Phillip K. Elliott--reporter for UPI
Ted W. Powers--reporter for UPI
Dave Blair--reporter for UPI
Les Dale Owens--AP and Daily Texan magazine
Ned Spelce--KTBC TV reporter
Richard "Cactus" Prior--KTBC TV reporter
Frank Cormier--AP reporter & close friend of Helen Thomas"
Roger Stone and Mike Colapietro in their new book The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ , state that the dinner party did take place, but that it was a smaller affair than Wood, Joesten, and McClellan stated; and that LBJ made the earlier referenced statement to Madeline Brown on the morning of November 22, 1963, not the night before. I would note that only two of the men who I believe were directly involved in the operational end of the murder of JFK --Jack Ruby and Mac Wallace--are reported as being at the party. If Stone and Colapietro are correct about the smaller dinner party--and I believe they probably are correct about that if nothing else--Ruby and Wallace would be the first two who I would take off of Ira Wood III's possible "guest list."
It is the attendees at the private meeting who are of the most interest to history. This group included many of the movers and shakers of the most hawkish wing of the Military-Industrial Complex, including the "independent" Texas oil interests who would take the biggest financial hit if Kennedy reduced the oil depletion allowance from 27.5% to 14.5%, several members of organized crime, and individuals who would make billions off of the coming war in Vietnam. Finally, every single person in that room strongly disapproved of Kennedy's detente with Nikita Khrushchev, his failure to launch a nuclear war against the Soviet Union over Cuba, and the Bay of Pigs.
A meeting of this group of individuals should have been a "red flag" for any normal political counterintelligence force, but J. Edgar Hoover controlled our national counterintelligence operations through the FBI. Coincidence? To quote President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "In politics, there is no such thing as a coincidence." These are the people you would need to be "in the know" to assassinate a sitting U.S. President in Dallas, Texas in 1963.
So why would these men risk getting together the night before JFK's assassination?
I believe the answer is simple: because they all shared the same set of illnesses: greed and concomitant lust for power, micromanagement as an obsession, especially if it was their asses on the line, and megalomania bordering on a Messiah Complex. Here are three examples: