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FTR #190 Interview with Bill Davy

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The 1991 release of the Oliv­er Stone film JFK led to the release of pre­vi­ous­ly clas­si­fied gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments about the Kennedy assas­si­na­tion. Rely­ing on some of this recent­ly released doc­u­men­ta­tion and his own exten­sive prob­ing of the case, author Bill Davy has craft­ed a bril­liant and thor­ough­ly read­able vol­ume that does much to vin­di­cate New Orleans Dis­trict Attor­ney Jim Gar­ri­son.

In this pro­gram, Davy dis­cuss­es his book Let Jus­tice Be Done: New Light on the Jim Gar­ri­son Inves­ti­ga­tion (Jor­dan Pub­lish­ing, copy­right 1999.) Gar­ri­son was clear­ly onto some­thing. The broad­cast begins with dis­cus­sion of a House Select Com­mit­tee on Assas­si­na­tions memo indi­cat­ing that Clay Shaw (indict­ed by Gar­ri­son) may have been one of the high-lev­el plan­ners (or a cut-out to the high-lev­el plan­ners) of the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy. After high­light­ing a memo from the CIA chief in New Orleans to Lan­g­ley indi­cat­ing that Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion was on the right track, the dis­cus­sion turns to David Fer­rie’s mys­te­ri­ous hunt­ing trip on the week­end of the assas­si­na­tion. (A sus­pect almost from the begin­ning of Gar­rison’s inquiry, Fer­rie also claimed that his mys­te­ri­ous ven­ture was under­tak­en for the pur­pose of ice-skat­ing. His ali­bi is full of holes and not cred­i­ble.)

Next, the pro­gram sets forth the mys­te­ri­ous 544 Camp Street / 531 Lafayette Place address that housed both Lee Har­vey Oswald’s Fair Play for Cuba Com­mit­tee and the Guy Ban­nis­ter Detec­tive Agency. (The alleged com­mu­nist Oswald was the only mem­ber of the New Orleans chap­ter of the FPCC, which shared an address with the oper­a­tions of the vio­lent­ly anti-com­mu­nist Ban­nis­ter’s office. Ban­nis­ter appears to have been deeply involved with the anti-Cas­tro efforts in the New Orleans.) Fer­rie worked with Ban­nis­ter against the Cas­tro regime.

The pro­gram doc­u­ments numer­ous con­nec­tions between prin­ci­pal fig­ures in the case and, in turn, con­nects them to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty. Par­tic­u­lar empha­sis is on the high lev­el gov­ern­men­tal obstruc­tion of Gar­rison’s probe and the role of the media in sub­vert­ing and dis­cred­it­ing the inves­ti­ga­tion.

Pro­gram Higlights Include: Fer­rie’s and Shaw’s involve­ment in the Freeport Sul­phur endeav­or (link­ing both of them to each oth­er and the anti-Cas­tro effort); the Clin­ton Louisiana inci­dent con­nect­ing Oswald, Shaw and Fer­rie in an appar­ent sur­veil­lance of black vot­er reg­is­tra­tion efforts in that city; the Houma muni­tions bur­glary (con­nect­ed to the Bay of Pigs inva­sion); a CIA plan to stage a fake attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Guan­tanamo as a pre­text to invade Cuba; the Deputy Chief Coun­sel of the House Select Com­mit­tee’s state­ment that the com­mit­tee saw a film of an anti-Cas­tro train­ing facil­i­ty that linked Oswald to Ban­nis­ter and CIA offi­cial David Atlee Phillips; Oswald’s attempt to gain employ­ment at a Louisiana hos­pi­tal that was involved in the CIA’s MKULTRA pro­gram; con­nec­tions of Dr. Alton Ochsner to that same facil­i­ty; CIA con­nec­tions of Lloyd Cobb, Shaw’s supe­ri­or at the Inter­na­tion­al Trade Mart; the mys­te­ri­ous Mary­dale Farm (a prob­a­ble train­ing site for the assas­si­na­tion); Ku Klux Klan con­nec­tions of Lloyd Cob­b’s broth­er Alvin; con­fir­ma­tion of Shaw’s use of the alias “Clay Bertrand;” attor­ney Dean Andrews’ con­nec­tions to Oswald; Clay Shaw’s numer­ous con­nec­tions to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty; Jus­tice bepart­ment efforts to under­mine Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion; the mur­der of Fer­rie asso­ciate Ela­dio Del Valle (like Fer­rie, involved in the anti-Cas­tro effort; hos­tile fig­ures who infil­trat­ed Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion includ­ing Tom Bethell, William Wood (a.k.a. Bill Box­ley) and Bernar­do de Tor­res; attempts at intim­i­dat­ing Gar­rison’s wit­ness­es; writer James Phe­lan’s hit-piece on Gar­ri­son; jour­nal­ist Hugh Aynesworth’s con­nec­tions to the CIA and his smear­ing of Gar­ri­son; Wal­ter Sheri­dan’s NBC attack on Gar­ri­son and Sheri­dan’s con­nec­tions to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty; Ban­nis­ter asso­ciate Aaron Kohn’s attack on Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion; rebut­tal of the spu­ri­ous but oft-repeat­ed alle­ga­tions that Gar­ri­son was tied to orga­nized crime. (Record­ed on 1/9/2000.)


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