MENTORS AND INSPIRATIONAL FIGURES

Mae Magnin Brussell

Mae Magnin Brussell - CDPR Mentor

Judge Jim Garrison

Judge Jim Garrison - CDPR Mentor

W. Penn Jones, Jr.

W. Penn Jones, Jr. - CDPR Mentor

John Patrick Judge

John Patrick Judge - CDPR Mentor

Vincent J. Salandria

Vincent J. Salandria - CDPR Mentor

"I think we do this work, so that we can sleep at night."

Mae Magnin Brussell (1922-1988)

Mae Brussell: A Standard to Strive For

“Mae Brussell hosted her own show in its various incarnations from 1971 to 1988. She had an amazing ability to gather and synthesize an abundance of information in a very short amount of time. Her presentation was folksy, yet complex and loving, yet driven. The JFK assassination was the topic of her first and last shows, as well as serving as the through line for her 17-year broadcasting career. Many of her shows still seem new, despite their age. She was a warm soul who would tell her listeners that she loves them, while sharing with them a barrage of intricately organized information culled from hundreds of sources, which she somehow managed to read. As someone who has presented history as a career and now broadcasts on some of the same topics Mae pioneered, Brussell is still the gold standard of alternative broadcasters.”

S.T. Patrick

Mae Brussell: A Standard to Strive For

Mae Brussell: A Standard to Strive For

Judge Jim Garrison (1921-1992)

Dancing with the CIA

"In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society. Of course, you can't spot this trend to fascism by casually looking around. You can't look for such familiar signs as the swastika, because they won't be there. We won't build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line. We're not going to wake up one morning and suddenly find ourselves in gray uniforms goose-stepping off to work. But this isn't the test. The test is: What happens to the individual who dissents? In Nazi Germany, he was physically destroyed; here, the process is more subtle, but the end results can be the same."

Jim Garrison (1967)


CDPR 201 FILE:

" I knew I was dancing with the CIA. I wasn't guessing."

" I knew I was dancing with the CIA. I wasn't guessing."

Jim Garrison: Truth vs. Fairytales

Jim Garrison Response - Kennedy Assassination


On July 15, 1967, NBC allowed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison to respond to an NBC program that was highly critical of Garrison's pursuit of alleged Kennedy assassination conspirators in New Orleans.

W. Penn Jones, Jr. (1914-1998)

Voice of Dissent

"What is happening in our land? How many murders of persons connected in some way with the assassination principals can go unnoticed by our people? How many lies must we prove on The Warren Commission before a demand for reopening becomes a commanding one?"

W. Penn Jones, Jr. (1965)


CDPR 201 FILE:

"I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I think we do this work so we can sleep at night."

"I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. I think we do this work so we can sleep at night."

Penn Jones: Honoring His Memory

"I've been to Dealey Plaza many times since 1964. I attended several of Penn Jones' anniversary ceremonies. I was at the 20th, 30th, 40th, and many in between. His groundbreaking investgative reporting, solemn ceremony and moment of silence sent the message most know as the truth, that there was indeed a conspiracy involved in the murder of President Kennedy and others that has shaped the politics of this country and the world since. He is the hero who pioneered the lives of those of us who took up his fight, not only by what he found but by what he lost. I looked him in the eye, shook his hand and thanked him."

Richard Bartholomew

John Patrick Judge (1948-2014)

Leading Change

"Martin Schotz says, 'In America we are allowed to believe anything, but to know nothing, and thus we cannot act.' This tall tale replaces the real political reasons why JFK was killed, which explain the subsequent history of the last four decades and who has been in charge of the permanent war economy, the national security state, and the globalization and militarization of the world's social and political order. It replaces it with a speculation and framework that obscure motive and confuse us with a fantasy."

John Judge (2001)


CDPR 201 FILE:

"If you don't own your own history, you are a conquered people."

"If you don't own your own history, you are a conquered people."

John Judge: We Can Know

We Can Know — [Because We Already Do]


"A lesson for all political researchers. An excerpt from my film, The Searchers. RIP, John. Thank you for your example and inspiration."

Randy Benson

Vincent J. Salandria

Beware the False Mystery

"I'm afraid we were misled. All the critics, myself included, were misled very early. I see that now. We spent too much time and effort microanalyzing the details of the assassination when all the time it was obvious, it was blatantly obvious that it was a conspiracy. Don't you think that the men who killed Kennedy had the means to do it in the most sophisticated and subtle way? They chose not to. Instead, they picked the shooting gallery that was Dealey Plaza and did it in the most barbarous and openly arrogant manner. The cover story was transparent and designed not to hold, to fall apart at the slightest scrutiny. The forces that killed Kennedy wanted the message clear: 'We are in control and no one - not the President, nor Congress, nor any elected official - no one can do anything about it.' It was a message to the people that their Government was powerless."

Vincent Salandria to Gaeton Fonzi (1975)


CDPR 201 FILE:

"This truth was there for all of us to see." (Photo: Gene Smirnov)

"This truth was there for all of us to see." (Photo: Gene Smirnov)

Vince Salandria: A False Mystery

The JFK Assassination: A False Mystery Concealing State Crimes


Vincent Salandria addresses the Coalition on Political Assassinations Conference in Dallas, TX, on November 20, 1998.

Gary Stephen Webb (1955-2004)

Important Enough to Suppress

"One of the questions I have been asked many times since this story broke is this: Now that the facts are out there, what can we do? My answer, depressing and cynical as it may be, is always the same. Not much. Not now. And certainly not until the American public and its Congressional representatives regain control of the CIA and shred the curtain of secrecy that keeps us from discovering these crimes of state until its too late."

Gary Stephen Webb (1999)


CDPR 201 FILE:

"The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn't written anything important enough to suppress."

"The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn't written anything important enough to suppress."

Gary Webb: Reporting the Truth

"Gary Webb didn't hesitate to put his name, his career, and his life on the line when the Truth came calling. After being one of the first, and the few, to write about the CIA's "Dark Alliance" with Contra drug-traffickers, he was hunted and eventually devoured by his own peers — under the watchful eyes of the CIA. His character assassinated and little ink left in his pen, he chose to write an early, bitter end to his tragic story; an unjust fate for this courageous journalist."

Jeff Worcester