From Dick Russell, via News From Underground, comes word of an evening about New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, hero of the movie “JFK,” on Jan. 31 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
I doubt the evening will be “the last word,” but the event is sure to be informative, especially for those who haven’t decided whether Garrison was truly a hero, or something of a scoundrel.
And if the proceedings get too heavy for you, it sounds like comedian Richard Belzer may crack a few jokes.
My view of Jim Garrison is this:
Whatever else you can say about the guy, the fact the CIA’s Counterintelligence (CI) Staff was secretly trying to subvert his investigation in New Orleans in 1967 and 1968 indicates that he was looking into events that involved CI equities, including a CIA operation against the Fair Play for Cuba Committee launched in September 1963.
James Angleton, the legendary chief of the CI staff, certainly could not afford to disclose all that he knew about Oswald in the weeks before JFK was killed.
(Here’s a CI Staff report from April 1967 about Garrison’s investigation and the sorts of issues it was stirring up: “Possible DRE Animus Towards President Kennedy.“)
I think Jim Garrison was on to something important, even if he didn’t have a very clear idea of what it was. I could be wrong.
The problem is that the CIA’s records of certain operations in late 1963 remain, unbelievably, the subject of official classification in 2014 — with the unfortunate approval of Eric Holder’s Justice Department and the Obama White House.
Thus official secrecy makes it hard to pass definitive judgements on Jim Garrison even after all these years.
Watch John Barbour’s film, “The Garrison Tapes” for more background on the crusading New Orleans prosecutor.
From Dick Russell:
“On January 31 at UNLV’s Greenspun Auditorium, a panel including some of the world’s best known and most credible assassination researchers will participate in a live, world-wide webcast about JFK, in particular, the investigation launched by former New Orleans DA Jim Garrison. Longtime TV host and producer John Barbour will screen his groundbreaking film about Garrison, and the panelists will take questions from the audience.
The onstage guests will include author Jim Marrs, whose book about the JFK plot was one of the inspirations for the Oliver Stone film, longtime assassination researcher and author Dick Russell, and historian-author Joan Mellen. Barbour says the panelists will tell what they know about Garrison’s investigation which constitutes “the greatest true story never told.” The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public. Among those helping to get the word out about the UNLV event is comedian and JFK researcher Richard Belzer.