Panel to highlight national security and death of JFK

JFK’s assassination has to be understood as “a national security event.” Two historians will explain why at the University of North Texas next week on November 2.

The historians are:

Thurston Clarke, author of “JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and Emergence of a Great President.” and David E. Kaiser, author of “The Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy,”

If I lived in north Texas, I would go hear what they have to say.

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2 comments

  1. leslie sharp says:

    Wasn’t this formerly North Texas State University, and didn’t NTSU secure all of Marguerite Oswald’s documents? Can anyone explain, let alone justify, how that transfer of significant information took place, let alone who orchestrated the transfer? I’ve researched it to some extent and came away with an unsatisfactory conclusion involving a librarian and a Ft. Worth lawyer.

    Didn’t Warren Caster, tenant of the TSBD, make a sales call on Vernon Payne, administrator for NTSU on November 22, 1963, rather than view President Kennedy’s parade from the perfect window overlooking Elm Street?

    Wasn’t it Warren Caster who just happened to purchase a Remington rifle at Sears and bring it back to the TSBD on the Wednesday prior to the assassination? and didn’t Caster and Roy Truly examine the rifle in the presence of Lee Harvey Oswald? Might they have said, “hey, Lee, why don’t you bring in that rifle you’re so proud of and show it to us, but do it on the quiet?”

    Didn’t Caster’s contact at NTSU, Vernon Payne, have a professional history at Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico where the study of “human behavior” was a core curriculum associated with the US Government?

    Purely Circumstantial? Absolutely. But why North Texas State University?

    Other circumstantial data: the Cabell Dairy (Earl and Charles Cabell, Mayor of Dallas and fired CIA executive respectively) owned the family dairy farm just south of Denton, home of NTSU. The Cabell’s were neighbors of Alvin Mansfield Owsley, founding member of the American Legion and former US Ambassador behind the Iron Curtain who was married into the military-industrial complex, Indiana- based Ball Corporation; Owsley would have been influential in scheduling the National Convention of the American Legion in Dallas, post the Kennedy Assassination, in the Summer of 1964.

    Purely circumstantial? Absolutely.

  2. Eric Saunders says:

    That is interesting about Clarke. His book on RFK is very good, except for the way that it deals with the assassination. He spends the whole book painting a picture of a politician who was gaining more and more momentum by challenging militarism and economic exploitation, the dark heart of the imperial status quo. The assassination has an inevitable quality, yet Clarke just accepts Sirhan as the shooter, even though the autopsy combined with eye witness statements should rule him out. I guess that was just Clarke being a good liberal. All that said, I am curious to hear how he has evolved on the Kennedy assassination.

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