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Heritage of Stone
Reprinted with permission from "High Times" magazine, September
1991, with help from Mark Zepezauer at the Santa Cruz Comic
by Steven Hager Although John F. Kennedy was neither a saint nor
a great intellectual, he was the youngest president ever elected,
which may explain why he was so well attuned to the changing mood
of America in the '60s. Americans had grown weary of Cold War
hysteria. They wanted to relax and have fun. Like the majority
of people across the planet, they wanted peace.
The President's primary obstacle in this quest was a massive,
power-hungry bureaucracy that had emerged after WWII ~ a
Frankenstein monster created by anti-Communist paranoia and
inflated defense budgets. By 1960, the Pentagon was easily the
world's largest corporation, with assets of over $60 billion. No
one understood this monster better than President Dwight D.
Eisenhower. On January 17, 1961, in his farewell address to the
nation, Eisenhower spoke to the country, and to his successor,
"The conjunction of an immense military establishment and a
large arms industry is new in the American experience," said
Eisenhower. "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted
influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
At the beginning of his administration, Kennedy seems to have
followed the advice of his military and intelligence officers.
What else could such an inexperienced President have done? Signs
of a serious rift, however, first appeared after the Bay of Pigs,
a CIA- planned and executed invasion of Cuba that took place
three months after Kennedy took office. The invasion was so
transparent that Kennedy refused massive air support and
immediately afterward fired CIA Director Allen Dulles, Deputy
Director General Charles Cabell and Deputy Director of Planning
Kennedy's next major crisis occurred on October 16, 1962, when he
was shown aerial photos of missile bases in Cuba. The Joint
Chiefs of Staff pressed for an immediate attack. Instead,
Attorney General Robert Kennedy was sent to meet with Soviet
Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin. In his memoirs, Premier Nikita
Krushchev quotes the younger Kennedy as saying: "The President is
in a grave situation... We are under pressure from our military
to use force against Cuba... If the situation continues much
longer, the President is not sure that the military will not
overthrow him and seize power."
Military hopes for an invasion of Cuba evaporated as Krushchev
and Kennedy worked out a nonviolent solution to the crisis. In
return, Kennedy promised not to invade Cuba. Angered over the Bay
of Pigs fiasco, the CIA refused to bend to Kennedy's will and
continued their destabilization campaign against Castro, which
included sabotage raids conducted by a secret army, as well as
plots against Castro's life, which were undertaken with the help
of such well-known Mafia figures as Johnny Roselli, Sam Giancana,
and Santos Trafficante. A bitter internal struggle developed
around Kennedy's attempts to disband the CIA's paramilitary bases
in Florida and Louisiana.
On August 5, 1963, the US, Great Britain and the Soviet Union
signed a limited nuclear-test-ban treaty. Engineered by
President Kennedy and long in negotiations, the treaty was a
severe blow to the Cold Warriors in the Pentagon and the CIA. On
September 20, 1963, Kennedy spoke hopefully of peace to the UN
General Assembly. "Today we may have reached a pause in the Cold
War," he said. "If both sides can now gain new confidence and
experience in concrete collaborations of peace, then surely, this
first small step can be the start of a long, fruitful journey."
"Years later, paging through its formerly classified records,
talking to the National Security Council staff, it is difficult
to avoid the impression that the President was learning the
responsibility of power," writes John Prados, in his recent book
Keepers of the Keys, an analysis of the National Security
Council. "Here was a smoother, calmer Kennedy, secretly working
for rapprochement with Fidel Castro and a withdrawal from
Although Kennedy's Vietnam policy has not received widespread
publicity, he turned resolutely against the war in June of 1963,
when he ordered Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Taylor to announce from
the White House steps that all American forces would be withdrawn
by 1965. At the time, 15,500 US "advisors" were stationed in
South Vietnam, and total casualties suffered remained a
relatively low 100.
On November 14, Kennedy signed an order to begin the withdrawal
by removing 1,000 troops. In private, Kennedy let it be known
the military was not going to railroad him into continuing the
war. Many of the hard-line anti-Communists ~ including FBI
Director J. Edgar Hoover ~ would have to be purged. Bobby
Kennedy would be put in charge of dismantling the CIA. President
Kennedy told Senator Mike Mansfield of his plans to tear the CIA
"into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the wind." But these
plans had to wait for Kennedy's reelection in 1964. And in order
to win that election, he had to secure the South. Which is why
Kennedy went to Texas later that month.
Could John Kennedy have stopped the war in Vietnam, as was his
obvious intention? America will never know. His command to
begin the Vietnam withdrawal was his last formal executive
order. Just after noon on November 22, President Kennedy was
murdered while driving through downtown Dallas, in full view of
dozens of ardent supporters, and while surrounded by police and
personal bodyguards. Twenty-eight years later, grave doubts
still linger about who pulled the trigger(s), who ordered the
assassination, and why our government has done so little to bring
In 1963, no American wanted to believe that President Kennedy's
death was a coup d'etat, planned by the military establishment
and executed by the CIA. Today, such a claim can no longer be
dismissed. Why has the national media done such an abysmal job
of presenting the facts to the American people? Hopefully, some
light will be shed by Oliver Stone's upcoming film, JFK, a
$30-million epic starring Kevin Costner, scheduled for release
December 20. As his focal point for the story, Stone has chosen
former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, the only
prosecutor to attempt to bring this case to court, and a man
subjected to one of the most effective smear campaigns ever
orchestrated by the US government. It is a frightening story of
murder, corruption and cover-up. Even today, 24 years after he
brought the case to court, a powerful media disinformation
campaign against Garrison continues.
Born November 20, 1921, in Knoxville, Iowa, Earling Carothers
Garrison ~ known as "Jim" to friends and family ~ was raised in
New Orleans. At age 19, one year before Pearl Harbor, he joined
the army. In 1942, he was sent to Europe, where he volunteered
to fly spotter planes over the front lines. Following the war,
he attended law school at Tulare, joined the FBI, and served as a
special agent in Seattle and Tacoma. After growing bored with his
agency assignments, he returned to New Orleans to practice law.
He served as an assistant district attorney from 1954 to 1958.
In 1961, Garrison decided to run for district attorney on a
platform openly hostile to then-New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro.
To the surprise of many, he was elected without any major
political backing. He was 43 years old and had been district
attorney for less than two years when Kennedy was killed. "I was
an old- fashioned patriot," he writes in On the Trail of the
Assassins, (Sheridan Square Press, NY), "a product of my family,
my military experience, and my years in the legal profession. I
could not imagine then that the government would ever deceive the
citizens of this country."
A few hours after the assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald was
arrested. Two days later, while in Dallas police custody, Oswald
was murdered by nightclub-owner Jack Ruby. Garrison learned that
Oswald was from New Orleans, and arranged a Sunday afternoon
meeting with his staff. With such an important case, it was
their responsibility to investigate Oswald's local connections.
Within days, they learned that Oswald had been recently seen in
the company of one David Ferrie, a fervent anti-Communist and
freelance pilot linked to the Bay of Pigs invasion. Evidence
placed Ferrie in Texas on the day of the assassination. Also on
that day, a friend of Ferrie's named Guy Bannister had
pistol-whipped Jack Martin during an argument. Martin confided
to friends that Bannister and Ferrie were somehow involved in the
assassination. Garrison had Ferrie picked up for questioning,
and turned him over to the local FBI, who immediately released
him. Within a few months, the Warren Commission released its
report stating that Oswald was a "lone nut" murdered by a
misguided patriot who wanted to spare Jackie Kennedy the ordeal
of testifying. Like most Americans, Garrison accepted this
Three years later, in the fall of '66, Garrison was happily
married with three children and content with his job, when a
chance conversation with Senator Russell long changed his views
on the Warren Commission forever.
"Those fellows on the Warren Commission were dead wrong," said
Long. "There's no way in the world that one man could have shot
up Jack Kennedy that way."
Intrigued, Garrison went back to his office and ordered the
complete 26-volume report. "The mass of information was
disorganized and confused," writes Garrison. "Worst of all, the
conclusions in the report seemed to be based on an appallingly
selective reading of the evidence, ignoring credible testimony
from literally dozens of witnesses."
Garrison was equally disturbed by the background of the men
chosen by President Johnson to serve on the commission. Why, for
instance, was Allen Dulles, a man fired by Kennedy, on the
panel? A master spy during WWII, Dulles had supervised the
penetration of the Abwehr (Hitler's military intelligence agency)
and the subsequent incorporation of many of its undercover agents
into the CIA. He was powerful, well-connected and had been
Director of the CIA for eight years. Certainly, he was no friend
to John Kennedy. Serving with Dulles were Representative Gerald
Ford, a man described by Newsweek as "the CIA's best friend in
Congress," John McCloy, former assistant secretary of war and
Commissioner for Occupied Germany, and Senator Richard Russell,
chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee.
Russell's home state of Georgia was filled with military bases
and government contracts. The balance of the commission was
clearly in the hands of the military and the CIA. The entire
"investigation" was supervised by J. Edgar Hoover, who openly
detested the Kennedy brothers.
Another interesting link turned up; The mayor of Dallas was Earle
Cabell, brother of the General Charles Cabell JFK had earlier
fired from the CIA. Earle Cabell was in a position to control
many important details involved in the case, including the Dallas
Based on these general suspicions, Garrison launched a highly-
secret investigation around Lee Harvey Oswald's links to David
Ferrie and Guy Bannister. Unfortunately, Bannister had died nine
months after the assassination. An alcoholic and rabid right-
winger, Bannister had been a star agent for the FBI and a former
Naval Intelligence operative. He was a member of the John Birch
Society, the Minutemen, and publisher of a racist newsletter.
His office at 544 Camp street was a well-known meeting place for
anti- Castro Cubans.
Ferrie's background was even more bizarre. A former senior pilot
for Eastern Airlines, Ferrie had been the head of the New Orleans
Civil Air Patrol, an organization Oswald had joined as a
teenager. Ferrie suffered from alopecia, an ailment that left
him hairless. He wore bright red wigs and painted eyebrows.
Ferrie had founded his own religion, and kept hundreds of
experimental rats in his house. He reportedly had flown dozens
of solo missions for the CIA in Cuba and Latin America, and had
links to Carlos Marcello, head of the Mob in Louisiana. Like
Bannister, he was extremely right wing. "I want to train
killers," Ferrie had written to the commander of the US 1st Air
Force. "There is nothing I would enjoy better than blowing the
hell out of every damn Russian, Communist, Red or
On the day of the assassination, Dean Andrews, a New Orleans
attorney, had been asked to fly to Dallas to represent Oswald.
When asked by the Warren Commission who had hired him, Andrews
had replied Clay Bertrand. Bertrand, Garrison discovered, was a
pseudonym used by Clay Shaw, director of the International Trade
Mart. Shaw, a darling of New Orleans high society, was also well-
connected in international high-finance circles. He was also an
associate of Bannister and Ferrie. Like many others connected
with the assassination, Shaw was a former Army Intelligence
operative. The case against Shaw was circumstantial, but
Garrison did have an eyewitness willing to testify that Shaw had
met with Lee Harvey Oswald just prior to the assassination.
Just as Garrison was marshalling his case, some strange events
took place. On February 17, 1967, the New Orleans States-Item
published a story on Garrison's secret probe, indicating that he
had already spent over $8,000 of taxpayer's money investigating
the Kennedy assassination. Soon thereafter, Garrison received an
unusually strong letter of support from a Denver oil businessman
named John Miller, hinting that Miller wanted to offer financial
support to the investigation. When Miller arrived in New
Orleans, he met with Garrison and one of his assistants. "You're
too big for this job," said Miller. "I suggest you accept an
appointment to the bench in federal district court, and move into
a job worthy of your talents."
"And what would I have to do to get this judgeship?" asked
Garrison. "Stop your investigation," replied Miller calmly.
Garrison asked Miller to leave his office. "Well, they offered
you the carrot and you turned it down," said his assistant. "You
know what's coming next, don't you?"
Suddenly, reporters from all over the country descended on New
Orleans, including the Washington Post's George Lardner, Jr. At
midnight on February 22, 1967, Lardner claims to have conducted a
four-hour interview with Ferrie. The following morning, Ferrie
was found dead. Two unsigned, typewritten suicide notes were
found. The letter made reference to a "messianic district
Three days later the coroner announced that Ferrie had died of
natural causes and placed the time of death well before the end
of Lardner's supposed marathon interview. Lardner's complicity
in the affair would never be called into question, while his
highly- influential articles in the Washington Post branded
Garrison's investigation a "fraud." It was just the beginning of
a long series of disruptive attacks in the media, and the first
in a long series of bodies connected with the case that would
mysteriously turn up dead.
With Ferrie gone, Garrison had only one suspect left. He rushed
his case to court, arresting Clay Shaw.
Ellen Ray, a documentary filmmaker from New York, came to New
Orleans to film the story. "People were getting killed left and
right," she recalls. "Garrison would subpoena a witness and two
days later the witness would be killed by a parked car. I
thought Garrison was a great American patriot. But things got a
little too heavy when I started getting strange phone calls from
men with Cuban accents." After several death threats, Ray became
so terrified that instead of making a documentary on the trial,
she fled the country.
Attorney General Ramsey Clark, a close friend of President Lyndon
Johnson, announced from Washington that the federal government
had already investigated and exonerated Clay Shaw. "Needless to
say," writes Garrison, "this did not exactly make me look like
District Attorney of the Year."
Meanwhile, all sorts of backpedalling was going on at the Justice
Department. If Shaw had been investigated, why wasn't his name in
the Warren Commission Report? "The attorney general has since
determined that this was erroneous," said a spokesman for Clark.
"Nothing arose indicating a need to investigate Mr. Shaw."
Realizing he was in a political minefield, Garrison presented his
case as cautiously as possible. A grand jury was convened that
included Jay C. Albarado. "On March 14, three criminal-court
judges heard Garrison's case in a preliminary hearing to
determine if there was enough evidence against Shaw to hold him
for trial," Albarado wrote recently in a letter to the New
Orleans Times- Picayune. "What did they conclude? That there was
sufficient evidence. Garrison then presented his evidence to a
12-member grand jury. We ruled there was sufficient evidence to
bring Shaw to trial. Were we duped by Garrison? I think not."
Thanks to all the unwanted publicity, Garrison's staff had
swollen with volunteers eager to work on the case. The 6'6"
Garrison, now dubbed the "Jolly Green Giant," had already become
a hero to the many citizens and researchers who had serious
doubts about the Warren Commission. Unfortunately, a few of these
eager volunteers were later exposed as government informers.
Shortly before the case went to trial, one of the infiltrators
Xeroxed all of Garrison's files and turned them over to Shaw's
On September 4, 1967, Chief Justice Earl Warren announced that
Garrison's case was worthless. The New York Times characterized
the investigation as a "morbid frolic." Newsweek reported that
the conspiracy was "a plot of Garrison's own making." Life
magazine published the first of many reports linking Garrison
with the Mafia. (Richard Billings, an editor at Life, had been
one of the first journalists to gain access to Garrison's inner
circle, under the guise of "wanting to help" the investigation.)
Walter Sheridan, a former Naval Intelligence operative and NBC
investigator, appeared in New Orleans with a film crew. Their
purpose? An expose~ titled The Case of Jim Garrison, which was
broadcast in June '67. "It required only a few minutes to see
that NBC had classified the case as criminal and had appointed
itself as the prosecutor," writes Garrison.
Puzzled by the intensity of NBC's attack, Garrison went to the
library and did some research on the company. He learned the
network was a subsidiary of RCA, a bulwark of the military-
industrial complex whose defense contracts had increased by more
than a billion dollars from 1960 to 1967. Its chairman, retired
General David Sarnoff, was a well-known proponent of the Cold
"Some long-cherished illusions about the great free press in our
country underwent a painful reappraisal during this period,"
Clay Shaw was brought to trial on January 29, 1969. It took less
than one month for Garrison to present his case.
Demonstrating the cover-up was the easy part. Although the
overwhelming majority of eyewitnesses in Dealy Plaza testified
that the fatal shot came not from the Texas School Book
Depository ~ where Oswald worked ~ but from a grassy knoll
overlooking the plaza, the FBI had encouraged many witnesses to
alter their testimony to fit the ~lone nut' theory. Those that
didn't were simply ignored by the commission. The ballistic
evidence was flawed and obviously tampered with. Even though the
FBI had received several warnings of the assassination, they had
ignored them. Security for the President was strangely lax.
Although Oswald's killer, Jack Ruby, had ties to the CIA and the
Mafia, this evidence had been suppressed. Ruby was never allowed
to testify before the commission, and when interviewed in a Texas
jail by Chief Justice Warren and Gerald Ford, he told them: "I
would like to request that I go to Washington... I want to tell
the truth, and I can't tell it here... Gentlemen, my life is in
danger." Ruby never made it to Washington. He remained in jail
and died mysteriously before Garrison could call him as a
Even more disturbing was the treatment given the deceased
President's corpse. Under Texas law, an autopsy should have been
performed by a civilian pathologist in Dallas. Instead, the body
was removed at gunpoint by the Secret Service and flown to a
naval hospital in Maryland, where an incomplete autopsy was
performed under the supervision of unnamed admirals and
generals. The notes from this "autopsy" were quickly burned.
Bullet holes were never tracked, the brain was not dissected, and
organs were not removed. The autopsy was a botched, tainted
affair, performed under military supervision. (The medical
aspects of the case were so weird, they would later form the
basis for a best-selling book on the assassination, Best Evidence
by David Lifton [Macmillan, New York].)
The most important and lasting piece of evidence unveiled by
Garrison was an 8mm film of the assassination taken by Abraham
Zapruder, a film that only three members of the Warren Commission
had seen, probably because it cast a long shadow of doubt across
their conclusions. A good analysis of the film can be found in
Cover-Up by J. Gary Shaw with Larry Harris (PO Box 722, Cleburne,
Had the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination been shown on
national television Friday evening, November 22, 1963, the
Oswald/lone assassin fabrication would have been unacceptable to
a majority of Americans... The car proceeds down Elm and briefly
disappears behind a sign. When it emerges the President has
obviously been shot... Governor Connally turns completely to the
right, looking into the back seat; he begins to turn back when
his body stiffens on impact of a bullet. Very shortly after
Connally is hit, the President's head explodes in a shower of
blood and brain matter ~ he is driven violently backward at a
speed estimated at 80-100 feet per second.
Although Time, Inc. could have made a small fortune distributing
this film around the world, they instead secured the rights from
Zapruder for $225,000, then held a few private screenings before
locking the film in a vault. It was shown to one newsman, Dan
Rather, who then described it on national television. Rather
asserted that Kennedy's head went "forward with considerable
force" after the fatal head shot (a statement that would have
supported a hit from behind, from the direction of the School
Book Depository). Several months later, Rather was promoted to
White House Correspondent by CBS. As if to buttress this
fabrication, the FBI reversed the order of the frames when
printing them in the Warren Report. When researchers later drew
this reversal to the FBI's attention, Hoover attributed the
switch to a "printing error."
Although Garrison proved his conspiracy, the jury was not
convinced of Clay Shaw's role in it. He was released after only
two hours of deliberation.
The end of the Clay Shaw trial was just the beginning of a long
nightmare for Garrison. On June 30, 1971, he was arrested by
federal agents on corruption charges. Two years later, the case
came to trial at the height of Garrison's reelection campaign.
Although he won the case, he lost the election by 2,000 votes.
However, the Jolly Green Giant remains widely respected in his
home state, and has recently been elected to his second term on
the second highest court in Louisiana.
In 1967, the machinations of the CIA were unknown to most
Americans. Today, thankfully, many brave men have left their
comfortable careers in the agency and spoken out against CIA-
sponsored terror around the world. One of these is Victor
Marchetti, who was executive assistant to Director Richard Helms,
and then coauthored The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence with
John D. Marks. In 1975 Marchetti confirmed that Clay Shaw and
David Ferrie had been CIA operatives, and that the agency had
secretly worked for Shaw's defense.
Over the years, many high-ranking officials have come forward to
support Garrison's theory. "The big story in the Kennedy
assassination is the cover-up," says retired Colonel L. Fletcher
Prouty, Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff
until 1964. Prouty was on assignment in New Zealand on the day of
the assassination. After carrying a New Zealand newspaper
article back to Washington, he checked the time of Oswald's
arrest against the hour the paper had been printed and, with
great horror, realized Oswald's biography had gone out on the
international newswire before Oswald had been arrested by the
Dallas police. Prouty has since become one of the most
persuasive and persistent critics of the Warren Commission. His
book, The Secret Team: The CIA and its Allies in Control of the
United States and the World, is a frightening portrayal of the
hidden rulers of America.
On March 6, 1975, the Zapruder film made its national- television
debut on ABC's Goodnight America. As a result of this
long-delayed national screening, enough public pressure was put
on Congress to reopen the case. Unfortunately, this
investigation became as carefully-manipulated as the Warren
Commission, eventually falling under the control of G. Robert
Blakey, a man with close ties to the CIA. As could be expected,
Blakey led the investigation away from the CIA and towards the
Mob. Blakey's conclusion was that President Kennedy was killed as
the result of a conspiracy, and that organized crime had the
means, method and motive. "The Garrison investigation was a
fraud," said Blakey. Richard Billings, the former Life editor,
was a prominent member of Blakey's staff.
Recently, however, a number of highly-detailed books on the
assassination have appeared, most of which support Garrison's
thesis rather than Blakey's. The best of these include Conspiracy
by Anthony Summers (Paragon House, New York), Crossfire by Jim
Marrs (Carroll & Graf, Inc., New York) and High Treason by Robert
Groden and Harrison Livingstone (Berkeley, New York).
"Could the Mafia have whisked Kennedy's body past the Texas
authorities and got it aboard Air Force One?" writes Garrison.
"Could the Mafia have placed in charge of the President's autopsy
an army general who was not a physician? Could the Mafia have
arranged for President Kennedy's brain to disappear from the
Today, we know that the CIA frequently hired Mafia assassins to
carry out contracts. Undoubtedly some of these men were involved
in the assassination and the cover-up. Shortly before his
disappearance, Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa said, "Jim Garrison's a
smart man. Anyone who thinks he's a kook is a kook himself."
Was Hoffa silenced because he knew too much about the plot? Just
before their scheduled appearances before the House
investigation, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana were brutally
murdered in gangland fashion. Was this a message to other Mob
figures who had fragmentary information on the case?
In July 1988, The Nation published an FBI memorandum from Hoover
dated November 29, 1963. Obtained through the Freedom of
Information Act, the memo implicated "George Bush of the CIA" in
the Kennedy assassination cover-up. Although President Bush
denies any contact with the CIA prior to his being named director
in 1976, it is reasonable to assume that Zapata, the oil company
Bush founded in 1960, was a CIA front.
Former President Richard Nixon is also implicated in the cover-
up. Nixon was in Dallas the day before the assassination, and
his greatest fear during the early days of Watergate was that the
"Bay of Pigs thing" would be uncovered. According to H.R.
Haldeman in The Ends of Power, "Bay of Pigs" was Nixon's code
phrase for the Kennedy assassination.
As liaison between the CIA and the Pentagon during the Bay of
Pigs, Fletcher Prouty was put in charge of ordering supplies for
the invasion. "The CIA had code-named the invasion ~Zapata,'"
recalls Prouty. "Two boats landed on the shores of Cuba. One was
named Houston, the other Barbara. They were Navy ships that had
been repainted with new names. I have no idea where the new
names came from."
At the time Bush was living in Houston. His oil company was
called Zapata, and his wife's name was Barbara.
If Garrison's investigation was not a fraud, it's reasonable to
assume that high-placed individuals in the conspiracy would
either be dead or would have obtained considerable power in the
last 28 years. According to an article in the March 4 issue of
U.S. News and World Report, Nixon and Bush have remained close
associates. "Nixon is in contact with Bush or his senior staff
every month," writes Kenneth Walsh. "Nixon also speaks regularly
on the phone with [National Security Adviser] Brent Scowcroft...
and Chief of Staff John Sununu."
Earlier this year Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin published Silent
Coup, a well-documented analysis of the real forces behind the
Watergate scandal. According to the authors, Nixon fell prey to
a military coup after refusing to work with the Pentagon. They
claim the famous Deep Throat was, in fact, General Alexander
In the meantime, a well-orchestrated disinformation campaign
against Oliver Stone's movie has predictably appeared, long
before Stone could even begin editing his film. Longtime Kennedy
researchers were not surprised to find the charge led by George
Lardner, Jr., of the Washington Post, the last man to see David
"Oliver Stone is chasing fiction," wrote Lardner in the May 19
edition of the Post. "Garrison's investigation was a fraud."
Later in the article, he adds: "There was no abrupt change in
Vietnam policy after JFK's death."
"That is one of the most preposterous things I've ever heard,"
says Zachary Sklar, editor of On The Trail of the Assassins, and
coscreenwriter with Stone on JFK. "Kennedy was trying to get out
of Vietnam, and Johnson led us into a war in which 58,000
Americans died. Lardner's article is a travesty."
"I wouldn't give Lardner the time of day," adds Gary Shaw. "I
think he's bought and paid for."
Mark Lane, author of Rush to Judgment, one of the first books
critical of the Warren Commission, agrees. "The CIA is bringing
out the spooks who pose as journalists," says Lane. "The amazing
thing about the Lardner piece is he's reviewing the film months
before it's even completed."
Time magazine also slammed the film long before its release.
"Garrison is considered somewhere near the far-out fringe of
conspiracy theories," writes Richard Zoglin, a film critic who
admits to knowing "very little" about the assassination. (For
the 25th anniversary of the assassination back in '88, Time ran a
cover story titled "Who Was the Real Target?" Inside was an
excerpt from The Great Expectations of John Connally, a curious
book that argued that Oswald really meant to kill Connally and
only hit JFK by mistake. Someday this book may be viewed as a
textbook example of CIA-sponsored disinformation.)
Time, Inc., it will be remembered, is the same company that hid
the Zapruder film for five years. When High Times requested
slides from the film to accompany this article, the current
copyright holder sent them a three-page contract to sign. It
included a prohibition against "any reference... that the
Zapruder film was ever owned by Time, Inc...."
High Times decided not to run the photos rather than assist Time,
Inc. in their continuing cover-up of the real facts behind John
F. Kennedy's assassination.
In the next few months, the American people will be bombarded
with information about the Kennedy assassination. Most of it
will be critical of Stone and Garrison. It's important to
understand that much of this criticism will be written by
intelligence assets working for the CIA. Although the Cold War is
supposed to be over, the CIA budget is at an all-time high; $30
billion of taxpayer's money buys a lot of propaganda.
How extensive is the CIA's infiltration of the national media? I
called former agent Ralph McGeehee, author of Deadly Deceits, who
has compiled a database on everything published about the
agency. "In 1977, Carl Bernstein wrote an article in Rolling
Stone that named over 400 journalists uncovered by the Church
Committee who were working for the CIA," says McGeehee. If
anything, their numbers have only increased in the last 12
When will the subversion of the national media end? When the
American people demand it. Unfortunately, the public has not
flexed any muscle in this country since they ended the war in
Vietnam. If you want to help bring justice in this case, there's
plenty you can do: 1) Assist the Assassinations Archives in
Washington in their quest to obtain the documentation on the
Kennedy case that remains sealed to the public. For more
information call Jim LeSar at (202) 393-1917. 2) Subscribe to
Covert Action Information Bulletin, a national newsletter on
covert CIA activities. For more information call (202) 331-9763.
If you want more detailed information on the CIA, McGehee's
database can be purchased for $99. For more information call him
at (707) 437-8487. 3) Write your representatives in Congress.
Tell them you want a law passed prohibiting journalists from
working for the CIA. Although such a bill has been proposed many
times, it never makes its way out of committee.
Finally, stop accepting everything you hear on TV and read in the
newspapers. Buy books on the assassination and cover-up and
educate yourself. Only in this way can we keep hope alive that
one day America will be the sweet land of liberty her founders