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  1. Good point - I agree. You will recall that he was blacklisted by the so-called House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), for several reasons, including publishing his book on the Soviet Union; teaching in the progressive Abraham Lincoln School, which was under surveillance by both the NSA and FBI; and for writing a regular book review column for one of the leading Black newspapers, the Chicago Defender, which was also under FBI surveillance. (Hoover tried to convince FDR to prosecute the editors for treason). Yet when I requested his FBI file, they claimed he didn't have one.
  2. Ron, great question. See image below, from the page in the Report that lists the five books. I first mentioned this in my Iitro essay featured in the reissued Murder Most Foul: “On March 28, 1979, Murder Most Foul! was included in the Library of Congress’s comprehensive index, The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: A Chronological Bibliography. On the same day, the House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on Assassinations issued its report, which cited five assassination-related titles authored by Marks.[[Footnote: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: A Chronological Bibliography, Library Congress, March 28, 1979, p. 770. Appendix to Hearings, Select Subcommittee on Assassi-nations, March 28, 1979, volume 12, p. 695.]” As you can see in the image below, the books were: -- American Dream, American Nightmare -- Coup d'Etat -- Murder Most Foul! -- Two Days of Infamy -- Watch What We Say, Not What We Do I have never seen a copy of "American Dream, American Nightmare." So I have no idea what it is. Possibly another version of the playscript, which he revised several times.
  3. George, Thanks for posting the link! And here is a link to the interview on Black Op: https://www.blackopradio.com/pod/black1142.mp3
  4. Thanks, Ron. Would love to see what Oliver Stone could do with this one! BTW Len Osanic did a great job in the interview - he actually read the play twice, and his enthusiasm was really inspiring. And the Afterword by Jim is brilliant.
  5. About five months after Stanley Marks published "Murder Most Foul!" in September 1968, he completed a three-act play which he also titled "A Murder Most Foul." The play received a copyright on 19 February 1968. Although he published later versions of the play (which were revised to include the murders of Dr King and RFK), this first version was never published, although it was performed at least once. We have just reissued the play in paperback form. The book also includes an Intro that tells the story of the play, an Afterword by James DiEugenio, and an essay on "The Life and Times of Stanley J Marks," which features a chronology of all the salient information that we have on Stanley's life and accomplishments. Len Osanic and I discuss the play on Black Op Radio Show #1142. (Original airdate: Apr 13, 2023).
  6. Excellent review, Jim; you covered a lot of material in a very concise manner. BTW, Stanley Marks always believed that a shot came from the Dal-Tex Building and cited evidence for it (e.g., angle of fire) in all four of his JFK books, and in his JFK playscript as well. Nice to see Mantik honing in on this. The link you embedded to the article about the windshield is also really interesting, especially this quote: "The late Doug Weldon researched and provided the JFK assassination research community with the definitive study which answered all of the questions surrounding the windshield of the JFK limousine and the possible source of the frontal shot which perforated the windshield. In Murder in Dealey Plaza, Weldon described an elaborate shell game in which multiple windshields appear to have been used by the Secret Service in an attempt to reenact the hole in the windshield. Moreover, Weldon discovered that the Secret Service attempted to document the existence of a second windshield which contained a crack instead of a through and through bullet hole, with the inference being that it would have been caused by a fragment of concrete or possibly the shot that missed and presumably hit bystander James Tague. In his research in 1993, Weldon interviewed an ex Ford Motor Company employee who witnessed events there the following Monday, 11/25/63, related to the SX100 Lincoln Continental convertible limousine in which President Kennedy was assassinated. This witness spoke about the total reconstruction of the limousine's interiors and the removal and replacement of the windshield using the old one as a template which was subsequently destroyed. Even though Weldon knew the identity of this person, the information was withheld, at his request, until his demise in 2001. Nigel Turner, in his documentary The Men Who Killed Kennedy identified George Whitaker Sr, as the Ford Motor Company employee mentioned in Weldon's work. Douglas Horne, in his book, Inside the ARRB (pg 1447) also identified Whitaker as the employee who witnessed the condition of the windshield, and verified that the hole had been caused by a shot from the front, with fragmentation and beveling present on the inside. Shards of this fragmentation called stippling, were known to have struck the President in the face and neck. These were later removed and its effects covered with wax during the process of embalming and preparation of the body for burial.4 The accounts of Both Weldon and Whitaker can be seen in The Men Who Killed Kennedy, episode number Seven. In Murder in Dealey Plaza, the Weldon study concludes: "The windshield shot offered a perfect trajectory for a sniper firing from the top of the south side of the underpass, because of the unique downward slope of Elm Street, it is only a slight downward trajectory as a vehicle approached the overpass on Elm Street after the turn from Houston Street. Also, the angle of Elm Street, as one turns from Houston Street points the vehicle almost directly at the area of the south underpass. It is, for all practical purposes, not even a moving target, since for a couple of seconds the vehicle is virtually approaching the area head on." pg 154 Note that this conclusion exactly follows Cutler's earlier location of an overpass shooter near the South Knoll right above Commerce Street." ("Crossfire in Dealey Plaza Reexamined: The Shot from the Front," by Larry Rivera.)
  7. The lyrics in that song really capture how so many of us still feel: He never knew my name Though I never met him I knew him just the same Oh, he was a friend of mine Leader of a nation for such a precious time Oh, he was a friend of mine Crosby always had a very inquisitive mind.
  8. Yes! I listened to the interview that you and Len did with her on Black Op - one of my favorite shows. Let's post it here for anyone who missed it (scroll down to find audio button): https://podcast.blackopradio.com/1112-monika-wiesak-jim-dieugenio/
  9. Well said, Jim. This is a great short list. And we all know that it goes a lot deeper than that. Eventually the truth will emerge in the broader collective society. Which is what we are all working toward.
  10. "It is acting not only as a fourth branch of government, but arguably as the most powerful one." That is spot on.
  11. Not sure if anyone has posted this previously; if so my apologies. This was just sent to me by a friend who was following Caitlin's twitter posts (I always find her posts to be of interest) from a few days ago. I post it here in the spirit of inquiry, neither as an endorsement nor as a denial of Caitlin's ideas:
  12. Jim I think this is what you referred to - a grand, withering blast against those clowns. What a great performance.
  13. I always felt that his confrontation with Dulles was his finest hour. Thanks for this, Jim.
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