Saturday, January 31, 2015

Things are not as they appear, and not always as we claim


I have to correct something a colleague in JFK research is claiming.  I hope she'll take this well.

Pam Brown in her blog is claiming that when she got a copy of what she's calling "The Fergusson Memo," which is on Ford Motor Company stationary from F. V. Fergusson it was dated December 18963.  And when Anthony Marsh got his copy of the same document it did not have a date on it.

Well, not so much. Pam does have the memo on her site here.  Unfortunately, the way she scanned and uploaded it you can't click on it and large it.  That may be a feature that Bloodspot.com has and that the increasingly popular wordpress.com site doesn't offer.  Or maybe it does it differently. In any case Pam has the full and complete document which she is calling MB2B Exhibit 6. OH, I got it, well, sort of.  Anyway, you can see it on her site.



Okay, so then she shows the copy Marsh got.  And as I suspected, the document was stapled or adhered to, in a bad way, with other documents.  It was not freed from them when someone copied it.  You can ask them to remove staples from documents. You have to ask them, and they will do it with a small metal spatula.  They look like this:



They may grumble a bit and not want to do this but if you're polite and stand your ground they should do this for you. If you're at Archives II onsite and can see that you need a staple removed or you need to separate a document from how it's adhered to other documents.  Each situation is different and each individual person you ask may comply but you never really know. They should do this for you, easily.

This is the Marsh copy. 
The date is there but because it was adhered to other documents this information got distorted because someone didn't separate it out.  So, the top of the document has a curve to it which distorted the information.  

So, I have to disagree with her main argument that NARA deliberately deleted or cut off the date of the Fergusson memo they gave to Anthony Marsh.  

I also have to disagree with her assessment of NARA staff and how documents are processed once given to NARA.  The Jim Garrison material was large and I think it's fair to say highly disorganized.  In addition there was a bit of a struggle getting the grand jury records which then DA Harry Connick Sr., the father of the singer, said he ordered their destruction when he came in as DA.  However, an employee took them under the guise of obeying that order but kept them, thank god, and did not destroy them, thinking they were historical and unique. The ARRB found out about this and I think there was a lawsuit, and in the end the ARRB got the material and it went over to NARA.  I wrote about this in detail at the time, and I showed a local news show at a COPA conference that showed that a reporter knew that Garrison's grand jury records relating to his investigation of the JFK assassination and of Clay Shaw still exist. Connick had egg on his face and he didn't get it. He wasn't comprehending that what he told the ARRB when they came to New Orleans was a lie.

Now when NARA gets stuff you usually could not go to Archives II and see it right away.  It had to be "processed," and that usually means showing the material to interested parties in our national security state. So, agency ABC doesn't like something then they work it out with the ARRB and maybe something was postponed in part or in full.

Now in the very, very early days when they were still building Archives II and I mean like carpeting wasn't laid down yet, the electrics were not quite done yet, there were empty and brand new shelves, somewhere around 1993, or 1994, you could see some stuff before they got it properly processed because stuff was coming in fast, and they didn't have the staff to properly deal with it.  So, my friend Anna Marie Kuhns-Walko found a lot of things because what they would call artifacts were right there in with the paper reports. "Archivists" like to separate stuff like that out, much to the annoyance of all JFK researchers who would have wanted to see the stuff in the original condition it was given to Archives II.  I was told about one specific example where the Secret Service copy of the Zapruder film was right there in with the papers of the SS.  That copy was made prior to the "accident' with the original which resulted in the splice mark when the limo goes behind the Stemmons Freeway sign.  There was a bit of a kerfuffle as Anna wanted a copy of that.

You see, their procedures weren't in place yet. They like to outsource to a vendor to make copies of film, videotape, DVDs, etc.

So, to document her find she photocopied the round can the film was in and everything she could to prove she saw a Zapruder film can in with the Secret Service stuff she was looking at that day.

I can also state that one nice summer I went to Archives II with the late, great Ed Sherry, I can't believe you're gone man, and Malcolm Blunt and Lise Kirkham.  And I was being properly anal in getting documents as they were listed by the ARRB in the Federal Register for what I would call one of my ARRB Batch reviews and we came across some Garrison material in amongst FBI material.  This was in one of the first 13 batches I did, it was an ARRB notice where they just put "In addition we released..." and there was a long list of FBI RIFs.  And the thing we found that we all laughed at was an actual legal size folder from Garrison's office that said on the outside of it "Current Shit."

So, I think it's more a case of early chaos and a bad job of photocopying rather than a deliberate conspiracy to mess about with JFK researchers.  


Robert Oswald awarded custody of Lee's casket and the amount paid at auction, $87,000 plus.


WFAA-TV coverage is here.

Tarrant County judge rules that Lee Harvey Oswald’s casket belongs to
his brother Robert

A Tarrant County judge has ruled that the rotting casket of Lee Harvey
Oswald belongs to his brother Robert.

Judge Donald Cosby issued that conclusion this morning, almost two
months after the 80-year-old Robert appeared in a Fort Worth courtroom
in an attempt to keep the casket out of a stranger’s hands. Writes
Cosby, he bought his brother’s pine box for $300 on November 24, 1963,
and it remains to this day “the personal property of Robert.” That means
the person who bought it at auction in 2010 can’t have it.
What remains of Lee Harvey Oswald's casket, which will be returned to Robert

In December 2010, a Los Angeles auction house sold the casket to an
unidentified buyer for $87,468. Weeks later, Robert filed a suit in
Tarrant County to stop the transaction, which he blasted as “highly
objectionable to a reasonable person.” Oswald sued Nate D. Sanders,
Inc., and Baumgardner Funeral Home over the sale of the casket, as well
as other grim items tied to his brother’s death.

The casket’s journey from six feet under to a Tarrant County courthouse
is a long one involving the sale of a funeral home, Lee Harvey Oswald’s
exhumation in 1981 (following allegations he wasn’t really buried in
that box) and his transfer to a new casket when he was put back in the
ground at Rose Hill Cemetery. In his lengthy finding, Cosby details its
tortured history. But long story short, he writes: When Baumgardner
Funeral Home kept the 1963 casket following Lee Harvey’s re-burial in
1981, it should have told Robert or Lee’s widow Marina of its
whereabouts. At trial, the funeral home’s attorney argued that it was “a
gift” from Robert to Lee since “Robert would never see the casket again,
and it would remain in the ground forever and ever.”

Instead, it kept the box, and in 2010 partnered with Nate D. Sanders,
Inc., to auction off the casket and other “funeral items.” As far as the
Los Angeles auction house was concerned, Baumgardner had every right to
the casket. Wrong, says the judge, who has awarded Robert the $87,468 in
damages as well as the casket. Baumgardner Funeral Home will have to pay
for its return.

Says the judge, the funeral home “wrongfully exercised dominion and

control over the 1963 casket.”


Click here:

https://www.scribd.com/doc/254213782/Judge-Rules-on-Oswald-Casket

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Announcing the first ever Australian JFK assassination conference

I looked at airlines for flight info and depending on which airlines and how many stops it may have you will arrive anywhere from 2 to 3 days after departure.  (If you're like me leaving from JFK or Boston on the east coast of America.)

Pause for a moment and think on that.

The reason for this is the length of the flight, Australia is a long way away from JFK international airport, and I believe you'll be crossing the international dateline too.  What this means for you is at least 24 hours if not longer in a plane and maybe another 24 hours or more schlepping around in airports.  And I'm not including customs and security screenings.  And you're going to go through all of that again on the way back.  So, if you're going to go to this, and I would like to be asked, (hint, hint) because I've never been to Australia, I'm advising you to plan to go for an entire week, if not two, because it takes 2 to 3 days to go and 2 to 3 days coming back.  This will be less if you live, say for example, on the west coast of America, I'm assuming.

So, wear extremely comfortable clothes. Might be a good idea to bring a spare set of clothes in your carry on.

But, I would love to go.  Airlines and airports are always annoying, but once you're there, it would be fantastic.

FIRST AUSTRALIAN JFK CONFERENCE
Because Justice Is Never Too Late
14 January, 2015.

Reopen Kennedy Case (ROKC) is proud to announce the first JFK conference to be held at the Mercure, Melbourne this November.

The JFK assassination could be considered a strictly American affair if not for the Super Power status it holds. When the US sneezes, the rest of the world may well, as the saying goes, catch cold. But when a US president is assassinated, the rest of the world catches on. Catches on that something is very, very wrong. Fifty-one years is too long waiting for justice in one of the biggest crimes of the last century.

The internet has helped make the case a global phenomenon. There are pockets of interest in Canada, across Europe and here in the Antipodes. That interest translates into research, writing and lobbying efforts. In the UK, it has also translated into copying the annual conferences held by our brothers and sisters in the US - those diehards who continue railing against the tide.

ROKC (reopenkennedycase.org) has announced experts well versed in assassination evidence from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and homegrown in Australia who will speak to attendees of the two day conference. Speakers include the world’s leading expert on the Secret Service, Vincent Palamara, and Australia’s own author of the book ‘Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cold War’, Greg Parker, as well as Gayle Nix Jackson, the author of the book ” Orville Nix: The Missing JFK Assassination Film”. Jim DiEugenio, all round assassination expert and renowned author and Sherry Fiester who wrote the highly praised ” Enemy Of The Truth”. With more speakers to be confirmed.

We are proud to announce an exhibition of related materials kindly supplied by Peter Morris including Jack Ruby’s jacket, and a picket from the original wooden fence on the knoll. The conference will be held over two days on the 21st and 22nd of November at the Spring Street Mercure conference rooms in Melbourne. Tickets can be bought for the 21st, 22nd or both days.

The running theme of the conference is ‘Because Justice Is never Too Late’ and throughout there will be guides on actions that can still be taken and work being done that needs support to get this case reopened. As J. Edgar Hoover said ” I can assure you that as far as the FBI is concerned, the case will be continued in an open classification for all time.”
Now we need to keep them to their word.

The Conference is suitable for anyone with an interest in this case, any of the hidden history of the Cold War or the political assassinations of the ‘60’s. Afternoon teas, lunch and a discount on rooms at the Mercure for attendees.

Tickets can be bought at http://www.reopenkennedycase.org/rokc-symposium-2015 but seating is limited so get in quick. 

You can also find Reopen Kennedy Case on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reopen-Kennedy-Case/176063269087200


— BECAUSE JUSTICE IS NEVER TOO LATE”

Will McAdams be fired? The waiting game continues


The Wisconsin Gazzette has a new article.

And the victim of this Cheryl Abbate has a blog where she discusses this.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOX news and the "No Go Zone" lie


I have to comment upon this idiocy that started on FOX news.  They had this fake expert on terrorism, Steve Emerson, and he thinks there are these "No Go" zones in America, and especially in Europe where Muslims have created little communities where Sharia law is the rule of the land.  People who are not Muslims are not allowed in.  The local police won't go there. And these zones have an autonomy that threatens the sovereignty of the nations that they are in.

Now this fool got carried away with himself and he wanted FOX news idiots to think that there actually are such places in England and France.  He specifically said that some cities have been overrun and taken over by Muslims and their Sharia law.  He claimed Birmingham is "Totally a NO Go zone."

This comment reached the ear of Britain's Prime Minister who called Mr. Emerson, " a complete idiot."

FOX news has had to retract this lie and has said on the air, several times, that this whole idea was false and not true.

Democracy Now had on Jeremy Scahill on talking about these fake terrorism experts.

But, the really glorious thing about it is this other complete idiot, Bobby Jindal, who is the governor of Louisiana, and a political darling of the extreme Right-wing wackos talked about these fake "No Go zones" while on a trip in London.  He could not name any place where these so called "No Go zones" are supposed to be.  The Guardian notes that this fool will not acknowledge that the whole damn thing is a stupid lie.

The "No Go zones" are a Right-wing fantasy that is an outgrowth of their fears, and racial hatred of communities in America where there are people of a certain ethnic background, race, or religious faith where, according to them, these people are not, or do not "assimilate" properly into the government they are in.  There are places in New York City that are like this.  Harlem has a large Black community. There are several place in America where there is a "China Town." There are places with a strong Italian presence, or a Jewish presence, or Irish, or Russian, like "Little Odessa."
These places are not to be feared.  These places make America great.

But, to extreme Right-wing morons they are to be feared because they are not dominated by Right-wing, White Christian males.  And they are to be targeted for discrimination.  This is the classic demonization of "the other." And this crap is being presented as the correct way to fight terrorism

Sunday, January 18, 2015

LBJ devoted listener to illegal surveillance

More on shots fired at Biden's Delaware home


Multiple gunshots were fired outside Vice President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware from a moving vehicle on Saturday night, the Secret Service said on Sunday. The car sped off quickly and Secret Service officials were unable to catch up. The vice president and his wife, Jill, were not home at the time of the incident, which took place at around 8:25 p.m.

"A vehicle drove by the vice president's residence at a high rate of speed and fired multiple gun shots. This occurred on a public road outside the established security perimeter. The shots were heard by Secret Service personnel posted at the residence and a vehicle was observed by an agent leaving the scene at a high rate of speed," Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said, according toNN
Multiple gunshots were fired outside Vice President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware from a moving vehicle on Saturday night, the Secret Service said on Sunday. The car sped off quickly and Secret Service officials were unable to catch up. The vice president and his wife, Jill, were not home at the time of the incident, which took place at around 8:25 p.m.

"A vehicle drove by the vice president's residence at a high rate of speed and fired multiple gun shots. This occurred on a public road outside the established security perimeter. The shots were heard by Secret Service personnel posted at the residence and a vehicle was observed by an agent leaving the scene at a high rate of speed," Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said, according to CNN.

 It isn’t yet clear whether any of the shots actually hit the residence or if they were even aimed at Biden’s home, which is around 300 yards from the road, notes the New York Times. Agents are canvassing the area to see if any bullets hit the home or any other nearby structures. Around half an hour after the shooting someone tried to drive past a New Castle County police officer who had set up a security permiter. The individual was “arrested as a result of an interaction of the officer” and will be questioned, reports NBC News.

NYT - Shots Fired At Biden's Delaware Home


WASHINGTON — Several gunshots were fired out of a vehicle speeding by the home of Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. in Greenville, Del., on Saturday night, according to federal law enforcement officials.

Neither the vice president nor his wife were home at the time of the shooting, which occurred around 8:25 p.m., officials said.

Secret Service and the local police were unable to catch the vehicle as it raced away.

It was not clear whether any of the shots hit Mr. Biden’s residence, or even if they were aimed directly at the home, which sits roughly 300 yards back from the road, officials said.

Secret Service agents were beginning to canvass the home looking for bullet marks on Sunday morning. There was no immediate explanation for a possible motive.

“The Secret Service is working closely with the New Castle County Police on investigating this incident,” said Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service.

Less than an hour after the shooting, a man in a vehicle tried to drive past a police officer who was securing the area around the vice president’s home. The man resisted arrest, officials said, but was taken into custody.


The man will be “questioned regarding the shooting incident last night to determine if he was involved in any way,” the official said.

Shots fired at the Delaware home of Vice President Biden. He was not there at the time. Man arrested and in custody.


http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/18/shots-fired-delaware-home-vice-president-joe-biden

The Secret Service said on Sunday that multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice-President Joe Biden on Saturday night. The vice-president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said the shots were fired at around 8.25pm on a public road outside the secure perimeter near the home in Greenville, Delaware. The shots were heard by Secret Service personnel, who saw the vehicle drive past the home at a high rate of speed and flee the scene.

The Secret Service said about 30 minutes later, an individual in a vehicle tried to pass a New Castle County police officer who was securing the outer perimeter of the area. That person was arrested for resisting arrest and will be questioned regarding the shooting to determine if he was involved.

Biden’s home is several hundred yards from the main road, from where the shots were fired. Authorities were searching outside the Biden residence and nearby homes to determine if any rounds struck the home.

Hoback said the incident is under investigation by the Secret Service and the New Castle County Police.


Biden’s office said the vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, were briefed Saturday night. The office referred all other questions to the Secret Service.