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I’m enclosing the letter Jim DiEugenio and I wrote in response to Rolling Stone’s attack on our film, “JFK Revisited.” –Tim Weiner’s review of “JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass” suffers from “Russiagate” paranoia, as do many of his colleagues embedded in our Government-Media world, wherein the malevolent Russians seem to be responsible not only for the election of Trump, but the continuing sabotage of our cyber-infrastructures. Supposedly wanting their glorious Communist Empire back, they are prepared to invade both Ukraine and NATO countries. Good vs. Evil scenarios seem to work for most American people. But Weiner goes far afield when he includes “JFK” in his contempt for so-called “tinfoil-hatted fabricators” who have no reason to believe the Warren Commission cover-up. Weiner has failed to update his tired angle on the assassination. In fact, the Russians were working successfully at a détente with JFK, leading to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. When he was killed, Russian hopes — and the hopes of many liberated regions of the world (Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Africa) — were smashed as the hardliners in our Government once again protected their interests. (1) He accuses Jim DiEugenio, the writer of the documentary, and myself of falling for Russia’s trickery in using an Italian newspaper to blame Allen Dulles for his involvement in a military coup to overthrow Charles de Gaulle in ’61. But we did not use this Italian newspaper. We used David Talbot’s books, “The Devil’s Chessboard” and “Brothers,” The London Observer, and Weiner’s employer at that time, The New York Times — as well as French newspapers L’Express and Le Monde and sources close to de Gaulle like André Malraux and Alain Peyrefitte to pinpoint the enmity of Dulles, working with the mutinous generals against the policies of de Gaulle in Algeria. (2) Nor did Jim Garrison base his ideas about Kennedy’s assassination on that same marginal Italian newspaper. He did so by investigating the things Lee Harvey Oswald did in the summer of ’63 in New Orleans and the people he associated with. Authors like Jeff Morley (“The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton”) and John Newman (“Oswald and the CIA”) have taken those discoveries further, and we interviewed both men in our film. Weiner does not mention either interview.(3) We largely relied on the database of documents that was released by the Assassination Records Review Board (1994-1998), which Weiner covered as a reporter for The New York Times, but did us no favors with his tepid interpretations of their work. We interviewed three technical experts who worked for that Board. And we display many documents the Board declassified. “JFK Revisited” is the first documentary to do this. We are not mystical or faith-based. We are data-based.Signed,Oliver Stone & Jim DiEugenio –My 1991 film “JFK” still bothers people like Tim Weiner deeply. Why? Because it’s true, and in its largest implications, it’s devastating. It defeats the meaning of their life’s work propping up the CIA.Based on our past ‘success’ with America’s major media, we have to assume Rolling Stone will not publish our letter on this seemingly taboo subject. And on that basis I publish this letter here first for those who care; it’s a worthy struggle to fact-check ill-intended slander and malice in the belief that we can seek and achieve the truth in the JFK murder for its own sake.

Stone:

It’s been a long road since we began filming our interviews more than two years ago. This past summer, we had a successful premiere at Cannes and showings at the Deauville and Rome Film Festivals. Now, finally, “JFK Revisited” will premiere on Showtime in the US — and either in theaters or on TV in most international territories. The film will also be available on-demand via the Showtime app beginning November 12 and will premiere on the cable network November 22 — the day the President was killed. Our 4-part version of the documentary, “JFK: Destiny Betrayed,” will be released in the US for sale and rental in February 2022 — as well as “JFK Revisited” for those who don’t have Showtime. We’re working on a potential DVD/Blu-ray box set of both as well. That said, once the film is released, I’ll be discussing various issues raised by it here. Thank you for your interest and, I hope, support. And thank you, Showtime, for having faith in us.

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Oliver Stone On Mainstream Docs Being Made As “Propaganda”

An empire in fear of decline is going to become more defensive and sensitive to everything.


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Many of you have faulted me for voting against Trump because he “didn’t start any wars.” Putting aside the recent riot in our Capitol, consider the new meaning of “war” in this hybrid-cyber age. Jeremy Kuzmarov of Covert Action Magazine (founded by Ellen Ray and Bill Schapp, who published Jim Garrison’s last book) reminds us below of the extremely hostile foreign actions taken by Trump on behalf of our country. For those who don’t care to read this article before forming an opinion, here’s a brief synopsis:

  1. He broke the Iran Treaty and withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord.
  2. He withdrew from the INF Treaty with Russia and will not renew the Start Treaty, which expires next month.
  3. He accelerated the ‘war,’ hybrid and cyber, on China and Russia through sanctions, trade tariffs, and threatening military actions on their borders. He’s also covertly promoted regime change in Belarus on the border of Russia. He sent packages of lethal arms to Taiwan, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and others — $55 billion in weapons sales, a new record. He also unfroze military aid to a tyrannical Egypt and bombed Syria, winning bipartisan praise from a warhawk media and Congress.
  4. He significantly hiked our military budget (favoring a major increase in nuclear weaponry). He expanded our endless drone war and killed hundreds of civilians, and dropped the “Gravity Bomb,” “the mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan. He created a “Space Force” to militarize what’s left of this universe as we know it, and he’s fetishized several times his worship of our military muscle with absurd descriptions such as “big,” “glorious,” and “beautiful.”
  5. Israel — where can I start? He made it abundantly clear to the world that the United States is totally one-sided in favor of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Has ended forever the fiction of America as a neutral force in the Middle East.
  6. He avidly sought regime change in Iran and illegally murdered a high Government official, General Soleimani, by drone in Iraq — a national hero to Iranians.
  7. He vetoed Congress on any end to US involvement supporting Saudi Arabia in its brutal war on Yemen.
  8. He supported right-wing coups in Bolivia and Venezuela and continues a dirty covert war against Venezuela’s sovereignty, won through elections far more honest than their corrupt opponents propped up by the US.
  9. He restored the worst of our malignant policy against Cuba to please Rubio and his Cuban exiles in Florida.
  10. Besides continuing our illegal surveillance program (domestic and foreign) and breaking all the rules of a free press, common sense, and decency, he’s prosecuted Julian Assange to a point of absurdity, although he’s not even an American citizen. At the same time, he outrageously pardoned several war criminals found guilty in court-martials by our military; some of these crimes, ironically, were revealed by Assange’s journalism.
  11. Appointing Pompeo as Secretary of State and John Bolton as his National Security Adviser has to be seen as a degraded nod to the crackpot neoconservatives of our Government, which, like moths in a closet, never seem to go away, even after being discredited for their lies during the Second Iraq War. Both men are disgusting symbols of the worst part of America, consistently threatening and bullying foreign countries.
  12. On the positive side, yes, he did question NATO, which many believe has outgrown its purpose. The only reason it’s given such giant budgets is enabled by their over-hyped warnings of Russian threats. He’s also pushed for withdrawing troops from various countries and made efforts at a lasting peace with North Korea, but did not accomplish his goals.
  13. What bodes ill for our country is that the Democrats generally supported these actions and condemned any attempts to withdraw from Syria. So much for America’s bipartisan relationship with the world. This is a disastrous cul-de-sac, leading us to vast expenditure and further growth of our arms industry. It’s the wrong course, a state of strategic tension that abolishes the possibility of a progressive partnership with Russia and China on things such as climate change and nuclear weapons. On the world stage, America, like Trump, has become an outlaw nation.
  14. Further to this bipartisan attitude, on January 6, in the shadow of the riot in D.C., an equally sinister event was unfolding, minimally reported to the American public. Biden appointed neocon warrior queen Victoria Nuland as #3 in the State Department, a very important post with significant powers. The “Beast” of Ukraine, Libya, and the Steele Dossier, Nuland will go to any lengths to destroy Russian sovereignty. With her steely determination, she — a monster in waiting — now has the ability to lead us towards an unnecessary nuclear conflict, which will dwarf all the other problems on this page.
    Be warned, be alert, and despite the odds, I wish you all a fulfilling happy/sad New Year in 2021.

Oliver Stone’s New Memoir

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We love Oliver.

Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is gearing up to release my memoir, “Chasing the Light,” on July 21. The look of the book is up on Amazon at amzn.to/3etnXuD and Barnes & Noble at bit.ly/2BwTbT1. Don’t know about the bookstores, hope some will open; only promotion will be a few interviews in print, on radio, and some television.

Besides being about my turbulent family life, the Vietnam War, New York in the 1970s, and my battles as a screenwriter on “Midnight Express,” “Conan,” “The Hand,” “Scarface,” and “Year of the Dragon,” it’s about moviemaking at its most savage — that is, the lower-budget ranges of “Salvador” & “Platoon” in 1985-1986, and how I got those films made against all odds. Hard obstacles gave me strength for what was to follow later. But it makes for a hell of a read, if you’re interested.

 

 

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This is one of the most important films you can see, with the crucial missing history that has been censored from western corporate media. Ignorance is not okay.

My consistent view going back to the early 1980s has been that the public’s willful ignorance is not okay, and it is indeed the problem. Ignorant people are easily marshaled into groups, their identities stripped away, their thoughts supplanted by propaganda, and talking points inserted into their mouths by others. It is a severe and widespread problem, perhaps intractable. I meet a dozen per day on social media, and I can say with some authority that they don’t care for sources or facts.

Ukraine on Fire is not a perfect documentary. Better footnotes and citations might have helped to deflect the inevitable criticisms. Slick graphics help the flow visually, and they do keep the pace quick. Oliver Stone was deeply involved and on camera talking directly to participants relating to the 2014 Maidan coup.

I have also written about these events since they occurred documenting each stage for historical accuracy.

 

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One of the main points for western audiences to come to terms with is that Viktor Yanukovych was not the usual “brutal dictator” from the standard script of US regime change color revolutions. He wasn’t nearly brutal enough in going after violent, organized coup leaders right in the center of Kiev. There were no raids on their headquarters, no arrests, and certainly no assassinations of those foreign-backed neo-fascist insurgent leaders. Few “revolutions” elsewhere could have succeeded along those lines without risking severe reprisals by armed authorities.

The film shows how sophisticated the coup plotters were, what challenges they faced, and how they used violence to create martyrs and exploit the media channels, including no fewer than three new television stations that instantly popped up as the protests began in November of 2013.

 

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The filmmakers present the history of Ukraine, its western provinces collaborating openly with Hitler and turning war criminals like Stepan Bandera into national heroes. It shows the history of color revolutions, their ties to US NGOS, that aren’t all that “N” and are pretty much undeserving of the name. The National Endowment for Democracy (sic) opposes democracy around the world wherever the democratic leader denies some US corporate interests. USAID is another alleged “NGO” undeserving of the “N,” which has taken on foreign missions that the CIA used to handle. This color revolution blueprint is consistent, repeats itself, and it relies on a deception that foreign populations are rising up, when it only requires a tiny minority of a given population to make that appearance. The peaceful protests begin, and then the trained violent rioters move in, after some smiling images of solidarity have been produced for American news consumers. It’s happened in Bolivia and Venezuela recently as well. Color revolutions are the American empire’s game plan around the world–to take over with proxies, stooges, lapdogs, puppets.

 

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Nationalism is exploited by extremists on the right, domestically and around the world in targeted nations. The US likes to partner with, train, fund and empower these violent extremists in order to get footholds for US corporations. It’s the main job of far too large a portion of the US government today.

 

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These destabilizations and US belligerence have escalated a new Cold War. Russia is on notice and has modernized its nuclear arsenal. China is on notice, with US support for Hong Kong rioters as well as the “breakaway province” of Taiwan, and its incursions into the South China Sea. These provocations are a source of eternal hostility, an arms race, and hair-trigger alerts.

The US and its allies, particularly NATO, continue to stir up as much trouble as they can, while their own populations know next to nothing about what is going on with their tax dollars. That’s a problem.

Americans suddenly have a lot to say about Ukraine with the new Impeachment inquiry. Try asking a few of them if they know about any of this, or if they can even locate Ukraine on a map?

 

 

 



Demigods are here.

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They already did it. It’s in the Snowden film.

 

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Here is further evidence that our country has gone off its rocker — into the hell of militarism. No one since Reagan, Bush, and the Neocons has so embraced war and ‘regime change’ as the departed Senator John McCain. The MSM praise for him has churned up my mind and heart into ignoring the principle of ‘de mortuis nil nisi bonum.’ The tragic results of his recent warmongering in Libya, Syria, and Ukraine, as detailed by Max Blumenthal below, has brought chaos to both the Middle East and all of Europe in the form of mass refugees and the empowerment of the far-right.

In Vietnam as an infantryman, I saw the horror at ground level. Apparently McCain, dropping his bombs, learned nothing of the suffering he imposed on others, and when he finally tasted his own medicine, the damage only resulted in the crackpot that rose to such power in our benighted political circles. I regret the economic downfall of 2008 coming when it did, as it entirely took over the national debate. It would have been a resounding defeat for the Bush program had Obama trounced McCain on the merits of our ‘national security’ phobia.

See below for what an honest journalist can accomplish with truth and perspective.

“The Other Side of John McCain” by Max Blumenthal — https://bit.ly/2MzqOs2

The Other Side of John McCain