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What's New Archive - 2007

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21 Dec 2007 - Gary Aguilar's Review of Reclaiming History: This review of Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History, written by JFK medical expert Dr. Gary L. Aguilar, appeared recently in the Nov/Dec issue of The Federal Lawyer. It takes issue with Bugliosi's tone and overall approach, and cites examples where the book is "flat-out wrong on the facts." The essay devotes particular attention to CE 399 - the "magic bullet" - including the recent debunking of neutron activation analysis' use in support of the single bullet theory, and the suspicious lack of a chain-of-possession for this key piece of evidence.

26 Oct 2007 - More New FBI HSCA Subject Files: Over 35,000 additional pages of FBI HSCA Subject Files have been added since mid-September, including files on: Bernardo Gonzales de Torres, Frank Chavez, Roy Emory Harvgraves, Clay Shaw, George de Mohrenschildt, Lake Ponchartrain, Delphine Roberts, Judith Campbell Exner, Edward K. Moss, Irwin Stanley Weiner, Edward Grady Partin, and many others. Additional pages were added to the files on Joe Civello and John Martino, and many more. The MFF will continue to add tens of thousands of pages per month to this collection - check this Site News space for future notices.

23 Oct 2007 - New CIA Files on Cuban Exiles: Additional CIA records include a 475-page Cuban Counterrevolutionary Handbook from 1964 indexing the "more than 900 CR groups now on record," and a four-volume "mugbook" of Cuban exiles. Part 1 contains a master index of the mugbook, and part 2, part 3, and part 4 contain approximately 500 photos each. Also in this collection is a set of CIA memos mostly relating to the threat of an HSCA subpoeona in August 1978 regarding access to the Mexico City Station History and the Teresa Proenza file.

16 Oct 2007 - New Essays from Wrone, Mellen, and Green: The Mary Ferrell Foundation has recently published three new essays. David Wrone's Vincent Bugliosi's Misnamed Reclaiming History zeroes in on Bugliosi's treatment of the Tippit shooting and related matters. Joan Mellen's Otto Otepka, Robert F. Kennedy, Walter Sheridan, and Lee Oswald uses the strange story of State Dept. officer Otto Otepka as a launching pad for discussion of RFK, Sheridan, and Oswald. Michael Green's Besmirching History: Vincent Bugliosi Assassinates Kennedy Again marshals the argument that the JFK murder was a "state crime" and puts Bugliosi's book in that context. The first and third of these essays are showcased on the www.reclaiminghistory.org blog.

12 Sep 2007 - New FBI HSCA Subject Files: Over 10,000 additional pages of FBI HSCA Subject Files are available, including files on: Johnny Roselli, James Martin, Joseph Civello, Paul Roland Jones, Norman Rothman, William Gaudet, Anthony Provenzano, and others. Additional pages were added to the files on Sam Giancana and Gus Alex. The MFF will continue to add tens of thousands of pages per month to this collection - check this Site News space for future notices.

4 Sep 2007 - Preserving the Legacy: The Mary Ferrell Foundation has developed a promotional video entitled Preserving the Legacy, available for viewing on the About MFF page. Tyler Weaver produced this short, which features the Foundation's Executive Director Lona Therrien and Senior Archivist Rex Bradford.

20 Aug 2007 - New CIA Records: Roughly 20,000 additional pages of CIA records have been added over the past month. Highlights: Lengthy interviews with CIA informant June Cobb and Cuban defector AMMUG-1, a memo of an interview with Charlotte Bustos in which she remembered that "the Cuban tap was active at the time that Oswald visited Mexico", a recommendation for the Intelligence Medal of Merit for David Morales, a report on the hunt for the source of a leak behind Ronald Kessler's CIA Withheld Details on Oswald Call, and CIA comments on that article, and a memo whose header page confirms Luis Alberu's status as a penetration agent in the Cuban Embassy.

7 Aug 2007 - A Crime Scene Between Two Hard Covers, by Milicent Cranor: Milicent Cranor analyzes 18 specimens of Vincent Bugliosi's misrepresentations of the JFK medical evidence. In Vincent Bugliosi's "Reclaiming History": A Crime Scene Between Two Hard Covers, she shows how his selective and misleading reporting of medical witnesses, along with use of dubious expert sources, lie behind his alleged proof of a single gunman.

2 Aug 2007 - FBI Main JFK Assassination File Online: The FBI Headquarters main JFK assassination file is now online. Provided by the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC), this roughly 40,000-page chronological collection begins on November 22, 1963, and continues up through the period of the House Select Committee on Assassinations. The file, numbered 62-109060, is organized into 195 main sections plus a series of appendices and enclosures, this vast file includes investigative reports, internal memos, letters, newspaper clippings, liaison with the Warren Commission and HSCA, and more. This addition brings the MFF's FBI document collection to about 150,000 pages total.

20 Jul 2007 - Site Maintenance This Weekend: IMPORTANT NOTICE: During MFF site maintenance this Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22, temporary disruption in service may occur. It is also advisable to put off site purchases - membership renewals, donations, book purchases - until Monday July 23. Thanks and our apologies for any inconvenience.

16 Jul 2007 - Rewriting History: Bugliosi Parses the Testimony, by Don Thomas: Acoustics expert Don Thomas has written an essay which dissects the misuse of the testimony of the black TSBD employees, whose alibis for Oswald were turned into accusations against him. Rewriting History: Bugliosi Parses the Testimony shows how both the Warren Commission and Vincent Bugliosi fail to put Oswald into the sixth floor's "sniper's nest" at the time of the shooting. Thomas even provides circumstantial evidence that one of the employees, Charles Givens, may have seen an actual sniper who was not Oswald.

6 Jul 2007 - New HSCA Documents Online: The new records include additions to the HSCA Immunized Testimony set, including the testimony of Loran Hall on 5 Oct 1977 and 6 Oct 1977. Also, new additions to the HSCA Numbered Files collection include: testimony about the destruction of the note Oswald delivered to the FBI in November 1963 (Nanny Lee Fenner and Gordon Shanklin on 11 Dec 1975, and James Hosty and Kenneth Howe on 12 Dec 1975), an executive session transcript of 9 Dec 1976, the Itek study of Kennedy assassination films, notes from a Gaeton Fonzi interview of Sylvia Odio, and more.

3 Jul 2007 - Essay by Patrick Grant: Commentary on Rahn and NAA: Patrick Grant is a Lawrence Livermore Laboratories scientist who co-authored with Erik Randich a paper which discussed serious flaws in Vincent Guinn's neutron activation analysis (NAA) work for the HSCA. The NAA analysis was said by Guinn and the HSCA to provide strong support for the single-bullet theory. Ken Rahn, a supporter of the NAA analysis, critiqued the Grant-Randich paper on his website. In this essay, entitled Commentary on Dr. Ken Rahn’s Work on the JFK Assassination Investigation, Grant comments on Rahn's analysis and the problems with it.

27 Jun 2007 - CIA Family Jewels Online at MFF: The CIA's so-called "Family Jewels" collection of memos is now available online for reading and searching. The roughly 700 pages of memos and notes covers a wide variety of illegal CIA activities, including assassination plotting, electronic surveillance, mail opening, and more. See the related news story of June 22, and a New York Times story in today's edition. The documents, released by the CIA on June 25, are still fairly heavily redacted. A table of contents has its entire first entry including title whited out, along with all 5 pages discussing it. Some of the stories told in the files, such as the Dan Rowan wiretapping incident and the imprisonment of Soviet defector Yuri Nosenko, are well-known to assassination researchers.

20 Jun 2007 - Reply From a Conspiracy Believer, by Gaeton Fonzi: A new essay in response to Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History is now in the MFF's Essay Archive. Entitled Reply From a Conspiracy Believer, the essay discusses Fonzi's identification of CIA officer as "Maurice Bishop," whom Alpha-66 leader Antonio Veciana saw in the company of Lee Harvey Oswald. The piece also discusses Fonzi's first introduction to the case, when interviewing a less-than-impressive Arlen Specter on the single bullet theory.

9 Jun 2007 - FRUS Volume on Cuba 1958-1960: Newly available in the MFF Archive is a volume from the State Dept.'s Foreign Relations of the United States series. Volume VI: Cuba 1958 - 1960 is a 1254-page bound set of memos and other documents detailing overt U.S. policy toward Cuba during this period, which encompasses Fidel Castro's assumption of power in January 1959.

4 Jun 2007 - MFF Document Archive Passes 500,000 Pages: The MFF Document Archive now contains more than a half-million pages of government reports, investigative files, memos, cables, and other documents. The newest additions are over 30,000 pages of FBI records from the files on Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. Hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI and CIA records are continuing to be added from the collections of the Assassination Archives and Research Center.

30 May 2007 - New Issue of Dealey Plaza Echo: The July 2006 issue of Dealey Plaza Echo, the journal of Dealey Plaza UK, is now online. Volume 10, Number 2 issue has articles about Jim Garrison, the acoustics evidence, a review of Ian Grigg's book No Case to Answer, and more.

15 May 2007 - New CIA Records from Microfilm Collection: More documents have been added to the microfilmed portion of the HSCA segregated CIA collection, which has been reorganized by microfilm reel. Highlights include an account of the trial of Rolando Cubela Secades (AMLASH) and a lengthy set of CIA comments on the Book V of Church Committee's Reports ("Performance of the Intelligence Agencies"). The full document archive now has more than 450,000 pages.

9 May 2007 - Did the U.S. Military Plan a Nuclear First Strike for 1963?: An updated version of an essay with the above title, written by James K. Galbraith and Heather A. Purcell, has been re-published on the Mary Ferrell Foundation website. The essay first appeared in the American Prospect in 1994. James K. Galbraith is the son of the late John Kenneth Galbraith, the famed economist and President Kennedy's ambassador to India.

2 May 2007 - 45 More Books Added to Book Archive: The MFF Book Archive now has over 400 books in it. You can conducted limited fair-use searches, read and post reviews of any book, and click through to amazon.com to buy a book if it is available there. New additions include An Act of State, Khrushchev Remembers, With Malice, Flawed Giant, and The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, plus 40 others.

12 Apr 2007 - MFF Document Archive Passes 400,000 Pages: The MFF Document Archive now has more than 400,000 pages of government records, a great many of them declassified after 1992. New CIA records include excerpts from Western Hemisphere History 1946-65, the Office of Security file on Richard Case Nagell, a transcript of a discussion between DCI McCone and author William Manchester, minutes of Special Group meetings from 1963, photos of CIA employees named Bishop, and a 200-page History Staff interview with CIA officer Sam Halpern.

9 Mar 2007 - CIA Records Project Nears 200,000 Pages: New documents added to the CIA documents collection include the security file on Harold Weisberg, a draft of December 1963 study on Oswald done by CIA, an internal announcement of the Warren Report under the Propaganda Notes series, a copy of the Pedro Charles letter, an HSCA report on Lee Oswald's relationship with the CIA, and transcripts of HSCA interviews with Pedro Gutierrez Valencia, Horacio Duran, Lydia Duran, Betty Serratos, and Ruben Duran.

19 Feb 2007 - HSCA Testimony of Willem Oltmans: Willem Oltmans was a Dutch journalist who interviewed and traveled with George DeMohrenschildt, Oswald's "best friend" in Dallas, in the weeks before DeMohrenschildt's apparent suicide. Oltmans' HSCA testimony of 1 Apr 1977, just a few days after DeMohrenschildt's death, was provided by researcher Eric Carlson.

14 Feb 2007 - New Essay: A Demonstrable Impossibility: John Hunt has written a new essay, hosted on History Matters, about the HSCA Forensic Pathology Panel's claim to have reproduced JFK's head wounds on a skull model. A Demonstrable Impossibility describes how this could not be the case and plumbs the HSCA's records, including a draft of the FPP Report, to discuss the contradictions that were ignored in their Final Report (Volume 7 of the HSCA appendices). See the Starting Point entitled The Moving Head Wounds for discussion of the related controversy over the location of JFK's skull wounds.

30 Jan 2007 - Recent Talks on Relevance of JFK Assassination: Two recent talks relate the JFK assassination to 9/11 and the current political situation. Peter Dale Scott's talk at the Nov 2006 COPA conference entitled JFK and 9/11: Insights Gained from Studying Both discusses parallels between the two events, including the speedy identification of the designated perpetrator(s) and the existence of unacknowledged communications backchannels. Joan Mellen's talk in New York City on 28 Jan 2007, The Kennedy Assassination and the Current Political Moment, highlights many of the threads connecting CIA operatives and the Bush family to the assassination story.

9 Jan 2007 - Real News Story Based on MFF CIA Document: A story on The Real News Project, based on a 1975 CIA memo on this website, adds to the puzzle of George Herbert Walker Bush's early CIA ties. The story, highlighted on The Huffington Post, discusses Bush Sr.'s relationship with CIA staffer Thomas Devine, and notes that "their joint activities culminated in the establishment of Zapata Oil," the oil company founded by the former President. The memo notes Devine's involvement in projects WUBRINY and WUSALINE. Researcher Jerry Shinley, who noticed the 1975 memo, has located two contact reports which tie George DeMohrenschildt to WUBRINY and WUSALINE (see report 1 and report 2).

2 Jan 2007 - Additional 20,000 Pages of CIA Records: The new batch brings the total page count of CIA records to over 175,000. Among the new documents: a memo of a 1 Jul 1963 meeting between Desmond Fitzgerald and Manuel Artime kicking off AMWORLD, a post-assassination cable about a meeting with AMLASH, a detailed report on the CIA's relationship with the Miami Herald, an April 1964 memo from the CIA to the FBI about Richard Case Nagell, a CIA evaulation of the manuscript of Antulio Ramirez Ortiz, a 1998 memo about the ARRB and State Dept.'s request for help in obtaining Oswald's file from the former Soviet Union, a 1996 cable concerning an upcoming news story that Oswald was recruited by the CIA while in Japan, and a humorous postcard received by an overseas Ambassador.

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