Experts Gather at Dealy Plaza to Discuss the Latest Theories on JFK Assassination
By Mark Anderson
The Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA) and the JFK
Lancer Group both held conferences Nov. 21-22, on the 46th anniversary of the
killing of John F. Kennedy. COPA President John Judge said a “coup” took out Kennedy
because he resisted construction of a global empire enforced by America.
Weekend highlights in Dallas included a special award presented
to perhaps the only surviving surgeon who operated on both JFK and his accused “lone
nut” shooter Lee Harvey Oswald at Parkland Hospital; and a strong rebuttal
against noted “Manson” prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s book Reclaiming History, which worships the long-disputed Warren
Commission report. Standing on the world-famous grassy knoll, Judge’s strong
oratory on JFK’s resistance to American imperialism admonished the 300 people
at a special memorial to wake up.
“They continue to bury history at a rate we can barely reverse,”
Judge told the audience at Dealey
Plaza along Elm Street—the
scene of the JFK shooting on that date in 1963 in the shadow of the former
Texas School Book Depository. Judge spoke before and after a moment of silence.
The weather was just like it was on that dire day long ago. The shadows on the
grass looked the same. While other speakers such as UK researcher Ian Griggs lamented
that the JFK incident still has not been completely and definitively solved—as
key witnesses pass away due to the relentless passage of time—Judge said that,
once and for all, Americans need to get past mourning JFK and win back their
eroding freedom for JFK’s sake.
“We are allowed to know nothing and believe everything,” he
stated, saying that people who do not truly know cannot act.
Judge said the Nov. 22, 1963, event “was not a lone gunman
in a window; it was a military coup d’ etat. . . . They reversed the course of
the Kennedys to have détente with the Soviet Union, to end the Cold War, to
stop the arms race, to quit nuclear testing, to pull out of Vietnam . . . to
get rid of the oil tax depletion allowance . . . to scatter the CIA to the four
winds—these are the reasons that Kennedy was killed—not by a lone nut. But by a
well-organized conspiracy and cover-up that went right to the top of the power
systems of this country.”
Also, Russ Vandeveerdonk, who portrayed the president in
Oliver Stone’s 1991 JFK movie, appeared on the knoll as a celebrity of sorts,
recalling the unsettling feeling of riding down Elm Street slowly in the presidential limo,
just as JFK did. An awkward incendiary device was tried as a shoulder-mounted
means of imitating a fatal gunshot, he recalled for AFP.
Judge added: “You can call us conspiracy theorists if you
call everyone else coincidence theorists,” speaking of how some people mock
COPA’s quest to look into various assassinations, including Robert F. Kennedy, Malcolm
X and Martin Luther King.
“John F. Kennedy was someone who stood up to this system and
where it was going in those critical years,” Judge added.
He said JFK would not waste U.S.
resources in Vietnam
and respected other nations’ sovereignty, refusing to topple foreign leaders.
Judge claimed that in Suitland,
Md., near his home, is a National Archives
location with a vast records center, containing “the military-history records
of the United States,
from World War II until now. These records are for the most part classified.
They are stored in underground buildings at that site in Suitland . . . each of
those buildings is an acre in size; there are 27 of those buildings in Suitland—27 acres of papers and classified documents of your
military history. Do you think you own America? If you don’t own your own
history, you are a conquered people. . . . Because that’s what conquerors do—they
take the history away from the people.”
Notably, there are various National Archives locations including
in College Park, Md., where JFK’s suit jacket, tie and shirt
he wore on that fateful day are stored, as AFP confirmed. All presidential
libraries are part of the National Archives system, including JFK’s library in Boston.
Jim DiEugenio, author of Destiny
Betrayed and editor of Probe, attended
both conferences at the Lawrence and Adolphus hotels to rebut Vincent Bugliosi’s
2,000-page tome that DiEugenio says is as much a nasty diatribe against anyone
who disbelieves the Warren Commission as it is a flimsy “investigation” into
what happened to JFK. Concerned that someone with Bugliosi’s reputation will
have the final say on JFK, DiEugenio said that on any other subject, Bugliosi
is well-versed and pleasant to speak with, but when it comes to JFK, “it’s like
flying into the Bermuda Triangle,” where nothing makes sense anymore.
He warned that this huge book’s many flaws need to be
exposed since Bugliosi is reportedly working with actor Tom Hanks to produce a
major “docu-drama” in time for the 50th anniversary in 2013, which could be highly
influential in re-selling the lone-gunman yarn to younger generations.
Known for posting a highly detailed rebuttal online of Bugliosi’s
book, DiEugenio told AFP that Bugliosi had helpers in writing it, which partly
explains why this book, in his view, is far worse than any of the famed
attorney’s other books, including Helter
Skelter about the Manson crimes and The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
about the Iraq war.
No one in the two groups that met in Dallas believes the Warren Commission,
regardless of other differences of opinion they may have. For instance, another
noted researcher, Robert Groden, appeared at the COPA conference and later sold
his literature on the grassy knoll next to the famous picket fence from which
extra shooters are said to have fired at JFK. Groden, a major figure during the
House Select Committee on Assassinations probe, believes the Zapruder Film is
But respected researchers Jack White and Jim Fetzer, who were
not in Dallas
for these events, contend the film was doctored to misconstrue the events of
Nov. 22, 1963. The common denominator of the two research groups is that no one
thinks Oswald acted alone, if he took part at all.
AFP’s Michael Collins Piper wrote in his highly regarded
book Final Judgment that the Israeli
Mossad had a strong hand in JFK’s demise. Unfortunately that angle was not
explored by conference speakers. A bookseller at Hotel Lawrence during COPA’s
event, sells books on every conceivable angle of this subject, including Piper’s.
An honored Lancer guest, Dr. Robert McClelland, addressed
that group at the Adolphus Hotel, saying he thinks the fatal shot came from
behind the picket fence. In his view, Oswald did play a minor role, shooting
JFK once through the back and that a fragment of that bullet went through
Kennedy’s neck and exited out the front—but did not hit Texas Gov. John
However, another Parkland physician who tried to save JFK,
Dr. Malcolm Perry, had spoken with Bethesda
coroners and later told McClelland that he felt the small bullet hole at the
base of the front of Kennedy’s neck was an entry wound, not an exit wound.
The Mary Ferrell Pioneer Award—“In appreciation for your
dedication to the true history of the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy”—was presented by the Lancer group to McClelland.
“Lancer was President Kennedy’s Secret Service code name,”
Debra Conway, who heads the Lancer group, told the Dealey Plaza
crowd the morning after McClelland’s speech. “We thought that would be a
wonderful and unique way of saying we don’t want secrets anymore. ... So JFK
Lancer became our standard and our name, and we are open-document activists.”
Griggs looks forward to the day “when we won’t be here on
the 22nd of November. We will have solved this thing and it will have gone
away. This is the 46th anniversary—
46 years—and we still don’t know. When is it going to end?”
MARK ANDERSON is the corresponding editor for American Free Press.
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