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Sometimes people say the darnedest things....
by rexbradford on Wed, May 31, 2006, 2:50 PM GMT (#1408)
Comment on document page: Orleans Parish Grand Jury Testimony of Marina Oswald Porter, 8 Feb 1968, Pg 69
Marina Oswald generally helped the government with its case against her husband, but in sworn testimony before the Orleans Parish grand jury, she had this to say:
Q. Do you still see Rush Paine [the Quaker housewife she lived with at the time of the assassination]?
A. No, I like her and appreciate what she did. I was advised by Secret Service not to be connected with her, seems like she was .. not connected .. she was sympathizing with the CIA. She wrote letters over there and they told me for my own reputation, to stay away.
Q. The Secret Service told you this?
A. Yes.
Ruth Paine is of course the person in whose garage much incriminating evidence against Oswald was found, who herself testified regarding the "Kostin" letter which connected Oswald to the Mexico City trip, and in whose home a bus ticket connecting Oswald to Mexico City was found months after the police and FBI had swept the house, who found him the job in the Book Depository, and so on.
Calling Dean Acheson
by rexbradford on Thu, Apr 13, 2006, 6:02 PM GMT (#1401)
Comment on document page: Telephone Conversation between the President and Mr. Joe Alsop, 25 Nov 1963, 10:40AM, Pg 1
Note that, in this LBJ phone call with Washington Post columnist Joe Alsop, Alsop repeatedly brings up the name of Dean Acheson. Acheson was a father of the Cold War, Truman's Secretary of State, and generally a huge establishment figure (Kennedy had brought him into the Cuban Missile Crisis Excomm meetings).

In this call, Alsop repeatedly brings up the name of Acheson, and LBJ finally relents and says "Well, let me talk to Acheson..." No such call was taped, though it likely occurred. Acheson's role behind the scenes in pushing the Presidential Commission idea is little known to this day.

It is curious that in Michael Beschloss' book Taking Charge (1) (p.32-35), all but one of these multiple Acheson references is edited out, thus obscuring an already obscure but possibly important behind-the-scenes role for Acheson.

     1) Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964
The FBI Report - 3 shots, 3 hits - 1 small error
by rexbradford on Thu, Mar 30, 2006, 9:55 AM GMT (#1397)
Comment on document page: Commission Document 1 - FBI Summary Report, Pg 1
Commission Document 1, the FBI Report that Hoover and LBJ hoped would suffice for all time, was so embarrassingly inadequate that the Warren Commission couldn't find room to publish it in the 26 volumes of evidence. Page 1 of the FBI Report states that "Two bullets struck President Kennedy, and one wounded Governor Connally," the single-bullet theory not having been invented yet. Page 18 states that "one of the bullets had entered just below his shoulder...there was no point of exit." (1) THE FBI REPORT DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THE EXISTENCE OF A WOUND IN JFK'S THROAT. Later, the FBI would claim that they didn't know about this wound, and never saw the autopsy report. While it's true that FBI agents' report of the autopsy (2) doesn't note a throat wound, the FBI had to pretend ignorance of a Dallas doctors' press conference on the afternoon of the 22nd (3), not to mention the lead story of the New York Times on the 23rd reporting on that press conference, which noted "Mr. Kennedy was hit by a bullet in the throat, just below the Adam's apple." (4)
     1) Commission Document 1 - FBI Summary Report Pg 18
     2) ARRB MD 151 - AIRTEL To: Director, FBI From: SAC, Baltimore (dated 11/26/63) Forwarding FD-302 Reports Prepared by SA Sibert and SA O'Neill on President Kennedy's Autopsy on 11/22/63, and Investigativ
     3) ARRB MD 41 - White House Transcript of Dallas Press Conference
     4) Four Days in November: The Original Coverage of the John F. Kennedy Assassination by the Staff of The New York Times
Amazingly, this may not even be the stretcher bullet
by rexbradford on Wed, Mar 22, 2006, 2:12 PM GMT (#1390)
Comment on Site Section: NARA Evidence Photos: Magic Bullet
See the work of Aguilar and Thompson on the chain of possession of CE 399, and the incredible possibility that this bullet isn't even the one found on the stretcher in Parkland Hospital.(1)
     1) The Magic Bullet: Even More Magical Than We Knew?
Accessories After the Fact stands the test of time
by rexbradford on Tue, Nov 29, 2005, 5:17 PM GMT (#1200)
Comment on document: Accessories After the Fact
Sylvia Meagher's meticulously-documented book, published in 1967, has stood the test of time better than any other of that era. If indeed the Warren Commission was a first-class cover-up conducted by skilled lawyers, this fact would only be uncovered by painstaking analysis of the contradictions and inconsistencies in testimony, and careful parsing of the Report's contents as compared with the evidence on which it is supposed to be based. This Meagher does without peer, intelligently questioning even such truisms as whether Oswald was ever in fact charged with the murder of President Kennedy.
Good "coffee table book" on the basic facts
by rexbradford on Fri, Nov 4, 2005, 4:22 PM GMT (#1121)
Comment on document: Cover-Up
If you have a friend who wants to know what the fuss is all about, and doesn't want to read the 500-page tomes many of us devour within a week of publication, this is a great choice. Too small to call a coffee table book, but explanations are clear, pictures excellent, and not full of speculation.
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