Jeremy Gunn on Oliver Stone, Jim Garrison, and Fletcher Prouty
Screen shot from CAPA presentation
In a recent presentation at the Citizens Against Political Assassination (CAPA) conference, James DiEugenio mentioned that he wanted Jeremy Gunn, Executive Director and General Counsel for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), to be in his so-called documentary series JFK: Destiny Betrayed: (15:26)
James DiEugenio: And then, this is this was really a bad experience for me and I changed my opinion of Jeremy Gunn a lot. Okay, off of my experience with him. He was actually the very first guy I called, very first guy I talked to. Alright, over there in Africa, Morocco, I think.
This guy made every single excuse under the sun for not to be part of this. And then I talked to Doug Horne about it. "That sounds like Jeremy Gunn to me, you know." And at the end, he backed down on us. And then I saw a speech that he did at the University in New England. It's on YouTube. And I was kind of glad we didn't get him after that. All right. You can look it up on YouTube. All right.
Here is the Jeremy Gunn Presentation at the University of New England Center for Global Humanities, November 22, 2013:
At the 56:50 minute mark, Gunn is asked a question about the autopsy and this allows him to discuss, Oliver Stone, Jim Garrison, and Fletcher Prouty. Here is a transcript:
Question: Years ago, I had read the book, I think it was A Thousand Days. And, do you know, in fact, how many people were in the room for the autopsy? Because they did mention about the confusion that was going on during the autopsy. And in fact, they did say that they never found the brain after. Is that true?
Gunn: First, it's not in A Thousand Days. That's Arthur Schlesinger's and he doesn't talk about that. There is a question about how many people were in the autopsy room. If you've seen the movie JFK, let me -- if I can just take one second. I'll be more than a second, on JFK. It is, for a movie, it is a -- because he has the autopsy scene in the film. That's why I'm making this reference to it.
It is a fabulous movie in terms of technical skill, in terms of telling a dramatic story. Fabulous movie. And portions of the movie, in my opinion, are historically absolutely correct, and show, in my opinion, some of the problems with the Warren Commission. The two witnesses that he uses most for his film, Jim Garrison and Fletcher Prouty, who's Mr. X in the film, are, in my opinion, totally unreliable. Both of them are deceased. So I guess I can't be sued for anything. But I would think of saying something that I could be sued for if they were alive. I find them to be totally unreliable and Oliver Stone bought their stories, hook, line and sinker.
I took the deposition of Fletcher Prouty. And he's the, again, Donald Sutherland character, Mr. X in the film. And so I had his, his contemporaneous records there. And he would say, yes, I wrote memos on this. He didn't write memos on it. He just made it up. And I don't know why he did that. He's actually one person who I think was lying to me.
Anyway. And now getting back to this -- in the film. JFK, Oliver Stone shows the autopsy scene. And it is so well done that I mean, I knew that that wasn't the case. But was there a video of this event that was going on? And if you watch the film, he skillfully blends actual archival footage with things that he makes up, and so he'll have a sort of a faded color from 1963. And then he'll put his actual film. And then he blends that with something that he's made up. If you know what's real and what's not real, you can see what he's doing. If you don't know, it's -- just blends this thing.
No wonder Jeremy Gunn avoided talking to James DiEugenio. And, of course, once DiEugenio saw this video, his attitude changed. Jeremy Gunn knew the truth about Jim Garrison, Oliver Stone, and Fletcher Prouty.
Previous Relevant Blog Posts on Fletcher Prouty
Fletcher Prouty actually claimed that Marina Oswald was in on the plot.
Mr. DiEugenio can't explain why Fletcher Prouty did such a poor job of testifying before the ARRB.
A summary document of his interview with the ARRB
Here is a link to the complete transcript of Prouty's interview with the ARRB along with some other documents.
Another summary document from the ARRB about Prouty's allegations and army intelligence.
Prouty had some very unsavory relationships with antisemitic groups.
Was Fletcher Prouty's Trip to Antarctica Unusual?
Regarding Christchurch, New Zealand and The Christchurch Star
Regarding the 112th Intelligence Corps (INTC) Group and/or the 316th INTC Detachment
Did Prouty Keep the notes from his supposed phone call about army intelligence?
Prouty's experience with military presidential protection duties.
Flagrant failure by the Secret Service to take minimum precautions?
Did Lee Harvey Oswald participate in a covert program in Indonesia in 1958?
Was General Edward Lansdale in one of the pictures of the three tramps?
Over the past several months, I have shown in multiple blog posts how Oliver Stone's documentary series, JFK Revisited and JFK: Destiny Betrayed, misleads viewers. In fact, despite months of work, there are still many more misleading segments that need to be addressed. It's no wonder that the fact checkers of Netflix nixed the airing of the films.
There is a choice between four hours of tendentious nonsense (JFK: Destiny Betrayed) and two hours (JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass). As a handy guide for viewers, here are all those posts in order of their appearance in JFK: Destiny Betrayed and JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, preceded by some general critiques.
The Viewer's Guide has now been updated to include the sources from my new book, Oliver Stone's Film-Flam: The Demagogue of Dealey Plaza.