Archive of Current Picks
This page lists all of the items which
have at one time been listed in the "Current Picks" left-hand sidebar
on the home page. They are presented in order from most-recent to least-recent:
The Assassinations of the 1960s as "Deep Events". Peter Dale Scott in this essay examines some of the patterns common to the three major assassinations of the 1960s and the attacks of 9/11. A related essay is published in Scott's The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War.
Traces of Witness Tampering Milicent Cranor in this essay traces the peculiar morphing of testimony from some of the JFK autopsy participants, and finds "the matte line of a lie." Originally published in Probe.
Willem Oltmans HSCA Testimony: Oltmans'
April 1977 testimony is online, courtesy of researcher Eric Carlson. Oltmans,
a Dutch journalist, traveled with George DeMohrenschildt in the weeks before the
A Demonstrable Impossibility,
by John Hunt. In
this new essay, Hunt shows that the HSCA medical panel's claim to have mapped
out the gunshot injury pattern on JFK's skull could not possibly be true.
Fourteen Minute Gap - Documentary Short: View the video
version of the story of the erased Johnson phone call at www.maryferrell.org.
The story was first told in essays on this website: The
Fourteen Minute Gap and The Fourteen
Minute Gap: An Update.
2003 Release of Lopez Report:The
HSCA's unpublished report entitled "Oswald,
the CIA, and Mexico City," was re-released in 2003 with fewer redactions,
revealing the names of some Mexico City station personnel and a few cryptonyms.
Phillips HSCA Testimony: Phillips'
April 1978 testimony is now available, in the HSCA Security Classified Testimony
set. See also his 1976
testimony. Phillips was Chief of Cuban Operations in Mexico City in late 1963.
CE-399 and the Diminishing Velocity Theory, by John Hunt.
In this new essay,
John Hunt casts grave doubt on the idea that the "magic bullet" might
have remained intact due to slowing down prior to its encounters with Connally's
rib and wrist, and challenges Larry Sturdivan's retelling of this theory.
Ferrell Foundation Launches CIA Records Project: www.maryferrell.org
is becoming the repository for electronic versions of CIA documents released under
the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. Having
acquired paper records in settlement for a FOIA lawsuit filed in 1981, the Assassination
Archives and Research Center is making these documents available to the MFF.
A series of CD-ROMs is planned as well. Highlights from these files will also
be made available online here at History Matters.
from 40 Years of Coverup, by Rex Bradford. This talk,
given at COPA 2004 in Dallas, discusses some of what's learned over the years,
particularly from the declassifications of the 1990s. The heavily-footnoted
text of the talk is accompanied by a playable video from the conference.
Vietnam, and Oliver Stone, by Dr. Gary Aguilar. This new
essay discusses how the declassified record on Kennedy's Vietnam policy has
not been kind to those who vilified Stone for his depiction of the issue in the
Mary Ferrell Foundation Website Launched:
.A new website, www.maryferrell.org,
features a searchable archive of documents, books, and essays on the JFK assassination.
The site also features "starting points" pages filled with links, and
a comment system enabling site users to attach analysis and opinions to documents
and other materials in the archive. History Matters' principal Rex Bradford consults
to the Mary Ferrell Foundation and plays a large role in development of its content
New blog: .A new blog
on JFK assassination matters is available - see www.jfkaccountability.org.
The JFK Accountability blog will highlight news, events, and "revelations
from the files" for those interested the JFK assassination and its wider
context. Rex Bradford is a co-author of the blog.
Book: .Joan Mellen's long awaited book: A Farewell
to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed
History, will be published on November 16, 2005. For more information, go
Conferences this November. This Nov 18-20 features three
JFK assassination conferences. The AARC is hosting a conference in Washington
entitled "Cracking the JFK Case."
JFK Lancer is hosting its annual November
in Dallas. Also in Dallas is the annual COPA conference at the Hotel Lawrence
(email email@example.com for details).
EVIDENCE. This boxed
set of 8 DVDs captures the 40th anniversary conference hosted at Duqesne University
by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law. The conference featured
a large array of experts and was attended by well over 1000 people.
Magic Bullet: Even More Magical Than We Knew?, by Dr.
Gary Aguilar and Josiah Thompson. This
new essay by two experts traces the path of CE399, the "magic bullet,"
from a stretcher in Parkland hospital to its status as a Commission Exhibit. They
find its chain of possession just as suspect as its alleged path through 7 wounds
in 2 bodies.
Frazier Speaks, by John
Hunt. In this new
essay, Hunt discusses his research into the "Q Timeline Problem,"
illuminating the problem with the FBI sequential numbering of ballistics evidence
and the circumstantial case that these problems indicate tampering with the physical
evidence. The essay discusses FBI agent Robert Frazier's changing answers to basic
questions about how these errors could have occurred.
- In the Eye of History. This book by
William Law (with Allan Eaglesham), is a unique and important contribution to
the story of the JFK medical coverup. Law interviewed several autopsy participants
and presents their words along with his own insightful narrative. See
JFK Lancer or amazon.com
for more information.
Dallas Conferences on the JFK Assassination.
Again this year two conferences will be held in Dallas, providing
forums for researchers to present new information.. JFK Lancer is hosting November
in Dallas 2004 on November 18-21. The Committee for an Open Archives (COPA)
is also holding a research conference on political assassinations on November
19-22call John Judge at 202-583-5347 for details.
Warren Report and its Legacy" Conference in September in Washington DC.
The Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC) is sponsoring
a conference on the Warren Report. Co-sponsors of the event are the Cyril H. Wecht
Institute of Forensic Science and Law and the Committee for an Open Archive. The
conference will be held September 17-19, 2004 in Washington DC at the Marriot
Wardman Park Hotel.
For more information and to register, see the conference notice on the website
of the AARC.
Assassination Transcripts of the Church Committee
CD-ROM. This new CD-ROM is the fourth in the AARC
series of document collections. Assassination
Transcripts of the Church Committee features over 125 transcripts of interviews
conducted by the Church Committee during the mid-1970s probe of CIA plots to assassinate
foreign leaders including Fidel Castro and Patrice Lumumba.
of a Lie, Part III: Big Lie About a Small Wound in Connally's Back.
for the Single Bullet Theory comes, it is said, from the oversized wound in Connally's
back, which could only be explained by a bullet which was tumbling (after striking
JFK). Only problem: the myth that Connally's back wound was oversized is a falsehood
which has been perpetuated by those who know better. Milicent
Cranor dissects more lies in this new essay.
How Five Investigations
Into JFK's Medical/Autopsy Evidence Got It Wrong. In this
nine-part essay, Dr. Gary Aguilar and Kathy Cunningham take on the seemingly
reasonable question of how the official JFK investigations could possibly be all
wrong about the medical evidence for or against a single gunman. The result is
a devastating critique of those analyses. With over 200 links to reports, testimony,
pictures, and audio recordings, this essay is a great detailed introduction to
a sorry history of missing photographs, burned notes, failed camera matches, biased
investigations, ignored and mis-represented evidence, and the recent emergence
of abundant formerly-secret witness testimony which directly contradicts the official
ABC Special and Rebuttal Website.
On Thursday, Nov 20 ABC will air a two-hour Peter Jennings special subtitled "Beyond
Conspiracy," using Dale Myer's computer simulation "proving" there
was a lone assassin. Gus Russo is also involved in the production. See www.abclies.net
for a rebuttal and dicussion of the media's role in the history of the JFK assassination
case. Over on the History Channel, three new parts of Nigel Turner's The Men
Who Killed Kennedy series are airing this week.
Roman Said. Washington Post writer Jefferson Morley and
historian John Newman interviewed CIA counterintelligence officer Jane Roman in
this essay, Morley describes that interview (see
transcript online) and discusses his other important discoveries, including
revelations concerning another CIA officer named George Joannides. As Roman herself
said, the evidence shows the CIA had a "keen interest in Oswald held very
closely on the need to know basis."
Trajectory of a Lie,
Part II. Neck and Torso X-rays: Selectivity in Reporting.
In this new
essay, Milicent Cranor puts the history of official reporting about the JFK
X-rays onto the light table and illuminates a sorry record of misleading and deceptive
Garrison Transcripts CD-ROM. The
third in the AARC series of document collections. The Garrison
Transcripts features the transcripts of the Clay Shaw trial, the long-awaited
Orleans Parish Grand Jury transcripts, the transcript of the Shaw Preliminary
Hearing, and thousands of pages of other transcripts and documents relating to
the Garrison investigation.
November Conferences in Dallas.
Two research conferences will be held in Dallas November
22-24 commemorating and analyzing the 1963 murder of President Kennedy. See www.jfklancer.com
for more information on November in Dallas 2002, where speakers will include D.B.
Thomas, Josiah Thompson, Jim DiEugenio, Larry Hancock, Larry Teeter, Rex Bradford,
and others. Another conference held by the Coalition on Political Assassinations
(COPA) will be held at the Hotel Lawrence in Dallas, and feature speakers including
Walt Brown, Dr. Gary Aguilar, Lisa Pease, Jim DiEugenio, and others. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
The Fourteen Minute Gap - An Update.
It's officialthe LBJ Library has released a memo from an audio engineering
firm, confirming the erasure of the LBJ-Hoover phone call of November 23, 1963.
essay discusses the memo and more information on the Oswald impersonation
in Mexico City.
1967 CIA Inspector General's Report.
internal report on plots to assassinate Fidel Castro was created under orders
from President Johnson. It was finally declassified in the 1990s, though still
redacted in parts.
More Mexico Mysteries.More
details and new mysteries about the frameup of Lee Oswald which occurred in Mexico
City prior to the assassination of JFK are presented in this
new essay by Rex Bradford. Drawing extensively on the Russ Holmes Work File
set of declassified CIA documents, as well as released HSCA interview transcripts,
this essay is a walkthrough of the new materials, and is extensively hyperlinked
to source memos, cables, and transcripts. The History Matters Archive has also
been enhanced with new CIA
records from the Russ Holmes Work File.
Russ Holmes Work
File CD-ROM Set. Over 40,000 pages of CIA records declassified
in the late 1990s make up this 8-CD
set, which is part of the "Segregated Collection" of documents available
to the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Covers many topics including
Oswald in Mexico City, Yuri Nosenko, the Garrison investigation, and much more.
Live Indexes make this huge collection highly accessible.
of a Lie, Part I. The Palindrome. .A new
essay by Milicent Cranor presents an incisive analysis of the entrance and
exit wounds in President Kennedy's assassination. The representation and misrepresentation
of this basic medical evidence reveals the "trajectory of a lie."
Committee Reports CD-ROM. In a joint venture with the
AARC, History Matters is producing a line of CD-ROMs based on AARC holdings. Now
available is The Church Committee Reports,
featuring all 14 published reports of that body, and more.
Plaza Witness Database. Author and researcher Stewart
Galanor has created a visually compelling master
database of Dealey Plaza witness accounts as to the source of gunfire. History
Matters has linked these excerpts to the relevant reports and testimony in the
Warren Commission records, making this the most comprehensive accounting of witness
Lasting Questions about the Murder of
President Kennedy. This
essay by Rex Bradford addresses some of the "big" questions: Who
killed JFK? Was there really a government coverup? Are there any "smoking
guns" in the new records? Will we ever know what happened? Does it matter
Deep Politics III. Dr. Peter
Dale Scott has written extensively on the assassination of President Kennedy,
the Vietnam war, Iran-Contra, the global drug trade, and many other topics. His
new book on the "deep politics" of the JFK assassination is being published
online. Two chapters are available now, soon to be
extensively linked to documentary source material.
Photo Mystery. In her 1996 testimony
to the Assassination Records Review Board, Saundra Kay Spencer described her
work in processing the photographs from the military autopsy of President John
F. Kennedy. But, she testified, the photos held by the National Archives are not
the ones she developed.