CAPA Member News: 2017
In the spring of 2017, CAPA launched a member news column to report newsworthy activities of CAPA members’ worldwide activities. Kindly send CAPA your news and help publicize that of other members by using CAPA social media buttons and other tools.
- CAPA board and advisory members Bill Kelly, Andrew Kreig, John Newman and Alan Dale were among those CAPA members active with print and broadcast commentaries about the significance of the July 24 release by the National Archives of new documents pertaining to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. An Aug. 4 column excerpting major commentaries so far is: Newly Released JFK Murder Files Prompt Disputes, ‘Jigsaw Puzzle’ Solutions.
- On the Fourth of July, 2017, The Searchers — The Story of Researchers of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy — will be released worldwide on Amazon Video Direct and Vimeo On Demand. John Kelin, author of Praise From A Future Generation, called The Searchers, “An invaluable addition to a little-known but critically important story.” Independent film maker Randolph Benson, a CAPA member, directed and produced the documentary, created over the span of 14 years research.
- Dr. James J. Kelleher, a California-based professor and the author in 2016 of He Was Expendable: National Security, Political and Bureaucratic Covers Ups-in the Murder of President John F. Kennedy, has undertaken a vital task for CAPA: updating our listings of JFK, MLK and RFK assassination books for our “Readers Guide” feature pointing to the major alternative and mainstream books and films in one location. His first inputs came in June. Timely reporting and reviews of RFK and MLK books are expected to be especially valuable as the 50th anniversary news coverage of the RFK and MLK murders — and discrepancies in official accounts — ramps up for next year. Dr. Kelleher, left, received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara. He was Department Chair until his retirement at the College of the Canyons in Valencia California. He also taught at CSU Los Angeles, CSU Northridge, and CSU Dominguez Hills. He is a co-author of Governing California in the Twenty-First Century.
- Glenda de Vaney, a stalwart in helping CAPA in a variety of important ways, published a letter to the San Diego Union Tribune praising a recent column on the JFK legacy. Also she published a positive review on Amazon.com of JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy by L. Fletcher Prouty (Author), Oliver Stone (Introduction), Jesse Ventura (Foreword). Skyhorse Publishing, 2011 (originally published in 1996), with a review of 5.0 out of 5 stars (in keeping with the average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by more than 180 previous reviewers. Hers began: A must read for all Americans, “This book is a real eye-opener, written by someone who was in a position to know about his subject matter. As the liaison between the CIA and the pentagon, he had a front row seat to the operations of the government.” She included also a description of how Citizens Against Political Assassinations, open to the public, “is advocating for the release of all government records which, according to the JFK Act of 1992, are due to be released Oct. 26, 2017”;
- The Washington Post published a long and complimentary profile of Paul Kuntzler (shown at right), a retired publisher who has generously funded JFK assassination research through the decades and delivered many lectures on the topic raising public awareness; and
- “JFK Vigil” organizer Karl Golovin, author of the recent OpEdNews column, Liberty Lives in the Light, led the semi-annual Peaceably Assemble for Truth: JFK to 9/11 on May 29, 2017 at the North Public Terrace/Plaza, the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC. Also, he encourage attendees to purchase tickets to the Kennedy Center’s official JFK Centennial Celebration that followed the vigil, and purchased 30 tickets to provide as gifts for the first 30 “JFK Vigil” participants who participated. He distributed also for free hundreds of “JFK Buttons” (shown in photo and of his own design) to participants of the vigil and attendees of the official JFK Centennial Celebration and other JFK-related events during the month.
- A new member of our group, Dr. James Kelleher, published an opinion column in the 80,000-circulation Irish Echo entitled Release JFK Files. It noted that the National Archives located in College Park, Maryland is preparing to release some 3100 documents that have never been seen by the public, along with the full versions of nearly forty thousand redacted documents dealing with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. “However, it is expected that government agencies such as the CIA, FBI and other intelligence agencies will try to block the document release on national security grounds.””What are they hiding?” Kelleher’s piece asked. Citing the advocacy of CAPA, he urged, “People need to contact their local representatives and ask for their support in getting the documents released.”