage, an enemy soldier almost stepped on him. He was about 700 yards away when the general emerged from his quarters onto the porch and took a stretch.
    “I thought to myself, ‘This'll be good…really good,’” he said.
    Carefully lining up his target in the crosshairs of his scope, Hathcock slowly squeezed the trigger. The shot hit the general square in the chest.
    Mission accomplished!
    Hathcock would boldly challenge the enemy snipers looking for him by wearing a white feather in his hat band. They called him “Trắng Lông,” meaning “White Feather Sniper.”
    Hathcock’s fellow Marines protected him by also wearing a white feather — and risking their own lives, while confusing the enemy counter-snipers searching for him.
    One report said that he killed every known Vietnamese marksman who tried to collect the bounty.
    On another mission, Hathcock and his spotter, John Roland Burke, were stalking an enemy sniper in the jungle southwest of Da Nang. A commie sniper they called “The Cobra," had already killed several Marines and was believed to be looking for Hathcock. Hathcock saw him first. Seeing a glint in the sunlight of the enemy’s scope, Hathcock took aim and fired. The bullet went right through the scope and hit him in the eye — killing him instantly.
    Hathcock brought the dead sniper’s gun back to camp as a trophy — but somebody stole it.
    By the time he was sent back to the U.S. in 1969 having suffered severe burns while rescuing seven Marines from a burning vehicle, he’d killed 93 enemy combatants — maybe hundreds more that couldn’t be confirmed under military protocols.
    While serving as a combat commander in Vietnam, retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and Annapolis graduate Kenny Moore of Hayden was part of a staff conference that included talking about the best firing techniques.
    Hathcock said, “Breathe in…breath out…relax… then squeeze.”
    “That’d be easy for him,” Moore said. “He had a heartbeat of only 41.”
    It takes incredible training and mental toughness to become a military sniper.
    Shooters and spotters are trained to work as a team, with the objective of hitting the enemy target with one shot. Before they take that shot however, there are a lot of variables that must be factored in — such as type of gun and ammunition used, distance to target, point of impact, bullet trajectory, wind conditions, humidity, elevation and even the Coriolis Force caused by the Earth’s rotation, and other factors.
    Some of this is calculated by electronic and optical equipment — the rest by the sniper and spotter. Handheld computers with ballistic-prediction software help contribute to the accuracy. All of this has to be calculated quickly: adjusting the rifle for the conditions and shooting before anything changes, or the target moves.
    Snipers and spotters go through rigorous physical and academic training to do all this.
    They are elite warriors of the Modern Age.
    U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Adelbert “Bert” Waldron of Virginia was another one of them.
    He served in Vietnam as a sniper with the 9th Infantry Division, and during his eight-month tour of duty had 109 confirmed kills — the most by any American sniper during the Vietnam War.
    His job in Nam was to ride shotgun on a U.S. Navy Tango “brown-water” boat in the highly dangerous Mekong Delta, infested with communist Viet Cong guerillas.
    “Allied troops would launch countless search and destroy operations throughout South Vietnam in an effort to break the insurgency,” said a report in Military History Bunker, “but the VC would simply melt away into the jungles and villages…
    “The VC utilized classic guerrilla tactics of ambushes, hit-and-run attacks, booby traps, bombings, and snipers to gradually inflict losses on Allied troops.
    “While the Americans and their allies roamed openly in the daylight, the VC and North Vietnamese Army owned the night.”
    But one night as his boat was moving along the river, Waldron shot and killed an enemy sniper in a tree 900 yards away. He was good at shooting at night. On another night, his recon patrol ran into about 40 armed Viet Cong, and a battle broke out.
    Ignoring the danger, he left the patrol to take a sniper position. With his night vision scope, he could see the VC moving in the dark. He killed and wounded so many of them that they disappeared into the jungle. That earned him a Bronze Star with a “V” for Valor.
    Three nights later, he was camouflaged in a sniper location when he spotted a large group of Viet Cong. Stealthily moving from one position to the next through the rice paddies, he killed 11 of them — making them think they were being attacked by multiple shooters.
    He held them off for three hours before he pulled out. His actions won him the Silver Star — the military’s third highest decoration.
    Bert Waldron died in obscurity in California in 1995 at age 62.
    The most amazing long-range sniper shot in history took place from a tower in Baghdad in 2017.
    Using a McMillan TAC-50 rifle, a Canadian sniper (unnamed for security reasons) from Joint Task Force 2 fired a shot that killed an Islamic State (IS) insurgent attacking Iraqi forces 3,871 yards away — almost 39 football fields. Video cameras and other information verified the kill.
    During the Civil War, an unidentified Confederate soldier in Fort Sumter saw a Union soldier moving around 1,390 yards away at Battery Greg and took a shot at him. Probably using a Whitworth rifle, he hit the target — killing him.
    Whether the shooter was a trained sniper, a good marksman, or just plain lucky is not recorded. But the deadliest American sniper in history was U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle from Odessa, Texas, with 160 confirmed kills in the Iraqi War. “I don’t have to psyche myself up, or do something special mentally,” he wrote in his autobiography.
    “I look through the scope, get my target in the cross hairs, and kill my enemy before he kills one of my people.”
    His autobiography “American Sniper” was a bestselling book, that became a hit movie starring Bradly Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, that received six Oscar nominations — including Best Picture.
    Sadly, Kyle’s life ended tragically in 2013 at age 38 at a firing range outside Fort Worth when he and his buddy Chad Littlefield were shot and killed by a deranged ex-Marine named Eddie Ray Routh.
    They’d taken Routh with them to the range to try and help him overcome personal issues and deal with his PTSD — at his mother’s request. He’d been drinking and smoking pot the previous night.
    Routh, was found guilty of murder and is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison, without possibility of parole.
    The nation owes a lot to our Special Forces snipers who are among the military’s most elite warriors — selflessly helping to keep America great.
    Bless them all. Why a sniper has a tough job…
    “Sniping is weaponized math. Although a .50 caliber sniper rifle bullet can fly as far as five miles, a host of factors…act upon the bullet as it travels. Even worse, these effects increase the farther the bullet travels. A successful sniper team operating at extreme distances must do its best to predict exactly how these factors will affect the bullet and calculate how to get the bullet back onto target.”
    Where the name 'Sniper' came from…
    The word appears to have originated in India in the mid-1700s, coined by the British Military when the troops were hunting the Snipe bird, which was fast and hard to shoot. Marksmen who were able to shoot the bird in flight were called “Snipers.”
    U.S. Marine Corps…
    "The Marine Corps has the best sniper program in the world," according to Gunnery Sergeant Richard Tisdale, staff noncommissioned officer in charge of the Scout Sniper School, with camps in California, North Carolina and Virginia. But the Army, Navy and Air Force also have snipers and might make the same claim.
    What gun did Bert Waldron use in Nam?
    For the gun techies: Waldron used the National Match quality M-21 with a Leatherwood 3-9X Adjustable Range Telescope (ART) graduated to 600 yards, with standard leather M1907 sling. Rock Island Arsenal converted some 1,435 of them for Vietnam in 1969, becoming the primary Army sniper rifle until 1988. The M21 was accurate to about 900 yards, firing M118 standard NATO 7.62mm rounds, using an early AN/PVS-2 Starlight night vision scope and suppressor.
    Hathcock and the JFK assassination…
    During the Warren Commission investigation following the assassination of President Kennedy, a mockup of the site was built at the Marine Corps sniper school at Quantico, Va., to recreate what happened. Even with the best sniper rifle, ace Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock could not duplicate assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s fatal shot — made with a defective rifle. That finding was not included in the final Warren Report.
    The book, The Giant Killer honors and highlights unique war heroes and is available on Amazon as a Paperback, Audiobook, and eBook.


  4. U.S. Marshall Clint Peoples who was a former Texas Ranger who tracked Billie Sol Estes and Mac Wallace for decades told me that Mac Wallace was a stone cold killer. Those of us who live in Texas and know about what went down when LBJ ruled the Lone Star State with a iron fist are not surprised that others who were not or are not on the scene here would have a different view. 

  5. Experts have found the following analysis to be nearly 100% accurate.

    1.The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

    2.The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

    3.The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country, and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

    4.USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The New York Times.

    5.The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could find the time and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.

    6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.

    7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

    8.The New York Post is read by people who don't care who is running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

    9.The Chicago Tribune is read by people that are in prison that used to run the state, & would like to do so again, as would their constituents that are currently free on bail.

    10.The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.

    11.The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure if there is a country or that anyone is running it; but if so, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are gay, handicapped, minority, feminist, atheists, and those who also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy, provided of course, that they are not Republicans.

    12.The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store.

    13.The Seattle Times is read by people who have recently caught a fish and need something to wrap it in.


  6. CAPA Conference Update






    As everyone knows who has been studying political assassinations for any length of time, things happen very slowly, then a lot happens at once. Sometimes we can predict the events, sometimes not.

    Now we know every November 22 anniversary there will be news and special media reports, but this year, we also know that something big will occur on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, as that is the deadline for the president to decide whether to continue with holding JFK assassination records or release them in full as required by the JFK Act of 1992.

    Either way it will be a big news day and covered by all the major media networks and there will be commentary in the Washington Post and New York Times as well as by anyone interested in this case. I will be writing a preview and a review after the fact.

    Therefore something will happen, and we can at least prepare for it. Towards that end I am working with CAPA, David Talbot’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, the Assassination Archives and research Center, Mary Ferrell, JFK Facts and others interested in this subject. At first we sent letters to the Chairwomen of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Carolyn Maloney, and President Biden, requesting they hold oversight hearings and release the records in full. But at this point in time I don’t think either will happen, unless the public can be generated to contact their representatives in Congress and demand it, as they did after the release of Oliver Stone’s movie JFK.

    [ https://jfkcountercoup.blogspot.com/2021/03/free-thejfk-files-during-sunshine-week.html ]

    Attorney Mark Zaid put together a letter that received a positive response from the Public Interest Declassification Board, a branch of the National Archives. He got a number of others with a variety of viewpoints to co-sign on, emphasizing the fact that this is not about conspiracy but about releasing all of the records as the law requires.

    [ https://jfkcountercoup.blogspot.com/2021/06/letter-to-public-interest.html ]

    I tried to lease a room at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC in order to hold a press conference on October 26, but it now appears that if we do hold such a press conference it will be done virtually.

    November 22, 2021 is a Monday, and as far as I can tell there will be three conferences, one in person conference sponsored by Judith Vary Baker at the Magnolia Hotel in Dallas. Randy Benson, the college film professor and director of the award winning documentary The Searchers, about independent researchers focusing on John Judge, will be the keynote speaker. JVB has also announced that this will be her last in person conference in Dallas, and I assume she will also conduct the memorial service at 12:30 pm at Dealey Plaza that Monday.

    Debra Conway and Larry Hancock will be hosting a virtual on line conference though the dates have yet to be announced. I have been asked to make a presentation for them, and will probably do so, the topic of which has yet to be determined. I will report on this as the information becomes available.

    Last March, as things seemed to be getting better, and looked like they would continue in that direction, the CAPA board decided to hold an in person conference in Dallas in November, but the Marriot Courtyard, where we held a successful conference two years ago, was already booked. We then reserved the Sheraton, where a lot of JFK Assassination activities occurred.  But that didn’t work out and the third hotel we reserved had a pipe leak and will not be ready in time.

    So with all that in addition to the rise in COVID cases, and the fact that Texas is one of the nation’s hot-spots, the CAPA board decided to not have an in person conference in Dallas this year because of the problems with the hotels and COVID, so we will be having another virtual conference that is shaping up nicely, as CAPA secretary Glenda Devaney explains here:


    We hope all of you are in good health and doing well.

    We regret to announce that CAPA will be having a virtual conference instead of an in-person one this year. So far only a handful of people have registered for the conference. We suspect that most people wanted to wait until closer to the time of the conference because of all the confusion and unpredictability. But we fear that things will probably get worse, not better -  too much uncertainty and too many obstacles in our way.

    We are extremely disappointed about this as we were looking forward to seeing all of you. Our online schedule and registration will be available soon. We believe we have an excellent program lined up and hope you all can access it. If, for some reason, you are not able to access the program on the days it will be streamed, we will have a package of the presentations available after the conference.

    We will provide information on how to register for the conference soon.

    Here is the program for the virtual conference:
    Since the JFK/Media Panel was so successful last year, we are planning on having it again with some new participants. We are planning to have a half-day on the subject of “The JFK Assassination and the Media,” a topic that has not been discussed and investigated by the mainstream media. Andrew Kreig will chair the panel. Participants in the panel will be Dr. Cyril Wecht, Russ Baker, James Wagenvoord, and Jacob Hornberger.
    Tink Thompson and Gary Aguilar will speak about Tink’s new book, “Last Second in Dallas.”
    Dr. Cyril Wecht will be our keynote speaker – topic to be announced closer to the conference.
    James Wagenvoord will speak about his experiences working at Life magazine in 1963. He has much to share since he was at the epicenter of the magazine responsible for much of the news about the assassination. Title of the talk is “My LIFE Story and LIFE’s Life Story.”
    Russell Kent, who spoke last year about the House Select Committee on Assassinations Forensic Pathology Panel, will speak about his new book, “JFK: Medical Betrayal.”
    Stephen Jaffe is the last living investigator on the staff of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in the 60's. Jaffe was also one of the producers of the feature film “Executive Action” in 1973. And, for the first time, for the CAPA audience, Jaffe will show a new documentary that he produced with his late partner, author and attorney Mark Lane. It’s entitled, “A Rush to Judgment,” after Lane’s best-selling book and includes some rare interviews with witnesses Lane interviewed in 1966. It also includes historic new interviews. Jaffe will also show a brief, almost never seen documentary film about the making of “Executive Action” with interviews of the stars (Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan and Will Geer, as well as the executive producer Edward Lewis). Jaffe will take questions about his time with Garrison.
    David Montague was head of investigations for the United States JFK Assassination Records Review Board and will speak about his time in that position.
    Andrew Kiel will speak on J. Edgar Hoover, LBJ, and the Secret Service presenting additional information not included in his previous talk.
    We will also have a panel on the history and status of withholding of the JFK assassination records. David Montague will chair the panel; participants so far are Michael Nurko, Bill Kelly and Jacob Hornberger.
    We are again planning a special day for high school, college, and law school students. This will be held online, as it was last year, on Friday, November 19.  We want to get more young people interested in this tragic event that changed the course of our country and hopefully enlist them in our cause. We are planning a program that will give them the opportunity to see what President Kennedy was like as a person and a president and educate them about the truth of the assassination. The event will be free to students attending high schools, universities and law schools. If anyone has suggestions for schools or national organizations you think might be interested, please let me know and I will send out invitations.
    Thank you all for your support of CAPA and its  worthy cause -
    Pursue the release of withheld records -  Find the Truth -  Seek Justice.
    Best regards
    Glenda de Vaney
    CAPA Program Chair

    In addition the CAPA Research Committee, that I head, will be presenting some of the most advanced research on a number of topics, including General LeMay on 11/22/63, Valkyrie and Pathfinder at Dealey Plaza, and synopsis of the inter-related stories of Gene Wheaton and Carl Jenkins, including reports on recent interviews with Jenkins.

    In addition, CAPA is already preparing for an in person conference in Dallas next November, and has reserved the Marriott Courtyard, where we held the successful 2019 conference, and if JVB lives up to her word and will not be in Dallas next year, CAPA will try to obtain the permit for Dealey Plaza for 11/22/22 and hold a traditional 12:30 memorial service in the Penn Jones-John Judge style.

    In the meantime there’s a lot to be done before this year is out, especially in regards to October 26 and November 22, and I will be in the thick of it.

  7. Kirk and N.W:

    U.S. Senator Biden voted for the U.S. to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. He was present at the creation of the geopolitical disaster that we now face.

    As I wrote in this topic earlier, the Trump Surrender Treaty plan was devised some time ago by Putin and his think tank in Moscow. It was presented to President Trump for implementation with the Taliban, which he as their faithful agent successfully undertook to accomplish.

    However, no one, not even Putin, foresaw that Biden would ratify the Trump Surrender Treaty or that his plan for Americans to evacuate Afghanistan would be so ineptly devised and carried out in such a disastrous way. He and his incompetent Secretary of State Blinken bear the responsibility for this. The latter should be forced to resign immediately.

    Elon Musk twitted when Biden’s fiasco first emerged that world war is now likely, maybe even inevitable.

    The commentator in the Sky News video also implied that this could occur and that the U.S. might initiate a nuclear was when we realized all was lost and that we had been cornered.

    The assassination of President Kennedy was a seminal event that had the effect of America slowly sliding to self destruction. JFK, although burdened with personal flaws, understood what was at stake and unilaterally tried to enlist the Soviet Union in a common cause that was supremely important to the whole world and for that reason was murdered by elements in the U.S. government who jealously resented that JFK had acted without their authorization.

    JFK allegedly said to Jackie in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis that “better Red than dead.” Today I think many American would say “better dead than Red” although there are also many who think highly of Putin and of authoritarian government.

    America appears to be in a slow motion slide into oblivion. Such a slide could quickly accelerate if Biden makes another disastrous judgment.


  8. Overnight report from The Hill:

    The days-long war of words over charter flights stuck in Mazar-i-Sharif continued Wednesday as Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the Taliban to allow the flights to leave.

    Speaking at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Blinken said other countries and the United Nations were working on resuming commercial flights to the Afghan capital of Kabul. 

    But in the meantime, Blinken said the Taliban can "demonstrate its willingness to respect freedom of movement …  by allowing the departure of charter flights with properly documented passengers.”

    Earlier: Over the weekend, Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, leveled the charge in a Fox News interview that the Taliban were essentially holding Americans and Afghans hostage by not allowing the flights to leave.

    On Tuesday, Blinken said he was “not aware of anyone being held on an aircraft or any hostage-like situation” and that anyone with “valid” travel documents is being allowed to leave. But he also acknowledged some flights have stalled.

    But Blinken’s comments only further frustrated lawmakers in both parties, as The Hill’s Laura Kelly reported.

    ID fight: A particular flashpoint was Blinken saying the administration could not verify the identities of passengers on the planes. The remark that drew swift pushback from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee whose office is vouching for at least two planes full of American citizens, at-risk Afghan allies and their families, including small children.

    “The information we provided the State Department is above and beyond what is usually required for travel in Afghanistan,” Maria McElwain, a spokesperson for Blumenthal, wrote in an email to The Hill in response to the secretary’s remarks in Qatar.

    McElwain said the senator’s office provided the State Department with the planes’ manifests as early as Aug. 30, with continual updates through Monday, and that Blinken was “not correct” in saying passenger identities cannot be verified.

    She further called it “clearly problematic” for the State Department to rely on the Taliban to individually verify “extremely vulnerable Afghans on these flights.”



    Congressional aides are also fretting that the administration appears to have lost its sense of urgency to get people out now that the airlift has ended, as The Hill’s Rebecca Beitsch reported.

    The aides voiced their frustration following a briefing in which they said the State Department provided few details about any plans for assisting the more than 100,000 vulnerable Afghans who remain in the country.

    “The impression I got was the urgency is gone,” said one source on the call. “And it’s this tacit admission that while we did a big evacuation, we’ve gotten out our real priorities.”

    Awaiting approval: Left behind in Afghanistan are 550 Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders who worked with the U.S. military for at least two years.

    But many more Afghans have applications awaiting final approval.

    “That’s a ton of people. That’s people who are approved but don't have the visa; people who the embassy had to destroy their passport; people who didn't have everything or are somewhere in the process, somewhere in the pipeline,” said another aide on the call.

    “But if you don't have a visa in your passport, you're dooky out of luck.”

    Priority groups?: Adding to the number of Afghan allies seeking evacuation are those who qualify for the Priority 1 and Priority 2 programs created by the Biden administration but who never made it out on a flight. Those individuals assisted the U.S military for less than two years or worked on democratization efforts or with nonprofits aligned with the U.S.

    The number of Afghans in the two priority groups could surpass 145,000 when including family members, according to an estimate by the Association of Wartime Allies.

    “They don't have a plan on how they’re going to get more P1 and P2 people out. They’re focused principally on U.S. passport holders and people in their immediate families,” the second source said.

    State’s response: When reached for comment, a State Department spokesperson said: "Despite the perilous conditions on the ground and immense security challenges, the United States and our Allies were able to evacuate safely tens of thousands of Afghans at risk. This heartbreaking reality is that many of our longtime partners were unable to leave over the past two weeks, given the security conditions, including the heinous August 25 attack that killed 13 servicemembers and over 100 Afghans."

    The spokesperson also pointed to recent comments by Blinken, who said, “We’re not stopping our work to help Americans and at-risk Afghans in Afghanistan. We’re going to do everything we can moving forward to continue this mission and also to learn from it."

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