A Farewell to Justice
Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination,
and the Case That Should Have Changed History
Saint Joan, October 27,
Reviewer: Eddie Kasica
(New York City) - Originally
posted on Amazon.com
The United States of America has never truly had its equivalent
of Zola's "J'Accuse!" Until now. While the Dreyfus
Affair is a joke compared to the far-reaching PERMANENT effects
of the National Security State execution of President John F.
Kennedy(don't think they're permanent? -- pick up the damn newspaper),
quite a few books on the crime have been labeled Zolaesque: "Rush
to Judgement", Weisberg's "Whitewash", Sylvia
Meagher's "Accessories After the Fact"(a worthy forerunner
of "Farewell to Justice" -- Meagher and Mellon are
sisters of heart, toughness and understanding), Anthony Summers's
"Conspiracy" and, of course, Gerald Posner's "Case
Closed"(just kidding). But they weren't. Not even close,
because they couldn't be. The cover-up of the crime continued
well into the 1990s and -- like the film or not -- it was Stone's
"JFK" which caused the break in the dam. The wave of
the past 10 years, beginning with the publication and media-embrace
of the malignant "Case Closed", has been intensely
anti-conspiracy. As all of U.S. society has seemingly moved toward
the worship of power for power's sake, leading to the establishment
of the Bush Reich, anti-conspiracy ideology has become its own
form of totalitarianism. In the power-saturated universe of Millennial
America, seething with plots, anti-plot pronouncements have become
as necessary as squeals in a slaughterhouse. But, there has been
a counterwave. And it's now tidal. More fresh evidence regarding
11/22/63 has become available these past years than was available
to the Warren Commission, Jim Garrison or the House Assassinations
Committee when they were conducting their investigations or cover-ups.
We have had to be patient, and now it's pay-off time. Christopher
Lawford on the family, Gareth Porter on JFK and Vietnam, Bradley
Ayers and Richard Whalen on Kennedy and Cuba, Gerald McKnight
on the Warren Commission, and David Talbot's coming book on Bobby
and the murder(`though the Mellen book may have made that release
"Farewell to Justice" is the book we have all been
waiting for, since the day the music died. Joan Mellen has always
been one of the world's best film critics, a magnificent biographer(Kay
Boyle, Marilyn Monroe & Bobby Knight!), and a great writing
teacher. Now she has broken the case. There's no guessing here.
No theoretical chapters on the validity of the Zapruder Film,
the DalTex Building vs. a sewer drain opening, no jacket holes
or bullet fragments. Just the moment-by-moment narrative of what
happened to Jack Kennedy 42 years ago. And, best of all, why.
The names are all here: the initiators, the designers, the middle-managers,
and the mechanics. Mellen is also overwhelming in her recapturing
what was really happening in the early 1960s United States. Not
only those who care not about history relive it. As Americans,
all of us relive Dallas every day of our lives. Everywhere we
look, we can see the ghost of John F. Kennedy - and the shadows
of the men and women who killed him. There is only one way to
finally let him rest in peace: a cleaning-out from power of all
those directly and indirectly responsible for his murder, and
all those who have knowingly benefited from it. Germany could
only put the ghosts of the Third Reich to rest through a complete
de-nazification. The United States must do the same.
There is also sadness in this book too, for those of us who see
the Kennedys as true heroes. (And they are.) Mellen has solved
many, many mysteries in the book. One of the most startling is
her clinching the case as to whether or not Robert Kennedy knew
of plots to murder Fidel Castro. As Mellen demonstrates, his
involvement went way beyond mere knowledge. By answering this
question, she also answers the questions as to why the Kennedy
Family has been so forceful in impairing post-Warren investigations
of the crime.
Mellen's passion, brilliance, understanding, writing talent and
just-plain-sleuthing-genius has resulted in a book which will
change history. The corporate media will no doubt try to burn
her at the stake. They will fail. Because there is no answer
to this book. Except justice and revenge.
REMARKABLE, January 21,
(Montreal, Canada) - Originally
posted on Amazon.com
Thanks to Oliver Stone, enormous
amounts of documents pertaining
to J.F.K's Assassination were unsealed. Clay Shaw was far from
a "completely innocent" businessman. CIA documents
even state a working relationship between the "Agency"
& Clay Shaw from the late 40's. One example of Clay Shaw's
involvement with Lee Harvey Oswald was Shaw & Ferrie accompanying
Oswald to the Mental Hospital to trick him in getting a job there
but really to try and get him Institutionalised. The framing
of Oswald began months before the Assassination. Another Big
discovery that Joan Mellon revealed was Lee Harvey Oswald's employment
with U.S. Customs. Oswald's involvement with federal agents was
enormous. Jim Garrison "WAS" on the right track, that's
why the FBI made enormous attempts to discredit him and the CIA
tried to subvert the film JFK.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR A FAREWELL TO JUSTICE
of the most critical and controversial areas in the JFK case
relates to New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison's investigation
of Clay Shaw and Lee Harvey Oswald's pre-assassination activities
in Louisiana. Professor Mellen's excellent scholarly research
boldly details these events and sheds glaring light on evidence
that the Warren Commission regrettably failed to explore. A FAREWELL
TO JUSTICE is a must read for every person who has ever entertained
some doubt and question about who killed President Kennedy."
--Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., Coroner, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
aren't enough people like Joan Mellen in the world. Like the
subject of her book, Joan has toiled away, driven by nothing
more than her own passion for the truth, and emerged with the
book you hold in your hands -- a mammoth work which, I believe,
will be the definitive biography of Jim Garrison."
--Oliver Stone, film director of PLATOON, BORN ON THE FOURTH
OF JULY, NIXON and JFK.
Farewell to Justice is a fascinating and provocative book featuring
one of the most unusual and compelling figures in the history
of American jurisprudence. And though the book is massive and
carefully researched and intellectually persuasive, A Farewell
to Justice also reads with the engaging particularity and narrative
drive of an epic, tragic novel.
--Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner for A Good Scent
from A Strange Mountain
Mellen confronts and with keen analytical insight tackles the
thorniest and most personal issues surrounding that most complex
and larger-than-life man named Jim Garrison. She ultimately places
in accurate perspective the role Garrison's investigation played
in helping America understand the true significance of the assassination
of President Kennedy, revealing why it's not history but a foreshadowing
of events that brought us to these dangerous times in which we
--Gaeton Fonzi, Miami investigator for the House Select Committee
on Assassinations, 1977-78, author of The Last Investigation
seven years Joan Mellen, with determination and breathtaking
courage, investigated and tested the original inquiry of District
Attorney Jim Garrison into the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Single-handedly, she has taken that investigation far beyond
where Garrison was able to go and has emerged from this terrifying
underworld with astonishing revelations
. The writing is
taut and dramatic, the book indispensable.
--Dick Gregory, Civil Rights Activist, co-author of Murder
in Memphis: The FBI and the Assassination of Martin Luther King
Mellen is a rare breed-a biographer who writes with the passion
of a truth-seeker, the skill of an artisan, and the attention
to detail of a well trained scholar-researcher. She digs deep
and she cares. I look forward to reading every book she writes.
--Richard Layman, author of Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell
The much-maligned Jim Garrison at last receives full vindication
from Joan Mellen, whose own renewed investigation into the Kennedy
conspiracy brings us ever-closer to the elusive truth of what
really happened on November 22, 1963.
--Dick Russell, author of The Man Who Knew Too Much
is commonly accepted that the Warren Commission was completely
vindicated with the acquittal of Clay Shaw, whose only crime
was drawing the attention of a publicity-seeking, unscrupulous
Southern District Attorney, Jim Garrison. Although the document
releases have challenged that view in the decades since the trial,
Joan Mellen's new book patiently integrates mountains of once-secret
data and remarkable new investigative material into a compelling
narrative of appalling misconduct and deceit by both federal
officials and members of the mainstream media. The myth of Garrison
as vile opportunist and Shaw as hapless victim has been as incontrovertibly
demolished as has been the myth that the federal government and
powerful media can be trusted when the stakes are high."
--Gary Aguilar, M.D., contributor to TRAUMA ROOM ONE: THE JFK
MEDICAL COVERUP EXPOSED.
Farewell to Justice is a mammoth reconsideration of Jim Garrison's
investigation of the President's assassination in Dallas. As
such, it is a grand guignol of Nawlins' archetypes-psycho-cops
and sicko-spooks, corrupt pols and thugs and crusaders, oh my!
A dark and sprawling book, it is packed with investigative leads,
deeply researched and very very scary.
--Jim Hougan, author of Spooks