Recent 2016 Political Assassination Research Events
Note: Listing here or participation by a CAPA member does not constitute endorsement of other views at the event
CAPA, ‘Sunshine Week’: NARA Progress In Releasing Final JFK Assassination Papers By October, 2017 Deadline, March 16, 2017, National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC. Leaders in the JFK research community will convene during the news industry’s annual “Sunshine Week” to underscore the historical importance of the scheduled release next October by the National Archives of the final batch of declassified documents about the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. CAPA has reserved a room from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, with the flexibility to adjust according to schedules of the VIP participants.
Keynote: The Hon. John R. Tunheim, J.D., Chief U.S. District Judge, Minnesota, and former chairman, Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB)
Cyril H. Wecht, J.D., M.D., forensic pathologist, medical school professor, leader or former leader of multiple professional societies, author or co-author of nearly 50 books, CAPA chairman, and former Allegheny County coroner for 20 years;
James H. Lesar, J.D., FOIA expert, attorney, and president, Assassination Archives & Research Center (AARC);
John M. Newman, Ph.D., author of Oswald and the CIA and other books, former Army intelligence officer and assistant to the National Security Agency director, and former University of Maryland professor;
Jefferson Morley, author of “Our Man In Mexico City” and other books, AlterNet Washington correspondent, JFKFacts.org editor, litigant of many JFK FOIA cases, and former Washington Post reporter;
Lawrence Schnapf, J.D., attorney and CAPA board member; and
Andrew Kreig, J.D., Justice Integrity Project director, author, attorney, and member of CAPA board, National Press Club and American Society of News Editors (ASNE).
Other speakers and program details TBA. Sunshine Week was created by ASNE and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) to foster open government.
October (dates TBA), New Orleans, LA (at airport in Kerner, LA)
Fourth Annual Oswald Conference, October, New Orleans, LA, Crowne Plaza Hotel-Airport ( 2829 Williams Blvd., Kerner, LA), Produced by TrineDay Books. Details from 2016 event, with 2017 details TBA.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is scheduled under 1992 Congressional legislation to release remaining classified records pertaining to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Experts have estimated that some 3,600 records will be released unless President Trump intervenes on the grounds of national security.
CAPA Legal Committee, Mock Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, Nov. 16-17, South Texas Law School, Houston, TX. The CAPA Legal Committee co-chaired by attorneys Lawrence Schnapf and Bill Simpich is organizing a mock trial in cooperation with the South Texas Law School. It will use 21st Century techniques and what has been learned from the Innocence Project and the 2009 National Academy Science report on forensic evidence to examine the evidence used by the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations to identify Lee Harvey Oswald as the alleged sole assassin of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
Nov. 17-18, 2017, Dallas, TX
JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, 2017 November In Dallas Conference, Adolphus Hotel, Nov. 17-18, 2017, 1321 Commerce St., Dallas, TX. Celebrating its 21st Conference: 1996-2017. Produced by Sherry Fiester, Debra Conway and JFK Lancer Productions. Details from 2016. The 2017 schedule is to be announced.
Nov. 17-18, 2016, Dallas, TX
JFK Conferences, 2017 JFK Assassination Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nov. 17-19, 2017, 1015 Elm Street, Dallas, TX. Fifth Annual Conference. Produced by Judyth Vary Baker of JFK Conferences. Details from 2016. DVDs of the conference may be ordered via this email for $35 far “raw, unedited” version and $45 for edited version. The 2017 schedule is to be announced. A call for papers has a deadline of Sept. 1. Submissions should be via the conference producer, with recommendation that they comply with guidelines here.
JFK Remembrance, Dealey Plaza, Noon, Nov. 22, 2017, Dallas, TX. Speakers and audiences plan to gather in honor the murdered President Kennedy at the scene of his fatal shooting in 1963.
Read below for previous events and also those relevant plays and films that are performed on an ongoing basis.
CAPA, Dallas JFK ceremony observes ‘moment of silence; Mourners hold vigil at DC’s Kennedy Center, Nov. 22, 2016. Among events honoring slain President John F. Kennedy’s legacy was one at Dealey Plaza in Dallas and another at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
November, 2016 (Major Conferences, Screenings)
Nov. 18-20, 2016, Dallas, TX
JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, 2016 November In Dallas Conference, Adolphus Hotel, Nov. 18-20, 2016, 1321 Commerce St., Dallas, TX. Celebrating its 20th Conference: 1996-2016. Produced by Sherry Fiester, Debra Conway and JFK Lancer Productions. Details.
- Friday, Nov. 18: Presentations
- Saturday, Nov 19: Presentations
- Sunday, Nov. 20: Free Walking Tours, Remembrance Ceremony
Speakers (tentative order, beginning Friday): Alan Dale and Larry Hancock, Debra Conway, Bill and Gayle Newman, with Stephen Fagin, Jim DiEugenio, Marie Fonzi, Bill Simpich, Joan Mellen, Joe Backes, Carmine Savastano. (Saturday) Mark Shaw, Stu Wexler, Brian Edwards, Russ Baker, Casey Quinlan, Anna Marie Kuhns-Walko, Gary Murr, Larry Hancock, Stu Wexler, Michael Marcades, Gary Shaw, Beverly Oliver Massagee.
Nov. 18-20, 2016, Dallas, TX
JFK Conferences, 2016 JFK Assassination Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nov. 18-20, 2016, 1015 Elm Street, Dallas, TX. Fourth Annual Conference. Produced by Judyth Vary Baker of JFK Conferences and Lorien Fenton of Conscious Community Events. Details.
- Friday, Nov. 18: Presentations
- Saturday, Nov 19: Presentations
- Sunday, Nov. 20: Presentations
- Tuesday, Nov. 22: Remembrance Ceremony
Speakers (in alphabetical order) include: John Barbour, Judyth Vary Baker, Richard Bartholomew, Abraham Bolden (witness & author), Ole Dammegard, Gary Fannin, Gordon Ferrie (witness),Dr. James Fetzer, Victoria Hawes (witness), St. John Hunt (witness & author), Mary Morgan Jenkins (witness), Andrew Kreig, Roy Lewis (witness), Wayne Madsen, Jim Marrs, Barr McClellan (witness & author), Angelina Nobile (witness), Beverly Oliver (witness & author), Shane O’Sullivan, Vince Palamara, Claudia Rodick (witness), Larry Rivera, Rick Russo, Francis Gary Powers, Jr. (witness & author), Phil Singer (witness), Roger Stone (witness & author), Edgar F. Tatro (witness & author), Dr. Cyril Wecht, Stan Weeber, John B. Wells, Chana Willis (witness) and a notable Mystery Guest.
Texas Theatre, Premiere Screening of “The Searchers” Scheduled for Nov. 21, Oct. 7, 2016. The first public screening of “The Searchers,” a feature documentary film by Randolph Benson, co-sponsored by JFK Lancer, will be Monday, Nov. 21 at the Texas Theatre in Dallas. Fourteen years in the making, the film uses never before seen interviews, archival footage and recently declassified documents to chronicle the past and present of these ordinary citizens and their contributions to revealing the truth about the crime of the 20th century.
Suffering ridicule, and being labeled with the intellectual scarlet letter of conspiracy theorists, these individuals have challenged the institutions of power for over 50 years. They have fought against great odds to, as they often proclaim, “take back our history!”
The film features Cyril Wecht, Robert Groden, Josiah “Tink” Thompson, Mark Lane, John Judge, Jim Marrs, Jim DiEugenio, Debra Conway, Gary Aguilar, Lisa Pease, Rex Bradford, Walt Brown, Andy Winiarczyk and John Kelin, among many others.
All profits from this special screening will go to the JFK Lancer Student Scholarship Fund. Reserve tickets here.
Texas Theatre, Screening of “The American Media: The 2nd Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” Film by John Barbour, Nov. 21, 2016. Featuring Q&A with John Barbour.
Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL), NYT Bestsellers To Debate JFK Assassination Nov. 22 in Florida, Staff report, Nov. 20, 2016. Roger Stone and Gerald Posner will debate JFK’s assassination in a debate moderated by the Miami Herald’s Glenn Garvin. On the 53rd anniversary of that fateful day in Dealey Plaza, South Florida will be hosting a debate on competing theories surrounding the murder. Roger Stone, (shown at right) a veteran political operative and advisor to Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Bush will face investigative reporter Gerald Posner. Both men have written extensively detailed books on the matter and have competing theories on the crime that rocked the world.
In The Man Who Killed Kennedy, The Case Against LBJ, Stone colorfully posits that Vice President Lyndon Banes Johnson was behind the assassination. Posner’s Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK Assassination, relentlessly defends the findings of the Warren Commission, which declared Lee Harvey Oswald acted completely alone. The debate will be moderated by veteran journalist Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald and will be hosted at the Coral Gables Books & Books.
Roger Stone is a seasoned operative and pundit. A veteran of nine national presidential campaigns, he has served as a senior campaign aide to three Republican presidents. Described as a “fascinating and colorful figure who has played a role in GOP politics for decades”, Stone is a NYT bestselling author of The Man Who Killed Kennedy, Nixon’s Secrets, and The Clintons War On Women. He had a prominent role in the 2016 presidential election as an informal advisor to President-elect Donald Trump.
Gerald Posner (above left) is an award winning journalist, bestselling author and attorney. The Los Angeles Times dubs him “a classic-style investigative journalist.” “His work is painstakingly honest journalism” concluded The Washington Post. The New York Times lauded his “exhaustive research techniques” and The Boston Globe talked of Posner’s “thorough and hard-edge investigation.” “A meticulous and serious researcher,” said the New York Daily News.
Carroll County Times-Georgian (Georgia), JFK exhibit at Ingram Library, Melanie Boyd, Oct. 26, 2016. The “Hidden History of the John F. Kennedy Assassination” exhibit opened Monday at the Ingram Library on the University of West Georgia campus. The exhibit, which will be up through Nov. 22, will include a free presentation by Lamar Waldron on Nov. 9. Waldron has written several books about JFK and his assassination. His talk will focus on evidence that the president was killed as the result of a conspiracy, a claim that has been rejected by many authorities, yet persists among many other scholars.
One of Waldron’s books on the JFK assassination, Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination, is currently being developed as a feature-length motion picture that will star Leonardo DiCaprio. Waldron has also been interviewed numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.
McClendon News Service, Author Andrew Kreig: Lecture at National Press Club Nov. 17 to advocate Obama pardons for political prisoners and renewed Kennedy assassination disclosures, John Edward Hurley, Nov. 17, 2016. President Obama should pardon the nation’s leading political prisoners and whistleblowers as a lasting legacy, according to Justice Integrity Project Editor Andrew Kreig, author of many investigative stories, including this week’s President Obama, I Beg Your Post-Election Pardon, which documents political prosecution, assassination, and media issues.
Justice for those have been framed in high-profile, historic cases — which include the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy (shown in file photo) — would provide a vital civic lesson, he said as the nation wrestles with what Electoral College winner Donald Trump has called campaign for “law and order.”
The lecture organized by the McClendon News Service chaired by John Hurley at 7 p.m. is open to the public at the National Press Club. Discussion is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by an optional no-host dinner with the speaker [shown above and a member of the CAPA board of directors, among other professional and civic groups].
National Press Club, Merriman Smith and UPI’s Glory Days, Gil Klein, Nov. 17, 2016. In the 1960s UPI and AP fought head to head for every second of every story. No one epitomized that competition more than Merriman Smith, who served as UPI’s White House correspondent from the Franklin Roosevelt administration through Richard Nixon. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of John Kennedy’s assassination. He and the AP correspondent fought over the telephone in the press pool car just four car’s back from the presidential limousine.
At a Nov. 17 program on Smith and UPI’s Glory Days at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, a stellar panel of people who knew Smith will include:
• Bill Sanderson, whose new biography of Smith, Bulletins from Dallas, was released in November.
• Al Spivak, a former UPI White House correspondent.
• Gwen Gibson, who worked closely with Smith in the Eisenhower White House who went on to the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Daily News.
• Sid Davis, who as a correspondent with Westinghouse Broadcasting Co., was in the motorcade when Kennedy was shot and was aboard Air Force One with Smith when Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president. He went on to Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News.
• Tom Johnson, a young assistant press secretary in the Johnson White House who got to know Smith well. Johnson went on to be publisher of the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning news, and president of CNN.
The panel was moderated by Mike Freedman, who had been managing editor of UPI’s Broadcast Division and now is a senior vice president at the University of Maryland University College and is a member of the Club’s Board of Governors.
Los Angeles Times, Review Shakespeare meets Oliver Stone in ‘The Tragedy of JFK,’ Philip Brandes, Nov. 1, 2016. Friends, readers, theatergoers, lend me your eyes; I come to praise “The Tragedy of JFK (as told by Wm Shakespeare)” at the Skylight Theatre, not to bury it. Daniel Henning’s adaptation of “Julius Caesar” is an audacious new production from the Blank Theatre Company, one that inventively maps Shakespeare’s historical drama to figures and events surrounding the 1963 Kennedy assassination. Marrying director Henning’s deep knowledge of both classical theater and JFK conspiracy theories, the play transposes Shakespeare’s plot to the political intrigues of an Oliver Stone-worthy cabal at the highest levels of our government.
Oct. 14-16, New Orleans, LA (at airport in Kerner, LA)
Third Annual Oswald Conference, Oswald: The Patsy, Oct. 14-16, New Orleans, LA, Crowne Plaza Hotel-Airport ( 2829 Williams Blvd., Kerner, LA), Produced by TrineDay, Conscious Community Events, and the JFK Historical Group. Details: http://oswaldconference.com. The conference will explore Lee Harvey Oswald’s role in the long-running national nightmare. “Oswald was a ‘patsy,’ just as he said,” according to event organizer Kris Millegan. “We will be looking at Oswald’s life in New Orleans, explore other topics such as David Ferrie, Dr. Mary Sherman, and the Garrison trial, plus, testimony from military medical personnel, who were present at JFK’s autopsy, showing the impossibility of Oswald’s alleged actions.” Detailed speaker bios: Detailed Speaker Bios at: http://media.trineday.com/index.php/upcoming-events/oswald-convention-2016/item/85-speaker-bios.
Speakers (in planned order of appearance) include: Kris Millegan, Edward Haslam, Edgar Tatro, David Denton, Sean Stone, George Noory, Tom Danheiser, S. K. Bain, Ole Dammegard, Len Colodny, Judyth Vary Baker, St. John Hunt, Todd C. Elliott, Hubert Clark, Dennis David, James Jenkins, William Matson Law, Roger Stone, Gary Fannin, Gary Severin, Russ Baker.
Sept. 9, Pittsburgh, PA
Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science, More than Meets the Ear: Audio Forensics from JFK to Trayvon Martin, Duquesne Union, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 9, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Produced by Wecht Forensic Institute in partnership with the Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA). Details: www.duq.edu/forensics.
An often overlooked weapon in the arsenal of crime scene investigators is the relatively new and rapidly expanding discipline of audio forensics, which involves the acquisition, analysis and evaluation of sound recordings that may ultimately be presented as evidence in a court of law. By submitting acoustic evidence to precise scientific measurement and interpretation, audio forensic experts are able to bring significant forensic value to such questions as the number, timing, echo and acoustic signature of recorded sounds. Speakers include: nationally renowned audio forensic experts Ed and Mike Primeau, sound designer Don Maue, and audio forensic expert witness Thomas Kikta, for this opportunity to gain new insights into the uses of acoustic evidence, including the importance of audio in a video recording, how that evidence is interpreted through scientific theories and subjective opinions, and the role of acoustic evidence in litigation. In addition to a re-examination of a seldom studied aspect of the JFK assassination, modern-day case studies will include the Laquan McDonald shooting by Chicago police officer Jason VanDyke in 2014 and the Trayvon Martin shooting by Sanford, FL neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in 2012.
Sept. 8, Clear Lake, Iowa
Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce (Iowa), U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim of Minneapolis, former chairman of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board, spoke Sept. 8 at the Best Western Holiday Lodge, sponsored by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce. The program is free and open to the public.
As reported by John Skipper of the Mason City Globe Gazette in Expert on JFK assassination to speak in Clear Lake:
Tunheim, chairman of the review board from 1994-98 (and shown in a file photo), will discuss the assassination and the many evidentiary issues concerning the assassination that are still talked about today. These include the Warren Commission, the “magic bullet” theory, Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. The discussion will also address questions concerning organized crime and involvement of foreign governments. Tim Coffey, chief executive officer of the Chamber, said millions of Americans will never forget the assassination and its aftermath.
“To learn more about what really happened in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, is incredibly important in the history of our country,” he said. Tunheim will describe the many legal and procedural obstacles faced by the board in its efforts to open documents from government agencies.
Related News Coverage: Deep State Panels at the 2016 Left Forum
This year’s annual Left Forum conference included two panels with CAPA speakes May 20-22 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City. One panel was filmed by False Flag Weekly News (No Lies Radio), which seeks a donation for support.
- Assassinations and Their Cover-Ups: Speakers: Andrew Kreig, Russ Baker, William Pepper.
Dr. Pepper, a King family friend and author, published a new book June 21 naming the murderers. It presented to the public first hand evidence to revise the official history behind the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. , as documented in The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The book’s author, human rights attorney William Pepper, compiled 39 years of private and legal investigation into solving the murder of one of the world’s greatest civil rights and non-violent anti-war heroes.
Pepper was Dr. King’s personal friend during the latter year of his life. Later he legally represented James Earl Ray and the King family to exonerate Ray and indict the US government as a conspirator in the assassination. Pepper’s evidence is based upon tens of thousands of hours of research, key sworn depositions, legal testimonies and private interviews with hundreds of persons both guilty and innocent.
A second CAPA-related panel at Left Forum was: The JFK Murder Cover-up: Your Rosetta Stone To Today’s News, Elections, Policy, Lawrence Schnapf, Jerry Policoff, and Andrew Kreig, New York, NY, May 22, 2016.
Session description: The 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed American history by marking the ascendancy of a “Deep State” of hidden political controls that continue to influence governmental policy. This panel focuses upon the impact of a cover-up, which occurred with the complicity of leading officials, media and academics. The panel establishes basic facts and suggests ways for effective citizen action to redress the president’s murder, end the continuing widespread suppression of basic facts, and restrict these hidden forces from intimidating government officials and thought leaders. The unique record of more than two thousand books and three million pages of declassified documents on the JFK killing provide tools to under the crises that bedevil today’s angry voters.
The panel opens with “CSI-JFK” as New York attorney Lawrence Schnapf summarizes JFK crime scene evidence. He will use forensic evidence from the Innocence Project and the 2009 National Academy of Sciences report to show why accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald could never have been convicted of the crime if he had faced a fair trial. Next, journalist Jerry Policoff draws on his nearly half century of research into media coverage of the killing to reveal how a cover-up operated and why it continues. He examines the gross shortcomings of the most prestigious and otherwise important mass media and underscores their close ties (beneath their First Amendment rhetoric) to the nation’s financial establishment and national security apparatus. Investigative reporter, author and attorney Andrew Kreig connects the dots between the JFK cover-up and those of similar “Deep State” plots against democracy extending to the present, including ongoing efforts to thwart fair presidential elections. He shows how cover up techniques used to hide the JFK murder facts – including blue-ribbon commissions and smears of critics as “conspiracy theorists” – has fostered corrupt, anti-democratic policies on current issues.
The three speakers are directors of a new non-partisan research group, Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA). They will describe how audience members can shape the research and activism CAPA and similar groups. One focus of CAPA is to secure the release by the National Archives of remaining records mandated for release by the 1992 “JFK Act.” But the scope of relevant government secrets, crimes and their public importance ranges far wider than JFK records, and calls for group action.
The first Annual Oswald Conference was in New Orleans at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (airport) Oct. 16-18. This conference is sponsored by the JFK Historical Group, which last year presented evidence in Washington, DC, of corruption in the Warren Commission. Its members include Judyth Vary Baker, who knew Lee Harvey Oswald, whom the Commission claimed killed President Kennedy. “Lee Oswald,” she says, “is New Orleans’ native son. Thanks to the books Me & Lee and Dr. Mary’s Monkey, support has grown to the point that it could no longer be ignored.” The conference begins each day at 9 AM and continues until 11 PM. A birthday party for Lee (he would have been 76) will be held on Oct. 18. “It’s a political statement,” Baker says. “By holding this birthday party, we are showing how Lee would have been treated if he had not been made into a patsy.” Details.
JFK Lancer Productions and Publications, Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, TX. From Nov. 20-22, JFK Lancer holds its annual conference on the assassination and Warren Commission report in Dallas. Speakers include: Moderator Alan Dale, Bill Garnet, Jacque Lueth, Russ Baker, Jacob Carter, Jim DiEugenio, Sherry Fiester, John Hunt, William Law, Jim Jenkins, Dr. David Mantik, Gary Murr, Bill Simpich, Pat Speer, David Talbot, Larry Hancock, Stu Wexler. Details. JFK Lancer (named for the JFK’s Secret Service code name “Lancer”) is a historical research company specializing in the administration and assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was founded in 1995 by Thomas A. Jones and Debra J. Conway, with the latter its current president. Its description: “We subscribe to the values of patriotism, excellence, integrity and dedication to the revealing of truth surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Our goal is to make research materials concerning Kennedy’s assassination easily available to everyone. Our prime concern is the accuracy of history and the true story of the turbulent 1960s.”
The third Annual JFK Assassination Conference will be in Dallas at the Crown Plaza Hotel, three blocks from Dealey Plaza, Nov. 20-22, 2015. “New witnesses and highly respected researchers will be presenting the truth about the Kenned assassination,” says founder Judyth Vary Baker, who knew Lee Harvey Oswald and has been fighting for his exoneration. “At this conference, we do not debate whether Oswald killed Kennedy. Every speaker knows that Lee was a patsy, just as he said. Instead, we look at who had the means, the motives and the opportunity not only to kill Kennedy, but to direct the media for over 50 years to cover it up. The people have always resisted the lie that Oswald shot Kennedy. At this conference, they’ll get the truth.” Details.
Reopen Kennedy Case is a 2015 conference Nov. 21-22 at the Mercure in Melbourne. Australia. A major organizer is Greg Parker, author of Lee Harvey Oswald’s Cold War: Why the Kennedy Assassination Should Be Reinvestigated. He describes the mission of the conference and a related web forum of the same name as follows: “To have the Kennedy assassination reopened by developing new leads and evidence, re-examination of old leads and evidence, the development and encouragement of new ideas and the innovative use of social media. Along the way, we will take this mission seriously — not ourselves.” For details, visit website or email rokcevents (at) reopenkennedycase.org.