About that Obama “Movement”

About that Obama “Movement”

by DC Dave

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Rampant misgovernment, I think we can all agree, is the bane of the human race. Only a few misguided voices to the contrary, the United States is hardly an exception, quite the opposite, in fact. The worst fruit of that ongoing U.S. misgovernment so far is well summed up by Canadian philosopher, John McMurtry:

In the US’s so-called War on Terror, by far the greatest and most systematic terrorization of civilians is in fact perpetrated by the US state itself. Unarmed citizens are murdered across the world as ‘collateral damage’, ‘illegal enemy combatants’ or other license of impunity. The US state conceives itself as above international law along with ally Israel, but this reality is taboo to report and so too all the killing and terrorization of civilians. One can truly say that “the historical record demonstrates the US is provably guilty of continual lawless mass murder of civilians across the world”…

Against this murderous backdrop, the inconvenience experienced by Hyattsville Life and Times columnist on March 21 so that President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle could watch her Princeton alma mater’s women’s basketball team play in the NCAA tournament might look like a very small thing, indeed, but we should see it as part of the same big picture. He and thousands of others were made late (including possibly for airline flights causing them to miss them) because the main thoroughfare of Route 1 was blocked off so the small armada of vehicles that go with the president could traverse the 11 or so miles from the White House to the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center. Turley begins:

One recent Saturday, I was driving my wife to an appointment in Laurel, 30 minutes away. We left our Hyattsville home allowing enough time to arrive 15 minutes early.

As we passed through College Park on U.S. Route 1 going north, I could see police were blocking the road ahead. I turned at Greenbelt Road to take another route. Near the beltway I tried to get back onto Route 1 and realized police were blocking every street and driveway. Traffic on the neighborhood streets was now jammed in every direction.

I turned on the car radio to hear a traffic report and learned the Baltimore Washington Parkway (MD 295), Kenilworth Avenue (MD 201), part of Interstate Highway 495, and U.S. Route 1, were closed for “an official movement.”

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Local police block streets for a motorcade during an “official movement” near the University of Maryland. Photo courtesy Hugh Turley.

“Who do these people think they are, disrupting the lives of the American people?” Turley concludes his article entitled, “An Imperial Traffic Jam.”

01125110.Par.89380.ImageFileSome other questions come to mind. What were they thinking? Don’t they know how bad this looks? Is it a good idea for someone whose position depends upon public approval to demonstrate such a callous disregard for the well being of his fellow citizens, needlessly inflicting hardship upon large numbers of them so that he and his wife might experience some frivolous gratification? Think of how you feel when you are sitting in a traffic jam and a car rushes by you on the shoulder so that he can get ahead while at the same time making the jam just that much worse for everyone else and multiply it many times over, and that is the feeling inflicted on people by the Obamas for their own very unofficial business.

Upon reflection, though, what we see here is not the act of self-indulgent thoughtlessness that it might appear upon first blush. If one thinks of it as simply another opportunity to make us feel like subjects instead of citizens and to reinforce the notion that we are besieged and “security concerns” trump everything else, then the apparently callous action make some sense. If this were all about the whims and convenience of Barack and Michelle, there’s a lot quicker and easier way for the Obama’s to have gone to the game. They could have taken the presidential helicopter. They might have been attacked for abusing the perquisites of the office, but pointing out how preferable it is to the alternative could have easily deflected that. *

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The central problem is that our propaganda press is all part of the selling job for that alternative. Thus we see that Turley’s is the lonesome voice in the Fourth Estate calling any attention at all to this most recent outrage inflicted upon ordinary people. The completely unnecessary permanent blocking of the central avenue of Pennsylvania Avenue for “security reasons” seriously interferes with the smooth movement of traffic through the heart of the District of Columbia, but not a murmur of protest has been heard from the news media. Similarly, they have accepted with equanimity the “siege decorations” that increasingly blemish the nation’s capital.

The former was done to reinforce the complete absurdity that Timothy McVeigh’s truck bomb caused all the damage to the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City and the latter is for the purpose of hammering into our minds the notion that terrorists of the false flag 9/11 stripe are out to get us.

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We demonstrated what a sham those “security measures” are around the city with our article “Homeland Insecurity?” in which we show that the big Homeland Security building, which happens to be off the tourism track, has no such external security and is, in fact, cluttered in front by numerous exotic food trucks every weekday around noon.

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We have said more than once before that the various inconveniences and invasions upon our privacy and our dignity such as we undergo at airports are all just for show to reinforce the official terrorist-siege narrative, but the road blockages for “official movements” might have an even more ominous and sinister motive. We might consider them of a piece with the lockdown that occurred around Boston in pursuit of the Boston Marathon bombing patsies, the little publicized FEMA camp roundup drills that recently took place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida…

… and the upcoming Operation Jade Helm, in which some 1,200 elite military personnel will treat a number of states in the Southwest as enemy territory to be infiltrated.

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Think of it all as practice for the controllers and acclimation for the controlees.

If we might paraphrase John Donne: Never send to know upon whom the movement falls; it falls upon thee.

* It might have been a bit slower like the rest of us go—Mapquest tells us that it’s about 30 minutes from the White House to the Xfinity Center with normal traffic—but the First Couple could have traveled incognito quite securely like Hillary Clinton did across the Midwest in her van this week.

David Martin

April 15, 2015

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Kentucky Judge Olu Stevens: Shvooga In A Black Robe


A Kentucky judge blamed two parents for their young girl’s “constant fear of black men” after an armed robbery she witnessed, local reports said.

The parents argued for a tougher sentence for the man convicted of busting into their Louisville home at gunpoint while their daughter watched “Spongebob Square Pants,” according to the Courier-Journal.

Judge Olu Stevens blasted Jordan and Tommy Gray’s victim impact statement at a court hearing in February and again recently in a Facebook post he later deleted.

“Whenever we are running errands, if we come across a black male, she holds me tight and begs me to leave,” Gray wrote in February of her daughter. “It has affected her friendships at school and our relationships with African-American friends.”Stevens, who is a black man, was “deeply offended.”

“This little girl certainly has been victimized, and she can’t help the way she feels,” Stevens said, according to video obtained by the Courier-Journal. “My exception is more with her parents and their accepting that kind of mentality and fostering those type of stereotypes.”

Stevens contends the statement played no role in his decision to sentence the robber, 27-year-old Gregory Wallace, who pleaded guilty to the March 21, 2013, crime, to only five years’ probation. He defended his actions, grounded with five years on the bench, with a statement early Saturday that said he “will not be intimidated” by negative backlash.

“As for my “wrath”, I had none. I leave wrath to the Commonwealth’s Attorney and others disgruntled by the ultimate decision. I did not criticize the child. I cautioned the parents against racial stereotyping,” Stevens wrote on Facebook. “If necessary, I will stand alone. I have no animus toward anyone. I have consistently been here for over five years. I look forward to continuing to see you on this medium and in court.”

Supporters of the parents are reportedly calling for Stevens to be removed from office.

What’s the moral of the story? Personally, it proves my own personal experiences of liking a few black folks, but despising niggers. This judge is a nigger. He just happens to be black, too.

Sorry. It had to be said. Let’s hear the claims of racism and white supremacy as he lives in his $2,000,000 home and owes $500,000 in back taxes (telling me that he probably doesn’t even know anyone like the guy he let off: certainly wouldn’t hang with them).

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Fast Tracking Free Trade Agreements

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We have a dismal, lying failure for a president (yeah, what else is new?). So, why in the world would the US citizenry want this intellectually deprived person negotiating free trade agreements in lieu of Congressional debate?

Why would we even consider free trade agreements at all, after what NAFTA and other agreements have done to our economy and way of life? 57,000 manufacturing facilities have left the US, taking their millions of jobs with them, yet we want more? Really?

Why would we allow these things to be discussed and planned in secret?

Thank this bastard and his predecessor

Thank this bastard and his predecessor

Under the US constitution, Congress has the right to engage in trade agreements prior to this, and to set negotiating parameters. For example, Congress might insist on parameters to protect the environment or public health.

But under Fast Track, Congress more or less relinquishes this right (and responsibility), letting the President negotiate at will instead. And, once the agreements are completed, you can no longer make any amendments. Congress simply votes for the agreement or against it, in its entirety.

They are going to ram even more, job depleting, right’s erasing agreements down our throats. Don’t think for a second this will benefit Americans in any way whatsoever. It benefits the large multinational corporations.

Right now there are two huge trade agreements being negotiated, both of which will have a major impact on the US economy and other aspects of public and environmental health:

  1. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which involves the United States and 11 other countries around the Pacific Rim. Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam are some of the bigger countries involved
  2. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is an agreement between the US and Europe

There’s a lot at stake here, as these two trade agreements are negotiating rules around medicines, local food programs, food safety programs, and even labor rights. According to Lilliston, there’s simply too much at stake to allow the President to negotiate these agreements on his own, and not be able to amend the agreements once completed.

 

SHAFTAI know many of you can’t help but believe the lying liars when they utter their nonsense on TV, but just think back to the jobs lost due to the NAFTA giant suck (and the other “SHAFTA’s“) and think to yourself about how much that actually helped you. The fact is that all of this is purposeful, with an intent to change America into some third world-like country with lower wages (we will accept the lower wages when we are all starving and then the jobs will come back, slowly).

In the above link I wrote:

And what does this mean for me (or you)? It means that I, a guy who has “pulled his boot straps” up COUNTLESS times and thought he found the answer by going back to college at 26, working hard (making the President’s List… 4.0… almost every semester, the Dean’s List… 3.9 the only other semester) to obtain THREE degrees, one specifically sought due to its expected long-term, high technology field (robotics and automated manufacturing technology), worked for decades to build my engineering and sales skills, become successful, own the big home and fine cars and do anything and everything I so desired…

… just to have it all sucked away for some world order scheme.

It means that others who did less or accomplished less have even LESS of a chance to do more than “get by”. It means that me and my family are being forced into poverty and those who have/had less are going to hurt even worse.

What I am saying is that it doesn’t matter how much you plan, how hard you work, if you are in or out of debt, if you go to college or not… what matters is “are you Big Money”? Are you one that will sell your soul for gain, knowing that you will profit while others will suffer?

This is nothing new and something I have ranted about for years. I wish I could reach more people and have influence.

Please read Dr Mercola’s article quoted above.

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Paul Fromm: Canada’s Hate Speech Laws and Who Is Behind the Sham

“The real dangers to freedom of speech are the laws and institutions in most western countries, Canada included.”

‘Fighting for free speech in a Soft Tyranny: Privileged minorities rule in Canadukistan’
“I have two issues; immigration and free speech: too much immigration and not enough free speech,” Thus Paul Fromm, author and English teacher, neatly sums up his stance. Mr. Fromm heads the Canada First Immigration Reform Committee and the Canadian Association for Free Expression, Canada’s leading defender of free speech. He has battled Canada’s Internet censors and supported political prisoners Ernst Zundel and David Irving. He has been the object of arson attacks and death threats from the notorious ARA, (Anti-Racist Action), who in August staged a protest outside a house he hasn’t lived in for 9 years! As part of state pay-back for his free speech work, he has been routinely hassled by the Canadian Customs, and has had books, including his copy of Irish Fairy Tales, seized as possible “hate propaganda.”. After years of pressure from Jewish lobby groups who hated his support for victims of censorship and his opposition to the Third World invasion of Canada, he was recently fired from his teaching position. In 2014, Mr. Fromm ran for mayor of the city of Mississauga, population 720,000, on a campaign of opposition to immigration, the undisputed cause of traffic gridlock, the number one issue for voters in the city. http://cafe.nfshost.com and http://www.canadafirst.net

This is an important video where Paul Fromm explains the legal situation facing the western countries, especially Canada, and specifically our cohort, Arthur Topham. What are these “hate crimes” and who is behind them?

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The forgotten 1931 Jewish interview of Hitler

An Exclusive Interview with Germany’s Fascist Chieftain

By MAX FRAENKEL

In this sensational interview, the only one which Germany’s anti-Semitic leader has ever granted to a Jewish journalist, the -mental poverty of Adolf Hitler is revealed in its entirety. Cornered by a few direct questions by the fearless interviewer who introduced himself unceremoniously in a restaurant, the Nazis’ chief candidly lays bare his arrogant, unreasoning hatred of the Jews and definitely stamps himself as an intolerant ignoramus.
—THE EDITOR.

Berlin—In a Hallensee meeting hall some forty minutes from the Potsdamer Platz, transformed by an enterprising owner into a kind of beer restaurant, an obliging waiter whispered into my ear, with ill-concealed awe: “Da sitzt der Fuhrer” (There sits the Leader).

About a long wooden table bare of cloth a group of rather young-looking men were gathered. Their voices, loud, animated, outshouted one another except when he, the Leader, spoke. Then, as if by magic, complete silence fell not only over this one table but throughout the entire hall. He, the Leader, sensing that even his private conversation was regarded as a public address, raised his voice and put into play his extraordinary oratorical technique. Looking at his vis-a-vis, apparently unconcerned about the intense spotlight centered around his personality, the Leader, Adolf Hitler, spoke in a well-modulated voice, pausing from time to time to swallow an imposing-looking stein of beer.

Adolf Hitler’s pictures do not do justice to the uncontested leader of the National Socialists. He looks much younger than his forty-one years. His athletic figure, his military bearing, his fresh complexion, his authoritative expression, which is enhanced by his thin, pointed, aggressive mustache, give one the impression of a German officer of pre-war days in civilian clothes.

When I introduced myself he stiffened. His entourage studied his countenance so as to know whether to make room for me. But Hitler did not seem inclined to speak to a newspaper correspondent in front of his young followers. He motioned to the Oberkellner and asked him to show us into a sort of private office on the same floor. There, a little less stiffly but still business-like, he asked me: “What is it you want to know?”

My first question, without any introductory preamble, was: “Is anti-Semitism a plank of the political platform of the Nazis?”

Hitler blinked at my query, and asked: “Do you represent a Jewish paper?” I explained that I was interested in obtaining a clear idea of his stand because I was making a study of anti-Semitism in Europe. Speaking with a noticeable Bavarian accent, the leader of the Nazis then said:

“I don’t like to give interviews. I am a newspaperman myself and know how easily one’s words are distorted. But since you are here I shall answer some of your questions, it being understood that I represent my personal views. The rules of my party prohibit the issuing of statements unless they are approved by our inner council.”

I was unable to suppress a smile as I thought of Hitler’s dictatorial power. Guessing the reason for my apparent skepticism, Hitler added:

“We are a disciplined party. As a matter of fact, the Nationalist-Socialists are the best-disciplined political body in the Reich.

“Anti-Semitism,” he continued, “is not, as such, a part of our program. Our program is to purge Germany of all such elements as hinder its return to normal conditions. Germany must become a land for Germans, for free German citizens, not for German slaves dominated by Jewish capital.”

The interviewer interposed: “As one who has lived in Germany for many years I know that Jewish capital plays an unimportant role in the economic life of the country. In the great industries, in the manufacturing and of course in the agricultural phases of Germany life Jews play a minimal part. What, then, do you mean by ‘German slaves dominated by Jewish capital’?”

The would-be dictator of Germany was in no hurry to reply. Slowly, emphasizing every word, he said: “When I speak of Jewish capital, Jewish politics and Jewish domination I do not necessarily mean Jews. I mean, rather, all that is not truly German. The Jews have infected culture and German politics with their views. By trying to transform themselves into Germans they have turned Germans into Jews. They influence business and politics with their internationalistic ideas. The only way in which Germans who have become infected with Judeophilia can be saved is by labeling everything un-German Jewish.”

“In other words, you are making the German Jew the victim, the scapegoat of your policy,’ ‘I observed.

“No,” replied the Leader. “They are a real menace.”

“How can less than one per cent of the total population be a threat to the nation? There are only about half a million Jews in this country of almost seventy millions,” I continued.

“Your figures are not exactly correct, but a few tens of thousands one way or the other make little difference. However, how about the Communists in Russia ? Though their percentage in the total population is smaller than that of the Jews here they control the country.”

“What do you propose to do about this Jewish ‘menace’?” I countered.

Hitler smiled, but the smile did not soften his stern expression. With quiet determination he made this statement: “I intend to do nothing against the Jews except carry on the educational campaign I have prosecuted during the last few years. But whatever the National-Socialist Party will do to carry out its political program it will do in a constitutional way. German life must be purged of all foreign elements that distort the true German spirit. The government must be in the hands of Germans intent upon but one goal: to liberate Germany from its present slavery. This can be done by instilling into Germans their lost self-respect and their faith in their own abilities. The propaganda which we carry on is aimed to elevate German self-confidence.”

“Are you serious when you advocate the wholesale expulsion of Jews from Germany?” I inquired squarely.

Unhesitatingly the Leader replied: “I do want to get rid of”—he used the word loswerden—”those Jews who since the War have invaded our country from Eastern Europe and undermined our morale by mad speculation, who are devoid of all patriotism and have made fortunes out of our national catastrophe. As for the rest, I merely want to limit their influence by passing legal prohibitions against their participation in the Government and by eliminating from public life such non-Jews as act as puppets for Jewish capital.”

“Can you name any such ‘puppets’?”

“I would call the entire Bruening Cabinet a Jewish cabinet. I qualify the Stressemann foreign policy a Jewish policy. I designate the Berlin police department as Jewish. The humiliating surrender of German interests to our former enemies is due entirely to Jewish influence.”

“Do you, then, consider pacifism a Jewish quality or defect specifically?”

“I am a pacifist myself,” was the surprising rejoinder of the man who seven years ago tried to capture the governmental reins of Bavarie [sic] by means of a military putsch. “By pacifism I” — he stressed the “I” in dramatic fashion — “understand the maintenance of peace as long as one’s national honor is unsoiled. The Jewish view of peace, because of the international Jewish mind, means the surrender of all pride for the sake of financial interests.”

“Sometimes the anti-Semites accuse the Jews of militarism,” I remarked, “and sometimes they charge them with noxious pacifism; at other times the Jews are accused as destroyers of all law and order, while only the other day Count Salm, the uncle of your Austrian colleague Prince Starhemberg, called anti-Semitism a revolutionary movement because Jews always support the conservative property-loving classes of their country. How do you reconcile all this?”

By that time it appeared that Adolf Hitler was becoming annoyed at the persistent questioning. It seemed to dawn upon him that this interlocutor, notwithstanding his blond hair and blue eyes, must be a Jew. With a careful gesture the German Mussolini reassured himself that the immaculate part in his hair had not been disturbed. He rose and, adopting his favorite platform position — firmly taking hold the edge of the table with both hands— spoke slowly: “I do not have to go into details. My views are known. I am the only German leader who is not afraid to speak out. I am concerned with the Jews only in so far as they obstruct the realization of the ideal German Reich. But I will countenance no mob action, even against Jews. I never did. We have been made the scapegoat for the undisciplined mob action of the Communists. Jews have nothing to fear from us as long as thy do not mix with us. This they must learn — and I think they are learning very fast since the last elections. As long as the Jews here will not try to pose as Germans and have the temerity to speak for Germans they will be unmolested. That is all I have to say on the subject.”

The leader of the second-largest parliamentary party in Germany, whose name has become synonymous with anti-Semitism throughout Central Europe, drew himself up, bowed slightly and strode out to rejoin his companions. As he approached his party rose and a youngster in a brown shirt with sleeve adorned with the swastika stretched out his arm in the traditional Fascist salute.

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Captain America Statistics Song

Fellow Heroes:

Know your place in the world.

h/t Vulture of Critique

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Letter to a Court Historian about Forrestal’s Death

Letter to a Court Historian about Forrestal’s Death

by DC Dave

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H.L. Mencken aptly called them “the timorous eunuchs who posture as American historians.” That was in 1920, but little has changed. It might be a freshly minted Ph.D. from TCU, teaching at a backwater university in Texas like Matthew A. McNiece, or the man often described as the foremost historian of the Cold War, Yale history professor John Lewis Gaddis, but the fake authoritativeness and the real pusillanimity are at least as evident today as they were in Mencken’s day. That is certainly the case when it comes to their writing about the very important subject of the violent death of the U.S. government’s leading opponent of the creation of the state of Israel, Secretary of Defense James Forrestal.

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“the timorous eunuchs who posture as American historians”

Now comes a man who has achieved a station in the profession that, but for his inability to write coherent English, young McNiece might aspire to, University of California at Merced professor emeritus Gregg Herken. You know that Herken has made it with the ruling establishment when you see that his new book on the movers and shakers who lived in the Georgetown district of Washington, DC, during the Cold War era got reviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, the Weekly Standard, and numerous other publications. That he has the stamp of approval as a certified court historian is further evidenced by the fact that for 15 years he was chairman of the Department of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

What strikes one in listening to his presentation about his book at Washington’s Politics and Prose bookstore is his apparent lack of any sense of outrage over the very cozy relationship that existed (and still exists, we must presume) between prominent putative journalists and people at the very highest levels of America’s intelligence community, that is to say, our secret government.

People so completely in bed with the most sinister people in the government can hardly be proper watchdogs upon them.

One might say the same thing about professional historians. The government kept its own inquiry into Forrestal’s death secret for over 55 years and this fact seems not to have troubled our professional history community in the slightest. They continued with the snap suicide conclusion reached by the local coroner, the head of Bethesda Naval Hospital, and the news media, even when the summary results of the inquiry, released nearly a half year late, reached no conclusion as to what caused Forrestal’s fall from a 16th floor window. Townsend Hoopes and Douglas Brinkley, in their often-cited biography, Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal, managed to leave out the information that there had ever even been such an inquiry, much less that it had been kept secret. And when this writer was able to pry it loose through use of the Freedom of Information Act in 2004, our neutered arbiters of historical truth unanimously dummied up about it and have kept their silence right up to the present day.

Herken is comfortably in that mainstream, ignoring completely everything that we have learned since the initial reporting on the May 22, 1949, fall in his brief mention of Forrestal’s death. His offense is worse than most, because we know he knows better. One of his references, as I note in the March 28 email that I was moved to write to him (below), is to the article in which I reveal the phoniness of the transcription of the morbid poem that was sold to the public as a sort of suicide note:

Dear Professor Herken,

I was impressed by the scholarship that you demonstrated in your letter to The New York Review of Books, reinforcing with new evidence your already persuasive argument that Robert Oppenheimer was an active member of the Communist Party of the United States.  I was especially disappointed, then, to see how completely your scholarly skills seemed to have deserted you when you wrote about the death of our first secretary of defense, James Forrestal, in your most recent book, The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington:

Dismissed from his Pentagon post by Truman in March for his intransigence in the defense budget debate, Forrestal suffered a nervous breakdown weeks later and was confined to a secure wing of the navy’s hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.  During the early morning hours of May 22, 1949, after a restless night spent copying lines from the chorus of Sophocles’s play Ajax, Forrestal fell to his death from the window of his room on the hospital’s sixteenth floor.

He would be the first senior-ranking American casualty of the Cold War. (pp. 94-95)

Taking your small inaccuracies first, Forrestal did not fall from “the window of his room.” There were at least three windows in his room, but Forrestal, according to the official record, did not go out any of them.

He went out the window of the kitchen across the hall from his room.

No diagnosis of “nervous breakdown” was made by any of the doctors examining Forrestal at Bethesda Naval Hospital.  You can search the transcript of the official “investigation” of Forrestal’s death and find that the word “nervous” appears only once, in the endorsing letter of Dr. James Strecker in which he states his own qualifications on the subject of nervous disorders.

It is also unwarranted to state flatly that Truman sacked Forrestal because of his “intransigence in the defense budget debate.” There are any numbers of reasons why Truman replaced Forrestal with Louis Johnson, but by giving that sole reason you do manage to make your insupportable conclusion that Forrestal was a “casualty of the Cold War” sound somewhat plausible.  Arnold Rogow’s carefully hedged-in conclusion is much more supportable, which is why I lead off with it in “New Forrestal Document Exposes Cover-up.”

However history may ultimately judge his opposition to the establishment of Israel, by 1949 it was clear that Forrestal was, in a sense, one of the casualties of the diplomatic warfare that had led to the creation of the Jewish state.

All these inaccuracies are relatively slight, though, compared to your statement about Forrestal’s restless night spent copying those lines from Sophocles.  You should have told your readers, as all the other promoters of the suicide thesis have, that the poem in question reflects a bleak and despairing state of mind.  More importantly, though, you should have shared with readers the evidence that most of those other writers did not have, that is, that the handwriting of the transcription doesn’t resemble Forrestal’s in the least and that the corpsman on duty looking over Forrestal said that in those last two hours of Forrestal’s life when the corpsman was on duty the lights were off in his room and he did no reading or writing, and that no book was entered into evidence during the official investigation.

You then proceed to compound your error in the endnote that accompanies the quoted passage:

Internet conspiracy theorists have suggested that Forrestal was actually murdered by Soviet spies, or possibly by Mossad agents, because of his opposition to creation of the state of Israel.  While some of Forrestal’s “paranoia” turns out to have been justified—he was right in believing that the U.S. government had been penetrated by Russian spies—his personal papers at Princeton leave little doubt that he was deeply depressed for some time prior to his death.

Since the Mossad would not exist until a half year after Forrestal’s death, not even those people you tar with the meaningless pejorative “Internet conspiracy theorists” have ever, to my knowledge, suggested that that organization had anything to do with Forrestal’s death.  That pro-Israel and pro-Communist partisans within the Truman government were, however, behind Forrestal’s death has been suggested—by me in particular.  You have referenced my work so you must know that I name the powerful White House aide David Niles as the most likely culprit in the plot to murder Forrestal.  He was identified in the Venona intercepts as a person cooperating with Communist agents and he was eventually dismissed by Truman for passing important military secrets to Israel.

Because you specifically cite Part 3 of my “Who Killed James Forrestal?”—by web address though not by name—you know as well that I am on the firmest of ground when I say that the Sophocles transcription was not in Forrestal’s handwriting.  That is the article, after all, in which I revealed the dissimilarity between the handwriting in the transcription and several Forrestal handwriting samples: http://www.dcdave.com/article4/041103.htm.

Surely you must agree that nothing that might be found among Forrestal’s personal papers that is suggestive of his suicide can compare in significance to the evidence that I have presented in this short email that is suggestive of his murder.  The lead doctor at Bethesda, Captain George Raines, after all, said that he was suicidally depressed (although his second in command, Captain Stephen Smith, seems to have disagreed rather vigorously), but that evidence of suicide hardly compares to the physical evidence of murder:  the ginned-up “suicidal transcription,” and broken glass on the bed and the laundered crime scene that I discuss in Part 2 of “Who Killed James Forrestal?”

I would very much like to hear what you might have to say in defense of what you have written about Forrestal’s death in light of the facts that I have presented.  Should I hear nothing I shall take it as a concession that what you have written is, as it seems to me on its face, indefensible.

Sincerely,

David Martin

March 28, 2015

Ten days have now passed and, predictably, I have had no response from Professor Herken. No doubt he has concluded that a person with a mainstream approval rating like his need not be bothered by anything so trivial as the truth. Nobody who might threaten his aerie, in his judgment, has said anything about his errors concerning Forrestal’s death, after all, so he needn’t be bothered.

As Mencken would have anticipated, he is in good company. Douglas Brinkley has brushed me off more than once as have the entire stable of historians at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and a host of others.   Frankly, I don’t know how they live with themselves, or at least how they can refrain from spitting at what they see in the mirror when they shave in the morning.

David Martin

April 7, 2015

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