JFK Birthday Prompts Inspiration, Art, Advocacy, Snark

 

The 100th birthday anniversary of President John F. Kennedy on May 29 prompted many memorials about the late president's enduring popularity, the continuing controversies over his murder, and at least one prominent display of unseemly mockery of him on Memorial Day by a big newspaper.

JFK Center Centennial Celebration 2017With Kennedy's birthday as a news peg, the mass media and major cultural institutions focused heavily on JFK's achievements, agenda, family, and legacy for politics, the arts and foreign affairs.

But some Kennedy supporters stressed also the uncomfortable reminder that the search for truth about his death continues. Polls show that most Americans do not believe the official accounts of his death, particularly the central claim in the 1964 Warren Report that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone to kill the president by firing three shots during the president's 1963 motorcade in Dallas.

Beyond that, a Washington Post feature story, JFK’s last birthday: Gifts, champagne and wandering hands on the presidential yacht, timed for the late president's birthday mocked Kennedy and his friends for their behavior on his last birthday.

National Security StateThis column surveys these developments and previews an important forum June 3 in Virginia, The National Security State and JFK.

The all-day event at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott includes as speakers film maker Oliver Stone, former Texas Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, and academics / authors Jeffrey Sachs, Michael Glennon, Stephen Kinzer, Douglas Horne, Peter Janney, Jefferson Morley, and David Talbot. Jacob Hornberger, a book publisher and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation that organized the event, announced that C-SPAN will cover it.

This editor is attending that program, and also participated as an investigative historian in several of the other events noted above during the past week regarding the JFK memorial, as described below.

JFK Legacy: Fact-Finding Or More Celebration?

My reporting on both historical and current affairs issues has led me to look on the Kennedy assassination as a Rosetta Stone for clues to interpret murky news events that lack so much documentation as the some four million declassified documents and 2,500 books pertaining to the Kennedy assassination. To advance this work, I am a volunteer board member and web administrator for Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA), which seeks more disclosures on the Kennedy and other suspicious deaths.

To that end, I post on the CAPA website relevant news articles and announcements of events, new books and films. Recent highlights are posted also below in an appendix.

Regarding events, I attended a vigil for assassination truth-seekers organized by retired U.S. Customs Service special agent Karl Golovin at noon on May 29 on the north terrace of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Among the attendees was Dallas-area resident Robert Groden, an author and whistleblower who is revered among research circles for releasing to ABC-TV host Geraldo Rivera a purloined copy of the amateur film of the assassination taken by Abraham Zapruder and later sold to Time-Life, Inc. The magazine company, however, suppressed the film for the most part by using only selected still shots and refusing to show the entire film.

Dealey Plaza Picket Fence (Andrew Kreig Photo)Dallas authorities have arrested Groden 82 times for painting an X on the approximate spot where Kennedy was killed in downtown Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963. The spot, shown on our Justice Integrity Project photo, is about 90 feet from a picket fence on a knoll overlooking the motorcade route on the president's front right. The seven-member Warren Commission led by then Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren ignored or diminished statements from most witnesses who said they believed gunfire came from the knoll-picket fence area.

Time-Life management, both via chairman Henry Luce, and via Life Publisher Charles C.D. Jackson, were heavily involved in Cold War propaganda, as we reported in our April column Time Magazine, History Channel Ramp Up Oswald-JFK Fake News, which reported on continued propaganda-style coverage of the Kennedy assassination by both Time Magazine and History Channel.

Broadcast of the Zapruder film for the first time in 1975 allowed the public to see, in effect, that the president's head was propelled backward by gunfire, and not forward as authorities and most other commentators maintained in order to support the findings of the Warren Report that Oswald acted alone and fired from behind the president.

After the vigil we attended an inspiring 4 p.m. tribute at the JFK Center as guests of Golovin, who purchased tickets to encourage participation at the vigil and to support the center's programs. The program included a powerful mix of rhetorical and film remembrances, along with dance and musical interludes in recognition of the Kennedy's support for the arts.

Striking also were some of the newspaper treatments of Kennedy's birthday, including the two published by the local Washington Post in its print edition of May 29, which was both the president's birthday and also the national holiday Memorial Day.

Syndicated Post columnist E.J. Dionne published an eloquent opinion column JFK, the forever-young president, 100 years on. CAPA member Glenda De Vaney read it reprinted in her hometown San Diego Union-Tribune, and followed up with a letter to the editor praising the column while also noting the unanswered questions about JFK's murder.

I, too, appreciated Dionne's treatment. But it was the aforementioned news column JFK’s last birthday: Gifts, champagne and wandering hands on the presidential yacht that prompted me to write a reader's comment, which protested to the Post the sneering tone adopted by its reporter Ira Shapira and his editors.

That tone was unseemly in describing a wounded World War II hero like JFK on Memorial Day, particularly in the newspaper's only news story about him that day. That article is excerpted below along with my response, which was published about 1:30 p.m. along with several other reader reactions shortly afterward.

Our larger purpose in chronicling these events is to underscore how each of us can both observe these kinds of historical events but also  try to determine the facts and seek accountability from media surrogates who are supposed to be doing the same. 

 

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Washington Post, JFK’s last birthday: Gifts, champagne and wandering hands on the presidential yacht, Ian Shapira, May 29, 2017 (print edition). It has been 100 years since John F. Kennedy’s birth on May 29, 1917, at his parents’ home in Brookline, Mass., just outside Boston. Over the course of his life, Kennedy enjoyed lavish birthday celebrations, the most famous being a Democratic fundraising bash at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, when a sequined Marilyn Monroe breathily purred, Happy burrthday, Mr. President.
But how did Kennedy celebrate his 46th birthday — the last of his short life?  On a boat, with Dom Pérignon, French cuisine and the president chasing the wife of a legendary Washington journalist.
 
Andrew Kreig reader comment appended to Post article:

The Post deserves scorn for this unseemly, subjective smear on Memorial Day by Ian Shapira, identified in his bio as enjoying military and intelligence topics.

JFK was a WW II war hero who sustained a painful disability for life. Also, according to prominent historical, intelligence and other scholars typically ignored by the Post, Kennedy’s murder and the cover-up of the most relevant facts likely stemmed from his bold patriotic initiatives, including advocacy for peace. JFK forced the resignations of such powerful war-mongers of his era as the CIA's three top leaders and the Pentagon's chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

True, today’s story fits certain check-lists for publication: It has a news-peg, titillates celebrity worshippers and JFK-haters alike, and selectively quotes several authors to support a highly subjective smear about a private party.  

But these story shortcomings would not be so remarkable as to prompt my comment except for the Post’s own decades-long role in the misleading coverage regarding the more important story, the deaths of Kennedy and others who included Oswald, Ruby and JFK’s friend Mary Pinchot Meyer, the ex-wife of CIA propaganda chief Cord Meyer and the sister-in-law of Post-Newsweek rising star Ben Bradlee.  

The Post has long advocated in its news columns, opinion pieces, selection of books worthy of review, etc. the Warren Report’s “lone nut” version of history whereby Oswald acted alone.

The paper also suppressed for many years (partly under Bradlee leadership) such related topics as the CIA-related circumstances of Mary Meyer's death, which are recounted by the seldom-reviewed "Mary's Mosaic" investigative history by Peter Janney, published in a third edition last September. Janney, Oliver Stone, Ron Paul and scholars explore this context June 3 at the Future of Freedom Foundation day-long "National Security State and JFK" forum at the Dulles Airport Marriott. Let's see Post coverage on that!

Kennedy 100th Birthday Reflections

Johnn F. Kennedy Looking UpWashington Post, JFK, the forever-young president, 100 years on, E.J. Dionne Jr., May 29, 2017 (print edition). We cannot imagine John F. Kennedy on his 100th birthday. For all of us, he will always be a man in his 40s, exuding the vigor that became one of his trademark words, pronounced in his distinctively New England way.

He was a student of history whose rhetoric gloried in the future, challenge and change. He became an icon even though he was an iconoclast. He could be coldly realistic, but he preached idealism. He honored intellectuals but mistrusted abstract thinking and ideology. He promised greater affluence but preached against complacency.

He was a fervent Cold Warrior whose most important triumphs came in the name of peace. He avoided nuclear holocaust during the Cuban missile crisis and negotiated a partial nuclear test-ban treaty with the Soviet Union. He took office with a muscular promise that the United States would “pay any price, bear any burden” in the battle for freedom. But five months before his death, he became a prophet of what would be called detente, describing peace as “the necessary, rational end of rational men.”

Letter to the editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune by Glenda De Vaney, published on page 94 of the June 2 print edition.

“Thank you to E. J. Dionne for the fitting tribute to President Kennedy on his 100th birthday. Along with most people from my generation, I remember exactly where I was on the date of the assassination and the shock and sadness of the events of that long, terrible weekend. America was changed forever.

After the release of the movie “JFK” in 1991, over 300,000 people wrote letters to congress demanding the release of documents relating to the assassination, forcing congress to convene the Assassination Records Review Board, which resulted in the “JFK Records Act” in 1992 mandating the release of all records by October 26, 2017. A group open to everyone has been formed, Citizens Against Political Assassinations – www.capa-us.org, which is lobbying for the enforcement of this law. These records belong to the American people – not the government.”

OpEdNews, JFK at 100, Paul Craig Roberts (shown in a file photo), May 25, 2017. The conservative scholar Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was assistant Treasury secretary during the Reagan Administration and later associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. This Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017, is the 100th birthday of JPaul Craig Robertsohn Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. JFK was assassinated on November 22, 1963, as he approached the end of his third year in office. Researchers who spent years studying the evidence have concluded that President Kennedy was assassinated by a conspiracy between the CIA, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secret Service. (See, for example, JFK and the Unspeakable by James W. Douglass.)

Kennedy entered office as a cold warrior, but he learned from his interaction with the CIA and Joint Chiefs that the military/security complex had an agenda that was self-interested and a danger to humanity. He began working to defuse tensions with the Soviet Union.

CIA LogoHis rejections of plans to invade Cuba, of the Northwoods project, of a preemptive nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and his intention to withdraw from Vietnam after his reelection, together with some of his speeches signaling a new approach to foreign policy in the nuclear age, convinced the military/security complex that he was a threat to their interests. Cold War conservatives regarded him as naive about the Soviet Threat and a liability to US national security.

These were the reasons for his assassination. These views were set in stone when Kennedy announced on June 10, 1963, negotiations with the Soviets toward a nuclear test ban treaty and a halt to US atmospheric nuclear tests.

Lance deHaven-Smith in his book, Conspiracy Theory in America, shows that the CIA introduced “conspiracy theory” into the political lexicon as a technique to discredit skepticism of the Warren Commission’s coverup report. He provides the CIA document that describes how the agency used its media friends to control the explanation.

Citizens Against Political Assassinations, JFK Birthday Inspires Art, Advocacy, Snark, Andrew Kreig, June 3, 2017 (Reprint of this column). The 100th birthday anniversary of President John F. Kennedy on May 29 prompted many memorials about the late president’s enduring popularity, the continuing controversies over his murder, and at least one prominent display of mockery of him by a big newspaper. The mass media and major cultural institutions focused heavily on JFK’s achievements, agenda, family, and legacy for politics, the arts and foreign affairs.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas' darkest day: a Visual chronology of the JFK assassination, Michael Hogue, May 24, 2017. Eyewitness accounts.

Justice Integrity Project, Time Magazine, History Channel Ramp Up Oswald-JFK Fake News, Andrew Kreig, April 26, 2017. Many independent experts on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy dispute the key claims in a new Time Magazine feature story published on April 25 that puffs up History channel's launch that evening of a new series purporting to shed new light on the killing.

Instead, Time's coverage of the six-part History Channel series "JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald" continues the magazine's shameful tradition of misleading its readers regarding a pivotal event in the nation's history. History channel, despite its name and its past under different ownership featuring historical documentaries, now focuses on "reality" shows. That means scripted fakery for purely entertainment purposes and likely, in this instance, for propaganda purposes.

So, the notion that a "reality show" should be taken seriously by a major publication like Time even if a series is mislabeled as "history" is preposterous on its face unless the enterprise were part of larger public relations scheme, as this seems to be.

The specifics here are worth examining because they help illustrate how Time, its corporate affiliates like CNN, and most other mainstream media deliberately confuse the public on the most vital public affairs issues in collaboration with intelligence agencies even as they claim to oppose "fake news" and alternative media.

More generally, the Kennedy assassination provides a Rosetta Stone to understanding media coverage of more recent sensitive events involving intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Few can see documentary evidence of what's really happening in Middle East wars or investigations of Russian influence on U.S. public officials, advisors and elections, for example. For the most part, we know only what reporters and government experts choose to tell us.

Kennedy-Related Events

This Weekend

National Security StateFuture of Freedom Foundation, The National Security State and JFK, Saturday, 8:15 a.m.-6:15 p.m., June 3, 2017, at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Virginia. The conference will examine the nature, origins, and consequences of America as a national security state since the end of World War II, including such programs as regime-change operations, invasions, occupations, coups, support of dictatorships, assassination, torture, indefinite detention, rendition, and kidnappings.

The conference will also focus on President John F. Kennedy’s turn toward peace and friendly relations with the Soviet Union, and Cuba and his resulting war against the U.S. national-security establishment. Details.

Recent JFK Documentary Film Releases

Among recent documentaries regarding the JFK assassination: One is John Barbour's latest installment of his documentary on the JFK assassination, The American Media: The 2nd Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Barbour, a producer and actor regarded as the godfather of reality television because of his 1970s hit show Real People, is the narrator and Myra Bronstein is the producer of this serious documentary.

The other is The Searchers, produced by award-winning independent filmmaker Randolph Benson, a film instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. The film's poster is at left.

Barbour (shown in a promotional photo for his show) launched the latest installment of his documentary on the JFK assassination on May 26 at the Beverly Hills Music Hall in Beverly Hills, California. Another screening will be on June 9 for a week at Cinema Village in Manhattan in New York City. A trailer for the film can be seen here.

Barbour's JFK documentary film work has lasted more than a quarter century. Drawing on his high-level knowledge of the media, Barbour's film making has focused heavily on the smear by major news organizations that continues to today against the late New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, whose team investigated evidence of high-level conspiracy to murder the president and cover-up the crime.

Benson's film, available on DVD, portrays courageous searchers for truth about the assassination, both experts and scholars, who have long been ignored by the media. Those "searchers" are portrayed in the documentary's poster, shown at left. The film was recently awarded the Orson Welles Prize at the 16th Tiburon International Film Festival. Upcoming screenings include the Dealey Plaza UK Conference in Canterbury in the United Kingdom on April 29, the Freethought International Film Festival in Orlando on May 6, the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, NC on May 18, and Tsunami Books in Eugene, Oregon, on June 9.

Benson filmed (and was one of the expert speakers) at a CAPA conference March 16 convening leading experts on the JFK assassination at the National Press Club. The experts speaking at that four-hour forum as part of the nationally celebrated "Sunshine Week" can be seen via the CAPA website.

JFK 100th Birthday (May 29) Anniversary Events

JFK Center Centennial Celebration 2017Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, JFK Centennial Celebration, 4 to 6 p.m., May 29, 2017, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC. One hundred years after the birth of one of our nation’s most visionary and inspiring presidents, the “living memorial” created in his honor pays loving tribute to the galvanizing spirit of President John F. Kennedy. In this special program, artists and audience members — from those whose lives he touched to younger people yet to discover his legacy — will come together to celebrate his words and pioneering vision.

The center wrote: "Be part of an evening of readings and musical performances featuring some of America's finest artists, as well as glimpses of rare video footage. Taken together, they will remind us of the enduring power of one man’s imagination and courage, and his unwavering belief in justice and peace for all people."

JFK Vigil, Peaceably Assemble for Truth: JFK to 9/11, noon to 3 p.m., May 29, 2017, North Public Terrace/Plaza, the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC. "JFK Vigil" organizer Karl Golovin (shown at right), author of the recent OpEdNews column, Liberty Lives in the Light, encouraged attendees separately to purchase tickets ($25) to the Kennedy Center's official JFK Centennial Celebration that follows (4-6 Karl Golovinp.m.). He bought 30 tickets to provide as gifts for the first 30 "JFK Vigil" participants who arrived so that a "group photo" may be taken of those wearing "JFK Buttons" (that he designed and as shown in photo) before entry to the official JFK Centennial Celebration.

JFK Presidential Library and Museum, JFK100: Centennial Celebration, Staff report, May 18, 2017. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Kennedy Library will host a series of events and activities highlighting peace, public service, science and innovation. On Monday, May 29, join us for free admission to our Museum, and a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate President Kennedy's 100th birthday.

C-SPAN, Steven Rothstein on JFK Centennial, May 29, 2017, C-Span host Steve Scully, May 29, 2017. John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Director Steven Rothstein talked about the centennial of former President John F. Kennedy’s birth and his impact on contemporary politics.

C-SPAN, John F. Kennedy Centennial with historians Douglas Brinkley, Stephen Smith and David Ferriero, C-SPAN host Susan Swain, May 3, 2017. To mark the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth, the National Archives hosted a conversation with his nephew, Stephen Kennedy Smith, and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, who are the co-editors of the book JFK: A Vision for America. Archivist of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration David Ferriero and C-SPAN host helped the guests reflect on the 35th president’s life and legacy, his administration’s “New Frontier” policies, and his conception of the American identity. President John F. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917.

Future Events

The Paley Center for Media, JFK at 100: Television and the Presidency, June 13, 2017. To celebrate the centennial of the birth of John F. Kennedy, the Paley Center for Media and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation are gathering journalists, analysts, and historians to assess how Kennedy and his administration transformed the presidency using television as an essential political tool, from campaigning for the office through governing a nation. The Paley Center will screen highlights of its extensive archive on John F. Kennedy, including groundbreaking documentaries on his presidency, revealing interviews with television anchors, and still-quoted speeches that moved the world. Our panelists will also discuss the legacy of President Kennedy’s grasp of television, determining what remains relevant to our social media universe. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 13 at the center at 25 W. 52nd St, New York, NY.

White House correspondent for Life magazine, Hugh Sidey proclaimed that because of President John F. Kennedy’s use of television, “no official face has ever become so much a part of American consciousness.” From his debates with Republican candidate Richard Nixon to his sixty-four live press conferences, President Kennedy engaged the public in a continuing political conversation about vital issues of national importance. Now into the twenty-first century, President Kennedy is still considered one of the political masters of the media: he had an astute understanding of the nuances of television and how to message even the littlest detail. Scheduled speakers include:

  • David Axelrod, Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics; Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
  • Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • Chris Matthews, Host, Hardball with Chris Matthews
  • Frank Rich, Writer-at-large, New York magazine; Executive Producer, Veep
  • Jake Tapper, Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent, CNN
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lt. Governor, Maryland

 

Justice Integrity Project Readers Guide To JFK Assassination

* Denotes major articles in this Readers Guide series

Dealey Plaza Panorama (Andrew Kreig Photo)At right is a photo by this editor in Dallas showing Dealey Plaza. The Texas Book Depository Building where Oswald worked is behind the row of trees. The car in the center lane is near the location of President Kennedy's limo at the time of his fatal shooting.

  1. Project Launches JFK Assassination Readers' Guide, Oct. 16, 2013.
  2. Project Provides JFK Readers Guide To New Books, Videos, Oct. 26, 2013. This is a list of new books and films in 2013.
  3. Disputes Erupt Over NY Times, New Yorker, Washington Post Reviews of JFK Murder, Nov. 7, 2013. *
  4. Self-Censorship In JFK TV Treatments Duplicates Corporate Print Media's Apathy, Cowardice, Nov. 7, 2013.
  5. 'Puppetry' Hardback Launched Nov. 19 at DC Author Forum on ‘White House Mysteries & Media,'  Nov. 19, 2013.
  6. Major Media Stick With Oswald 'Lone Gunman' JFK Theory, Nov. 27, 2013.
  7. JFK Murder Scene Trapped Its Victim In Kill Zone, Nov. 30, 2013.
  8. Project Lists JFK Assassination Reports, Archives, Videos, Events, Nov. 2, 2013. *
  9. JFK Murder, The CIA, and 8 Things Every American Should Know, Dec. 9, 2013. *
  10. JFK Murder Prompts Expert Reader Reactions, Dec. 19, 2013. Reactions to our Dec. 9 column. 
  11. Have Spy Agencies Co-Opted Presidents and the Press? Dec. 23, 2013. *
  12. Don't Be Fooled By 'Conspiracy Theory' Smears, May 26, 2014. *
  13. Experts To Reveal Secrets of JFK Murder, Cover-up at Sept. 26-28 DC Forum , Sept. 5, 2014. 
  14. Washington Post Still Selling Warren Report 50 Years Later, Sept. 22, 2014. *
  15. JFK Experts To Explode Myths, Sign Books In DC Sept. 26-28, Sept. 24, 2014.
  16. Former Cuban Militant Leader Claims CIA Meeting With Oswald Before JFK Killing, Sept. 27, 2014. *
  17. JFK Readers Guide: Assassination Books, Reports, Oct. 15, 2014. *
  18. Dealey Plaza Picket Fence (Andrew Kreig Photo)Former House JFK Murder Prober Alleges CIA ‘Lied,’ Seeks Hidden Records, Oct. 18, 2014. *
  19. The JFK Murder 'Cover-up' Still Matters -- As Does C-SPAN's Coverage, Nov. 11, 2014. *
  20. JFK, Nov. 22 and the Continuing Cover-Up, Nov. 24, 2014. *
  21. JFK Assassination Readers Guide To 2013-14 Events, Nov. 28, 2014. *
  22. CIA, Empowered by JFK Murder Cover-up, Blocks Senate Torture Report, Dec. 1, 2014. *
  23. Nearly Too Late, Public Learns of Bill Moyers’ Conflicts Over PBS, LBJ, Jan. 2, 2014.
  24. Why Bill O'Reilly's Lie About JFK's Murder Might Matter To You, March 17, 2015.
  25. Free Videos Show Shocking Claims About CIA, JFK Murder Probes, June 29, 2015.
  26. Pioneering Black Secret Service JFK Guard Abraham Bolden Warns Of Current Lessons, July 22, 2015.
  27. Understanding Hollywood-Style Presidential Propaganda From JFK To Trump, Aug. 18, 2015.
  28. Beware Of Wrong Conclusions From New CIA Disclosure On Oswald, Sept. 28, 2015.
  29. The JFK Murder Cover-Up: Your Rosetta Stone To Today’s News, Nov. 29, 2015.
  30. Austin Kiplinger, David Skorton: Two Civic Giants Going And Coming, Dec. 15, 2015.
  31. Trump Alleges Rafael Cruz Tie To JFK Murder Suspect Oswald, May 3, 2016.
  32. Revelations Confirm Proof Of JFK, RFK Murder Cover-ups, Nov. 25, 2016.
  33. Top Experts To Assess JFK Murder Records, Revelations March 16, March 8, 2017.
  34. Speaker Program For March 16 Forum On Secret JFK Records, March 8, 2017.
  35. JFK Experts Advocate Compliance With Records Deadline, March 8, 2017.
  36. At CAPA Forum, JFK Experts See Need, Momentum For Assassination Records Release, March 23, 2017.
  37. Time Magazine, History Channel Ramp Up Oswald-JFK Fake News, April 26, 2017.

 

Catching Our Attention on other Justice, Media & Integrity Issues

Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), Bilderberg confab in Virginia highlights concerns about Trump, Wayne Madsen, June 1, 2017. (Subscription required. This excerpt used with permission.) Wayne Madsen is an author, investigative reporter and a former Navy Intelligence officer and NSA analyst.

Every time the secretive Bilderberg Group has met at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia, U.S. policy has been at the forefront of discussions between the government and corporate gurus who gather behind tight security.

In 2002, the hotel hosted the Bilderbergs as President George W. Bush was leading the United States into a war with Iraq. And in 2008 and 2012, the major items for discussion at the Chantilly venue were the U.S. presidential elections, both of which saw wins for Barack Obama. This year, the Bilderbergs are discussing in Chantilly the ramifications of the Donald Trump presidency on the "international order."

Future of Freedom Foundation, Call the Assassination Records Review Board Back into Existence, Jacob G. Hornberger (shown in file photo), May 1, 2017. As some of us have been predicting, the CIA appears to be gearing up to continue its cover-up in the JFK assassination, specifically regarding the tens of thousands of long-secret CIA records relating to the Kennedy assassination that the National Archives is set to release this coming October. An article in Politico last week entitled “Will Trump Release the Missing JFK Files?” by Philip Shenon quoted CIA spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak as saying: “CIA continues to review the remaining CIA documents in the collection to determine the appropriate next steps with respect to any previously-unreleased CIA information.”

We are talking here about records that are more than 50 years old. There is no possibility that the release of any of those records will cause the United States to fall into the ocean or will cause the federal government to fall into the hands of the communists.

There is, however, one distinct possibility: that the release of those long-secret records will further incriminate the CIA in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which is the reason why it is almost a certainty that the CIA will request that those half-a-century old records continue to be kept secret from the American people.

It’s time for Congress to reassert itself in the matter and call the Assassination Records Review Board back into existence. Otherwise, there is a distinct possibility that the CIA’s will succeed with a continuation of its cover-up.