It is common for members of the various JFK assassination conspiracy cults to belittle the role and the findings of experts (generally because recognized, trained and experienced experts rarely if ever agree with the claims of conspiracy believers.) It is common to read conspiracy cultists ignore or downplay the findings of medical experts, photographic experts, or balistics experts when these recognized experts announce that there is no evidence of multiple gunmen.
One recent addition to the Conspiracy Cult is called the "Oswald Innocence Project." This site has not received any attention from recognized historians nor from serious scholars interested in the Kennedy assassination because the website is based entirely on one claim: That Lee Harvey Oswald was standing in the doorway of the Texas School Book Depository building at the moment of the assassination. Since the sole claim of this website is that Oswald was in the doorway it follows that if that claim can be disproven (as it has already been done numerous times in the past) then the basis for the existence of that website collapses.
Of course the contradictory evidence proving that it was NOT Oswald in the doorway has been discussed ad naseum since 1963; but the mountain of contradictory evidence is totally ignored by the cult organized around this single disproven claim.
So WHO are the "experts" this website has assembled to argue that all contradictory evidence is wrong and their claim is correct? It should be pointed out that the contradictory evidence is NEVER mentioned on this site. The fact that Lee Oswald himself NEVER once identified himself in the doorway of this photograph is never mentioned. The fact that Billy Lovelady (the person that actually appears in the doorway) pointed to himself immediately when shown the photograph, is not mentioned on the website. The fact that NUMEROUS co-workers of both Lovelady and Oswald ALL agreed (with NO opposing voices) that it was Billy Lovelady in the doorway and NOT Oswald is never mentioined on this website. The fact that Oswald NEVER once, EVER said that he was standing in the doorway watching the motorcade is NEVER mentioned on the website. And it is important to note that this website does NOT allow for opposing views to be expressed. There is not the option to open lines of dialogue nor encourage debate of their claim. In fact on Youtube, where Ralph Cinque (one of the founders of this site) has posted numerous video advertisements (under a false name), any negative or critical comments are immediately deleted and the critic's ISP identification is blocked from any additional comments. So rather than encouraging open discussion of their cultish claim, this group simply makes numerous allegations and then prohibits counter-arguments or criticism.
Let's look at WHO this Oswald Innocence Cult is comprised of and see if ANY of them are qualified to make claims about photographic alterations to the James Altgens photograph.
The following list is taken directly from their website, my comments follow in brackets:
David Wrone, retired Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), is the honored mentor of the Oswald Innocence Campaign. Professor Wrone offered courses on The Great Books of Western Civilization, Native American history, and the JFK assassination. He is the author of The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: A Comprehensive Historical and Legal Bibliography and of The Zapruder Film: Reframing the JFK Assassination.
[Professor Wrone is one of a handful of respected scholars to be involved in the "Zapruder film was faked" cult as well as the
"Oswald in the doorway" cult. As one can see from his resume, Dr. Wrone is highly trained in historical scholarship, but has never taken a single course in photographic analysis or detection of photographic forgery. Exactly HOW he is qualified to discuss alterations in the Zapruder film or any alleged alteration to the James Altgens photograph is a mystery to serious students of the assassination.]
James H. Fetzer, Ph.D., former Marine Corps officer and McKnight University Professor Emeritus, has chaired or co-chaired four national conferences on the death of JFK. He produced the documentary JFK: The Assassination, the Cover-Up, and Beyond (1994). He also edited Assassination Science (1998), Murder in Dealey Plaza (2000), and The Great Zapruder Film Hoax (2003). He co-edits the on-line journal assassinationresearch.com with John Costella, and his regular column on Veterans Today magazine is one of the most widely read JFK columns in the world.
[Dr. Fetzer is another individual resting on unrelated laurels. While Dr. Fetzer is clearly qualified to discuss the writings of Sartre he is totally unqualified to give any sort of expert opinion on the alteration of the Zapruder film or the alteration of the Altgens photograph. Dr. Fetzer readily admits he has no recognized expertise in photographic analysis of any kind. What he can possibly contribute to this area of examination remains a mystery.]
Ralph C. Cinque has worked in the health field as a chiropractor and health spa operator, and he is the former president of an international physicians group. Ralph has also been an avid student of the JFK assassination for many years, and he has had his articles on the assassination published on Veterans Today and on LewRockwell.com-- one of the most widely read alternative news sites in the world.
[Ralph Cinque's training has been in health food, monotored fasting, and chiropractic manipulation of bones. He has written one book dealing with the Vikings and admittedly has no special knowledge of photographic analysis or forgery detection beyond that of any person questioned on any street corner in the United States.]
Donald Miller is a leading cardiovascular surgeon, and he is a professor of cardiac surgery at the University of Washington. He is also a leading nutritional physician. And, he has a longstanding interest in the JFK assassination, borne in-part by his friendship with Dr. Malcolm Perry, who told him the truth about JFK's neck wound seen at Parkland Hospital.
[It appears that Dr. Miller's only qualification is that he knows one of the doctors that worked on President Kennedy. Sadly, the site he has attached his name to doesn't even deal with the medical evidence but rather on alleged photographic alterations to a photograph taken during the shooting. The reason for his status as a 'senior member' remains a total mystery since he has no recognized expertise in the very science on which the entire website is based.]
Richard Hooke has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara, is a former computer systems analyst for Bank of America and is a writer and researcher on the JFK assassination. He has proven astute at figuring out how images were altered and shifted to perpetrate the deception. Richard's ability to communicate with graphics is astounding.
[Again, while Richard Hooke very well may be a good person, and knows a lot about computer systems and cultural anthropology, he has no recognized training in the very area he claims to offer support. His bio boasts that "he has proven astute at figuring out how images were altered and shifted to perpetrate the deception" but there is no mention as to what qualifies him to make such determinations and it is totally unclear as to what he knows about the science behind these alleged alterations. And since no computers were used in the alleged Altgens photo alterations, Richard Hooke's computer background offers no clue as to his alleged "expertise."]
Orlando Martin spent 20 years in the US Navy where he was a firearms and ballistics expert. As a drill instructor, he received the Navy/Marine Corp Achievement Medal for the outstanding performance of his company. He participated in Operation Desert Storm and the ensuing liberation of Kuwait. Orlando is also an avid JFK assassination researcher, and he is the author of JFK: Analysis of a Shooting.
[Again, Mr. Martin is clearly qualified to discuss weapons to some degree but the Oswald Innocence Project says NOTHING about this topic at all. Why Orlando Martin is an honored 'senor member' is baffling to any curious reader.]
Craig Roberts is a former military and police sharpshooter with a long career in the Marines and the Tulsa Police Department. He is the author of Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza Craig is also a certified firearms instructor, helicopter pilot, and black belt in karate. Craig's account of his visit to the Assassination Museum in Dallas, where he got to size up the kill zone, is very gripping. Craig knew immediately that Oswald could not have done it.
[Once again, the background of yet another 'Senior member' has absolutely NOTHING to do with photographic alterations or forgery detection. It is a mystery as to what Craig Roberts could possibly contribute to a study of alleged photographic manipulation of the Altgens photograph. His level of recognized expertise in this area of study is zero.]
Phillip F. Nelson is the author of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination, in which he contends that Johnson was a cardinal instigator of the plot to kill JFK. LBJ conceived of it perhaps as early as 1961 before enlisting others in 1962-63 to handle its design and execution. Phillip explains how Johnson was uniquely positioned to assemble all the key men--from the financiers to the operational planners and the cover-up experts--to complete the job. And it was all done at the expense of a "patsy" named Lee Harvey Oswald.
[Phillip Nelson's theory of LBJ complicity in the JFK assassination is totally irrelevant to the claims that the Altgen's photograph was altered. Phillip Nelson IS an author but he has no specialized knowledge of how photographs were altered, manipulated, or forged. What he is going to contribute to this "study" remains a mystery.]
Peter Janney grew up in Washington D.C. during the Cold War era of the 1950s and 1960s. His father Wistar Janney was a senior career CIA official. The Janney family was intimately involved with many of the Washington political elite that included the family of Mary and Cord Meyer, as well as other high-ranking CIA officials such as Richard Helms, Jim Angleton, Tracy Barnes, Desmond FitzGerald, and William Colby. In his gripping book, Mary's Mosaic, Peter illuminates a magnitude of real-life evil that most of us could never imagine.
[As with EVERY ONE of the previous "senior members" it is puzzling what Peter Janney is going to offer in the way of expert analysis of the alleged alteration of the Altgens photograph.]
Pete Mellor lives in England. He is a retired college lecturer in marine electronics (radio and radar) much like the work Lee Oswald did in Japan. Pete has been an avid student of the JFK assassination since 1990 and has travelled to the US to attend JFK conferences, including the JFK Lancer symposium in Dallas in 2003 to commemorate the 40th anniversary. He is also a member of the Mary Ferrell Foundation. Pete edits the pages of the OIC site.
[This gentlemen's expertise is a mystery as well. Other than attending a handful of conspiracy conferences he appears to have no level of expertise of any kind.]
Larry Rivera was born in Alaska, the son of a career military man who served as CID officer in the Army. He was in Germany on 11/22/63, age 6, and will never forget his father's reaction upon hearing of JFK's murder ("Johnson!") Larry is a Certified Network Engineer and also owns an automotive wholesale parts business. He has made a lifelong study of the JFK assassination, making his first trip to Dealey Plaza in 1991. He attended ASK Symposium in 1993 for the 30th anniversary. He has given interviews about the assassination to Spanish media. Larry has assembled the most complete dossier on Billly Nolan Lovelady ever done.
[Again...this one is a total mystery.]
Roy Schaeffer graduated from Aviation Electronics school in the Marine Corps in 1960. After graduating, he was assigned to the El Toro Air Station in California, just like Oswald. In 1963, he was working as a photo processor at the Dayton Daily News when he personally received the Altgens6 photo-fax. Immediately, he could see signs of alteration, such as "masking" and "opaquing." That began a lifelong commitment to the cause of JFK truth. Roy is the author of 3 books on the JFK assassination (unpublished), plus 9 articles, and his many JFK scrapbooks were donated to the University of Dayton. Roy was among the first researchers to say that it was Oswald in the doorway.
[Other than working for a newspaper in Ohio, Mr. Schaeffer has no expertise above that of any layperson to have worked for any newspaper anywhere in the country. I am unaware of any newspaper photographic positions that require college-level training in detecting forgery or alterations. Therefore it appears Mr. Schaeffer has none of these requirements to speak authoritatively on photographic alteration.]
Dennis Cimino was a pilot and electronics signal specialist in the U.S. Navy. His JFK interest began as a teenager. His step-father was in the military, assigned to Turkey. Right after the killing, he saw the torrent of information being released about Oswald- obviously prepared in advance. He also observed that hours before the assassination, bombers were sortied out in high-alert maneuvers that departed from the usual protocol. Just a coincidence? He didn't think so- and neither did his step-son. Dennis has been working avidly with Jim Fetzer for 9/11 truth and Senator Wellstone truth, and now he joins him here to work for JFK truth.
[It states in his bio that Dennis Cimino knew that the newspaper accounts of Oswald were "obviously prepared in advance" but no information about how he knew this is given. Of course such allegations have been disproven numerous times and there is no evidence that any details of Oswald's life were prepared prior to his murder of President Kennedy. What he plans to contribute to the Oswald Innocence project remains a mystery.]
So as plainly be seen, not a single senior member of the Oswald Innocence Project has ANY recognized training, nor ANY level of expertise that would elevate their opinion above that of a junior high school English teacher or the man who cleaned the carpets in your living room last summer.
Of course this group of 'senior members' will respond by saying that you don't have to be an "expert" to see the obvious, but that is the point...their claims AREN'T obvious. In fact their claims run counter to the entire record of the assassination. Other than their unsupported claims there is not one shred of evidence that Oswald was standing in the doorway of the TSBD at the time of the assassination. EVERYTHING they claim is based on the allegation that the photo taken by James Altgens (known as Altgens5) was stolen, altered, and then sent out to the world in its doctored form to conceal Oswald in the doorway. Therefore IF their claim is valid, one would expect this group to assemble highly-trained photographic experts to offer their qualified opinions of such alterations. However as this discussion has proven, there is not ONE SINGLE photographic expert to agree with ANY of their claims. Granted there IS a chiropractor that helps people fast, there IS a man who's grandfather thought LBJ was behind it, there is a man that worked with computer systems in California, and there IS a man who was friends with a doctor that treated Kennedy after Oswald shot him, but...so what? What photographic insight can they offer to the discussion? Sadly for us...nothing of worth.
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