News Archive - Nov 2008
New Book: Legacy of Secrecy
November 19, 2008: Lamar Waldron (with Thom Hartmann) has written a new book entitled Legacy of Secrecy. Following on the earlier Ultimate Sacrifice, the new book recaps their story of a JFK-sponsored Cuban coup plan for Dec 1, 1963, and then tells the story of the ensuing years of secrecy and cover-up, with new analysis of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King. Unlocked for online viewing here at the MFF are Chapter One and the Epilogue. See the MFF's previous Ultimate Sacrifice walkthrough for documents and more information; a similar walkthrough for the new book is planned.
JFK Conspiracy Disproved, Again
Nov 14, 2008: MSNBC reports that an upcoming Discovery Channel show entitled JFK: Inside the Target Car, to air November 16, purports to debunk the idea of a grassy knoll shot in the JFK assassination, based on recreations and blood spatter analysis. See this discussion on the Simkin forum for alternate views. Ironically, the story notes that the fatal shot resulted in "spraying a nearby officer agent" while then offering proof that the fatal shot was fired from behind because "Most of the simulated body material had spattered forward into the car, consistent with a shot that entered the back of the head and exited toward the front." Lost in this analysis is the fact that the "officer agent," presumably Bobby Hargis, was riding to the left and behind the presidential limousine, not in front of it. See Robert Harris' The Final Shots for more. Hargis' Warren Commission testimony is at 6WH293.
New Book: On the Trail of the JFK Assassins
November 13, 2008: Dick Russell, author of The Man Who Knew Too Much, has a new book about the JFK assassination. On the Trail of the JFK Assassins puts in one place Russell's many articles for the Village Voice, Harpers, High Times and other publications, and interleaves them with updates and new research and writing about the case. From Russell's visit to KGB headquarters to an interview with MKULTRA's Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, Russell provides an intriguing personal narrative of his quest to find out who killed JFK.
New Book: Brothers in Arms
November 10, 2008: Gus Russo, author of Live by the Sword, has co-authored with Stephen Molton a new book entitled Brothers in Arms: The Kennedys, the Castros, and the Politics of Murder. The book puts in written form the story told in a German film that Russo co-wrote with filmmaker Wilfreid Huismann, entitled Rendezvous with Death. The film and book posit that Lee Oswald killed President Kennedy under contract by Cuban intelligence agents. Some of the book is based on interviews conducted with named and unnamed sources, and some of the stories of Communist conspiracy in Mexico City were in play from the time of the assassination and even before. For some, including government insiders like Al Haig and Joseph Califano, the Castro plot thesis is compelling; for others, this is the aftermath of a successful murder conspiracy in which false leads pointing to Castro were part of the plot.
Cecil Stoughton Dead at 88
November 7, 2008: White House photographer Cecil Stoughton has died at the age of 88; see obituaries by the New York Times and the National Press Photographers Association. Stoughton rode in the Dallas motorcade and took the famous photos of LBJ's swearing-in aboard Air Force I, in addition to many other White House photos during the JFK presidency. Stoughton will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Legal Questions About Obama Colorado Threat
November 3, 2008: Legal experts are questioning the decision by Colorado US Attorney Troy Eid not to prosecute the men arrested in Colorado for threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, according to The Raw Story. Eid had dismissed the three men as "meth heads" and called the alleged plot "the racist rantings of drug users." But several legal experts said this trivialization of the case - the men were found with two high-powered rifles, ammunition, a bulletproof vest, two walkie-talkies, and three fake IDs - was unusual. A US Attorney's spokesman characterized the weapons and other evidence as "tools of the drug trade," though the single ounce of methamphetamine found could easily have been for personal use, and no other evidence was apparently found which would suggest the men were drug dealers. Also, it is not even clear that Sean Robert Adolph was ever asked by authorities about his alleged threats against Obama (one of the other men, Nathan Dwaine Johnson, had told authorities that Adolph had discussed plans to kill Obama).