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James Garrison’s First Reports on the JFK Assassination



Who’s James Garrison… and why should you listen to him?

A New Orleans D.A., he came across a local connection to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Eventually, as improbable as it may still seem now – and against much contemporary criticism then – he postulated that not only had that plan been hatched right there in his home town, but that it was authored by the CIA and involved the Dallas city government and its police department. And that fascism was a key component. Then he took it all to court.

Known by the name of a local that Garrison had arrested as a suspected participant, the Clay Shaw Trial put all of his gathered evidence on display, including the Zapruder film that Garrison wrested from Life magazine.  All in all, the trial was two years in the making.   The draw, at that point was, for the most part, the very same revelations that he makes in his speech printed in this Issue of the Los Angeles Free Press.  Particularly,  they were the magnitude of the other players and his very public challenge of the Warren Commission’s Report.

We (the Los Angeles Free Press) had been interested in this story early on – as you can see – presenting it without the filter of the mainstream press.  And when the trial came about in 1969, so that we could again do that for our readers, our Publisher, then Art Kunkin, actually went to New Orleans and reported, week after week, directly from the courthouse. And when you read his direct reports in the LA FP Issues of that year, you can see that there was surely more to it than the government-controlled media would print.

Art’s reports and, of course, the three books Garrison subsequentally wrote on the Kennedy assassination (1970, 1976, and the best-seller, On the Trail of the Assassins, in 1988), along with Oliver Stone’s 1991 film, JFK, based on Garrison’s work is a good answer to the earlier question of why you should listen to him. But, too, there is this statement by Murray Rothbard, Libertarian theorist: “Garrison, one of the most viciously smeared figures in modern political history, was simply a district attorney trying to do his job in the most important criminal case of our time.”  And, finally, now that our government has released the JFK Assassination File – nearly 50 years since the President was murdered – but shot thru and thru with redactions and without comment on the Warren Commission’s omissions, the complete text of his speech is even more interesting – and important.

Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to read through it.


There are, though, 3 additonal pages – ‘Were Oswald and Ruby Friends?’, ‘President Johnson Profited Most from the Assassination’, and ‘Oswald Framed with U.S. Help’ – which include a separate section of Garrison’s answers to the audience’s questions. They’re not placed here because of space and downloading considerations, but are available for free to Subscribers.
(Which reminds us… our Subscriptions are usually $60/year but, today, you can still get yours at the 1967 price of only $5!  (Yes, only $5 for the entire year – and with extra Subscriber-Only benefits.) Here’s a link to that Special RateCOME JOIN US… and help us bring this very unique perspective to all.)

Harrison ‘Happens’, and Donovan ‘Returns’


On November 17th… just 2 days from ‘today’ (exactly 49 years ago in 1968), The Smothers Brothers Show is to air.  And, like most shows, it was ‘taped’ a few days earlier.  And un-like most shows, it would probably be reviewed time and again by censors before it was ever seen by the public.  Why?  Because those brothers had things to say 🙂

Dion, and a new singer, Jennifer Warren, were appearing.  So, too, was a very special guest – Donovan. And, as it ‘happened’ he had a special guest of his own – good friend George Harrison, helped to open the show.  See it for yourself, right here >>>>

And that’s not all.  On this Inauguration of ‘Musical Notes’ (this site’s newest section), we’re letting you in on exactly where Donovan was when the show actually aired!  Check out this original page from our Los Angeles Free Press, and that advert in the bottom right-hand corner…

Of course there’s much more to this page ~ a historic announcement (2, in fact) and some additional info on Donovan’s ‘return’.  And all of that can be found right where such info always is – on our LAFPMusic Page on Facebook.  If you’ve an account there, Click HERE.

 

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Has George Wallace Risen… to the White House?


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Today, for our 50-year Throwback Thursday, we’re featuring our Front Page story on Governor George Wallace as he begins his second quest to become President of the United States. This time he is not running as a Democrat, but as the Nominee of the American Independent Party, a far-right party. Yes! the very same party that nominated Donald Trump in 2016, nearly 50 years later.

(And the very same party name that to this day has surely fooled many a registering ‘independent’ voter.)

The article continues onto page 5 where you also see a commercial reminder to do your ‘patriotic’ duty… (more about that 😊 at the very bottom of this post).

What else is ‘inside’ this week’s Issue of the LA Free Press?  Another historic first – Brown Power steps out onto the LA stage with a direct challenge.  In the coming months, you’ll see (right here, of course) the strength behind those words, and the conflict that ensues when the talk turns to the forced participation of Browns on the front lines…

That article is on page 6 (displayed below), where there’s also a tiny note that Green Power took a beating at their own Love-In. And right next to it, that the demonstrators from the peace protest at the Pentagon aren’t faring too well, either.  Just seems the government isn’t all that keen on opposing voices being heard.

Talk about voices being heard ~ you’ll not want to miss that stellar concert with Blue Cheer, the Grateful Dead, and (For What It’s Worth) Buffalo Springfield ‘this’ Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11th!   And just so you know, we know that you know that this isn’t really happening tomorrow.  And we know something more – when Buffalo Springfield sings that song on the 11th, that will be exactly 1 year after bandmember Stephen Stills happened on the Sunset Strip protest that inspired his song.  With that said, the $3.50 admission is probably ‘worth’ every penny.

Now let’s wrap this up… so far, we’ve posted our Front Page, and pages 5 & 6. Now following is page 3, but not just because it has the second and final part of the other continued Front Page article – the one on “Deadly” Dow.

It’s because that page presents ‘the something’ that makes the LA Free Press so special: while current news outlets are often afire with one or another anniversary of what is now 50 year-old news, today you are actually reading what the take on that news was… 50 years ago!  And what’s even more special is that, like usual, it was something ‘missed’ by the mainstream press – our good reporting decried and denied by them then, and now suddenly a revelation.

That said, check out that top-right corner – What!!??  Kennedy death witnesses dead?  (Perhaps that’s what’s in those hundreds of other pages – still not released – in the JFK Assassination File that the government just now thinks it’s OK for you to read (with redactions).)

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Please note – as a nod to our 50 year-old advert on page 5, we’ve returned to our 1967 rate of only $5/year(!) – but just for this month. So, if you found this 50-year Throwback a real trip, there will be 52 more in your Subscription(!) ALL for just $5(!!) IF you Come JOIN US NOW in making history… once again 😊

Please Click HERE to Subscribe for just $5 for an entire year.

Breaking News! America’s Middle-Class Heads Toward Totalitarianism


 

Well, here’s tomorrow’s news (11/03/2017) ‘today’ (11/02/1967). It’s a bit like ‘Back to the Future’. And, possibly… and this might be a bit of a surprise… with just as good an ending. Why? Because those 50 years ago, fortunately, some folks recognized just how close we were to exactly where we are now and, somehow, kept the inevitable from happening. While they didn’t roll ‘it’ back, they stood in the way of ‘it’ going forward.
How’d they do that? By recognizing what ‘IT’ was.
Keating’s insight at that time – that IT was invisible to most then, may be just as revelatory to many of us now… in that we may, very well, be in the very same situation!
THAT’S the value of today’s LA FP 50-year Thursday Throwback… because we need to see it for what it is… in order to grind it to a halt – again. Apparently, the lesson that followed needs to be relearned: let’s not again be so distracted by all that’s on our right, nor to our left; the genesis of those factions may still be because of their individual’s (perhaps our own) experiences in that dead-center middle(class).
If this is the case, let’s not worry about the extremes to the exclusion of the once again no-longer moderate middle; going over to one side to fight the other side, beyond the good, only forces those in that group to divide themselves rather than staying together to improve the status of their very own group. With polarized factions, how then are we going to come back to the greater strength of unification?
Try this – sit down, relax and curiously read this interview. The key is to being open to what was said, and to calmly assess if this was right-headed thinking, a possibility or (most importantly) today’s reality. If any of those three seem likely, could taking a day off from protesting in order to massage the middle,be productive?

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