The Sixth Floor’s Conspiracy

September 17, 2013
The Sixth Floor’s Conspiracy

Kennedy museum falsely denied its role in harassing conspiracy theorist Robert Groden. By Jim Schutze Thursday, Sep 12 2013 Dallas is two months shy of its commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the murder of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dealey Plaza, which probably will come off somewhere midway between tragedy and comedy. Mark Graham Robert Groden collected more than 80 tickets and an arrest in a city campaign to drive him from Dealey Plaza. For more than two years, The Sixth Floor Museum, the city’s official assassination museum in the School Book Depository Building, has lied about its involvement in the Dallas Police Department‘s campaign to cleanse Dealey Plaza of people who preach assassination theories to tourists. Emails and now a lengthy legal deposition — the sworn testimony of a career police officer involved in the police department’s “Dealey Plaza Initiative” — show irrefutably that The Sixth Floor was the lead agency goading the police all along. Why does any of it matter? It matters because the same irrational forces behind The Sixth Floor’s war on conspiracy theories are shaping the coming observances in Dallas in November. The old guard — not anybody younger than 60, but the old…

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No Military Coups for America? What About November 1963?

August 1, 2013

by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future Freedom Foundation An interesting aspect of the military coup in Egypt has been the attitude of American mainstream commentators who suggest that unlike Egypt and other countries, the chances of a military coup in the United States are virtually nil. See, for example, “America the Coupless” by Rosa Brooks and “Could a Military Coup Happen in America?” by Paul Greenberg. Really? What about November 22, 1963? “Oh, Jacob, don’t be silly. President Kennedy’s assassination couldn’t have been orchestrated by the U.S. national-security state, notwithstanding the overwhelming amount of evidence pointing in that direction, because it’s just inconceivable that such a thing could happen here in our country. That’s just a conspiracy theory. Such things only happen in places like Egypt … or Chile … or Iran … or Guatemala … or South Vietnam and, yes, oftentimes with the support and participation of the U.S. military and the CIA, but such a thing could never happen here in our country.” Oh, really? So, what you’re saying, Mr. Statist, is that if the democratically elected president of the United States is engaged in policies and actions that are leading to the nation’s destruction, the U.S. national-security state…

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The City of Dallas’ Anti-Conspiracy Conspiracy

July 23, 2013
The City of Dallas’ Anti-Conspiracy Conspiracy

Dallas’ handling of JFK anniversary: an enigma wrapped in a big wad of dumb. By Jim Schutze Thursday, Jul 25 2013 Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, talking last week about the worries some people harbor concerning the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in Dealey Plaza, recalled his own recent visit to President Obama’s second inaugural in Washington. When a pro-life person climbed a tree and attempted to disrupt the inaugural, Rawlings told me that people in the Dallas group exclaimed, “‘That’s what’s going to happen, that’s what’s going to happen’” in Dealey Plaza in November. When I repeated the mayor’s anecdote to John Judge, head of the Coalition on Political Assassinations, one of the groups that will be banned from the plaza by police cordon that day, he laughed. “If you make us do it, yeah,” Judge said. “I mean, that’s the point. We don’t normally climb up in a tree.” Daniel Fishel It’s only four months from the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, and absolutely nothing has been resolved about access to Dealey Plaza on that day, virtually guaranteeing the kind of messy showdown City Hall fears most. The plaza will be shut down for two weeks, a…

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JFK 50th Anniversary Will Be Hell in a Handbasket. Goody.

July 19, 2013
JFK 50th Anniversary Will Be Hell in a Handbasket. Goody.

By Jim Schutze Thu. July 18   JFK assassination 50th anniversary news: City of Dallas releases video showing Dealey Plaza was occupied by Indians long before JFK assassination. Suburban library presents speech by guy who gave Lee Harvey Oswald ride to work. Boston auction announces it will hawk Oswald’s wedding ring. Mind if I slip something else into the narrative? The whole 50th thing is headed for hell-in-a-hand-basket. Just thought I’d mention it. I’ve been working on a column about it for next week’s paper. No meetings, no compromise, no accommodation whatsoever: That’s the news on negotiations between the committee of private citizens running the 50th observations at Dealey Plaza and an array of assassination conspiracy study groups who say they will be banned by police cordon under current arrangements.   John Judge, head of the Coalition on Political Assassinations in Washington, confirmed to me this week that none of his group’s requests for a meeting have even been responded to by the private outfit ruling the event with an iron hand. Meanwhile, COPA has its hands on an email stream — evidence in an unrelated lawsuit — showing that city officials started out a year ago seeking to banish…

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Mayor Mike’s Plan to Keep “Extremists” from the JFK 50th: Does It Include Him?

July 1, 2013
Mayor Mike’s Plan to Keep “Extremists” from the JFK 50th: Does It Include Him?

By Jim Schutze Fri., Jun. 21 2013 Plans for the 50th anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza in Dallas just got weirder by one whole magnitude. Yesterday Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings unveiled a process that will make security much tighter for the ceremony next November than security would be for a speech by a living president. This is about a dead president. He won’t be there. He’s dead. He has been dead for half a century. That’s what the ceremony is about. The plan announced by Rawlings requires people who want to attend the event to apply for tickets months in advance so an entity which the city so far has refused to name can vet them for “extremist ties.” I’m pretty sure the unnamed entity doing the vetting is a public relations company, which should pretty much tell you what’s really going on here. But wait. We still need to deal with the weird factor first before diving into details. Mr. Mayor, this is for you. Who are you protecting? Who is it who requires all of this crazy background checking and cop presence? What are we trying to make up for here?…

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JFK: Controlling the Message

July 1, 2013

by Joseph Green, July 1, 2013 For the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Mayor Rawlings of the city of Dallas has come to a momentous decision. Facing what was likely to be a large-scale protest at the grassy knoll, he and his associates have determined that they will allow 5,000 ticket-holders into their “event.” 2,500 will be Dallas residents, and another 2,500 will be for the many thousands of tourists from all over the world. Their website is at www.50thhonoringjohnfkennedy.com. This decision is ludicrous, but not so much as the title of the website where applicants can try to screen their way into the lottery. Is it really possible for the city of Dallas to honor John F. Kennedy fifty years after he was murdered on their streets? Did Earle Cabell, then-mayor of Dallas, seize the moment to aggressively pursue Kennedy’s agenda at the local level? Did Texas become a place where civil rights are guaranteed and obscene oil profits are renounced? In the last fifty years, has there been any aspect of Kennedy’s programs or ideas that have found a home in Dallas? Just within the last week, the Texas Supreme Court determined, in Salinas…

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A Moment of Silencing

July 1, 2013

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 22, 2013 A Moment of Silencing Dallas Mayor Bars Public and Free Speech in Dealey Plaza on 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Assassination (Dallas, TX) Mike Rawlings, the Mayor of Dallas, Texas has announced an event to be held on November 22 at Dealey Plaza on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy at that location. His event will not focus on the assassination, but on the “life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy”. The event will not be open to the public, or the “tens of thousands” the Mayor expects to visit Dallas that day in commemoration of the assassination, but to a limited crowd of 5,000 people chosen at random in a ticket lottery. Half of the tickets will be issued only to Dallas residents according to press statements and the website set up for “The 50th” event. The inception for the planning of this event goes back at least to November, 2011, when the Sixth Floor Museum applied for an exclusive permit for the whole of Dealey Plaza for over a week around the anniversary date. This was done, according to the museum director, Nicola Longford, to be “proactive”…

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