JFK ASSASSINATION ARGUMENTS
A CONSPIRACY THEORIST SAID:
[James] DiEugenio seems to have quite rattled the lone nut camp...
DAVID VON PEIN SAID:
Why in the world would anyone think that? In fact, almost nobody is talking about the McAdams/DiEugenio debate online at all. Even DiEugenio's Internet promoter and mouthpiece (a guy by the name of Seamus Coogan) hasn't been saying too much about the debate (as of the date of this post).
I'm somewhat surprised by the almost total lack of interest in that four-hour radio debate by anyone on either the CT or LN side of the fence.
David Emerling and I have chimed in here and there with a few comments about the debate, but generally speaking there's been no critique about it whatsoever (on any of the JFK forums). Very odd.
Of course, all reasonable people who know anything about the actual evidence in the JFK case (even if those reasonable people haven't expressed an opinion on the Internet....and, as I mentioned, very few have done so) know full well that Prof. John McAdams was victorious in both parts of the Sept./Oct. 2009 Black Op Radio debate. And that's because McAdams rests on the side of the debate that possesses EVERY LAST SCRAP OF PHYSICAL EVIDENCE -- i.e., the "Oswald Is Guilty" side.
Whereas, Jim DiEugenio rests on the side of the debate that has exactly ZERO pieces of physical evidence to support his view that Oswald was innocent of killing BOTH John F. Kennedy and J.D. Tippit.
THE CONSPIRACIST SAID:
...So much so that they [LNers] have to concoct a strawman scenario where everyone in the world is in on a grand conspiracy, something which he [DiEugenio] never says or even implies at any point.
DAVID VON PEIN SAID:
DiEugenio has suggested that every one of the following people and/or organizations (covering both a PRE-assassination timeline and a POST-assassination timeline) played a part in some kind of conspiracy and/or cover-up. And a list this long certainly qualifies as "grand" in my book:
1.) The Warren Commission (as a unit).
2.) The HSCA (as a unit).
3.) The Clark Panel (as a unit).
4.) The Dallas Police Department (as a unit).
5.) The FBI (as a unit).
6.) The CIA (as a unit).
7.) Jack Ruby.
8.) Michael Baden.
9.) Admiral Calvin Galloway of the Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
10.) Arlen Specter.
11.) Dr. James J. Humes.
12.) Dr. J. Thornton Boswell.
13.) Dr. Pierre A. Finck.
14.) Virtually all of the "MSM" (mainstream media).
15.) David Ferrie.
16.) Clay Shaw.
17.) Guy Banister.
18.) The "Second Oswald" (who is a "person" that DiEugenio actually believes did exist prior to 11/22/63, with Jim D. often citing author John Armstrong and Armstrong's 2003 book of insanity, "Harvey And Lee").
19.) Ruth Paine.
20.) Michael Paine.
21.) George DeMohrenschildt.
22.) Buell Wesley Frazier.
23.) Linnie Mae Randle.
24.) Roy S. Truly.
25.) Police Officer Marrion L. Baker.
26.) The unknown individual(s) whom DiEugenio thinks "faked" the backyard photos of Lee Oswald.
27.) Henry Wade.
28.) J. Will Fritz.
29.) J. Edgar Hoover.
30.) Lyndon B. Johnson.
31.) Joseph Alsop.
32.) Eugene Rostow.
33.) Earl Warren.
34.) Allen Dulles.
35.) Gerald Ford.
36.) John McCloy.
37.) Nicholas Katzenbach.
38.) James Angleton.
39.) Richard Helms.
40.) Elmer Moore.
41.) William Sullivan.
And the above list is by no means complete and comprehensive in nature. I compiled most of it off the top of my head. There are undoubtedly many more individuals and groups that could be added as well.
But apart from the craziness that has DiEugenio believing that all of the above-named people and organizations played some kind of "conspiratorial" or "cover-up" role in JFK's death, the two biggest things (by far) that enable me to place Mr. James DiEugenio into the "Kook" category are the following two silly beliefs that Mr. DiEugenio currently possesses:
1.) "Kennedy is murdered at 12:30 PM. Oswald is almost undoubtedly on the first floor at the time." -- James DiEugenio (Via "Part 5b" of DiEugenio's "Reclaiming History" book review)
Hence, per DiEugenio, Lee Harvey Oswald did not shoot John F. Kennedy with a gun on November 22, 1963.
2.) When the question was asked "Who shot J.D. Tippit?", DiEugenio made the following statement during Part 1 of the Black Op Radio debate:
"It's pretty clear it wasn't Oswald." -- James DiEugenio; September 24, 2009
Hence, per DiEugenio, Lee Harvey Oswald did not shoot Dallas policeman J.D. Tippit with a gun on November 22, 1963.
Believing in the above two things (in tandem) automatically qualifies the believer of such fantasies for a spot in the "Kook Club".
David Von Pein
October 15, 2009
Posted By: David Von Pein