JFK and RFK: The Plots that Killed Them, the Patsies that Didn’t

by James Fetzer Note: This article originally appeared in Voltairenet.org (13 June 2010). Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 42 years ago in the midst of his campaign for the U.S. presidency. Largely overshadowed by the death of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, the official account of RFK’s tragic end, allegedly shot down by a lone gunman, like his brother, has received vastly less attention. In both instances, we are looking at staged events that fit into a recurrent pattern in U.S. and world history where innocent individuals (or “patsies”) are…

The JFK War: Welcome coverage from CBS and the Santa Barbara Independent

by Jim Fetzer Those of us who deal with the complex and controversial issues of our time, such as the death of JFK, the plane crash that took the life of Sen. Paul Wellstone, the atrocities of 9/11, Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing are inclined to welcome any coverage we receive from the main stream media or even a close approximation, since CIA domination of the media has made that all but impossible.  It was therefore gratifying when CBS covered the JFK 50th Santa Barbara Conference that I organized and moderated on…

Noam Chomsky and Larry Sabato: Mainstream purveyors of JFK disinformation

 by Jim Fetzer “The agency owns everyone of significance in the major media”–attributed to William Colby, former Director of the CIA No doubt, I am not the only student of JFK and of 9/11 who has been offended and outraged by the stance adopted by the leading liberal icon, Noam Chomsky. Chomsky maintains that, even if there had been a conspiracy to kill JFK, it would have been of no significance, because no major policy issues were involved. But that requires feigned ignorance of JFK’s decision to shatter the CIA into a…

The JFK War: What’s going on with Len Osanic and Black Op Radio?

by Jim Fetzer For five years or more, I was the informal co-host with Len Osanic on Black Op Radio, which in my view has overall had a positive impact on JFK research.  Since Len has begun co-hosting with Jim DiEugenio, however, I have been concerned that Black Op Radio has gradually–like a boiling frog–slipped from a forum for objective and dispassionate exchange to one in which it has become a platform to advocate indefensible positions about controversial issues, such as that of the authenticity of the Zapruder film. When I traveled to Vancouver…

MARY’S MOSAIC: Litmus test for JFK research integrity

by Peter Janney with Jim Fetzer “There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination.  Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.” – Anis Nin Some issues within JFK research represent litmus tests that separate the competent from the frivolous, the courageous from the cowardly, and the honest from the dishonest, where some estimates have gone so far as to suggest that as much as 95% of members of the JFK research…

The JFK War: The disturbing case of Jim DiEugenio, LBJ and Israel

by Don Fox with Jim Fetzer  For some time and across a broad range of different issues, I have had concerns about Jim DiEugenio, author of Destiny Betrayed, 2nd ed., which explores New Orleans DA Jim Garrison’s attempt to prosecute Clay Shaw, and of Reclaiming Parkland, which amazon.com describes as investigating Tom Hanks’s failed attempt to adapt Vincent Bugliosi’s massive book Reclaiming History into a mini-series and as exposing the origins of that book in a mock trial pitting Bugliosi against attorney Gerry Spence. It is said to include a withering critique of Bugliosi’s inflated…

The JFK War: CBS endorses the “magic bullet” absurdity

By Jim Fetzer “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”–Sherlock Holmes The latest defense of the “magic bullet” absurdity comes from CBS, which featured a father and son combination who claim to have used “new forensic technology” to demonstrate that The Warren Report (1964) had it right when it posited the “magic bullet” scenario, where one bullet passes through JFK’s neck and exits his throat to enter the back of Texas Gov. John Connally.   The distinctive feature of this “reenactment” may be its emphasis…

The JFK War: The two Cyril Wechts, the “magic bullet” and the HSCA

By Jim Fetzerwith David S. Lifton “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves”― Vladimir Ilyich Lenin  As serious students of the death of JFK are aware, the FBI and the Secret Service concluded on the day of the assassination that there had been three shots and three hits: * the first shot had hit JFK in the back, about 5.5″ below the collar to the right of the spinal column; * the second had hit Texas Governor John Connally in the back, shattered a rib and exited…

The JFK War: Outing the JFK Assassination Research Bureau

by Jim Fetzer During the past few days, I have been drawn into an extended exchange about the assassination of JFK on a facebook web site that carries the most imposing name, “JFK Assassination Research Bureau”. It certainly sounds impressive, but I have discovered — through personal experience — that they do not live up to the impression they convey. This site is not about JFK Truth. If they don’t like you, they simply delete you. With the 50th observance of the death of John Kennedy rapidly approaching, the government is spending…

The JFK War: Hany Farid, Jefferson Morley and the Zapruder film

by Jim Fetzer  “How can Jefferson Morley pretend to be an expert on the assassination of JFK when he is abysmally ignorant about it?“–Jim Fetzer Hany Farid We are encountering the most massive disinformation in American history as the 50th observance of the assassination of JFK approaches.   Long discredited theories–such as that a Secret Service man accidentally shot JFK with his AR-15, that Jackie shot JFK with a derringer, and an impostor was killed, while JFK is in Tahiti sipping Mai-Ties–are being marketed around the web. The obvious cases are…