Early Review of "A COUP IN CAMELOT" Posted Online
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You can read the review at this link:  http://redcarpetcrash.com/movie-review-coup-camelot-looks-jfks-assassination-group-experts/

The Advance Screening of "A Coup in Camelot" will be Sunday, October 26th at 5 PM, at the historic Texas Theater in Dallas.

You can learn more about the film here: http://acoupincamelot.com/


Here is My Response to Jeremy Gunn's 50th Anniversary Speech About the JFK Evidence
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Jefferson Morley's JFKFACTS.org blogsite has just posted a one-and-one-half hour speech made by Jeremy Gunn on the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Jeremy Gunn flew from Morocco, where he and his wife were then reportedly employed as professors, to Maine, just to make the speech---and then flew home to Morrocco, according to the person who introduced him in the video.

For those of you who do not know, Jeremy Gunn wore two hats at the ARRB for the first 2 years I was there: he was the Chief of Research and Analysis (the director of all the analysts on the 4 record teams: FBI, CIA, Military, and Secret Service), and was the General Counsel.  When David Marwell (the Executive Director of the ARRB staff for its first 3 years) departed from the ARRB staff one year prior to shutdown, the five Review Board members eventually (belatedly, and not immediately) appointed Jeremy as the new Executive Director, circa November of 1997.  He served as our second Executive Director from roughly November of 1997 until his abrupt resignation in July of 1998, about 3 months prior to shutdown of the ARRB.  The rather incurious and conservative Board Members did not appreciate or like Jeremy's intense curiosity about all of the conflicts in the evidence of the JFK assassination, and so relations between Jeremy Gunn and the Board were strained, to say the least, once he took over as Executive Director.  He left "under a cloud," an unexplained cloud of obvious animus between him and the Board; I still do not know the reasons for his abrupt departure 3 months before our sunset.  From December of 1995, through the end of September 1997, I worked extremely closely with Jeremy Gunn as his primary research assistant helping him prepare for the ten depositions we conducted of witnesses to, and participants in, the JFK military autopsy.  I was present at all ten of those depositions, and was familiar with his thinking about the evidence going into each deposition, and after each deposition was concluded.

Having been hired by Gunn in 1995, and having worked closely with him for over 2 years (until we had a major falling out over the future direction of our research activity), I watched the video with great interest, because for many years following the sunset of the ARRB, Jeremy Gunn had told people that the JFK assassination was no longer a part of his life, and that he did not wish to discuss it anymore.  I knew that this attitude of his was changing a bit, since he had given a tepid interview to NPR last autumn in 2013, in which he discussed just a few of the irregularities in the medical evidence (without discussing the obvious implications of those irregularities---namely, a major U.S. government cover-up).

Jeff Morley at JFKFACTS has just posted the video of Jeremy's 50th anniversary speech in Maine last November, and here are the comments I just posted about the video at JFKFACTS:

As a person who was hired by Jeremy Gunn in 1995, and who worked closely under him (and with him) from August of 1995 until his abrupt and mysterious resignation from the ARRB (for unknown reasons) in July of 1998, I watched this presentation made by Jeremy Gunn in November of 2013 with great interest. Overall, I found it to be a good primer for those newly approaching the case, with respect to how many of the details about what really happened in Dealey Plaza in 1963 are truly "unknowable," because of the many conflicts within the evidentiary record, and because of the many instances where key evidence in the case has a badly broken chain-of-custody. Jeremy also pointed out that in many cases supposedly "key evidence," such as the Zapruder film, is subject to differing interpretations by different viewers; just as the reliability of witness testimony is subject to differing opinions by those evaluating their testimony or their recollections. For the most part, his speech was a cautionary tale about not jumping to conclusions without first considering ALL of the evidence about any facet of the assassination, pro or con. Jeremy is saying here that one must approach all evidence (film evidence such as the Z film or many of the autopsy photos; eyewitness testimony; and so-called forensics evidence) with extreme caution, and take nothing for granted about its accuracy or provenance.

Yet---and I find this unfortunate---Jeremy continues to use all of the uncertainties about the evidence as a "mask" to hide behind in a sense, which allows him to continue to say that he personally has no idea who killed President Kennedy, in an attempt to avoid controversy. Significantly, I do recall reading an interview he gave to a Washington D.C. law journal circa the year 2000, in which he stated that he thought that far into the future the official consensus of government and media would be that Lee Harvey Oswald had killed President Kennedy, and that he personally thought that this ultimate "verdict of history" would be INCORRECT. That is the true Jeremy Gunn, the one I knew and worked with for almost 3 years---who while not knowing who assassinated JFK, certainly believed that there had been a massive U.S. government cover-up of the facts surrounding his death, particularly of the medical evidence, and of the Mexico City evidence. This is the true value of this 2013 presentation: the many specific examples he gave of why we cannot trust the medical evidence or the Mexico City evidence.

Jeremy Gunn, unfortunately, made some factual errors during his presentation. As someone who has also spoken publicly about the assassination, I know how easy it is to make an inadvertent mistake when speaking before an audience. Nevertheless, it is important for someone to correct Jeremy's inadvertent errors, so here goes:

1. Gunn stated that the autopsy doctors had not seen the autopsy photos before their ARRB depositions; this was incorrect. Humes, Boswell, and Ebersole saw the original autopsy photos and x-rays on 11-1-1966 and created a catalogue listing of what they depicted; Humes, Boswell, and Finck saw them again in January of 1967 when gathered together by the Justice Department to write a report; and Humes, Boswell and Finck saw prints of some of the transparencies before the HSCA in 1977 and 1978.

2. Gunn mistakenly said that Dr. Humes had never told the W.C. that he had burned the first draft of the autopsy report. That is not true. Humes admitted this under oath to Arlen Specter (burning the original after preparing a revision), but tried to change the focus solely to his destruction of notes, when before the HSCA.

3.Gunn stated incorrectly that "the Secretary of the Navy, Arleigh Burke," was present at JFK's autopsy. This was untrue, and with some sympathy I could tell from his presentation that he knew he had misspoken. The truth is that the Surgeon General of the Navy, Admiral Kenney, was present; along with George Burkley, the President's military physician, as well as Admiral Galloway, who was in charge of the entire Bethesda complex. There was at least one other flag officer present as well: General Wehle (U.S. Army), the Commandant of the MDW. There is some reason to believe that one of JFK's enemies, USAF General Curtis LeMay, was present at his autopsy; but there is no evidence to suggest that another of his adversaries, Navy Admiral Arleigh Burke, was present.

4. Jeremy Gunn correctly admitted the importance of 2 brain exams (vice one) having taken place following the autopsy on JFK's body, but deftly avoided discussing the unavoidable implications: namely, that the brain photos in the Archives today were taken at the second exam, not the first, and CANNOT BE photos of JFK's brain. This is undeniably true; I know Jeremy believes it; and he was dodging the implications of this fact (U.S. government cover-up) by not mentioning the implications of the second brain exam.

5. Gunn's personal bias toward the authenticity of the Zapruder film was blatantly obvious; but he may not yet have been acquainted with the remarkable testimony of Dino Brugioni, the Chief of Information at the CIA's NPIC in 1963, who saw a different Z film the weekend of the assassination. If Jeremy could view the 4 hour, 15 minute video interview of Dino that I recorded on video in 2011, I'm confident his views on the authenticity of the Zapruder film would be modified.

6. In discussing the Dallas physicians Jeremy incorrectly stated that none of them had been pressured to change their minds about what they saw on 11/22/63. This is not true. Nurse Audrey Bell relayed to Jeremy and I personally, in 1997, that Dr. Perry had told her the day after the assassination that officials at Bethesda Naval Hospital had pressured him all night long to change his opinion about the throat wound being an entrance wound, and to say instead that it had been a wound of exit. If that is not pressure, I do not know what is. Also, the HSCA became aware of reliable hearsay that Secret Service Agent Elmer Moore later admitted to a third party (James Gochenaur) that he had "leaned on Dr. Perry about the throat wound" and that he felt remorse for that. [Moore was the official who showed the Dallas doctors the final version of the autopsy report on Dec 11th, 1963.]

In conclusion, Jeremy's speech is a good introductory primer about the hazards involved in investigating the JFK case; but as usual, he is unwilling to directly say what I know for a fact---that he personally believes there was a government cover-up of the medical evidence and of the Mexico City evidence, or discuss the obvious implications of those cover-ups. In refusing to go this far in public statements, I believe Jeremy hopes to avoid censure by the academic community, and any ensuing risk to his career. If you will watch his speech a second time, you will see that he actually acknowledges terrible conflicts in the evidence in these 2 areas, and much wrongdoing by government officials, but is unwilling to discuss the implications.

One of the most significant things Jeremy Gunn ever said to me about the medical evidence was that in his opinion, the JFK autopsy photos placed into the official record---we both knew there were numerous autopsy photos that had been “deep-sixed,” or suppressed---were intended to CONCEAL, rather than to reveal what had happened. In other words, the intent of the culled collection of photos was to conceal the reality of the event, and present a misleading picture of what had truly transpired during JFK’s assassination. This revelatory statement (which he made more than once to me) reveals, without any doubt whatsoever, that while Jeremy Gunn could not figure out who had killed President Kennedy, he believed without any doubt that the U.S. government had covered up the crime.


Very Favorable Review of Online Lecture "Altered History" Posted at LewRockwell.com
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A gentleman named Charles Burris---whom I have never met or spoken with---has posted a most favorable review of my 6 hour, 20 minute, 5-part HD video lecture titled: "Altered History," about the JFK medical cover-up and the alteration of the Zapruder film.

Here is the link to this very generous review:   http://www.lewrockwell.com/lrc-blog/altered-history-exposing-deceit-and-deception-in-the-jfk-assassination-medical-evidence/

Check it out!  Embedded in the review is a link to the 5-part video lecture. 

Thanks, Charles!


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Dear friends,

Today, the final segment of my five-part video lecture about the JFK assassination, "Altered History," was put up online by the sponsor, the Future of Freedom Foundation. I would like to once again thank Jacob Hornberger and the FFF for sponsoring this video lecture.

It is appropriate for the final part of my lecture to go up online today, for today is the 50th anniversary of the issuance of the Warren Report.  As I explain throughout my lecture, the medical evidence used by the Warren Commission to support its conclusion that JFK was hit only by two bullets, and only from behind, has now been thoroughly discredited.

All five parts of this 6 hour, 20 minute presentation can be accessed NOW via this one link: http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/altered-history-exposing-deciet-and-deception-in-the-jfk-assassination-medical-evidence-part-1/

Almost anyone who views this lecture in its entirety, no matter what the level of their knowledge about the case, will surely learn something new that they did not know before.


New JFK Documentary, "A COUP IN CAMELOT," To Appear Soon
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Last year I sat for an extended interview in Los Angeles for the documentarians producing "A Coup in Camelot."

An advance screening will be shown at 5 PM on October 26th, at the Texas Theater in Dallas, Texas.

Here is the link to the website just put up by the producers: http://acoupincamelot.com/

Stay tuned for further developments...broadcast arrangements are not yet firmed up.

5-Part Video Lecture Re-Launched at the Future of Freedom Foundation
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In the blog he wrote today, Jacob Hornberger re-launched my five-part video presentation on the JFK medical evidence in today's Future of Freedom Foundation newsletter.  (See my own journal entry immediately below, from September 15th, for my own extensive launch of this educational series last Monday.)

Jacob wanted everyone to know that the technical problems we experienced in streaming the video for the last couple of days have now been resolved.  Parts 1 and 2 are online now, and parts 3, 4, and 5 will be launched next week.

The new introductory article Jacob wrote today, about the inportance of the JFK autopsy, is a very powerful essay which everyone should read---powerful in its simplicity and in the direct nature of its line of argument:


I hope all interested parties will now refocus on this important topic, on this 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission Report.  END

Video Lecture "Altered History" (6 hrs, 20 min.) Now Online for Viewing
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By Douglas P. Horne, author of "Inside the Assassination Records Review Board"

I am pleased to announce that a project in the making since May of this year---an HD video recording of my Power Point presentation titled "Altered History: Deceit and Deception in the JFK Assassination Medical Evidence"---has just been posted online by the Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF) and its President, Jacob Hornberger, a libertarian activist and a loyal supporter of my work.

This lecture, which in many respects is a condensation of most of the principal points in my five volume book, is intentionally being issued on the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Warren Report.  Thanks to the efforts of the hard-working staff members of the HSCA and the ARRB, and the tireless research of countless independent citizen-researchers over the last half-century, we know much more now about the JFK medical evidence than we did 50 years ago when the Warren Report was published.  We can say with confidence today that the Warren Report's simplistic conclusions that JFK was hit only by two shots, and only by shots fired from behind, is now completely unsupportable (and untrue), based upon the present improved state of our collective knowledge, as represented in this HD video presentation launched today by the Future of Freedom Foundation.

And without a medical conclusion that JFK was hit only by two shots, fired from above and behind him, the Warren Commission's case that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of the 35th President falls apart and is unsupportable.  That is why this lecture is so important.  It destroys the basic underpinnings of the Warren Report---its medical findings and conclusions.

This first link is to the "launch article" published today online by Jacob Hornberger: http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/altered-history-the-fff-video-project-on-the-autopsy-of-john-f-kennedy/

This next link is to Part 1 of the 5-Part Video Lecture (which will also lead you to subsequent releases in the coming days): http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/altered-history-exposing-deciet-and-deception-in-the-jfk-assassination-medical-evidence-part-1/

What Jacob Hornberger asked me to do in this video was to take my basic power point presentation about the JFK medical cover-up, which he witnessed when I presented it recently at American University, and expand upon many of the slides with some additional commentary.  The result is this 5-part HD video put up by the FFF via U-Tube.  A new air segment will be issued about every other day, until the conclusion is put up on September 24th, the 50th anniversary of the day Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered his whitewash of the Kennedy assassination to President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Also available now are two e-books (both sold for only 99 cents):

(1) My seven essays titled "JFK's War With the National Security Establishment," at this link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NHVBIF0/futuoffreefou-20

(2) Jacob Hornberger's excellent series of 12 essays titled "The Kennedy Autopsy," at this link:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NHVT820/futuoffreefou-20

Both of these e-books make valuable companions to the content of my video lecture, and expand in more detail upon topics introduced in the lecture.

When the mainstream media tries to tell us once again on September 24th of this year (the 50th anniversary of the Warren Report) that the Kennedy assassination is a closed case, you can respond by referring anyone who is interested to the above links.  Invite everyone you know to examine the evidence, to think for themselves about what it all means, and to challenge authority when falsehoods are presented as "truths" by the fourth estate (which lost its independence on this subject, and its curiosity about this subject, long ago).  END

Major Lecture on JFK Medical Evidence Scheduled for Friday Night, Sep 26th in D.C.
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By Douglas Horne, author of "Inside the Assassination Records Review Board"

There are two JFK assassination conferences in the Washington D.C. area on the 50th anniversary of the Warren Report, the weekend of Sep 26-28, 2014.

One, hosted by the AARC, will be in Bethesda, Maryland; and the other, organized by David Denton's JFK Historical Group, will be at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia.

I will be making a TWO-HOUR PRESENTATION on Friday night, Sep 26th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Old Town Alexandria, titled THE JFK MEDICAL EVIDENCE: INADMISSIBLE AT TRIAL.

Here is a link to information about the conference at which I am speaking: http://changehistjfk.blogspot.com/

The Warren Report 50 Years Later:
A Critical Examination

Presented by the JFK Historical Group

Alexandria, Virginia
September 26-28, 2014

Even if you are attending "the other conference" hosted by the AARC in Bethesda, you can still attend individual lectures (such as mine) in Old Town at the Crowne Plaza for an admission price of only $20.00 per lecture, payable at the door.

My lecture will be a grand overview of the current state of the JFK medical evidence, post-ARRB---that is, what we know today that the American public did not know when the Warren Report was issued 50 years ago.

Based on what we know now, a simplistic---and indeed, dishonest---set of conclusions like The Warren Report could not be issued to the American public today.  Indeed, the major underpinnings of the Warren Report's conclusions about how President Kennedy was assassinated would not be admitted into evidence at trial, based on what we know about that evidence today.

And without this basic conclusion of the Warren Commission's that JFK was shot only from behind, and hit by only two bullets, the entire Warren Report falls apart.

I encourage everyone interested in the current state of the medical evidence to attend my lecture.  You won't hear what I am about to tell you in the mainstream media---so do yourself a favor and show up, on September 26th, between 6:30 and 8:30 PM!  END

My 2013 Interview About JFK Medical Evidence (with Shane O'Sullivan) Now Posted for Free Viewing
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Dear friends,

London-based Irish film-maker Shane O'Sullivan interviewed me in August of 2013, in Washington D.C., about the JFK medical evidence and about the Zapruder film's suspect chain-of-custody.

Shane put up the Zapruder film interview last month for free viewing throughout the month of August.

He has now put up the medical evidence interview, titled: JFK---The Medical Cover-up---for free viewing also, at the following location:  http://vimeo.com/105554264

Shane has also decided to extend free viewing of The Zapruder Film Mystery (the 85-minute feature referenced above) indefinitely, at the following link: http://vimeo.com/e2films/zapruder

For those who wish to own these "extra features" to Shane's principal documentary feature, Killing Oswald, the DVD containing all 3 programs may be purchased at Amazon.com for just under $15.00.

Thank you, Shane, for helping to disseminate this information to the American public.


Sanitized and Distorted History
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Here is the text of the review I just posted at Amazon.com about the PBS American Experience documentary "JFK" which aired last November on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death:

2.0 out of 5 stars Sanitized and Distorted History: A Major Disappointment, September 11, 2014

This review is from: American Experience: JFK [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
By Douglas P. Horne, author of "Inside the Assassination Records Review Board" (2009, for sale only at Amazon.com)

Ultimately, this documentary---which started out so well in Part 1---disappoints in many ways in Part 2, and in the final analysis, it is a cop-out, and a whitewash of the true back-story to the entire JFK Presidency: JFK's "war" with his own national security establishment.

First, the history of JFK's involvement in Vietnam presented in Part 2 is severely, and I believe intentionally, distorted. While accurately stating that the size of the U.S. advisory force in South Vietnam increased four-fold in 1962, it did not state the alternate choice JFK was confronted with by his national security establishment in 1961. The Pentagon, JFK's own national security council, and the hawks in the State Department insisted throughout 1961 that JFK commit combat troops to SVN; ultimately, in November of 1961, he refused, and instead decided to greatly increase the number of U.S. military advisors assigned to SVN. The narrator stated at one point that the number of American deaths in SVN dramatically increased during JFK's administration, but DID NOT state the more important fact that the total number of U.S. deaths in Vietnam at the time of JFK's assassination was LESS THAN 100 MEN. And most egregiously, the documentary did not even mention NSAM 263, issued by the Kennedy administration on October 11, 1963, which ORDERED that 1,000 of the 16,000 U.S. advisors be withdrawn by the end of 1963---and that ALL U.S. troops be withdrawn from South Vietnam by the end of 1965. This document was declassified decades ago, so I can only presume that the writer's blindness was willful. Furthermore, the ARRB, for which I worked from 1995-1998, located and declassified the full 213-page meeting minutes from the 8th SECDEF conference on Vietnam held in Honolulu in May of 1963, in which Robert McNamara ordered, and discussed in detail, the impending withdrawal of 1,000 troops by the end of the year, and the requirement to speed up existing withdrawal plans so that all U.S. forces would be out by the end of 1965. This key meeting telegraphed JFK's revised policy on Vietnam to everyone in his government, and the signing of NSAM 263 on October 11, 1963 (by JFK's national security advisor, McGeorge Bundy) simply formalized what had already been ordered by the Secretary of Defense in May of 1963. To summarize, the writer and the producers seem to have been intent from the beginning on reinforcing the tired, old, and inaccurate media assessment of the late 1960s and early 1970s---that JFK was responsible for our quagmire in Vietnam---rather than presenting any of the more recent scholarship of the past 22 years (such as that in John Newman's "JFK and Vietnam"). Lyndon Johnson (and Robert McNamara) were responsible for our quagmire in Vietnam, not Jack Kennedy, who rejected the strong and unremitting pressure to send in combat troops in late 1961, and who ordered the eventual withdrawal of all U.S. forces in October of 1963, just over one month prior to his murder.

Second, there were omissions and distortions in the coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis in Part 2 of the program. It was implied that JFK approved the dangerous (and unauthorized) escalation in the midst of the crisis when the Commander of the Strategic Air Command, General Thomas Power, placed all of SAC at DEFCON-2 without the approval of President Kennedy. (DEFCON-2 was one step short of nuclear war, and JFK had only placed the U.S. armed forces at DEFCON-3, not DEFCON-2. Power took this provocative step unilaterally, by transmitting 2 messages in the clear---unencrypted---which he hoped would provoke the USSR to take countermeasures which would have justified a preemptive nuclear first strike by SAC.) In fact, the documentary did not even mention this dangerous action by the SAC Commander at all, but the narrator did say that JFK placed the Air Force on a higher state of alert, which was close to telling a lie, for to anyone at all familiar with the history of the crisis it implied that Kennedy had ordered the escalation in SAC's DEFCON, which most certainly was not true. In actuality, JFK was furious about this unauthorized action by SAC, because it signaled escalation to the Soviets at a time when he was attempting to manage the crisis through diplomacy, and a blockade (in lieu of bombing and invading Cuba).

Additionally, although the program did play a couple of lines of Curtis LeMay's strong advice to JFK to take strong military action immediately to resolve the crisis, the most provocative lines spoken by LeMay---comparing JFK's blockade of Cuba and his use of diplomacy to the "appeasement at Munich" in 1938, and telling JFK he was "in a hell of a fix"---were not played. It seems the writer did not want to admit the serious level of friction that existed between JFK and the Pentagon during the Cuban Missile Crisis. A significant part of this untold story was the post-Missile Crisis meeting JFK had with his Joint Chiefs, in order to thank them for their advice the previous 13 days. Instead of accepting his thanks, the Joint Chiefs---CNO Anderson and USAF Chief of Staff LeMay in particular---churlishly raged against the President and insulted him: Admiral Anderson blurted out "We've been had!" and LeMay ejaculated "This is the greatest defeat in our history. We should go in and wipe them out today!" But obviously, to relate these events would have been to admit that JFK really was "at war" with his national security establishment for almost his entire term (ever since the Bay of Pigs fiasco).

The narrator even seemed to provide an excuse for the bad advice the Joint Chiefs gave JFK prior to the Bay of Pigs (namely, that it had "a fair chance of success"), by saying that they were just giving the CIA's operation a pass. The narrator should have explained that when the JCS said "fair chance of success," what they really meant was that the CIA's operation only had a 30 per cent chance of success. In other words, they lied to the President in their evaluation. Furthermore, JCS Chairman Lemnitzer had in his hands prior to the exile invasion an assessment that there would be NO internal uprising in Cuba after the invasion began, but he withheld this information from the President.

There was no discussion of the crucial Operation Northwoods documents (from the spring of 1962) located and declassified by the ARRB, which recorded the recommendations of the Pentagon's Joint Staff---heartily endorsed by the Joint Chiefs---that the United States employ PRETEXTS (i.e., official lies and provocations) to justify a massive military invasion of Cuba by U.S. forces. JFK rejected the Northwoods concept in late March 1962, when JCS Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer attempted to resurrect the subject at an NSC meeting on Cuba. The JCS response to JFK's rejection of Northwoods? Their response was to write a blistering tutorial to SECDEF McNamara on April 10, 1962 demanding that the U.S. immediately invade Cuba, WITHOUT the use of any pretexts. JFK's refusal of these two strong Pentagon recommendations to invade Cuba before the Missile Crisis, and his subsequent refusal to invade during the Missile Crisis itself, permanently fractured his relationship with the Pentagon and was surely "the" proximate cause of JFK's assassination.

His decision to pull out of Vietnam in 1963---telegraphed in May and formalized in October---angered the CIA as much as the Pentagon.

Nor did the narrator mention the account in Khruschev's memoirs that when JFK sent his brother, RFK, to see Soviet ambassador Dobrynin on Saturday night, October 27th, at the height of the Missile Crisis, that RFK told Dobrynin that there was increasing pressure to invade Cuba from the American military leadership, and that if the USSR did not agree to remove the missiles immediately, JFK might be overthrown by a military coup. To mention this fact would have been to admit that there was serious friction between JFK and the Pentagon.

The narrator even mislead the audience about the U.S. Jupiter missiles in Turkey, which JFK secretly bartered in order to help persuade Khruschev to remove the Soviet missiles in Cuba. First, the narrator said "they had become operational." That is not true. JFK recognized them as "junk," i.e., unreliable and obsolete technology, and had previously ordered them removed. No one had acted. At the time of the Missile Crisis, only ONE of the FIFTEEN Jupiters in Turkey had become operational. JFK did not remove them until about 6 months later, and did so ONLY AFTER a U.S. Polaris submarine with even greater striking power had been deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean. There there was no strategic loss in that regard, at all.

Furthermore, the narrator never mentioned that the U.S. had a 17 to 1 advantage in nuclear weapons against the USSR at the time of the crisis, and an even greater advantage in long-range delivery systems (bombers and ICBMS)---and that JFK's biggest problem was in restraining the U.S. military, which wanted to invade Cuba and obliterate the USSR with a nuclear first strike.

One more example of an intentional omission by the writer was his failure to quote the most famous line of JFK's Peace Speech, namely, that the U.S. did not want "a Pax Americana, enforced by American weapons of war." This line in JFK's speech was a direct response to an earlier statement made by Curtis LeMay in one of his own speeches, in which LeMay bragged that his bombers had created a "Pax Atomica" by frightening the hell out of the USSR.

Ultimately, though, the biggest failure of the entire documentary was its failure to deal with the assassination in any meaningful way. At the very end of the program, it was simply stated that JFK was shot dead in Dallas, and everyone was sad, and grieved. That was it! there was no discussion of how he died (namely, in a hail of bullets fired at him in a military-style ambush in Dealey Plaza---the very definition of a conspiracy) or of the fact that there was a massive medical coverup of the details of his death by the U.S. government.

And the medical cover-up is a fact: many autopsy photographs known to have been taken are missing; 2 skull x-rays are missing; the three surviving skull x-rays are altered copy films (not originals); the first draft of the autopsy report, and the first signed version, are missing; JFK's brain is missing; and the brain photographs in the Archives today are not pictures of JFK's brain (for they have been disowned by the official photographer and one of the FBI agents present at the autopsy). Instead, they are photos of a substitute brain, with an entirely different pattern of damage than that seen in Dallas. The fraudulent brain photos in the Archives support the official cover story of a "lone malcontent shooting JFK from above and behind."

The simple fact is that JFK's life cannot be adequately assessed without discussing his assassination, and the ensuing cover-up by the U.S. government. His death was not divorced from the policies he was pursuing---indeed, it was caused by the severe reaction of the national security establishment to the policies he was pursuing. If re-elected to a second term, the changes JFK was implementing to U.S. foreign policy at the height of the Cold War would have become permanent---in fact, by the end of his second term the Cold War would have been moving toward an end. JFK wanted to end the Cold War, and the national security establishment insisted on winning it. They considered JFK a weak and misguided President, and feared the changes he was bringing about, and therefore cast a veto on his life.

By whitewashing and ignoring JFK's serious friction with the Pentagon and CIA, and the civilian hawks in government councils---by refusing to discuss his assassination and the ensuing cover-up, and the direct connection between JFK's policies and his death---the makers of this documentary have produced bad history.

Those who are interested may read my seven essays about "JFK's War with the National Security Establishment" using the following link:




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