JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE FIRST DOCUMENTS IN THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION RECORDS RELEASE TO GIVE US SOME GENUINE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JERRY KROTH IN INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE

 

“Two U.S. Soldiers Overheard JFK Assassination Plans”

 

Released assassination documents show that two people – Eugene Dinkin of the Army and David Christensen of the Air Force – intercepted  independently, in their official work with decoding and secret communications, some advance discussion of the Kennedy assassination. The names Jean Souetre, Guy Banister, and William Harvey were in the decoded material. Both men were committed to mental institutions for a time, the old Soviet trick to totally discredit someone.

 

Well, finally some really serious stuff from these record releases.

Much of what was released in the past made you wonder why the items were ever classified in the first place.

It is very interesting the name of the Corsican assassin coming up.

The greatest book ever written on the assassination was Anthony Summer’s original “Conspiracy” about forty years ago.

It is not to be confused with any of the later editions which are totally different books. Indeed, I’ve always suspected someone got to Summers for his later editions. The books tended to take the unconvincing Mafia-did-it slant which offialdom made great efforts to promote.

Summers, who was a gifted investigative reporter from Britain and did some other ground-breaking work, as with his books on J. Edgar Hoover and Marylin Monroe, mentioned the Corsican figure and trying to trace him in the original book.

Of course, the name Guy Bannister (retired Senior FBI agent from Chicago) is interesting too. He was in his retirement from FBI running some kind of dirty operation in New Orleans under a cover. Guns for anti-Cuba forces likely and other anti-Castro activity. He was a virulent American commie-hater type.

He had Oswald working at his shop, something we only learned by an accident.

Oswald was running a phony campaign about fair play for Cuba in which he handed out pamphlets to people which contained a form to be filled-out and mailed.

The concept is an old security agency trick for getting names of people who are sympathizers with some cause under suspicion.

The accident was Oswald’s in using an office stamp for Bannister’s Camp street office on the backs of some of the pamphlets. It connected them, and that wasn’t supposed to happen.

One eye witness also said Oswald was seen around the place. The Warren Commission ignored all such leads, anything which disagreed with the plotline created by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI, the people who did literally all of the investigative work of the Warren Commission. Hoover was a serious Kennedy-hater and had every motivation to see someone replace Kennedy, especially a crooked friend and fellow Kennedy-hater like Lyndon Johnson.

Oswald’s pamphlet activity has always been cited as yet more evidence of Oswald’s communism or sympathies with communism, but we know from many little facts that Oswald was not a communist. He was a patriotic type in fact. His statements about Marxism, made, mind you, at the time of working covertly with Bannister, were clearly legend-building stuff.

Just the opposite was true. He was being paid to hand out phony pamphlets and to do other tasks, working against Castro and with guys like red-neck Bannister.

Cuba is pretty much what the whole assassination was about, which is why the assassins needed someone identified as a communist as their patsy. There were large numbers of men associated with America’s security agencies at the time who were almost hysterical about Castro because he represented a serious challenge to an American Imperial Plantation System which had long kept an entire continent subservient.

And one of those particularly vicious types at the CIA was William Harvey, the third name mentioned on the intercepts. Harvey ran such dirty stuff as Operation Mongoose, a 1960 secret plan to decapitate Cuba’s leadership. He was known as CIA’s chief assassin.

Oswald’s earlier participation, when he was in the Marines, in a murky program of defectors to Russia to gain information about day-to-day life in the USSR – there were several such defections, and the later immensely-discredited James Angleton, head of CIA counterintelligence, appears to have run the program – basically tarred Oswald as a defector and communist sympathizer and made him an ideal candidate as assassination patsy.

Oswald was, in fact, a patriotic young American, having joined the Marines underaged, and was enticed into a covert defection program which offered a sense of mystery and fed his sense of self-importance. He was taught Russian by experts, which we know he spoke well before going to Russia and saw his time in Russia as an opportunity both to serve his country and to have a grand adventure., pretty heady stuff for a young ambitious man with little formal education and a poor background.

When someone saying he was Oswald traveled to Mexico City, shortly before the assassination, to secure a visa for either Cuba or Russia, he was just helping build the Oswald legend, helping set up Oswald as the assassination’s patsy.

The CIA covers such embassies 24 hours a day with cameras., and it records all phone calls, as you might expect.

But when asked by investigators, to produce a photo of “Oswald,” a completely different-looking man was in it and no explanation was offered.

When asked for phone recordings, investigating officials were told that the tapes had been routinely recycled.

It was just all rubbish, as was the entire Warren Commission report.

 

 

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Posted July 13, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SNEERING OVER VENEZUELA’S SUPPOSED ECONOMIC IRRESPONSIBILITY – THE REAL PROBLEM FOR VENEZUELA IS THE CIA – AND IF YOU WANT TO SEE REAL ECONOMIC IRRESPONSIBILITY JUST LOOK AT AMERICA WHERE IT IS TRULY MONUMENTAL

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN INVESTMENTWATCH

 

“A Month’s Pay In Venezuela Now Only Buys Just A Few Cups Of Coffee”

 

Well, put the blame where it belongs.

The CIA has worked hard for several years to destroy Venezuela.

It has interfered in its markets, caused all kinds of internal problems, supplies opposition forces with money and supplies (talk about interfering in elections!), carries on all kinds of sabotage, and I am sure it has been counterfeiting the currency, which is greatly responsible for the inflation. This last, in true criminal style, is a measure used many times in the past by CIA.

Washington has long resented a democratic government which it doesn’t like but which keeps getting elected and attacks no one.

Why? It works against the American Plantation System in Latin America. The natives can’t really be trusted to work towards their own future.

If Venezuela were to fail under its own efforts, then so be it, and a fair test of whether certain changes offer any hope for others.

But America never allows that anywhere in which it has an interest. Instead, it is always chooses to interfere, manipulate, threaten, and perhaps invade.

It has all happened so many times.

And Trump supports it. He not only does nothing to halt it, he is now speaking of invading Venezuela.

How can anyone even pretend he brings anything new to Washington – other than his loud and careless mouth and his open prejudices – when he perfectly well carries on with the darkest operations of the Dark State?

Some hero fighting the establishment!

And, by the way, if you want to look at a failed economic state on a massive scale, look at the United States. Twenty-one trillion in debt and still growing.

Burning through about a trillion a year – when all costs are included, such as the VA – for death and destruction from the Pentagon. And it does not have a dime in its pocket to support the spending, quite apart from the sheer waste of it, the military anywhere being the most inefficient and wasteful industry there is.

America’s excesses are floated on the fact that it monumentally abuses the American dollar being the world reserve currency, but that is a situation that we can see is changing before our very eyes.

And the big-mouth coward in the White House is busy starting trade wars all over the planet. Remember it was the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, very similar in concept to Trump’s international trade excesses, which helped tip the world into the Great Depression.

Again, it was American excesses in its financial system which brought us the financial crash of 2008, something we still have not fully recovered from and something no sound measures were taken to prevent in future.

It is actually hilarious to read of any American pointing the finger at any other country’s government over economic failure and irresponsibility when yours is truly the grandest example on earth.

You’ve been protected, like the proverbial big bank, by being “too big to fail,” but everything has its limits, and you have just about reached yours.

Unfortunately, the entire world will have to suffer some of the consequences.

 

 

Posted July 12, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: “ORIGINAL INTENT” AND AMERICA’S SUPREME COURT – THE CONCEPT IS PART OF THE CREED OF AMERICA’S CIVIC RELIGION – AND THE SUPREME COURT HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONSERVATIVE, ONLY VARYING IN DEGREE – AN IMPORTANT EFFECT OF THIS FACT ON THE VERY NATURE OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN BY JILL ABRAMSON

 

“Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination [to the US Supreme Court] is a victory for ‘originalists’”

 

The “original intent” people in America are a strange group.

Their strongly-held beliefs about the Constitution closely resemble those of religious fundamentalists who believe the Bible is the literal word of God and not subject to interpretation.

The belief is a big part of what has been called the American Civic Religion with its Holy Writ (Constitution and Declaration of Independence), its Apostles (the constitutional Convention figures), its Judas (Benedict Arnold), its cross symbol (the flag), and even a form of Christ (Lincoln, as he is portrayed and not how he actually was), etc.

Of course, there were so many American Founders who descended from the Puritans (the Pilgrims) it should come as no surprise. In America, the Puritans (referred to as the Pilgrims and who feature heavily in Thanksgiving myths)  are portrayed as the people fleeing religious oppression rather than what they were, intolerant religious extremists fleeing the law and public dislike. The influence of that nasty narrow group has been immense in America, even for many Americans no longer embracing Christianity.

The Constitution, which is so hallowed by this group, proved over the years to have many errors and still has outdated undemocratic concepts, the Founders as a whole definitely not being people who embraced democracy.

In any event, it is indeed a strange belief that rules laid down in the 18th century should govern the 21st.

The net effect of the conservatism of the Supreme Court (and it has always been conservative by any meaningful measure, only varying in degree through its history) has been the growth of the modern dark state with its plutocratic elites, its duopoly of parties (who agree completely in all things imperial and militaristic), its immensely powerful lobbies, and the powerful agencies like the CIA and Pentagon who protect and serve the whole thing to keep it going.

All of the recent efforts of America in foreign affairs and now trade have been aimed at reasserting the American establishment’s world authority in the face of relative economic decline. That effort included Obama as much as it does Trump.

You may enjoy:

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/lessons-from-the-american-revolution/

https://chuckmanwords.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/reflections-on-the-origins-and-meaning-of-americas-independence-day-re-posted-from-6-years-ago-nothing-having-changed/

Posted July 12, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A FEW WORDS ON THE CURRENT FAD OF TRASHING PLASTICS – WHICH ARE IN FACT VALUABLE USEFUL MATERIALS – WHO SHOULD BE BLAMED FOR PROBLEMS BLAMED ON PLASTICS?

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

 

“I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled – I have no choice”

 

The problem with plastic is with not the material, which is a wonderful one having many uses and advantages, it is with the people using it.

I think it irresponsible to keep barking away at plastic itself.

It is the careless and slobby and irresponsible among us who are responsible for everything that the material is blamed for.

In effect, the slobs get off free.

We do not make progress that way.

Posted July 12, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A BIG NEW DEAL COMING FROM RUSSIAN-AMERICAN SUMMIT? I TEND TO DOUBT IT – AND HERE ARE SOME COMMENTS ON AMERICA’S GENERAL LACK OF DEPENDABILITY IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA TODAY

 

“Middle East officials flocking to Moscow – is there a big deal to be made before Putin meets Trump?” 

“Amid the flurry of visits there is some speculation in the media that a grand deal between the US and Russia”

 

I rather doubt it.

Some comments here speak to the issue of dependability. The truth is America has always been an undependable partner. There is a long and pretty ugly record.

And likely no one appreciates that better than a clear-thinking, hard-headed pragmatist like Putin.

There is also the matter of Trump’s own demonstrated unreliable, almost unstable, character and personality to be added to the general lack of American dependability.

Both America and Trump will adhere to anything so long as they are getting something out of it, something tangible, something valuable.

That’s why America has the appearance of a long loyal and stable relationship with Israel. Every key American politician receives regular tangible benefits – campaign funds plus favorable publicity treatment from the mainline press which help guarantee their jobs – by keeping up appearances with Israel.

Of course, Israel also brings the benefit of serving as an American pied-a-terre in a strategically important region and as a surrogate actor in many dark activities. So, tolerance for its atrocious public behavior has almost no limit.

And it is the same for an institution such as NATO. NATO enables America literally to occupy and heavily influence one of the world’s major economic actors and American competitors.

Fear of Russia is nonsense, especially today, but there very much is American fear of Russia and the NATO countries doing a lot of business together, of forming a huge and valuable economic marriage of resources, industry, and markets. NATO effectively prevents that, a very real benefit to America.

The stresses being felt today in NATO I believe actually reflect the fact that America perceives that Europe is nevertheless gradually moving towards that rather ideal economic marriage. Trump’s response is to demand new resources from NATO, compensation, a form of disguised Mafia protection money, as it were.

Principles play absolutely no role for America’s major actors, ever, except as stuff to make speeches with.

So why do people still try to do deals with America? Because it is so big that it simply cannot be ignored.

 

 

Posted July 12, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: HIDDEN REASONS FOR ANGELA MERKEL’S DECLINE AS A FORCE IN EUROPE – THEY REVEAL MUCH ABOUT AMERICA AND PROVIDE A SERIOUS WARNING OF THE BRAVE NEW WORLD WE ENTER – PLUS WHAT TRUMP TRULY REPRESENTS

John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

“As Merkel’s Star Fades, This Is What Is Really Happening Behind the Scenes”

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Response to a comment which said: “A simple solution for the EU would be to not follow the US into illegal wars, support of terrorists and proxy wars then they wouldn’t be in this mess and for those politicians who were involved in destroying Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria…”

That really goes to the heart of the matter.

America today pushes aggressive and destructive policies everywhere.

Europe’s leaders just quietly go along, often joining in with varying degrees of token participation to buy American good-will. This really gives America the freedom to describe its aggression as multi-national in character, as the work either of NATO or of such ad hoc constructs as “the coalition of the willing,” rather than as what it truly is, just plain American imperialism.

Europe is left, so to speak, holding the bag, for all the ensuing consequences. This happened with so-called “international terror attacks,” which are just blow-back from America’s Neocon Wars. It has now also happened with floods of refugees nearly destabilizing the continent, the refugees being entirely a product of American bombing and support for rag-tag mercenaries like those operating in Syria.

America takes no responsibility for the consequences of its rampages, especially the huge, years-long one through the Middle East. Of course, the consequences of all that bombing and destruction include millions of desperate refugees. But officials in Washington just brutally ignore the problem.

America’s general public has been conditioned, by politicians and by the commercial press which always supports America’s ugly campaigns abroad, to treat the refugees with sarcasm and contempt. Desperate migrants are spoken of in the best tradition of Senator Joseph McCarthy and his phantom “communists,” a delusional concept which that closet-drunk used to destroy many innocent lives.

Donald Trump perfectly embodies attitudes of a fair part of the American public about refugees, and that fact provides the driving engine of his political support.

America, in fact, has never taken responsibility for the horrors it creates in its imperial wars. It left Vietnam literally as a hell on earth, giving it no help or aid after all those years of destruction – carpet bombing, napalm, Agent Orange, land mines, cluster bombs, and armies of night-crawling assassins. The plight of today’s refugees in the Middle East results directly from the same American national trait of not taking responsibility.

The refugees, which should bring tears to the eyes, are ignored, and they are even laughed at, as are those who do try to help them, such as Merkel, ignored, despite being the direct result of America’s horrific violence.

Merkel, seeing what America had created, was only trying to show some humanity with her now much-despised refugee policy. She may also have felt twinges of guilt about not having stood up to America’s savage policies in the first place.

There was also the consideration that Germany, being an advanced country, simply does not replace its own population anymore. This situation is true for all advanced countries. Economists refer to it as having passed through Demographic Transition.

Populations will inevitably decline in all such countries without migration. All advanced countries are destined to more resemble the early United States or Canada as countries of immigrants, rather than continuing as they are used to thinking of themselves, countries of long-fixed identity and language and culture. I’m sure Merkel understands this.

But an almost uncontrolled, sudden flow of migrants is not really welcomed anywhere. And, in this case, great differences in religion and appearance and customs only fueled resentments and prejudices and hatreds, the very stuff burning and smoldering in Trump’s United States.

So, while I think Merkel had humane and decent intentions – informed also by an understanding of Germany’s, and Western Europe’s, changing population-age structures – her policy was an unavoidable failure owing to the problem’s suddenness and huge size. And it now serves to help the political ambitions of Europe’s own right-wing extremists resembling Trump.

One can only hope that reflecting back on this experience may help Europe’s leaders to begin standing up to some of America’s irrational, unfair demands, such as isolating Iran for no good reason or trying to tell Europe where it should buy its natural gas. These are simply the demands of a bully, and the bully needs to be told.

You know, there was a very telling change, not widely publicized, in the official mission statement of the Pentagon recently. The central purpose of the US military went, with the stroke of a pen, from “deter war,” something with which anyone might agree, to “sustain American influence abroad,” something which reflects almost no other country’s interests.

Of course, that’s exactly what we’ve been experiencing anyway with all the American aggression across a dozen lands, but now it is a stated public purpose. No more pretense. It’s imperialism.

America’s establishment, recognizing its relative decline in the world’s economy since its fortunate glory days after WWII when all competitors and potential competitors were flattened, now is going to use its considerable remaining power simply to muscle its way to every possible future advantage. It’s a business model with which the mafia is long familiar: you give us a piece of the action, or we’ll burn your business down.

Trump’s bull-headed, shameless approach to relationships of every description – in trade, in treaties and agreements, in international organizations, in alliances – seems almost custom-designed to suit the establishment’s need, which is the reason I laugh at all the claims that he heroically fights the establishment, or “the swamp,” as he likes to put it in comic-book terms.

It is already rather late in the day, but Europe’s leaders must try standing up to this challenge. Europe is one of the few political entities in the world capable of resistance, along with China and Russia and, hopefully, India. If Europe is to have any future beyond being an American order-taker and a polite debating society, it must act, although it is now in such disarray – stemming from its past failure to resist American policies such as those creating the refugees – it is not clear whether it still has the capacity.

If it does still have the capacity, the difference will come from that essential, but often elusive, concept, leadership. We get no change without it.

We are entering a “brave new world,” a very dark one, quite different in its form to that Shakespeare’s phrase was intended to describe, a world in which a powerful pretender to high principles acts, in fact, with almost no principles.

Europe’s leaders need to wake up to the new reality. It’s too easy to drift on in old familiar terms about America, as though Jimmy Stewart’s sincerity and sentiments still represented it. They do not. Russia, as you can see in the statements of Putin and Lavrov, is keenly aware. China’s Xi very much is, too, as you can see in his recent proposal to Germany’s leader to combine efforts between Europe and China.

The brave new world we face is one where the bravery of America is on the level of Trump’s getting out of Vietnam service in 1968 with the pathetic excuse of “heel spurs,” an excuse which came from a man playing on the college basketball team, a man now ready to drop bombs or tear-up treaties anywhere. An American bomb now drops somewhere every twelve minutes.

Posted July 7, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: A PIECE BY JUSTIN RAIMONDO ABOUT TRUMP AND PEACE SCREAMS AT US JUST WHAT KIND OF A CLOUD-CUCKOO-LAND AMERICA HAS BECOME – “WAR IS PEACE” SAID WITH A BIG GRIN – I THINK WE REALLY ARE ON THE ROAD TO HELL

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY JUSTIN RAIMONDO IN RUSSIA INSIDER

“All Aboard the Trump Peace Train! He’s Taking the Fight to the War Party

“He wants out of Korea, Germany, Syria – and NATO!”

“You have to be blind not to see that Trump wants to radically reduce the US presence overseas – and you’re part of the problem if you find that worrisome”

We could all wish Raimondo were right about Trump, but there is no evidence to support his assertions. None. Not a shred.

Raimondo sounds like one more tiresome Alt-right Trumpista from the Internet, full of admiration for an aggressive, loud-mouthed gas-bag.

My God, Raimondo takes at face value all Trump’s various assertions, yet we’ve seen, time and again, Trump caught outright lying, being factually wrong, bragging about nonsense, and just being ugly with his mouth.

His aggressive personality and thoughtless words have offended almost every Western leader.

Indeed, we’ve seen so much of that kind of speech, I think it fair to say it is the norm for this bizarre politician.

If you look at facts, instead of ideologically-based wishes, Raimondo is busy like some of the characters in Alice in Wonderland, “painting the roses red.”

There are alternate explanations for everything this writer regards as promising peace.

Trump in fact has an extremely aggressive personality, resembling a steam engine always in full throttle.

He has actually expanded the possibilities for war with his mad drives on trade and sanctions everywhere. Virtually all of them unnecessary and dangerous.

History shows clearly that such efforts as trade wars can start shooting wars. They can also assist in the launching of a depression, as they very much did in the Great Depression with America’s Smoot–Hawley Tariff, a measure that was very much in keeping with Trump’s thinking.

You don’t get a free ride to tell everyone else on the planet, “Do it my way, or it’s the highway.” There are consequences, real and quite unpleasant consequences, from that approach. Trade or any economic effort is a partnership, and partnerships require cooperation and good will.

That’s just on the economic front, but in other areas, the story is just as bleak.

Telling the CIA it can decide who dies in America’s industrial-scale extrajudicial killing program?

Giving the Pentagon more money than it knows how to spend?

Appointing a series of major officials who might well have served faithfully in Germany of the 1930s: Haley, Bolton, Pompeo, Haspel, and many others – just a series of nightmare appointments of pushy ideologues who do little apparent thinking.

Trump has now said a couple of times he’d like to invade Venezuela, a democratic country with no record of aggression. Hardly sounds like peace to me. Trump and the American establishment he so clearly represents dislike that country’s moderately socialistic economy, and the CIA has been hard at work for several years trying to destabilize it with everything from counterfeiting its currency and interfering in its markets to subsidizing undemocratic internal opposition groups, but these intensive efforts still are not succeeding because the government is popular and wins elections, so the great man of peace, Trump,speaks of invasion.

And Trump’s relationship with Netanyahu and Adelson is deeply dangerous.

Israel is one of the most aggressive and oppressive countries on earth, and so far under Trump it gets literally everything it wants. Its idea of peace is Orwell’s “boot in your face.”

It gives nothing, makes no compromises, and continues to treat millions under its control as Untermensch – all while working hard to expand its poisonous influence further afield.

There are its efforts in Syria, its efforts towards Iran, its efforts in East Jerusalem, its efforts in the West Bank, its drive to get Western governments to virtually ban all criticism, and its hostility to the United Nations and other important international organizations – all this, while openly committing genuine war crimes in Gaza and keeping itself free of criticism for the darkest possible acts.

Anyone who sees promise here has a problem, a serious problem. And this kind of thinking has become all too common in a country which sees enemies in every corner and under every bed and believes that if it can just be allowed to dominate the earth, everything will turn out fine.