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O'Neill and James Sibert figured prominently in David Lifton's book,
Best Evidence, with their report of surgery on the JFK's head wound,
suggesting that the "best evidence", president's body, had been
tampered with before autopsy.
Francis X. O'Neill; FBI agent witnessed JFK's autopsy
By J.M. Lawrence
Globe Correspondent / February 6, 2009
Retired FBI agent Francis X. O'Neill Jr., who was one of the last
surviving investigators who observed President John F. Kennedy's
autopsy in 1963, has died.
Mr. O'Neill, who lived in Brewster, died of a stroke Tuesday in Cape
Cod Hospital, according to his family. He was 85.
For decades, Mr. O'Neill battled conspiracy theorists about the JFK
assassination. He later became a Connecticut state legislator and
recently finished his autobiography, entitled "A Fox Among Wolves."
"The evidence is overwhelming and undeniable that Oswald alone shot
and killed President Kennedy," Mr. O'Neill wrote, according to
galleys of his book, which is scheduled for publication this year.
Mr. O'Neill and senior agent James W. Sibert were sent by FBI
Director J. Edgar Hoover to meet the president's body at Andrews Air
Force Base in Maryland and to begin the bureau's investigation.
"Frank was a hard-working fellow; he would tackle anything," said
Sibert, who is 90 and lives in Fort Myers, Fla.
After the assassination in Dallas and the arrival of the body in
Maryland, the agents joined the motorcade to Bethesda Naval Hospital,
where they kept track of who entered the autopsy room.
Mr. O'Neill confiscated and exposed the film of a Navy service member
who began taking pictures at the autopsy but did not have security
clearance, according to author Gerald Posner, who interviewed Mr.
O'Neill for his book "Case Closed."
Conspiracy theorists often point to the lost film to bolster their
theories, Posner noted.
Mr. O'Neill appeared before several investigative panels over the
years. He adamantly rejected theories claiming the president's body
had been switched.
In an interview with Posner, he lamented a minor mistake in his FBI
report, in which he wrongly used the word "surgery" and fueled
speculation that somehow Kennedy's body had been altered between
Dallas and Maryland. "We weren't doctors," he told Posner.
He retired from the FBI in 1978, after serving as assistant special
agent in charge of the Connecticut office for four years.
He worked as chief of investigations for the Recording Industry
Association of America's antipiracy division before going into state
politics in 1980.
He lost his first bid for the Connecticut House of Representatives
and was elected in 1982 in the 98th District. He held office until
1990 and was a staunch opponent of the state's income tax, which
narrowly passed the House after he left office.
Born in Elmhurst in Queens, N.Y., he was the oldest of six. He fought
in World War II as a paratrooper with the 503d Regimental Combat Team
in the South Pacific and made jumps on Corregidor, an island in the
After the war, he returned to New York and received a bachelor's
degree in economics from Fordham University. He enlisted in the Air
Force during the Korean War and later joined the New York City Police
Department. He became an FBI agent in 1955.
He and his wife Elizabeth were married for 57 years.
"Dad was the strongest advocate you would ever want on your side,"
said one of his sons, Frank III of Madison, Conn.
He said his father visited the Philippines to see the graves of his
Word War II buddies.
In addition to his son and wife, Mr. O'Neill leaves six other sons,
Brian of Medford, Andrew of Killingworth, Conn., Colin of Nanuet,
N.Y., Owen of Guilford, Conn., Damian of Okinawa, Japan, and Regis of
Middletown, Conn.; a daughter, Sheila Baker of Southington, Conn.;
two brothers, Joseph of Vero Beach, Fla., and Vincent of Glen Rock,
N.J.; a sister, Rita Black of Indian Land, S.C.; and 18 grand-
A funeral Mass will be said Monday in St. George Church in Guilford,
Conn. Burial will be in Massachusetts National Veterans Cemetery in
Why no neocon assassinations? Because the `war on terror' is a hoax
By Paul Craig Roberts
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Feb 5, 2009
According to US government propaganda, terrorist cells are spread
throughout America, making it necessary for the government to spy on
all Americans and violate most other constitutional protections.
Among President Bush's last words as he left office was the warning
that America would soon be struck again by Muslim terrorists.
If America were infected with terrorists, we would not need the
government to tell us. We would know it from events. As there are no
events, the US government substitutes warnings in order to keep alive
the fear that causes the public to accept pointless wars, the
infringement of civil liberty, national ID cards, and inconveniences
and harassments when they fly.
The most obvious indication that there are no terrorist cells is that
not a single neocon has been assassinated.
I do not approve of assassinations, and am ashamed of my country's
government for engaging in political assassination. The US and Israel
have set a very bad example for al Qaeda to follow.
The US deals with al Qaeda and Taliban by assassinating their
leaders, and Israel deals with Hamas by assassinating its leaders. It
is reasonable to assume that al Qaeda would deal with the instigators
and leaders of America's wars in the Middle East in the same way.
Today every al Qaeda member is aware of the complicity of
neoconservatives in the death and devastation inflicted on Muslims in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Gaza. Moreover, neocons are highly
visible and are soft targets compared to Hamas and Hezbollah
leaders.. Neocons have been identified in the media for years, and as
everyone knows, multiple listings of their names are available online.
Neocons do not have Secret Service protection. Dreadful to
contemplate, but it would be child's play for al Qaeda to assassinate
any and every neocon. Yet, neocons move around freely, a good
indication that the US does not have a terrorist problem.
If, as neocons constantly allege, terrorists can smuggle nuclear
weapons or dirty bombs into the US with which to wreak havoc upon our
cities, terrorists can acquire weapons with which to assassinate any
neocon or former government official.
Yet, the neocons, who are the Americans most hated by Muslims, remain
The "war on terror" is a hoax that fronts for American control of oil
pipelines, the profits of the military-security complex, the assault
on civil liberty by fomenters of a police state, and Israel's
There were no al Qaeda in Iraq until the Americans brought them there
by invading and overthrowing Saddam Hussein, who kept al Qaeda out of
Iraq. The Taliban is not a terrorist organization, but a movement
attempting to unify Afghanistan under Muslim law.. The only Americans
threatened by the Taliban are the Americans Bush sent to Afghanistan
to kill Taliban and to impose a puppet state on the Afghan people.
Hamas is the democratically elected government of Palestine, or what
little remains of Palestine after Israel's illegal annexations. Hamas
is a terrorist organization in the same sense that the Israeli
government and the US government are terrorist organizations. In an
effort to bring Hamas under Israeli hegemony, Israel employs terror
bombing and assassinations against Palestinians. Hamas replies to the
Israeli terror with homemade and ineffectual rockets.
Hezbollah represents the Shi'ites of southern Lebanon, another area
in the Middle East that Israel seeks for its territorial expansion.
The US brands Hamas and Hezbollah "terrorist organizations" for no
other reason than the US is on Israel's side of the conflict. There
is no objective basis for the US Department of State's "finding" that
Hamas and Hezbollah are terrorist organizations. It is merely a
Americans and Israelis do not call their bombings of civilians
terror. What Americans and Israelis call terror is the response of
oppressed people who are stateless because their countries are ruled
by puppets loyal to the oppressors. These people, dispossessed of
their own countries, have no State Departments, Defense Departments,
seats in the United Nations, or voices in the mainstream media. They
can submit to foreign hegemony or resist by the limited means
available to them.
The fact that Israel and the United States carry on endless
propaganda to prevent this fundamental truth from being realized
indicates that it is Israel and the US that are in the wrong and the
Palestinians, Lebanese, Iraqis, and Afghans who are being wronged.
The retired American generals who serve as war propagandists for
Fox "News" are forever claiming that Iran arms the Iraqi and Afghan
insurgents and Hamas. But where are the arms? To deal with American
tanks, insurgents have to construct homemade explosive devices out of
artillery shells. After six years of conflict, the insurgents still
have no weapon against the American helicopter gunships. Contrast
this "arming" with the weaponry the US supplied to the Afghans nearly
three decades ago when they were fighting to drive out the Soviets.
The films of Israel's murderous assault on Gaza show large numbers of
Gazans fleeing from Israeli bombs or digging out the dead and maimed,
and none of these people are armed. A person would think that by now
every Palestinian would be armed, every man, woman, and child. Yet,
all the films of the Israeli attack show an unarmed population. Hamas
has to construct homemade rockets that are little more than a sign of
defiance. If Hamas were armed by Iran, Israel's assault on Gaza would
have cost Israel its helicopter gunships, its tanks, and hundreds of
lives of its soldiers.
Hamas is a small organization armed with small caliber rifles
incapable of penetrating body armor. Hamas is unable to stop small
bands of Israeli settlers from descending on West Bank Palestinian
villages, driving out the Palestinians, and expropriating their land.
The great mystery is: why after 60 years of oppression are the
Palestinians still an unarmed people? Clearly, the Muslim countries
are complicit with Israel and the US in keeping the Palestinians
The unsupported assertion that Iran supplies sophisticated arms to
the Palestinians is like the unsupported assertion that Saddam
Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. These assertions are
propagandistic justifications for killing Arab civilians and
destroying civilian infrastructure in order to secure US and Israeli
hegemony in the Middle East.
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during
President Reagan's first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall
Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including
the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International
Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover
Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor
by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-
Side Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington;
Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet
Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are
Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice.
Governor Batman? Kilmer May Seek Office
February 6, 2009
Having variously portrayed God, Moses and Philip II of Macedon in his
unpredictable career, Val Kilmer, below, may be contemplating a role
that would carry more real-world authority. In an interview with The
Associated Press, Mr. Kilmer said he may consider running for
governor of New Mexico in 2010, when term-limit laws would prevent
Gov. Bill Richardson from seeking a third stay in office (although
opponents of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York thought the same
thing). "I'm just looking for ways to be contributive," Mr. Kilmer
said, according to The A.P. "And if that ends up being where I can
make a substantial contribution, then I'll run." Though born and
raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Kilmer, a star of films including "The
Doors" and "Batman Forever," has lived for two decades in New Mexico,
where he has a 6,000-acre ranch outside Santa Fe. He said he had not
conclusively decided to seek office but told The A.P., "If I run, I'm
going to be the next governor."
A version of this article appeared in print on February 7, 2009, on
page C2 of the New York edition.
FDA: Peanut plant knew product was tainted with salmonella
Government confirms PCA shipped salmonella-tainted product without
PCA had said it shipped products only after subsequent tests returned
FDA: Data provided by company "not consistent with the subsequent
(CNN) -- The Georgia company whose peanut products have been blamed
for a nationwide salmonella outbreak shipped some products even
though they had tested positive for the bacteria and no other tests
indicated they were safe, the Food and Drug Administration said
Previously, Peanut Corporation of America had said it shipped
products only after subsequent tests on them came back negative.
Items made with its peanut products have been linked to more than 500
cases of illness, including eight deaths.
The agency said the company's management told FDA inspectors last
month during an inspection of the plant that they shipped products
that first had tested positive for salmonella, but only if they later
had tested negative.
But, it said, "FDA determined that certain information provided by
PCA management during the inspection was not consistent with the
subsequent analysis of the company's records."
As a result, the agency amended its report Thursday.
"In some situations the firm received a positive salmonella test
result, followed by a later negative result, and then shipped the
products," said the FDA report, which was included in an e-mail to
CNN. "In some other situations, the firm shipped the products [which
had already tested positive] before it had received the [second]
positive test results." Watch Senate hearing on food safety amid
peanut recall »
In some cases, it said, "no additional testing appears to have been
No one from the company returned a call seeking comment.
Federal authorities have initiated a criminal investigation into the
U.S. Jobless Rate Soared in January and Payrolls Kept Plunging
By Shobhana Chandra
Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Millions more U.S. workers are likely to lose
their jobs after the economy's freefall sent unemployment in January
to the highest level since 1992 and payrolls tumbled, reinforcing the
need for an economic stimulus plan.
The jobless rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.2 percent in December,
the Labor Department reported yesterday in Washington. Payrolls fell
by 598,000, the biggest monthly drop since December 1974. Losses
spanned almost all industries, from construction and manufacturing to
retailing, trucking, media and finance.
"The scary thing is there is really no end in sight to the soaring
jobless rate," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank
of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in New York. "It's difficult to see
what's going to turn the situation around. This is the sort of
catalyst that could get Congress to move" to agreeing on a compromise
President Barack Obama, who predicted a "dismal" report, is pushing
for a stimulus plan to revive the economy and create jobs, and is
expected to announce a new effort to shore up credit markets. The
rate of the job market's decline means it's unlikely government
efforts will halt a collapse in consumer spending until the second
half of the year, economists said.
"We'll see households pull way back," said Nariman Behravesh, chief
economist at IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Massachusetts. "We'll
probably see job losses of another 2 million to 3 million before this
is over." Payrolls have already plunged by 3.57 million so far.
U.S. Treasuries slipped yesterday while stocks rose, indicating some
investors had feared an even worse January employment report. The
Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index gained 2.7 percent to close at
868.6 in New York. Benchmark 10-year note yields rose to 2.99 percent
at 5:12 p.m. yesterday in New York from 2.91 percent on the prior
The loss of jobs, at employers ranging from manufacturers like
Caterpillar Inc. to retailers such as Macy's Inc., is shattering
consumer confidence and crippling spending. Household purchases fell
more than 3 percent at an annual rate in the past two quarters, the
first time that's happened since at least 1947.
With revised declines of 577,000 for December and 597,000 for
November, revisions subtracted 66,000 workers from previously
reported figures for the last two months of 2008. The 3.57 million
jobs lost since the recession started in December 2007 marks the
biggest employment slump of any economic contraction in the postwar
Last month's losses also cap the first time since records began in
1939 that job cuts exceeded half a million in three consecutive
More Than Anticipated
Payrolls were forecast to drop 540,000, according to the median
estimate of 75 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. The jobless
rate was projected to jump to 7.5 percent.
The House of Representatives last week passed an $819 billion
stimulus package that includes tax cuts, spending on schools, roads
and other infrastructure, and aid to states.
Christina Romer, chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers,
said yesterday "the unemployment rate could reach double digits"
without a stimulus, in a statement after the jobs report.
Obama yesterday said the nation faces "an urgent and growing crisis."
Yesterday's report showed factory payrolls fell by 207,000, the
biggest drop since October 1982, after declining 162,000 in December.
Economists had forecast a January drop of 145,000. The decrease
included a loss of 31,300 jobs in auto manufacturing and parts
Caterpillar, the world's largest maker of construction equipment, on
Jan. 30 said it will cut 2,110 workers in addition to the 20,000
reductions it reported earlier in the month.
The decline in U.S. Steel Corp.'s headcount in recent months "is the
biggest change as a result of business conditions" since a series of
plant closings from 1981 to 1992, spokesman John Armstrong said. In
that period, the company's workforce fell to 21,000 from 171,000, he
Payrolls at builders fell 111,000 after decreasing 86,000.
Service industries, which include banks, insurance companies,
restaurants and retailers, subtracted 279,000 workers after cutting
327,000. Retail payrolls decreased by 45,100 after a decline of
82,700. Financial firms reduced payrolls by 42,000, after a 27,000
decrease the prior month.
Government payrolls increased by 6,000 after shrinking by 10,000 the
Saks Inc., Target Corp., Starbucks Corp. and Home Depot Inc. last
month reported plans to reduce workers. Others following suit in
February include Macy's. The second-largest U.S. department-store
company said it will cut 7,000 jobs, eliminate executives' merit
increases for 2008, and trim its contribution to staff 401(k)
"This is a time when nothing should be considered a sacred cow,"
Macy's Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren said on a conference
call with investors and analysts.
News of job losses continued this week. PNC Financial Services Group
Inc. will reduce almost 10 percent of its workforce by 2011, and
Estee Lauder Cos., the maker of Clinique and Bobbi Brown cosmetics,
will slash 2,000 jobs over the next two years.
Government jobs are now also in jeopardy. The U.S. Postal Service
said it plans to trim headcount through attrition and early
retirement, and has asked lawmakers to allow it to reduce its six-
days-a-week delivery schedule to pare expenses.
The average work week remained at 33.3 hours in January. Average
weekly hours worked by production workers fell to 39.8 hours from
39.9 hours, while overtime decreased to 2.9 hours from 3 hours.
Average weekly earnings rose by $1.67 to $614.72.
Workers' average hourly wages rose 5 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $18.46
from the prior month. Hourly earnings were 3.9 percent higher than in
January 2008. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a 0.2
percent increase from December and a 3.6 percent gain for the 12-
To contact the reporter on this story: Shobhana Chandra in Washington