James Baldwin (192487), U.S. author. "A Talk To Teachers," 16 Oct. 1963 (published in The Price of the Ticket, 1985).
"Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend."
Francis Bacon (15611626), English philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Studies" (15971625).
'The disadvantage of men not knowing the past is that they do not know the present. History is a hill or high point of vantage, from which alone men see the town in which they live or the age in which they are living."
G. K. Chesterton (18741936), British author. All I Survey, "On St. George Revivified" (1933).
I take the murder of President Kennedy very personally. Anyone who has been keeping up with my running battle with Mr. Paul Mays in the comments section of my article "The Great Enemy of the Truth," I am certain has deduced that fact already.
I consider the murder of JFK to be a roadblock in our nation's history; a place from which our nation may not, in a positive sense, go forward from until it is fully, and honestly resolved. We do not need to have the surviving conspirators hanging from lamp posts in Washington, D.C., or reopen Alcatraz for their life sentences; we simply need to know that some degree of justice has been done, and that the truth has willed out.
We know that the Warren Report is not the truth. The commissioners did not know that Lee Harvey Oswald was trained as a CIA operative. http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/september2004/160904oswaldwascia.htm
Nor did they know that they were not given the original evidence sheet and photo from the "sniper's nest" on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository which showed two spent 6.5 mm shell casings, and one live 6.5 mm cartridge on the floor. http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/round.htm
This fact proves that the assassin in that position fired only two shots, rather than the three required to fit J. Edgar Hoover's scenario of the assassination, which is what the Commissioners were being fed to come to the "predetermined," power elite solution to the crime.
"Fiat justitia, et ruat caelum!" cried Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesonius, father-in-law of Julius Caesar more than two thousand years ago. "Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall!" he cried, upon learning of his son-in-law's murder.
So what motivates someone like Mr. Mays to use the most baseless calumnies against me in our little spat? Why is he so personally invested in the myth perpetrated by the Warren Commission? There could be any one of a dozen reasons that Mr. Mays is so vehement in his defense of a group of men, who were steered into making a particular decision without access to all of the information, by other men who had every reason to hide the truth.
In the interests of full disclosure, I have not been paying that close of attention to developments in the JFK assassination story for roughly ten years. I have been working hard on my own mental health, as well as looking at more recent developments in this nation's current self-inflicted auto-da-fÃ©, that began (I believe) with our Thirty-fifth President's murder in Dallas. It was a video I found through Brasscheck TV.com of the Secret Service agents being ordered off the rear of JFK's limousine that rekindled my interest.
Because of this, some of the information that I gave was dated and/or inaccurate. The last minute change of the motorcade route is a perfect example of this, and when I discovered that I was wrong, I corrected myself. The motorcade route was settled on at the last minute (November 18)--in security terms--according to testimony given by Gerald A. Behn, chief of JFK's Secret Service Detail, before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. This still begs the question: If Oswald was the sole assassin, how did he set himself up in such a perfect vantage point a month (October 16) before the assassination? Crystal ball?
Another example of my stale information was that while I was well aware of Oswald's connection to the FBI through Agent James Hosty as a confidential informant, I was not really aware that intrepid investigators of the Assassination Records Review Board had actually forced the CIA to turn over a memo from then CIA Director John McCone to Secret Service Chief James Rowley (dated March 3, 1964) admitting the Oswald was a trained CIA operative. Scott Shane of the New York Times published an article on it October 17, 2009, but Alex Jones has had it up at his Prison Planet website since 2004.