Skip to comments.Sen. Stennis Shot in DC (1973 AFVN Radio transcript)
Posted on 03/23/2004 10:38:40 PM PST by Sabertooth
This is the American Forces Vietnam Network. < -snip- > News compiled from major commercial and military news sources. Its 5 pm. In the top of the News, Senator John Stennis underwent a lengthy operation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after he was shot during a hold up in front of his Washington home today. The surgery was for the removal of two bullets, one from the Senators chest, and one from his left leg. A hospital spokesman says that Stennis condition is listed as stable. White House News Secretary Ronald Ziegler says that President Nixon has been informed of the shooting, and has instructed the FBI to assist in every possible way. A 1971 law makes it a federal crime to assault or kidnap or kill a member of Congress. Stennis, who entered the Senate in 1947, is Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Police spokesman say the 71 year-old Mississippi Democrat was shot as he stepped from his car in front of his home. They say the assailants got Stennis gold watch, wallet, and 25 cents in change. The Senator reportedly offered no resistance to his assailants, and, after being shot, crawled fifty feet to his house, where his wife called the police. Police say they are searching for two black men in connection with the shooting.
This is the American Forces Vietnam Network.
< -snip- >
News compiled from major commercial and military news sources.
Its 5 pm.
In the top of the News, Senator John Stennis underwent a lengthy operation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after he was shot during a hold up in front of his Washington home today.
The surgery was for the removal of two bullets, one from the Senators chest, and one from his left leg.
A hospital spokesman says that Stennis condition is listed as stable.
White House News Secretary Ronald Ziegler says that President Nixon has been informed of the shooting, and has instructed the FBI to assist in every possible way.
A 1971 law makes it a federal crime to assault or kidnap or kill a member of Congress.
Stennis, who entered the Senate in 1947, is Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Police spokesman say the 71 year-old Mississippi Democrat was shot as he stepped from his car in front of his home.
They say the assailants got Stennis gold watch, wallet, and 25 cents in change.
The Senator reportedly offered no resistance to his assailants, and, after being shot, crawled fifty feet to his house, where his wife called the police.
Police say they are searching for two black men in connection with the shooting.
Full audio here:
I came across this old radio broadcast reporting the shooting of Senator John C. Stennis in 1973. There's been curiousity about the status of the shooters, since Stennis' name has turned up in recent revelations of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War's assassination plot against six U.S. Senators in November of 1971, called the Phoenix Project.
I figured the broadcast was worth transcribing.
Information on the shooting of Senator Stennis is sparse. Here are a few links:
Several years ago, the late United States Senator John Stennis of Mississippi was shot during an attempted robbery in front of his Washington, D.C. home. One of the first persons to rush to his bedside was Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon. The reported story of their friendship amazed many students of politics. Mark Hatfield was a liberal Republican and outspoken critic of the Vietnam War. John Stennis was a conservative Democrat and one of the war's staunchest supporters.
Senator Stennis' unselfish achievements during his long years of hard work did not come without great adversity. In 1973 he was shot twice during a holdup attempt in his front yard in northwest Washington, D. C. Although doctors didn't at first give much hope of Senator Stennis' survival, then later of ever walking again, he surprised practically everyone and recovered almost completely. He said his chief thought during those doubtful days was, "Would I be useful?" Senator Stennis' dedication and commitment to duty would not allow him to stop or slow down.
This is a weird one, apparently from a foreign language reading comprehension test, but it basically fits with my recollection...
Senator Stennis was the victim of a classic street crime. He happened to be an important politician, but that is not why he was shot. What happened to him could happen to anyone else.I can't vouch for the accuracy of this last link. One has to sort through a lot of Bildeburger & Illuminati tinfoil when researching assassinations or attacks on government officials. I'm including it only because it claims that there were convictions in the shooting of Senator Stennis.
Robert Olsen of the Rockefeller Commission reported that "HUNT categorically denied...any participation or involvement whatever in the attempted assassination of Governor Wallace, the disappearance of Congressman Hale Boggs or the shooting of Senator Stennis." [NARA SSCIA 157-10011-10090] Senator Stennis was shot on January 31, 1973, in front of his home in the capital during an apparent robbery. Three black men were convicted of this crime. There was no political motive.
|Jesse Helms was one.
|How often did early 70's bad guys shoot their victims just for the hell of it after they were cooperative? I know it happens today a lot, but wasn't it unusual back then?
Why Weberman would believe Hunt would want to end the Vietnam War and all that "CIA drug money" [see also Redford, "Three Days of the Condor"] is beyond rationalizing.
The Kansas City meeting of VVAW discussing assassination was November 17-21, 1971, and Stennis was shot January, 1973 by two African-Americans.
Kerry's Senate testimony claimed they were overrepresented in Vietnam, hence would find their action justified.
But of course he quit VVAW before attending the Kansas City meeting.
Think open water.
Wallace and Stennis were pro-war. Boggs may have been the father of Cokie Roberts, can't really remember. His aircraft was presumed to have gone down in Alaska, I think. He's famous for reading the announcement that the Soviets had invaded Czeckoslavakia back in 1968.
"On August 22, 1968, during a Democratic Party hearing on Vietnam, Representative Hale Boggs was handed a press wire disclosing the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Following Boggs's announcement, Secretary of State Dean Rusk excused himself from the proceedings, explaining "I think I'll go and see what all of this is about."
Warren Commission member Boggs also called for the removal from office of his fellow Democrat J Edgar Hoover.
"On May 2nd, 1972, J. Edgar Hoover's chauffeur found his dead body sprawled on the floor of his home, ending a spectacularly colorful and controversial career. A little over a year ago, House Majority Leader T. Hale Boggs called for his removal as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) (See April 22, 1971) For some time, Boggs had begun to feel more and more uncomfortable with Hoover's investigative methods. It all began with the WARREN COMMISSION: "Despite the Warren Commission's criticism of the FBI, the director had a vested interest in defending its conclusion that Oswald had acted ALONE. By the fall of 1966, dozens of books and articles had challenged the commission's findings. Hoping to find derogatory information that could be used to discredit these efforts, Hoover, at the president's request, investigated the authors of seven books critical of the Warren Report, turning up the information that one writer had been discharged from the military for mental problems while several others had belonged to leftist organizations."
By hook or crook political power shifted in a brief amount of time after "events" occurred to all three.
That's the 1st I've heard of that. Can you point me toward some more info on it?
|Boggs may have been the father of Cokie Roberts, can't really remember. His aircraft was presumed to have gone down in Alaska, I think.
How did you dig this up??
KNow anyone who can dig into Vietnam archives to see if Kerry met Ho Chi Minh??
|You too?? Like Kerry??
How did you dig this up??
KNow anyone who can dig into Vietnam archives to see if Kerry met Ho Chi Minh??
Hey, get on a plane to Vietnam and go look through Mihn's personal archive.... a nice communist country like Vietnam should have no problem with that. =o)
Senator Stennis was shot on January 30th, 1973, and the Paris Peace Accords were signed January 17th, with the cease-fire taking effect on January 27th, 1973.
The United States and all other countries respect the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Viet-Nam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva Agreements on Viet- Nam.
A cease-fire shall be observed throughout South Viet-Nam as of 2400 hours G.M.T. [Greenwich Mean Time], on January 27, 1973.
IIRC, we continued bombing between the 17th and 27th, because the North kept fighting.
Before sharing some thoughts on this, I'd want to preface with a caveat by echoing Sabertooth's caution in Post #1 against tinfoil links, as it will be difficult for me to document what I have to say here through online references only without linking to tinfoil sites, and it's a bit late at night for me to go digging up offline references. So some of the sites I'm going to link here, I link with the assumption of a large grain of salt and without endorsing everything claimed on these sites.
That said, I've done my share of research on various assassinations, and I will mention one of the more intriguing possible links I've found between the shootings of JFK, RFK, and George Wallace. Lee Harvey Oswald's alleged associate David Ferrie belonged to a schismatic cult called the "the Orthodox Old Catholic Church of North America -- also known as the Old Roman Catholic Church, Old Rite Orthodox Catholic Church, and Orthodox Catholic Church, among many other similar names." (David Ferrie and Earl Anglin James: Bishop in the Old Roman Catholic Church--Note: this group should not be confused with the Roman Catholic Church, nor with another church that also uses a similar name but predates Ferrie's group.) According to (I believe, off the top of my head) one study of the RFK assassination (William W. Turner and Jonn G. Christian LV, The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: The Conspiracy and Coverup--see review at http://www.namebase.org/cgi-bin/nb01/WI) and page references at http://www.namebase.org/main4/William-Joseph-jr-Bryan.html), another associate of this group was psychologist William Joseph Bryan, who was an expert in "Manchurian Candidate"-type applications of psychology and was allegedly linked to Sirhan Sirhan. Bryan was also allegedly linked to Arthur Bremer, according to research summarized at this site:
In fact, Bremer had checked out two books on Sirhan from the Milwaukee Public Library in 1972 and had made comments about them in his journal. But perhaps the most interesting connection yet is the one discovered by Betsy Langman. Langman flew from her New York home to Los Angeles to talk to Dr. William Bryan, suspected hypnotist of Sirhan in the RFK assassination saga. On the pretext of doing an article on hypnosis, she encouraged the egotistical Bryan to elaborate at length on his ventures with "Boston Strangler" Albert Di Salvo, "Hollywood Strangler" Henry Bush, and about hypnosis in general. But when she brought up the subject of Sirhan, Bryan became suddenly curt and short-winded, charging out of the office declaring "This interview is over!"
A sympathetic secretary of Bryans joined Langman for coffee across the street, and dropped an interesting item. As Bill Turner and Jonn Christian recounted it in their book on the RFK case,
According to the secretary, Bryan had received an emergency call from Laurel, Marlyand, only minutes after George Wallace was shot. The call somehow concerned the shooting.25 [cites Turner and Christian, p. 227.]
Could Bremer have been hypnotized to shoot Wallace?
Also, while looking up the above references, I found one site (very tinfoil, I'll caution, as I haven't had a chance to fact-check this against other sources yet) which alleges:
A co-worker of Sirhan at the stables was Thomas Bremer, whose mind-controlled brother Arthur, shot Governor George Wallace in 1972.
Whether these connections are coincidental or substantial or what they mean I don't claim to know; I post this in case anyone researching these subjects finds the information useful. However I will say this: ever since I've heard about the VVAW's assassination plans, I have suspected a connection to the George Wallace shooting; I've also been reminded of the Symbionese Liberation Army and Manson cult's attempts on President Ford in September 1975 (note that the SLA and the Family had formed an alliance at that time, and the SLA was in turn linked to a Maoist group that I would suspect of having at least distant kinship to the VVAW--for some interesting info on this, see Jim Martin, America's Al-Qaeda: The SLA-Venceremos Connection; also on the Family see the work of Ed Sanders and Maury Terry who link the Family to a Scientology-derived cult with various terrorist ties); and what I've read so far in this thread reinforces my suspicions that the VVAW assassination plot may have been part of a larger terrorist plot by the antiwar movement against pro-war politicians. If that was a case, I'd assume such a plot was ultimately KGB-directed (which would not be unprecedented given what is now known about KGB assassination operations in North America, Trotsky's assassination being one well-documented non-tinfoil example, Stalin's attempt to assassinate John Wayne being another which has recently come to light). How that may or may not relate to the two Kennedy shootings is a huge subject I won't attempt to address here at approximately 3:00 in the morning my time. And am I suggesting Kerry would've been aware of all this if it was going on?--no, if there was such a plot he'd be a very low-level conspirator on the outermost fringes of the process, I'd imagine; though even that would be scandalous given his negligence to report what plotting by the VVAW he was aware of, IMO.
At any rate, that's all on this for me for tonight. I'll check the thread again tomorrow, and if anyone has any further thoughts on this topic I'll be interested to hear them. Gonna go sleep under my tinfoil sheets now :) G'night all!