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  1. For people looking into this Yugoslavia episode, it's mentioned on pgs. 30/2249, 117/2249, and elsewhere. Our Guy and a George E. Mitchell of Dallas were both selected by the International Cooperation Administration for this oil consulting trip. Fun Facts from Spooks and Secret Agenda author Jim Hougan on The International Cooperation Administration (ICA): An acknowledged cover for CIA officers and contract-spooks such as Watergate’s E. Howard Hunt and the JFK assassination’s George de Mohrenschildt, the ICA would become infamous during the 1960s, funding the construction of tiger-cages in V
  2. I am not sure why this happened yesterday, but prodigious FOIA pack-rat Michael Best uploaded a pretty heavy 1981 FOIA release by the FBI of all the George DeMohrenschildt material that the bureau felt was safe for public consumption at the time. It's a 2249-page .pdf file and you can download it here. It had been freed up, back in the day, by the late, great Harold Weisberg. My best guess from this Weisberg papers finding aid is that this was not uploaded by Michael Best to archive.org last year in the monolithic bundle before. I could be wrong about that. Regardless, if anyone catches some
  3. ALSO: Apologies to Ramon for derailing this thread's topic! By way of update, he and I have been oddly busy trying to build a good team for this 3D model. If anyone knows someone -- who is not already an obvious assassination buff with known publications displaying his or her interest -- you should maybe forward them along to Ramon. It may help widen the search for available interested experts, who have the time and inclination to help, but whom we would not have thought to ask.
  4. I completely agree with you, Cliff. I was just probably being a little too glib for the room. To clarify: I think Roger Stone is a mendacious, albeit sometimes entertaining, career political operative whose primary virtue is his studied recommendations of pizza parlors. In this Godfrey McHugh case, he's really bent one solitary conversation between McHugh and Bobby Kennedy into the suggestion that McHugh thought LBJ was putting on an "obscene" staged "performance" aboard AF1 --- when I think the rest of McHugh's interviews discount that bizarre and forced interpretation. I just want someone
  5. Ah, well ... Hopefully, while in New Orleans, Baker or someone else (or literally every able bodied person) at Ozzfest this weekend asks Roger Stone about Brigadier General Godfrey McHugh's 1978 HSCA and Kennedy Library interviews and LBJ's "virtuoso" award-winning performance of MacBeth in the Air Force One bathroom, just repeatedly, asking him about it over and over again, until Stone loses it.
  6. This is perhaps the most shocking disclosure for me in this thread. If I'm reading between the lines correctly, James DiEugenio and Russ Baker trade notes. It's very heartwarming.
  7. I'm told that many of Peter Levenda's books with Trine Day are incredible must-reads; three of them have pretty impeccable foreword authors, namely Dick Russell, Jim Hougan, and Norman Mailer. (I spoke to Hougan about it during a telephone interview on a tangential topic.) My understanding is that Levenda is one of the few people out there with a deep working knowledge of the esoteric Christian groups --- like the David Ferrie-affiliated Old Roman and American Orthodox Catholic Churches, and the General Charles Willoughby-affiliated Shickshinny Knights of Malta (which did NOT start with any a
  8. Update: I managed to locate Dr. Riley for Mr. Herrera, thanks in part to some fortuitous, unrelated, neurology journal articles. As I'm sure Mr. Herrera will be able to disclose in greater detail as his project progresses, Dr. Riley is still very much alive, and sounds interested in this 3D modelling project. For the record, my understanding is that the x-rays should be with the other material at the National Archives second site in College Park, Maryland, but that viewing them requires approval by Kennedy family rep. Paul Kirk. (See the National Archives FAQ here.) Best Regards, Matthew
  9. Matthew Phelan is a freelance investigative reporter and a former chemical engineer. His work has appeared at Gawker, Wonkette, Chemical Engineering magazine, Current Science, Inside Climate News, Salon/WhoWhatWhy, The Onion, and elsewhere.
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