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Archive of Current Picks

This page lists all of the items which have at one time been listed in the "Current Picks" left-hand sidebar on the home page. They are presented in order from most-recent to least-recent:

The Assassinations of the 1960s as "Deep Events". Peter Dale Scott in this essay examines some of the patterns common to the three major assassinations of the 1960s and the attacks of 9/11. A related essay is published in Scott's The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War.

Traces of Witness Tampering Milicent Cranor in this essay traces the peculiar morphing of testimony from some of the JFK autopsy participants, and finds "the matte line of a lie." Originally published in Probe.

Willem Oltmans HSCA Testimony: Oltmans' April 1977 testimony is online, courtesy of researcher Eric Carlson. Oltmans, a Dutch journalist, traveled with George DeMohrenschildt in the weeks before the latter's death.

A Demonstrable Impossibility, by John Hunt. In this new essay, Hunt shows that the HSCA medical panel's claim to have mapped out the gunshot injury pattern on JFK's skull could not possibly be true.

The Fourteen Minute Gap - Documentary Short: View the video version of the story of the erased Johnson phone call at www.maryferrell.org. The story was first told in essays on this website: The Fourteen Minute Gap and The Fourteen Minute Gap: An Update.

2003 Release of Lopez Report:The HSCA's unpublished report entitled "Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City," was re-released in 2003 with fewer redactions, revealing the names of some Mexico City station personnel and a few cryptonyms.

David Phillips HSCA Testimony: Phillips' April 1978 testimony is now available, in the HSCA Security Classified Testimony set. See also his 1976 testimony. Phillips was Chief of Cuban Operations in Mexico City in late 1963.

Breakability: CE-399 and the Diminishing Velocity Theory, by John Hunt. In this new essay, John Hunt casts grave doubt on the idea that the "magic bullet" might have remained intact due to slowing down prior to its encounters with Connally's rib and wrist, and challenges Larry Sturdivan's retelling of this theory.

Mary Ferrell Foundation Launches CIA Records Project: www.maryferrell.org is becoming the repository for electronic versions of CIA documents released under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. Having acquired paper records in settlement for a FOIA lawsuit filed in 1981, the Assassination Archives and Research Center is making these documents available to the MFF. A series of CD-ROMs is planned as well. Highlights from these files will also be made available online here at History Matters.

Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Coverup, by Rex Bradford. This talk, given at COPA 2004 in Dallas, discusses some of what's learned over the years, particularly from the declassifications of the 1990s. The heavily-footnoted text of the talk is accompanied by a playable video from the conference.

JFK, Vietnam, and Oliver Stone, by Dr. Gary Aguilar. This new essay discusses how the declassified record on Kennedy's Vietnam policy has not been kind to those who vilified Stone for his depiction of the issue in the film JFK.

Mary Ferrell Foundation Website Launched: .A new website, www.maryferrell.org, features a searchable archive of documents, books, and essays on the JFK assassination. The site also features "starting points" pages filled with links, and a comment system enabling site users to attach analysis and opinions to documents and other materials in the archive. History Matters' principal Rex Bradford consults to the Mary Ferrell Foundation and plays a large role in development of its content and technology.

New blog: .A new blog on JFK assassination matters is available - see www.jfkaccountability.org. The JFK Accountability blog will highlight news, events, and "revelations from the files" for those interested the JFK assassination and its wider context. Rex Bradford is a co-author of the blog.

Upcoming Book: .Joan Mellen's long awaited book: A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History, will be published on November 16, 2005. For more information, go to joanmellen.net.

Three Conferences this November. This Nov 18-20 features three JFK assassination conferences. The AARC is hosting a conference in Washington entitled "Cracking the JFK Case." JFK Lancer is hosting its annual November in Dallas. Also in Dallas is the annual COPA conference at the Hotel Lawrence (email copa@starpower.net for details).

Into EVIDENCE. This boxed set of 8 DVDs captures the 40th anniversary conference hosted at Duqesne University by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law. The conference featured a large array of experts and was attended by well over 1000 people.

The Magic Bullet: Even More Magical Than We Knew?, by Dr. Gary Aguilar and Josiah Thompson. This new essay by two experts traces the path of CE399, the "magic bullet," from a stretcher in Parkland hospital to its status as a Commission Exhibit. They find its chain of possession just as suspect as its alleged path through 7 wounds in 2 bodies.

Frazier Speaks, by John Hunt. In this new essay, Hunt discusses his research into the "Q Timeline Problem," illuminating the problem with the FBI sequential numbering of ballistics evidence and the circumstantial case that these problems indicate tampering with the physical evidence. The essay discusses FBI agent Robert Frazier's changing answers to basic questions about how these errors could have occurred.

New Book - In the Eye of History. This book by William Law (with Allan Eaglesham), is a unique and important contribution to the story of the JFK medical coverup. Law interviewed several autopsy participants and presents their words along with his own insightful narrative. See JFK Lancer or amazon.com for more information.

Dallas Conferences on the JFK Assassination. Again this year two conferences will be held in Dallas, providing forums for researchers to present new information.. JFK Lancer is hosting November in Dallas 2004 on November 18-21. The Committee for an Open Archives (COPA) is also holding a research conference on political assassinations on November 19-22—call John Judge at 202-583-5347 for details.

"The Warren Report and its Legacy" Conference in September in Washington DC. The Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC) is sponsoring a conference on the Warren Report. Co-sponsors of the event are the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and the Committee for an Open Archive. The conference will be held September 17-19, 2004 in Washington DC at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel. For more information and to register, see the conference notice on the website of the AARC.

Assassination Transcripts of the Church Committee CD-ROM. This new CD-ROM is the fourth in the AARC series of document collections. Assassination Transcripts of the Church Committee features over 125 transcripts of interviews conducted by the Church Committee during the mid-1970s probe of CIA plots to assassinate foreign leaders including Fidel Castro and Patrice Lumumba.

Trajectory of a Lie, Part III: Big Lie About a Small Wound in Connally's Back.
Support for the Single Bullet Theory comes, it is said, from the oversized wound in Connally's back, which could only be explained by a bullet which was tumbling (after striking JFK). Only problem: the myth that Connally's back wound was oversized is a falsehood which has been perpetuated by those who know better. Milicent Cranor dissects more lies in this new essay.

How Five Investigations Into JFK's Medical/Autopsy Evidence Got It Wrong. In this extensive nine-part essay, Dr. Gary Aguilar and Kathy Cunningham take on the seemingly reasonable question of how the official JFK investigations could possibly be all wrong about the medical evidence for or against a single gunman. The result is a devastating critique of those analyses. With over 200 links to reports, testimony, pictures, and audio recordings, this essay is a great detailed introduction to a sorry history of missing photographs, burned notes, failed camera matches, biased investigations, ignored and mis-represented evidence, and the recent emergence of abundant formerly-secret witness testimony which directly contradicts the official findings.

ABC Special and Rebuttal Website. On Thursday, Nov 20 ABC will air a two-hour Peter Jennings special subtitled "Beyond Conspiracy," using Dale Myer's computer simulation "proving" there was a lone assassin. Gus Russo is also involved in the production. See www.abclies.net for a rebuttal and dicussion of the media's role in the history of the JFK assassination case. Over on the History Channel, three new parts of Nigel Turner's The Men Who Killed Kennedy series are airing this week.

What Jane Roman Said. Washington Post writer Jefferson Morley and historian John Newman interviewed CIA counterintelligence officer Jane Roman in 1994. In this essay, Morley describes that interview (see transcript online) and discusses his other important discoveries, including revelations concerning another CIA officer named George Joannides. As Roman herself said, the evidence shows the CIA had a "keen interest in Oswald held very closely on the need to know basis."

Trajectory of a Lie, Part II. Neck and Torso X-rays: Selectivity in Reporting. In this new essay, Milicent Cranor puts the history of official reporting about the JFK X-rays onto the light table and illuminates a sorry record of misleading and deceptive analysis.

Garrison Transcripts CD-ROM. The third in the AARC series of document collections. The Garrison Transcripts features the transcripts of the Clay Shaw trial, the long-awaited Orleans Parish Grand Jury transcripts, the transcript of the Shaw Preliminary Hearing, and thousands of pages of other transcripts and documents relating to the Garrison investigation.

November Conferences in Dallas. Two research conferences will be held in Dallas November 22-24 commemorating and analyzing the 1963 murder of President Kennedy. See www.jfklancer.com for more information on November in Dallas 2002, where speakers will include D.B. Thomas, Josiah Thompson, Jim DiEugenio, Larry Hancock, Larry Teeter, Rex Bradford, and others. Another conference held by the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA) will be held at the Hotel Lawrence in Dallas, and feature speakers including Walt Brown, Dr. Gary Aguilar, Lisa Pease, Jim DiEugenio, and others. Email copa@tidalwave.net for more information.

The Fourteen Minute Gap - An Update. It's official—the LBJ Library has released a memo from an audio engineering firm, confirming the erasure of the LBJ-Hoover phone call of November 23, 1963. This update essay discusses the memo and more information on the Oswald impersonation in Mexico City.

1967 CIA Inspector General's Report. This internal report on plots to assassinate Fidel Castro was created under orders from President Johnson. It was finally declassified in the 1990s, though still redacted in parts.

More Mexico Mysteries.More details and new mysteries about the frameup of Lee Oswald which occurred in Mexico City prior to the assassination of JFK are presented in this new essay by Rex Bradford. Drawing extensively on the Russ Holmes Work File set of declassified CIA documents, as well as released HSCA interview transcripts, this essay is a walkthrough of the new materials, and is extensively hyperlinked to source memos, cables, and transcripts. The History Matters Archive has also been enhanced with new CIA records from the Russ Holmes Work File.

Russ Holmes Work File CD-ROM Set. Over 40,000 pages of CIA records declassified in the late 1990s make up this 8-CD set, which is part of the "Segregated Collection" of documents available to the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Covers many topics including Oswald in Mexico City, Yuri Nosenko, the Garrison investigation, and much more. Live Indexes make this huge collection highly accessible.

Trajectory of a Lie, Part I. The Palindrome. .A new essay by Milicent Cranor presents an incisive analysis of the entrance and exit wounds in President Kennedy's assassination. The representation and misrepresentation of this basic medical evidence reveals the "trajectory of a lie."

Church Committee Reports CD-ROM. In a joint venture with the AARC, History Matters is producing a line of CD-ROMs based on AARC holdings. Now available is The Church Committee Reports, featuring all 14 published reports of that body, and more.

Dealey Plaza Witness Database. Author and researcher Stewart Galanor has created a visually compelling master database of Dealey Plaza witness accounts as to the source of gunfire. History Matters has linked these excerpts to the relevant reports and testimony in the Warren Commission records, making this the most comprehensive accounting of witness statements available.

Lasting Questions about the Murder of President Kennedy. This essay by Rex Bradford addresses some of the "big" questions: Who killed JFK? Was there really a government coverup? Are there any "smoking guns" in the new records? Will we ever know what happened? Does it matter anymore?

Deep Politics III. Dr. Peter Dale Scott has written extensively on the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam war, Iran-Contra, the global drug trade, and many other topics. His new book on the "deep politics" of the JFK assassination is being published online. Two chapters are available now, soon to be extensively linked to documentary source material.

JFK Autopsy Photo Mystery. In her 1996 testimony to the Assassination Records Review Board, Saundra Kay Spencer described her work in processing the photographs from the military autopsy of President John F. Kennedy. But, she testified, the photos held by the National Archives are not the ones she developed.