Mentorship: A Few of Those Who Came Before Us

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

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."

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."

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."

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)

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."