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Local Author Digs for Truth

Former Hood professor uses information act to unearth government documents

Originally published March 11, 2012

By Brian Englar

News-Post Staff

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Photo by Graham Cullen

Former Hood College professor Gerald McKnight is working on a book.

When local author and former Hood College professor Gerald McKnight researched his first book in the 1980s, he sought government documents related to COINTELPRO, a secret FBI program aimed at surveilling, infiltrating and disrupting domestic political organizations.

He filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents, but according to McKnight, the government was less than forthcoming with the information about the program, eventually deemed illegal.

"I got a letter back from the Justice Department saying 'who the hell are you and what the hell do you think you're doing here?'" McKnight said. "It was like 'what spaceship did you come to this country in that you expect to get this information?'"

But McKnight wasn't going away, and after spending thousands of dollars on a lawyer, he got a hearing on his request. The Friday before the hearing was to take place, the Justice Department informed McKnight that it no longer opposed the release of the documents.

"They pushed me to see how serious I was about this," McKnight said.

The result of his efforts was his book, "The Last Crusade: Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI and the Poor People's Campaign," which details FBI attempts to destroy King and derail the Poor People's Campaign, a 1968 march on Washington by thousands of impoverished Americans that King didn't live to see.

McKnight ultimately prevailed in his battle for transparency, and he said the money he was forced to spend on a lawyer limited the scope of his research.

"I got a book out of it," McKnight said. "But it could have been a lot better.

For his second book, "Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why," McKnight relied almost entirely on documents obtained through the efforts of the late Frederickauthor Harold Weisberg.

Weisberg's legendary struggles with the government over the release of information related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy included several lawsuits and pried loose thousands of documents from resistant federal agencies.

"He was at this from the day after Dallas until he died," McKnight said. "When you look at what he was able to get out of the Freedom of Information Act, it's just absolutely remarkable. And not only did he use the act to get documents, he also used his lawyer and his ability to force the FBI to bring forward certain members of the agency and they were under oath where he could question them."

Weisberg died in 2002. In 2005, The Frederick News-Post filed a FOIA request and learned the FBI kept a file on Weisberg. The FBI believed Weisberg was a communist, and a number of internal memos chronicle the government's effort to block Weisberg's access to information regarding the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr.

McKnight said he is still using the documents obtained by Weisberg, along with many recently released documents in the National Archives assassination records collection, for a planned new book about the Kennedy assassination.

McKnight said other documents related to the assassination are still being withheld, including what he said are as many as 2.4 million pages on Lee Harvey Oswald from the Office of Naval Intelligence. Other withheld documents include nearly 300 pages dealing with George Joannides, a CIA case officer McKnight and other researchers believe is key to demonstrating that Oswald was an asset of U.S. intelligence.

Former Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley has been fighting to have the documents made public since 2001, but the CIA has successfully argued that their release would cause "extremely grave damage" to national security.

The 1992 JFK Records Act requires agencies to release all documents relevant to the assassination by 2017, but McKnight said he is skeptical that all the information, including the Joannides documents, will ever see the light of day.

"There may not be any files left," he said. "Either the stuff that he will get will be so innocuous that it won't be any use to him, or the CIA will go to the government and simply try to exercise a provision that there are reasons why these files cannot be released."

McKnight said the Joannides documents are only a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to the JFK assassination, and that many important documents already available to the public haven't been fully explored.

"There is so much stuff that can be done," he said. "It would take a whole team of interested and capable people to go through it all."

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You can read excerpts and search into McKNIGHT's book, "Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why," here.... http://www.amazon.co...d/dp/0700613900

Best Regards in Research,

++Don

Donald Roberdeau

U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67, plank walker

Sooner, or later, The Truth emerges Clearly

For your considerations....

Homepage : President KENNEDY "Men of Courage" speech, and Assassination Evidence,

Witnesses, Suspects + Outstanding Researchers Discoveries and Considerations.... http://droberdeau.bl...ination_09.html

Dealey Plaza Map : Detailing 11-22-63 Victims precise locations, Witnesses, Films & Photos,

Evidence, Suspected bullet trajectories, Important information & Key Considerations, in One Convenient Resource.... http://img831.images...dated110110.gif

Visual Report : "The First Bullet Impact Into President Kennedy: while JFK was Still Hidden

Under the 'magic-limbed-ricochet-tree' ".... http://img504.images...k1102308ms8.gif

Visual Report : Reality versus C.A.D. : the Real World, versus, Garbage-In, Garbage-Out.... http://img248.images...ealityvscad.gif

Discovery : "Very Close JFK Assassination Witness ROSEMARY WILLIS Zapruder Film

Documented 2nd Headsnap:

West, Ultrafast, and Directly Towards the Grassy Knoll".... http://educationforu...?showtopic=2394

T ogether

E veryone

A chieves

M ore

For the United States:

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http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/

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Good Day.... FYI.... http://www.frederick...?StoryID=132961

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Local Author Digs for Truth

Former Hood professor uses information act to unearth government documents

Originally published March 11, 2012

By Brian Englar

News-Post Staff

132961.jpg

Photo by Graham Cullen

Former Hood College professor Gerald McKnight is working on a book.

When local author and former Hood College professor Gerald McKnight researched his first book in the 1980s, he sought government documents related to COINTELPRO, a secret FBI program aimed at surveilling, infiltrating and disrupting domestic political organizations.

He filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents, but according to McKnight, the government was less than forthcoming with the information about the program, eventually deemed illegal.

"I got a letter back from the Justice Department saying 'who the hell are you and what the hell do you think you're doing here?'" McKnight said. "It was like 'what spaceship did you come to this country in that you expect to get this information?'"

But McKnight wasn't going away, and after spending thousands of dollars on a lawyer, he got a hearing on his request. The Friday before the hearing was to take place, the Justice Department informed McKnight that it no longer opposed the release of the documents.

"They pushed me to see how serious I was about this," McKnight said.

The result of his efforts was his book, "The Last Crusade: Martin Luther King Jr., the FBI and the Poor People's Campaign," which details FBI attempts to destroy King and derail the Poor People's Campaign, a 1968 march on Washington by thousands of impoverished Americans that King didn't live to see.

McKnight ultimately prevailed in his battle for transparency, and he said the money he was forced to spend on a lawyer limited the scope of his research.

"I got a book out of it," McKnight said. "But it could have been a lot better.

For his second book, "Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why," McKnight relied almost entirely on documents obtained through the efforts of the late Frederickauthor Harold Weisberg.

Weisberg's legendary struggles with the government over the release of information related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy included several lawsuits and pried loose thousands of documents from resistant federal agencies.

"He was at this from the day after Dallas until he died," McKnight said. "When you look at what he was able to get out of the Freedom of Information Act, it's just absolutely remarkable. And not only did he use the act to get documents, he also used his lawyer and his ability to force the FBI to bring forward certain members of the agency and they were under oath where he could question them."

Weisberg died in 2002. In 2005, The Frederick News-Post filed a FOIA request and learned the FBI kept a file on Weisberg. The FBI believed Weisberg was a communist, and a number of internal memos chronicle the government's effort to block Weisberg's access to information regarding the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr.

McKnight said he is still using the documents obtained by Weisberg, along with many recently released documents in the National Archives assassination records collection, for a planned new book about the Kennedy assassination.

McKnight said other documents related to the assassination are still being withheld, including what he said are as many as 2.4 million pages on Lee Harvey Oswald from the Office of Naval Intelligence. Other withheld documents include nearly 300 pages dealing with George Joannides, a CIA case officer McKnight and other researchers believe is key to demonstrating that Oswald was an asset of U.S. intelligence.

Former Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley has been fighting to have the documents made public since 2001, but the CIA has successfully argued that their release would cause "extremely grave damage" to national security.

The 1992 JFK Records Act requires agencies to release all documents relevant to the assassination by 2017, but McKnight said he is skeptical that all the information, including the Joannides documents, will ever see the light of day.

"There may not be any files left," he said. "Either the stuff that he will get will be so innocuous that it won't be any use to him, or the CIA will go to the government and simply try to exercise a provision that there are reasons why these files cannot be released."

McKnight said the Joannides documents are only a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to the JFK assassination, and that many important documents already available to the public haven't been fully explored.

"There is so much stuff that can be done," he said. "It would take a whole team of interested and capable people to go through it all."

(END QUOTE)

You can read excerpts and search into McKNIGHT's book, "Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why," here.... http://www.amazon.co...d/dp/0700613900

Best Regards in Research,

++Don

Donald Roberdeau

U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67, plank walker

Sooner, or later, The Truth emerges Clearly

For your considerations....

Homepage : President KENNEDY "Men of Courage" speech, and Assassination Evidence,

Witnesses, Suspects + Outstanding Researchers Discoveries and Considerations.... http://droberdeau.bl...ination_09.html

Dealey Plaza Map : Detailing 11-22-63 Victims precise locations, Witnesses, Films & Photos,

Evidence, Suspected bullet trajectories, Important information & Key Considerations, in One Convenient Resource.... http://img831.images...dated110110.gif

Visual Report : "The First Bullet Impact Into President Kennedy: while JFK was Still Hidden

Under the 'magic-limbed-ricochet-tree' ".... http://img504.images...k1102308ms8.gif

Visual Report : Reality versus C.A.D. : the Real World, versus, Garbage-In, Garbage-Out.... http://img248.images...ealityvscad.gif

Discovery : "Very Close JFK Assassination Witness ROSEMARY WILLIS Zapruder Film

Documented 2nd Headsnap:

West, Ultrafast, and Directly Towards the Grassy Knoll".... http://educationforu...?showtopic=2394

T ogether

E veryone

A chieves

M ore

For the United States:

advisory7regional.gif

http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/

That is what gets to me Keeping documents secert on Lee Harvey Oswald whom the government says was a nutcase acting alone. Yet releasing such documents would cause harm to the national security! How can that be if he acted alone?

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Good Day.... FYI.... You can read excerpts and search into McKNIGHT's book, "Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why," here.... http://www.amazon.co...d/dp/0700613900

Gerald McKnight is working on a new book about the Kennedy assassination he said will highlight evidence drawn from recently obtained documents. He said its scope will be more expansive than his "Breach of Trust," dealing with many aspects of the case, including what he said is documented proof that the government used threats of deportation to get Marina Oswald to cooperate with its investigation, as well as evidence Oswald's defection to the Soviet Union may have been part of an Office of Naval Intelligence program to insert sleeper agents.... http://politicalassa...ing-third-book/

Best Regards in Research,

++Don

Donald Roberdeau

U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67, plank walker

Sooner, or later, The Truth emerges Clearly

For your considerations....

Homepage : President KENNEDY "Men of Courage" speech, and Assassination Evidence,

Witnesses, Suspects + Outstanding Researchers Discoveries and Considerations.... http://droberdeau.bl...ination_09.html

Dealey Plaza Map : Detailing 11-22-63 Victims precise locations, Witnesses, Films & Photos,

Evidence, Suspected bullet trajectories, Important information & Key Considerations, in One Convenient Resource.... http://img831.images...dated110110.gif

Visual Report : "The First Bullet Impact Into President Kennedy: while JFK was Still Hidden

Under the 'magic-limbed-ricochet-tree' ".... http://img504.images...k1102308ms8.gif

Visual Report : Reality versus C.A.D. : the Real World, versus, Garbage-In, Garbage-Out.... http://img248.images...ealityvscad.gif

Discovery : "Very Close JFK Assassination Witness ROSEMARY WILLIS Zapruder Film

Documented 2nd Headsnap:

West, Ultrafast, and Directly Towards the Grassy Knoll".... http://educationforu...?showtopic=2394

T ogether

E veryone

A chieves

M ore

For the United States:

advisory7regional.gif

http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/

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