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PPR Bonus Podcast ep 9 Chuck Ochelli on JFK Lancer Conference

I speak with good friend Chuck Ochelli all about the upcoming JFK Lancer Conference, and Chucks invitation to speak. We discuss the history of the Lancer Conference and some of the other speakers who will be attending this year. Chuck and I discuss how the alt-media views JFK and the role that they have played in researching the assassination. We also touch on the use of the term “conspiracy theorist” which first came to prominence in the aftermath of JFK’s public murder. Chuck and I also touch on the recently declassified JFK documents.

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Black Op Radio episode 823

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Tom Secker and I were recently guests on Len Osanic’s Black Op Radio. We discussed The CIA and Hollywood series and specifically our episode on The Quiet American and Edward Lansdale. We discuss the theory that Lansdale was acting as a former ad-executive and was attempting to sell war in South East Asia. Tom and I also talk about the CIA’s use of George Orwell as propaganda, Charlie Wilson, and why government interference in cinema and culture is so dangerous.

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Show Notes:

The Ballad of Ed Lansdale

Porkins Policy Radio episode 35 Executive Action

Welcome back, everyone, to Porkins Policy Radio! This long-awaited return of PPR marks our 35th episode!

 For this milestone in Porkins Policy history we were joined by our very good friend Tom Secker to discuss the 1973 JFK conspiracy thriller Executive Action. Starring Burt Lanchaster and Robert Ryan, this film follows the exploits of a right-wing cabal of businessmen, politicians and ex-intelligence operatives as they plot and carry out the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Tom and I begin the conversation by picking apart the film and its overall interpretation of the conspiracy and assassination,  with particular attention to the film’s suggestion that this whole intricate plan could have been carried out by a lone black ops intelligence agent. We also focus on the bizarre way the film portrays Oswald – – a bumbling, sheep-dipped fool who has no idea what is going on or who is actually running him. We note the obligatory praising of Kennedy as a progressive saint, and who and what the film leaves out in terms of players and events surrounding the conspiracy.

Later we take a look at the three people who actually wrote and researched the film. We start with the curious case of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo – – the pro-war WWII propagandist later turned blacklisted Hollywood communist is an odd choice for a screenwriter of a JFK “truther” film. Tom discusses Trumbo’s checkered past, as well as his own theories about who Trumbo really was and who he may have been working for. Then I talk about the two men behind the story and research for the film, Mark Lane and Donald Freed,  and how both of these individuals, in particular Mark Lane, were at the forefront of controlling the alt-media and conspiracy culture of the time. I talk about Lane’s involvement not only within the JFK assassination community, but also in representing James Earl Ray in the MLK killing, his role alongside Donald Freed as Jim Jones’ legal council, his close friendships with a “who’s who” of CIA assets, and his later defense of the American Free Press. We also touch on his relentless attacks on true researchers such as Mae Brussell, and how he deliberately controlled the flow of information coming out about JFK and other conspiracies.

We close out by considering what may have been the goal of Lane and Freed in crafting this distorted view of the JFK assassination. Tom and I also discuss the trend in the alt-media of propping up and supporting so called “truther” films without understanding who is behind them and what their producers’ intentions might actually be.

[NOTE: There was a serious audio issue with the end of this podcast. This is the updated mp3 and Youtube versions]

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Show Notes:

Executive Action

ClandesTime episode 034 The Hollywood Ten

Mae Brussell Youtube Archive

Mark Lane says Mae Brussell and Sherman Skolnik are “nuts”. Mae responds

Power Control Group. Mark Lane and Robert Grodin

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 31 Seven Days in May

On this week’s episode we spoke with our good friend Tom Secker the host of ClandesTime.  Tom and I discussed John Frankenheimer’s  1964 classic, Seven Days in May.  Made at the behest of John F. Kennedy, this incredible film follows a Marine Colonel’s efforts to stop a military coup from being implemented by a right-wing cabal led by the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General William Matoon Scott.  Set amidst  Cold War paranoia, Seven Days in May is in many ways one of the original truther films.  Tom and I discuss  several themes within the film that mimicked real life events:  the fact that this film makes explicit mention of the parallel structure known as “Continuity of Government;”   the fact that this movie mentions, in quite specific detail, the Mount Weather FEMA facility nearly fifteen years before its existence would ever be know to the American people.  We move onto some of the real life coup d’etats within American history and how they relate to Seven Days in May.  We focus on the alleged “Business Plot” against FDR and how it was ultimately foiled by General Smedley Butler.  We also speak about the attempted Reagan assassination and how this really represented a coup by militarist neocons such as George Bush and Alexander Haig.  We explore the real-life inspiration for the antagonist in Seven Days in May, right-winger General Edwin Walker, and his connection  not only with the JFK assassination, but also with his role in supporting the narrative that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman.  Tom and I also get into the reality of who Kennedy was, and give our takes on why in fact he was murdered in Dealy Plaza.   Later we move onto the numerous bizarre connections between director John Frankenheimer and the Kennedy family.  Lastly we focus on Frankenheimer’s relationship with the RFK assassination, as well as Seven Days in May producer Edward Lewis’ foray into conspiracy culture.  Let me just add that Seven Days in May is truly a spectacular, one-of-a-kind movie.  There is nothing I can think of that really comes close to it in terms of bravery and substance.  So please do watch the film before listening to this podcast.

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Show notes:

Seven Days in May

Civil Defense Doomsday Hideaway

Is This Bush’s Secret Bunker

The White House Coup 1933 (BBC)


The Facist Plot to Overthrow FDR

McCormack-Dickstein Committee Hearings on “The Business Plot”

Mae Brussell: “Alexander Haig is angry.  Time for a shoot out at the White House” (3/28/1981)


Mae Brussell: “Ronald Regan Assassination Attempt part 1” (4/5/81)


Mae Brussell: “Ronald Regan Assassination Attempt part 2” (4/12/81)

Mae Brussell: “Ronald Regan Assassination Attempt part 3” (4/19/81)

Edwin Walker

US House of Reps. Select Committee on Assassinations: George De Mohrenschildt

John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate Plays to a Full House After 26 Years

Music:

Jerry Goldsmith – “Seven Days in May”

Lou Reed – “The Day John Kennedy Died”

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