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FTR #648 Arthur Who?

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Intro­duc­tion: As elec­tion day approach­es in this remark­able year, the broad­cast takes a look at a piv­otal inci­dent from the 1972 race that has been eclipsed–the shoot­ing and crip­pling of for­mer Alaba­ma gov­er­nor George Wal­lace. With the seg­re­ga­tion­ist icon Wal­lace out of the way, Nixon’s “South­ern Strat­e­gy” of sweep­ing the racist vote and the deep South in par­tic­u­lar was in a posi­tion to suc­ceed. In late 2007, Arthur Bremer–the alleged assailant of George Wallace–was released from prison, a for­got­ten, though not unim­por­tant his­tor­i­cal fig­ure. Although his­to­ry has record­ed Bre­mer as the per­pe­tra­tor of the Wal­lace shoot­ing, the evi­dence sug­gests oth­er­wise. Seized on the spot of the shoot­ing, paraf­fin tests on Bre­mer were neg­a­tive, indi­cat­ing that he did not fire a gun. Of per­haps greater sig­nif­i­cance is the exis­tence of numer­ous evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries con­nect­ing the Wal­lace shoot­ing to Water­gate, as well as the assas­si­na­tions of Pres­i­dent Kennedy, Dr. Mar­tin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. All of these killings, like the Wal­lace shoot­ing, have been attrib­uted to “lone nuts,” act­ing inde­pen­dent­ly and with no con­nec­tion to the oth­er assas­sins. The fact of sig­nif­i­cant links between these acts argues that Amer­i­can civic and jour­nal­is­tic process has failed in a fun­da­men­tal way, remain­ing will­ful­ly obliv­i­ous to the exis­tence of a suc­cess­ful­ly lethal engine of polit­i­cal mur­der. This engine has become the ulti­mate deter­mi­nant of Amer­i­can gov­er­nance. With an incen­di­ary cam­paign being run by John McCain and Sarah Palin against the first major par­ty African-Amer­i­can can­di­date in his­to­ry, the lessons of the Wal­lace shoot­ing and the “gov­ern­men­tal gun play” that has decid­ed Amer­i­can elec­toral real­i­ty must be under­stood, if a rep­e­ti­tion of the past is to be avoid­ed.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: The pro­fes­sion­al rela­tion­ship between Arthur Bre­mer’s sis­ter and an appar­ent han­dler of Sirhan Sirhan (the alleged assas­sin of Robert F. Kennedy); the pos­si­bil­i­ty that both Bre­mer and Sirhan may have been hyp­no-pro­grammed by the same indi­vid­ual; the legal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Arthur Bre­mer’s broth­er by Ellis Rubin, who was rep­re­sent­ing some of the Water­gate bur­glars at the same time; links between the Amer­i­can Unit­ed orga­ni­za­tion and ele­ments fig­ur­ing in New Orleans Dis­trict Attor­ney Jim Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion; the pres­ence of Ed But­ler at an Amer­i­can Unit­ed press con­fer­ence alleg­ing that Sirhan worked for Fidel Cas­tro and the com­mu­nists; review of But­ler’s piv­otal role in arrang­ing a broad­cast in which Lee Har­vey Oswald pro­claimed his Marx­ist sym­pa­thies; the pos­si­bil­i­ty that Amer­i­can Unit­ed leader Antho­ny Hilder may have had fore­knowl­edge of the assas­si­na­tion of Mar­tin Luther King; review of the links between alleged RFK shoot­er Thane Eugene Cae­sar and both the CIA and Lock­heed; review of Lock­heed secu­ri­ty direc­tor James Gold­en’s role as secu­ri­ty direc­tor of Nixon’s 1968 cam­paign.

1. Begin­ning with the release of the “Arthur” for whom the pro­gram is named, the broad­cast sets forth the release of Arthur Bre­mer, con­vict­ed of shoot­ing for­mer Gov­er­nor of Alaba­ma George Wal­lace.

“In the frigid hours before dawn last Fri­day, Arthur Bre­mer emerged from the Mary­land Cor­rec­tion­al Insti­tu­tion in Hager­stown. He looked far dif­fer­ent from the man who entered in 1972 for shoot­ing Alaba­ma Gov. George Wal­lace, leav­ing him par­a­lyzed from the waist down. Gone were the blond head of hair and eeri­ly cement­ed smile; now 57, Bre­mer is bald­ing and paunchy, with a long, gray beard. Sport­ing civil­ian clothes and bear­ing three box­es of belong­ings, he exit­ed through the pris­on’s rear deliv­ery gate and was whisked away in a con­voy of six dark vehi­cles car­ry­ing state and fed­er­al law-enforce­ment offi­cers. His des­ti­na­tion was unknown, his prospects uncer­tain. . . .”

“Arthur Bre­mer Is Alone” by Catharine Skipp and Ari­an Cam­po-Flo­res; Newsweek; 11/10/07.

2. While in cus­tody, Bre­mer dis­played behav­ior that rein­forces the the­o­ry that Bre­mer may have been under mind con­trol. Sirhan Sirhan also began climb­ing the bars of his prison cell when inter­ro­gat­ed about his [alleged] shoot­ing of Robert F. Kennedy. As will be seen below, there are a num­ber of evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries con­nect­ing the assas­si­na­tion of Robert F. Kennedy and the shoot­ing of George Wal­lace. Some researchers have sug­gest­ed the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a com­mon link in the alleged mind con­trol of both Bre­mer and Sirhan.

” . . . (He [George Wal­lace III], too, reached out to Bre­mer in the ear­ly 1990s and sug­gest­ed a meet­ing. Bre­mer’s response, accord­ing to the account Wal­lace’s son says two FBI agents gave him: ‘He jumped up on the bars of his cell … and start­ed mak­ing sounds like a mon­key.’) ‘While he has com­plied with the laws of Mary­land,’ says Wal­lace, ‘is he as sta­ble as you would want?’ . . . ”


3. A major fig­ure in the South­ern resis­tance to racial inte­gra­tion, Gov­er­nor Wal­lace had run as a third par­ty can­di­date in 1968, gar­ner­ing 20% of the pop­u­lar vote. Focused on sweep­ing the racist vote, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the South, the Nixon cam­paign was fear­ful that a Wal­lace third par­ty can­di­da­cy in 1972 might threat­en the suc­cess of that “South­ern Strat­e­gy.” When Wal­lace was dis­abled by gun­fire, that pos­si­bil­i­ty was removed.

4. Although the real would-be assas­sin of George Wal­lace has nev­er been revealed, the evi­dence that Arthur Bre­mer was a pat­sy is strong. Arthur Bre­mer was seized on the spot in Lau­rel, Mary­land (where the shoot­ing took place). When paraf­fin tests were per­formed on Bre­mer, they were neg­a­tive, indi­cat­ing that Bre­mer had not fired a gun. How could Bre­mer have shot Wal­lace if the paraf­fin tests were neg­a­tive? (“The Shoot­ing of George Wal­lace” by for­mer FBI agent William W. Turn­er, con­tained in Gov­ern­ment by Gun­play edit­ed by Sid Blu­men­thal and Har­vey Yaz­i­jian and pub­lished in soft cov­er by Signet Books. This infor­ma­tion, like most of the con­tent of the first side of the pro­gram is excerpt­ed from Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M22, record­ed in July of 1988.)

5. Crit­i­cal evi­dence in the shoot­ing of George Wal­lace con­cerns the evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries con­nect­ing the Wal­lace shoot­ing to America’s oth­er assas­si­na­tions and polit­i­cal scan­dals. In this con­text, it is impor­tant to recall that the offi­cial ver­sions of the assas­si­na­tions of Pres­i­dent Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Mar­tin Luther King, as well as the Wal­lace shoot­ing, assert that lone nuts per­formed all of these acts. Yet an intel­li­gent and thor­ough study of these events finds sig­nif­i­cant links between the milieux of these “lone nuts” and the acts they sup­pos­ed­ly per­pe­trat­ed.

6. In AFA#9, we exam­ined the Rev­erend Jer­ry Owen, a right-wing evan­ge­list in the Los Ange­les area who appears to have been one of Sirhan Sirhan’s han­dlers. (Sirhan was the alleged assas­sin of Robert F. Kennedy. The evi­dence that Sirhan was a pat­sy is quite strong—the sig­nif­i­cance of Jer­ry Owen lies in his manip­u­la­tion of the pat­sy and what this tells us about the forces that arranged for Robert F. Kennedy’s mur­der.) One of Jer­ry Owen’s asso­ciates and reli­gious fol­low­ers was a woman named Gail Aiken, who was Arthur Bremer’s sis­ter! Note in this con­text that Robert Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion removed RFK as a for­mi­da­ble oppo­nent for Richard Nixon in the 1968 Pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. The shoot­ing of George Wal­lace removed a poten­tial­ly trou­ble­some fac­tor for Nixon in the 1972 race. (The Assas­si­na­tion of Robert F. Kennedy by William W. Turn­er and John Chris­t­ian; Ran­dom House [HC]; 1978.)

7. Ulti­mate­ly, Nixon was removed from office by the Water­gate scan­dal. Inter­est­ing­ly, and pos­si­bly sig­nif­i­cant­ly, Ellis Rubin, the Flori­da attor­ney who also rep­re­sent­ed many of the Water­gate bur­glars, rep­re­sent­ed Arthur Bremer’s broth­er. The Water­gate bur­glars were vet­er­ans of the CIA and the Bay of Pigs inva­sion. When vet­er­an CIA offi­cers become legal­ly entan­gled, they are usu­al­ly rep­re­sent­ed by attor­neys who also have links to the Agency. Is that the case with Ellis Rubin? What does this tell us about the broth­er of “lone nut” Arthur Bre­mer? (Idem.)

8. The avail­able evi­dence sug­gests that Sirhan Sirhan—accused assas­sin of Robert F. Kennedy—was a vic­tim of mind con­trol. Like Bre­mer, he was observed climb­ing the bars of his jail cell like a mon­key. Many assas­si­na­tion researchers have con­clud­ed that William J. Bryan, a pro­fes­sion­al hyp­no­tist with appar­ent con­nec­tion to the CIA, may well have been the chief pro­gram­mer of Sirhan Sirhan. Short­ly after Wal­lace was shot, Bryan received an emer­gency phone call from Lau­rel, Mary­land that, accord­ing to Bryan’s admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant, con­cerned the Wal­lace shoot­ing. Was Bryan involved with plac­ing Bre­mer under mind con­trol? (Idem.)

9. In AFA#8, we exam­ined the affi­davit sub­mit­ted by Robert Byron Wat­son in the inves­ti­ga­tion of the assas­si­na­tion of Dr. Mar­tin Luther King. Accord­ing to Wat­son, indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions involved with the killing of Dr. King were also involved with mur­der­ing Robert F. Kennedy. Wat­son alleges that these same men also dis­cussed the neces­si­ty of killing Wal­lace. Although they agreed with his racist views, they felt Wal­lace could not be “con­trolled” and had to be elim­i­nat­ed.

10. The sec­ond side of the broad­cast details oth­er con­nect­ing links between America’s polit­i­cal assassinations—again all sup­pos­ed­ly the work of lone nuts. (The infor­ma­tion is tak­en from “The Guns of Novem­ber Part IV,” record­ed on 11/22/1983.)

11. One of the ele­ments that fig­ures in the inves­ti­ga­tion of the assas­si­na­tion of Robert F. Kennedy is an orga­ni­za­tion called Amer­i­can Unit­ed, run by two extreme right wingers–Anthony Hilder and John Stein­bach­er. The post office box they used for some of their activ­i­ties was the same one used by the Edgar Eugene Bradley Defense Fund. Bradley was one of the peo­ple New Orleans D.A. Jim Gar­ri­son tried to have extra­dit­ed to New Orleans in con­junc­tion with his inves­ti­ga­tion of the assas­si­na­tion of JFK. Then Gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia Ronald Rea­gan turned down the request. (The Assas­si­na­tion of Robert F. Kennedy by William Turn­er and John Chris­t­ian.)

12. Short­ly after the mur­der of Robert Kennedy, a “press con­fer­ence” was staged by Hilder and Stein­bach­er at which an anti-Cas­tro Cuban Jose Anto­nio Duarte alleged that Sirhan was actu­al­ly being run by—you guessed it—Fidel Cas­tro and com­mu­nists. One of the atten­dees at this event was Ed But­ler, a vet­er­an intel­li­gence oper­a­tive who ran the Infor­ma­tion Coun­cil of the Amer­i­c­as for Dr. Alton Ochsner. This orga­ni­za­tion arranged the inter­view with Lee Har­vey Oswald in which he pro­claimed his Marx­ist sym­pa­thies. This inter­view was broad­cast all over the coun­try after Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion, lead­ing many to pre­sume that com­mu­nists killed Pres­i­dent Kennedy. (Idem.)

13. In late 1967, Hilder attempt­ed to pay for hyp­no­sis lessons he had tak­en with a pis­tol and car­tridges. He said he knew things, “big things, polit­i­cal things” and went on to say that there would soon be an event that would spark the most seri­ous race riots in Amer­i­can his­to­ry. He added that his asso­ciate might need the weapon for self defense. Months lat­er, the assas­si­na­tion of Dr. Mar­tin Luther King sparked the great­est race riots in Amer­i­can his­to­ry up until that time. Did Hilder have fore­knowl­edge of the assas­si­na­tion of Dr. King? (Idem.)

14. the pro­gram high­lights the actions of Thane Eugene Cesar on the evening of Robert F. Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion. Work­ing as a secu­ri­ty guard at the Ambas­sador Hotel on the fate­ful evening, Cae­sar was iden­ti­fied by one eye­wit­ness as the man who fired a shot [osten­si­bly return­ing fire] that “acci­den­tal­ly” struck Robert Kennedy. Cae­sar was in per­fect posi­tion to have fired the fatal shots, stand­ing behind Robert Kennedy. A num­ber of things sug­gest that Cesar’s motives may not have been “acci­den­tal.”

Employed by Lockheed’s Bur­bank facil­i­ty in an area allo­cat­ed to work on the CIA’s U2 project, Cae­sar was a known polit­i­cal reac­tionary who hat­ed Kennedy. [Among the evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries run­ning between the assas­si­na­tion of Robert Kennedy and America’s oth­er polit­i­cal assas­si­na­tions is the fact that Lee Har­vey Oswald was also asso­ci­at­ed with the U2 project. The secu­ri­ty direc­tor of Richard Nixon’s 1968 cam­paign was James Gold­en, on leave from his posi­tion of direc­tor of secu­ri­ty for Lock­heed.] A doc­tri­naire racist, Cae­sar was in con­tact with Amer­i­can Nazi groups and has giv­en con­tra­dic­to­ry infor­ma­tion about his activ­i­ties in con­nec­tion with Kennedy’s slay­ing. At first able to pre­cise­ly recount the num­ber, loca­tion and angle of Sen­a­tor Kennedy’s wounds [when inter­viewed by a broad­cast jour­nal­ist short­ly after the shoot­ing], Cae­sar lat­er claimed not to have been able to see the event clear­ly and not to have dis­tinct mem­o­ries of the inci­dent. The own­er of a gun like that Sirhan alleged­ly used to kill Kennedy, Cae­sar claimed to have sold it to an asso­ciate sev­er­al months before RFK’s killing. In point of fact, he sold the weapon to that col­league after the assas­si­na­tion. Lat­er, the weapon was stolen from the home of Caesar’s friend, who had moved to Arkansas.


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