Sunday, November 10, 2013

News Updates and JFK50 part 4: the Chicago Plot

Not to be outdone by the BBC article I discussed in an earlier post, the New York Times wants to know "Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories."  They're off to a good start with the title, which points out that conspiracy theories and rational thought don't go together.  The author waits a full four sentences before using the "C" word, which is a remarkable show of restraint.  WhoWhatWhy does an excellent job taking apart the article, which never bothers to mention the any of the conspiracies that have turned out to be true.  It mentions the Tuskegee syphilis study in passing, only to say African-Americans are wrong to think that the government would ever experiment on them without their knowledge.  It's exactly this type of doublespeak that fills any reporting on conspiracy theories: "Here's a hundred reasons not to trust the government, but you're crazy if you don't."

Updates:
Hastings death:
Michael Hastings' brother Jonathan speaks out against conspiracy theories.
Just as it was odd that his widow acted chipper and cheerful on CNN only a few days after his death, it seems odd that the other Mr. Hastings would be so concerned regarding what people think about his brother's death.  Quote: "There were a lot of journalists-in-quotes who didn’t seem to have read it [the police report] very carefully or were, irresponsibly I think, taking things out of context." J. Hastings is referring to the police report I mentioned back in August, the one that said drugs did not play a role in his death.  What's interesting about J. Hastings' interview is that he seems to position himself as the prime suspect to be the "unnamed male" who informed the police about Hastings' drug use in the report. 

Oh and then there's this: Radio beam device can disable car and boat engines from 50 meters.  It's even small enough to fit in a pickup truck bed.  The article states there are plans to mount versions of the device on helicopters, which is pretty much an admission that they've already done it.

Barrett Brown:
Barrett Brown is still in prison and facing a 100 year sentence for posting a link.  No, this news update isn't to tell you he got out, but that his mom got 6 months probation for helping him hide laptops from the FBI.  The government is certainly going out of their way to make an example out of Brown, probably because they can't get their hands on Edward Snowden.

Police State:
Motorola has patented a pill that turns your body into a password.  If that's not creepy enough, they also want to give you a neck tattoo that turns your body into a cell-receiver.  I'll bet you that's how they'll market it, but it will also "capture vibrations, or sound, directly from a user's throat," thus making it possible for the NSA -- who already listens to everything you do on your cellphone -- to hear everything you say.  But wait it gets worse: it also measures "galvanic skin response" which is a fancy way of saying it is a lie-detector too. 

JFK50:
Secretary of State John Kerry has "serious doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone."

But he thinks the Warren Commission didn't look enough into Cuba and Russia.  Because of course he does.  Articles on the interview go into the fact that the Warren Commission didn't delve into the Cuban and Russian aspects of the investigation, but fails to mention that there weren't any to go into.  These articles also fail to mention that Sec. Kerry is just carrying on a family tradition: He's directly related to Michael and Ruth Paine, who housed Marina during the period around the assassination.    The Paines provided most of the evidence against Oswald, most of it conforming to the "Communist sympathizer" theory that was so weak that the Warren Commission choose to largely ignore it.  The Paines' garage was searched on 11/22 (1, 2) and again on 11/23 (1).  It would be during the second search that they found a copy of the Communist newspaper The Worker and the infamous photo of Oswald holding the rifle.  Why they didn't find them in the first search is unknown as it seems odd that three police detectives would miss a blue suitcase.  During his interrogation, Oswald directed them on multiple occasions to search the Paines' garage. 

It isn't too presumptuous to assume that the police didn't find these things on Friday because they weren't there.  Between Friday night and Saturday morning, the Paines and the Oswalds weren't the only people at the house on 5th Street in Irving.  Sometime after 9PM, two reporters from Life Magazine arrived (Vol III, pg 83).  The two men returned the following morning, and took Marina and Marguerite Oswald into Dallas.  According to Marguerite Oswald, Marina's interpreter would "whisper to Life Magazine," but not tell Marguerite what was being said. 

It is important to note that Time/Life Magazine plays a very important role in the Kennedy Assassination.  As I've noted before, they are the ones who published the Oswald rifle photograph and admitted to making changes to it.  They also purchased the Zapruder Film on Saturday morning, later publishing the frames out of order.  Time/Life Magazine is a "gatekeeper" of information on assassinations.  Case in point: Time reporter Robert Kaiser was allowed to spend over 200 hours with Sirhan Sirhan, including being present when he was interviewed by psychatrists and put under hypnosis.  This is considerably more time than his attorneys or family was allowed to see him, and the fact that a reporter was allowed to sit in on psychiatric evaluations was and is unprecedented. Kaiser was working as an "assistant" to Sirhan's defense team, who -- like Kaiser -- readily assumed Sirhan's guilt.  Kaiser's book  RFK Must Die! is the bedrock of the "mind controlled assassin" theory, which is a distraction to the wealth of physical evidence that RFK was killed from behind instead of in front where Sirhan was standing. 

The Chicago Plot:
There is evidence that JFK was to be assassinated in Chicago on 11/2/63 while attending the Army-Navy college football game.  The FBI alerted the Secret Service about the plot and the trip was cancelled.  This incident was curiously never brought up during the Warren Commission hearings, but not because no one wanted to talk about it.  Abraham Bolden, the first African-American Secret Service agent charged with guarding the President, most certainly did want to talk about it, but was jailed for accepting bribes after he contacted Commission attorneys about testifying.  Bolden was eventually freed after the convicted criminal who testified against him admitted to perjury after being instructed to lie by the prosecution.  Don't tell the New York Times, but that kinda sounds like a conspiracy to me.

The details of the Chicago Plot are eerily reminiscent of Dallas:

  1. Thomas Arthur Vallee (shown above) was arrested and charged with plotting to kill Kennedy.  Vallee was a right-wing extremist with a sizable cache of weapons.
  2. Vallee and Oswald were extremely similar to one another: both were former Marines, both had been stationed at bases from which the U-2 planes were tested, and both had been involved in training anti-Castro Cubans. 
  3. There is some evidence that Vallee was a "patsy" of sorts; the original tip to the FBI stated it was a four-man plot.  Vallee would be the only arrest.
  4. The man who arrested Vallee, Dan Groth, was a Chicago Police Officer with alleged intellegence ties.  On 12/4/69, black activist and Black Panther Fred Hampton was assassinated by the Chicago PD working in conjunction with the FBI as part of their COINTELPRO program.   That this was an assassination is a fact, not conspiracy theory, because the US Circuit Court of Appeals awarded Hampton's family $1.85M in damages, some of which Groth was responsible for paying.
  5. Just to make things sufficiently weird: the plot was foiled by an anonymous tipster named "Lee."
Vallee would later tell investigators that he was just a convenient distraction because his anti-Kennedy views made it believable that he would threaten the president.  He admitted to owning a rifle and several thousand rounds of ammunition, but denied making any direct threats against Kennedy.  The Chicago plot and later ones in New Orleans (11/17) and Tampa (11/18) were all "foiled" by combinations of the FBI, Secret Service, or local police, but it bears noting that there seemed to be no such efforts made in Dallas.