Ferguson and Police State Tactics
PaulCraigRoberts.org, Ferguson Reexamined, Paul Craig Roberts, Nov. 28, 2014. Few, if any, of the correct questions were asked in the grand jury hearing to decide whether policeman Darren Wilson would be indicted for killing Michael Brown. The most important unexamined question is whether police are trained to use force immediately as a first resort before they assess a situation or determine if they are at the correct address. Are the police trained that the lives of police officers are so much more valuable than the lives of possible suspects that police officers must not accept the risk of judicious behavior when encountering citizens? If this is the case -- as all evidence indicates that it is -- then the police are merely doing what they have been trained to do when they gratuitously murder members of the public. There are a large number of videos available online that show that the first thing that police do when they arrive is to use force. Here is a selection, including NBC: Cleveland cop shoots 12-year-old. All the action comes at the end. The police arrive and instantly open fire, making no effort whatsoever to assess the situation. Just a few days before Michael Brown is killed, Ohio police murdered John Crawford inside a Walmart store. What had Crawford done? He had picked up a BB rifle from a Walmart shelf and was on the phone with the mother of his two children, perhaps checking with her whether he could purchase it for the kids. A busy body named Ronald Ritchie felt threatened and called the police. The police rush in and shoot Crawford.
Exactly 30 days after President John F. Kennedy’s murder in 1963, former President Harry S. Truman published an attack on the CIA headlined by the Washington Post as, “Limit the CIA’s Role To Intelligence.”
Truman, who as U.S. president from 1945 to 1953 had signed the law in 1947 creating the agency, used his nationally syndicated oped to survey his original purpose in creating the agency to assist presidents in intelligence coordination. He concluded that he wanted to see for the CIA, “that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.”
Truman thus raised serious questions about the agency’s assassination, regime-change, war-making and propaganda efforts that create frightening dangers to democracy, including those activities continuing this month around the world.
Today’s column, the 21st in the Justice Integrity Project's “JFK Assassination Readers Guide” series, explores Harry Truman’s warnings against excessive power for CIA. Also, we report recent allegations that President Richard Nixon feared that the CIA had helped kill JFK and threatened his own presidency.
With that context, we examine further current intelligence- related controversies. These include the CIA's delaying tactics to avoid Senate release of a long-overdue report on CIA torture. As reported in my book Presidential Puppetry, President Obama and all other recent U.S. presidents developed confidential relationships with the CIA or FBI before they entered politics. Obama has been especially fearful of taking on the CIA over the torture issue, as I explained in the book and in 2011 news reports, such as Obama Team Feared Coup If He Prosecuted War Crimes.
More generally, we note that widespread suspicions over the Warren Commission failure to investigate a CIA role in JFK's murder helps lead to kind of public cynicism over the legitimacy of other law enforcement proceedings, including the recent grand jury investigating the police shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
A CIA-related trail from Truman to the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) to Nixon have long intrigued independent-minded historians, and resulted in several important new books drawing the connections and underscoring the dangers to democracy so long as established institutions suppress evidence instead of examining the facts in credible ways.
We start with private correspondence between Truman and the CIA’s first temporary director, Admiral Sidney W. Souers. The letters shortly after Truman's column in 1963 indicates that each former official objected to the CIA operational focus, which Truman described as unnecessary.
The North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA) distributed Truman’s column, which obtained relatively little prominence. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the major newspaper in Truman’s home state of Missouri, failed to run the column, according to a report this June by Wayne Madsen. He visited the Truman Library in Independence, MO, to research Truman’s concerns about the CIA, headlined in the Wayne Madsen Report as, “Truman and first CIA director condemned the CIA after JFK assassination.”
Part of Truman’s distribution problem may have been that the once-prominent NANA had become much-reduced by the late 1950s to a shell secretly funded by British Intelligence, and with reputed links to the CIA. Among its high-ranking editors, in fact, was the former British Navy high-ranking aide Ian Fleming, the future author of the James Bond books.
My recent book Presidential Puppetry connects the Truman warning to current events.Nixon's Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon Hardcover – August 11, 2014
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Justice Integrity Project Readers Guide To JFK Assassination
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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 at the location of Kennedy's limo at the time of his fatal shooting.
- Project Launches JFK Assassination Readers' Guide, Oct. 16, 2013.
- Project Provides JFK Readers Guide To New Books, Videos, Oct. 26, 2013. This is a list of new books and films in 2013.
- Project Lists JFK Assassination Reports, Archives, Videos, Events, Nov. 2, 2013. Leading video, events and archives from the last 50 years. *
- Disputes Erupt Over NY Times, New Yorker, Washington Post Reviews of JFK Murder, Nov. 7, 2013. *
- Self-Censorship In JFK TV Treatments Duplicates Corporate Print Media's Apathy, Cowardice, Nov. 7, 2013.
- 'Puppetry' Hardback Launched Nov. 19 at DC Author Forum on ‘White House Mysteries & Media,' Nov. 19, 2013.
- Major Media Stick With Oswald 'Lone Gunman' JFK Theory, Nov. 27, 2013. Self-censorship.
- JFK Murder Scene Trapped Its Victim In Kill Zone, Nov. 30, 2013.
- JFK Murder, The CIA, and 8 Things Every American Should Know, Dec. 9, 2013. The CIA implicated itself in the cover-up, according to experts who have spoken out. *
- JFK Murder Prompts Expert Reader Reactions, Dec. 19, 2013. Reactions to our Dec. 9 column.
- Have Spy Agencies Co-Opted Presidents and the Press? Dec. 23, 2013. *
- Don't Be Fooled By 'Conspiracy Theory' Smears, May 26, 2014. *
- Experts To Reveal Secrets of JFK Murder, Cover-up at Sept. 26-28 DC Forum, Sept. 5, 2014.
- Washington Post Still Selling Warren Report 50 Years Later, Sept. 22, 2014. *
- JFK Experts To Explode Myths, Sign Books In DC Sept. 26-28, Sept. 24, 2014.
- Former Cuban Militant Leader Claims CIA Meeting With Oswald Before JFK Killing, Sept. 27, 2014. *
- JFK Readers Guide: Assassination Books, Reports, Oct. 15, 2014. *
- Former House JFK Murder Prober Alleges CIA ‘Lied,’ Seeks Hidden Records, Oct. 18, 2014. *
- The JFK Murder 'Cover-up' Still Matters -- As Does C-SPAN's Coverage, Nov. 11, 2014. *
- JFK, Nov. 22 and the Continuing Cover-Up, Nov. 24, 2014. *
- Like Obama, His Predecessors JFK, Truman, Nixon Struggled Against CIA, Nov. 26, 2014. *
Recent JFK Assassination-Related Events
November in Dallas Conference: 50 Years Since the Warren Report, Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, TX, Nov. 21-22, 2014. Speakers included: Jim Marrs, Gayle Nix Jackson, Bill Simpich, Brian Edwards, Casey Quinlan, Sherry Fiester, Pat Speer, Stu Wexler, Debra Conway, Alan Dale, Larry Hancock, Jim DiEugenio. Organized by JFK Lancer Productions and Events.
JFK Assassination Conference, Sheraton Arlington Hotel, Arlington, TX, Nov. 22-24, 2014. Speakers included: Roger Stone, Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, Dr. Jerome Corsi, George Butler, John B. Wells, Philip Nelson, former Gov. Jesse Ventura, Judyth Vary Baker, Edward T. Haslam, Jim Marrs, Tosh Plumlee, John Barbour, Robert Groden, Wynne Johnson, Gary Severson, Casey Quinlan, Saint John Hunt, Dr. James Fetzer, Gary Fannin, Gary King, Larry Rivera, Antonio Veciana, Richard Charnin, Dennis David, Vince Palamara, Scott Kaiser, George Butler, Kris Millegan, Douglas Horne, and former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney. Organized by Judyth Vary Baker, TrineDay Publishing, and Conscious Community Events, which announced: A wide array of researchers and witnesses spoke at a historic free conference about the Kennedy assassination and the Warren Report. "Never before has a conference of this size and importance been free to the public,” said Judyth Vary Baker, author of the book Me & Lee, and one of the conference’s producers. “But this one is! That’s because hundreds of Facebook supporters are backing it. These supporters have been inspired by all the new evidence and witnesses who have come forth since the Warren Commission’s 1964 report. They know the report is obsolete, and that people need to know that Lee Harvey Oswald was a patsy, just as he said he was.”
Related News Coverage
Justice Integrity Project, Obama Team Feared Coup If He Prosecuted War Crimes, Andrew Kreig, Sept. 7, 2011. President-Elect Obama’s advisors feared in 2008 that authorities would revolt and that Republicans would block his policy agenda if he prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a law school dean who served as one of Obama’s top transition advisors. University of California at Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., the sixth highest-ranking member of the 2008 post-election transition team preparing Obama's administration, revealed the team's thinking on Sept. 2 in moderating a forum on 9/11 held by his law school (also known as Boalt Hall).
David Von Pein's JFK Channel, JFK Assassination Debate: John McAdams vs. Roger Stone, Nov. 27, 2014 (recorded Nov. 21). Roger Stone, a veteran of eight national GOP presidential campaigns and the author of the best-seller The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, debates on radio Marquette University Assistant Professor John McAdams, a defender of the Warren Commission. JFK Assassination researcher David Von Pein moderates the differing views between Stone and McAdams, who curates a website defending the commission's view that Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.
First Look / Intercept, Is Obama Stalling Until Republicans Can Bury the CIA Torture Report? Dan Froomkin, Oct. 23, 2014. Continued White House foot-dragging on the declassification of a much-anticipated Senate torture report is raising concerns that the administration is holding out until Republicans take over the chamber and kill the report themselves. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s intelligence committee sent a 480-page executive summary of its extensive report on the CIA’s abuse of detainees to the White House for declassification more than six months ago. In August, the White House, working closely with the CIA, sent back redactions that Feinstein (shown in a file photo) and other Senate Democrats said rendered the summary unintelligible and unsupported. Since then, the wrangling has continued behind closed doors, with projected release dates repeatedly falling by the wayside. The Huffington Post reported this week that White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, a close ally of CIA Director John Brennan, shown in an official photo, is personally leading the negotiations, suggesting keen interest in their progress — or lack thereof — on the part of Brennan and President Obama. Human-rights lawyer Scott Horton, who interviewed a wide range of intelligence and administration officials for his upcoming book, Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy, told The Intercept that the White House and the CIA are hoping a Republican Senate will, in their words, “put an end to this nonsense.” Stalling for time until after the midterm elections and the start of a Republican-majority session is the “battle plan,” Horton said. “I can tell you that Brennan has told people in the CIA that that’s his prescription for doing it.”
UN expert on torture Juan Ernesto Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel treatment, speaks to the press Oct. 21, 2014 at a news conference (UN Photo/Loez Felipe).
United Nations News Center, UN rights experts urge US President Obama to release report on CIA torture allegations, Nov. 26, 2014. The United States must rise to meet the high human rights standards it has set for itself and others around the world, a group of United Nations human rights experts urged today, as they called on President Obama to support “the fullest possible release” of a report detailing Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation practices. In an open letter addressed to Obama, the six UN rights experts said that much depended on how the President would handle the stalemated issue of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s CIA report, stressing that the stakes were “very high” as his decision would have “far-reaching consequences for victims of human rights violations everywhere and for the credibility of the United States.” Launched in early 2009, the Senate Committee’s investigation lasted four years during which millions of pages of CIA documents and emails centering on the agency’s interrogation techniques were examined. The report was eventually approved in late 2012 with an official release date set for April 2014. However, it has yet to be released, purportedly due to demands by the CIA that material be redacted from the document, the Geneva-based UN rights experts said in a press release. The group of independent experts – part of what is known as Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system – is composed of Mads Andenas, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; Ariel Dulitzky, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Gabriela Knaul, Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers; and Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.