Were there Military Intelligence Photographers in Dealey Plaza?
A man by the name of Steven Osborn testified before Chairman Tunheim of the Assassination Records Review Board in Dallas, Texas on November 18, 1994. He wanted to inform the Board of the possibility of military intelligence films that an unnamed person told him about.
He said that a communications unit from Fort Hood, Texas at Clean, Texas (actually Killeen, Texas) had videotaped the motorcade. He said,
“In my conversations with this gentleman, I asked questions of a technical nature trying to discovery how their assignment was accomplished. After discovering that the camera signals were transported by wireless means back to the control studio, which was actually a semi-tractor-trailer, I found myself doubting that this type of equipment was available in 1963.”
But, in actuality the technique and technology had been available for some years. Consider the following:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Slow Scan television (SSTV) is a picture transmission method used mainly by amateur radio operators. This is to transmit and receive static pictures via radio in monochrome or color.
A literal term for SSTV is narrowband television. Analog broadcast television requires at least 6 MHz wide channels. It transmits 25 or 30 picture frames per second (in the NTSC, PAL or SECAM color systems),
The concept of SSTV was introduced by Copthorne Macdonald in 1957–58. He developed the first SSTV system using an electrostatic monitor and a vidicon tube. In those days it seemed sufficient to use 120 lines and about 120 pixels per line to transmit an image. This image was a black-and-white still picture within a 3 kHz phone channel.
First live tests were performed on the 11 Meter ham band – which was later given to the CB service in the US. In the 1970s, two forms of paper printout receivers were invented by hams.
So, it was possible to videotape the motorcade’s passage through Dealey Plaza. Somewhere, I have read that there were 50 people involved. Since, I don’t have access to that source we will treat that as a memory that may be fallible.
Afterwards men identified as FBI agents came to the central location and seized all equipment and films.
Is there any evidence of this? I don’t know of any on the internet or in publications.
I have a copy of Robert Groden’s New Frontier Video The Assassination Films. I like using these films because they are a handy source of the films in Dealey Plaza. They were published in 1995 making them old and outdated technology. The visual material is sometimes difficult to work with visually.
But, because of their age is before modern computer graphic techniques they are more likely to be trustworthy and not tampered with. Oft times the older Groden films have more information available in them that has not been deleted for various reasons. Any problems with the tapes would come from the producer who I disagree with on some things but have no reason to suspect his integrity.
Look at this frame from the Mark Bell film and decide if there were military photographers in Dealey Plaza:
I use a video software called PowerDVD to go through a frame by frame look at films on Groden’s DVD. Sometimes, on stepping through the film backward these types of frames appear. The Bell film is loaded with them. The section of the film concerning the Babushka Lady has many of these types of frames. Here’s another from Mark Bell:
I have found this imaging type in the Charles Bronson film.
Here is another from the Orville Nix film.
Who is this woman? By a not very accurate count there appears to be about 120 lines of resolution and 256 or so pixels per line. Does this prove that there Were there Military Intelligence Photographers in Dealey Plaza
I believe that this is actually a Slow Scan TV transmission frame. I don’t think this is some malfunction of the PowerDVD software or Groden’s process of producing The Assassination Films.
The Bell film has lots of these types of images this has caused me to re-examine my assumptions on these types of frames. On reviewing another Bell film from the internet these images do not appear. This leaves one with the notion that perhaps this is part of Groden’s process. Or, these images have been edited out of the internet Bell film.
If this is part of Groden’s film process then these SSTV frames should be in other films on the Groden DVD. I haven’t found any of these SSTV frames in the John Martin film, the Robert Hughes film, or the Malcom Couch film. The Marie Muchmore film may have these images.
I did not find any similar to the ones above from Bell, Nix, or Bronson on going through Muchmore in reverse. However, just going through Muchmore in the right direction I found scenes similar to this one below.
This frame from Muchmore has lines spaced sequentially and equally from top to bottom that cross the scene from left to right. I don’t know of any film process that does this.
We have a tendency not to believe witness testimony when it contradicts known “facts”. Marie Muchmore said she did not take any photographs that day. This implies that she had a single picture camera not a motion picture camera. And seriously, she said she did not take any photos that day.
My best guess is these frames from the various photographers are not malfunctions of various types but, are artifacts of military intelligence filming put into the various known photographers films.
If these truly are SSTV transmission frames then that has disturbing implications for whose material in films and photos you are looking at. Is this material from military photographers or the named photographers whose material we are familiar with in general. Can you trust anything? Does this give you a source for photo editing and insertion into other films?
Did military photographers station themselves near people who were filming. Was this so that what they filmed would be similar to what a photographer was filming. If this is the case then one should be able to identify a military photographer near Mark Bell in the Skaggs photo. By the way, this is the last time you will see the passenger side of the presidential limousine until the Zapruder film.
I don’t know who these people standing with Bell are or if they have been identified. Could one be a military photographer?
At the McAdams site is a post on Osborn’s testimony. McAdams is not one who favors any conspiracy theories. He is soundly in the Lone Gunman camp.
Here is a link to that testimony: