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    Starting in February, I will be teaching a class on the JFK assassination for my county's adult education program. I am working on a syllabus and any suggestions will be welcomed.

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    Required Reading:


    James Douglass's: 'JFK And The Unspeakable'


    James DiEugenio's: 'Destiny Betrayed'

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    I've been reading Don's 2014 book entitled Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics. Even though I'm only about a hundred pages into it, I can heartily recommend it to everyone.


    It begins with a whithering destruction of the Official Story of the JFK assassination, familiar territory for many of us, but notable nevertheless for the breadth of the carnage in a frugal 50 pages or so. Don calls the JFK hit "The Mother of All Conspiracies," and then goes on to pretty much prove his point.


    Things turn even more interesting in subsequent chapters, about the Sixties, Seventies, the Reagan Years ("Trickle Down Treachery") the Clinton Years, the Death of John Kennedy, Jr., 9/11, Dubya and More Dubya, and so on well into the Obama years. One of Don's talents is the clarity of his thought and writing, which results in a concise and convincing portrayal of often complex events.


    His insights are sometimes stunning. For example, as a young man in the 1960s I thought the apparently anti-establishment antics of people like Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies was an attempt to end the the U.S.'s growing involvement in perpetual warfare in SE Asia. But Mr. Jeffries poses a number of simple questions about these demonstrators leading to deep concerns about their real roles. First and foremost was this question: Why did none of the Chicago Eight offer any criticisim of the official story of the Kennedy assassination, which obviously opened the door to the wholesale slaughter in Asia?


    Other readers well versed in the Kennedy Assassination probably will find Don's book a refreshingly broad look at both the Kennedy Assassination and the last 50 years of our hidden history, written by a true kindred spirit. No doubt his JFK class will be equally entertaining and informative.

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    Don,

    Own or qualify carefully whatever you introduce. Scrupulously avoid being indistinguishable from Morrow and his "nuggets" ....Madeline Brown, Hoover, LBJ "party the night before".....Janney and his albatross, "missing CIA assassin Mitchell"..... and even Simkin, because he refuses to edit errors he is informed of.:

    http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKjohnsonPR.htm

    Priscilla Livingston Johnson was born in Glen Cove, New York, on 19th July, 1928....
    http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/in...6&#entry256355
    .....
    I intended to verify the lead I found at Ancestry.com that led me to believe that Priscilla Livingston Johnson, b. 1922 Stockholm, Sweden, was the daughter of a U.S. diplomat. Until now, I had not verified her D.O.B. more closely than the year, 1922. Now
    I can post an exact match, 23 September, 1922.

    U.S., Consular Reports of Births, 1910-1949 > Alphabetical > Jamieson - Johnson


    Try to avoid mentioning books in which the author MERELY repeats a claim of another author, or risk "teaching" nuggets such as the Eddy Benavides shooting occurring before his brother's WC testimony.
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3XG-JYM


    Do no harm, Don. It is better to present nothing than to present misleading or otherwise inaccurate information.
    Tackle each controversy on its own, to the extent it is possible to do that, or you'll appear to be insulating yourself from even the possibility you could ever be mistaken, impractical folly. If you mention that everything from official sources is likely fake, how do you make a case for conducting a class or justifying the effort to do any further research?

    Encourage your students to challenge claims of other members of your class, or of you, if they think they have more
    accurate information.
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    Peter Janney's uncle was Frank Pace, chairman of General Dynamics who enlisted law partners Roswell Gilpatric and Luce's brother-in-law, Maurice "Tex" Moore, in a trade of 16 percent of Gen. Dyn. stock in exchange for Henry Crown and his Material Service Corp. of Chicago, headed by Byfield's Sherman Hotel group's Pat Hoy. The Crown family and partner Conrad Hilton next benefitted from TFX, at the time, the most costly military contract award in the history of the world. Obama was sponsored by the Crowns and Pritzkers. So was Albert Jenner Peter Janney has preferred to write of an imaginary CIA assassination of his surrogate mother, Mary Meyer, but not a word about his Uncle Frank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hargrove View Post
    I've been reading Don's 2014 book entitled Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics. Even though I'm only about a hundred pages into it, I can heartily recommend it to everyone.


    It begins with a whithering destruction of the Official Story of the JFK assassination, familiar territory for many of us, but notable nevertheless for the breadth of the carnage in a frugal 50 pages or so. Don calls the JFK hit "The Mother of All Conspiracies," and then goes on to pretty much prove his point.


    Things turn even more interesting in subsequent chapters, about the Sixties, Seventies, the Reagan Years ("Trickle Down Treachery") the Clinton Years, the Death of John Kennedy, Jr., 9/11, Dubya and More Dubya, and so on well into the Obama years. One of Don's talents is the clarity of his thought and writing, which results in a concise and convincing portrayal of often complex events.


    His insights are sometimes stunning. For example, as a young man in the 1960s I thought the apparently anti-establishment antics of people like Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies was an attempt to end the the U.S.'s growing involvement in perpetual warfare in SE Asia. But Mr. Jeffries poses a number of simple questions about these demonstrators leading to deep concerns about their real roles. First and foremost was this question: Why did none of the Chicago Eight offer any criticisim of the official story of the Kennedy assassination, which obviously opened the door to the wholesale slaughter in Asia?


    Other readers well versed in the Kennedy Assassination probably will find Don's book a refreshingly broad look at both the Kennedy Assassination and the last 50 years of our hidden history, written by a true kindred spirit. No doubt his JFK class will be equally entertaining and informative.

    Don Jeffries on the Tim Kelly podcast:

    http://tkelly6785757.podomatic.com/e...03_37_14-08_00


    Re: the initial question - I would suggest teaching the assassination in the context of JFK's foreign policy, and also in the wider context of 20th century deep events. I would avoid getting lost in the minutiae of the evidentiary record and the specifics of the assassination itself. In this day and age most people realise that Oswald had no involvement in the killing. The way to engage people is by showing how the assassination is part of a pattern of ruling class perfidy that goes back centuries.
    “The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”
    ― Leo Tolstoy,

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    Quote Originally Posted by R.K. Locke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hargrove View Post
    I've been reading Don's 2014 book entitled Hidden History: An Expose of Modern Crimes, Conspiracies, and Cover-Ups in American Politics. Even though I'm only about a hundred pages into it, I can heartily recommend it to everyone.


    It begins with a whithering destruction of the Official Story of the JFK assassination, familiar territory for many of us, but notable nevertheless for the breadth of the carnage in a frugal 50 pages or so. Don calls the JFK hit "The Mother of All Conspiracies," and then goes on to pretty much prove his point.


    Things turn even more interesting in subsequent chapters, about the Sixties, Seventies, the Reagan Years ("Trickle Down Treachery") the Clinton Years, the Death of John Kennedy, Jr., 9/11, Dubya and More Dubya, and so on well into the Obama years. One of Don's talents is the clarity of his thought and writing, which results in a concise and convincing portrayal of often complex events.


    His insights are sometimes stunning. For example, as a young man in the 1960s I thought the apparently anti-establishment antics of people like Abbie Hoffman and the Yippies was an attempt to end the the U.S.'s growing involvement in perpetual warfare in SE Asia. But Mr. Jeffries poses a number of simple questions about these demonstrators leading to deep concerns about their real roles. First and foremost was this question: Why did none of the Chicago Eight offer any criticisim of the official story of the Kennedy assassination, which obviously opened the door to the wholesale slaughter in Asia?


    Other readers well versed in the Kennedy Assassination probably will find Don's book a refreshingly broad look at both the Kennedy Assassination and the last 50 years of our hidden history, written by a true kindred spirit. No doubt his JFK class will be equally entertaining and informative.

    Don Jeffries on the Tim Kelly podcast:

    http://tkelly6785757.podomatic.com/e...03_37_14-08_00


    Re: the initial question - I would suggest teaching the assassination in the context of JFK's foreign policy, and also in the wider context of 20th century deep events. I would avoid getting lost in the minutiae of the evidentiary record and the specifics of the assassination itself. In this day and age most people realise that Oswald had no involvement in the killing. The way to engage people is by showing how the assassination is part of a pattern of ruling class perfidy that goes back centuries.

    I agree. If your students are total new comers, I'd tell them the WC Exh 399 insanity and how that could never have happened. Then get into who LHO really was, and of course the why is the most important point. Also cover mockingbird media, and witness deaths. Keep it broad. Like TOTALLY avoid this "prayer man" waste of time. (Just one example of many waste of time rabbit holes in this complex case).
    And congrats on teaching a class.
    Dawn.

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    Not sure if this is useful for either your students or yourself (although hopefully it will be) but Daniel Sheehan taught a semester-long class on the JFK assassination a year or two ago at the University of California at Santa Cruz (titled 'Alternate Theories of the JFK Assassination'), and he has uploaded the majority of classes in video form, plus his syllabus, class notes, a chronology and other documentation that he gave to the students.

    http://danielpsheehan.com/areas-of-e...-assassination

    For keen researchers in the class I'd be giving a link to the run of Black Op Radio '50 Reasons for 50 Years' videos. They're bite-sized videos on individual topics with a host of researchers providing evidence and discussion.

    http://www.blackopradio.com/archives2013.html

    I'd also suggest those in the class who were interested should check out at least one or two of Walt Brown's ebooks on their laptop, phone or iPad - specifically DEATH (covering the weekend of the assassination), and DISAPPOINTMENT (covering the Warren Commission). Each is as long as Bugliosi's uncut book, and has a wealth of material to digest and discuss.


    http://www.amazon.com/Master-Chronol...lt+brown+death

    http://www.amazon.com/Master-Chronology-Assassination-Book-Disappointment-ebook/dp/B00FVZQQUC/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450049770&sr=1-4


    The University Press of Kansas volume OLIVER STONE'S USA has Stone's lengthiest and most recent critically rebuttal to the debunkers of his movie. It's worth a read even for those who dislike elements of the film.

    http://www.amazon.com/Oliver-Stones-.../dp/0700612572


    Eric Wilson's THE SPECTACLE OF THE FALSE FLAG is an academic work that has been released online for free by the publisher. It has a long section on the JFK assassination.

    http://www.thoughtcrimespress.org/si...098823405X.pdf

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    Just curious, what jurisdiction is enlightened enough to let you teach this class?

    My suggestion for your class material might be the early period: i.e. the WC, Lane, Salandria, Epstien, Wiesberg; and then for a final project have them choose any more recent work and tie it back to the tracks of the pioneers. That way you won't be forcing them to adopt any particular theory, and yet each would be independently tracing the evolution of a different idea in the research.
    "All that is necessary for tyranny to succeed is for good men to do nothing." (unknown)

    James Tracy: "There is sometimes an undue amount of paranoia among some conspiracy researchers that can contribute to flawed observations and analysis."

    Gary Cornwell (Dept. Chief Counsel HSCA): "A fact merely marks the point at which we have agreed to let investigation cease."

    Alan Ford: "Just because you believe it, that doesn't make it so."

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    Good work Don! Really pleased to hear you doing this.

    I'd be stating that the government position is that there was a conspiracy. The WC nonsense was superseded by the HSCA which on evidence found there to be a conspiracy as there were more than one shooter recorded. Start from conspiracy fact.

    Also I hope you don't get those 2 LN clowns that used to make a point of coming to some one else’s classes to disrupt and divide. If you do don't tolerate them under 'free speech' BS. Use it as an example of how desperate to maintain the lie they are.

    P.S. and I support what others have suggested too
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Thanks for the encouragement everyone. Especially Jim Hargrove- I appreciate the kind words about Hidden History.

    I plan to quickly go over the official story, and then explain how impossible the official story is. I don't think I can stray too much from the JFK assassination, but will definitely point out its political impact and the way future events (Vietnam, RFK and MLK assassinations, death of JFK, Jr., etc.) were connected to it.

    I don't plan on discussing film alteration, Judyth, Prayer Man, Harvey and Lee or any other theory beyond perhaps briefly explaining how the lack of an investigation provided "fertile ground for speculation," to use Mark Lane's words.

    I am a bit amazed that my county- Fairfax County, Virginia- opted to approve this class. They actually seem enthusiastic about it, so hopefully I will be able to present it effectively.

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