Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Posted by Joseph Backes at 8:16 PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
See - https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/jan/17/cias-declassified-database-now-online/
The CIA’s declassified database is now online
Previously you had to go to Archives II during normal business hours to view the material, if there was an empty seat for you.
Posted by Joseph Backes at 11:27 PM
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Have people heard of this? Zapruder's granddaughter has written a book about the Zapruder film. Yes, the Zapruder's need to wring more blood money out of the Zapruder film, the poor destitute things.
She was just on NPR too.
She seems to be a self professed conspiracy theory debunker. The whole NPR interview is an unquestioning acceptance of Zapruder as if she's this paragon of virture as she marries the JFK assassination conspiracy, which is a fact, with the alt.right BS "conspiracy theories," which are not conspiracy theories, they're just right-wing BS lies meant to damage their political opponents and to keep their base of rubes in line.
She's allowed to write and get published in the New York Times a stupid commentary stating the obvious that "pizza gate is bullshit." But, she makes it personal, it's "her pizza place," as if she owns it, which she doesn't not, as if she works there, which she does not. This article is used to establish her bona fides as the new conspiracy debunker. Apparently Gerald Posner had to pass that torch to a new generation.
She, (surprise) conveniently finds the corporate mass media not only blameless for their failures but stresses they are powerless to do anything about the harm done by the promotion of fake news stories. Poor powerless Facebook, Cable news, Network news, and The New York Times, boo-hoo-hoo. Of course it's impossible for them to, oh, I don't know, HIRE WRITERS who could write better commentaries than Alexandra Zapruder. Could they do that?
No, this cannot be done.
Posted by Joseph Backes at 9:02 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
See - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38114953
Someone wake up the New York Times.
Posted by Joseph Backes at 9:46 PM
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Once again the basic idea of correct aspect ratio settings and the question, "What is aspect ratio?" shows up in JFK photographic analysis
On Facebook a guy was wondering about those who think this image does not show Jack Ruby. This is Jack Ruby but with incorrect aspect ratio he looks taller and thinner than Jack Ruby. So, some people can be convinced he's not Jack Ruby and are diverted off into a waste of time trying to find out who this guy really is.
Here's the same image but with the proper aspect ratio. Now when people see this image it's clearly Jack Ruby.
So, thank you to Philip Smith!
Posted by Joseph Backes at 5:04 PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
From the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2016, Issue No. 88
November 1, 2016
Secrecy News Blog: http://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/
CIA RELEASES DRAFT HISTORY OF BAY OF PIGS
The Central Intelligence Agency yesterday released a long-sought draft of the fifth volume of its internal history of the 1961 invasion of the Bay of Pigs.
The release was among the first tangible results of this year's amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, which imposed a 25 year limit on the exemption for "deliberative" files. As a result, the 1984 draft history could no longer be legally withheld.
CIA said in a cover note that "This fifth draft volume was not publishable in its present form, in the judgment of CIA Chief Historians as well as other reviewers, because of serious shortcomings in scholarship, its polemical tone, and its failure to add significantly to an understanding of the controversy over the Bay of Pigs operation.
" Indeed, the new "volume is strange, in some respects, and interesting," said Villanova Prof. David M. Barrett, who had filed a lawsuit last summer for release of the draft history.
"Essentially, it is a critical history of the Inspector General's critical report on Bay of Pigs, which mainly blamed CIA incompetence for the failure at Bay of Pigs. [The author, CIA historian Jack] Pfeiffer says IG Lyman Kirkpatrick's report was, itself, biased and incompetent. Pfeiffer says the most obvious cause of failure at Bay of Pigs was JFK's decision to cancel a planned 2nd airstrike in support of the invaders at Bay of Pigs," Barrett said.
He noted several highlights:
Author Pfeiffer describes one of the IG report's authors as probably mentally ill (p. 75). Writing in about 1983, Pfeiffer says that CIA had kept the IG report and other internal analyses of Bay of Pigs classified Secret in order to avoid airing its "dirty laundry." (p. 4).
Pfeiffer says CIA hired a couple of people to write the true story of Bay of Pigs with the hope of having Life Magazine or another outlet publish it. Only State Dept objections stopped that from being pursued, though the authors did write the article. (p. 87-90)
At the end, Pfeiffer suggests in a footnote that the history program (where he worked!) should probably be abolished, and the raw materials it possessed should be destroyed; the Operations Directorate was hostile to it, and it was hard to see the point of the program. (p. 146)
"Not quite earth-shaking history, but I think the real story is that CIA spent much effort and money over the past 5 years to prevent [release] of this document," Barrett said.
The National Security Archive, which had previously filed suit to obtain the document, hailed its release here.
Posted by Joseph Backes at 10:14 PM