Happy Independence Day my friends although with the NEO-CONS still in control there truly isn't very much to be cheerful about. I wasn't much of a conspiracy theorist kind of person until a Rolling Stone article kind of got me interested in revisiting the JFK Assassination. In addition to that story some other recent sources also seem to be confirming a sinister plot as a matter of fact a conspiracy very similar to the storyline of the 1991 Oliver Stone Movie JFK.
While reading about the JFK Assassination on a website I ran across an amazing tale about a foiled 1979 plot to Assassinate President Jimmy Carter. Perhaps the most shocking aspect about the two men who were arrested in the plot to kill President Carter were their names Raymond Lee Harvey & Osvaldo Espinoza-Ortiz.
In addition to the New York Times and Time Magazine reporting on this weird saga Newsweek also ran a story on it.
At first it seemed just a bum’s boozy fantasy. When a grubby transient named Raymond Lee Harvey was arrested 50 feet away from Jimmy Carter at a Los Angeles rally two weekends ago, he claimed to be part of a four-man conspiracy to assassinate Carter. Harvey carried only a blank-firing starter’s pistol, and the Secret Service said at the time that he had "all the characteristics of a derelict." But investigators found new evidence last week that supported Harvey’s story—including a shotgun case and ammunition in a nearby hotel room—and once again raised the specter of a Presidential assassination plot.
The case is as bizarre and confusing as it is potentially serious. One curious twist is the names of the principals. Raymond Lee Harvey, who was held on $50,000 bail last week on a charge of conspiring to kill the President, and Oswaldo Espinoza Ortiz, who was held on $100,000 bail as a material witness. References to Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of John F. Kennedy were unavoidable. Officials have also indicated that Harvey has a history of mental illness. Both Harvey and Espinoza now claim that Harvey was supposed to create a diversion by firing his starter’s pistol while two other men attempted to shoot Carter. But investigators say they have no clues to the whereabouts of the alleged accomplices and are not even certain of their identities. Accordingly, the authorities have been careful to stress their doubts about the case.
This was back in the days before cable TV News however all three networks reported this story at least once on their respective evening news broadcasts.
Headline: Carter Assassination Try
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
CBS Evening News for Friday, May 11, 1979
Headline: Carter Assassination Attempt
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
ABC Evening News for Friday, May 11, 1979
Headline: Carter / Assassination Plot
REPORTER: John Chancellor
NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 17, 1979
Three Australian Newspapers also reported on the story:
This story seems to have vanished shortly after it was first reported. Was the combined name Lee Harvey Osvaldo just a very strange coincidence or was somebody trying to send a not so subtle message to President Carter. Jimmy Carter first shook things up by winning the Democratic Party Nomination because he was the ultimate outsider indeed once elected he even further rocked the boat because he was doing things very differently than previous administrations had which is something we all know doesn't appeal to well to the Washington insider establishment.
President Carter with members of the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND who were major donors to his campaign and they also played at his Inaugural Ball
I often think about how things would have been so much better for this country if Ronald Reagan had never been elected President. President Carter was a far better President than is often portrayed in the Media. He was a real Christian not a fake like these Religious Right bastards who have hijacked a religion to enforce their narrow minded hate-filled agenda down the rest of our fuckin throats. Jimmy Carter made human rights an issue during his presidency he also cut ties with several Right Wing military dictatorships who had committed horrible human rights abuses. He also had plans to scale down the War on Drugs and move towards legalizing Marijuana.
President Carter with Willie Nelson
According to Wikipedia Raymond Lee Harvey was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the plot to assassinate President Jimmy Carter but the fate of his partner Osvaldo Espinoza Ortiz was quite different because he was simply released due to lack of evidence and he has apparently disappeared from the face of the earth.
President Carter with Andy Warhol
President Carter with a very young Arkansas Governor named Bill Clinton