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Hello all,

Below I have listed the speaker schedule for this weekends COPA conference in Dallas.

The speakers to be broadcast live over the internet as they happen are as follows, Jim Douglass, Cyril Wecht, Ronnie Dugger, Doug Valentine and T Carter.

Biographies of all speakers are available underneath the schedule. These will be viewable at the times detailed on the schedule at the COPA site, http://www.politicalassassinations.com Each speaker will have time for questions at the end of their talks. There will be a chat window beside the stream for viewers to ask questions.

I hope to post updates during the conference on this thread, as well as a few videos and photographs. I will be in Dallas earlier than most of the participants, so I will be wandering around the plaza for a long time. If there are any angles of the plaza that someone would like to see photographed, I would be happy to take them on Wednesday and Thursday and post them on the forum that night.

Any suggestions for areas to photograph and video would be interesting. South knoll, triple bypass etc. As I'm arriving early I might see if I can get somewhere on the upper floors of buildings overlooking the plaza.

As well as the COPA conference broadcasts, it justed dawned on me that there is a 24 hour a day camera looking out over Dealey Plaza from which you can see the minutes silence, albeit without sound. http://www.earthcam.com/jfk/

All the best,


COPA 2009 Schedule:

Friday, November 20

Early Bird Lunch, 12:00 pm Founder’s Grill, off lobby, Hotel Lawrence

Dinner, 5:30 pm, Rodeo Bar & Grill, Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce Street

COPA keynote speaker, Jim Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable

7:00 pm, Mezzanine level, Adolphus Hotel

Movies, 10:00 pm, Second floor Rear, Hotel Lawrence, Houston & Jackson Sts

Resource room open on 2nd floor rear Friday to Sunday, books and DVDs, authors

Saturday, November 21

Speakers 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Second floor Rear, Hotel Lawrence

9:00 am – Ronnie Dugger, former editor of The Texas Observer (remote)

9:30 am – Lisa Pease, co-author of The Assassinations and editor of Probe

10:00 am – Jim DiEugenio, author of Destiny Betrayed and editor of Probe

10:30 am – Pat Speer, producer of "The Mysterious Death of Number 35"

11:00 am - Dr. Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D., former president American Academy of

Forensic Sciences. Author of Grave Secrets. (remote)

12:00 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm – Russ Baker, author of Family of Secrets

2:30 pm – Randy Benson, award-winning filmmaker, showing excerpts from The


3:00 pm – ??

3:30 pm – Doug Valentine, author, The Phoenix Program and The Strength of the Pack


4:00 pm – Ed Haslam, author of Dr. Mary’s Monkey and Mary, Ferrie and the Money


4:30 pm – John Armstrong, author of Harvey & Lee

5:00 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – COPA Keynote: Walt Brown, author of Master Analytic Chronology: The

Death of President Kennedy

Movies 10:00 pm, Second floor Rear

Hotel Lawrence, Houston & Jackson Sts.

Sunday, November 22 46th anniversary

Speakers and discussions 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Hotel Lawrence Second floor Rear

9:00 am – T Carter, author an upcoming book Jerry Ray: A Memoir of Injustice


9:30 am – Robert Groden, author of The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald and Absolute


10:00 am – Ben Rogers, curator of the Penn Jones collection at Baylor University's

Poague Library

10:30 am – Chris Pike, researcher into Penn Jones, Jr. and Operation Northwoods

11:00 am – John Judge, COPA plans for the coming year, brainstorming

11:45 am – Conference ends, move to Grassy Knoll

12:30 pm - Moment of Silence

Commemorating the Assassination of President Kennedy

Grassy Knoll, Dealey Plaza, speakers following

2:00 pm - Carpool to Baylor University Poague Library, Penn Jones, Jr. Collection

*NOTE: All times are Central Standard Time

COPA Biographies, 2009

John Armstrong is an independent researcher and author of Harvey & Lee and co-author of Dead Witnesses. His main work outlines the evidence that there were two people using the name of Lee Harvey Oswald who are both linked to the Kennedy assassination. See http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200...1068503919.html

Russ Baker is an investigative journalist and founder of the nonprofit

reporting web site whowhatwhy.com. His heavily sourced and footnoted 2009

book, "Family of Secrets: the Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government,

and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years," has several chapters with

copious new material on the JFK assassination, focusing on the story behind

George H.W. Bush's claim not to remember where he was Nov. 22, 1963. Gore

Vidal calls it "one of the most important books of the past ten years." The

book website is www.familyofsecrets.com

Randy Benson is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the North Carolina

School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking, and is an adjunct professor of film and

video at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. His films have

garnered numerous awards, most notably the Oscar™ for Best Student

Documentary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Academy

Awards™. Benson was invited to the Eastman Kodak "Emerging Filmmaker

Showcase" at the Cannes International Film Festival where he was awarded an

Excellence in Filmmaking Award. He was also selected as one of fifteen directors

worldwide to the First Appearance Program for New Directors at the International

Documentary Film Festival - Amsterdam. His work has been featured on the

Bravo Network, the Independent Film Channel (Split Screen), WTTW-Chicago,

UNC-TV (NC Visions), Canal Plus - France, Telewizja Polska S.A.- Poland and

MTV-2. Production is wrapping on Benson's most recent documentary, The Searchers, a film profiling the assassination of John F. Kennedy. See http://www.rbensonfilm.com/Welcome.html

Walt Brown is the author of Master Analytic Chronology: The Death of President . Kennedy. This Chronology reports data from a handful of historical events prior, even, to the birth of John Kennedy. It was 2½ years in the making -- 5,800 pages -- 50,000 paragraphs -- 2.2 million words. Brown has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame, and teaches history at Ramapo College in New Jersey. Brown, a former special agent of the Justice Department, is a longtime researcher of the Warren Commission and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is also the editor of JFK/Deep Politics and the author of several books on the subject including: The People V. Lee Harvey Oswald (1992), Treachery in Dallas (1995), Referenced Index Guide to the Warren Commission (1995), JFK Assassination Quizbook (1995) and the The Warren Omission (1996). Brown's most ambitious previous project was The Global Index to the JFK Assassination, a CD-ROM of 2400 pages, which indexed not just the WC, but also the HSCA, and 100+ of the best-known JFK books. There are 17,185 names and over 4 million references, and it is cross-referenced by 175 categories. See http://www.manuscriptservice.com/DPQ/

T Carter has played a key role in keeping COPA alive, and is an accomplished historian, researcher and archivist with expertise in the areas of political assassinations, social justice and Native American history. She holds a Master’s Degree in American History from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She assisted John Armstrong in his research on Harvey and Lee and helped Lyndon Barsten research Truth at Last on Dr. King’s murder. She also worked closely with Judge Joe Brown and Dr. William Pepper, the lawyer for James Earl Ray and the King family. She is also the author an upcoming book Jerry Ray: A Memoir of Injustice (TrineDay Books)

James DiEugenio is an independent researcher and author of Destiny Betrayed, a defense of Jim Garrison’s investigation into JFK’s murder. He was an editor of the research publication Probe, and co-author of The Assassinations, compiling some of the best of Probe's research, including a section on the Malcolm X assassination. Co-founder and chairman of the Citizens for Truth About the Kennedy Assassination (CTKA) Jim DiEugenio provided additional narrative content for the DVD release of Oliver Stone's film JFK. Recently, he has written a critique of Vincent Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History and worked to oppose the upcoming HBO special with Tom Hanks based on the book. See more at http://www.ctka.net/home.html

Jim Douglass is an author, his most recent work, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters, was published in April 2008 by Orbis Books. From 1963 to 1965 Jim Douglass served as a theological adviser, on questions of nuclear war and conscientious objection, to Catholic bishops at the Second Vatican Council in Rome. He then taught theology at Bellarmine College, Louisville, Kentucky (1965), the University of Hawaii (1968-69, 71-72), and in the Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence at the University of Notre Dame (1969-70). In 1977 Jim and Shelley Douglass helped found Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action alongside the Trident submarine base near Seattle, Washington. Jim Douglass served a year and a half in jail for acts of civil disobedience at the Trident base. The Douglasses and Ground Zero developed an extended community in 250 towns and cities vigiling by the railroad tracks of Trident nuclear weapons shipments. In September 1989 the Douglasses moved to Birmingham, Alabama. From Birmingham Jim Douglass has taken part in a series of peacemaking journeys to the Middle East, including peace walks through Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan and five visits to Iraq. In 1993 the Douglasses founded Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker house of hospitality in Birmingham for homeless families. Jim Douglass has also written four books on the theology of nonviolence: The Nonviolent Cross (Macmillan: 1968), Resistance and Contemplation (Doubleday: 1972), Lightning East to West (Crossroads: 1983), and The Nonviolent Coming of God (Orbis: 1991). All four books have been republished by Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon.

Ronnie Dugger, founding editor of The Texas Observer and co-founder of the Alliance for Democracy, has written biographies of Lyndon Johnson, The Politician and On Ronald Reagan, as well as other books, and hundreds of articles for Harper's Magazine, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Progressive and other periodicals. He is currently working on an article on the JFK assassination. See his work at http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/

Robert Groden is the author of JFK:The Case for Conspiracy, High Treason, The Killing of a President, The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK:Absolute Proof, and parts

of Government By Gunplay. He has researched the photographic and medical evidence in the JFK assassination for 46 years. Groden released the Zapruder and many other films and the vast majority of the photographic evidence to the public through the years, including the color autopsy photographs. See http://www.jfkmurder.com/

Ed Haslam last spoke to COPA in 1994 (or was is 1995) shortly before the

publication of his first book MARY, FERRIE & THE MONKEY VIRUS. In 2007 he

expanded that investigation into a new book entitled DR. MARY'S MONKEY. Ed

is from New Orleans and lived there during the JFK assassination and the

Garrison Investigation. He is a graduate of Tulane University and later

moved to Detroit where he spent most of his professional career managing

advertising campaigns for some of the largest corporations in America, such

as Chrysler Motors and Rockwell International. Today he lives in Florida. See http://trineday.com/paypal_store/product_pages/Dr_Mary.html

John Judge is an independent researcher, lecturer and author of Judge for Yourself. He was the co-founder of both the Committee for an Open Archives and the Coalition on Political Assassinations. He has studied all the major political assassinations of the last century and helped to draft both the JFK Assassination Records Act and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Records Act currently in Congress. Judge also co-founded 9/11 Research Project, the McGehee Intelligence Library, and is working to create a Museum of Hidden History in Washington, DC. See www.politicalassassinations.com and www.judgeforyourself.us

Lisa Pease is a writer who has been researching the assassinations of the

1960s and Cold War history for over 17 years. She was the co-editor of Probe

magazine for several years, and her articles appear in the book, The

Assassinations: JFK, MLK, RFK, and Malcolm X (2003: Feral House), which she

also co-edited with Jim DiEugenio. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery

Channel and has been seen or heard in a number of documentaries and radio

shows. She is a regular contributor to the Consortium News site run by

former AP/Newsweek/Bloomberg journalist Robert Parry, the journalist who

broke the original Iran-Contra stories. She maintains the Real History Archives site at www.realhistoryarchives.com. Also see Probe articles at www.webcom.com/ctka and her Real History blog at http://realhistoryarchives.blogspot.com/

Chris Pike has contributed materials to the JFK Materials Collection at Baylor University’s Poague Library. He is an independent researcher into early critic Penn Jones, Jr. and Operation Northwoods.

Ben Rogers, curator of the Penn Jones collection, is Director of the W. R. Poage Legislative Library. He has been archivist at Baylor University for twenty years. The papers of Penn Jones, Jr. form the foundation for a growing collection of JFK materials including papers from Jack White, Gary Shaw and others. The archive provides a depository for personal JFK papers in a private institution. The collection contains over 800 newsletters and hundreds of magazines and newspapers. In addition to the Jones papers, all of the JFK correspondence of Jack White has been added in the last two years. Visit the web site for the collection: www.baylor.edu/lib/poage/jfk/

Pat Speer, whose background had been in the record industry, had the unusual distinction of being one of the few people ever to research the Kennedy assassination medical evidence full-time, from 2003 to 2006. This devotion, which entailed studying every bit of testimony regarding the evidence, and hundreds of articles on gunshot wounds and X-rays, led to a unique perspective on the medical aspects of the assassination. Mr. Speer continues to investigate the case, and make new discoveries, some of which will be revealed for the first time in his presentation at COPA. His perspective is explained in part in his online video series and DVD, The Mysterious Death of Number 35, as well as his ever-expanding online book at www.patspeer.com

Doug Valentine is the author of five books. His new book, The Strength of the Pack, is an expose of the DEA. His previous book, The Strength of the Wolf (about the Federal Bureau of Narcotics), devotes a chapter to the possible drug trafficking aspects of the JFK assassination. In his second book, The Phoenix Program, Valentine revealed that members of a US Army military intelligence group may have taken photographs of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Valentine worked as an investigator for Dr William Pepper and testified in Memphis in 1999 at the King v Jowers trial. See http://www.douglasvalentine.com/

Dr. Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D. is a nationally renowned forensic pathologist, attorney and medical-legal consultant. Dr. Wecht received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his law degree from the University of Maryland, and is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

He has served as President of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.The author of more than 500 professional publications, Dr. Wecht is also an editorial board member of more than 20 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications. He has performed approximately 14,000 autopsies and has supervised, reviewed or has been consulted on approximately 30,000 additional postmortem examinations. Dr. Wecht has frequently appeared on several nationally syndicated programs discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, the O.J. Simpson case, and the JonBenet Ramsey cases. His expertise has also been utilized in high profile cases involving Mary Jo Kopechne, Sunny von Bulow, Jean Harris, Dr. Jeffrey McDonald, the Waco Branch Davidian fire, and Vincent Foster. A comprehensive study of these cases are discussed from the perspective of Dr. Wecht's own professional involvement in his books, Cause of Death, Grave Secrets, and Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey? He also directs the The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. See http://www.cyrilwecht.com/institute.php

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We have been testing extensively this year. We have two camcorders connected to laptops tried and tested, so no problems there. I've done tests with the rest of the speakers too, so I think we re permanently over our gremlins. I'll be going to the Adolphus and the Lawrence early Thursday to make sure all is well.

As long as those speaking from home click 'record' when they also click 'broadcast' they should be available for viewing after the lvie stream.

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John Geraghty

Any suggestions for areas to photograph and video would be interesting. South knoll, triple bypass etc. As I'm arriving early I might see if I can get somewhere on the upper floors of buildings overlooking the plaza.

My suggestion would be: Try to go up to the 7th floor of the SBDB, and take some pictures through the windows over there down to elm-street.

I am convinced, that the only floor, where a standing shooter can be seen as described by Brennan and the Rowlands, is the seventh floor: because of the larger windows, and the higher window boards. If it is forbidden, ask the authorities, why...



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Jim Douglass will be speaking at 7pm EST, that's 1 hour and 45 minutes from now.

Audio and video appears to be working perfectly.

If anyone has questions for Jim at the end of the presentation, please post them in the chat window underneath the stream on the COPA homepage http://www.politicalassassinations.com

All the best

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Cyril Wecht is just about to speak now for those interested.

John, or someone, I am having trouble today finding the stream. Could someone tell me what to do? Last night I saw John Judge and Jim Douglas. Now Cyril Wecht is going to speak and I can't get it.


Kathy C



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Cyril Wecht is just about to speak now for those interested.

John, or someone, I am having trouble today finding the stream. Could someone tell me what to do? Last night I saw John Judge and Jim Douglas. Now Cyril Wecht is going to speak and I can't get it.


Kathy C




It's working fine on my end.

Could you ask anyone who is on what they think of the petitions for Congressional Oversight Hearings of the JFK Act and for Special Federal Grand Jury investigation ?


Bill Kelly

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Cyril Wecht is just about to speak now for those interested.

John, or someone, I am having trouble today finding the stream. Could someone tell me what to do? Last night I saw John Judge and Jim Douglas. Now Cyril Wecht is going to speak and I can't get it.


Kathy C




It's working fine on my end.

Could you ask anyone who is on what they think of the petitions for Congressional Oversight Hearings of the JFK Act and for Special Federal Grand Jury investigation ?


Bill Kelly

I was on politicalassassinations. I guess they weren't broadcasting. I saw Cyril Wecht's piece. Thank you for helping me.

I became distracted when Cyril Wecht said where he thought the shooters were. Does anyone remember where he said?

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