Sunday, October 27, 2013

Grenada: a "lovely little war" that ruined America

October 25th marked the thirtieth anniversary of the US invasion of Grenada.  Unlike the 30th anniversary of the KAL 007 disaster, this particular incident was given no mention in the media, mainstream or alternative.  The KAL 007 disaster was a suspicious event fraught with political and para-political implications, yet it pales in comparison to the invasion of Grenada.  The invasion was perhaps the key event of Ronald Reagan's first term and, as we'll see, an event with lasting ramifications for the remainder of the 20th century and beyond.


Few people give the event much attention these days and unfortunately few people gave it much attention when it occurred.  Here is the back story:

In 1974, Sir Eric Gairy became the first Prime Minister of Grenada after the country gained its independence from Great Britain.  Gairy's party, the Grenada United Labour Party, won 1976 elections but the results were disputed by the opposition, who began preparations for a coup.  Gairy was opposed because he ruled the tiny (under 200 sq. miles) nation with an iron fist, and used his colorfully named mercenary army, the Mongoose Gang, to harass and murder his opponents. 

One of the opponents harassed by Gairy and the Mongoose Gang was Maurice Bishop, a talented lawyer and Black Power advocate and leader of the New Joint Endeavor for Welfare, Education, and Liberation, or the New JEWEL Movement.  Bishop and the NJM were Marxist-Leninists but not Communists, as they acknowledged that Grenada wasn't advanced enough for communism since its primary industries were tourism and small-scale agriculture.  Sir Eric Gairy travelled to the US in 1979 to give a speech before the UN (about the Bermuda Triangle and UFOs, oddly enough) and the NJM seized the opportunity to depose him and take control of Grenada.  From a democratic standpoint, Bishop and NJM were just a new form of dictatorship, but he did place a greater emphasis on racial equality, women's rights, and universal education.  It was a case of taking the good with the bad; Grenada under Bishop was one of the first nations in the Western hemisphere to have equal pay for women codified into law, but they had no free press or elections. 

Bishop reached out to the United States for aid in 1980-81, but newly elected President Reagan refused to meet with him.  So Bishop turned to Cuba, and with their help, began construction of an international airport to aid their tourism industry.

In early 1983, the Reagan administration began accusing Grenada of building the airport to serve as a satellite base for the Soviet Union, despite all the evidence to the contrary and the fact that American companies were working on the construction.  In October, there were disputes among the leadership of the NJM.  Bishop was deposed, arrested, released, and then executed all before October 19th.  As to be expected, there are rumors that Bishop's predicament was orchestrated by the CIA, since there is evidence that the US had already drawn up plans for invasion prior to his death (New York Times, 10/29/83). To make things nice and quasi-legal, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States requested that the US intervene. 



October 25, 1983: Operation "Urgent Fury" took place; a copious display of US military might that the United Nations called a "flagrant violation of international law."  Grenada was "freed" from the evil Communists and some American kids studying in one of those mythical "Caribbean medical schools" were rescued.  In case some Grenadians didn't believe that the US military was saving them from those horrible commies, the CIA made this mind-bending propaganda comic book to help sell their story


Reagan used the victory, small though it was, to puff up the American military and begin beating the war drums again.  It is a logical assumption that the massive force was sent to the tiny island in hopes of goading Cuba or the Soviet Union into an armed conflict, but thankfully for the rest of the world they didn't take the bait.  The Grenada formula of overthrowing Central and South American leaders to set up a US puppet-state would be repeated again and again throughout the 1980s.  The invasion of Grenada is perhaps most important because of the role the media played in it, or rather didn't play in it. 

The government denied journalists access to Grenada during the invasion and for 48 hours afterward.  The reason cited was "safety," but the real reason was so that coverage of the event could be completely managed by the Armed Forces.  Journalists allowed on the island were hand-picked and, as you'd expect, extremely supportive of the invasion.  And, by and large, the American public and the media were okay with this.  The public supported the media blackout by an almost 2-to-1 ratio, and only those excluded from the island were critical of the invasion, so their attacks had an air of sour grapes.  The American government had learned a lesson from Vietnam and that lesson was that a free press is harmful to American militarism.  All future conflicts would be stage managed in such a manner, and the real legacy of Grenada has been the death of accurate, unbiased journalism when it comes to the military.  Some excellent (if highly academic) writings on the invasion's impact on First Amendment rights can be found all over the net.  Here's one

The death of objective war journalism was just one side-effect of the Grenada invasion.  Reagan's decision to invade without asking or even informing Congress was a clear violation of the War Powers Clause.  Eleven members of Congress sued the President, but the government had the case dismissed, citing the fact that Congress had "other remedies" available to them.  The court was specifically referring to impeachment, but Congressional Democrats never attempted to get impeachment proceedings off the ground.  Reagan was sued four more times during his Presidency for War Powers violations, and the fact that he was allowed to get away with it each and every time is why there was no legal basis to impeach Bush over Iraq and Afghanistan and why Obama didn't even have to ask Congress for permission to intervene in Syria. 

Thirty years later, questions regarding the Grenada invasion remain.  Specifically:

What was going on in Grenada that the US wanted to keep a secret?

The most obvious reason journalists were kept out for 48 hours is because the on-the-ground scene was vastly different than the tale the Reagan administration had spun about the country being a hot-bed of godless Commies.  This fact is confirmed by government officials, who, after reviewing the over 18 TONS of documents seized during the invasion, wrote that there was no conclusive evidence of Soviet involvement. 

Short digression: You'll note that the above link comes from The Daily Beast, an allegedly liberal-leaning news site.  You'll also note that the article is written by Michael Ledeen of all people. Ladeen is one of the biggest "bad guys" of the 1980s, a far right conservative propaganadist who was a key figure in the international mayhem wrought by the right wing for the past 50 years.  He's responsible for the Bush Doctrine, brokered the Iran-Contra deals, and tried to pin the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II on the communists, when it was really the ultra-right wing.  He may have actually had a hand in setting that last one up too, since he was the US contact for Italy's military intelligence agency SISMI, and thus responsible for Operation: Gladio which wreaked havoc throughout Europe for a couple of decades.    So there's your liberal media, folks. 

Back on topic, 18 tons is quite a large amount of information to take from a tiny island.  According to files released under FOIA, the government was even interested in what type of ink the Soviets might be using to sign documents.  If we allow them one ton just for ink-checking, that still leaves 17 tons of paper, a good deal of which is still classified.  Why?

Jonestown, mind control, and the invasion of Grenada

Expect a much longer analysis of Jonestown in the future, but one little known fact about the People's Temple is that their first choice wasn't Guyana, but GrenadaJones deposited $200,000 of Temple money in their national bank after meeting with Sir Eric Gairy, some of which was still there at the time of the tragedy.  Jones opted for Guyana, but the People's Temple's relationship with Grenada didn't end there.  Four survivors moved to Grenada after the tragedy to set up a business to fund "the work of the original Temple." They weren't the only survivors, as most of Jones' top team left prior to the mass suicide.  During the massacre, Jones can be heard saying "Get Dwyer out of here."  The Dwyer to which he was referring was Richard Dwyer, the CIA agent stationed at the American embassy.  Dwyer "got out of there" and went straight to Grenada

The only structure bombed during the invasion of Grenada was the free hospital at St. George's University.  The hospital was run by Dr. Peter Bourne, formerly drug czar under President Carter (the Carter administration had interceded on Jones' behalf to acquire the land in Guyana).  He resigned in 1979 after prescribing Quaaludes to Carter staffers.  Bourne was a psychologist linked to England's Tavistock Institute, which kept the British end up in regards to the mind control game.  Jonestown had copious links to mind control experimentation and the CIA, and Bourne's father had first worked at the Grenada med school in 1977, just after the People's Temple moved to Guyana.  The elder Bourne worked for Emory's Yerkes Primate Center and brought Peter in there as well.  The Bournes were working on "effects of drugs, sensory deprivation, behavioral modification on apes."  Peter Bourne had previously worked in Vietnam as part of the Phoenix Program of mind control and assassination. Bourne had done his psychatric residency in the free clinic in Haight-Ashbury, a MK-ULTRA front run by Gregory Bateson, an OSS/CIA agent (Albarelli, H.P. Jr., A Terrible Mistake, The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, Trine Day, Walterville, OR (2009)). 

Maurice Bishop had accused Bourne and the med school of being a CIA front.  The 7/23/78 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times implies that there could be some truth to this, since Bourne was providing debriefing statements to the CIA after his travels abroad.  Just in case that's not enough, Bourne's wife Mary King was deputy director over the Peace Corps during the Carter administration.  The Peace Corps is regularly used as a front for CIA spying

Just to recap:  In 1983, you had the following in Grenada:
  • Former high-ranking members of the People's Temple raising money to continue Jim Jones' "mission."
  • Jones' CIA handler Richard Dwyer.
  • Dr. Peter Bourne, a man with just as many links to the CIA and mind control experiments as Jim Jones himself.
Is it becoming clearer now why the only thing destroyed was the hospital?  And why the US came home with 18 tons of documents, most of which (like the documents concerning Jonestown) is still classified? 

It isn't much of a stretch to hypothesize that there was something sinister going on at the medical school in Grenada.  Peter Bourne was awash in connections to the CIA and mind control and it would be odd if someone of his stature was in Grenada just to give out free vaccinations and teach med school dropouts.  Why did it need to be destroyed then?  One possibility is that Bishop's increasingly friendly relationship with Cuba and the Soviet Union worried the US, who opted to destroy the hospital rather than have the information fall into communist hands.  With no American journalists on the ground, the Armed Forces had two full days to destroy all evidence and load up 18 tons of paper unnoticed. 

I'll return to the topic of Grenada in the future in posts on Jonestown and because it ties into the Banco Ambrosiano/P2 scandal since the island was home to many fictional financial institutions used for intelligence and mafia money laundering. 

Provided there's no major news events, I'll be back soon with the continuation of the JFK50 series.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

JFK50 Part 2: Magic Bullets and Vanishing Brains

A slow news weekend means this is an all-JFK post.  First up, news:

New book posits that RFK stole Kennedy's brain.
Allegedly, RFK took his brother's brain so that it wouldn't be known how advanced his Addison's Disease was.  The article makes it seem as if Addison's is an always-fatal condition, but it isn't, and there is evidence that JFK's case wasn't as severe since he was able to survive major surgery.  Of the many bizarre conspiracy theories that have been floated around over the years, one of the strangest has been that Kennedy organized the assassination himself because he knew he would die soon. 

There is a lot of confusion regarding Kennedy's brain, which is alleged to have gone missing from the National Archives in the mid-60s.  Only the Kennedy family had access to the JFK materials at that time (a fact few people know these days) and therefore the Kennedys or another high-ranking government official are our only choices for suspects.  There is also some controversy about what exactly there would have been left of Kennedy's brain to steal.  Most of the Parkland doctors and those present for the official autopsy in Bethesda stated that there was very little brain matter left.  That's a good bit different from the largely-intact brain viewed in photos by the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee.  This mystery was solved in 1998, albeit very quietly:

Archive photos are not Kennedy's brain.

If you read the article fully, you'll see that there were multiple examinations on multiple brains performed as part of the Kennedy autopsy.  Furthermore, there is a strong contention from several people close to the Kennedy family that they insisted the brain be interred with the body, so it is very likely that RFK wouldn't have even thought that there was a brain in the archives to steal.

JFK50 answers part 2:

Continuing this series with a few more points and responses.

Point 9:  Not ONE SPECK of any bullets/bullet fragments/bullet shells OTHER THAN OSWALD'S 6.5 MM MANNLICHER-CARCANO were discovered anywhere in Dealey Plaza, the limousine, the TSBD, Parkland Hospital, or in the victims. This one, to me, is simply impossible for conspiracy advocates to overcome, IF there had been (as some claim) up to 3 firing teams and
4 to 10 shots fired in DP on Nov. 22nd.

Response: Now we're getting somewhere.  Bullet evidence was the cornerstone of the Warren Commission's assertion that Oswald was the lone assassination.  Everyone by now is familiar with the "Magic Bullet" theory and the holes in it, so there is no need to rehash those arguments here.  The debunker is right, however, there is no evidence of other bullets or fragments from a gun other than the M-C.

But let's get into that for a while, shall we?  There is only ONE piece of bullet evidence in the Kennedy assassination: the so-called Magic Bullet, Commission Exhibit 399 (CE399, page 49, Vol XVII). 
This bullet allegedly went through both men and was found in this condition on a stretcher in Parkland Hospital. 

If one assumes that such a feat is possible and this an authentic bullet, forensic evidence does support the claim that this bullet is materially similar to fragments removed from Gov. John Connally's wrist.

It is, however, the only piece of forensic evidence.  Why? Here's a couple of reasons:
  • The car Kennedy was riding in was sent to Deerborn, MI, immediately after the assassination, disassembled and reassembled, and given to LBJ to be his Presidential limo.  There is no record of the car being reviewed for evidence or bullet fragments, nor is there any evidence that the Dallas Police or the FBI even looked at the car.
  • Governor John Connally's suit couldn't yield any forensic evidence, because someone sent it to the dry cleaners before it could be examined.  The suit was turned over to LBJ and a group of Texas Congressmen, and was later found in the closet of Rep. Henry Gonzalez.  It too was never examined and never in the possession of the Dallas Police Department or FBI. It's now on display in Austin, without any mention of its curious history.  
  • James Thomas Tague, interviewed in Vol VII, was struck by a richocheting bullet that struck the curb.  A thorough analysis of this can be found here, and no efforts were made to locate the bullet that struck the curb and then Tague, and the curb was repaired before it was examined in 1964.  The Warren Commission eventually decided that a fragment of a bullet that struck Kennedy and/or Connally had enough energy to travel an additional 200 yards, strike the curb and then wound Tague.
  • The Forgive My Grief series by Penn Jones, Jr. is a must-have for any serious researcher.  The cover of volume III is the oddly framed photograph shown below.  It depicts a FBI agent pocketing an extra bullet found in Dealey Plaza that day; one that was never entered into evidence.  This incident is related in Officer Walther's testimony in Vol VII. 

Point 10: The majority of Dealey Plaza witnesses said shots came from behind the President, in the direction of the School Book Depository Building.
Response:  The answer to this is simple.  See below:
That's the Doppler Effect.  It applies to gunshots because bullets can approach and pass the speed of sound, meaning that witnesses will hear something different depending on their relative position to the projectile when it breaks the sound barrier.  One horrific anecdote seldom mentioned is the number of soldiers in Vietnam who ran towards a sniper because the bullet missed them and broke the sound barrier after it passed.  They simply heard the "pop" in the wrong direction and ran headlong towards oncoming fire.  If gunmen were firing from in front of the President and missed, it is entirely possible that the witnesses would have heard the "pop" in the direction of the TSBD.

Point 11 is more dithering about curtain rods and Ruth Paine's testimony.  I won't spoil the fun for you -- read up on Ruth and Michael Paine on your own.  Find out specifically where Michael worked and for whom, and to whom the Paine's were related.  Then piece together their relationship to Lee and Marina and see if anything stands out to you.

Point 12: Oswald left behind, presumably for wife Marina, his wedding ring, wallet, and just about every dime he had to his name ($170), on the morning of 11/22. Logic dictates that he felt he may not return.
Response: Logic would only dictate this if it was different from his usual routine.  Since this is just an opinion, I'll offer one of my own: It would be strange if Oswald had carried "every dime he had" to work with him on a random morning in late November.  Furthermore, Oswald didn't know how to drive, so carrying a wallet and driver's license wouldn't have been necessary. Marina Oswald contradicts herself in her testimony regarding Lee's wedding ring.  She admits he often took it off during work since it was too wide for his small hands.  Former employers stated to the FBI that Lee never wore a wedding ring at work.

Oswald did, however, have identification on him.  Specifically, he had two identification cards, one for A. Hidell and one for Lee Oswald.  This is according to Officer Guy "Gus" Rose in Volume VII page 228.  Per Rose, Oswald initially identified himself as Hidell and was carrying a wallet at the time of his arrest

Point 13: Oswald was the only Depository employee known to have been INSIDE the Depository Building at the time of the assassination to leave work prematurely on 11/22.
Response: Yes, Oswald left the TSBD after the Kennedy assassination.  This much is true.  He wasn't in too much of a hurry for a man that had just committed the crime of the century, however.  Within minutes of the assassination -- in fact, in about 90 seconds after the final shots -- Oswald was spotted on the second floor of the building buying a Coke by Officer Marrion Baker and building superintendant Roy Truly.  Both Baker and Truly testified to this fact in Vol III but neither of them remembered Oswald having a Coke.  Baker's initial report to the FBI on Saturday the 23rd did mention the Coke, and Volume XI contains Oswald's version of the story which matches Truly's and Baker's but adds in the Coke. 

Point 14 & 15 deal again with the Tippit shooting which, as we saw in the last entry, is contentious enough to not be taken as definitive proof of Oswald's guilt.  Not to mention that killing Tippit doesn't mean that Oswald killed Kennedy. 

Coming next time: The General Walker shooting and the Zapruder film.  Future installments will branch out into to the arguments involving Ruby, Oswald's motives, and the official positions of the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bread & Circuses: Political Theatre, the Shutdown, and JFK50

The US Government passed a bill to avoid defaulting at the 11th hour. Again.

As any political watcher should have expected, Congress pulled America back from the brink yet again on Wednesday, averting a default that could have potentially derailed the world economy.  The Shutdown was political theatre at its finest, an opportunity for both sides of the aisle to play to their bases, brand the other side as the ones responsible, then pat themselves on the back for reaching a compromise.  The media rushed to detail the partisan war before, during, and after the Shutdown, all the while continuing to sell the lie that America has a two party system.  There's only one party in Washington:
According to OpenSecrets.org,  almost half of Congresspersons are millionaires.  The half that isn't is pretty close, so it's a fair assumption that the only "party" in Washington is the one of the ultra-rich.  Political brinksmanship is a game of Russian Roulette, except Congress is pointing the gun at America, not themselves.

So now government programs will be funded; bread for the teeming masses who will soon forget this ever happened.

But what is government except a type of theatre?  I've always thought of politics as simply a dressed up version of professional wrestling.  Two combatants fake-fight and pretend to hate one another for 10 or 15 minutes while the cameras are rolling, and then head back stage, have a beer and laugh at all the rubes that fell for it.  Case in point:

The Pentagon has admitted to faking military funerals for the past seven years.

According to an NBC reporter, the Pentagon admitted "that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn't even fly but were towed into position.”  These funerals -- which play an important role in keeping America's war machine in a sacred position in the minds of the public -- are all for show; a political pantomime. 

Circuses to mollify the public.  Makes you wonder what else they've been faking, huh?

JFK50, Part 1:

As the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination draws near, the media and the government have been dusting off the "Might Wurlitzer" to play the old familiar "lone nut" tune again.  In case you're not aware, my hometown of Dallas is doing everything they possibly can to ensure that anyone who believes anything other than the Gospel According to the Warren Commission is excluded from the official ceremony

Recently the mainstream media has been pimping an upcoming book by Larry Sabato, one that claims to "blow the conspiracy theories out of the water."  Mr. Sabato's book deals with the police recordings used by the House Select Committee on Assassinations to determine that more than three shots were fired.  Sabato has analyzed these tapes using modern technology and determines that only three bullets were fired in Dealy Plaza that day.  If you actually read the article, the three shots is Sabato's only contention and he's actually open to other ideas, yet the eye-catching headline is all most people will absorb.  Three shots or not, audio tapes don't put a gun in Oswald's hands, and his contention that no one fired from the Grassy Knoll is only applicable if the reports of the police motorcycle's positioning are accurate. 

Color me surprised, but there is still 25% of the American public that believes Oswald acted alone.  I imagine that this 25% is made up exclusively of government officials and the mainstream media, but in the next six weeks I have no doubt that each and every member of this minority will be given a chance to present their case. 

I would like for you to be prepared for this.  I want you to know the truth before the deluge of lies starts.  I don't really care whether you believe the same things I do or not, but I consider it very important that you are informed enough to be able to see through blatant lies when you're presented with them. 

It took me a while, but I was able to find an anti-JFK conspiracy site that wasn't just picking apart Oliver Stone's fast-and-loose version of history.  The site has a pretty good overview of the arguments you're likely to hear, so I'd like to give you the facts behind the claims that will be trotted out as the 50th approaches.  This will be Part 1, and during the weeks leading up to the anniversary I'll pick more arguments I find and provide the evidence against.

The site I'm using is: Lee Harvey Oswald's Sole Guilt: Point by Point
My rebuttals will use the Warren Commission Report, which can be viewed in its entirety here at the Assassination Archives and Research Center. Page numbers will be given when applicable, since that's easier for me than linking every citation.  In case you're unaware, the "Warren Commission Report" is a single volume.  There are 26 volumes of hearing transcripts and exhibits (vol XV through XXVI) that I'll be referring to.

Point 1: Lee Harvey Oswald owned the rifle found on the 6th Floor of the TSBD (Texas School Book Depository) on November 22, 1963.
Response: This is, on its face, true.  A Mannlicher-Carcano rifle was ordered from Klein's Sporting Goods on March 13, 1963 by "A. Hidell" to be shipped to what is believed to have been Oswald's post office box, #2915.  A. Hidell or Alec Hidell was one of Oswald's aliases.  There is, however, no evidence that Oswald took possession of the rifle and it is unknown under what name he acquired the PO Box since the Dallas Post Office threw his registration card away. 

Furthermore, there is little proof that the Mannlicher-Carcano (M-C) could have been capable of making the shots required to assassinate the President.  The M-C is a notoriously unreliable weapon, easily knocked out of alignment and referred to as "flimsy" by the FBI's firearms experts.  It was an Italian made rifle that was several decades old technology by the 1960s.  Allegedly, the Italian Army referred to the M-C as "the Humanitarian Rifle" because you couldn't kill anyone with it.

I'll save the hard forensics data regarding the spent shell casings and whether or not they were fired by the M-C for another time.  It does bear noting though that the M-C wasn't the only gun found on the 6th floor of the TSBD on November 22nd.  Deputy Sheriff E.L. Boone found a 7.65 mm German Mauser behind the boxes in the alleged "Sniper's Nest."  The fact that a Mauser was found is supported by the statement of other police officers, and the statements made to the press Friday night by District Attorney Henry Wade.  The film Evidence of Revision has NBC news footage of the Dallas PD holding the Mauser up for the cameras.

Point 2: Oswald owned the handgun that was shown to have been used in the J.D. Tippit killing.
Response:  Oswald admitted owning a handgun.  This is verified by the testimony of Capt. Will Fritz in Vol IV where he states Oswald claimed to have bought it a few months prior in Ft. Worth. 

The testimony of the witnesses to Oswald's alleged killing of Tippit can be found in Vol III.  The primary witness proclaiming Oswald's guilt was Mrs. Helen Markham.  Markham's testimony is contradicted by that of the medical staff as well as the other witnesses, none of whom saw her at the scene.  A cab driver, William Scoggins, did not see the shooting but identified Oswald as the man leaving the scene.  This identification occurred on Saturday afternoon, however, a full day after the entirety of the world knew Oswald's name and face, and every newspaper, radio, and television had stated he killed Kennedy and Tippit. 

Additionally, Oswald's gun is important in that fact that the .38 shell casings found at the scene were linked to his gun.  This is a misdirection -- Oswald was carrying a .38 Special revolver when he was captured.  Revolvers don't eject spent shell casings, automatics do, so if there are shell casings at the scene a gun other than Oswald's was used.

Point 3:  Oswald was positively identified by witness Howard L. Brennan as the person firing a rifle at JFK on 11/22/63.
Response: Brennan reported seeing a man matching Oswald's general description aiming a rifle out of the window of the 6th floor.  Brennan made his statements to police within a short time frame after the murder, and before Oswald was identified in the media. 

Brennan repeats his story to the Warren Commission in Vol III.  Not noted in the testimony is the fact that Brennan was unable to pick Oswald out of a police line-up later on Friday evening.  Furthermore, now that public has been allowed to view the Zapruder film, it is able to be seen that Brennan is looking the wrong way to be able to see the TSBD during the shooting.

Point 4: Marina Oswald admits to having taken pictures of Lee with these weapons on his person, which (all by itself) validates the "Backyard Photographs".
Response: Ignoring the fact that Marina Oswald is perhaps the least reliable person interviewed by the Warren Commission, this statement is illogical.  Ownership of weapons does not prove that the owner used them to commit a crime, nor does it serve as proof that those specific weapons were used in that crime. 

For more on Marina's memory lapses and outright fabrications, see her multiple appearances in front of the Commission.  Inter-staff memos released in 1971 reveal that even the Chief Council Lee J Rankin believed that Marina was lying during parts of her testimony.

Point 5: Wesley Frazier observed Oswald take a package into the Depository on the morning of November 22nd, 1963. .... Frazier said (via his 11/22 affidavit): "I saw him go in the back door at the Loading Dock of the building that we work in, and he still had the package under his arm."
AND
Point 6: Oswald's claim of "curtain rods" within the package cannot be supported at all. His room needed no curtains, nor rods, and NO such rods were ever found in the TSBD or at 1026 N. Beckley Avenue in Oak Cliff.
Response: Frazier testified in Vol III that Oswald brought the disassembled gun into the TSBD in a paper bag claiming it was a set of curtain rods.  Other TSBD employees state they did not see Oswald carrying anything that morning.  We've already gone over how unreliable the M-C was, and it would have been even worse if Oswald had taken it apart and reassembled it that day.

Point 6 is a bit of logical trickery.  Oswald never officially claimed he was carrying curtain rods, Frazier said that he did.  According those present during Oswald's interrogation, he claimed he only brought his lunch that day.  Finally, the disassembled M-C would have been 35 inches long -- about half as tall as Oswald himself and therefore it would have been cumbersome and obvious to anyone he encountered that morning.

I'll skip Point 7 since no one has ever disputed that Oswald was in fact working on the 6th Floor that day.  It isn't as damning a piece of evidence as the Warren Commission supporters think it is.

Point 8: Oswald's palm print is found on his Carcano rifle.
Response: This is a blatant misrepresentation of the truth that is repeated ad nauseum both by the media and the Warren Commission in their official statement.  To clarify since the anonymous author doesn't, Dallas Police Lt. John Carl Day stated to both the Warren Commission (Vol IV) and other police officials that he discovered Oswald's palm print on the M-C around midnight the day of the assassination.  Day -- by his own admission -- did not document this finding in writing, or photograph it as was official procedure for the Dallas PD.  Day states that he verbally told FBI Agent Drain about the print; Drain however denies this.

Completely ignored by the anti-conspiracy crowd is the testimony of FBI fingerprint expert Sebastian Latona.  Latona's testimony appears on pages 1 through 48 of Vol IV.  Latona, one of the FBI's top fingerprint analysts, testified that there were NO prints on the rifle and NO evidence that prints had been attempted to be taken when he examined it the following day, November 23rd.  Additionally, former Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry stated in his 1969 book JFK Assassination File that paraffin tests to Oswald's face came back negative: he had not fired a rifle that day.

I'll be back in a few days to conclude these points and address a few more.






Thursday, October 10, 2013

Agents Provocateur and the Police State

The news media has played the New York City SUV/biker attack on constant loop since September 29th, ensuring that the American public was visually assaulted to the same degree as the physical assault sustained by the unfortunate victim.  Modern news has become more about inflicting pain than imparting information, so it should come as no surprise that there have been few, if any, follow up stories on this event.  One aspect of the crime in particular has been purposefully ignored:

Off-duty officer 'terrorized' family as SUV driver was beaten

One of the bikers involved in the attack was an (allegedly) off-duty New York City police officer.  Wojciech Brasczok was not merely present for the assault, but reportedly "shattered the rear window" and "kicked in the passenger's side door."  Kudos to CNN.com for actually publishing an article pointing this out, however there is a pretty important detail about Mr. Brasczok that they've left out: he's a police intelligence agent.

To be more specific, it is Mr. Brasczok's job to infiltrate subversive groups, gain their confidence, and report their plans and activities to authorities.  Mr. Brasczok was more than just a spy, however, he was an agent provocateur.  Despite the rather small section on the US on Disinfo-pedia.....I mean Wikipedia....American law enforcement and intelligence agencies have a long history of using agents provocateur to accomplish their goals.  Most recently, Brasczok was tasked with infiltrating the Occupy movement.  More articles detailing Brasczok's involvement with the Occupy movement can be found here and here.  

So clearly, Brasczok wasn't punching the clock in his dress blues everyday, so how can we be so sure that he was "off-duty" at the time of the assault?  He was arrested on more than one occasion while working undercover in Occupy.  See below:

The two men putting Brasczok in cuffs are his co-workers.  Think about that for a second and then consider the alleged legal trouble he's in now.  The arrest depicted above was used to help Brasczok -- who went by the name "Al Brazok" -- establish his cover as a political radical.  Per Occupy organizers interviewed by the Daily Mail, "Al" was very keen on knowing everyone's names and ages and, after having become fully integrated into Occupy, encouraged the group to violate laws. 

Encouraging others to break the law is the agent provocateur's primary job.  Blogger and radio host Hal Turner regularly encouraged his fans to use violence against minorities and political figures.  Turner is best known for the phrase, "I don't make bombs....I make bombers!" in reference to the Oklahoma City bombing.  It was later revealed that Turner was working with the FBI. The riots at the 2004 and 2008 party conventions were instigated by undercover police.  The COINTELPRO program of the 60s and 70s saw the FBI and CIA infiltrating political radicals on the right and left and committing crimes on behalf of both sides of the spectrum. 

I certainly don't think that the attack on the Lien family was a political conspiracy, however the exposure of Brasczok is an important event.  The use of agents provocateur is not something that was done only in the past.  It is an ongoing practice by law enforcement to harass and spy on law abiding citizens; people whose only crime is expressing themselves and using the rights granted to them by the Constitution.  Brasczok is not an anomaly.  He is but one of an untold number of individuals tasked with gaining HUMINT (human intelligence) to complement the government's total digital surveillance. 

On that note: the Virginia Police Department has been scanning license plates at political rallies.  Keep in mind that as with the incident above, the VA cops aren't doing anything that isn't going on everywhere else, they just got caught. 

Updates:
Miriam Carey had some interesting things in her car.  Specifically, she had her passport, several IDs, foreign currency, and an uncashed check for around $1800.  As yet, the big questions about what kind of foreign currency and an uncashed check from whom haven't been answered, but the police have said that the contents did not give them any hints as to motive. 

Also, as you can see in this video, the cops were well aware that there was a child in the car and most likely could see that she wasn't armed.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A picture is worth a 1000 words: October News Roundup

Bill Epperidge, the man who took the iconic image of Robert Kennedy moments after he was shot, has died at age 75.

Astute readers will know that Epperidge wasn't the only photographer in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel that night.  Fifteen year old Jamie Scott Enyart was there as well, and was behind Senator Kennedy at the time he was shot.  Quick-thinking Enyart shot nearly an entire roll of film once shots began ringing out, capturing several harrowing photos of the chaos in the dimly-lit room.  As Enyart left the pantry, he was taken into custody at gunpoint by two Los Angeles police officers who informed him that his film was needed as evidence.  Enyart was in police custody until approximately 5:30PM the following day, at which point his camera -- sans film -- was returned to him.  After several inquiries and the eventual threat of legal action, the prints (not the negatives) were returned to Enyart, minus ten frames taken during the assassination of Kennedy. 

Enyart's photographs were not used in the Sirhan Sirhan trial or in any of the appeal or parole hearings.  He made another inquiry about the photographs in 1988, after the twenty year seal on evidence had been lifted, but was told the photos had been destroyed.  Legal wrangling led to another trial in 1996, at which point it was revealed the photos existed, however they were stolen from the courier's car on their way to being delivered to the courtroom.

To date, there is no word as to what Enyart's ten frames show.

On the topic of images:

This is an image of the Washington DC police taking photographs of Washington Post photographers taking pictures of them.  The scene was the site of a self-immolation by an as-yet unidentified African-American male on October 4th.  The man has since died from his injuries.  Several news outlets are incorrectly reporting this to be the first American self-immolation, but there have been incidents as recently as 2011, though less widely reported.  An unidentified man in Houston, Texas was stopped this morning before he could self-immolate.  Whether these are acts of suicide or political protest is not yet known.

It has been a busy week in the nation's capitol, as the internal turmoil of the political games surrounding the Shutdown have externalized themselves in acts of violence.  Miriam Carey, 34, was killed by DC police the day before after ramming a barricade near the White House.  Most headlines regarding the event refer to Carey as "delusional" because the phrase "the cops shot a delusional woman" sounds much, much nicer than "the cops shot an unarmed woman in front of her child."  The media is doing all they can to paint Carey as a dangerous psychotic in an effort to justify the use of extreme force, but her sisters have been doing an admirable job fighting the smear campaign.  Like Aaron Alexis, Miriam Carey reportedly believed she was the victim of electronic surveillance by the government, specifically Barack Obama himself.  I don't know how anyone could say that believing the government was watching you could be considered "crazy" and keep a straight face, but the usual suspects (CNN, Fox News) are doing the best they can. 

One thing that Miriam Carey had in common with Alexis and all of the recent perpatrators of violent events in America is the fact that she was on prescription psychiatric drugs.  Specifically, Carey was on Risperidone, an anti-psychotic medication typically used to treat schizophrenia.  Carey was reportedly prescribed Risperidone (and Lexapro) for post-partum depression.  It would be interesting to find out who exactly prescribed Risperidone to Carey, because any reasonable doctor should have known better.  The makers of Risperidone/Risperdal were fined $1.2 billion for Medicare fraud and downplaying the risks of the drug in April 2012.  It was the first of many lawsuits they lost that year, including one because Risperidone causes male patients to grow breasts.  The short version of all the lawsuits is that Risperidone is essentially a useless drug, as it is ineffectual for any of the conditions it is designed to treat.  Carey's child is 18 months old, placing the birth in April 2012, meaning any responsible doctor should have been well-aware that Risperidone was garbage. 

Carey joins a long and growing list of people who commit violent acts after taking psychiatric drugs. The media has made a concerted effort to trot out statistics about gun ownership in America versus that of other developed nations, and how we have the highest levels of gun violence outside of places like Central America.  Decidedly less reported is the fact that America has 5% of the world's population but takes 60% of the world's supply of psychiatric drugs.  It's probably because drug companies spend more on advertising than they do on research and development.  When was the last time you saw an ad for Smith & Wesson on the evening news? 

Michael Hastings:

No.  I'm not letting it go.

Information continues to trickle out about what Hastings was working on in the final months of his life.  WhoWhatWhy has an excellent article tying Hastings in with the top unreported story of the past two years: the arrest and detention of Barrett Brown, the alleged "spokesman" for hacktivist group Anonymous.  Brown has been in federal prison in Mansfield, TX for over a year now and is currently facing a maximum of 105 years in prison for his role in the HBGary vs. Anonymous incidents.  For those of you who were paying attention, the HBGary incident blew the lid off the government's War on Privacy years before anyone knew who Edward Snowden was.  HBGary created the software that allowed for the government to create and manage "sock-puppets" -- fake on-line personas -- to engage in a grass-roots psyop program that could be directed against any target they chose.  If it's not clear, here's an example: HBGary's persona management system could be used to create dozens of fake Facebook profiles that appeared on the surface to be the real deal. Pictures of vacations, status updates about current events, etc.  All of these fake accounts would be managed by a single employee who would use them to make social network connections with individuals, thus gaining access to any and all information they shared.  As we learned a few days ago, the NSA is super-duper interested in what you do on social networking sites, so we shouldn't be surprised that they'd do just about anything to insert themselves in our lives. 

For the record, Brown's crime wasn't hacking HBGary, but publicizing what was found.

Hastings is connected to Brown in two ways.  The first is that he was one of the few mainstream journalists reporting on his story.  The second is that they were both contributors to the blogging site True/Slant.  Here's Hastings' profile.  Under the section, "I'm running from...," Hastings put "A Nobel Peace Prize Winner."  We can only speculate about who he was referring to, but chances are it is the guy mentioned in his article "Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans." 

For more information on Brown's work, see his website Project PM.

Other news:

The Soldier N story in the UK continues to reveal more information about a potential conspiracy in the death of Princess Diana.  His laptop had 90 images of Special Forces soldiers, including this provacative shot of Special Ops taking target practice off of a UK bridge:


I think the most important thing is that they are doing this out of uniform.

Police State Update:

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office has decided that they need this bullet proof, mine-protected SUV to serve warrants with:

 
 
 
Granted, Texas is known for our lax gun laws, but the last time I checked rocket launchers are still illegal here.