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What's New Archive - 2008

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5 Dec 2008 - Hoover Logs and Calendars: The AARC's set of Hoover logs and calendars are now fully online. These include daily phone/appt logs from 1941 to 1972, appointment calendars from 1957 to 1972, and memos of phone calls from 1960 to 1971 (this last set appears to be mostly "crank" calls).

1 Dec 2008 - More Cryptonyms Defined: More defined crypts have been added the the CIA Cryptonym Project, thanks to some submissions from members. Additions include AEBURBLE, AEDONOR, AMSHALE-1, LITAMIL-7, ODIBEX, QDBIAS, QDDALE, KUCAGE, KUSODA, RYBAT, WOMUSE, ZRMETAL, and others.

17 Nov 2008 - New Essay by Joan Mellen: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? is a talk given by Joan Mellen at the recent Wecht Institute symposium, Making Sense of the Sixties. Joan Mellen is author of A Farewell to Justice and the recent Jim Garrison: His Life and Times - The Early Years.

12 Nov 2008 - FBI Files on Ferrie, Andrews, Duran: From Mary Ferrell's document collection come FBI files on David Ferrie, Dean Andrews, and Silvia Duran. These records were released in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits brought by Gary Shaw and Mark Allen in the early 1980s. These pre-ARRB records feature redactions which are likely removed in current National Archives copies.

8 Nov 2008 - The Assassinations of the 1960s as "Deep Events": In this new essay, Peter Dale Scott examines some of the attributes common to the three major assassinations of the 1960s, and also present in the attacks of 9/11. This continues a theme Scott developed in a lengthy essay published in the recent book The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War.

30 Oct 2008 - More FBI HSCA Subject Files: More than 50,000 additional pages of FBI HSCA Subject Files have been added in October, including new files on: Marilyn Dorothy Murret, Kerry Thornley, Thomas Donald McMillon, and others. Voluminous additional records have been added to the collections on Santo Trafficante, La Cosa Nostra, Johnny Roselli, Angelo Bruno, Carlos Marcello, and Edward Browder Jr.. A little more than 50,000 of a total 400,000 pages remain to be processed in this collection.

24 Oct 2008 - New Hunt Confession Video: New on the JFK Interviews page is a two-part piece which includes video footage from 2005 of E. Howard Hunt discussing the alleged JFK assassination plot. See part 1 and part 2 on YouTube. For more information on the Hunt story, see Confession of Howard Hunt.

16 Oct 2008 - Video Archive Additions: New additions to the JFK Interviews page include the JFK interview recorded on 5 Jan 1960 and shown by NBC last Monday, as well as a talk by Jim Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. New to the RFK Documentaries page is an epilogue to Shane O'Sullivan's film RFK Must Die. O'Sullivan is also the author of Who Killed Bobby?

7 Oct 2008 - Hoover Daily Logs for 1965-72: The collection of daily phone/appt. logs of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover has been extended to include the years 1965 through 1972 (the second half of 1966 and the first half of 1967 are unfortunately missing from the set provided by the AARC). This supplements the 1961-64 logs put online last month. Eventually the complete set, beginning in 1941, will be made available.

29 Sep 2008 - Additional FBI HSCA Subject Files: Approximately 50,000 additional pages of FBI HSCA Subject Files have been added in August and September, including new files on: William Morgan, Luis Posada, Michael McLaney, Yuri Nosenko, Paul Raigorodsky, and others. Voluminous additional records have been added to the collections on Orlando Bosch, Richard Cain, and others. Approximately 100,000 of a total 400,000 pages remain to be processed in this collection.

15 Sep 2008 - Daily Logs of FBI Director Hoover: Courtesy of the AARC, the daily phone/appt. logs of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover are being scanned and put online. Currently logs for 1961 - 1964 are available. Other logs from 1941 until Hoover's death in 1972 will be made available in coming months.

10 Sep 2008 - Traces of Witness Tampering: Milicent Cranor's essay on suspicious changes in the testimony of JFK medical witnesses was first published in Probe magazine, and has now been republished on the History Matters website. The modified statements of John Stringer, Floyd Riebe, Edward Reed, Floyd Boring, Kenneth Vrtacnik, and George Burkley form what Ms. Cranor terms "the matte line of a lie."

2 Sep 2008 - FBI Files on Hosty Note: FBI files on the Bureau's investigation into the destruction of the "Hosty note" delivered to the local FBI office by Oswald. Includes a lengthy letter from the FBI Director to the Attorney General of 10/1/75, with attachments, summarizing the internal investigation following public allegations. For other documents, see FBI Admin Folders D-4 (part 1, part 2, part 3), P-3 (part 1, part 2), T-3, and Z-3. For more on the overall story, see Destruction of the Oswald Note.

6 Aug 2008 - More FBI HSCA Subject Files: Approximately 60,000 more pages of FBI HSCA Subject Files have been added over the past six months, including new files on: Anatoli Golitzyn, William Harvey, Rolando Masferrer, Meyer Lansky, Mitchell Werbell, Nofio Pecora, INTERPEN, Richard Lauchli, William Morgan, Michael McLaney, and many others. Approximately 150,000 of a total 400,000 pages remain to be processed in this collection.

29 Jul 2008 - LAPD Report to HSCA: An undated report from the Los Angeles Police Dept. to the House Assassinations Committee, supplying information on possible connections between the JFK and RFK murders. This 66-page report has particular focus on James Braden, Jimmy Hoffa, and the investigative work of authors Peter Noyes and Jonn Christian.

23 Jul 2008 - Critique of CNN's MLK Documentary: Allan Gile' produced CNN V. MLK - A Video Critique, a rebuttal to CNN's 40th anniversary documentary on the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

14 Jul 2008 - More Califano Papers: Additional documents from the files of Joseph Califano include List of Cuban Contingencies, Utilization of Alpha 66 in Operations, The Future of Cuba, Cover and Deception Plans for Caribbean Survey Group, and more.

23 Jun 2008 - Part Five of Incomplete Justice: Part Five of Larry Hancock's Incomplete Justice series of essays on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is now available. Mind Games? explores the question of Sirhan Sirhan's state of mind. Was he a hypnotized "Manchurian Candidate" or a crafty killer and liar??

16 Jun 2008 - Part Four of Incomplete Justice: Part Four of Larry Hancock's Incomplete Justice series of essays on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is now available. "No, there were no other guns..." discusses evidence for more than one gun in the pantry that night.

6 Jun 2008 - CIA Office of Security Files: Among the tens of thousands of pages of CIA files put online in recent weeks are CIA Office of Security files on various individuals and organizations, including Mitch Werbell, Edwin Walker, Kerry Thornley, James Wilcott, Carlos Tepedino, Sergio Arcacha Smith, Richard Snyder, Wackenhut Corp., and the Southern Christian Leadership Council. These are all part of the voluminous CIA Segregated Collection of documents shown to the HSCA.

5 Jun 2008 - Part Three of Incomplete Justice: Part Three of Larry Hancock's Incomplete Justice series of essays on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is now available. "They are all fibbing..." shows how LAPD dismissed many accounts of apparent accomplices of Sirhan Sirhan.

27 May 2008 - Part Two of Incomplete Justice: Part Two of Larry Hancock's Incomplete Justice series of essays on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is now available. Stalking RFK?, on which a similar starting point was based, details accounts of pre-assassination sightings of Sirhan Sirhan in the company of others, apparently stalking Kennedy.

22 May 2008 - Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus: Sirhan Sirhan's late attorney Lawrence Teeter's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus elucidates many of the problems with the case against Sirhan Sirhan as a lone gunman. It is accompanied by a set of exhibits which document the charges made in the Writ.

6 May 2008 - Castro-McGovern "Black Book": Newly online is the HSCA's copy of a "black book" detailing 24 alleged assassination plots against Fidel Castro, handed by Castro himself to Sen. George McGovern in 1975. The 88-page document includes mug shots and photos of seized weapons. See also a Church Committee Report footnote about this document, and the CIA's review of Castro's charges.

2 Apr 2008 - Advanced Search Page Update: The Advanced Search page now has checkboxes for restricting searches to the new MLK and RFK document collections. Searches can be restricted to all documents related to one or more of these topics, or to individual sub-collections. As always, the MFF allows a few free search clickthroughs, but full use of the search engine requires a paid membership.

7 Mar 2008 - New Essay by Don Thomas: Scientist and acoustics-evidence expert Don Thomas has authored a new essay, The Bike With the Mike, published here on the MFF website. In it, Thomas critiques Dale Myer's "epipolar geometry" study which purports to show that Dallas police officer McLain could not have been in position to record Dealey Plaza gunfire on his motorcycle's microphone. Myers' work was central to the ABC documentary Beyond Conspiracy which aired in November 2004.

4 Mar 2008 - Additions to Book Archive: An additional 36 books have been added to the MFF Book Archive for browsing, fair-use searching, and commenting upon by members. New books include David Talbot's Brothers, Burton Hersh's Bobby & J. Edgar, Tim Weiner's Legacy of Ashes, John Kelin's Praise from a Future Generation, Michael Kurtz' The JFK Assassination Debates, Arthur Schlesinger's Journals, and Vincent Bulgiosi's Reclaiming History.

8 Feb 2008 - COINTELPRO Report Available from MFF Press: COINTELPRO and Other Intelligence Activities Targeting Americans, 1940-1975 documents the FBI's COINTELPRO program's harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as other intelligence agency programs targeting black leaders, anti-war dissidents, and other Americans. This report, which is Book III from the Church Committee's published volumes, is now available in print from MFF Press. See the MFF Store for this and other reports of the Church Committee, as well as books by Harold Weisberg, Peter Dale Scott, and Sylvia Meagher.

1 Feb 2008 - Additional FBI HSCA Subject Files: Aproximately 35,000 additional pages of FBI HSCA Subject Files have been added over the past month, including new files on: Alpha 66, Candy Barr, Richard Cain, the Cuban Revolutionary Council, Martin Greendlinger, Loran Hall, Vladimir Sloboda, Sergio Arcacha Smith, Tony Varona, Dave Yaras, and many others. Additional pages were added to the files on Frank Sturgis and LCN (La Cosa Nostra), 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.

31 Jan 2008 - Apologies for yesterday's programming error: Many users of this site experienced a "Site Search Limit Reached" page in error while simply browsing yesterday (Jan 30). This was due to a programming error which has been fixed. Browsing remains free. What is new, and now working, is the ability of those without paid memberships to use the search system in a limited way. Now, a few free "clickthroughs" from the Search Results page are allowed, whereas previously none were. The MFF regrets any inconvenience caused by the temporary "bug" which occurred while this new feature was implemented.

2 Jan 2008 - FBI Surveillance Logs of Organized Crime Figures: Roughly 60,000 new pages of FBI documents have been added to the MFF Archive in the past two months, all to the FBI HSCA Subject Files collection. Many of these are ELSUR (electronic surveillance) transcripts of organized crime figures and associates, including: James Hoffa, Johnny Roselli, Sam Giancana, Frank Sinatra, Angelo Bruno, Russell Bufalino, Steve Magaddino, Vito Giacalone, Vincent Scro, Allen Dorfman, Joseph Zerilli, and Charles Tourine.

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