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Blakey

Friday, June 21st, 2013

G. Robert Blakey  – South Bend, Indiana

We called former Chief Counsel & Director of The House Select Committee on Assassinations, G. Robert Blakey at his Notre Dame lair.

Hello?

Hello, Professor Blakey?

(Pause) Yes?

Hi, I’m Max Steingrout famous gambler & conspiracy theorist. Can I talk to you for a minute?

I’m, -uh, actually, in a meeting, now’s not good, you can try me in an hour.

(An hour & 1/2 later …)

Hello?

Professor Blakey?

(Pause & no comment)

This is Max, I called you, like, an hour ago and I’m hoping to talk to you for a minute –

Uh, ok, I only have 10 minutes.

Terrific, looking back at the HSCA, it seems as though you were put in a very difficult and very, very political position.

I didn’t look at it as a political position at all. We were there to do a job.

It’s my understanding, the HSCA found conspiracy probable due to acoustic evidence-

No, you’re wrong. There was enough evidence to find probable conspiracy even without acoustical evidence.

Like what?

Witnesses and witness reaction. There was SM Holland standing on the overpass. There’s the Zapruder film.

There was 1 – 2, 3 – 4 shots. The first two coming from the rear.

After all these years, Lone Nut or Conspiracy. Does it matter?

No. Well, it matters for history.

Did the Committee find evidence that Oswald & Ruby knew each other?

No we didn’t. And I don’t believe they knew each other and it doesn’t matter even if they did. There are some that say they saw them together at the strip club. Frankly, I don’t  believe it.

Regarding the intelligence agencies stonewalling of your commitee, specifically, Joannides, do you think it implicates the intelligence community?

No, not at all. There’s no reason to think, just because they stonewalled us, that they had anything to do with conspiracy.

What about the other things, like discrediting conspiracy theorists like Mark Lane?

Well, right. All these things add up and make us wonder why? We found no evidence that suggested the CIA had anything to do with the assassination. Look, if they did have anything to do with the assassination they wouldn’t leave anything behind anyway.

What about the Mexico City recordings and photos?

Those things aren’t evidence of conspiracy.

As sad as the assassination itself was, what seems almost as sad to me, is it’s historical aftermath. Whether it was the cabal, mafia, or a lone nut, it just seems so sad that we still wonder.

Look, a completely sane, rational person can believe Lone Nut. We found some evidence of mafia conspiracy on a local level, not a commission level. We know this because, nationally, we were wiretapping them. We would have heard some chatter.

With hindsight, after all these years, & you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to, do you still believe these (mafia) forces were behind the assassination?

(No Answer)

Professor Blakey?

(No Answer – Pause – then “click.”)

Professor Blakey?

RFK

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

June 5, 1968-

New Orleans District Attorney, Jim Garrison worried for Bobby’s life.

He received word the Senator believed his conclusions regarding the assassination of his brother. Garrison understood if he knew what Kennedy thought, so did his enemies.

Garrison warned him and, as the only way to protect himself, pleaded for him to go public.

Through an intermediary, Kennedy let Garrison know he was going to do just that … after he won the California primary.

The CIA was desperate. Time was running out.

45 years ago, RFK was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after delivering his California primary victory speech.

 

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

– RFK  (University of Cape Town, South Africa, June 6, 1966)

Sunshine Daydream

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann accidentally absorbed a small amount of LSD in a laboratory in 1943.

For the next 20 years, the drug was used as a psychiatric tool.

It became illegal, about the same time the CIA weaponized the drug in conjunction with their mind control (MK-ULTRA) program.

Mary Pinchot-Meyer was one hot piece of bohemian ass, Mary & JFK carried on a three year affair.

Mary started an elite girls club, dedicated to “turning on” the most powerful men in Washington, DC.

She visited, & became friends with, psychedelic trips guru & Harvard professor, Timothy Leary. She received LSD from Leary and consulted with him about her mission & the best way to conduct a psychedelic journey.

The FBI, CIA & Jackie all knew about the affair. The CIA had Mary’s apartment bugged. They had full knowledge (& most likely, full recordings) of Mary & The Leader of the Free World’s acid trip.

They had seen enough.

There were many people who would have liked to see John Kennedy dead including: the mob, the exiles, the chiefs, the right wing extremists, & the industrial military complex.

On November 23, 1963, a frantic Mary called Timothy Leary and told him: “They couldn’t control him any more. He was changing too fast. He was learning too much … they’ll cover everything up. I gotta come see you. I’m scared. I’m afraid.”

Less than a year later, Mary Pinchot Meyer was murdered as she walked along the Chesapeake River in Georgetown.

Point blank: Bullet to the head, bullet to the heart.

The murder remains unsolved.

In 2001, six weeks before his death, when asked who had murdered Mary, ex-husband & CIA spook, Cord Meyer reportedly hissed: “The same sons of bitches that killed John F. Kennedy.”

Citizen Mark Lane

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

-Jackie Robinson

Mark Lane has lived an important life.

His book, Citizen Lane – Defending Our Rights In The Courts, The Capital, And In The Streets, like his life, is a wild ride.

Like a patient parent, Lane writes with a moral authority, kindness, conviction, intelligence, selflessness, and sense of humor.

After encountering the sting of racism during his early life in the military, Mr. Lane confides the reason he didn’t join a small barracks protest:  “– the basis for my refusal was fear of confronting authority. That characteristic seems to have faded in time.”

Thank God.

He chronicles his years as a veteran, attorney, activist, advocate, politician, investigator, defender, author, Freedom Rider, Jonestown survivor, and counsel at Wounded Knee.

Regarding the James Richardson case, Mr. Lane describes as “the second happiest moment in my professional life,” when Dade County, Florida special prosecutor, Janet Reno, after hearing the defense told the judge, “Justice was not served. James Richardson was deprived of a fair trial.”

Mark Lane doesn’t make us wait long to learn of his happiest professional moment:

“Eventually the judge took the bench. His remarks were very brief: ‘I hereby vacate the judgment of conviction. Mr. Richardson, you are free to go.”

Over the decades, friends, cohorts, allies, and accomplices include Eleanor Roosevelt, Dick Gregory, Jim Garrison, Jane Fonda, Paul McCartney, and Marlon Brando.

He shares a story about attempting to publish Rush To Judgment in London in 1966 and allowing Paul McCartney to read one of his original copies. McCartney responded by allowing Mark Lane to be the first person to hear his new composition, Eleanor Rigby.

If you’re looking for a book about Mark Lane’s journey into the heart of the JFK assassination darkness, try Rush to Judgment, Plausible Denial or his Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK.

Mr. Lane does not approach this watershed moment until almost half way through Citizen Lane and then, for only 28 pages. Within these pages, however, are startling revelations which makes this book well worth the price of admission, including a 1966 CIA assassin’s warning.

Through his life’s actions and through this book, Mark Lane gives us hope and inspires.

What else is there?

Thank you, Mark Lane.

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” (Ratified on December 15, 1791)

Sympathy for the Devil

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Sympathy For the Devil –  Beggars Banquet

The Rolling Stones began recording Sympathy for the Devil on June 4, 1968.

Lyrics included:   I shouted out, who killed Kennedy?

On June 5, 1968 RFK was assassinated.

The Stones went back into the studio and changed the words to:

I shouted out, who killed the Kennedys?

The Man Who Kept The Secrets

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

1968 – JFK, MLK & RFK were dead.

The Vietnam War raged on.

From Berkeley to Cambridge, student revolution was in the air.

Yale graduate Thomas Powers, wrote for the Rome Daily American in Italy and for UPI.

According to Wikipedia, the Rome Daily American:  “was 40% owned by the CIA as part of Operation Mockingbird until the early 1970s. The intent of this ownership was to provide cover for CIA operatives and to influence the Italian electorate which was threatening to vote Communist at that time.”

In 1970 he became a freelance writer and ”wrote quite a lot of reviews of JFK assassination books.”

In fact, as a Warren Commission apologist, he wrote quite a lot of negative reviews about conspiracy books and glowing reviews about lone nut books, such as Priscilla Johnson’s Marina and Lee.

In 1971 he won his Pulitzer for National Reporting on Weathermen member Diana Oughton.

In 1979 he published The Man who kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA.

In 2002 he published a series of memoirs entitled: Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al Queda.

In his introduction he defends the CIA and throws JFK under the accusation of responsibility for the assassination of foreign leaders bus.

He writes:  “But what about the awkward question of authorization – did President Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson approve the murder plots or not? The general rule leaves no room for doubt on this score; of course authority came from the White House – where else? Laymen need not agonize over this question; the absence of an explosion of official anger at the discovery of murder plots provides all the evidence anybody really needs.”

We exchanged the following e-mails:

TCH> > Do you believe Oswald acted alone and, hypothetical: what if you’re wrong?

TP> > You put the question in an odd way — what if I am wrong? What difference would that make? — I’m doubtless wrong about lots of things.

TCH> > What if you’re wrong? I suppose I phrased the question in an odd way because as I’ve surveyed the charred remnants of the JFK assassination, I’ve found the subject remains taboo. As terrible a tragedy as the murder was, I think, if Oswald did NOT act alone, a tragedy of equal proportions: the national security cover up. If Oswald did not act alone, then the remaining senior citizens that actually grieved the man, have been hood-winked. If, 50 years from now the assassination is historically remembered as the JFK conspiracy, then the bad guys won and future generations will wonder how we let this happen.

TP> > If I’m wrong, no big deal. If the country is wrong, maybe it would be a big deal, and maybe it wouldn’t. It would depend entirely on the facts as established — if the whole Warren Commission knew the truth and sat on it — yikes!

If some scraggly highschool dropout Fidelista friend of Oswald drove him to the Texas School Book depository and wished him luck on the fatal day, then lived in secretive fear until an overdose killed him a few years later — well, no big deal.  So it depends.

My friend Max Holland is writing a book about  the deliberations of the Warren Commission and he certainly does not think they knew and sat on the truth, but I urge you to read his book when it appears. I would also urge you to read Priscilla McMillan’s Marina and Lee. It’s a very rich and intimate account of the months and days preceding the assassination which in my view leaves no room for an offstage conspiracy.

People sometimes fall victim to the dark charm of a densely factual and hugely documented mystery — I’ve had two friends who were convinced for a time that they were uniquely smart enough to read everything and figure out what happened — David Kaiser and Burton Hersh. In my opinion, they were not. Nor were any of the other writers who caught that particular bug.

At one point I wrote quite a lot of reviews of JFK assassination books, but I quit after David Lifton’s Best Evidence, which was so crazy it seemed crazy to think of him as anything but crazy. I will save you some trouble by saying that his version of what happened involves the removal of Kennedy’s body from the back of the plane, during its flight to Washington, then slipping it out a side door in the cockpit to waiting confederates at Washington’s (then) National Airport, and spiriting it off for surgical alteration of the wounds to make it appear he was shot from behind. You understand that this meant carrying the body from the back of the plane to the front of the plane, during flight, past all the passengers, including the grieving widow and the new president. This book received a lot of respectful attention because the explanation was buried in a mountain of confusing and mainly irrelevant narrative digression.

I don’t know if that’s helpful, but its what I think.

Best wishes –

Tom Powers

Who Killed JFK?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Dealey Plaza, Dallas, TX. November 22, 1963 – Dallas Sheriff Roger Craig broke ranks at the sound of gunfire and ran to Dealey Plaza moments after the Leader of the Free World was assassinated.

Sheriff Craig reported to the Warren Commission: “I heard a shrill whistle coming from the north side of Elm Street. I turned and saw a white male in his twenties running down the grassy knoll from the direction of the Texas School Book Depository Building. A light green Rambler station wagon was coming slowly west on Elm Street. The driver of the station wagon was a husky looking Latin, with dark wavy hair, wearing a tan windbreaker type jacket. He was looking up at the man running toward him. He pulled over to the north curb and picked up the man coming down the hill. I tried to cross Elm Street to stop them and find out who they were. The traffic was too heavy and I was unable to reach them.

After the Oswald arrest, Sheriff Craig was brought to Captain Fritz’s office to identify Oswald.

Captain Fritz said: “What’s this about a station wagon?”

Oswald interrupted, “- That station wagon belongs to Mrs. Paine. Don’t try to tie her into this. She had nothing to do with it.” He continued, “I told you people I did” adding dejectedly, “everybody will know who I am now.”

The Chiefs

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

The Chiefs had seen enough.

He was a dandy. A pervert. Soft on communism.

The Bay of Pigs. The Missile Crisis. No balls in Southeast Asia.

Now this: appeasement.

So close and he was going to give up the cold war.

The entire god damn shooting match!

Not on their watch.

Mexico City

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

November 23, 1963 telephone conversation between Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover discussing Lee Harvey Oswald’s mysterious late September, early October Mexico City visit.

LBJ- Have you established any more about the visit to the Soviet Embassy in Mexico in September?

HOOVER-  No, that’s one angle that’s very confusing  for this reason. We have up here the tape and the photograph of the man who was at the Soviet Embassy, using Oswald’s name. That picture and the tape do not correspond to this man’s voice, nor to his appearance. In other words, it appears that there is a second person who was at the Soviet Embassy down there.

Ted

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

As Ted Kennedy found out, power is a fickle bed fellow.

In The Chickenhawk’s exclusive interview with Joan Kennedy, when asked about the Warren Commission, she explained:  “He didn’t think it did anyone any good to believe otherwise. It wouldn’t be good for The Country. It wouldn’t be good for The Kennedys.”

Author Jefferson Morley suggests, “Teddy had a choice. Investigate his brother’s death and kiss off public service for the rest of his life. Or embrace public service and avoid looking into the terrible and painful realities of Dallas. He made his choice and he had to figure out how to live with it.”