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FTR #751 Interview with Russ Baker

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [1] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

Lis­ten: MP3

FTR #751 [2] (30-min­utes, only)

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The death of Robert F. Kennedy

Intro­duc­tion: Revis­it­ing Russ Bak­er, the author of Fam­i­ly of Secrets [4], we cov­ered a num­ber of top­ics.

We began with a recent addi­tion to a long line of intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty dis­in­for­ma­tion about the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy. A retired CIA offi­cer named Bri­an Latell [5] has pub­lished a book hint­ing that Oswald was fol­low­ing “com­mu­nist” han­dlers, a line of dis­in­for­ma­tion that helped to dis­suade [6] many from a seri­ous inves­ti­ga­tion of the assas­si­na­tion at the time.

Arguably the best known of the ped­dlers of dis­in­for­ma­tion about the Kennedy assas­si­na­tion is Ger­ald Pos­ner. We detailed Russ’ arti­cle about Ger­ald Pos­ner’s most recent line of endeav­or–flack­ing for the broth­er of Hamid Karzai [7], the pres­i­dent of Afghanistan. Ahmed Karzai has been accused of ties to drug smug­gling and of accept­ing gra­tu­ities from the CIA.

Not­ed as being one of the most suc­cess­ful and high pro­file of the res­i­dent attack dogs at Fox News, Bill O’Reil­ly [8] did some good work on the JFK assas­si­na­tion, once upon a time.

We con­clud­ed the inter­view with the top­ic of the assas­si­na­tion of Robert Kennedy. We dis­cussed the RFK assas­si­na­tion’s return [9] to the court­room, behind the efforts of attor­ney William Pep­per.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: the inter­est­ing back­ground of Sirhan Sirhan’s first attor­ney, Grant Coop­er; Bill O’Reil­ly’s Dam­as­cus Road con­ver­sion to the “Lee Har­vey Oswald as lone nut” view of the JFK assas­si­na­tion; review of the fact that more shots were fired in the Ambas­sador Hotel than Sirhan could pos­si­bly have dis­charged; review of the coro­ner’s evi­dence in the RFK assas­si­na­tion; review of some of the basic facts of Pres­i­dent Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion.

1. Begin­ning with a recent addi­tion to a long line of intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty dis­in­for­ma­tion about the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy. A retired CIA offi­cer named Bri­an Latell [5] has pub­lished a book hint­ing that Oswald was fol­low­ing “com­mu­nist” han­dlers, a line of dis­in­for­ma­tion that helped to dis­suade [6] many from a seri­ous inves­ti­ga­tion of the assas­si­na­tion at the time.

2. Arguably the best known of the ped­dlers of dis­in­for­ma­tion about the Kennedy assas­si­na­tion is Ger­ald Pos­ner. We detailed Russ’ arti­cle about Ger­ald Pos­ner’s most recent line of endeav­or–flack­ing for the broth­er of Hamid Karzai [7], the pres­i­dent of Afghanistan. Ahmed Karzai has been accused of ties to drug smug­gling and of accept­ing gra­tu­ities from the CIA.

3. Not­ed as being one of the most suc­cess­ful and high pro­file of the res­i­dent attack dogs at Fox News, Bill O’Reil­ly [8] did some good work on the JFK assas­si­na­tion, once upon a time. We not­ed that O’Reil­ly’s pro­fes­sion­al sit­u­a­tion was per­fect­ly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the pro­fes­sion­al jour­nal­is­tic land­scape in Amer­i­ca. Shunned for his good report­ing of the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty’s efforts at sup­press­ing New Orleans DA Jim Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion of the JFK assas­si­na­tion, O’Reil­ly head­ed for­mer George H.W. Bush cam­paign man­ag­er Roger Ailes’ admo­ni­tion to drop that line of inquiry if he want­ed his career to stay on track. (Ailes is now the head of Fox News.)

4. Much of the dis­cus­sion focused on the assas­si­na­tion of Robert F. Kennedy [10]. We dis­cussed the RFK assas­si­na­tion’s return [9] to the court­room, behind the efforts of attor­ney William Pep­per.

We high­light­ed a num­ber of aspects of the inves­ti­ga­tion, includ­ing: the alleged pres­ence [11] of CIA offi­cer George Joan­nides at the Ambas­sador Hotel on the night Robert Kennedy was killed; Joan­nides’ work [12] as the liai­son between the CIA and the House Select Com­mit­tee on Assas­si­na­tions; review of “the girl in the pol­ka dot dress” [13]; evi­dence that more shots were fired [14] in the pantry of the Ambas­sador Hotel than Sirhan could have fired; a wit­ness’ claim that there should be “no more cov­er-ups” [15]; the stun­ning account of Sirhan Sirhan’s first attor­ney [16], Grant Coop­er, who behaved more like a pros­e­cu­tor than a defense attor­ney; Coop­er’s links to John­ny Rosel­li, believed by many to have been one of the orga­nized crime fig­ures involved with the assas­si­na­tion of JFK.