Sunday, February 21, 2010

Farid’s photo is a real fake. And so is he. By Jerry Mazza

Farid’s photo is a real fake. And so is he.
Jerry Mazza / 21 February 2010

Recently, Dartmouth Professor Hany Farid claimed in the Huffington Post that the famous (or infamous) backyard photo of Lee Harvey Oswald—the photo in which he holds a Communist newspaper in one hand and a rifle in the other—is not a fake. This implies that the photo was not patched together to set up Oswald as the Commie patsy and lone Kennedy gunman by the FBI, the same FBI which finances Farid’s laboratory and research. Smell a rat?

Farid chose to represent only one photo from a series of four faked photos and to deal only with the anomalies of its shadows and lighting. Oswald had said, when shown one of these photos, that it was his head pasted on someone else’s body. And the face has a square chin, not Oswald’s pointed chin; the finger tips of the right hand are cut off; and the figure is too short to be Oswald when the newspapers are used as an internal ruler. You can even see an insert line between the chin and the lower lip! But none of this impressed Professor Farid.

Farid purposely points to the fact that the lighting of the face in the photo would seem to be coming from overhead, yet Oswald’s fairly long body shadow is cast to the right on the ground and seem to be coming from an afternoon sun. The fact that logic would indicate two sources of lighting is blown away by Farid himself, who claims we as human beings do very poorly at perceiving shadows and their sources.

He even claims he himself is not good at it, even though he is an expert working in an esteemed university, underwritten by the FBI. It’s this kind of doubletalk that makes me look through his argument like the Emperor’s Clothes and see that nothing is there.

Farid’s so called proof is explained to us in a video clip, Why JFK Assassin Photo wasn’t Faked, with Farid side by side with his computer, on which there is a “simulation” of Oswald’s head next to the supposedly “real-life” but already doctored head of Oswald with a square chin. So we are already in fantasyland.

But the mystification continues as Farid lauds the quality of the shadow Oswald’s nose casts under it as well as the shadows under the eyes and his lips.

Okay, so he already told us that’s the effect of top-lighting, a light source directly overhead. But what about the shadow that slants off on the ground to the far right? That is side-lighting, presumably by the sun. Top-light would make a thin rim of shadow around Oswald’s body, either front, back, or sides, depending on how accurately the light source lined up with the body.

Try, for instance, to move your desk-light over your phone or desk object. Notice, the rim of light varies slightly as you move the top light’s overhead angle. This same desk light though does not cast a large shadow of the phone unless it is moved considerably, i.e. to the side. Farid would tell us it’s our eyes that are not working right, including his.

I would claim the body shadow comes from that sinking sun and that those light sources exist because the photo was reconstructed on a “ghost mat” that came from the Dallas Police Department. It is a blank cut-out mat of Oswald’s body, in which pieces are reinserted. Sadly for the DPD those pieces were shot with the light at various angles. That’s what causes the conflicting shadows in the backyard photos, not my or his impairment.

Even this basic concept, that angles of shadows are created by the varying positions of light sources, is violated in Farid’s “modeling by computer,” in which everything is possible. Perhaps Farid must have Photoshop 2020, which provides a look into the future of bending light to create shadows wherever you wish to them to be. We really never are told what makes Farid’s “modeling” create this unreality. But we are told his findings will be published in a journal called Perception, which will explain it all. That wouldn’t be related to Huxley’s Doorways to Perception, his journey into the use of hallucinogenic drugs, would it? That might explain why the good professor is not seeing clearly.

In the landmark book on photo fakery in the JFK assassination, The Great Zapruder Film Hoax, edited by Dr. James Fetzer, McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, with a half-dozen leading scientific and technical experts, you will find an abundance of photographic “representations” of Oswald’s face and body from before and after the Kennedy assassination for the purpose of disinformation and confusion, including a veritable Oswald stand-in, so that Lee/Harvey/Oswald could be in more than one place at the same time.

Fetzer, by the way, has published more than 100 articles and 20 books on the philosophy of science, computer science, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. He has also edited the highly acclaimed Assassination Science and Murder in Dealey Plaza, which include extensive discussion of the fabrication of evidence about the death of JFK.

Given that wealth of information, Farid references none of it, or that of any other authority. He does tell us that he works with law enforcement, which the New York Times verified as the FBI. Farid claims he has shied away from “conspiracy theorists” over the years, who have sought information from him. But this means that he comes to the table of objectivity with a bias against independent thinkers, whether they are authors, journalists, scientists or technicians.

So how objective is Farid really? Dare I say he’s a “photo patsy”? If he had considered more than one photo in the set, it would have been obvious they are faked, because they have the same face with the same expression and the same shadows across all four, which is a photographic impossibility. So Oswald had it right!

Remember, in the making of patsies, we need some kind of verifying information from so-called experts, even if they are on the government payroll, like for instance NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who have their very own opinion of what made the Twin Trade Towers fall, which conflicts with some 1,000 architects and engineers, who submitted a petition to Congress for a new 9/11 investigation Friday, February 19, 2010, from three different cities, including New York City, where they met with press at Ground Zero at 10 A.M., the site of the 21st Century’s major crime on American soil.

Returning to the JFK Assassination, the major crime on American soil of the 20th Century, The Great Zapruder Film Hoax scrupulously documents how photographs and the entire film has been manipulated to support the government’s lone-gunman claim, according to which Oswald alone managed to kill Kennedy and seriously wound the then Governor of Texas Connally with three shots fired in about six seconds into the limousine, which witnesses reported was actually brought to a halt. The Lincoln was sent to Ford for a complete refurbishing, including a new windshield to remove a hole near its center, where one of the first shots transited en route to JFK’s throat, which otherwise would have falsified the official account.

What’s more, despite the handicap of a bolt action, WW II Italian Army, Mannlicher-Carcano mail-order rifle, and despite the fact that another bullet hit a sidewalk and that a piece of cement rebounded, slightly wounding a bystander in the cheek, we are supposed to award our complete credence to Arlen Specter’s “Magic Bullet” theory, which has one slug passing through Kennedy’s neck from the rear to enter and exit Connelly as well. My god! How low an opinion of our intelligence do our intelligence agencies have?

This brings me back to Farid and his “modeled-shadow-theory” that the backyard photo of Oswald is not a fake, a fraud, a hybrid of intelligence hacks. In fact, Farid, as a scientist, has violated the most basic scientific requirement of all: to present all available relevant evidence. I mean, we are not talking here about some triviality not worth the effort, but the purported assassination and proof of the “lone gunman” of President John F. Kennedy.

Are we to take Farid and his computer-simulated “model” on faith or as a single source flash of government-sponsored truth? Where is the proof that he bothered to read any of the research that established the photos were faked? There is no indication that the professor even conducted a search of the literature about his latest subject, including Jim Marrs’ Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, another standard text, which Oliver Stone used as a major source for his landmark film, JFK.

Fetzer and Marrs were so concerned they co-authored The Dartmouth JFK-Photo Fiasco, published it and sent it to the President of Dartmouth. But his representative has washed his hands clean of the whole matter by claiming that this “is a disagreement among scholars, and must be settled by them.” How many professors of late have been tossed off campuses for contrarian beliefs? How many should be sacked for research as sloppy as this?

The backyard photos were and continue to be the province of noted scholars and authors. And the victim was a major political figure, whose death changed the course of national policy and perhaps of world history.

How does one man, using one photo, one anomaly (shadows), one bit of computer modeling and one unsupported theory, i.e. people don’t see shadows, get away with this hoax with such faint resistance? Has Dartmouth been compromised? Is it also working for the FBI?

These questions pass through your mind when resistance folds so quickly. This is the signature of being bought and not of thought—conscious, conscionable thought. Farid found the one questionable feature of a set of faked photographs that he thought he could plausibly “explain away”, hoping that no one would catch his sleight-of-hand.

The authenticity of the photographs was also addressed by Robert Blakey, who chaired the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA). He acknowledged then that if the photos had been faked, it would not only imply that Oswald had been framed but, because of the technical sophistication involved, it would also indicate the existence of a larger conspiracy to cover up the crime, and to support the “lone gunman” scenario.

Thus, I would seriously suggest that you, dear Professor Farid, go back to your modeling board and read at least the Fetzer and Marrs books. Of course, take a look at the canon of other outstanding studies of the JFK assassination, as if you were writing a thesis for an advanced degree.

Photographic fakery undermines serious, independent scholarship. That should be one lesson you learn not to do. That’s n-o-t to do. As to the FIB—excuse me, the FBI—its business should be stopping frauds not creating them. Caveat emptor!

Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer, life-long resident of New York City. His book “State Of Shock – Poems from 9/11 on” is available at, and


  1. Is Dartmouth also working for the FBI? Well, if you look at their official documents, of course there is no link. But if you look at all the interlocking arrangements these days between DOD, FBI, big pharma, and universities, you begin to see the tentacles of the octupus. That is the USA today, a state as corrupt as any in history.

  2. Thanks to the computer games industry, one can create both single frames and animations of one's own 3D characters and illuminate them. If you, Prof. Fetzer, were to use software available to every kid with a computer to create your own L.H.Oswald character and a backyard to match that in the Time 'photo', you could easily demonstrate to everyone, including those who have difficulty translating verbal descriptions into mental images, how the 'photo' cannot be anything but fake.

    Extending this, you could also recreate Dealey Plaza and the dynamics of the killer shots. All three of them.

    Good idea?

  3. Arlen Specter's attempt to use the pathologist who actually performed the JFK autopsy resulted in "blowback" for the CIA. Doctor Pierre Finck testified before the Warren Commission and his testimony allowed Specter to arrive at the "magic bullet threory". Unfortunately for Finck's reputation to truth and veracity, after he testified for Specter, he violated a Suupreme Court Ruling on Brady v Maryland, in 1963, where the Court ruled that exculpatory evidence MUST be turned over to the defendant and or his attorney post haste. Finck not only did not turn over exculpatory evidence to a wrongly accused prisoner charged with premeditated murder, he denied the existence of this evidence to the attorney representing the prisoner. That is a felony, big time! When this exculpatory evidence was mysteriously located in Finck's office file cabinet, reported by an attorney at the US Army Institute of Pathology and Bethesda, Maryland and turned over to the appellate court, they ruled this information to be "newly found evidence and fraud on the court" which caused the conviction to be overturned.

    Finck is currently retired and sipping wine in Switzerland.

  4. Nice posts! There turn out to have been eight, nine, or ten shots from six locations, as I have explained in "Dealey Plaza Revisited", which you can find earlier in this blog. It is true, however, that his death resulted from the causal interaction of three shots: the bullet that passed through the windshield and hit him in the throat appears to have splintered, with one fragment passing upward and rupturing the tentorium, while the other fell downward into the right lung. This shot was fired from an above ground sewer opening on the south side of the Triple Underpass. Then he was hit in the back of the head by a shot that was fired from the second floor of the Dal-Tex, probably the only location from which a Mannlicher-Carcano was being used. And the third appears to have been fired from the north side of the Triple Underpass from the above ground sewer opening located there. This was a frangible (or "exploding") bullet that entered his right temple and blew half his brains out the back of his head to the left rear. We have determined these trajectories based upon meticulous studies of the medical evidence, the bullet hole in the windshield, the Parkland physicians reports, and other testimony, as I explain in my books and articles. That the Zapruder film shows a blow-out to the right-front instead of to the left-rear is one of the most, if not the most, important proofs of its fabrication. See, for example, "Zapruder JFK Film impeached by Moorman JFK Polaroid", which you can google. My most recent presentation on this was presented in Portland, OR, on 12 December 2009, and may be found under "Conspiracy Theories: A Triple-Header", elsewhere on this blog, where I also discuss the most likely identities of those who killed him and why he was taken out.

  5. Yes, I've noticed the Zapruder blow out in the right front instead of the left rear of the head. When Groden, etc., talk about the powerful "back and to the left" motion of his torso (I really don't think in reality it was that powerful , that is due to the fabrication of film), they totally ignore where on the head the wound is, and Groden certainly knows where it should be. I can't believe he could allow such an inconsistenty to stand. Of course, if Z film is altered, that would explain it. And of course, where did all the debris go? It should be on the rear trunk but that looks perfect. I really respect Groden for being out on Dealey plaza everyday taking the hits, and his great books, but he is just simply in denial on this issue. Why? Because he was the guy to reveal the film to the public and he can't now admit he showed a doctored film. I really wish he would fess up, it wasn't his fault, he was snookered.

  6. One of the things about that picture that has always struck me as phony, is that "Oswald's body" is tilted in such a way that it would fall over. I get the the things about the shadows, the chin and the papers, but the pose has always been a big tip off to me.