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I always thought that Loren Singer was a name somebody made up, but it is a real person, and Len O does an interesting interview with him.

A former OSS guy, Singer's book is different from the film in many ways.

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Show #305

Original air date Jan 18, 2007

Guest: Author Loren Singer

Topics: Book/Movie - The Parallax View

Audio Part One Loren Singer

Loren gives a brief history of himself

Talk about Corporate Assassination....Government outsourcing

A history of the lead up to Loren's writing of The Parallax View

Loren talks about his disappointment in the movie... that it misses some of the punch that was in the book

Talk about whether or not the book was a parallel to the JFK/RFK murders

An exchange about assassination in general in relation to the book and up to today

A bit about the 'Business' of assassination

Discussion of the book's epilogue and the author's intent

Other movies and books (other authors) such as Manchurian Candidate and 6 Seconds In Dallas

6 minute clip from Parallax

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William,

One of my favorite assassination movies. Haven't read the book but the film gives an example of how assassins and they're handlers clean up loose ends like Warren Beatty's charactor and those he might have told or convinced there exits a conspriacy.

Other good films in this genre:

Executive Action

Three Days Of The Condor { sort of }

JFK

Ruby

Can someone name more?

jim

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A novel writer, though... :rolleyes:

Actually, while I couldn't find anything on him on line, he says he wrote/writes mainly for TV, and I'd like to know what he wrote.

I have read the book, and it is different in the creation of some circumstances - the opening and closing assassinations scenes for instance are different.

In the book, the assassin uses a specially adapted car to run the victim off the road and into the bay between Wildwood and Cape May, New Jersey.

Since I lived in Cape May at the time I read the book, I drove over there to see what was there and it was a vast - US Coast Guard - US Navy Electronics Center, which I later discovered was a super-secret radio communications center set up to interact with nuclear subs at sea.

Another interesting aspect of the novel is the idea that they can select suitable candidates for assassins by giving them a test - a series of questions that brings out the attributes they are looking for.

This was also part of the scenario laid out by Lt. Com. Thomas Narut at the NATO conference, where he told a reporter for the London Sunday Times that the US Navy has a special component that develops assassins for assignments abroad, and the men are selected from those from the USMC, Navy subs and special ops.

Among the tests they are given is the MMPI - and the personality type that is most desirable is the Passive-Aggressive type.

As Gerald Posner points out in his book Case Closed, Dr. Herzog in New York City administered the MMPI test to Oswald and he was of the Passive-Aggressive personality type, and since he was in the USMC, he fit two of the qualifications they were looking for.

In the Parallax View, the test is taken by a homicidal maniac, and gets the reporter a ticket to the training session - in which the subject views a collage of sounds and images, not unlike the way Lt. Com. Narut described how they psychologically prepared their assassins.

Besides these interesting intersections of Singer's novel and the news in the LSTimes, there is the name Parallax, a scientific term that describes a problem encountered by pilots that was the subject of a government study by Collins Radio, of Richardson, Texas, at the time of the assassination.

So after seeing the film, and reading the book, I was interested in learning who Loren Singer really was, and thanks to Len O, I now know.

Their conversation may even be worthy of transcription.

And, Jim,

Let me know how long your list gets, as others have been compiling such lists already - see Wicki assassination films.

BK

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  • 3 months later...
A former OSS guy, Singer's book is different from the film in many ways.

Loved the movie, the book was a bore. Frankly, I didn't think the guy was much of a writer; the movie was different enough that I really wondered WHY they even sourced his novel.

But hey...I'm the guy that thinks Orson Wells is a schumck.

The young Orson Welles made the greatest movie of all time at age 25. Sadly the older Orson Welles

was a burned out shadow of the young genius.

Jack

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William,

One of my favorite assassination movies. Haven't read the book but the film gives an example of how assassins and they're handlers clean up loose ends like Warren Beatty's charactor and those he might have told or convinced there exits a conspriacy.

Other good films in this genre:

Executive Action

Three Days Of The Condor { sort of }

JFK

Ruby

Can someone name more?

jim

I'll add a film that never gets mentioned - WUSA.

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Murder at 1600 (1997) - a number of jfk related dialogue

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