John Judge: A true patriot

JJ Radiccio JPEG croppedEach month, BORDC recognizes an individual who has done outstanding work in support of civil liberties and the rule of law by honoring that person with our Patriot Award. This month we honor John Judge from Washington DC for his work tirelessly amassing and disseminating evidence supporting alternative explanations for President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and other historic events.

BORDC presents this award posthumously, as John died on April 15, 2014.  John co-founded and directed the Coalition on Political Assassinations, an organization whose activities include investigating the deaths in the 1960s of John Kennedy, his brother Robert F. Kennedy, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and black nationalist leader Malcolm X. News outlets featured John and his work.  According to his website, though he was once described as a "professional conspiracist," he considered himself an "alternate historian."

John is most recognized for his work regarding President Kennedy's assassination.  Along with many others, he rejected the Warren Commission's finding that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman.

Many activists who knew John had much to share regarding his life and his contributions.  John Starks met John in 1992 when Starks was working as a video producer.  In paying tribute to John, he wrote:

"I was struck by the intensity of John’s speech. He had a kind of gentle ferocity about him; like a tame but powerful lion - roaring and raging at his most common target of dissent; the national security state, the police state, the surveillance state. The Ed Snowden affair is nothing new. John was painfully aware of how the intelligence agencies’ had spied in the past on activists, protestors, dissidents and people just exercising their supposedly Constitutionally protected rights to assemble, speak freely and protest things that our forefathers would have seen as tyrannical. No one I ever met spoke truth to power better than John Judge."

Vince Salandria, a member of the American Civil Liberties Union  Along with John, he was one of the first people to publicly criticize the Warren Commission Report.  In recalling his work with John, Vince wrote:

"I saw John as the heart of that segment of the JFK-assassination-critical community which sought to expose the meaning of the pivotal historical role of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  John Judge was one of the earliest of critics to understand and articulate that the execution of JFK was a coup carried out by the U.S. national security state in order to defeat JFK’s turn towards peace, to perpetuate the cold war, and to consolidate the U.S. drive for indomitable and lone superpower status. John bravely took his position although he knew that this concept would be sought to be suppressed by: the entire mainstream press, all liberal magazines, most of the left, with all but a few exceptions, academe, U.S. political parties, many of the persons who identified themselves as independent critics of the Warren Report and finally, the U.S. citizenry."

We express our condolences for the death of such an amazing man. We are proud to honor John's efforts with our Patriot Award.

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We have lost a true patriot, it seems. I am sorry I did not know of John Judge and his work until reading this memorial. If like me you believe that life never ends but just continues in another form John Judge has finally regained his liberty.

John had a nice talk about "Comments Awaiting Moderation" like my R.I.P post awaiting moderation on a Bill of Rights Blog entry.