JFK disinformationists gather on one site!
I mean, how silly can they get? Consider the posters there:
1. Priscilla Johson McMillan. Her CIA file listed her at a "witting collaborator." And not only did she write a book about Marina Oswald and her husband Lee Harvey Oswald that Marina called a pack of lies, McMillan also claims to have slept with JFK. Yep. I saw that in a tabloid one day. Makes me wonder how many other of JFK's paramour's are also "witting collaborators" with the CIA.
2. Max Holland. Max Holland published his anti-New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison screed in the CIA's internal publication "Studies in Intelligence" after The Nation turned his piece down, despite the fact that he was a regular writer there.
3. John McAdams. Went to a JFK conference under an alias, lied about who he was and what he did in an interview with a reporter, and was liaison to an institute whose predecessor institute , according to Christopher Simpson, "functioned as a sort of outpost of the federal government." He is the Internet's most prolific disinformationist on the JFK case. And he's a flat out liar. He accused Dr. Gary Aguilar of being a drug user when nothing could be further from the truth. He accused another poster of being a pedophile simply to scare him out of the forum (it worked, despite McAdams never offering any evidence.) I had an argument with McAdams that was about a week long, by the end of which he had to concede my point. Then he dishonestly started the exact same disinformation I had just successfully rebutted in a different forum, as though our conversation had never taken place. I've never seen such a clear cut example of dishonesty in my life.
4. Mel Ayton. Mel Ayton is the British equivalent of the above. Mel couldn't recognize a cover-up if it fell on his car. His work on the RFK case in particular is ridiculous. He heavily sources a member of Sirhan's defense team as if he's a credible observer, when the guy he references was in such trouble with the law there could be only one reason he was on Sirhan's defense team: to inform on the defense to the police. That's a long story I have yet to write up, but will, because it's important. And it's not like this guy's background was hard to find. It's right there in the LAPD's files, which are well organized and easily cross-referenced.
Now that Gerald Posner was fired (he says he offered his resignation, but Jack Shafer, who broke the news of his plagiarism, says Posner was dismissed) for plagiarizing his articles, I wouldn't be surprised to see his work (or someone's, under his name) show up here, too. Then the circle would be complete.
Posner wrote Case Closed, a book which plagiarized the work of a law firm to attempt to make the case for Oswald being the lone assassin, a case the FBI disproved before the Warren Report was even published, although they wouldn't admit it.
What the FBI found was this: They could not fire Oswald's rifle and not get nitrate on their cheeks. But Oswald had no nitrate on his cheek. So one of their own went before the Warren Commission and made the spectacular evasion that, in his "opinion" the impossible was possible. Never mind that he had no facts to back that up. His "opinion" was then cited as "proof" that Oswald was simply exhibiting a 'false negative' - no nitrate even though he had fired that rifle. Yes, folks, that's really what happened. That wouldn't pass a fifth grade science course. But science and the needed version of history were incompatible, so guess which one was sacrificed?
By the way - the FBI actually traced the ammunition in the so-called murder weapon and found that it came from a large order placed by the Marines. The problem was, the bullets didn't fit any Marine weapons, and the FBI memo writer speculated this could have been a CIA order using military cover, a common practice. Pretty nice, eh? The FBI wasn't dumb. But J. Edgar Hoover was being blackmailed by James Angleton, the CIA's counterintelligence chief, and had no power to go up against the CIA. And so the false history was created, and continues to be reinforced by the above and others.
People who disseminate false history are chart switchers. Imagine you go to the hospital with cancer. But someone switches your chart, and you are suddenly being treated for diabetes, even though you don't have diabetes. And your cancer is not being treated, because the doctors are looking at the wrong chart.
You'd be so upset, wouldn't you?
That's what's happening to our country. We're given all this false history, and then we're offered the "cure" which, as we've seen, is just a disaster. Every time the CIA is caught in a scandal, they plead ineptitude and say if they only had more money, they could do a better job. I guess they learned from all those small countries who only had to claim Communists were gaining strength there to (cha-ching!) get some immediate funding from the USA. I read recently that the CIA's black budget in 2004 was triple that of the Pentagon's! I also read that the Church Committee found out the CIA's media budget was greater than that of the AP and Reuters combined. And while it's illegal to directly propagandize the American public, they have provably done it. And no one has ever been held accountable.
Is it any wonder our country is swirling the drain? We citizens have been lousy parents. Remember - government employees answer to us, not the other way around. We've never stepped up to our responsibility to demand an appropriate level of accountability and transparency. And if you never discipline your children, they can easily become criminals. You disincentivize your child through "consequences." But we routinely give members of the intelligence community a free pass. How many of us even know where our money goes? How many of us realize how MANY intelligence agencies we have? Along with Homeland Security, the FBI, and the CIA, we also have the NSA, NRO, NGA, FBI, DIA, DEA, DARPA, and of course, all the military branches of intelligence. And that's just a few of the ones we're allowed to know about. There are still others.
And we're losing our ability to exercise any accountability. While you rail against Obama or Cheney, while you watch the Olympics, or play with your children, your vote is quietly going all-digital. That means there won't be any way to get a recount that is meaningful. Your vote will only ever say not what YOU said, but what the PROGRAMMER DECIDED YOU SAID. You really need to understand this because what may be the very last chance we'll ever have to fix this is slipping away and will be gone, perhaps forever, in a few months. And then we'll never know. We'll have the illusion, always, of free and fair elections. But those of us who have looked under the hood know that will be an unprovable illusion, if we move to voting over the Internet, voting by phone, voting on computers, or any other method where someone can intercede between you and your vote.
I also read recently that the largest part of the CIA's budget has historically gone to election manipulation operations (ostensibly abroad, but it's hard to believe that they didn't try that at home, as well).
A lot of people thought getting Obama into office would change the world. We all can see now that is not at all the case. It's going to take a lot more than Obama to change this country. It's going to take the active participation of many more of us. US. There is no one else. We have to be leaders. And we have to join groups, because we have more power collectively than separately. But similarly, we have to hold our group leaders accountable. When they run off a cliff, we must not follow them. Remember that, in the 1960s, the FBI and CIA ran operations that enabled them to not just infiltrate, but in some cases to lead so-called opposition groups. They led them in unproductive directions.
Are you in a group that is floundering in unproductive directions? Maybe it's time for a new group leader.
There is much to do. I hope you are still awake, still energized, still fighting. The notion of what America should be is so powerful. We all grew up with that myth. We have the power to make that myth a reality. All we need is the will, and commitment to make it happen.