is Anton Batey?
CTKA takes a close look at a most curious radio host who is a JFK
denier, Chomskyite, and yet happens to be in league with John McAdams
and David Von Pein. Yep, its all true. Part 1 Part 2
the ARRB Reviews of Douglas Horne's multi-volume study
of the declassified medical evidence in the JFK case. Reviewed
by Jim DiEugenio, David Mantik and Gary Aguilar.
Exclusive excerpts from Mitchell Warriner's long awaited new book
the Jim Garrison investigation
Gary Aguilar and Pat
Speercontinue to critique the work of Professor
John McAdams, "JFK Assassination Logic"
Billy Kelly does an update and addition to the
Chicago plot to kill JFK.
Joseph Green reviews the new book edited by Caroline
Michael Beschloss, "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations
on Life with John F. Kennedy"
Bill Davy continues our Wikipedia exposure series
by examining an entry dealing with the JIm Garrison investigation.
Alex Jones on the Kennedy Murder:
A Painful Case
by Seamus Coogan
In Part One,
we examined Alex Jones’ beginnings and his success. Not to mention,
his extraordinary case of foot-in-mouth conspirahypocrisy, which he has
packaged and sold to the world inspiring hordes of conspiravangelists.
With regards to his upcoming documentary, this is not so much a review
but more of an insight into what we can expect. To show the potential
for failure, I then take a look at two of Jones’ most prominent
players—and potential bedfellows in his documentary—Jason
Bermas and Paul Joseph Watson.
Though my extensive examination of Bermas’s film Invisible
Empire may seem to take us off the path of Alex Jones and the
Kennedy case, Kennedy is still very much in the picture, if a little
more to the background. What this does is serve to give us an insight
into the poor grasp of history, society, and theology which abounds
in the Jones nexus. Though Paul Joseph Watson had little to do with
Bermas production, I would imagine they share many of the same opinions
since Watson is one of the top (if not the top) researchers
in the Jones organization. Both individuals, like Jones, are repeat
offenders in endorsing long-dead (or soon-to-be-dying) Kennedy assassination
The conclusion I reach relates back to the slim chances of such incompetence
ever creating a meaningful or useful documentary on anything related
to Kennedy’s, or anybody else’s, assassination.
I. Sunshine Superman
Jones may well be getting ready for another bite at the Johnson did
it cherry via Howard Hunt in his long rumored film, Black Sunshine (discussed
shortly). Hunt’s “confession” is not a way to get a
good take on the killing of President Kennedy. It is pretty much old
hat, and the version Hunt gave to his son before he died is slightly
revised from the one he published in his
last book. Anybody who has read Plausible
Denial by Mark Lane knows that no one believed Howard Hunt’s
story of being with his family that day. And then there’s the
1966 “secret” James Angleton memo to incoming Director
of Intelligence Dick Helms about the need to provide Hunt with an alibi.
The problem is that, given E. Howard Hunt’s spook-riddled past,
who can really tell where the truth lies? For example, in light of Gaeton
Fonzi’s first-rate book, The Last Investigation, the
Marita Lorenz aspect of Lane’s volume is (to put it mildly) rather
weak today. (See Fonzi, pgs. 83-107) And when, eventually, Gerry Hemmings
backs up her Miami-to-Dallas “travelling assassination team,” then
one’s antennae should stand up. (Lane, p. 300)
But these are not the only problems. Another is this: Many respected
researchers find Hunt’s family a tad too self-promoting to be readily
believed. The man who brought the dying Hunt’s confession to light
was his son, “Saint John.” (Apparently, Hunt-the-elder just
couldn’t resist foisting his wry humor upon even his own son—for
life.) St. John has a colorful past. He also deserves credit for overcoming
his well-publicized demons. And maybe some of his insights into life
with his father could have been illuminating. It’s Hunt’s
commodification of practically everything around him that raises eyebrows.
He has a website and
also had some companies up and running called Dreamlike and Spook
Productions. Hunt will sell anything “Hunt” you want.
There’s Hunt’s online book you can buy, an autographed manuscript
you can purchase, an interview with St. John you can own, and of course
there’s “dad’s confession” itself. Yes, for 20
bucks they’re yours forever. But it gets worse or more humorous—depending
on your viewpoint—very soon.
In Part One, we mentioned that Hunt had been extremely forthcoming with
information about his personal life to a number of people who emailed
us after Jim DiEugenio announced my Alex Jones project on Black
Op Radio some months ago. But some conspiravangelists, conveniently
turned a blind eye at our pointing out Hunt’s self-voluntary participation
in the process. So before we go any further, I have to forego any niceties
and repeat that we did not seek out this information nor did we dig into
Hunt’s background in any way, shape, or form; quite frankly, we
have better things to do.
What we reluctantly learned from the emails was that for a buck thirty-four
per photo (click on the necklace)
his wife’s likeness is yours. But that’s only the start.
Apparently, you can also purchase Mrs. Hunts’ XXX action DVD’s
and two different types of calendars in which she stars. Hunt, who photographed
his wife, likely also filmed her. Does this then make “Saint John” (do
you suppose that he’s in on the irony?) the JFK equivalent of Larry
Which begs the further question: In his conspirahypocrisy, exactly how
low will Alex “LBJ, bazookas, and grenades” Jones stoop?
Though he openly congratulates Naomi
Wolf’s stance on the destructiveness of pornography and generally
displays contempt for that industry (as do many of his listeners and
viewers), Jones nonetheless jumps at the chance to embrace the likes
of a Saint who appears more than willing to bare all.
Many have posited that people with dubious reputations may be able to
find redemption with precious nuggets of truth and insight. Thus if Hunt’s
information was truly insightful, like say Rose
Cheramie’s (who shared something of a similar history), then
Jones could be forgiven for using him. The problem is that St. John is
no Cheramie and Jones is no officer Francis Fruge. Not by a long shot.
Cheramie never sought remuneration for her story, nor did Fruge who investigated
it. Unlike Hunt she never lived to tell it to a wider audience (which
may tell us something).
Instead, Hunt and/or his father clearly had a business motive in place
to spill the beans, which as said earlier, if handled better could have
given some real insight into Hunt Sr. Yet, as it stands now most people
schooled in the JFK case had known about the first confession for some
time, barring the dubious addition of Lyndon Johnson. It’s this
addition which has endeared him to a certain section of the JFK community
which, like Jones, took Barr McClellan’s Blood, Money & Power seriously.
Howard Hunt turned
down the chance at 5 million dollars from Kevin Costner to set
the record straight; yet for little or no reward he divulged a cock-and-bull
story for his son to market to anyone who would buy it. Even the factually
challenged John Hankey had an all too rare moment of insight when he
stated something along the lines, “If Hunt says Johnson did it,
that’s all the more reason not to believe he was behind it.” (John
Hankey: Black Op Radio Show #424, 5/21/09). Hunt is something of
a first: An X-rated photographer who is also appears to have no qualms
about promoting himself as a “witness to history” in the
Kennedy assassination. But in his attempt to market anything not nailed
down, he seems a natural match for Jones.
II. Black Comedy
Why is this important?
The rumors around Prison Planet forums are that Jones is planning to
release what will likely be an awful production for JFK’s 50th
anniversary in 2013. Yet people closer to Prison Planet have informed
CTKA that it is coming out near the end of this year. The only hint of
what it is like is a brief, two-part 20 minute promotional clip at YouTube
featuring St. John Hunt and Jim Marrs. (Click here for: Part
1 & Part 2.)
But I have no confirmation that this sneak will even be seen in the final
Till that fateful day, we can be comforted with the words of a keen
Ron Paul supporter from the Ron Paul War Room:
I have high expectations that Alex Jones’ forthcoming documentary, Black
Sunshine, will be the most penultimate coalescence of the truth
about the JFK assassination and how those involved in it have usurped
virtually every position of major power in government today.
This tells us a lot about Alex Jones, his Libertarian leanings, and
his media allies. If the Paul fan’s lack of judgment is not depressing
enough, Jones’ own inflated opinion of his scholarship is utterly
troublesome. In his interview
with Marrs (discussed earlier in Part
One), Marrs told Jones that he had his work vetted by Oliver Stone’s
research team led by Jane Rusconi. Jones, obviously feeling himself to
be Marrs’ equal, replied:
I wanna be clear, I can’t say too much on air, but some of my
work is being looked up for a film similar to JFK and the
way it’s presented and there’s a team of seven people looking
at everything I’ve put out and found it all to be accurate, and
found a lotta times it’s worse than what I am presenting.
Who are or were “The
Magnificent Seven” he’s had looking over his evidence?
Jones’ idea has been in the pipeline for some time so it’s
time we had a look at the leading individuals within the Jones nexus,
his “brain trust,” so to speak.
Thus let us take a look at some of his other friends. For once we measure
Jason Bermas and Paul Joseph Watson, we will begin to understand all
the mega-conspiracy giddiness that populates all of Jonestown. A giddiness,
that overrides factual accuracy not to mention the rules of logic and
III. Jason Bermas: Worrisome Warrior
III.1 Why We’d “Rather” He Didn’t
Jason Bermas, joined up with Jones sometime in 2007 (after Jones’ interview
with Marrs). Bermas may not be one of the current “heads“ working
on the project but should Jones project go ahead, Jason Bermas could
well be involved in the editing and design of the project. Bermas is
a man well known for his efforts in the 9/11 Truth Movement. Along with
Dylan Avery, he put together the massively popular Loose Change 9/11 which
appeared in its final form, Loose Change 9/11 Final Cut, in
2007. When it comes to the Kennedy assassination, however, Bermas, like
the rest of Prison Planet, really would be better off butting out. It’s
clearly not their area of expertise.
It was in his pre-Prison Planet days that Bermas first came to this
writer’s notice: In a scene from an early version of Loose
Change (2005 or 2006?), Bermas is seen engaging a rather agitated
off-duty fireman in a debate at Ground Zero. One onlooker mentions that
the same people who pulled off the Kennedy assassination were also behind
the Twin Towers collapse—to which Bermas enthusiastically agrees.
Which, as we have seen, is rather odd, because it appears Bermas knows
about as much about the JFK case as Jones—which is very little.
Or, to put it another way, he knows just enough to be “factually
In Loose Change 9/11 Final Cut, Bermas and Avery utilized an
interview with Dan Rather from a BBC Newsnight May 16, 2002. Of
course the interviewer, Madeleine Holt, never asks Rather any questions
pertaining to his blatant lying about the Zapruder film: How
he reported on national television seeing Kennedy’s head
move forwards as if shot from behind. Rather’s career took off
from that point onwards. Unsurprisingly, the issue was never brought
up in Loose Change nor does it seem to exist anywhere on any
Prison Planet/Infowars site. Instead, Rather
is lauded for observing the buildings as coming down as if by controlled
In September of 2007, the brilliant Greg Palast, a person supposedly
admired on Prison Planet (though I see little of his influence in their
continuously dubious output) lampooned
Rather’s gutless display concerning “Top Gun” Bush
and his running AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard. Yet the only
criticism of Rather found on any Jones-related site was an article dated
8/6/2008 by Kurt Nimmo. Nimmo, knowing no better than Bermas or Avery,
brief interview with Rather in which he denied any knowledge of the
Bilderberger group. Now, anybody who knew about Rather’s obsequiously
self-serving lies wouldn’t need to bother asking banal questions
about his ties to the Bilderbergers.
Regardless of Nimmo and Palast, it still means that by 2007 Bermas and
Prison Planet clearly had no idea of Rather’s shenanigans. Thus
they had no idea whatsoever that Dan Rather will always be regarded as
an utterly gross and cowardly sell-out and shill by anybody well-versed
in the Kennedy case (or reality for that matter). In 1993, Dan Rather
told Robert Tanenbaum, the former deputy chief counsel to the HSCA, “We
really blew it on the Kennedy assassination.” But the sincerity
of Rather’s late-arrived realizations on the Kennedy assassination
must be judged in light of his most recent foray into assassination-shilling
because Dan “we-really-blew-it” Rather still has the death
of Martin Luther King pinned solely on another lone gunman, James Earl
Ray (Jim DiEugenio; Review
of The Road to Memphis, May 3rd, 2010 & Black
Op Radio, Show #477; June 3rd, 2010).
III.2 The Inflatable Empire
Unlike Jones, Bermas has sometimes put out some thought-provoking stuff.
He gave a good account of himself on Black Op Radio. And while Loose
Change, and his other documentary, Fabled Enemies, asked
some good questions, Bermas’ latest presentation, Invisible
Empire: A New World Order Defined, has little of the guerilla charm
his previous works possessed.
First, let me ask this: How can one define something as nebulous as
the New World Order? –especially when resorting to the likes of
Hankeyian histrionics, Bircher-Society logic, and Jonesian contradictions
and generalizations as the basis for building historical perspective?
For Bermas and Jonesville it is, quite predictably, a secret amalgamation
of globalists cabals intent on taking over the world and planning for
a draconian one-world government.
While it would be difficult to argue against the presence of powerful
individuals and globalist groups operating throughout the world today,
rather than constructively imagining a “New World Order,” critical
thinking would seem to indicate that a “nebulous world order” is
more to the point. According to National Institute for Research Advancement
(NIRA) studies, as of 2005, there are over 500 powerful think tank groups
worldwide. Think tanks, whether government funded or privately endowed
(well known or not) have often had a disproportionate influence over
governmental policy decisions, yet have often competed against each other.
If Bermas (a person who has clearly never seen The
Corporation, nor Adam Curtis’s The
Power of Nightmares) had just kept to the lines of logic outlined
in these fine works, rather than journeying to the land of the flakes, Invisible
Empire would have made for far more worthwhile viewing.
III.3 The Origins of the NWO (according to Bermas)
About 11 or so minutes into his documentary, Bermas shows that he is
an individual in possession of very little historical or theological
knowledge. The notion of the New World Order hasn’t actually been
around for a long time. Individuals like Dennis Cuddy like to trace its
origins back to the early 20th Century. The modern right-wing
take on it is that it was born out of the crazed and confused Christian
fundamentalist, racist right-wing politics of groups like the John Birch
Society in the late ’50’s.
Bermas wants us to believe that the concept of the NWO came from a little
known manifesto called New World Order by American Samuel Zane
Batten, which came out in 1919. To Bermas’ credit, this does appear
to be the first book to carry the title. The problem is that many theologians
and writers were contributing numerous works about a more united and
egalitarian world at the turn of the 19th and the early part
of the 20th centuries. This influenced the great Utopian-Dystopian
debates, which increased after the First World War. Batten was nothing
new or, indeed, revolutionary.
It is heavily implied by Bermas that Batten’s New World Order influenced
Hitler. But there is no evidence that Hitler had ever read Batten’s
works (or that it was even translated into Deutsch for that matter).
He then goes on to mention that Hitler’s little known second book
was dubbed The New World Order. Now, let the following be a
reminder that this is what happens when you hang out with unscholarly
people. The book was never named nor dubbed by that title. It was called Zweites
Buch, which literally means Second Book, in which Hitler
merely postulated challenges facing a Nazi global hegemony. While Bermas
is correct in stating that it was completed in 1928, he fails to note its
interesting history: It was not published until well after the war,
in 1961 in German; and not until 2003 in English.
The meaning of an idyllic universal utopian New World Order differs
from person to person. A John Birch Society member like G. Edward Griffin
would have his own version, as would the reader, as does Bermas. Yes,
it is that complicated a deal. Someone’s heaven is invariably someone
else’s hell. Martin Luther King’s Dream would be David Duke’s
Nightmare. So let’s look into the many groups and individuals that
help make up the New World Order and—for most conspirahypocrites—the
amorphous group that invariably killed Kennedy.
III.4 The Hives of Tyrants
Bermas’s film was spoiled right off the bat—three minutes
and forty-two seconds into the production—by his misappropriating Kennedy’s
April 27, 1961 speech made to the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
Granted, Kennedy does discuss the need for a free and open society, and
yes, he does speak out against secret societies, secret oaths and the
potential power of government taking advantage of any given situation
and imposing censorship. It’s powerful stuff. In particular, Kennedy’s
prophetic jibes at the “trivialization” and “tabloidization” of
the media, which few people seem to note, are arguably the most important
part of his speech.
What is alarmingly dishonest, however, is that Bermas has used an edited
version of this speech to make it appear as if Kennedy is rallying against
a Jonesian-style secret society, when in point of fact, he clearly is
not. In his speech, before Kennedy famously states “We are opposed
around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy,” Bermas
has removed three contextually related paragraphs which precede this
famously quoted line, and which, to all but the most imaginative thinkers,
make it quite clear that Kennedy is referring not to some collusive NWO
conspiratorial-style cabal, but rather to the conventional Cold War forces
of communism. And sadly, there are more than a few wishful thinkers
out there. Places like YouTube (where it’s quite likely Bermas
picked this up from) abound with edited versions of “The
speech that got Kennedy killed” or “JFK
New World Order Illuminati Speech.” No one realizes (least
of all Bermas) that Kennedy delivering a speech to the likes of Henry
Luce about secret groups is akin to Mowgli
giving a warning to Shere Khan about his human diet. Thus, Bermas,
without even knowing it, stands guilty of “cutting the cloth to
suit the fit,” in much the same way as John Hankey inventively
turns John Connally into an arch-conspirator and has George Bush threatening
Hoover with a dart gun in his Hoover’s FBI office.
In Bermas’ history lesson about the NWO, he completely overlooks
the fact that Hitler himself was a conspiracy theorist of some renown.
It was this, plus his own racist beliefs, that led him to exterminate
millions of Jews, Gypsies, Catholics, Socialists, as well as some 20,000
to 80,000 Freemasons (Christopher Hodapp, Freemasonry for Dummies,
pg 85). Bermas goes on to name numerous secret groups from the Masons
to Bilderbergers, Illuminati, Bohemian Grove, and the ever-present Skull
and Bones. Collectively, according to Bermas, these groups form the New
World Order, and together they inflate his hypothesis that all are working
toward the same goals. Let’s have a quick look at this twisted
mass Bermas construes.
Masons Though the Masons only account for a
speck of the invisible empire on Prison Planet, the Libertarian Jones
has a strange relationship with Freemasonry. According to Jones, groups
like the Freemasons supported many prominent “founding fathers” of
the United States.
President Harry Truman was a bona fide and ardent mason and reached
the much-vaunted 33rd degree level of Masonry. He also created
the CIA in 1947. Yet in 1963 he wrote a famous editorial decrying the
some of the operations that the CIA had partaken of as being way beyond
what he had imagined. Allen Dulles was so worried about this column,
which was published a month after JFK’s murder, that he paid a
personal visit to Truman and tried to get him to retract it. (Jim DiEugenio; Tom
Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Bugliosi's Bungle, Part 8; Section VI)
Further, Truman’s 33rd degree level of Masonry didn’t
stop his administration from being undermined by the Republicans and
the likes of Joe McCarthy which eventually saw the resultant rise of
Eisenhower in 1952 over Adlai Stevenson (Richard M. Fried, Nightmare
in Red pgs 7-10, 16-17). Warren Commission member Senator Richard
Russell was a high-level
Freemason. He was also the most ardent critic of the lone gunman
line on the panel (Gerald McKnight, Breach of Trust, pgs 282-298).
And he was the first of the Commissioners to break away from the Oswald-did-it-alone
scenario. In fact, he actually conducted his own private inquiry while
the Commission was in progress.
Bohemian Grove, CFR, Trilateralists, Skull & Groaners According
to author Michael Wala, Eisenhower was a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations (CFR), and a regular visitor to Bohemian Grove. That didn’t
stop him from warning the US about the acquisition of power by the Military-Industrial
Complex. Being granted entrance to a place like Bohemian Grove did not
stop Bobby Kennedy (who addressed a Grove retreat while Attorney General)
from having his brother and himself both shot under the most suspicious
circumstances. (William Domhoff, The Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats;
Richard Nixon, also a CFR member, didn’t get any help from his
fellow Bohemians during Watergate. Likewise, for Jimmy Carter: Being
a member of Bohemian Grove, the CFR, and an ardent Trilateralist didn’t
stop him from signing into existence the House
Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) which concluded there was
a probable conspiracy in the killings of both Kennedy and King. Nor did
the protection of these groups help Carter when the Republicans derailed
his re-election campaign with the October
Another Warren Commission member, John Sherman Cooper, was also a member
of Yale’s Skull and Bones Society, and his doubts about the lone
gunman conclusion have been well documented. Being a member of Skull
and Bones, Bohemian Grove, the Trilateral Commission, and the CFR didn’t
help George Bush get elected over Bill Clinton. Clinton is a known Bilderberger
whose connections didn’t save his “socialistic” healthcare
initiatives, nor save him from being smeared in numerous supposed scandals
around his business dealings in Little Rock, Arkansas, nor from being
impeached by the US House of Representatives when his dalliance with
Monica Lewinsky was exposed.
The point is (as anyone who studies the Power Elite well knows) that
there are splits among the upper classes. For instance, there can be
little doubt that around 2004-2005, when the Iraq War began to head south,
that there was a powerful reaction against the Bush family. For Bush
was such a horrible president that he endangered the future of the GOP.
None of the Bush family connections saved them from this. It’s
a little known fact that many a “crank’s” arch-conspirator,
George Bush Sr., signed the JFK Act in October of 1992. The tickler here
is that it came under the steerage of Bill Clinton and led to the establishment
of the Assassination
Records Review Board (ARRB) in 1994, whence a number of sealed documents
from Carter’s HSCA saw the light of day.
III.5 The Dim Politics of Bermas, Oswald, Bush, and Scott
In the documentary I saw, Bermas had fully bought into the utterly contestable
documentation that named Oswald as a CIA operative under the cover of
the Office of Navy Intelligence (ONI). It was also posted on Prison Planet
in September of 2004. This should be of some concern. Because before
his film was released in April of 2010, Bermas had boisterously
promoted the document on his Prison Planet radio show in late October
As we saw in Part
One, Bermas (like Jones) continually finds new and inventive ways
to self-destruct with practically anything to do with the assassination.
In the above video, Bermas cannot even pronounce CIA Director John
McCone’s name correctly. Had he taken some time out to have read
or listened to someone like John Newman, he would likely know how to
pronounce the name, and he would also realize that Newman (a man who
has dealt with more genuine CIA documents related to Lee Harvey Oswald
than any current researcher) has, to the best of my knowledge, never
endorsed the McCone/Rowley papers.
Newman is clearly in a different league from Bermas. However, had Bermas
taken a step back and looked around he would have found that many commentators
of various shades in the JFK nexus believe the document to either be
a fake or something to be avoided due to its dubious association with
the likes of Jim “The Gemstone Files were my idea” Moore.
Indeed, that Bermas never thought to look at the opinions on JFK forums
like Spartacus or JFK
Lancer, for example, says something about his rather lax levels of
evaluation. While Bermas is clearly not interested in the truth of the
matter I hope the reader is.
Despite my reservations about aspects of Gary Buell’s rather eclectic
work I encourage anyone to visit his
blog on the subject as it’s also where one will find some interesting
points of view (John McAdams aside) and arguably the most influential
post on the topic by Anthony Marsh:
When I looked at it I knew instantly that it was a fake. How? It is
not written in the proper format using the proper CIA style. One tip
off is the marking “CO-2-34,030.” That is actually from
a Secret Service report. How would I know? Because I had obtained and
used on my Web site some of the pages from that SS report, so the notation
jumped out as a fabrication. What someone did was take a page from
the SS report, maybe even downloaded it from my Web page, removed the
original text and wrote their own. Also the wording is not how the
CIA would word a document of that type at that time. They would not
refer to Hoover by name or agencies by common names. Instead you would
see code words like ODACID. You need to look at hundreds of thousands
of genuine CIA documents as I have to develop a mental database of
what genuine CIA documents look like. I have no doubt that the hoaxer
really thought that something like that was said. I don’t think
the intent was like the other hoaxes to discredit all JFK assassination
research. I think someone just assumed that he knew enough to create
a realistic fake to incriminate the CIA.
Bermas also repeated another inflated myth on his show that made it
into his film: that Bush, as head of the CIA, stopped and stymied the
government investigations of the 1970’s. The insinuation here is
that he did so to cover up his roles in the Kennedy assassination and
Watergate. Bermas’ musing sounded scarily like a John Hankey perpetuated
In order to gain a little more credibility with regards to entwining
9/11 with the Kennedy assassination, Bermas has utilized Peter Dale Scott.
However Scott’s track record on the Kennedy assassination is regarded
by many as inconsistent. His needlessly convoluted book, Deep Politics
and the Murder of JFK, in which he posits that the all-powerful
mafia were prime players in the killing of Kennedy, is simply not supportable
today in light of the ARRB releases, Or in light of the information that
other researchers like Lisa Pease, Gaeton Fonzi, Jim DiEugenio, Jim Douglas,
Bill Davy, and John Newman have unearthed from those files.
III.6 The Kennedys, King, and Diana Spencer?
Another fatal and unforgivable error in Bermas’ documentary is
that shortly after discussing the deaths of JFK, King, and RFK, he omits
Malcolm X and allows a certain Diana Spencer to share the spotlight with
these three eminently more important individuals. At one point in the
show, Bermas had indulged in a spiel about the low standards
and trivialization of the news media, which Kennedy had warned about.
Now Bermas turns around and places “The Paparazzi Princess” with
the Kennedys and King. But it should be noted that Jones himself has
also courted a number of celebrities—like Charlie Sheen—to
boost his own profile. Bermas also ignored a mountain of criticism and
research from the right and the left that has not only been critical
of Diana, but of the way her death had senselessly dominated the media
and been elevated to quite unmerited levels of martyrdom.
No researcher I know of or associate with would demean the legacy of
JFK, RFK, King, and Malcolm X by relating the importance of Spencer’s
life and death to theirs. It’s the kind of thing that maybe Hollywood
would indulge itself in (perhaps someone as frivolous as Tom Hanks) and
in so doing, thereby inflate Muhammad Al Fayed as some kind of truth-seeker.
For yes, Bermas includes Al Fayed bleating on about a plot against Spencer
and his son enacted by the Royal family. To see what a cretinous, paranoid,
sexist, and racist individual Al Fayed is, and how little water any of
his future claims of a plot would hold, Bermas should have dug out Maureen
Orth’s fine 1995 Vanity Fair article entitled, Holy
War at Harrods.
Because on top of embarrassing himself with Diana, and making a most
unworthy hero of Al Fayed, Bermas also missed this fact from Orth’s
report: Al Fayed’s ex-brother-in-law was the infamous arms dealer,
Adnan Khasoggi, a character even more
despicable than Al Fayed himself. Khasoggi is a person most people
interested in a range of international conspiracies and criminal activities
have a word or three about as Timothy
Noah from Slate points out. And as if that’s not bad enough,
Bermas’ comrades at Prison Planet have Khasoggi in a number of
articles supporting the Bush regime, an example of which can be seen
here. Clearly, Bermas had a chance for some “meat and veg” here
but instead he went for the tub of corn and the E Channel.
IV. Paul Joseph Watson
IV.1 Leading Questions?
What would your reaction be if I told you that Paul Joseph Watson is
someone who, at one time or another, has been either wholly or partly
responsible for promoting the work of Gerald Posner, Gary Mack, Dave
Perry, Lamar Waldron, Thom Hartmann, and Bob
Woodward? What if I told you that Watson also believes that the Oklahoma
City bombing and the Kennedy assassination are related, with no evidence
to support it? (Watson, Order out of Chaos p. 7) –And that he also
believes that Madeleine
Brown is credible, and that Johnson
and Bush committed the JFK murder? –And then has the audacity
to write that "[p]eople are mentally lazy?" (Watson, Order
out of Chaos, p. 196).
Now, would you trust any information given to you from a man who on
page 16 of his book, Order
out of Chaos, states that Nero played the fiddle while Rome
burned yet has little understanding that it is an allegorical
tale, nor any idea that the violin was not invented until some 1000
years later? I would like to add, do you think an introduction dubbed
as a first chapter and a bibliography consisting of nothing but advertisements
for Jones’ products makes his book “one of the many keys
you will need to unlock the truth,” as he seems to believe? (Watson;
What would your reaction be, then, if I then told you that Watson is
very likely the chief writer and editor for Jones’ web sites?
Well, I know I’d be afraid.
Sheffield, England based Paul Joseph Watson seems to be at the very
nerve center of Jones’ operations. He is described as the chief
researcher and editor for Prison Planet.com and Prison Planet.tv. And
he is the Orwellian moderator who constantly deletes any voices critical
of Jones from the Prison Planet forum. Watson is also something of a
prolific writer and contributes numerous articles and observations throughout
the Jones Empire. If the Jones’ gang’s embarrassing levels
of knowledge and the often contradictory reportage and vetting of articles
pertaining to the JFK assassination can be placed at the foot of any
one individual, it may be Watson’s. He is a young man who has come
to see himself as something of a historian, seer, and Prison Planet’s
in-house Kennedy assassination expert.
IV.2 Dancing With Dave P
Though Fletcher Prouty’s
musings on The Christchurch Star had been around for sometime
prior, it gained prominence thanks to the film JFK in 1991.
It has been a point of study for myself coming up on 3 years now. Though
I cannot be too harsh on Watson for not grasping the situation (it
took me a while), I did not publish anything online till I was totally
able to back up my conclusions. It doesn’t work like this in
Jonestown. As we have seen, Watson, in keeping with the best traditions
of knee-jerk posting, has no such scruples. So he goes on to quote JFK
disinformation specialist David Perry, as a way to counter Prouty’s
As I said, this author has been studying The
Christchurch Star for some 3 or 4 years. In the second part
of my essay, which will likely come out in December of this year,
I discuss the fact that The Men Who Killed Kennedy and JFK are
ironically somewhat to blame for the Dave Perry induced controversy,
in that they oversold the idea that Prouty believed New Zealand got
the word ahead of others. The reality is that Fletcher Prouty never
said New Zealand got the news ahead of anyone else in the world;
he just happened to be in New Zealand when he picked up a newspaper
and got the news.
Now, the time that Prouty actually picked up his newspaper is immaterial.
Prouty understood that concept that many, including Watson, do not: Upon
his return home he consulted numerous other newspapers that confirmed
it was more or less instantaneous around the world. Due to international
timelines, New Zealand is the first and arguably most modernized state
to collectively see every new dawn. Thus Prouty, like the many New Zealanders
he was amongst, may well have bought one of the first printed accounts
of the tragedy. (A host of Prouty’s replies to questions about The
Christchurch Star can be seen at http://www.prouty.org/.)
IV.3 Larry “The Fable Guy” Dunkel: A Watson
The “experts” at Prison Planet display an amazing level
of naiveté with regards to frauds in the JFK field. (What this means
for their dabbling in other areas I shudder to think.) And they have
little understanding of either the pro-Warren commission individuals
or their positions.
Dave Perry, is a slippery, clever, and connected individual, and as Bob
DiEugenio, and others have noted, he, like his companion Gary Mack
(real name Larry Dunkel, famously dubbed “The Fable Guy”),
has made a career out of misrepresenting events and people like Prouty.
They also rail against easy prey like Madeleine Brown, and then paint
all researchers—most of whom have never advocated her—with
the same brush. Yet, Mack and Perry both know that someone like Watson
will never fully read nor comprehend the intricacies of the Kennedy
assassination. Hence, Watson is perfect fodder for their disinformation.
Mack’s dubious reputation matters not to Watson. This can be seen
in his use
of Mack in discussing the 15,000 pages of documents brought to public
attention by new Dallas DA Craig Watkins in November of 2007. What got
most attention in the press about this story was a transcript in which
Ruby and Oswald discussed killing RFK in October 1963. This was simply
not deemed credible by both pro- and anti-conspiracy groups. What is
of interest here is a copy of a screenplay signed by DA Henry Wade, circa
1967, which had included this alleged transcript.
After using Mack to lay doubt on the transcript, what does Watson do?
He then writes “the fact that a CIA team was hired to kill Kennedy
is documented.” And what is the Watson “documentation?” Well,
it’s the apparent key to the upcoming Black Sunshine: St.
John—and his father, Howard Hunt’s “confession.” But
that’s not enough for Jones’ expert on the Kennedy case.
Watson then writes: “Hunt was photographed in Dealey Plaza along
with other members of the hit team on the day of the assassination.” This
must refer to the discredited thesis of A.J. Weberman and Michael Canfield
about Howard Hunt being one of the so-called “three tramps”,
a precept no serious photo analyst adheres to today.
But then, in the same article, Watson even tops that. He says that the
MSM ignored the Hunt confession just like they ignored the Barr McClellan
revelations in his 2003 book Blood, Money & Power. This book,
established in Part
One of this review as a “Jones tome,” is considered by
many to be one of the worst books on the subject to come out in the past
15 years and embarrassingly its only piece of interest is the fingerprint
work of Nathan Darby—and that’s in the appendix. Now, considering
the fact that the works of Waldron & Hartmann, Myers, and Bugliosi
were published in that time span, that is surely saying something.
So what Watson does is use Gary Mack to discredit questionable information in
the first article. He then goes on to “save the day” for
conspiracy by using even worse information like Hunt, the three tramps,
Barr McClellan, and a dubious photo alleged to be George H. W. Bush
outside of the Texas School Book Depository in
the second. What can one say about such a recurrent journalistic
pattern? Except that it’s incredible that the Prison Planet gang
think that they can get away with it.
This brings us back to Jim Marrs. If Watson and Jones truly respected
Marrs’ research, or knew anything about the research community
(whom they scorn with their lack of knowledge), they wouldn’t include
pieces with Perry or Mack in it. They clearly haven’t seen Robert
Wilonsky’s July 6th, 2006 Dallas Observer article
on Marrs entitled, The
Truth Is Way out There. While Perry seemed to give an even-handed
(if slightly condescending) opinion of Marrs in the article, at the same
time, he and Gary Mack (according to Marrs himself) made it a regular
practice of rudely interrupting Marrs’ lectures at the University
of Texas, Arlington. And those interruptions became so disruptive that
Marrs eventually decided to retire from teaching the course. (Jim DiEugenio; Inside
the Target Car, Part Three: How Gary Mack became Dan Rather; Section
Ultimately, this entire essay begs one serious question: How could an
organization like Jones’—with the likes of Bermas and Watson
on hand—ever hope to produce a documentary honoring what occurred
on the 22nd of November, 1963? In Jonestown, we have seen
Vince Bugliosi, Gary Mack, Dave Perry and others utilized. And on the
other hand, Jones has no problems cavorting around with Barr McClellan
and St. John Hunt. This is schizophrenia, which results in the on-air
goofiness described above. And with the complete lack of any quality
control or fact-checking apparatus, the general feeling is a sort of
steady-stream, “bread and circus” fodder for the the Jonestown
dumbed-down masses. In a weird way, it’s a reverse template of
the MSM. The MSM sees no conspiracies anywhere. With Jones, any conspiracy
anywhere is A-OK, whether it really happened or not. And the more sensational,
So even after the ARRB’s two million pages of documents have demolished
former myths and theories, making them deservedly the scrap of historical
oblivion, these sage prophets of conspiravangelism march on into their
own oblivion—as if the ARRB never existed. Russ Baker, John Hankey,
Barr McClellan, Howard Hunt (as one of the three tramps), specious “Oswald
as a CIA trained operative,” and LBJ pulling up the rear with grenades
and bazookas in hand, framed by the mysteries of The Christchurch
Star—all join the ranks of the parade. With circus acts like
these, one pities the poor listener or reader who nonetheless sits in
seeming awe of Jones, The Human Cannonball, splendidly arcing across
three rings under the cover of the Prison Planet Big Top. Like a modern
day P. T. Barnum, Jones understands his audience’s hunger. And
he apparently doesn’t give a whit at passing off ersatz-cotton-candy-info
for the authentic alternative his flock should crave. Have your
credit card ready please.
If the likes of Jones, Bermas, and Watson cannot understand a case which
has slowly become easier by the year to unravel—thanks to the work
of real researchers (who they largely ignore), then what can the discerning
reader make of anything else they will ever say about any topic?
Bottom line: Don’t hold out a lot of hope for Black Sunshine.
Pity the country that, on the JFK case, has to choose between Tom Hanks
and Reclaiming History and Alex Jones and Black Sunshine.
* * * * *
(The notes I made which helped form this essay on Jones and may
shed further light on him can be found at Greg Parker’s ReopenKennedycase in
three roughly edited parts. Should anybody want to examine Jones in
a bit more depth, I invite those interested to have
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