Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters Powerful insider account of the hidden forces shaping the nation Mon, 02 May 2016 15:59:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shedding Light On DC Elites, Democracy Disruptors, Reformers Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:39:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)

Police state tactics, propaganda, and election fraud were several of the democracy disruption scandals that reformers studied last week in separate meetings that the Justice Integrity Project attended.

We address them in summary to illustrate the many important but often under-reported news events occurring in the nation’s capital. Also, the scope of a week of sample activity helps show our project’s day-to-day research efforts.

Our most recent two columns before this focused on sex scandals that we had studied intensely for years before writing about them, as here. One theme in those columns was that political sex scandals sometimes have a blackmail and/or intelligence component and are thus far more important and complex than they may seem.

The same kinds of complexity sometimes is apparent in the events and people reported below. Most ostensibly fight for the public interest and in favor of pro-democracy, human rights, and similar civic-betterment reforms.

Yet any such goals deserve at least some appraisal, which is not possible to complete here and now in depth. Therefore, these meetings are best regarded as building blocks for additional research, both by our project and by interested readers.


How To Understand Political Sex Scandal Allegations Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:55:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, Top Strategist Rebekah Mason and former Alabama law enforcement chief Stephen Collier WKRG

Beginning March 23, the National Enquirer published two major stories claiming that 2016 presidential contender Ted Cruz had had affairs with five women, thereby undermining his claims of conservative, moral leadership.

Today’s column provides an approach to understanding such allegations, which are increasingly common against high officials and candidates. Targets include Alabama Gov. Gov. Robert Bentley (R), who faces vast public pressure to resign or face impeachment. Bentley is shown below at left in a collage via WKRG-TV with his purported lover and top aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason, and former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency chief Spencer Collier, whom the governor fired after Collier protested what he called a scandal costing taxpayers huge sums.

Claims of sex scandal are increasingly common regarding high officials and would-be officials, as we reported this month here.

Our recommended approach, as voiced in a talk this month at the National Press Club, is for those in the public to remember four factors:

  1. First, recognize that a shockingly high percent of such allegations are likely true, as shown via books, confessions and documents that are typically available years after the fact. But such evidence may be augmented by a Supreme Court decision later this spring regarding the records of the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey, dubbed by the media as “The DC Madam.”
  2. Second, however, any specific individual — including Cruz and his five alleged lovers cited by the Enquirer — may be completely innocent and smeared solely as part of the often vicious, effective, and highly paid “opposition research” operations of major candidates. Cruz has vigorously denied the allegations.
  3. Third, sex scandals involving important government officials are often tied to efforts to disgrace them and their causes, or to blackmail them into favorable government actions. Government contracts or tax policies for favored businesses and foreign policy intrigues are often involved. These involve such high stakes that the costs of escorts and secret video equipment are relatively modest; and
  4. Finally, valid and important accusations can come from tabloid and other alternative publications, in part because the mainstream publications often suppress or fail to investigate valid allegations for political or “national security” reasons implicating CIA, NSA and other intelligence agencies.

Those were the core points of my talk April 13 before the McClendon speaker society at the press club, which amplified the April 8 column DC Madam Attorney: Client Revelations This Week; Cruz News?

it described how Palfrey’s attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, threatened April 8 to release the government and business names of her clients unless federal courts grant a hearing on his request to release at least one customer name he describes as vital to the 2016 presidential race.

The Supreme Court, after initially rejecting via Chief Justice John Roberts Sibley’s request to consider lifting a 2007 gag order on client names and phone numbers, reconsidered the matter via a separate appeal to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.


DC Madam Attorney: Public Could Learn VIP Client Jobsites Next Week Sat, 09 Apr 2016 08:56:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)
Ted Cruz National Enquirer Story

The DC Madam’s attorney threatened Friday to release the government and business names of her clients by the middle of next week unless federal courts grant a hearing on his request to release at least one customer name he describes as vital to the 2016 presidential race.

Montgomery Blair Sibley, former attorney to the late Deborah Jeane Palfrey when she was notorious as “The DC Madam” during her federal prosecution nearly a decade ago, said he will fight the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection this week of his case without a hearing.

“I’m going to release a list of the agencies,” Sibley told Infowars broadcast host David Knight. Sibley said he would disclose workplaces and “not specific names” of customers, whose identities remain suppressed under the still-pending order in May 2007 by Palfrey’s trial judge in Washington, DC.

Sibley said his First Amendment rights are being violated when the courts will not even allow a hearing about why the public deserves the names of high officials who used Palfrey’s prostitution service.

The broadcast show generated other hard-hitting accusations and revelations in a week that saw the National Enquirer publish a front-page story suggesting that Sibley’s revelations would point to GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz as a customer of Palfrey’s high-end “escort” service Pamela Martin & Associates.

Ted Cruz "A Time For Truth"This week’s Enquirer story follows one March 23 headlined Shocking Claims: Pervy Ted Cruz Caught Cheating — With 5 Secret Mistresses! The first story alleged that Cruz had had affairs with “A Hooker, A Teacher & Coworkers.” The tabloid did not identify the women, whose faces were pixelated, as indicated in the adjoining photo.

But three of the women allegedly involved have denied the article’s veracity. Enquirer readers and others claimed to have identified the three from other widely distributed photos that show their faces. One, CNN commentator Amanda Carpenter, was accused on air by a fellow CNN panelist but denied a romantic link to Cruz.

Cruz, challenging Donald Trump for the lead in the GOP race and the author of a campaign autobiography A Time For Truth portraying his commitment to family and other conservative values, denied the Enquirer’s allegations April 4 in an interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, saying he had not committed adultery. People Magazine published an extensive treatment of his denial in Ted Cruz Responds to Affair Allegations: ‘I Have Always Been Faithful to My Wife‘ by Tierney McAfee.

Skeptics immediately suggested that Cruz, who was married in 2001, could have been engaging in lawyerly word games. Palfrey operated her service for 13 years until 2006, when her California home was raided and she was convicted of federal racketeering charges forcing her to face 55 years in prison. Before beginning a sentence, she died in 2008 by hanging under mysterious circumstances at her mother’s home ruled suicide.

Alex Jones hosted her on his show shortly before her death at age 52 and broadcast her statement that she would never kill herself. Jones and investigative reporter Wayne Madsen ascribe her death to murder by CIA assassins. Other reporters and confidantes believe she killed herself out of depression in view of public apathy about the injustices in the case and her long prospective prison sentence.

Montgomery Blair Sibley and Debra Jean PalfreySibley, shown with Palfrey on the cover of his 2009 book treatment of the case, has said all his information will become automatically public on four servers located around the world within 72 hours if he “disappears.”

On the Infowars broadcast April 9, Madsen alleged that prostitution-related scandal and blackmail are pervasive among high government officials.

Madsen named as participants several of the most famous names in politics for the first time on the show. Madsen’s many articles on the DC Madam scandal include more than a half dozen beginning in 2007 naming then Vice President Dick Cheney as one of her customers while he was Halliburton’s president and CEO and while Palfrey’s call girls worked with many others in political, defense, and intelligence sectors.

Madsen noted that Ted Cruz worked on the Bush-Cheney campaign and transition team, which used an office in McLean identified by Palfrey’s now-public records as a customer site.

So, Madsen said in seconding Sibley’s plea, the public needs to know the names before this year’s elections.

For the first time, Sibley revealed how he obtained possession of the names related to 815 phone records previously withheld from those researchers like Madsen, who has long reported that the secret to the scandal is that Palfrey had close ties to the Central Intelligence Agency and its network of backers and spy targets. The Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), a five-day-per-week subscription service, published a guest column by Palfrey in 2007 where she argued the same theme, albeit less specifically.

“We know the agencies have this information on the politicians,” said the host, Knight. “We [in the public] need to know.”


Autocratic Turkish President Fosters Global Crises Tue, 05 Apr 2016 04:04:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)
Recep Erdogan

The U.S. State Department last week ordered American military and diplomatic families to withdraw from Turkey. The pullout shows the West’s growing concerns about the NATO member’s shift to authoritarian, belligerent and pro-Islamic policies.

Regarded just a few years ago as a stable, prosperous nation with a rare combination of pro-democratic traditions and a Muslim majority, Turkey’s geo-political position and internal security are rapidly declining and fostering threats to a larger region.

Today’s column summarizes these developments, documented by a long appendix of news stories since Turkey’s ruling AKP party won a surprisingly strong (and some say suspicious) election victory Nov. 1 with just short of 50 percent of the announced vote. The news reports are drawn from a mixture of alternative and mainstream sources and present a far different view of ISIS, Turkey and United States-led activities than Western audiences normally see.

The gist is that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ambitions have boomeranged, thereby diminishing his clout and country.

He has helped his allies foster the disgraceful covert actions enabling the civil war in Syria, thereby generating the massive refugee crisis destroying many lives and undermining the European Union. His fatal shootdown of a Russian fighter in Syria last November could have prompted a much wider war involving NATO but instead seems merely to have strengthened Russian resolve to punish Turkey, expose its ties to ISIS and other jihadists — and otherwise ensure that the ambitions of Turkey and its allies are thwarted in the key battlefield of Syria.

A columnist in Newsweek last month described Erdoğan, shown in a file photo, “as out of control” and in danger of overthrow, as described more fully below.

For years, however, Western media have failed for the most part to report except in isolated instances how Turkey, the United States and other allies have secretly supported a rebellion in Syria by smuggling in arms and foreign fighters to foster the illusion that the intended overthrow was domestic unrest.

At this point, Turkey’s troubles include two major terrorist atrocities recently in major cities and reprisals by government. The mayhem includes its ongoing covert war against neighboring areas of Syria, plus crackdowns on accused terrorists, journalists, dissidents, religious and ethnic minorities.

Turkey’s flailing and repressive responses carry huge implications for both its population as well as for NATO, and regional players that include Israel, the Persian Gulf Monarchies, Iraq, Iran and Lebanon

A major part of the decline in Turkey’s global position stems from Erdoğan’s zeal for his multi-nation alliance to keep trying to overthrow Syria’s government. Since the effort began in 2011Turkey has supported rebels that include ethnic Turks located in northern Syria, the so-called Free Syrian Army, and radical jihadists whom Turkey has helped smuggle into Syria from elsewhere around the world.


Readers Guide To JFK Assassination: Justice Integrity Project Mon, 04 Apr 2016 08:52:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)
Dealey Plaza Panorama (Andrew Kreig Photo)

To help researchers of President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination and its current implications, the Justice Integrity Project began publishing a Reader’s Guide in 2013 to coincide with the shooting’s 50th anniversary.

Some of the first columns, particularly No. 17 below, cataloged with scant comment significant materials of diverse viewpoints. Other columns provided analysis and interpretation.

Shown here below those columns are analysis by author and retired diplomat and university professor Peter Dale Scott and San Francisco attorney Bill Simpich. Each is affiliated with the start-up research group CAPA, Citizens Against Political Assassinations, as is Justice Integrity Project editor Andrew Kreig.

These are ongoing research efforts that welcome reader inputs. Corrections, suggestions or other comments are very welcome. Similar initiatives are planned to help illuminate other major assassinations and attempted assassinations of great controversy and historical importance.

In the meantime, the specifics of President Kennedy’s life, death and legacy hold a rare fascination for the public, partly as a Rosetta Stone to today’s current events.

The topics are the subject of more than two thousand books in whole or part. More than three million pages of relevant government have been declassified thanks to countless researchers. Public opinion polls for decades have revealed a rare if not unique disconnect whereby between 60 and more than 75 percent of the public typically state that they do not believe the 1964 report by the blue-ribbon Warren Commission.

At right is a Justice Integrity Project photo showing Dealey Plaza, where President Kennedy was killed on Nov. 22, 1963. The Texas Book Depository Building where accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald worked is behind the row of trees. The car in the center lane is near the location of the president’ limo at the time of the fatal shot.

Many witnesses reported hearing shooting from the so-called “Grassy Knoll” at the photo’s left. Not visible is a waist-high picket fence obscured by the road sign at the far left.

Many researchers but not the Warren Commission have argued that at least one shooter hid behind the picket fence and escaped via the near-empty railroad yard behind the fence. The “X” painted on the highway marks the approximate spot where Kennedy was hit by the fatal shot. JFK researcher, author and photo expert Robert J. Groden repeatedly repaints the spot, to the dismay of Dallas authorities, as a reminder of continuing citizen concern. Groden, hired as a photo technician to work in the 1960s on the then-suppressed amateur video shot of the killing photographer by Abraham Zapruder from the Grassy Knoll, played a role in delivering a pirated copy to ABC-TV for its first public showing in 1975.

The materials below derive from the efforts of others, including countless other concerned citizens who compiled records and in some cases challenged conventional wisdom, often at risk to their reputations and careers and with scant possibility of any reward except in hope of helping solve an enduring civic mystery.


Clinton Emails Show Zeal For Syrian War By Google, Israel, Team Hillary Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:20:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)
Hillary Clinton Benghazi Committee CNN Pompeo 10-22-15

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Google and Israeli intelligence enthusiastically cooperated in hopes of overthrowing Syria’s government in efforts that have led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of refugees, according to a trove of emails recently organized for release by WikiLeaks.

One email stated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fall could lead to a religious war in the region, “which, in the view of Israeli commanders would not be a bad thing for Israel and its Western allies.”

The email, as well as a separate one describing a secret high-level effort within Google to assist the State Department in regime change for Syria, is one of the Clinton-linked emails organized by WikiLeaks into a searchable database announced last week.

These help paint a picture of the Democratic front-runner as a zealous advocate of covert activities to overthrow foreign leaders opposed by U.S. elites. Clinton is shown in a file photo as she parried GOP attacks during a House hearing in October on the 2012 killing of U.S. personnel at Benghazi, a process that was easier for her than apparent because she secretly shared certain goals with her interrogators, as described below.

Hillary Clinton's WikiLeaks Email ArchiveThe mainstream media for the most part have ignored the remarkable email revelations from recent days contained in Clinton’s emails from 2009 to 2013 as secretary of state.

Only a handful of alternative and mostly web-based commentary sites have covered the story so far. Yet the emails help connect the dots from her 2003 support of the Iraq invasion as a senator to the vast suffering from regime change in Libya and Syria, including such collateral results as the refugee migration to Europe and blowback by terrorists dispersed there.

The de facto news blackout on the stories by United States media suggests also why WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange are so widely reviled by government officials and their allies in the media.

WikiLeaks enables whistleblowers to bypass many control mechanisms to suppress sensitive matters normally covered only in partial fashion by foreign policy decision-makers and their most friendly news outlets, which now include tech giants like Google (the best known subsidiary of the new parent company Alphabet).

Today’s column — describing the shocking contents of the recent Clinton emails — builds on the first part of our new WikiLeaks series: Noted Swedish Journalist, Assange Critic Exposed As Police Agent, published March 20, 2016.

That segment reported how Martin Fredriksson, a prize-winning Swedish journalist known for his left-wing, pro-NATO and anti-WikiLeaks commentary, was revealed this month to have been a paid agent of Säpo, Sweden’s security service.

Fredriksson, with roots also in the high-tech community, also advocated against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and urged Sweden’s chapter of Amnesty International to avoid supporting Sweden’s relentless pursuit of Assange for questioning regarding sex misconduct complaints arising in 2010.

The third part of our series will examine the dubious legality of Sweden’s crusade against Assange, which has caused a United Nations panel last month to find that Assange’s political asylum in Ecuador’s London Swedish flagembassy since June 2012 as arbitrary detention as a violation of human rights.

Assange has denied any crime in the sexual complaints.

Also, he has accused Sweden (whose flag is shown at left) of mounting a trumped up probe so it can extradite him to the United States to face reprisal for publishing hacked emails embarrassing to United States and other diplomats. U.S. authorities have not commented on whether they have filed secret charges (as Assange claims) against him and his colleagues working for the pro-transparency site WikiLeaks.


Noted Swedish Journalist, Assange Critic Exposed As Police Agent Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:08:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)
Martin Fredriksson Wikimedia

A prize-winning Swedish journalist noted for his left-wing, pro-NATO and anti-WikiLeaks commentary was revealed this month to have been a paid agent of Säpo, his nation’s security service.

Martin Fredriksson, shown in a file photo and a winner of a major investigative reporting prize in 2014 for his work exposing right-wing groups opposed to NATO, has been secretly paid for years by Säpo, the Swedish Security Service, according to news reports based on his own admissions.

In deep intrigue that resembles a spy novel, Fredriksson’s story undermines conventional wisdom on both sides of the Atlantic that journalists work independently from power centers, including government agencies.

Also, the tale is timely, especially because of Sweden’s ongoing persecution of Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange and new revelations by the transparency advocacy group involving Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.

Julian Assange Indicter Authorities have targeted Assange (shown in a file photo) for what appears to be a trumped up sex scandal probe that has extended for nearly six years, apparently in reprisal for massive and ongoing disclosures by WikiLeaks of Western governments’ dark secrets.

More generally, United States and NATO pressures upon European leaders are tainting the latter’s carefully nurtured images of independence.

Sweden, which has long boasted of an official position of neutrality in world affairs and close adherence to humanitarian and democratic principles under a rule of law, has already hurt its image by the Assange case. The fallout includes a ruling last month by a United Nations panel that Assange’s political asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition amounts to “arbitrary detention” under international law.

The Indicter, a start-up global human rights commentary site, underscored in columns March 6 and 13 the sinister implications of the revelations, especially the seemingly odd mixture of Fredriksson’s advocacy against Assange and in favor of NATO. It revealed, for example, that Fredriksson used his clout to lobby for Amnesty International opposition to Assange.

The editor is Dr. Marcello Ferrada de Noli, a longtime Swedish medical school professor and human rights advocate shown at left. He drew on disclosures March 2 about Fredriksson in SVD (Svenska Dagbladet, or Swedish Daily) to illustrate a broader theme: that Swedish officials and thought leaders defer far more to the United States and authoritarian policies than commonly understood in liberal democracies, including Sweden.

Sweden’s highly irregular investigation of Assange illustrates his thesis.

Ecuador granted Assange political asylum in its London embassy three and half years ago to protect him from a relentless effort by Swedish authorities to extradite him for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations arising from two affairs he undertook from invitations by women attending his featured speech at an August 2010 conference in Sweden.

Assange submitted to questioning about the claims from the two women, who had separately invited him to stay with them. Authorities have never charged him with a crime but they have mounted an extraordinary campaign to extradite him to Sweden for further questioning after he left the country.

Assange has denied any criminal violation. Also, he has argued unsuccessfully in British courts that the investigation has been a ruse to extradite him to Sweden so he could then be extradited to the United States to face reported but still-secret U.S. charges. Assange is not subject to extradition directly from Britain to the United States. U.S. charges are reported to arise from WikiLeaks disclosures that severely embarrassed officials in the United States, Britain, Sweden and elsewhere in Western governments and private power centers.


New Group Advocates Disclosure On Political Assassinations Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:42:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)
John F. Kennedy side profile

Americans deserve thorough disclosure of the nation’s major assassinations says a new research group at the start of the annual “Sunshine Week” beginning March 13.

As an initial goal, Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA), a non-partisan umbrella group, seeks withheld records pertaining to the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.

“CAPA seeks release of the remaining JFK records with a minimum of redactions, which can obscure vital information,” said CAPA Chairman Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., a prominent expert in forensic pathology for five decades.

“We shall also file Freedom of Information Act requests and similar legal actions to enforce the law and undertake public education efforts to show the importance of disclosure to new generations.” Wecht, shown below in his lab, is a world-renowned consultant, medical school professor, author, and former county coroner for two decades in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Cyril Wecht in labThis editor is one of nine CAPA directors along with Wecht, and is also the media liaison for the CAPA announcement, which is timed to coincide with the annual Sunshine Week launched by Florida journalists and then nationally in 2005 by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) with funding from the Knight Foundation. The purpose is to advocate for open government and warn against the dangers of excessive secrecy.

In Washington, DC, the National Press Club and Newseum are among the organizations sponsoring events during the week seeking more transparency by government. There are many challenges for the media and the public in obtaining from government information once regarded as routine. For example, the Washington Post reported in its Sunday, March 13 print edition, The federal government no longer cares about disclosing public information.

This editor shares those goals as an active member of more than a half dozen journalism and legal bodies, including the National Press Club’s Press Freedom Committee and several other of the largest and oldest journalism bodies, such as SPJ, ASJA, and the Overseas Press Club. But an urgent need exists also for more for targeted advocacy efforts on the topic of assassinations, especially since the major media have proven extremely reluctant to use their influence to report sensitive aspects of major assassinations — much less lobby for additional disclosures.


Questions Linger Over Death, Ethics Of Justice Scalia Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:35:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)
Antonin Scalia Supreme Court photo

Texas authorities bungled the death investigation last month of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and thereby caused needless fears of murder and other scandal, according to a retired high-level police executive speaking at the National Press Club March 9.

Authorities should have performed an autopsy and other standard procedures to determine the cause of Scalia’s death Feb. 13 at a luxury ranch in West Texas said William O. Ritchie, Jr., a former deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in the nation’s capital.

“Every death you investigate,” Ritchie recalled telling his police subordinates, “is a homicide until proven otherwise.”

Ritchie spoke during a press club panel discussion that also featured the two prize-winning Washington Post reporters who revealed that Scalia had been attending without normal security a gathering of an elite, all-male, secretive hunting society.

Reporters Sari Horwitz and Amy Brittain recounted how they unraveled step-by-step that Scalia attended for free over St. Valentine’s Day weekend a meeting of the International Order of St. Hubertus — and that only a few of the 36 guests are known at the five-star Cibolo Creek Ranch

John PoindexterMuch of official Washington quickly moved on from the death — and its poorly sourced rumors of possible murder and other foul play, along with more substantive concerns about professional ethics — in order to focus on Scalia’s legacy and political jousting over his successor.

But the the Justice Integrity Project recruited three experts to discuss circumstances of the death before the press club’s McClendon Group, a speaker society for important topics sometimes downplayed because they create discomfort in elite circles.

Chief Ritchie, a former MPD homicide commander, made front page news last month in the Washington Post by criticizing Texas authorities who deferred to Scalia’s family and billionaire ranch owner John B. Poindexter by announcing that Scalia, 79, died of “natural causes” without an examination of the body and death scene by trained medical personnel.

Ritchie said the circumstances were “fishy.” The U.S. Marshals Service said Scalia had declined a security detail at the Cibolo Creek Ranch owned by Poindexter, shown at right in a photo from his company.

Then the reporters revealed Feb. 24 that Scalia had been attending for free the St. Hubertus gathering along with C. Allen Foster, a prominent Washington lawyer who accompanied the justice on a plane trip to the ranch’s private airstrip about 30 miles from the Texas-Mexico border.

The ranch owner, whose John B. Poindexter Company benefited from last year’s Supreme Court refusal to hear an age bias case against its $140 million annual grossing subsidiary Mic Inc., reported to authorities that he found Scalia’s body in a guest room. News accounts have stated that 36 guests went to the ranch. Only a few of their identities are public.

John Poindexter Statuette at ranchThis editor has followed news reports closely since the death although this is our first commentary aside from excerpting others’ reports. Investigative reporter Wayne Madsen traveled to the ranch and the El Paso funeral home promptly after the death, phoned us with accounts of his findings, and reported them in exclusive scoops on his daily Wayne Madsen Report, as well as on radio broadcasts for the Alex Jones Infowars radio broadcasts and with commentary elsewhere.

Madsen, an author and former Navy intelligence officer, stayed in one of the $700-a-night rooms at the five-star resort and a took photos of the ghoulish decorations, such as the one at left (used with permission) of a devil-like statuette positioned just a few feet from Scalia’s room. This was one of a number of what Madsen reported as satanic-themed art pieces at the resort, with many of them decorating the dining room where Scalia, a devout Catholic, last dined.

Madsen’s concerns, like ours at this site and those of the Post reporters, have primarily centered on procedural irregularities in the death investigation and potential ethical concerns when a powerful justice enjoys free and secretive junkets in the company of the elite. The Supreme Court requires only a minimum of disclosure under its opaque and largely self-enforcing ethics rules.

We explored them in depth in a series of columns showing how Associate Justice Clarence Thomas falsified his annual sworn disclosure forms for years to hide, among other things, his wife’s money from lobbying, as we reported in Common Cause Files Against Justice Thomas’s Wife’s Group.


RFK Murder Cover-Up Continues After Dramatic Parole Hearing Thu, 25 Feb 2016 05:13:00 +0000 By (Andrew Kreig)
Robert F. Kennedy

A California parole board this month rejected a dramatic plea to release the convicted slayer of 1968 presidential contender Robert F. Kennedy, thereby continuing one of the nation’s most notorious murder cover-ups.

Kennedy friend Paul Schrade, 91, argued that the convicted Sirhan B. Sirhan, firing from Kennedy’s front, could not have killed the New York senator in a hotel massacre that left Schrade wounded.

“Kennedy was a man of justice,” Schrade told the parole board Feb. 10 in a prepared statement at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, CA.

“But, so far,” Schrade continued, “justice has not been served in this case. And I feel obliged as both a shooting victim and as an American to speak out about this — and to honor the memory of the greatest American I’ve ever known, Robert Francis Kennedy.”

The board refused to grant clemency despite additional evidence from multiple witnesses and books through the years supporting defense claims that Kennedy (shown in a file photo at left) was killed from the rear.

Today’s column begins ramped up coverage here by the Justice Integrity Project of the 1968 assassinations of Robert Kennedy (widely known as “RFK” in news headlines) and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The full text of Schrade’s unsuccessful arguments to California’s parole board, shown below, provides a powerful new dimension to the historical debate.

This month was the first time Schrade has made such a plea on behalf of a Sirhan, who is widely regarded by researchers (but not publicly by authorities) as a likely victim of mind-control before he fired at Kennedy, who had left a ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel via a hotel pantry when he was shot.

Sirhan, a former race track jockey who disappeared from his family for many weeks shortly before the shooting, has maintained that he could not remember details of his actions, including repetitious entries in his diary “RFK must die” that defenders describe as a symptom of mind control by unknown perpetrators.

Authorities have kept Sirhan in solitary confinement in essence for more than 45 years while his advocates have unsuccessfully argued for a new investigation or clemency. His most recent parole hearing before this year’s was in 2011.

Schrade addressed his remarks in part to Sirhan (shown at right in a prison photo).

Sirhan Sirhan“Sirhan, I forgive you,” said Schrade, whom Sirhan shot in the head in the pantry. Schrade continued:

“The evidence clearly shows you were not the gunman who shot Robert Kennedy.”

“There is clear evidence of a second gunman in that kitchen pantry who shot Robert Kennedy,” said Schrade. “One of the bullets — the fatal bullet — struck Bob in the back of the head. Two bullets struck Bob literally in his back. A fourth bullet struck the back of his coat’s upper right seam and passed harmlessly through his coat. I believe all four of those bullets were fired from a second gunman standing behind Bob. You were never behind Bob, nor was Bob’s back ever exposed to you.”

Also, Schrade presented documents supporting his clemency request that included a 2012 letter from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the late senator’s oldest son, to then-U.S. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder asking for a pardon. Schrade provided also what he called “new evidence” supporting a brand new investigation.

The killing in a Los Angeles hotel shortly after Kennedy was announced as winning California’s Democratic presidential primary removed a leading contender who was poised to win the presidency in 1968.

Instead, Republican Richard Nixon narrowly defeated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, whose late-starting candidacy was crippled by dissension across the nation and especially within the Democratic Party. Among causes were protests over the Vietnam War waged by the administration of incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson and many post-assassination riots in cities after the 1968 assassinations of Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Paul Schrade Associated Press poolThis month for the 15th time, California officials denied parole for Sirhan, who was convicted of murder in the first degree during a trial in 1969.

An Associated Press photo by Gregory Bull, who was the pool photographer for the nation’s media, shows Schrade’s reaction to this proceedings.

Schrade, a former aide to Kennedy, is far from alone in his belief in Sirhan’s innocence in the death of Robert Kennedy while obviously a shooter causing wounds to Schrade. At least a dozen books dating back nearly five decades have attacked the investigation and verdict.

“The man convicted of the crime could not possibly have done it,” wrote best-selling authors Richard Belzar and David Wayne, for example, in their 2013 book Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation Into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination., a successor to their 2012 book on the topic Dead Wrong. “Furthermore, he was obviously programmed, as experts have determined.”