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Jim DiEugenio's Upcoming appearances and radio Interviews:
April 13th, Barnes and Noble, Metro Pointe,
901 B South Coast Drive Ste 150, Costa Mesa,
May 4th, Barnes
and Noble, Orange Town & Country
791 South Main Street Suite 100,
NEW DATE! May 18th, Barnes
and Noble Bookstore in Manhattan Gateway Shopping Center 1800 Rosecrans
Avenue Building B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-725-7025, 12-4 PM
October 16-19th Passing the Torch
Conference, at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh
November 21-24, November
in Dallas, at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas
The French Connection, by
Peter Kross Review
by Seamus Coogan
on Lunch with Arlen Specter on January 4, 2012
By Vincent Salandria
1: Review of Peter Janney’s "Mary’s Mosaic"
By Lisa Pease
2: Entering Peter Janney’s World of Fantasy
By James DiEugenio
Awful Grace of God, Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy
and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Hay
KENNEDY & ME: A Very Good Book With A Few Pages of Trouble
by Vince Palamara
Jim DiEugenio analyzes and summarizes Larry Hancock's
interesting and unique new book Nexus:
The CIA and Political Assassination
Jim DiEugenio reviews the work
of Chris Matthews on the life and death of President Kennedy,
including his latest biography, "Jack Kennedy: Elusive hero".
Reviews of John McAdams' book JFK
Assassination Logic by:
IN DALLAS: LBJ, the Pearl Street Mafia, and the Murder of President
Reviewed by William Davy
a DVD Robert Kennedy documentary produced,
written and directed by Massimo Mazzucco. Reviewed by Jim DiEugenio
Connally Bullet Powerful evidence that Connally was
hit by a bullet from a different assassin, by Robert Harris
those who were in and around Dealey Plaza that
day and those who made a career of the case afterwards.
Joseph Green on the late Manning
Marable's new full scale biography of Malcolm X.
and the Majestic Papers: The History of a Hoax by Seamus
- and -
and the Conspiracy to Kill Kennedy: A Coalescence of InterestsSeamus Coogan
on Joseph Farrell's new book
No Evil: Social Constructivism and the Forensic Evidence in the
by Donald Byron Thomas
Comprehensive Review by David Mantik of
Wikipedia? by JP Mroz and Jim DiEugenio (3 part series)
Sirhan and the RFK Assassination
Part I: The Grand Illusion Part
II: Rubik's Cube by Lisa Pease
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.
Reviews of Douglas Horne's multi-volume study
of the declassified medical evidence in the JFK case. Reviewed
Jim DiEugenio, David Mantik and Gary Aguilar.
Exclusive excerpts from Mitchell Warriner's long
awaited new book on
the Jim Garrison investigation
BETRAYAL IN DALLAS:
LBJ, the Pearl Street Mafia, and the Murder of President Kennedy
Reviewed by William Davy
Having recently experienced an earthquake and a hurricane here in DC in less
than a week, I thought I had seen my quota of disasters for a while. That
is until this book showed up. In the pantheon of JFK literature we usually
get one goofball theory per book. But in Betrayal in Dallas: LBJ, the
Pearl Street Mafia, and the Murder of President Kennedy, author Mark
North doubles-down and we get two discredited theories for the price of one.
In this alternative universe LBJ, in cahoots with something called the “Pearl
Street Mafia” (an invented title as the author admits), had JFK bumped off.
For good measure, LBJ’s old crony and FBI head, J. Edgar Hoover is thrown
into this mix as well. Hoover seems to be a favorite boogey man of North’s
as he strongly implied JEH involvement in the President’s assassination in
his previous offering, Act of Treason. In Betrayal in Dallas,
according to North, Hoover’s complicity is unequivocal.
It’s a common maxim that extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence.
Yet the only extraordinary thing here is the marketing hype plus the author’s
own undocumented claims. For instance, on page xi the author makes
the bold assertion that “the new evidence revealed in this book proves
to a legal certainty everything you have just read” [my emphasis].Talk
about empty bombast. In the 159 skimpy pages that make up the body of the
book, the case is not even close to being made. In a hyperbolic statement
on the publisher’s website we are breathlessly told, “North’s conclusions
are based on classified federal documents unknown to the public and research
community.” And finally the author makes this bold declaration: “The evidence
contained in this volume will force the hand of that [Justice] department
by making public what they will not.” I may have missed it, but I don’t recall
Eric Holder’s press conference confirming North’s assertions.
Since we are told that the book is based on “documents unknown to the public
and research community” certainly a check of the endnote section is a priority.
By the way, I love how JFK researchers are slammed as being too thick to have
discovered North’s “evidence”. Well, if that evidence consists of back issues
of newspapers then, yes, I guess we have all missed the boat. You see, while
some have us have wasted our time combing through the millions of pages of
JFK related documents released by the Assassination Records and Review Board,
North has trumped us all by simply reading loads of old newspapers. When one
turns to the endnote section, one is immediately struck by a bizarre sourcing
technique in which multiple instances of newspaper articles are presented
in one endnote. For instance, endnote 10 of chapter 3 has close to 200 Dallas
Morning News articles cited in that one endnote alone, and it runs on
for 2 pages! One might get a pass on this if this was just an anomaly, but
every chapter gets this kind of treatment with multiple source notes citing
multiple instances of newspaper clippings. Has anyone ever seen such a format
used before? On estimate it looks like 90 % of his endnotes are newspaper
clippings. This goofiness makes up about 30 pages of the book while meaningless
“exhibits” (mostly mundane letters) and other back matter account for another
80 plus pages. Oh, and don’t go looking for an index either. If you can believe
it, there isn’t one. I’m on record as stating that the amount of pages shouldn’t
be a consideration as long as you have something to report. But what North
has done here gives the word ‘extraneous’ a whole new meaning. The United
States government took four years to declassify millions of pages of formerly
declassified or severely redacted documents on the murder of President Kennedy.
Some of these papers were exceedingly interesting. Some of them were more
than that. Some of them were absolute gems. To forsake that vital resource
for old newspapers, to not utilize the documents at one’s disposal in the
wake of the ARRB’s work, this is just shoddy. It kind of says: There wasn’t
anything in those documents of value to my thesis. So let’s forget about them
and read some reams of old newspapers instead.
And speaking of shoddy, I think this is the first instance that I can recall
where the publisher couldn’t get their own author’s name right. On the back
cover blurb of Betrayal, they print “praise for the bestseller Act
of Treason by Mark Lane.” That’s right. Mark LANE. The reader
will recall that the author is in fact Mark North. The slapdash approach
continues on the inside where, along with the examples previously mentioned,
the author writes that RFK was a Senator on the McClellan Committee in the
1950’s. Of course, Robert Kennedy was not elected Senator until 1964.
I’ve not mentioned North’s take on the hybrid conspiracy to kill the President
as it hardly merits mentioning. But basically it’s the usual suspects: the
Civello/Marcello arm of the Mafia killed JFK, this time with LBJ’s complicity.
Johnson was also “mobbed up” along with other notable politicians, lawyers
and judges (i.e. J. Edgar Hoover, Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes, Assistant
Attorney General Barefoot Sanders, and even Lady Bird!). While there is undoubtedly
evidence of corruption among some of the politicos North implicates, it takes
a giant leap of logic to put them in a criminal nexus intent on murdering
the President. Despite the 30 pages of source (newspaper) notes, when it comes
time for North to make his bold accusations, there are no citations. For example,
on page 39 North writes, “With Civello providing the kill zone, it fell to
Carlos Marcello in New Orleans to obtain the assassins.” Similarly on page
42 we are told, “By midsummer 1962, Marcello and Civello had set in motion
the plan to murder the President.” Neither of these critical passages have
any citations. Not even North’s beloved newspapers.
On an affirmative note, North does not fall into the old trap that other
“mob did it” enthusiasts do. That is he does not try to smear Jim Garrison
as a Mafia goon. On the contrary, on page 33 North correctly notes that “In
August , New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison’s office launched
a drive on the Marcello-controlled French Quarter.” North goes on to note
that “narcotics trafficking was to be Garrison’s office’s prime target.” Unfortunately,
for the entire book, that’s about all you can put on the positive side of
After reading this volume, the only apparent betrayal will be to the consumer
who plunks down $25.00 for this mess.
Author’s Addendum: As I mentioned in the above review, for researchers
to not utilize the documentation released over the years through the actions
of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) is inexcusable. This is a
sentiment that I know is shared by this website’s owner, James DiEugenio,
as he has mentioned it as well on several occasions, both on this site and
on Black Op Radio.
Consider the wealth of material the ARRB was able to extricate: the so-called
on Mexico City, not to mention the supporting documentation,
the CIA segregated collection of the House Select Committee on Assassinations
(HSCA), the working (and personal) papers of Jim Garrison, Clay Shaw’s papers
as well as the Shaw
trial transcript, new interviews of all 3 of JFK’s pathologists
as well as much new previously withheld medical evidence, CIA Inspector General
reports on the Castro assassination plots and the Bay of Pigs, military and
CIA documents on Vietnam, not to mention the working papers of the ARRB themselves.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg!
It is personally galling to this author to see books published anytime after
1993 not using this material. And most do not! (Notable exceptions are John
Newman’s work, Jim DiEugenio’s and Lisa Pease’s work in Probe and
its direct descendant The Assassinations, and my own humble effort, Let
Justice Be Done). Indeed, a recent work that got very good reviews and
was well received among the critical community utilized almost exclusively
secondary sources in its research. Unless you are Nero Wolfe, who can solve
mysteries without getting off of his fat duff, this approach is slovenly and
sloth-like in my opinion. Whatever happened to good old-fashioned “shoe leather?”
There is simply no excuse for not using a 3-pronged approach in JFK research: 1).
Interviews (Admittedly getting harder with the passage of time and
key people dying off). 2) The Paper Chase. (Extremely important
in light of the ARRB’s work and what I’ve listed above). And yes 3).
Secondary sources: books, magazines, newspapers, etc. (But they better
be damned good ones by credible authors and used sparingly).
But regarding number 2 above, the National
Archives (NARA) couldn’t make
it any easier for researchers: just email them what you want and they’ll copy
it and mail it to you (for a fee of course). There is plenty out there that
hasn’t seen the light of day because nobody is doing the leg work. Let me
give a recent and brief example. One weekday I went to NARA, arriving at 10:00
AM. I had them pull the working papers of several ARRB staffers. I reviewed
several boxes of materials and copied over 100 pages. I was out of there by
1:00 and came away with a wealth of new information, including a heretofore
unknown relationship between New Orleans FBI SAC, Warren deBrueys, and CIA
spook David Atlee Phillips. The rest of the information will be included in
my new book tentatively scheduled for publication in 2013. As with my earlier
effort, this was all done on my own dime. For authors getting book contracts
and advances, there is simply no excuse for bypassing this resource.
Personally I always thought the old evidence was always pretty good. But
at this point it makes little sense to regurgitate the efforts of Harold Weisberg,
Vince Salandria, Sylvia Meagher and so many others, Especially when there
is an avalanche of material waiting to complement their work.
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Enemy of the Truth: Myths, Forensics
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by Sherry G. Fiester
Forensics can be a complicated subject,
yet Fiester provides the reader with easily understood, accurate, information.
Enemy of the Truth: Myths, Forensics and the Kennedy Assassination is so
comprehensive in its approach, this work should be used in the instruction
of all new crime scene investigators nationwide. William