ROKC SYMPOSIUM 2015because justice is never too late
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SPEAKERS FOR THE ROKC CONFERENCE, MELBOURNE, 2015!
DR. ERIC WILSON
Eric Wilson is a senior lecturer of law at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. In 1991 he completed his Doctorate in the history of early modern Europe under the supervision of Robert Scribner, Clare College, Cambridge. In 2005 he received the degree of Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from the University of Melbourne. He is the author of The Savage Republic: De Indis of Hugo Grotius, Republicanism, and Dutch Hegemony in the Early Modern World System (c.1600-1619), published by Martinus Nijhoff in 2008. He is the editor of a series of works on critical criminology, the first volume of which was published by Pluto Press in 2009 as Government of the Shadows: Parapolitics and Criminal Sovereignty. The second volume in the series, The Dual State: Parapolitics, Carl Schmitt and the National Security State Complex, was published by Ashgate in late 2012. In March 2015 he published his second monograph, The Spectacle of the False Flag: Parapolitics from JFK to Watergate (Punctum Books). He is currently preparing the third volume in his series on parapolitics, which is a study of the covert origins and dimensions of the French and American wars in Viet Nam. His research interests include Law and Literature, the comparative law of Southeast Asia, critical jurisprudence, the history and philosophy of international law, and critical criminology.
Eric will be providing the opening address.
Peter Morris has been a researcher of 20th Century history since the early 1980s, and developed an interest in the Kennedy assassination in the late 1980s after reading a book on real-life mysteries printed after the release of the House Select Committee on Assassination findings. He has combined his interest in the Kennedy assassination with a strong interest in World War II weaponry, of which he owned many examples throughout the 1990s, including a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. He has contributed listener content to Black Op Radio, and has visited Dallas on two occasions, the second of which was for the Lancer Conference for the 50th anniversary of the assassination, and he maintains a small collection of assassination-related items.
Peter will be discussing the Mannlicher-Carcano carbine and the media portrayal of this weapon.
(Albany, New York)
Joseph Backes got involved in JFK assassination research in
1991 subscribing to Dr. Jerry Rose’s scholarly periodical “The Third Decade,”
later to become “The Fourth Decade,” and attending the 1991 Assassination
Symposium on John F. Kennedy, known as the first A.S.K conference. This was
like Woodstock for JFK assassination researchers. He went again in 1992, and also
attending the first Chicago conference in June that year known as The Midwest Symposium on Assassination
In the intervening years Joseph has attended a number of conferences as a speaker and has become probably the foremost expert on documents released by the Assassination Records Review Board as well as on the state of play regarding unreleased records. Joseph will bring us up to date on those issues at this conference.
Vince is a forty-eight year old graduate of Duquesne University where he earned a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was brutally gunned down in Dallas, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince became totally immersed in the subject at the tender age of twelve. However, it wasn’t until 1988, the twenty-fifth anniversary of JFK’s murder, that Vince began to do his own thinking on the topic. It was from this point that Vince decided to do research on the Secret Service aspect of the case, an area that has received only a small amount of attention, especially up to that time period. Vince would soon contact over eighty former agents, White House aides, and surviving family members, resulting in his first book entitled “Survivor’s Guilt: the Secret Service and the Failure To Protect The President.” Mr. Palamara has lectured nationally on the subject, as well as appearing on radio and television, including the award winning “The Men Who Killed Kennedy” in 2003 and C-SPAN in 2010.
Vince will be talking about the security stripping that occurred in Dallas.
Phil's interest in President Kennedy's assassination started in June, 1968, with the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. He started reading all that he could on both assassinations and, at an early age, Phil formed the opinion that there was a lot more to both cases. In the mid '70s he subcribed to Penn Jones's "The Continuing Inquiry" which contained a wealth of information before the Internet age.
Since 1976 Phil has given presentations on the JFK and RFK assassinations to schools, scout groups, insurance companies, and the New South Wales Police Academy. He is a qualified Intelligence Analyst and, in that capacity, has primarily worked in insurance claims and insurance investigations.
Phil was presented with the JFK Lancer Legacy Award, 2006, for his website JFKLink.com and, in the same year, contributed the association diagrams to Larry Hancocks's book "Someone Would Have Talked".
Currently, Phil continues his research into the Fair Play for Cuba Committee.
Phil's talk will center on the continuing importance of the assassination.
GOKAY HASAN YUSUF
Gokay grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and has been researching the assassination of President John F. Kennedy since early in 2009. In August 2012, after following many online discussions about the assassination, Gokay started his own blog on the subject entitled “The Lone Gunman Myth” and in March, 2013, joined Greg Parker’s fantastic ROKC forum. He has concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was innocent of assassinating the President, killing Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit, and of taking a shot at former U.S. Army General Edwin Walker in April, 1963. Additionally, he believes that Oswald was an undiagnosed sufferer of Asperger’s Syndrome.
Gokay’s presentation will focus primarily on the evidence that Det. Gerald Hill helped frame Oswald in the Tippit murder.
GAYLE NIX JACKSON
Gayle Nix-Jackson describes herself as a “one-time goddess who had a reality check.” To the rest of the world, she is that woman who knows more about baseball than she should and names her pets after philosophers. She was the Desoto High School liaison reporter for the Desoto Today Newspaper. After moving from college to college in her youth she finally settled on Dallas Baptist University and holds a double major in Business and English, as well as an MA from Texas Woman’s University in English and Rhetoric. She went on to become the first Online Writing Tutor for the OWL lab at TWU, publishing several academic papers on rhetoric and electronic discourse. She was in downtown Dallas the day her grandfather took the famous Nix film of the JFK assassination. In 1988, 25 years after he sold his film to UPI, Gayle negotiated with the now defunct company to have the film returned to her family. It was at that time she found the original film was missing. She has been searching for it ever since. Oliver Stone used the Nix film in his film “JFK” and she has appeared on several television shows and newscasts including Montel Williams, Geraldo, Entertainment Tonight, and several radio and local newscasts. John Barbour, the godfather of reality TV, interviewed her for his award winning documentary, The Garrison Tapes.
Gayle will be giving a talk on her grandfather's film and her search for the original.
JAMES DI EUGENIO
(Los Angeles, California)
James DiEugenio is the founder of two organizations meant to revive interest in and spur a new inquiry into the JFK case, COPA and CTKA. He has published or co-edited four books on the assassinations of the sixties: the first edition of Destiny Betrayed, The Assassinations (co-edited with Lisa Pease), the second edition of Destiny Betrayed, and Reclaiming Parkland. He has a popular website—Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination-- which contains news and reviews and research articles about the assassinations of the sixties, with a concentration on the JFK case. He is an historian by training, with an M.A. in Contemporary American History from Cal State Northridge.
Jim's topic TBA
(Adelaide, South Australia)
Colin holds a PhD in science and is Associate Professor at one of Australia's leading research Universities. His awareness in the assassination began at the age of seven, as JFK was killed the same week his grandfather passed away. His interest in the case was ignited at University around the time of the HSCA when he discovered his library had a complete set of the Warren volumes. A decade later he became a regular lurker on Usenet, keenly monitoring alt.conspiracy.jfk. In recent years he has been active in posting on the JFK Assassination Forum and more recently ROKC. His research is primarily focussed on movements of key individuals in and around the TSBD over the critical time period around 12.30pm. Other research pieces include an investigation of the DPD transcripts, Dispatcher Murray Jackson and the movement of police cars from the time JFK was shot until Tippit's murder. He has also performed analysis of the NAA evidence provided to the HSCA by Dr Vincent Guinn with particular emphasis on the Walker Bullet.
Colin's presentation will show you how a simple piece of unfinished chicken can reveal much about what really happened that day and how it is not what the Warren Report claimed.
Pollard is a Presidential candidate for the No Nonsense Party. He was born a poor black child though things got better when he moved to Mississippi and returned to Alabama when he couldn't spell Missisippi Misissipie Ole Miss.
He was soon adopted by a white family and got a new birth certificate proving he was a poor white child.
Pollard graduated from Lady Of The Sharp Stick Catholic High School, thus Harold is an atheist.
He went on to Harvard, (driving school) and received his diploma, Sue Myass Cum On, in 1982 and again in 1983.
Pollard has executive planning in his blood. He got a transfusion from a CEO once.
He did a post doctoral thesis on Political Assassinations entitled "Why Obama will never be shot, because whom wants Joe Biden running anything."
Following many successful runs at offices without any opposing candidates in his home state of Arkansas, Pollard ran for Governor. He was elected as the other candidates all wound up filing in Alaska due to confusion over the abbreviation of Arkansas, AR vs.. Alaska, AK. A lucky win for Pollard.
Harold then ran again for Lieutenant Governor in the next election, because he wanted to trickle down.
He has always been interested in Presidential assassinations and wants to find out first hand how this is accomplished. He has proposed legislation to release all the JFK, RFK, MLK and RUOK files.
His first priority upon gaining the Commander In Chief position is to paint the White house half black in homage to Pres. Obama., likely just the columns and ceilings. Pollard assures that his wife, Brunhilde will see to it that it is all done in the greatest of taste. His second priority is to pass a bill making it illegal to speak any language but English while within earshot, as foreigners keep talking behind his back. He really hates that. Really.
His favorite movies are JFK, JFK and JFK but not in that order.
He has been recently quoted as saying he can't wait to throw the 'football' around with his kids, but when it was explained to him that the 'football' was a device used to launch nuclear weapons he said "So?"
His greatest accomplishment was solving the New York Times Crossword Puzzle in just under 24 days. Next was his treaty talks with Rhode Island, stating they are small folks but tough negotiators and we hope to add them as a state or territory soon.
He has been lambasted by Cubans over his plan to invade Cuba and set up a US Naval Base on the Eastern end of the island nation.
In fact most of his foreign policy consists of ordering 'take-out' food from them, especially from China Town.
As a candidate for the 2016 election he recently got a new tattoo
"Hail To the Thief" and had an old one removed saying
"I voted for Zero"
Pollard will be providing the conference welcome and introduction from his current bunker in Maui.
Still to come: Greg Parker (author of Lee Harvey Oswald's Cold War), Sherry Feister (author and former crime scene analyst), Bill Simpich (civil liberties lawyer) Lee Farley (top shelf researcher)
The venue is the Mercure, Spring St, Melbourne.
Dates Sat 21 and Sun 22
Time 8:30 am to 4:30 both days.
$150.00 single day pass
$250.00 two day pass
Price includes coffee on arrival, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea.
Those needing accommodation should book their own.
MERCURE IS OFFERING A 10% DISCOUNT TO ALL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES.
To obtain the discount, please quote ROK211115. You will also need to show your conference ticket on arrival.
This represents great value as the rooms are already reasonably priced.
A typical menu for the day would be:
Orange & Poppy Seed Muffins
Fruit Skewers with Honey Yoghurt & Walnut Dip
Bread Rolls with Butter
Mixed Leaf Salad with Orange Segments & Champagne Vinaigrette
Maple Glazed Pumpkin & Goats Cheese Salad
Roasted Beef Striploin, Baby Vegetables, Red Wine Jus
Tasmanian Salmon Fillet, Escabeche of Cherry Tomato
Almond Rice Pilaf with Sultanas
Roasted Vegetables with Honey & Thyme
Sliced Fresh Fruit Platter
Assorted Petit Fours
Whole Fruit Bowl
Other Accommodation options:
26 Flinders St
(03) 9668 1111
1800 331 529
The Hotel Windsor
111 Spring St
(03) 9633 6002
Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
27 Little Collins St
(03) 9290 1000
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
25 Collins St
(03) 9653 0000
www.sofitel - melbourne.com
Adina Apartment Hotel
For all inquiries, email Greg or Frankie at rokcevents(at)reopenkennedycase.org
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WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MANY OF YOU IN MELBOURNE!