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The Oswald Code: The Secrets of Oswald's Address Book Paperback – October 24, 2014
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About the Author
A. J. Weberman is the author of Coup D'Etat in America, the CIA and the Assassination of JFK with an introduction by the late Cong. Henry Gonzalez. He worked as a consultant to the House Select Committee on Assassinations and to Frontline PBS. He is the inventor of the word "garbology" a journalistic technique that has become known as the study of garbage in general and the word "Dylanology" to describe his work decoding Bob Dylan's poetry.
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I believe A.J. Weberman has most of the pieces of the puzzle in hand. He interprets many important new pieces that he presents in The Oswald Code in light of the theory, to which I affirmatively subscribe, that Oswald was a U.S. intelligence agent, recruited out of the Marines to do intelligence work, and that by the time the JFK assassination was being planned, he was held in contempt for poor performance by his CIA handlers, and was maneuvered into position to be the patsy (his word) and take the fall as a lone assassin. In fact, Oswald did not even know the assassination was to take place, although after it happened he figured out his assigned role in it very quickly. Weberman, in his research, and in his previously co-authored book Coup d' Etat in America has, in my opinion, correctly discerned that the principal players who worked in collusion were: national security state elements (in the CIA, military, FBI, Secret Service, etc.), anti-Castro Cubans, and the Mafia.
"The Oswald Code" refers to names, references, and information hidden and encoded by Oswald in his address book, that link to other individuals and places involved with Oswald's intelligence work and the assassination plot. Weberman explores the histories, connections and motivations of these individuals, showing how they are linked to each other, to Oswald, and the assassination. He provides biographical detail on more than twenty persons of interest connected to Oswald through the address book, detail of which builds a strong case for a conspiracy.
To crack another aspect of "The Oswald Code", Weberman had rolls of exposed Minox spy-camera film that were found with Oswald's possessions developed, utilizing provisions of the Freedom of Information act to get it done. One of the resulting images is on the cover of The Oswald Code. It is a disturbing picture, showing what may be the dead body of a Philippine rebel being lorded over by some U.S. Marines. Images in those films tie Oswald in the late 1950's to fellow Marine Gerry Patrick Hemming, a character who Weberman believes was one of the main planners of the "Big Event", as the assassins referred to it. In the book there is a picture of Weberman sitting with Hemming in the 1970's when Weberman was doing research on the assassination. It amazed me that Weberman contacted, visited, interviewed, and hung out with Hemming. One wonders why Hemming would allow someone who was trying to find out the truth, anywhere near him. I guess he had the same attitude as the Godfather: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer".
I have some suggestions for future editions:
I think citations are needed for many assertions of fact. There are no footnotes and no index.
Because of the large cast of characters, it would be useful if a "conspiracy tree" diagram denoting the interrelationships were included.
The cover photo, because of the long delay in developing the film, has the entire center washed out. I would suggest using the version which is cropped on page 29 of the book as the cover in future editions, which would convey the impact of the photo better.
Events in the book are often mentioned without giving the helpful context of chronology.
Weberman sometimes makes conclusive statements about things that may be probable, but are not proven; in other words, I think he has a tendency to jump to conclusions.
I do not agree in all cases with Weberman's interpretation of the writing in Oswald's address book, but there is much room for argument here.
Presumably the address book should have had contact information associated with the hidden or encoded names, but in many instances there appears to be none. Why not?
Overall, the book provides a fascinating catalog of characters, facts and details surrounding Oswald and the JFK assassination, and is a wealth of starting material for further research and understanding.
I recommend The Oswald Code to all those seeking to find the truth about the JFK assassination.
In addition to the notebook, Weberman also managed to have two rolls of Minox film developed and reproduced, along with commentary. It is still puzzling that an FOIA request was all that was needed to pry loose the two rolls of Minox film from the National Archives, but then Weberman is the man who got E. Howard Hunt deposed in a libel case brought by Hunt against Weberman.
I think this modest book has two things to recommend it: a chance to read Oswald's notebook, and mIf ever there was a doubt that LHO was involved in something bigger than we know, this proves it to me. The opportunity to examine this piece of history is well worth the price of admission. An interesting addition to any researcher's library.
The author, Weberman, was a contemporary of the primary actors. He knew Hemming -- and kept his head from being drop-kicked into the jungle. Weberman's claims have been confirmed in every instance. Nothing of substance stated by Weberman has yet been disproved on any topic of which I am familiar. And I am very familiar with the JFK assassination.
There is of course, the chance that Weberman too, has been catastrophically fooled. But in this regard Weberman's work suffers no more than any other prophet of truth crying unto the People wandering among Angleton's "wilderness of mirrors".