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BOOK NEWS about "The McCollum Memorandum" and My Other Books on Amazon

Dear friends,

On Sunday, August 8th, a final round of corrections was approved for my latest book, The McCollum Memorandum. (The missing main title page---caused by a mysterious PDF glitch---has now been restored; all minor text corrections have been finalized as well.)

Here is a link to the book page for The McCollum Memorandum at Amazon:

I encourage everyone interested to read the book description and the author information, to learn more about the book.

This eminently readable and accessible new work, together with the previous 2017 two-volume work on FDR and Pearl Harbor---Deception, Intrigue, and the Road to War---together constitute a comprehensive three-volume set providing what in my own humble opinion is the best revisionist reinterpretation to date about how the United States really entered the Second World War.


I have lowered the list price of all of my own books on Amazon, as follows:

The price of The McCollum Memorandum has been reduced from $30.00 to $25.00;

The price of each volume of Deception, Intrigue, and the Road to War has been reduced from $30.00 to $20.00 each;

The list price of each volume of Inside the ARRB has been reduced from $25.00 to only $18.00 each---a steal. Amazon continues (at the present time) to sell volume IV at a price higher than my list price, but I have no control over that.

Happy reading! END
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My New Book About FDR and Pearl Harbor Now for Sale: "The McCollum Memorandum"

Dear friends,

I have just completed my new book about FDR and Pearl Harbor.  It is titled The McCollum Memorandum: A Story of Washington, D.C. in 1940-41. It is about Franklin D. Roosevelt's journey (with regard to his foreign policy vis-a-vis Japan) from deterrence to provocation, a gradual transition for him that began on October 7, 1940 and ended on December 11, 1941.  It is for sale on

Much of the information in this work comes from my earlier, 2017 two-volume work titled Deception, Intrigue, and the Road to War. The difference is that I have reduced the pertinent information to a one-volume work now, and I believe it is now much more accessible, and the history I am discussing is much more enjoyable to read about in this new volume.  My original intention was to write a book that was 90% historical novel, but with a subject this complex that proved unrealistic.  However, the current volume does contain many dramatic reenactments of Cabinet meetings and private conversations between FDR and his principal advisors during the run-up to America's entry into World War II.  All of these new scenes (which were not in the earlier 2-volume work) are based on hard kernels of truth found in the documentary record, so they make not only for good drama (in my opinion), but I believe they are good history as well.  The earlier 2-volume book in 2017 was written as a chronology, or timeline---and was chock full of footnotes (some of them lengthy, stand-alone essays); it included an extensive bibliography and a useful, rather complete index.  It was a reference work.

Hopefully, The McCollum Memorandum has made the history, and the main players in the drama, "come alive."  Readers will not have to contend with a rather dry and sparse chronology or timeline, but will get to read a developing dramatic story, as America progresses down its road to war in late 1940, and throughout 1941.

FDR's journey from deterrence to provocation demonstrably began with a memo written by the book's namesake, the head of ONI's Far East Desk, CDR Arthur McCollum, on October 7, 1940---and I introduce the reader to that seminal policy document in the first chapter.  The second half of my story hinges on the key decrypt of a "Purple" code diplomatic cable from the Japanese Ambassador in Berlin to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, sent on August 15, 1941.  Using the "Purple" machine invented by American cryptographers, British codebreakers at Bletchley Park decrypted and translated this cable on August 23, 1941 and sent it immediately to Churchill.  In that cable was the crucial information that Hitler had promised one of his confidants: namely, that he would make war on America if the U.S. and Japan ever became engaged in hostilities.  I obtained my copy of this decrypted diplomatic cable from the British National Archives late in 2017, after my two-volume work was published.  It is now a big part of the Pearl Harbor story.

I reproduce it below, and you can read a lot more about it---and the effect it had on FDR's Japan policy---in the book.

Even a quick perusal of its contents should set one's mind spinning, in terms of the ramifications of FDR knowing this secret information as he was proceeding with delicate negotiations with the Japanese over their conduct in East Asia throughout 1941.  Given that FDR's main foreign policy goal late in 1940, and especially throughout 1941, was to get a united America into the Second World War so it could fight Nazi Germany, this decrypted cable has enormous implications.  And that is what the book is about!

I won't tell you the rest of the story here---which involves how FDR almost certainly found out about the forthcoming attack on Pearl Harbor, and when---because I want you to read the book!

It is the most solid presentation yet made of the "revisionist" argument, and if you are interested in how the United States really entered the Second World War, this book is for you!   END
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"Midnight Writer News" Publishes Links to New Presentation "JFK's War" Video and Power Point

Blogger S.T. Patrick has been kind enough to publish links to my recent Power Point, "JFK's War with thte National Security Establishment," and the narrated video of that Power Point, as it appears on the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) website.

Here is the link to his posting:

If you visit S.T. Patrick's page, you will see that you have a choice---you can either view the Power Point alone, or the lengthy (5 hours long) narrated Power Point on the FFF YouTube page.

For those people in love with text who want to do a self-study course, I recommend clicking on the Power Point.  While there is no "preview" image of the Power Point on the Midnight Writer News link page, the Power Point DOES DOWNLOAD, it just takes a little while.  I got it to open up after a couple of minutes by clicking on the link that says: "open in new tab."  That worked.  And once it downloads and opens up, the clarity of the Power Point slides is stunning.

"THANK YOU," to S.T. Patrick and Midnight Writer News.

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New Five-Hour Video of My Narrated Power Point: "JFK's War with the National Security Establishment"

Jacob Hornberger's libertarian Future of Freedom Foundation has just posted my latest work in the JFK assassination research arena, a 4 hour, 59 minute long narrated PowerPoint presenation titled: "JFK's War with the National Security Establishment."

I'm proud to prersent that link here:

I made two presentations earlier this spring at his online conference on the JFK medical evidence---proof of a fraudulent autopsy following JFK's assassination.  They were titled:

(1) "The JFK Medical Coverup" at this link:

(2) and "The Evolving JFK Autopsy Report" at this link (a new one-hour presentation inserted into the middle of a Q&A session):

Together with this national security overview, these three presentations are a distillation of my work on this subject since 1995 when I joiined the staff of the Assassination Records Review Board.

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Sign Up for FREE JFK Assassination Conference Now!

Dear Friends,

Jacob Hornberger, President of the Future of Freedom Foundation, is sponsoring and organizing a free JFK Assassination Conference in March and April that will be held on Zoom.

I will be presenting lectures on April 7th and April 14th (please see conference schedule in the embedded link for details).

I highly recommend that anyone interested in this subject open the link, read about the conference, and then SIGN UP!

This will be my "last hurrah" appearance in a JFK venue; I'm looking forward to it.

Best wishes,

Doug Horne

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Chris Matthews' Departure: A Welcome Change to All Serious Students of the JFK Assassination

I am one of those who welcomes the departure of Chris Matthews last night from Hardball, the pugilistic political commentary show that he founded 2 decades ago.  He was a dinosaur whose departure was long overdue.

Why do I say this?  Certainly not for the public reasons touted for his departure.  The public reasons cited in the mainstream media included sexist behavior in his dealings with women on multiple occasions, and weighing in too heavily, with his thumb on the scale, in political races---with sometimes outrageous, over-the-top, partisan commentary.  He was much more into inveighing with strong political opinions than he was into pure journalism.  His act on this score had worn thin recently, with his strong and open opposition to the Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren campaigns.

Furthermore, he was an overly loud, rude interrupter who would often shout at, and brazenly interrupt, his interview subjects when they were expressing opinions he did not like.  He would routinely cut off interview subjects and not allow them to fully answer his questions when they began to provide answers that were not in line with his opinions; he would then often answer his own interview question himself (with the answer he wanted to hear)!

But these behaviors are not the main reason I applaud his departure.  My reason involves his repeatedly stated, aggressive position on the JFK assassination; his position on the Kennedy assassination was absurdly pro-Warren Commission, and in total denial of the established fact that we experienced a coup in this country in 1963, with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  This denial of a U.S. government cover-up, and denial that America experienced a coup in 1963, was in opposition to the enormous body of facts unearthed by the serious work of three generations of independent citizen-researchers beginning in 1964, and was in opposition to the official conclusion of the HSCA in 1979---that JFK was likely killed as the result of a conspiracy.  [There are many critics of various aspects of the HSCA investigation---and I am among them---but Matthews never acknowledged the HSCA's official, overall conclusion, and would only tout the Warren Commission's line that JFK was assassinated by a lone nut, acting alone.]

The big question remains: "Did Chris Matthews simply have a huge personal and political blind spot with regard to the overwhelming pro-conspiracy evidence in the death of JFK; OR just perhaps, did he always know better, and was he willingly acting as a shill for the national security establishment, in his repeated support for the Warren Commission's unsupportable conclusions?"  The latter suggestion is not absurd and without foundation; just study the files on the CIA's Operation Mockingbird, its subornation of hundreds of journalists both overseas and in the United States, first exposed by journalist Carl Bernstein circa 1978.  Then CIA-Director George H.W. Bush, when forced by the evidence to admit the existence of Operation Mockingbird, declared to Congress at the time that the CIA would not engage in the recruitment of the media anymore.  If you believe that recruitment of the media by the CIA ended following 1978, I have a bridge to sell you in the Gobi Desert.

One the one hand, Chris Matthews' love of American Democracy (or rather, the mythology of American Democracy---what we want to believe about ourselves) and the American Constitution was such that he didn't seem capable of believing that the United States could be as rotten internally as it would have to have been for JFK to have been assassinated by a conspiracy in 1963, and for the U.S. Govt. to cover it up such that everyone involved got off Scott Free.  He seemed incapable of believing that America was that flawed, and just possibly, his pro-Warren Commission stance was a natural blind spot.

On the other hand, Matthews is no dummy, and no matter what you think of his opinionated partisanship, most of the time (when I try to come to grips with his behavior re: the JFK matter) I think he must have been fully aware, for decades, of the massive evidence that exists for a conspiracy in the assassination of JFK, and a USG coverup of what really happened in 1963.  Ultimately, 20 or 30 or 50 years after his eventual passing, declassified files may reveal that with regard to the JFK assassination, Matthews has been a USG shill all along---simply a continuation of Operation Mockingbird, under a different name.  Matthews' own former boss, Congressman and Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill [Matthews was his Chief of Staff] quoted Kennedy aides Kenny O'Donnell and Dave Powers in his book, Man of the House, as saying that at least 2 shots came from the grassy knoll area in Dealey Plaza during the assassination---in fact, Kenny O'Donnell actually told O'Neill that the FBI had ordered him to lie about that.  I personally witnessed Chris Matthews shout down one of his interview guests when that guest tried to bring up what his former boss, Tip O'Neill, wrote in his book; that guest was simply not allowed to speak and discuss those facts.  Matthews knew where his guest was going and cut him off before he could even effectively launch into the story.  I also witnessed Chris Matthews cut off former Secret Service agent Clint Hill circa 2013 (the 50th anniversary of the assassination) when Hill began describing JFK's head wound---which could only be interpreted as an exit wound the in rear of his head (thus implying a fatal shot from the front, or right-front).  After cutting off Hill's wound description, Matthews blurted out what was clearly a pre-staged question: "So how many shots were fired, and from what direction?"  For the first time in his life, Clint Hill responded: "Three shots, all from behind."  That was the first time Clint Hill had ever said that, and it was clearly pre-arranged with Chris Matthews before the interview began.  No doubt the Secret Service, the MSNBC power structure, and the national security establishment, were happy with that response.

So, no matter what the reasons for Chris Matthews' pro-Warren Commission propaganda, and his debunking of the serious work of citizen-researchers, it is good that he has lost his principal platform for spreading the screed that JFK and RFK assassination researchers are all "whackos" peddling "crazy conspiracy theories."  He can no longer do that on national television every November, and for that we should be grateful.  I certainly am.

Now we need to continue to work to stop MSNBC's Rachael Maddow from doing the same thing.  She is more than willing to discuss (and meticulously document) conspiracies (including Russian meddling in U.S. elections and an American President's illegal and inappropriate behavior vis-a-vis our foreign policy with Ukraine)---just not domestic conspiracies to kill American political leaders and then USG cover-ups of those crimes.  Ultimately, the motivation behind the stonewalling and denial of commentators like Chris Matthews and Rachael Maddow with regard to conspiracies to kill American political leaders may simply be to stop the erosion of confidence in American institutions; of course, that is a self-defeating effort, since the more that obvious facts and patterns in the evidence are denied, and unsupportable political conclusions are endorsed, the more the erosion of confidence in American institutions accelerates.  END
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Power Point Titled "NASA's Golden Age" Now Available Online

My extensive 256 slide Power Point presentation titled "NASA's Golden Age: Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo" is now posted (in six segments) at the Midnight Writer News blogsite.

Here is the link to segment 1 of 6:

After viewing part 1, go to this link inside the Midnight Writer News "Home Page" to access parts 2 through 6 of the presentation:

My thanks goes out to S.T. Patrick for posting this history of the Cold War space program on his site.

This Power Point was developed as a teaching aid for a 6-class course for retired adults in Cleveland, Ohio.  The course, as taught, also includes a significant amount of video footage (which cannot be shown here).

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What Do the AF1 Audiotapes Reveal About JFK's Autopsy and the Delivery of His Body to Bethesda?

I recently updated an important research memo I first wrote in 2013 about the new, "Clifton" version of the AF1 audiotapes and what those audioptapes of AF1 radio transmissions on 11/22/63 reveal about the planning for his autopsy, and how his body was eventually delivered to the Bethesda NNMC (National Naval Medical Center) on November 22, 1963.

The PDF version of that updated memo is now posted at Midnight Writer News, at the indicated link:

This is the only significant addition to the material in my five-volume book, Inside the ARRB, since its publication in 2009; this 25-page research memo completes the one area of my book that I wish I had spent more time on prior to publication.

My thanks go out to S.T. Patrick for posting this, and other material about the JFK assassination and FDR, at his site.

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Midnight Writer News Launches Counterattack Against "Politico" Article About JFK Records Release

Blogger S. T. Patrick has posted two effective rebuttals against the absurd position taken in an August 3rd "Politico" article (authored by Shenon and Sabato) that 21st century forensics had proven Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK just as the Warren Commission said he did.

Here are the links to his two postings:

(1) Patrick's article critiquing the "Politico" article by Philip Shenon and Larry Sabato:

(2) Patrick's posting of my 2014 presentation titled: "The JFK Medical Evidence: Inadmissible at Trial"

The position taken by Sabato and Shenon (two Warren Commission apologists who apparently intend to spin the public reaction to JFK document releases) about Oswald's supposed guilt is not only incorrect, but is indefensible, in view of the evidence presented in my 2014 presentation (see link above).  Mainstream media programs which newly tout Oswald's supposed guilt all conveniently ignore the facts presented in my 2.5 hour presentation, delivered in September 2014 on the 50th anniversary of the release of the Warren Report.  The "landscape" of the JFK medical evidence arena changed forever as a result of the work of the ARRB staff in the mid-1990s---(as revealed in my 5-volume book, "Inside the Assassination Records Review Board")---and Shenon and Sabato have attempted to ignore that.

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British Intercept of Japanese Diplomatic Message Proves FDR Had a "Back Door to War" with Germany

Midnight Writer News has posted an article about the crucial original document I just obtained from the British National Archives.

Here is the link:

Below you will find the digital scan of the actual, original document that is so ably discussed in the
Midnight Writer News article written by S.T. Patrick (see link above):

The red marginalia is Prime Minister Churchill's writing, and the green marginalia is that written by
"C", Sir Stewart Menzies, the head of MI6 and the defacto head, therefore, of signals intelligence for


The Americans also decrypted and translated the same message, and proof of this can be found in the Volume III Appendix, page A-400, of the DOD publication "The MAGIC Background of Pearl Harbor."

Here is a link to a PDF copy of the American version of the British intercept, posted by S.T. Patrick at Midnight Writer News: