Upcoming and Recent Political Assassination Research Events
Note: A listing below does not mean that CAPA helped organize an event or endorses any views presented
Major CAPA Event: November
Nov. 16-17, Houston, TX
CAPA and South Texas College of Law-Houston, co-sponsors, “Two-day mock trial State of Texas v. Lee Harvey Oswald,” Nov. 16 and 17, at the South Texas College of Law-Houston Houston, TX. Register here for this unique event! Book your Marriott hotel room at a discounted group rate here by the Oct. 30 deadline!
Building on what has been learned from the Innocence Project and the 2009 National Academy of Sciences report on forensic evidence, the CAPA mock trial will apply 21st Century techniques to examine the physical evidence used by the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) to identify Lee Harvey Oswald as the alleged sole assassin of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
The HSCA concluded that a shot from the grassy knoll by an unknown person missed Kennedy. Oswald is shown in a New Orleans police mug shot taken in August, 1963 during a street disturbance and separately below in a file photo.
Regarding the mock trial: A senior judge from the Harris County Criminal Court will preside over the event with the jury selected from the Harris County jury pool.
Alec Baldwin (shown in a photo from a Cannes Film Festival) will be the keynote speaker for the Nov. 16th dinner following the first day of the mock trial. He will also participate in a book signing for registrants prior to dinner for his new book Nevertheless: A Memoir.
The mock trial will offer 10 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits including 1.5 of CLE Ethics credits.
Seating capacity will be limited. So, early registration is recommended. The event will also be streamed live for registrants who are unable to travel to Houston.
CAPA announced a discounted hotel rate of $179 per night from Nov. 15 though 17, 2017. The rate is being offered by the Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District at 6580 Fannin Street, about six miles from the mock trial venue at the South Texas College of Law-Houston. The rate does not include taxes.
The courtroom drama that never had a chance to occur will now be held live. Featuring world-renowned J.F.K assassination experts. Pricing:
CLE (10 credits) students $450 (includes lunch)
General Public $150 (includes lunch)
CAPA Members $100 (includes lunch)
Combination Mock Trial and Alec Baldwin dinner/book signing
(CAPA members only) $195
Live streaming general public $75
Live streaming CAPA members $50
Alec Baldwin dinner/book signing (includes valet parking and cash bar)
General Public $125
CAPA members $95
To obtain promo codes for registration as CAPA member contact Glenda at [email protected].
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Other Upcoming Events
JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, 21st Annual 2017 November In Dallas Conference, Adolphus Hotel, Nov. 17-18, 2017, 1321 Commerce St., Dallas, TX. Produced by Debra Conway and JFK Lancer Productions.
Welcome. The perennial question of JFK research is, ”When will they release the rest of the JFK documents”? A great many people have anticipated that when the withheld documents in the governments JFK records collection are finally released, the quest will be over. Some even seem to expect that the release will actually confirm that the government was aware of a conspiracy at the heart of the assassination and that the knowledge will finally be revealed. Others truly do not understand that literally millions of pages of records have already been released to the public domain, and that decades of Freedom of Information Work by researchers has already added substantially to that body of information.
The official story of the event, that three shots fired by an emotionally unstable lone nut, an isolated young man with no connections to other individuals or groups, someone totally unknown and off the radar of law enforcement and national intelligence, is simply false. We know that now and we have the evidentiary records and documents to prove that assertion. To stress that point, the theme for this years overall conference will be that of ”Disconnection”, the disconnection of the official story from the historical reality.
We will be offering a variety of presentations which focus on that theme, the inherent disconnections embedded in the picture offered to the public by the Warren Commission report of 1964. Disconnects now thoroughly exposed by what can be documented as both legal and scientific issues with the evidence which it used to build its case, as well as the picture it painted of Lee Harvey Oswald. A picture intentionally falsified due to certain very real intelligence and security concerns, part of reactive effort which began to obscure the true history of the event within hours of the shots being fired.
It is time for the final records releases but its also time to expose the historical farce which became the official dogma of the event. Join us in Dallas in November as we continue to do just that.
2017 Conference Speakers include: Mary Ann Moorman Khramer, Gary Shaw, Michael Mercades, Alan Dale, John Newman, Stu Wexler, Larry Hancock, Bill Simpich, Gary Murr, Carmine Savastano, Brian Edwards, Casey Quinlin, Chris Gallop. More to come! More details here.
JFK Conferences, Fifth Annual 2017 JFK Assassination Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nov. 17-19, 2017, 1015 Elm Street, Dallas, TX. Produced by Judyth Vary Baker (below at left) and JFK Conferences.
Welcome to the 5th annual JFK Assassination Conference! This fast-growing conference will bring you info on the latest secret records released, opportunities to hear and meet important witnesses, authors and researchers in the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations, as well as honest and reliable information necessary to understand and prepare for a world that was created by murdering a great President – an act of treason that changed our government and country forever.
This is a priceless opportunity to meet first-hand witnesses and noted researchers of the first generation, who will not be with us much longer! Hear from their own lips what really happened – not what the government or schoolbooks tell you. This conference sold out last year! More details here.
Nov. 22, Dallas, TX
JFK Remembrance, Dealey Plaza, Noon, Nov. 22, 2017, Dallas, TX. Speakers and audiences plan to gather in honor the murdered President Kennedy at the scene of his fatal shooting in 1963.
Previous Events in 2017 (Reverse chronological order)
Rally and Film Festival
Sept. 8, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Truth
Foley Square, 111 Worth St., New York, NY
Sept. 11, Oakland, California
Sept. 11, Washington, DC
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, 9/11 Family Members and Technical Experts Call on Congress to Launch New World Trade Center Investigation, Ted Walter, Sept. 11, 2017. On the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, 9/11 family member Bob McIlvaine and architect Richard Gage, AIA, will announce the Bobby McIlvaine World Trade Center Investigation Act at a news conference to be held at the National Press Club at 1 p.m. EDT.
The Bobby McIlvaine Act is draft legislation that would empanel a select committee in either chamber of Congress to reinvestigate the destruction of the three World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. The act is named after Mr. McIlvaine’s son Bobby, who was tragically killed at the age of 26 while entering the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Mr. McIlvaine has been an outspoken leader in advocating for a new investigation since the release of the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004. Mr. Gage, meanwhile, has worked diligently to educate and mobilize technical professionals since he founded the organization Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth) in 2006. Today, AE911Truth represents close to 3,000 architects and engineers, as well as two-dozen 9/11 family members, who have signed AE911Truth’s petition calling on Congress to open a new investigation.
Mr. McIlvaine and Mr. Gage will be joined by Peter Michael Ketcham, a former employee of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the agency that was charged with investigating the World Trade Center disaster. Mr. Ketcham first spoke out against his former agency’s investigation in 2016 and has since joined with AE911Truth in championing a new investigation.
At the conclusion of the news conference, Mr. McIlvaine, Mr. Gage, Mr. Ketcham, and supporters of the Bobby McIlvaine Act will proceed to the Capitol, where they will distribute packets to every member of Congress over the next day and a half. They will then work to assemble a bi-partisan group of sponsors and have the resolution introduced by next year’s September 11th anniversary.
The group will use the soon-to-be-released computer simulation of World Trade Center Building 7’s collapse — a study conducted by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and funded by AE911Truth — to bolster its case that NIST’s account of the building collapses is false and that it is incumbent upon Congress to launch its own investigation.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by emailing [email protected]
Who: Bob McIlvaine; Richard Gage, AIA; Peter Michael Ketcham; Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth
What: Announcement of the Bobby McIlvaine World Trade Center Investigation Act
When: 1 p.m. EDT, September 11, 2017
Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Justice Integrity Project, Petition To OAS: Sirhan wrongfully convicted in 1968 RFK Murder, Thursday, 10 a.m., July 20, 2017 at the National Press Club, Washington, DC. Andrew Kreig, July 17, 2017. Famed attorney, noted author, and human rights advocate Dr. William F. Pepper announced July 17 that he is filing a petition to the Organization of American States (OAS) seeking justice for his imprisoned client Sirhan B. Sirhan.
The filing describes Sirhan (shown upon his arrest) as wrongfully convicted of the 1968 assassination of Pepper’s friend, Robert F. Kennedy, the late New York U.S. senator and Democratic presidential candidate. Pepper presents his evidence and arguments at the news conference, located at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC.
Justice Integrity Project, RFK, MLK Friend To Speak July 19 In DC Media Failures, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., July 19, 2017 at the National Press Club, Washington, DC. Dr. William F. Pepper, the noted human rights lawyer, author, and attorney who has defended the convicted killers of his friends Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will speak July 19 at the National Press Club about the central responsibility of news organizations to report the news fairly and without self-censorship.
Pepper, shown with King in a 1967 photo conferring at a conference, will describe how the media have repeatedly failed to inform the public of the ongoing injustice in the Sirhan case, among others. Without a free, independent press, Pepper says, “the rule of law and an informed public cannot function” in a democratic society.
Pepper is filing a 200-page petition this week to the Organization of American States (OAS) accusing the California and U.S. governments of violating the due process rights of accused Kennedy killer Sirhan Sirhan, shown in a prison system photo after being held without parole since the killing on June 5, 1968.
Pepper is delivering a 7 p.m. lecture to the Sarah McClendon speaker society located at the club for more than a quarter of a century. The society is named after the pioneering and blunt-speaking White House correspondent from Texas, Sarah McClendon, who died in 2003.
His lecture and a book signing are open to the press and public, and is preceded by an optional no-host, Dutch-treat dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the club, which is located at 529 14th St., NW near the corner of F Street in downtown Washington, DC.
Pepper is an American lawyer and English barrister. A 1960’s friend of Kennedy and King, he believes that their accused killers were wrongly accused for political reasons.
Future of Freedom Foundation, The National Security State and JFK, Saturday, 8:15 a.m.-6:15 p.m., June 3, 2017, at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, 45020 Aviation Drive, Dulles, Virginia. The conference examines the nature, origins, and consequences of America as a national security state since the end of World War II, including such programs as regime-change operations, invasions, occupations, coups, support of dictatorships, assassination, torture, indefinite detention, rendition, and kidnappings.
The conference also focuses on President John F. Kennedy’s turn toward peace and friendly relations with the Soviet Union, and Cuba and his resulting war against the U.S. national-security establishment.
Speakers include: Oliver Stone, Ron Paul, Jeffrey Sachs, Michael Glennon, Stephen Kinzer, Douglas Horne, Peter Janney, Jefferson Morley, David Talbot, and Jacob Hornberger. Details. C-SPAN provided coverage, with the broadcast date TBA.
I Killed JFK is the title of a documentary that premieres May 31 in four Washington, DC-area theaters that include the Regal Cinema on Seventh Street NW in the heart of the city’s downtown.
“A former Mafia insider, recently released from prison after 50 years, claims HE shot JFK from the infamous Grassy Knoll,” according to the announcement by producer Barry Katz regarded purported confessed triggerman James Files. “On the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday, the conspiracy theories still rage on as to how and why he was killed. Was it Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone? The Mob? The CIA? The FBI? The Cuban Government led by Fidel Castro? The Russians? LBJ? Was it a government cover-up? Now, for the first time, I Killed JFK reveals the untold story of the only living person in history who has ever confessed to killing Kennedy, featuring never before seen, recently found, rare footage and in-depth testimony from 20 different respected experts and historians.”
“Hear the bone-chilling account of how it all went down, who was behind the “hit,” and the “proof” that he was not only there…he was the one who pulled the trigger.”
The announcement described also a filmed panel discussion that will be shown featuring those described as: Judyth Vary Baker (Oswald’s lover/author of the best-selling book Me and Lee), Gordon Ferrie (US government, intelligence and national security expert), Barr McClellan (best-selling author of Blood, Money & Power), Zack Shelton (Retired FBI Special Agent), and Jim Marrs (1963 Dallas Journalist and author of the NY Times best seller Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, which inspired Oliver Stone’s film JFK).
JFK Documentary Film Releases
Two recent documentaries have impressive producers and treatments. One is John Barbour’s latest installment of his documentary on the JFK assassination, The American Media: The 2nd Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Barbour, a producer and actor regarded as the godfather of reality television because of his 1970s hit show Real People, is the narrator and Myra Bronstein is the producer of this serious documentary.
The other is The Searchers, produced by award-winning independent filmmaker Randolph Benson, a film instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. The film’s poster is at left.
Barbour will launch the latest installment of his documentary on the JFK assassination on May 26 at the Beverly Hills Music Hall in Beverly Hills, California. Another screening will be on June 9 for a week at Cinema Village in Manhattan in New York City. A trailer for the film can be seen here.
Barbour’s JFK documentary film work has lasted more than a quarter century. Drawing on his high-level knowledge of the media, Barbour’s film making has focused heavily on the smear by major news organizations that continues to today against the late New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, whose team investigated evidence of high-level conspiracy to murder the president and cover-up the crime.
Benson’s film, available on DVD, portrays courageous searchers for truth about the assassination, both experts and scholars, who have long been ignored by the media. The film was recently awarded the Orson Welles Prize at the 16th Tiburon International Film Festival. Upcoming screenings include the Dealey Plaza UK Conference in Canterbury in the United Kingdom on April 29, the Freethought International Film Festival in Orlando on May 6, the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, NC on May 18, and Tsunami Books in Eugene, OR on June 9.
Fans of the producer and film are seeking a venue for a screening in the Washington, DC area timed close to the June 8 anniversary of late president’s iconic speech at American University in the nation’s capital advocating for peace. Some experts regard his forceful and eloquent remarks during the Cold War era as helping foster animosities that led to his murder.
Benson filmed (and was one of the expert speakers) at a CAPA conference March 16 convening leading experts on the JFK assassination at the National Press Club. The conference is summarized in Speaker Program For March 16 Forum On Secret JFK Records and in related stories.
JFK 100th Birthday (May 29) Anniversary Events
JFK Vigil, Peaceably Assemble for Truth: JFK to 9/11, noon to 3 p.m., May 29, 2017, North Public Terrace/Plaza, the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC. “JFK Vigil” organizer Karl Golovin, author of the recent OpEdNews column, Liberty Lives in the Light, encourages attendees separately to purchase tickets ($25) to the Kennedy Center’s official JFK Centennial Celebration that follows (4-6 p.m.).
He has acquired 30 tickets to provide as gifts for the first 30 “JFK Vigil” participants who arrive (on time, beginning at noon) and continue for the full three hours so that a “group photo” may be taken of those wearing “JFK Buttons” (shown in photo) before entry to the official JFK Centennial Celebration.
Two views of the Kennedy Center on the Potomac River in Washington, DC (photos via Wikimedia)
Kennedy Center, JFK Centennial Celebration, 4 to 6 p.m., May 29, 2017, 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC. One hundred years after the birth of one of our nation’s most visionary and inspiring presidents, the “living memorial” created in his honor pays loving tribute to the galvanizing spirit of President John F. Kennedy. In this special program, artists and audience members–from those whose lives he touched to younger people yet to discover his legacy–will come together to celebrate his words and pioneering vision.
The center wrote: “Be part of an evening of readings and musical performances featuring some of America’s finest artists, as well as glimpses of rare video footage. Taken together, they will remind us of the enduring power of one man’s imagination and courage, and his unwavering belief in justice and peace for all people. Participating artists and program details to be announced at a later date.”
See also related treatment: May 29th: Peaceably Assemble for Truth: JFK to 9/11 (in Washington, DC), Staff report, May 18, 2017. Your participation will invaluably heighten the impact of this timely event, which joins the struggles for truth about 9/11 (15+ years) and JFK’s assassination (50+ years) in a high-visibility location and important context.
October of this year (2017) is the statutory deadline for still-withheld JFK assassination records to be released; yet whether that occurs is by no means certain – some “agencies” will likely pressure President Trump to keep hiding crucial secrets, disclosure of which is essential for public understanding and action. A well-attended “Peaceable assembly” on the occasion of “JFK 100” (100th anniversary of JFK’s birth) on the north/public terrace of The Kennedy Center will convey, by our physical presence (rather than merely in-print or online) our “petition, for redress” of the grievance that information the public requires has been too-long withheld. This pressure will provide both political cover and strong encouragement for President Trump to do the right thing: shine a bright light upon what has been hidden too long in darkness.
Success in obtaining full-disclosure of the JFK records will further the case for hastening release of withheld 9/11 records, such as NIST’s WTC-7 modeling data. While the number of activists still intently focused on the JFK records release may have declined in these 50 years, the groundswell of advocacy for truth about 9/11 is strong and applying that strength – by turning out in large numbers for this May 29th “JFK Vigil” – is of tremendous potential value.
The designated location for this event, available public terraces of The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. is of strategic importance, serving as essentially a “safe zone” from which activists who have “peaceably assembled” may similarly disperse and peaceably re-assemble elsewhere in the Washington area; joining together on this spot May 29th will provide a valuable opportunity for together assessing and envisioning the merit of initiating peaceable assemblies here in even greater numbers this coming September 11th, then November 22nd (a month after the JFK records-release deadline), and thereafter as necessary.
For an analysis of historical parallels between JFK’s assassination and 9/11, please read the article by Karl Golovin, “Liberty Lives in the Light: Illuminate + End ‘False-Flag’ Terrorism,” published in the newsletter this month.
Karl has forwarded the domain www.JFKvigil.com to an Eventbrite page to provide further details; registering for this event will facilitate your receiving updates via email as the date approaches.
JFK Presidential Library and Museum, JFK100: Centennial Celebration, Staff report, May 18, 2017. Over Memorial Day weekend, the Kennedy Library will host a series of events and activities highlighting peace, public service, science and innovation. On Monday, May 29, join us for free admission to our Museum, and a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate President Kennedy’s 100th birthday. There’s cake for 1,000 visitors.
Newseum, Celebrating the Centennial of John F. Kennedy, May 8, 2017. Washington, DC. To commemorate the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth, some of the nation’s leading historians discuss the life and legacy of the nation’s 35th president. The program will also focus on the book, JFK: A Vision for America, a compendium of Kennedy’s most important speeches, with commentary by leading American and international figures. Stephen Kennedy Smith, Kennedy’s nephew, and Douglas Brinkley co-wrote the book (Smith and the book cover are shown at right). The program features:
— Robert Dallek, former professor of history at Boston University and author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
— Fredrik Logevall, professor of history and international affairs at Harvard University
— Stephen Kennedy Smith, lecturer at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and co-author of JFK: A Vision for America
— Ted Widmer, director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, JFK: A Vision for America, 6 – 7:30 p.m., May 15, 2017. Columbia Point, Boston, Massachusetts. Stephen Kennedy Smith and Douglas Brinkley, co-editors of JFK: A Vision for America, discuss President Kennedy’s legacy with Harvard University professor Frederik Logevall. The event is part of series of “Kennedy Library Forums,” with details on other events available here.
Sixth floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, A Case for Conspiracy with Dr. Cyril Wecht, 7 to 9 p.m., April 11, 2017, Dallas, TX ($15 admission). Join renowned forensic pathologist, consultant and author Dr. Cyril H. Wecht (CAPA’s chairman, shown at the National Press Club March 16 in a photo by Noel St. John) in a discussion about his remarkable career and longtime study of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In a multi-media presentation on key areas of the Warren Commission’s 1964 investigation, Dr. Wecht will address President Kennedy’s autopsy and the controversial single bullet theory.
CAPA, At CAPA Forum, JFK Experts See Need, Momentum For Assassination Records Release, Staff report, March 22, 2017. Federal Judge John Tunheim, former chair of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), headlined an expert faculty March 16 in the nation’s capital advocating for compliance with the JFK Assassination Records Act’s deadline of release of President Kennedy’s death records.
The law, approved unanimously by Congress in 1992, mandates the release by Oct. 26 of all U.S. government records related to President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Experts at the forum at the National Press Club organized by Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA) estimated that some 3,600 documents remain secret, largely because of objections, obstruction or confusion by various agencies.
Judge Tunheim, now chief federal judge for Minnesota, keynoted a news conference at the forum’s beginning by outlining the challenges his presidentially appointed commission overcame in reviewing and releasing some four million pages of assassination-related material in the 1990s.
The complete conference aside from the opening welcome by CAPA’s Andrew Kreig, the event organizer, is available on a video by independent film maker Randy Benson, producer/director also “The Searchers” and a speaker at the forum.
Part I (1:31:44) is here. That segment showed Forum and CAPA Chairman Dr. Cyril H. Wecht introducing the Tunheim and followed by the remarks of historian and author Dr. John M. Newman, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigant and journalist Jefferson Morley and his attorney, James H. Lesar, president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC).
Dr. Wecht (shown in a file photo), a longtime coroner, medical school professor, attorney and author, then delivered a forensic tutorial on the scientific impossibility of the Warren Commission’s “single bullet theory” that blames Lee Harvey Oswald exclusively for the killing.
Part II of the Benson film (here, at 1:38:340) began with “Next Steps in Fact-Finding” by speakers Lawrence Schnapf, a New York-based attorney and co-chair of the CAPA legal committee, and Lesar. Schnapf described how current events reflect the JFK assassination’s relevance today in ways, he said, are frequently missed by what he described as a timid news media reluctant to admit the long cover-up of relevant hard evidence disputing the Warren Report’s findings. He described also progress in organizing a CAPA event next Nov. 20-21 in Houston at the Southwestern School of Law entitled “The People v. Lee Oswald: A 21st Century examination of the forensic evidence in the assassination of President John Kennedy.”
Lesar, the AARC president, advocated for further investigations by Congress, particularly regarding new evidence that the CIA impeded during the 1970s congressional probe.
The final panel was “Open Government In 2017: Researchers’ Guide To Documents, Witnesses & Freedom of Information.”
Kreig, an author, historian and journalist, moderated the session heavily focused on practical solutions to document research on topics beyond JFK research.
The first panelist was Nate Jones, Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project at the National Security Archive, George Washington University and author of the new book, Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War. Jones showed the audience a long National Archives printout identifying the 3,603 documents identified as “withheld in full” pertaining to the JFK assassination, as of February 2016.
The second panelist was Adam A. Marshall, the Knight Foundation Litigation Attorney at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP).
Finally, the award-winning film maker Benson, an instructor in Film & Video at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, returned the discussion squarely to JFK research. Benson described the gratifications and challenges of making The Searchers, which chronicled courageous JFK assassination researchers and witnesses.
Dr. Wecht closed the event with an overview of the session’s highlights and importance before attendees convened at a special reception for speakers and CAPA members in another room at the press club.
CAPA (www.capa-hq.com) organized the news conference (which attracted at least two White House reporters) and forum. The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) founded Sunshine Week to foster open government via events like this throughout the nation.
CAPA, ‘Sunshine Week’: NARA Progress In Releasing Final JFK Assassination Papers By October, 2017 Deadline, March 16, 2017, National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC. Leaders in the JFK research community will convene during the news industry’s annual “Sunshine Week” to underscore the historical importance of the scheduled release next October by the National Archives of the final batch of declassified documents about the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy.
Keynote: The Hon. John R. Tunheim, J.D., Chief U.S. District Judge, Minnesota, and former chairman, Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB)
Cyril H. Wecht, J.D., M.D., forensic pathologist, medical school professor, leader or former leader of multiple professional societies, author or co-author of nearly 50 books, CAPA chairman, and former Allegheny County coroner for 20 years;
James H. Lesar, J.D., FOIA expert, attorney, and president, Assassination Archives & Research Center (AARC);
John M. Newman, Ph.D., author of Oswald and the CIA and other books, former Army intelligence officer and assistant to the National Security Agency director, and former University of Maryland professor;
Jefferson Morley, author of “Our Man In Mexico City” and other books, AlterNet Washington correspondent, JFKFacts.org editor, litigant of many JFK FOIA cases, and former Washington Post reporter;
Lawrence Schnapf, Esq., attorney and CAPA board member; and
Andrew Kreig, Esq., Justice Integrity Project director, author, attorney, and member of CAPA board, National Press Club and American Society of News Editors (ASNE).
Other speakers and program details are here: Speakers Announced For March 16 Forum. Sunshine Week was created by ASNE and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) to foster open government. Detailed coverage below:
Justice Integrity Project, Top Experts To Assess JFK Murder Records, Revelations March 16 In DC, Andrew Kreig, March 8, 2017. Federal judge John Tunheim, former chair of the congressionally appointed Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), will speak March 16 at a unique Sunshine Week press conference organized by CAPA to focus on this year’s deadline for disclosure of secret records about President Kennedy’s 1963 assassination. Tunheim, currently chief U.S. District Judge in Minnesota, is shown in an official photo.
The JFK Records Act, approved unanimously by Congress in 1992, mandates the release by Oct. 26 of all U.S. government records related to the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Under Judge Tunheim’s leadership, the ARRB reviewed and released some four million pages of assassination-related material in the 1990s.
The judge will address the problem of secrecy in a democracy at the news conference, which begins a high-level forum on the topic in Washington, DC.
In a 2013 Boston Globe column, he and former ARRB deputy chair Thomas E. Samoluk wrote that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) deceived House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) investigators by not disclosing the role of deceased CIA officer George Joannides in the events of 1963.
“It really was an example of treachery,” Judge Tunheim said in an interview. “If [the CIA] fooled us on that, they may have fooled us on other things.”
After the press conference leading experts in history, intelligence, law and science will discuss the relevance of the still-withheld records to the JFK assassination story and to current issues, including the credibility of officials and media outlets, as measured by polls.
Justice Integrity Project, Speakers Announced For March 16 Forum On Secret JFK Records Due For Release, Andrew Kreig, March 8, 2017. To mark the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth this spring, leaders in the JFK research community are convening at the National Press Club during “Sunshine Week” March 16.
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, the noted forensic pathologist, medical school professor, author and CAPA chairman (shown at right), will open the news conference. Also, he will deliver a medical/scientific tutorial showing media attendees why that accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald could not have killed the president acting alone.
Justice Integrity Project, JFK Experts Seek Compliance With Records Release Deadline, Andrew Kreig, March 8, 2017. Leading former government officials and other JFK experts are among those who have called for full release by the National Archives of still-classified records regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Read below for previous events and also those relevant plays and films that are performed on an ongoing basis.
CAPA, Dallas JFK ceremony observes ‘moment of silence; Mourners hold vigil at DC’s Kennedy Center, Nov. 22, 2016. Among events honoring slain President John F. Kennedy’s legacy was one at Dealey Plaza in Dallas and another at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
November, 2016 (Major Conferences, Screenings)
Nov. 18-20, 2016, Dallas, TX
JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, 2016 November In Dallas Conference, Adolphus Hotel, Nov. 18-20, 2016, 1321 Commerce St., Dallas, TX. Celebrating its 20th Conference: 1996-2016. Produced by Sherry Fiester, Debra Conway and JFK Lancer Productions. Details.
- Friday, Nov. 18: Presentations
- Saturday, Nov 19: Presentations
- Sunday, Nov. 20: Free Walking Tours, Remembrance Ceremony
Speakers (tentative order, beginning Friday): Alan Dale and Larry Hancock, Debra Conway, Bill and Gayle Newman, with Stephen Fagin, Jim DiEugenio, Marie Fonzi, Bill Simpich, Joan Mellen, Joe Backes, Carmine Savastano. (Saturday) Mark Shaw, Stu Wexler, Brian Edwards, Russ Baker, Casey Quinlan, Anna Marie Kuhns-Walko, Gary Murr, Larry Hancock, Stu Wexler, Michael Marcades, Gary Shaw, Beverly Oliver Massagee.
Nov. 18-20, 2016, Dallas, TX
JFK Conferences, 2016 JFK Assassination Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nov. 18-20, 2016, 1015 Elm Street, Dallas, TX. Fourth Annual Conference. Produced by Judyth Vary Baker of JFK Conferences and Lorien Fenton of Conscious Community Events. Details.
- Friday, Nov. 18: Presentations
- Saturday, Nov 19: Presentations
- Sunday, Nov. 20: Presentations
- Tuesday, Nov. 22: Remembrance Ceremony
Speakers (in alphabetical order) include: John Barbour, Judyth Vary Baker, Richard Bartholomew, Abraham Bolden (witness & author), Ole Dammegard, Gary Fannin, Gordon Ferrie (witness),Dr. James Fetzer, Victoria Hawes (witness), St. John Hunt (witness & author), Mary Morgan Jenkins (witness), Andrew Kreig, Roy Lewis (witness), Wayne Madsen, Jim Marrs, Barr McClellan (witness & author), Angelina Nobile (witness), Beverly Oliver (witness & author), Shane O’Sullivan, Vince Palamara, Claudia Rodick (witness), Larry Rivera, Rick Russo, Francis Gary Powers, Jr. (witness & author), Phil Singer (witness), Roger Stone (witness & author), Edgar F. Tatro (witness & author), Dr. Cyril Wecht, Stan Weeber, John B. Wells, Chana Willis (witness) and a notable Mystery Guest.
Texas Theatre, Premiere Screening of “The Searchers” Scheduled for Nov. 21, Oct. 7, 2016. The first public screening of “The Searchers,” a feature documentary film by Randolph Benson, co-sponsored by JFK Lancer, will be Monday, Nov. 21 at the Texas Theatre in Dallas. Fourteen years in the making, the film uses never before seen interviews, archival footage and recently declassified documents to chronicle the past and present of these ordinary citizens and their contributions to revealing the truth about the crime of the 20th century.
Suffering ridicule, and being labeled with the intellectual scarlet letter of conspiracy theorists, these individuals have challenged the institutions of power for over 50 years. They have fought against great odds to, as they often proclaim, “take back our history!”
The film features Cyril Wecht, Robert Groden, Josiah “Tink” Thompson, Mark Lane, John Judge, Jim Marrs, Jim DiEugenio, Debra Conway, Gary Aguilar, Lisa Pease, Rex Bradford, Walt Brown, Andy Winiarczyk and John Kelin, among many others.
All profits from this special screening will go to the JFK Lancer Student Scholarship Fund. Reserve tickets here.
Texas Theatre, Screening of “The American Media: The 2nd Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” Film by John Barbour, Nov. 21, 2016. Featuring Q&A with John Barbour.
Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL), NYT Bestsellers To Debate JFK Assassination Nov. 22 in Florida, Staff report, Nov. 20, 2016. Roger Stone and Gerald Posner will debate JFK’s assassination in a debate moderated by the Miami Herald’s Glenn Garvin. On the 53rd anniversary of that fateful day in Dealey Plaza, South Florida will be hosting a debate on competing theories surrounding the murder. Roger Stone, (shown at right) a veteran political operative and advisor to Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Bush will face investigative reporter Gerald Posner. Both men have written extensively detailed books on the matter and have competing theories on the crime that rocked the world.
In The Man Who Killed Kennedy, The Case Against LBJ, Stone colorfully posits that Vice President Lyndon Banes Johnson was behind the assassination. Posner’s Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK Assassination, relentlessly defends the findings of the Warren Commission, which declared Lee Harvey Oswald acted completely alone. The debate will be moderated by veteran journalist Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald and will be hosted at the Coral Gables Books & Books.
Roger Stone is a seasoned operative and pundit. A veteran of nine national presidential campaigns, he has served as a senior campaign aide to three Republican presidents. Described as a “fascinating and colorful figure who has played a role in GOP politics for decades”, Stone is a NYT bestselling author of The Man Who Killed Kennedy, Nixon’s Secrets, and The Clintons War On Women. He had a prominent role in the 2016 presidential election as an informal advisor to President-elect Donald Trump.
Gerald Posner (above left) is an award winning journalist, bestselling author and attorney. The Los Angeles Times dubs him “a classic-style investigative journalist.” “His work is painstakingly honest journalism” concluded The Washington Post. The New York Times lauded his “exhaustive research techniques” and The Boston Globe talked of Posner’s “thorough and hard-edge investigation.” “A meticulous and serious researcher,” said the New York Daily News.
Carroll County Times-Georgian (Georgia), JFK exhibit at Ingram Library, Melanie Boyd, Oct. 26, 2016. The “Hidden History of the John F. Kennedy Assassination” exhibit opened Monday at the Ingram Library on the University of West Georgia campus. The exhibit, which will be up through Nov. 22, will include a free presentation by Lamar Waldron on Nov. 9. Waldron has written several books about JFK and his assassination. His talk will focus on evidence that the president was killed as the result of a conspiracy, a claim that has been rejected by many authorities, yet persists among many other scholars.
One of Waldron’s books on the JFK assassination, Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination, is currently being developed as a feature-length motion picture that will star Leonardo DiCaprio. Waldron has also been interviewed numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.
McClendon News Service, Author Andrew Kreig: Lecture at National Press Club Nov. 17 to advocate Obama pardons for political prisoners and renewed Kennedy assassination disclosures, John Edward Hurley, Nov. 17, 2016. President Obama should pardon the nation’s leading political prisoners and whistleblowers as a lasting legacy, according to Justice Integrity Project Editor Andrew Kreig, author of many investigative stories, including this week’s President Obama, I Beg Your Post-Election Pardon, which documents political prosecution, assassination, and media issues.
Justice for those have been framed in high-profile, historic cases — which include the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy (shown in file photo) — would provide a vital civic lesson, he said as the nation wrestles with what Electoral College winner Donald Trump has called campaign for “law and order.”
The lecture organized by the McClendon News Service chaired by John Hurley at 7 p.m. is open to the public at the National Press Club. Discussion is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by an optional no-host dinner with the speaker [shown above and a member of the CAPA board of directors, among other professional and civic groups].
National Press Club, Merriman Smith and UPI’s Glory Days, Gil Klein, Nov. 17, 2016. In the 1960s UPI and AP fought head to head for every second of every story. No one epitomized that competition more than Merriman Smith, who served as UPI’s White House correspondent from the Franklin Roosevelt administration through Richard Nixon. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of John Kennedy’s assassination. He and the AP correspondent fought over the telephone in the press pool car just four car’s back from the presidential limousine.
At a Nov. 17 program on Smith and UPI’s Glory Days at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, a stellar panel of people who knew Smith will include:
• Bill Sanderson, whose new biography of Smith, Bulletins from Dallas, was released in November.
• Al Spivak, a former UPI White House correspondent.
• Gwen Gibson, who worked closely with Smith in the Eisenhower White House who went on to the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Daily News.
• Sid Davis, who as a correspondent with Westinghouse Broadcasting Co., was in the motorcade when Kennedy was shot and was aboard Air Force One with Smith when Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president. He went on to Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News.
• Tom Johnson, a young assistant press secretary in the Johnson White House who got to know Smith well. Johnson went on to be publisher of the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning news, and president of CNN.
The panel was moderated by Mike Freedman, who had been managing editor of UPI’s Broadcast Division and now is a senior vice president at the University of Maryland University College and is a member of the Club’s Board of Governors.
Los Angeles Times, Review Shakespeare meets Oliver Stone in ‘The Tragedy of JFK,’ Philip Brandes, Nov. 1, 2016. Friends, readers, theatergoers, lend me your eyes; I come to praise “The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm Shakespeare)” at the Skylight Theatre, not to bury it. Daniel Henning’s adaptation of “Julius Caesar” is an audacious new production from the Blank Theatre Company, one that inventively maps Shakespeare’s historical drama to figures and events surrounding the 1963 Kennedy assassination. Marrying director Henning’s deep knowledge of both classical theater and JFK conspiracy theories, the play transposes Shakespeare’s plot to the political intrigues of an Oliver Stone-worthy cabal at the highest levels of our government.
Oct. 14-16, New Orleans, LA (at airport in Kerner, LA)
Third Annual Oswald Conference, Oswald: The Patsy, Oct. 14-16, New Orleans, LA, Crowne Plaza Hotel-Airport ( 2829 Williams Blvd., Kerner, LA), Produced by TrineDay, Conscious Community Events, and the JFK Historical Group. Details: http://oswaldconference.com. The conference will explore Lee Harvey Oswald’s role in the long-running national nightmare. “Oswald was a ‘patsy,’ just as he said,” according to event organizer Kris Millegan. “We will be looking at Oswald’s life in New Orleans, explore other topics such as David Ferrie, Dr. Mary Sherman, and the Garrison trial, plus, testimony from military medical personnel, who were present at JFK’s autopsy, showing the impossibility of Oswald’s alleged actions.” Detailed speaker bios: Detailed Speaker Bios at: http://media.trineday.com/index.php/upcoming-events/oswald-convention-2016/item/85-speaker-bios.
Speakers (in planned order of appearance) include: Kris Millegan, Edward Haslam, Edgar Tatro, David Denton, Sean Stone, George Noory, Tom Danheiser, S. K. Bain, Ole Dammegard, Len Colodny, Judyth Vary Baker, St. John Hunt, Todd C. Elliott, Hubert Clark, Dennis David, James Jenkins, William Matson Law, Roger Stone, Gary Fannin, Gary Severin, Russ Baker.
Sept. 9, Pittsburgh, PA
Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science, More than Meets the Ear: Audio Forensics from JFK to Trayvon Martin, Duquesne Union, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 9, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Produced by Wecht Forensic Institute in partnership with the Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA). Details: www.duq.edu/forensics.
An often overlooked weapon in the arsenal of crime scene investigators is the relatively new and rapidly expanding discipline of audio forensics, which involves the acquisition, analysis and evaluation of sound recordings that may ultimately be presented as evidence in a court of law. By submitting acoustic evidence to precise scientific measurement and interpretation, audio forensic experts are able to bring significant forensic value to such questions as the number, timing, echo and acoustic signature of recorded sounds. Speakers include: nationally renowned audio forensic experts Ed and Mike Primeau, sound designer Don Maue, and audio forensic expert witness Thomas Kikta, for this opportunity to gain new insights into the uses of acoustic evidence, including the importance of audio in a video recording, how that evidence is interpreted through scientific theories and subjective opinions, and the role of acoustic evidence in litigation. In addition to a re-examination of a seldom studied aspect of the JFK assassination, modern-day case studies will include the Laquan McDonald shooting by Chicago police officer Jason VanDyke in 2014 and the Trayvon Martin shooting by Sanford, FL neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in 2012.
Sept. 8, Clear Lake, Iowa
Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce (Iowa), U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim of Minneapolis, former chairman of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board, spoke Sept. 8 at the Best Western Holiday Lodge, sponsored by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce. The program is free and open to the public.
As reported by John Skipper of the Mason City Globe Gazette in Expert on JFK assassination to speak in Clear Lake:
Tunheim, chairman of the review board from 1994-98 (and shown in a file photo), will discuss the assassination and the many evidentiary issues concerning the assassination that are still talked about today. These include the Warren Commission, the “magic bullet” theory, Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. The discussion will also address questions concerning organized crime and involvement of foreign governments. Tim Coffey, chief executive officer of the Chamber, said millions of Americans will never forget the assassination and its aftermath.
“To learn more about what really happened in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, is incredibly important in the history of our country,” he said. Tunheim will describe the many legal and procedural obstacles faced by the board in its efforts to open documents from government agencies.
Related News Coverage: Deep State Panels at the 2016 Left Forum
This year’s annual Left Forum conference included two panels with CAPA speakes May 20-22 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City. One panel was filmed by False Flag Weekly News (No Lies Radio), which seeks a donation for support.
- Assassinations and Their Cover-Ups: Speakers: Andrew Kreig, Russ Baker, William Pepper.
Dr. Pepper, a King family friend and author, published a new book June 21 naming the murderers. It presented to the public first hand evidence to revise the official history behind the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. , as documented in The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The book’s author, human rights attorney William Pepper, compiled 39 years of private and legal investigation into solving the murder of one of the world’s greatest civil rights and non-violent anti-war heroes.
Pepper was Dr. King’s personal friend during the latter year of his life. Later he legally represented James Earl Ray and the King family to exonerate Ray and indict the US government as a conspirator in the assassination. Pepper’s evidence is based upon tens of thousands of hours of research, key sworn depositions, legal testimonies and private interviews with hundreds of persons both guilty and innocent.
A second CAPA-related panel at Left Forum was: The JFK Murder Cover-up: Your Rosetta Stone To Today’s News, Elections, Policy, Lawrence Schnapf, Jerry Policoff, and Andrew Kreig, New York, NY, May 22, 2016.
Session description: The 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed American history by marking the ascendancy of a “Deep State” of hidden political controls that continue to influence governmental policy. This panel focuses upon the impact of a cover-up, which occurred with the complicity of leading officials, media and academics. The panel establishes basic facts and suggests ways for effective citizen action to redress the president’s murder, end the continuing widespread suppression of basic facts, and restrict these hidden forces from intimidating government officials and thought leaders. The unique record of more than two thousand books and three million pages of declassified documents on the JFK killing provide tools to under the crises that bedevil today’s angry voters.
The panel opens with “CSI-JFK” as New York attorney Lawrence Schnapf summarizes JFK crime scene evidence. He will use forensic evidence from the Innocence Project and the 2009 National Academy of Sciences report to show why accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald could never have been convicted of the crime if he had faced a fair trial. Next, journalist Jerry Policoff draws on his nearly half century of research into media coverage of the killing to reveal how a cover-up operated and why it continues. He examines the gross shortcomings of the most prestigious and otherwise important mass media and underscores their close ties (beneath their First Amendment rhetoric) to the nation’s financial establishment and national security apparatus. Investigative reporter, author and attorney Andrew Kreig connects the dots between the JFK cover-up and those of similar “Deep State” plots against democracy extending to the present, including ongoing efforts to thwart fair presidential elections. He shows how cover up techniques used to hide the JFK murder facts – including blue-ribbon commissions and smears of critics as “conspiracy theorists” – has fostered corrupt, anti-democratic policies on current issues.
The three speakers are directors of a new non-partisan research group, Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA). They will describe how audience members can shape the research and activism CAPA and similar groups. One focus of CAPA is to secure the release by the National Archives of remaining records mandated for release by the 1992 “JFK Act.” But the scope of relevant government secrets, crimes and their public importance ranges far wider than JFK records, and calls for group action.
The first Annual Oswald Conference was in New Orleans at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (airport) Oct. 16-18. This conference is sponsored by the JFK Historical Group, which last year presented evidence in Washington, DC, of corruption in the Warren Commission. Its members include Judyth Vary Baker, who knew Lee Harvey Oswald, whom the Commission claimed killed President Kennedy. “Lee Oswald,” she says, “is New Orleans’ native son. Thanks to the books Me & Lee and Dr. Mary’s Monkey, support has grown to the point that it could no longer be ignored.” The conference begins each day at 9 AM and continues until 11 PM. A birthday party for Lee (he would have been 76) will be held on Oct. 18. “It’s a political statement,” Baker says. “By holding this birthday party, we are showing how Lee would have been treated if he had not been made into a patsy.” Details.
JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, TX. From Nov. 20-22, JFK Lancer holds its annual conference on the assassination and Warren Commission report in Dallas. Speakers include: Moderator Alan Dale, Bill Garnet, Jacque Lueth, Russ Baker, Jacob Carter, Jim DiEugenio, Sherry Fiester, John Hunt, William Law, Jim Jenkins, Dr. David Mantik, Gary Murr, Bill Simpich, Pat Speer, David Talbot, Larry Hancock, Stu Wexler. Details. JFK Lancer (named for the JFK’s Secret Service code name “Lancer”) is a historical research company specializing in the administration and assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was founded in 1995 by Thomas A. Jones and Debra J. Conway, with the latter its current president. Its description: “We subscribe to the values of patriotism, excellence, integrity and dedication to the revealing of truth surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Our goal is to make research materials concerning Kennedy’s assassination easily available to everyone. Our prime concern is the accuracy of history and the true story of the turbulent 1960s.”
The third Annual JFK Assassination Conference will be in Dallas at the Crown Plaza Hotel, three blocks from Dealey Plaza, Nov. 20-22, 2015. “New witnesses and highly respected researchers will be presenting the truth about the Kenned assassination,” says founder Judyth Vary Baker, who knew Lee Harvey Oswald and has been fighting for his exoneration. “At this conference, we do not debate whether Oswald killed Kennedy. Every speaker knows that Lee was a patsy, just as he said. Instead, we look at who had the means, the motives and the opportunity not only to kill Kennedy, but to direct the media for over 50 years to cover it up. The people have always resisted the lie that Oswald shot Kennedy. At this conference, they’ll get the truth.” Details.
Reopen Kennedy Case is a 2015 conference Nov. 21-22 at the Mercure in Melbourne. Australia. A major organizer is Greg Parker, author of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cold War: Why the Kennedy Assassination Should Be Reinvestigated. He describes the mission of the conference and a related web forum of the same name as follows: “To have the Kennedy assassination reopened by developing new leads and evidence, re-examination of old leads and evidence, the development and encouragement of new ideas and the innovative use of social media. Along the way, we will take this mission seriously — not ourselves.” For details, visit website or email rokcevents (at) reopenkennedycase.org.