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October 16-19th Passing the Torch
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November 21-24, November
in Dallas, at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas
The French Connection, by
Peter Kross Review
by Seamus Coogan
on Lunch with Arlen Specter on January 4, 2012
By Vincent Salandria
1: Review of Peter Janney’s "Mary’s Mosaic"
By Lisa Pease
2: Entering Peter Janney’s World of Fantasy
By James DiEugenio
Awful Grace of God, Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy
and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Hay
KENNEDY & ME: A Very Good Book With A Few Pages of Trouble
by Vince Palamara
Jim DiEugenio analyzes and summarizes Larry Hancock's
interesting and unique new book Nexus:
The CIA and Political Assassination
Jim DiEugenio reviews the work
of Chris Matthews on the life and death of President Kennedy,
including his latest biography, "Jack Kennedy: Elusive hero".
Reviews of John McAdams' book JFK
Assassination Logic by:
IN DALLAS: LBJ, the Pearl Street Mafia, and the Murder of President
Reviewed by William Davy
a DVD Robert Kennedy documentary produced,
written and directed by Massimo Mazzucco. Reviewed by Jim DiEugenio
Connally Bullet Powerful evidence that Connally was
hit by a bullet from a different assassin, by Robert Harris
those who were in and around Dealey Plaza that
day and those who made a career of the case afterwards.
Joseph Green on the late Manning
Marable's new full scale biography of Malcolm X.
and the Majestic Papers: The History of a Hoax by Seamus
- and -
and the Conspiracy to Kill Kennedy: A Coalescence of InterestsSeamus Coogan
on Joseph Farrell's new book
No Evil: Social Constructivism and the Forensic Evidence in the
by Donald Byron Thomas
Comprehensive Review by David Mantik of
Wikipedia? by JP Mroz and Jim DiEugenio (3 part series)
Sirhan and the RFK Assassination
Part I: The Grand Illusion Part
II: Rubik's Cube by Lisa Pease
is Anton Batey?
CTKA takes a close look at a most curious radio host who is a JFK
denier, Chomskyite, and yet happens to be in league with John McAdams
and David Von Pein. Yep, its all true.
Reviews of Douglas Horne's multi-volume study
of the declassified medical evidence in the JFK case. Reviewed
Jim DiEugenio, David Mantik and Gary Aguilar.
Exclusive excerpts from Mitchell Warriner's long
awaited new book on
the Jim Garrison investigation
JFK and the Majestic Papers: The History of A Hoax
Part 6: Gus Russo “Phone Home”
“Fly me to moon let me play among the stars.”
Frank Sinatra, 1964; ‘It Might as Well Be Swing’
I agree with Robert Hastings that ‘Reality Uncovered’ (a well-known moderate
UFO site) and its co-founder, Ryan Dube, deserve accolades for exposing some
of the shenanigans of Collins and his crew. In particular with regards to
Angleton and more recently with regard to Doty’s backing of the utterly asinine
Project SERPO, not to mention their toughness concerning hoaxers and cheats.
I also like their line, which appears to be that ‘yes there may well be extra-terrestrials
but there’s too much garbage in the way to see it clearly at the moment’.
But I also agree with Hastings: they have picked up some rather nasty fugazys
along the way. One ‘fugazy’ is Gus Russo, who seemed to have charmed his way
into their midst back in 2007. It’s hugely ironic that a poster by the name
of Mike Jamieson, whose moniker is ‘Clearly Discerns Reality’ makes the following
comment about Russo’s upcoming appearance on the site:
Isn't this GR an investigative reporter with fringe theories on JFK's
In his rather uniquely misguided way, our dear Mr. Jamieson is correct. Gus
Russo is indeed an advocate of ‘fringe theories’. Like the magic
bullet for starters. That Oswald was an agent of Castro for two, and the utterly
unproven ‘theory’ that Castro had JFK killed because of his brother Robert’s
That Ryan Dube (co-founder of the site with Steve Broadbent, and a sensible
guy) bought into the Russo charm offensive and his ‘zany’ theories, enough
to promote them in his follow up post to Jamieson, this is a prime example
of what happens to even the most discerning in ufology circles. Their scope
is simply too big. The broader one’s scope in any research becomes, the more
one opens themselves up to all manner of untruths in some other sphere like
the Kennedy assassination. (Or perhaps myself in venturing into the UFO one.)
With a bit of delving prior to Russo’s appearance, Dube (whom we shall return
to in a bit) would have seen that Gus Russo is a man who had been so badly
discredited in the JFK fold by groups like CTKA, that he had to find a new
home chasing ubiquitous false leads (or endorsing them for his nefarious purposes)
like the Aviary. Hence, I advise, any Russo cynic to have a read of these
excellent articles by Jim DiEugenio ‘Who
is Gus Russo’()
and ‘Inside the Target
Car: Part Three’ () which
will give the reader some important background as to Russo’s dabbling in and
around the Kennedy assassination up to 2003.
Russo’s debut turn in the ET arena began with an interesting article about
government assets currently circulating around the UFO field. This paid
some attention to Richard
Doty and his ongoing contacts in US intelligence circles. However, his
version of the modern day ‘Aviary’ made no mention of Cooper and only gave
a small mention to Collins as Doty’s co-author. In so doing, Russo, who
made his bones in the ‘JFK’ delta, inexplicably avoided any mention of the
fake JFK-MJ-12 documents, an area one would think a researcher like himself
would have tried to unravel, or at least should have while they were in
Instead, Russo dismissively calls them the “MJ-12 documents of old” without
a second glance. Okay, Russo may well have been moving forward from his embarrassing
foray into JFK, and his article on Doty does hit the target (not very hard
when considering the bloated and slow moving blimp that Bob Hastings, Don
Ecker, Greg Bishop, Pilkington, Greenwood, Dube and others helped make Doty
into), and he did let slip an inkling of a CIA link to Doty. But if Russo
had truly moved on from JFK, why then did he suddenly use Doty in comparison
to Jim Garrison. When Garrison’s investigations had nothing at all to do with
UFO’S, and Garrison was anythign but an intelligence asset:
Nonetheless, much the same way that reporters speculated about the fraudulent
New Orleans DA Jim Garrison forty years ago, there remains a group of UFO
bloggers who continue to opine about Doty: “He must have something.”
I mean, considering the ET zone Russo is delving into wouldn’t he have been
better off comparing Doty to people like Bill Ryan, Richard Dolan, David Wilcock,
Dick Hoagland, David Icke or our dear George Adamski and their followers in
the naïve ‘He must have something’ stakes? Speaking of George, well
Gus, there’s a very high possibility that Allen Dulles thought he had something
at least. What’s also extremely dishonest is that Russo also failed to mention
in his article that Garrison’s case, while far from being perfect (a case
Garrison and his advocates have never denied), was fed all manner of ‘disinformation’
from numerous people very similar to the ‘unhinged’ Doty, Cooper
and Collins. Namely Fred Crisman, Bernardo De Torres, Bill Boxley and Gordon
Russo also ignored the famous and very real document concerning CIA use of
its media assets in wake of the Garrison trial. This isn’t Nexus Magazine buffoonery,
nor MJ-12 type musings: this is the ‘real deal’. If you want to find out
more about Operation Mockingbird (which this document was part of) I suggest
you check out what Bill Kelly wrote().
Hypocrisy and Dishonesty
Thus Russo’s article was not only guilty of ignorance, it was a piece of
hypocrisy. By 2007 he was now more than prepared to discuss government sponsored
individuals floating around spreading chaos in the UFO field. But heartily
deny their very existence in the Kennedy field. It’s also indicative of Russo’s
messiah complex, that while he’s now allowed to speculate about all manner
of space related ‘funkiness’, he once derided well known Warren Commission
and HSCA medical evidence critic, Dr. Cyril Wecht’s appearance on the infamous
Ray Santilli ‘Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction’ special in 1995 on FOX. Russo’s
comment (seen below) was inspired by Wecht unleashing a well-deserved tirade
upon Russo at the 1993 ASK conference in Dallas. Russo, in his extremely lame
and dishonest reply to DiEugenio’s original article on him ‘Who is Jim DiEugenio’
described Wecht’s passion for aliens under the heading ‘Close encounters
of the foulest kind’:
What made the event even more surreal was the fact that while he was
screaming, my escalator had reached the second floor, so those below only
saw the good doctor screaming at the ceiling. He was eventually coaxed outdoors,
where it was thought by some he was on the verge of a stroke. If he indeed
suffered permanent damage, it would explain why, four years later, Wecht
was seen on TV calling the most ludicrous rubber dummy a possible space
alien (“Alien Autopsy” on Fox.)
Well, as we have seen, it was actually two years later not ‘four’ but considering
Russo’s penchant for inaccuracy, well who knows? The funny thing is that Wecht
never called it a possible ‘Space Alien’ in the show. Fearing I had missed
something I asked Dr. Wecht himself about his comments on the show. His first
reply back to me would make Shakespeare himself blush:
Gus Russo is a cowardly, vicious, dishonest, unethical, opportunistic
piece of shit.
Wecht in a subsequent email described how he was asked by a Fox Producer
to do the show and how he was instructed to focus on the ‘purported’ autopsy.
In regards to this he made the following comment:
I recall saying that – “the body shown and subjected to dissection
was quite different from any human body I have ever seen or autopsied”.
I stated that the Fox investigative reporter should attempt to learn
more about the film – who made it? where? when? etc. – Where did
the “body” come from?
Now I’ve watched the show and I can confirm Wecht’s comments, as I’m sure
you, the reader, can. Indeed, even Wikipedia, which grinned at the (proven)
fraudulent cases brought against him by pro-Bush Republicans in his had to
Wecht, who considered the autopsy procedures in the film to be authentic
but stopped short of declaring the being an alien.
Wecht himself was once again not shy in coming forward:
I never stated that I believed it was an “alien”, or that
I believe in “aliens”.
It also appears that Wecht, like myself and the majority of other people,
believes that the abundance of galaxies in the universe make the chances of
other life forms exceptionally high. As to his belief in whether or not Aliens
have visited Earth his answer was as non-committal as mine back in the Introduction:
At the same time, inasmuch as there are billions of galaxies in outer
space, I do think it is supreme intellectual arrogance for someone to
categorically deny the possibility of some form(s) of life existing in
one of those galaxies. How can we possibly know that?
So Russo, in misrepresenting Wecht, has, like his forbear Ed Epstein, tried
to lump a well-known figure in the JFK nexus into the ‘UFO’s are real’
community without their say so. You may recall that previously Gus Russo’s
friend John McAdams had implied Prouty’s insanity with a mere statement
on the issue. There’s certainly a pattern here, indeed a fine tradition likely
started by James Angleton (Dulles heir apparent in the UFO stakes). And
Russo and others are certainly keen on continuing it in a big way. We can
clearly see that he’s also guilty of conjoining Garrison and his advocates
with a paid government disinformationist Richard Doty and his cabal of UFO
train wrecks. When was Garrison ever a paid disinformation spreader Gus? What
agency was he hooked up to? Surely you don’t believe the ludicrous idea of
Novel’s that Garrison was a stooge of the FBI wanting to destroy Lyndon Johnson
and the CIA (well at least that’s one version of his silly tale). To think
Russo still has the nerve to call someone like myself or Jim Garrison ‘nuts’,
after what we will see below, is delusional.
Gus Calling Orson, Come in Orson.
Now, Russo’s article was inspired by his friend Dan Smith. Smith was/is close
friends with a confirmed CIA scientist, Dr Ron Pandolfi. Pandolfi has been
floating around the UFO scene since the mid-nineties and been an influential
figure in spreading all manner of UFO disinformation. Yet Smith still boasts
that he feeds him some information
Mr. Smith is also very caught up in a sort of Christianity meets UFO sort
of delirium (another all too common occurrence in UFO circles). In fact he’s
gone one better than Tim Cooper and claims he is the second coming of the
Messiah. Because he was apparently in touch with ‘Pandolfi’ whom Reality
Uncovered once called ‘one of the few true government insiders’ Dube and Broadbent once
entertained the notions of Smith (). Yet
to their credit, Reality Uncovered has since fully discarded Russo’s hero
Smith as a reliable source (showing a level of humbleness and introspection
seldom seen in UFO circles). They also have come across the fact that Ron
Pandolfi had been buddies with Novel (an individual they have rather stubbornly
denied has had any genuine intelligence connections for a long time). In the
midst of all this Pandolfi apparently attacked Dube and his site for asking
direct questions of Novel’s credentials. ().
If Reality Uncovered’s turnaround on Smith and Pandolfi wasn’t bad enough
for Russo, he really crossed the Rubicon in 2008. According to Gary S. Bekkum,
a longtime advocate of the absurd Serpo hoax, Russo (who appears to have been
a friend of his) really is searching for that ‘mind altering close encounter’:
Furthermore, according to Russo's source, not only is NSA currently involved
in fringe science involving mind-bending psychic intelligence collection,
but their psychics have run into a mental firewall. Specifically Russo mentioned "an
unknown extra-terrestrial source.
Now wait a minute: hadn’t Russo, some years earlier, tried to falsely accuse
Cyril Wecht as some kind of ‘UFO nut’? And wasn’t Russo now hanging out with
a staunch protagonist of the very ‘Serpo’ hoax that Reality Uncovered had
effectively decimated and that he himself had congratulated them for uncovering?
Indeed, Reality Uncovered has done a number of pieces in critique of Bekkum
Russo’s article. So Gus Russo, as we can see, is clearly an unrepentant conspirahypocrite.
While criticising numerous figures in the JFK cavalcade for their implicating
‘unhinged’ individuals like Gordon Novel and Dave Ferrie in the Garrison case,
he’d been playing ‘hide the sausage’ with a bunch of people no respectable
ufologist in their right minds would go near and whom RU have since disowned.
In fact RU has since distanced themselves from Russo as Dube explained to
About Russo - I have to be honest, I've never trusted the guy. He interviewed
me for the piece that he wrote for Dan Smith, but his association with the
likes of Gary Bekkum, who is essentially insane, always causes me pause.
I remember looking over his work on JFK, but never followed it closely enough
to know what his part was or where he fell within the field of JFK researchers…….
Unbeknown to Dube it appears that Gus
Russo (who makes jest
of this oh so simple meeting in ‘Who is Jim DiEugenio’) was indeed part of
a very real non-flake JFK ‘Aviary’ and in 1994 wined and dined with no lesser
CIA luminaries than ex head of the agency Bill Colby (the real Bill Colby
not some invention of Cooper’s), Ted Shackley, chief of the notorious Miami
Station at the time of the assassination and well known media asset Joe Goulden,
a close friend of the deceased David Phillips ().
These are serious guys that make the supposed higher-ups in the Aviary nexus
(depending on whom one reads) look like kittens. One of Russo’s old school
friends, Dave Perry, was behind a dubious hit piece on Jim Marrs in 2001 in Dallas
And it’s here we encounter a rather troubling question and one which goes
to the very heart of the fake JFK-MJ-12 documents.
Grand Master Perry & The Art of Encirclement
Not many people who read the Robert Wilonsky piece in Dallas Observer on
Marrs knew that Wilonsky and Dave Perry went back some ways. And Perry, of
course, was never a fan of Marrs work. Nor did they realize that Perry isn’t
considered a member of the ‘real’ research community. Or that Perry’s mission
since he moved to Dallas seemed to be to discredit the local faction of writer/researchers
on the JFK case there. I also doubt that people know how low the ‘lone nut’
side is prepared to stoop.
For it appears that Perry, Wilonsky and Gary Mack (of the Sixth Floor Museum)
were prepared to use Wilonsky’s mother as bait in an attempt to confuse the
medical accounts at Parkland Hospital. And also make use of her associations
with Jack Ruby’s old synagogue as a lure so they could conflate
JFK researchers with charges of anti-Semitism ().
Now, did this have nothing to do with the fact that fringe conspiracy books,
one by Jim Fetzer (who has been accused by David Lifton of having anti-Semitic
tendencies ) and Mark Piper (the Jews run the world) had been prevously been
People reading Gus Russo’s article on Reality
Uncovered wouldn’t know that
while Perry (who is also exceptionally close friends with the CIA/FBI affiliated
Hugh Aynesworth) was out there heckling Marrs over his views on remote viewing
as espoused in his book Alien Agenda. At around the same time Gus
Russo, his best buddy, was likely dabbling around in the very same fields
Marrs had looked into (and perhaps doing it with aliens to boot). Now talk
about a classic Dulles type of encirclement operation. As if this wasn’t bad
enough, Dave Perry reveled in publishing updates on the bogus Cyril Wecht
civil trial on his website, but then deleted them without a trace after the
trial was deemed null and void.
Dave Perry is a quite clever guy. And many believe a key strategist in Kennedy
related disinformation. And considering his more hardened approach to new
(and poor) research in the JFK sphere, the work he has done, makes the likes
of ufology’s bogey men like Doty, Collins and Cooper look utterly primitive.
At the time the first JFK-MJ-12 documents broke in 1992 many established
JFK researchers were far too busy in the wake of renewed interest in the case
to pay much attention to rumours, in particular those emitting from the crank
ridden UFO crowd. There was good (and bad) research to be done, organizations
to be formed, websites built, earth-based disinformation to fight (often resulting
from the aforementioned bad research), people like Russo to be ousted, and
findings of the ARRB to observe. Individuals running the gamut from Bob Groden,
Steve Gerlach, Dan Ratcliffe, Len Osanic, Mike Griffiths, John Judge, Walt
Brown Jim DiEugenio, Deborah Conway, Charles Drago, Lisa Pease, John Kelin
and Rex Bradford are just but a sampling of the web presences we have who
were all part of the maelstrom of the nineties.
Despite the bad blood in some spheres of ‘Kennedy space’, stemming from this
phase, the majority of researchers mentioned above would have agreed with
the study under discussion some 15 years ago. Had Marrs seen more critical
activity concerning the JFK-MJ-12 documents there’s every chance he may not
have touched them with a barge pole, or been more openly critical of them.
But being critical of the research community at the time was rather awkward.
Individuals like Perry, Russo and McAdams effectively owned the critique and
discourse surrounding many of the dubious claims being made, and respected
figures like Marrs weren’t criticized for their inanity with MJ-12 because
of a fear of being associated with the likes of Perry, Russo and McAdams.
This is the beauty of a counter-intelligence operation in its classic form.
One in which people disguised as sincerely seraching for the truth are actually
‘Ask The Question Dammit!’
This is where Gus Russo’s and Dave Perry’s actions become ever more suspicious.
Wilonsky’s (Perry-inspired) jibes at Marrs for advocating the Monroe-JFK-MJ-12
document in the Dallas Observer masked something deeper. And to
borrow from Oliver Stone, ‘uglier’. Perry, like all of his lone nut brethren--
McAdams, Dave Reitzes, David Von Pein and others--when he’s not distorting
and smearing more complex and credible individuals like Mark Lane, Wecht
and Prouty, these people built up their score cards by cracking onto easy
‘Doty’ like ‘crank’ targets e.g. Judyth Baker, Madeliene Brown. Yet not
once did they ask the most valid question concerning Marrs’ delving
into the ‘crank’ ridden JFK-MJ-12 milieiu………
Jim, how on earth could you trust anything coming from guys like Doty,
Collins and Cooper, considering the involvement of Doty and Collins with
US intelligence disinformation campaigns in the mid-eighties, not to mention
after Bill Moore openly discussed his role in the infamous MJ-12 campaign
at the 1989 MUFON conference in Las Vegas which caused a huge stir?
This question, or more to the point, the lone nut fraternity’s unwillingness
to answer it, is where, for me, the charade collapses. Because in asking this
question they would have readily acknowledged that people with verifiable
links to US intelligence were wittingly spreading disinformation linking UFO’s
with the JFK assassination. This denial is the very thing their careers in
the Kennedy disinformation game has been based upon.
By not askign this, were they actually encouraging the propagation of the
phony Majestic Papers? I hasten to add that there is no evidence of this as
yet and I’m not holding my breath, though it would certainly be within the
scope of Russo’s CIA chums he dined with.
To my knowledge what you are reading here is one of the first in-depth looks
into the scam surrounding the JFK-MJ-12 memos anywhere, and it will be interesting
to see if anything floats to the surface as a result. But if Coppen's article
‘The Alien Overlords’ is anything to go by, one gets the feeling it’s a hell
of a lot bigger than the likes of Dave Perry, Gus Russo and John McAdams.
The CIA may have started the whole thing back in the forties. And I have no
doubt were involved in the nineties; but if Greg Bishop’s detailing of Benewitz
is anything to go by, numerous agencies were likely involved in the dissemination
and propagation of the JFK MJ-12 lie. There are so many facets to the campaign
that was run they Russoo and Perry may been involved anywhere.
But whatever their location, I strongly suspect Russo and Perry were indeed
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