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The Judgment of History; Or Why the Breaking of the Oligarchs Avenges President Kennedy's Assassination—Part Three

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The Main Stream Media clings to the findings of the Warren Report like a cuckolded spouse clings to the belief of his wife's virtue, in spite of the fact that no one in the Main Stream Media since Dorothy Kilgallen has ever read the Report with a critical eye, seeking out any of the contradictions, inconsistencies, falsehoods, and omissions that the first generation of critics found there. Nor has the Main Stream Media, echoing the Warren Report's apologists, ever examined the inconsistencies, falsehoods, and new information that has been discovered as a result of the work of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), the Assassination Records Research Board (ARRB), or by citizens through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The Main Stream Media has also failed to: investigate the numerous personal confessions (including those of Madeline Brown and the death bed confession of E. Howard Hunt to his son) of individuals who may have had direct knowledge of the Assassination; new legal cases arising out of the Assassination (the jury's decision in Hunt v. Liberty Lobby ; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; 1985), or physical evidence (including the conclusions of scientists, who, using modern scientific advances, contradict the Warren Report); publication of private records, (including the material in former Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry's JFK Assassination File and photos unknown to the Warren Commission), which have then been presented to the public by critics of the Warren Report, up to the present day.

I include in this group of apologists both Gerald Posner, and Vincent Bugliosi, whose books simply repeated the Warren Commission's assertions and conclusions in some of the finest pieces of tail-chasing tautology it has ever been my misfortune to read. Criticisms of the Report are answered by ignoring the substance of the criticism, and attacking the critics' credentials and qualifications; obfuscating or twisting the critic's assertion until the apologist's attack no longer has any relationship to what the critic actually said; or belaboring some minor point where the critic did not fully explain themselves, claiming that the critic's entire argument falls apart on the basis of that minor, and usually irrelevant, point.

The Warren Commission and the Main Stream Media has made use of one of the worst traits of the American legal system, one that is older than the republic itself: find a suspect who cannot defend himself; convict him by forcing him to give a false confession, or by using hearsay and manipulation of the evidence to fit the public's perception of the crime; then quickly lock him away or execute him, in order to insure that the public never questions the methods used or the evidence presented by law enforcement and the prosecution to obtain the conviction.

Lee Harvey Oswald was a victim of such a system. Whether or not he materially had anything to do with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, or whether he was nothing more than what he claimed to be, a "patsy," is a question whose answer died with him when he was shot in the police parking garage by Jack Ruby. Substantive information was discovered by the Assassination Research Review Board (ARRB) in the 1990's that Oswald could not have been JFK's assassin. The notes of Dallas Detective Captain Fritz's interrogations of Oswald were discovered by the ARRB, and Oswald stated to Captain Fritz that he, with co-workers Billy Lovelady, and Billy Reilly, were all standing at the front of the main entrance of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) to watch the motorcade when the assassination took place. There is a giant high-resolution copy of the Altgens 6 photo at willyloman.wordpress.com that seems to show all three men at the TSBD front entrance, eliminating Oswald as a suspect. We can be certain of one thing: whoever fired the two shots from the Sixth Floor of the TSBD, neither of the two bullets fired by that assassin were the one that killed JFK. (See also, " During Interview with Det. Fritz, Oswald said he was 'out with Bill Shelley in front ' ," for more on this subject.)

Much of the work of the critics of the Warren Report over the last fifty years has been an attempt to find the truth about the degree, if any, of Lee Harvey Oswald's involvement in the murder of JFK, and who was actually part of the crime. The defenders of the Warren Commission have acted as all prosecutors do when presented with exculpatory or exonerating evidence by groups like the Innocence Project: they deny any wrong-doing, and fight like hell against any re-examination of the case, even if it means a man's or woman's life. Judge Lynch is alive and well among the supporters of the Warren Report; they simply refuse to admit it.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who shall watch the Watchers?)

In my August 22, 2010 article " A Terrible History ," I wrote [subject matter in italics added for clarity], " Major General Edward Lansdale, who was purportedly a go-between for the CIA and the Pentagon on black ops in the Far East for many years immediately following the Second World War. He officially retired from the Air Force in October 1963, although most of his work for the previous dozen years was actually with the CIA. Lansdale admitted to being in Texas on November 22, 1963, although he claimed to be in San Antonio. Reportedly, a baggage claim stub from the hotel JFK stayed in the night before his murder was found in General Lansdale's effects after his death."

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"So why, you ask, is this important? Because in one of the infamous pictures of the 'three tramps,' who many--upon seeing the photographs for the first-time after Watergate believed they were future Watergate burglars Frank Sturgis and E. Howard Hunt, (as well as Charles Harrelson later convicted for the sniper murder of a Federal judge ), being led away by police from the vicinity of Dealey Plaza. In one of the photos, a man is seen nonchalantly walking away from the camera , past the tramps, with his back to the camera. Both his former subordinate Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty and retired Marine Corps Commandant Lieutenant General Victor Krulak, who had known Lansdale for many years, were certain that the man in the photo is Edward Lansdale."

"If this was indeed General Lansdale, why did he lie about his whereabouts that grim November afternoon? Why did he walk past these 'tramps,' putting himself between them and a chain link fence, rather than go around avoiding these 'bums?" And most importantly, why didn't the police stop this person, whether it was Lansdale or someone else, and prevent him from approaching 'the so-called tramps?'"

We now know that of the three tramps, only Charles Harrelson, was originally correctly identified in the picture of the three tramps being led away by police. The oldest tramp many now believe, (if we can believe his confession), is Chauncey M. Holt, counterfeiter, forger, and sometime CIA contractor, who claimed on San Diego radio station KOGO-AM, on November 22, 1995, to have provided fifteen sets of forged U.S. Secret Service credentials to the men who killed Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

There are however some researchers who have expressed their doubts about Chauncey Holt's identification and confession, although not of his providing forged credentials. They still believe that the photo is that of E. Howard Hunt, because contemporaneous photos of Holt and Hunt from around the time of JFK's assassination show that Holt did not look at all like the tramp, while E. Howard Hunt did. (See The Great Zapruder Film Hoax: Deceit and Deception in the Death of JFK ; James H. Fetzer, PhD., editor, 2003; "Mysteries of the JFK Assassination: The Photographic Evidence from A to Z," by Jack White; p. 79.) The third man has since been identified as one Charlie Rogers, aka, Richard Montoya--not Frank Sturgis ( Assassination Science ; James H. Fetzer, PhD. Editor; 1998; p. 368), but the picture I have seen is of questionable value for identifying the tramp as Mr. Rogers, when I compare the photos of the two men.

Regardless of who they are, those three tramps were at the heart of a little known--at least to the public--but important pair of civil trials in Federal District Court in South Florida. In 1978, author Victor Marchetti (who with John Marks wrote one of the most important books on the murky world of the Central Intelligence Agency: The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence , in 1974) published an article in Spotlight magazine (The Spotlight--August 14, 1978 ) , in which he stated that the HSCA had found a 1966 CIA memo that claimed that CIA operatives E. Howard Hunt, Frank Sturgis, and Gerry Patrick Hemming had been involved in a plot to kill President Kennedy. E. Howard Hunt sued both Spotlight magazine and Victor Marchetti for libel.

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In the 1985 trial against Spotlight magazine , as written about in detail in attorney Mark Lane's book Plausible Denial (1992), defense witness Marita Lorenz (a one-time mistress of Fidel Castro and sometime CIA operative), testified that she had witnessed E. Howard Hunt payoff a team of assassins in Dallas the night before JFK"S murder. Ten years later, a similar verdict was handed down in Marchetti's case. On his deathbed in 2007, E. Howard Hunt admitted in a tape recorded statement to his son St. John Hunt that he was part of the plot to kill JFK.

The official opinions of two of our three branches of government--the Legislative branch, represented by the House Select Committee on Assassinations; and the Judicial branch, represented by two Federal District Court decisions--say that the murder of President Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy by two or more individuals. Only the Executive branch--its investigation tainted by the active presence and manipulation of possible conspirators, including LBJ, J. Edgar Hoover, Allen Dulles, and John McCloy--has come to the conclusion that a single individual, Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, was solely responsible for this crime. The preponderance of evidence tells me that the conclusions of the Warren Commission are wrong, and that photograph of the man, walking between the three tramps and the chain-link fence, apparently waving them off, is emblematic of the entire Kennedy assassination conspiracy.

J 'accuse! -- Emile Zola , Headline of a front page editorial against the French Military in the Dreyfuss Affair

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