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    Default Jim Garrison Nominated for "Profile in Courage Award"

    Today I formally nominated Jim Garrison for the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

    The nomination form allows for a mere 256-character (including spaces) description of "Act(s) of political courage for which your nominee is to be considered."

    Accordingly, I offered this:

    Garrison is the only person to arrest, indict, and try a suspect in the murder of President Kennedy.

    In an act of political retribution, Garrison was tried for and acquitted of accepting bribes to protect illegal pinball machine operations.

    Space on the form was provided for "Links to publicly available information about your nominee." I provided the link to Joan Mellen's Farewell to Justice homepage:

    Criteria and eligibility for the award are described thusly:

    In Profiles in Courage, President Kennedy told the stories of eight United States senators who risked their careers by standing up for particular ideals or principles, even when constituents or powerful interest groups pressured them to bend.

    Today, elected officials are too often captives to opinion polls, reluctant to act in the broader public interest when it means taking unpopular courses of action or offending powerful groups. The Profile in Courage Award honors modern-day elected officials who stand up for the public interest, even when it is not in their own interest to do so. The award celebrates individuals who choose principles over partisanship – who do what is right, rather than what is expedient.

    Award Criteria
    Ordinarily, the award will be made to living Americans who are or were elected officials.
    Individuals at all levels of government—federal, state and local—are eligible for the award.
    Emphasis will be placed on contemporary acts of political courage.
    On occasion, in rare and special circumstances, awards have been made to foreign officials.

    Detailed information about the award may be found at:

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    An automated acknowledgment of my Garrison nomination was just received:

    Dear Charles:

    Thank you very much for submitting a nomination for the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. We are grateful for your participation and we appreciate your dedication to the ideal of principled public service.

    Nominations for the Profile in Courage Award are accepted year-round. Every nomination we receive remains active for two years. If your nomination is submitted before February 1, it will be considered for the Profile in Courage Award presented in May of the same calendar year, and again the following year. If your nomination is made after February 1, it will be considered during the following two calendar years.

    A confirmation of your submission appears below. On behalf of everyone at the Kennedy Library Foundation, thank you for your nomination for the Profile in Courage Award.

    With best wishes,
    The Profile in Courage Award Committee

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    CD, A very good move...may they also move in a brave and 'aware' manner. Any idea of who 'they' are who decide? Citing Mellen's book was very good. I doubt, however, if any have or will read it or even her articles on the subject. His own book is not bad, either. We certainly have a long and uphill climb this next year! Every little step helps.
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    Thank you, Peter.

    The Award Committee's members are listed below. I realize all too well that the chances of the nomination making it to this level are slim. That being noted, I think it wise for me to refrain from further comment. Suffice to say that I can but trust the committee to evaluate Jim Garrison's accomplishments fairly.

    Albert R. Hunt, Chairman of the Profile in Courage Award Committee, is Washington Executive editor of Bloomberg News. He directs the 200 reporters and editors in Bloomberg's capital bureau; writes a weekly column on politics for the International Herald Tribune and Bloomberg, and hosts a weekly television show, Political Capital, for Bloomberg Television. Prior to taking his current job in January 2005, Hunt worked for the Wall Street Journal, 35 years in Washington as a reporter, bureau chief, and executive Washington editor. He also has been a regular participant on numerous public affairs television, including seventeen years on CNN's Capitol Gang.

    U.S. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-Maryland) represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. She was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 110th Congress in June 2008, and began her first full-term in the 111th Congress in 2009. Representative Edwards has enjoyed a diverse career as a nonprofit public interest and in the private sector on NASA’s Spacelab project. Just prior to serving in Congress, she was the executive director of the Arca Foundation in Washington, DC. Representative Edwards was the co-founder and executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence where she led the effort to pass The Violence Against Women Act of 1994 that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Rep. Edwards completed undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and received her Juris Doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

    Kenneth R. Feinberg, Chairman of the Kennedy Library Foundation’s Board of Directors, is Founder and Managing Partner of Feinberg Rozen, LLP – the nation's foremost law firm for mediation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Feinberg worked for five years as an administrative assistant and chief of staff for U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and as an Assistant United States Attorney. One of the nation's leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Mr. Feinberg was appointed by Attorney General John Ashcroft to be Special Master of the U.S. Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 victims and families of victims of 9/11. Three years later, Mr. Feinberg agreed to administrate the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, set up for the benefit of victims' families in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting. In July 2009, Mr. Feinberg was appointed by the Obama Administration as the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation charged with overseeing the compensation of top executives at companies which received federal bailout assistance. In 2010 President Obama asked Feinberg to serve as administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund establish by British Petroleum to compensate those who suffered financial loss as a result of the Gulf oil spill.

    U.S. Senator Lindsey O. Graham (R-South Carolina) was elected to serve as United States Senator on November 5, 2002. A native South Carolinian, Graham earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Upon leaving the active duty Air Force in 1989, Graham joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. Since 1995, Graham has continued to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and is one of only two U.S. Senators currently serving in the Guard or Reserves. He is a colonel and is assigned as a Senior Instructor at the Air Force JAG School.

    Antonia Hernandez is president and CEO of the California Community Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organizations in Southern California. Previously, she was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit litigation and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation's 35 million Latinos. An expert in civil rights and immigration issues, Hernández began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice. She also worked as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary before joining MALDEF in 1981 as regional counsel in Washington, D.C.

    Elaine Jones is President and Director-Counsel, Emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the nation's oldest law firm fighting for equal rights and justice for people of color, women, and the poor. One of America's foremost civil rights lawyers, she was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law, and the first African-American elected to the American Bar Association's Board of Governors. When Ms. Jones took the helm of the Legal Defense Fund in 1993, she became the first woman to head the organization. After graduating with honors in political science from Howard University, Ms. Jones joined the Peace Corps and became one of the first African Americans to serve in Turkey. In her early years at LDF, Ms. Jones continued to blaze trails, becoming one of the first African American women to defend death row inmates. Only two years out of law school, she was counsel of record in Furman v. Georgia, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the death penalty in 37 states for 12 years. After a 32 year tenure with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Ms. Jones stepped down on May 1, 2004.

    Caroline Kennedy, President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, is an attorney and the editor of the New York Times bestselling "A Family of Poems - My Favorite Poetry for Children," "A Patriot's Handbook," "The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis" and "Profiles in Courage for Our Time," and the co-author of "The Right to Privacy" and "In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action." She is Vice-Chair of the Fund for Public Schools, which has raised over $260 million in private support for New York city's public schools. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, she is a Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates and serves as Honorary Chair of the American Ballet Theatre.

    Paul G. Kirk, Jr., is a former U.S. Senator (D-Massachusetts) and a founding board member of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Having served for nearly two decades as Chairman of the Board of Directors, in September 2009, Kirk resigned from his post when Governor Deval Patrick appointed him interim United States Senator from Massachusetts to fill the seat vacated by the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Senator Kirk is a board member and former chairman of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs, and co-founder and co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates. He served as both the chairman and the treasurer of the Democratic Party and as special assistant for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Kirk is affiliated with the law firm Sullivan & Worcester LLP of Boston, Massachusetts of which he was a partner from 1977-1990. He is chairman and CEO of Kirk & Associates, Inc., a business advisory and consulting firm located in Boston.

    Martha Minow, the Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, Minow served on the Independent International Commission Kosovo and helped to launch Imagine Co-existence, a program of the U.N .High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies. She currently works on the Divided Cities initiative which is building an alliance of global cities dealing with ethnic, religious, or political divisions. In August 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Dean Minow to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, a bi-partisan, government-sponsored organization that provides civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. The U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment on March 19, 2010 and she now serves as Vice-Chair. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Minow received a master’s degree in education from Harvard and her law degree from Yale. She clerked for Judge David Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Shari E. Redstone is the President of National Amusements, Inc., a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry operating more than 1,500 movie screens in the U.S., U.K., Latin America and Russia under its Showcase, Multiplex, Cinema de Lux, and KinoStar brands. Based in Dedham, Massachusetts, National Amusements is a closely held company operating under the third generation of leadership by the Redstone family. National Amusements is the parent company of both CBS Corporation and Viacom of which Ms. Redstone is a member of the Board of Directors.

    John Seigenthaler is founder of the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. A former president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, he served for 43 years as an award-winning reporter, editor and publisher for The Tennessean, Nashville's morning newspaper, and was founding editorial director of USA TODAY. In the early 1960s he served as administrative assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and distinguished himself in the civil rights movement as chief negotiator with Alabama Governor George Wallace during the Freedom Rides. Seigenthaler served with distinction as the Chair of the Profile in Courage Award Committee from 1996-2006.

    David M. Shribman is the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He came to Pittsburgh from The Boston Globe where he was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief. Shribman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the American political scene. Shribman joined The Boston Globe after serving as national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that, he covered Congress and national politics for The New York Times and was a member of the national staff of The Washington Star. A native of Salem, Massachusetts, he began his career at The Buffalo Evening News, where he worked on the city staff before being assigned to the paper's Washington bureau.

    U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978 and to the United States Senate in 1994. Before her election to the Senate in 1994, Olympia Snowe represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. Senator Snowe is only the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress and the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. When first elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Olympia Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress. During her tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, she co-chaired the Congressional Caucus on Women’s issues for ten years, and provided leadership in establishing the Office of Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health.

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    Thank you for doing that Charles. I could not agree more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Drago View Post
    Thank you, Peter.

    The Award Committee's members are listed below. I realize all too well that the chances of the nomination making it to this level are slim. That being noted, I think it wise for me to refrain from further comment. Suffice to say that I can but trust the committee to evaluate Jim Garrison's accomplishments fairly.

    Thanks for taking the lead on this Charles.

    David Healy

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    I intend to support my nomination of Garrison for the Profile In Courage Award with a full media blitz soon after the first of the year. Your ideas on how further to leverage the nomination are most welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Drago View Post
    I intend to support my nomination of Garrison for the Profile In Courage Award with a full media blitz soon after the first of the year. Your ideas on how further to leverage the nomination are most welcome.
    Got your back...


    "It is difficult to abolish prejudice in those bereft of ideas. The more hatred is superficial, the more it runs deep."

    James Hepburn -- Farewell America (1968)

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    A quantum leap into the 50th anniversary with the exhortation of Tunheim by Bill Kelly.

    Bravo to celebrate a beacon amidst the government miasma, a garrison against the armies of darkness.

    Why would not Oliver Stone rise to the occasion, joined by Kevin Cosner--they bravely portrayed a trial which became the target of the intelligence shadow government.

    Jim DiEugenio has just renewed his account of the savaging of the lone hero in the halls of justice.

    Clay Shaw was a CIA operative.

    Richard Helms and Edgar Hoover massed armies of moles and attorneys and mockingbirds.

    All for the ridiculous grandstander, the self-promoter, the friend of the mob, and the target even of Johnny Carson, network organ grinder primate.

    Jim Garrison is a giant to these pygmies.

    And no one to this day can answer why the epic wailing and gnashing of teeth to crush a case, when there was no national security involved--why, it was all the motiveless act of a lone gunman.

    In view of the example made of him, I posit the gold ribbon committee will blanch and stutter, cough and pass on this nomination.

    His example shames the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Dragoo View Post
    Why would not Oliver Stone rise to the occasion, joined by Kevin Costner--they bravely portrayed a trial which became the target of the intelligence shadow government.
    We're on the same wavelength, Phil.

    I'm meeting with a mutual acquaintance this week to determine if such an outreach is possible.

    If given the opportunity, I intend to ask Stone and/or Costner if he/they will formally second the nomination and/or use their incomparable influence to inform the masses that it was made and to ask for their support.

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