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75 YEARS AGO President Harry Truman ordered the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Prior to making his infamous decision,Truman was aware that our ally, the Soviet Union, was ready to take over Japan. Truman's top generals and admirals made this clear. With the Soviet takeover, Japan would be forced to surrender. Regardless, Truman dropped the bomb. The death of tens of thousands of children and women and unimaginable suffering of even more did not stop Truman from repeating the carnage in Nagasaki 3 days later.


These attacks killed an estimated 200,000 civilians--living, breathing humans made in the image of God, who had no say in what their leadership did at Pearl Harbor; had no say in anything their leadership did.


Historically, America regards Truman as a hero for this unconscionable act on the children and women or Japan. Why?


America needs to revisit her history and own her sins:

- The treatment of the Native Americans

- The horror of slavery

- The brutal usage and treatment of the Chinese in Westward expansion

And the list goes on an on. Racist attitudes and actions continue....


America desperately needs historians and journalist who seek truth, no matter where it leads. America can't learn from her history, and is doomed to repeat it, unless we know what our history truly is!


Harry Truman needlessly committed mass murder and suffering.




Truman was no hero!

I've been quiet for a while. With the coronavirus, as a nurse, I've been exposed time and again, and continue to fear bringing it to my immunocompromised daughter.

A month ago, I experienced the sudden and unexplained death of a beloved brother.

I've been quiet as coped with the disruption we all face.


In my uncommunicative state, I've been observing. Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge as they promote their newly released book on Whitey Bulger.



I met Casey Sherman on October 5, 2018 at an event on Cape Cod. Aware that he had written about Joe "The Animal" Barboza, I told him about my unique connection to Bulger; about the 75 personal letters I had from him; and about the 15 hours of face-to-face conversation with Bulger. I asked Sherman if he could direct me to someone that might be interested in helping me publish Bulger's story based on the letters/communication.


Sherman seemed taken aback, and to my great surprise didn't ask or comment at all about the letters/communication with Bulger. He took my contact information, along with a letter I brought with me addressed to him, reiterating all that I told him and more. He said he'd call.


A few months later, Sherman announced he was writing a book about Bulger... Strange thing is, though he knew I had these personal letters and private communications, he never contacted me. Never.


Certainly this puts into question the accuracy of his research. Did he ever tell his writing partner Dave Wedge that I approached him with information about the letters and communication? Why did he chose to ignore detailed primary source information? Who does that when writing a work of nonfiction? Why, seemingly, was he afraid of it. Might it have changed the narrative he was determined to put forward? Is that true journalism or historic writing?


Casey Sherman is described as a "renowned journalist" by the Boston Herald. The term journalist once had ethical attributes attached.


Knowing that Casey Sherman ignored unique primary source material for his latest book, I can't help but wonder how accurate his former publications have been.


The Truth Be Damned.

Mr. Isikoff interviewed Stephen Kinzer about Whitey Bulger's involvement in the MKUltra Project--yet, sadly, Kinzer knew little to nothing about Bulger's involvement. Any info he now has, he received from me through his friend Michael Rezendes, AP investigative journalist.


Bulger didn't understand the full intent of MKUltra and his own victimization until after his trial in 2013. He discovered it through me. I was the juror in Bulger's trial that told Rezendes that I would not have found Bulger guilty of any of the murders had the truth of MKUltra been presented. I do not blame his attorneys for not presenting it--they represented their client and his wishes at the time. Though they are bound by attorney/client privilege, I am not. Bulger told me why he didn't want it presented. He told me what he experienced for the 15 months he was used as a subject. He came to realize, through me, the depth of the damage done to his mind.


My disappointment is this: Kinser failed to connect the dots on the CIA's portion of the project that would attempt to make subjects homicidal and their use of Bulger, Kaczynski, and quite possibly Charles Manson. (How many others? We can only guess.)


Not one "investigative journalist" has been curious enough to consider all Bulger had to say regarding stories told of him. Is it truth an investigative journalist is after? Or sensationalism? Is Yahoo News another tabloid outlet?


I understand why the Boston Globe hasn't reached out to discover what they can about James Bulger through the many letters I have -- after all, they staked their reputation on and made money off the tales of the Boston US Attorney's Office's key witnesses against Bulger. Tales tall enough to save them from the electric chair and earn them get out of jail cards and hefty profits. Certainly the Globe doesn't want to confuse it's readers with the truth now...


But why wouldn't Isikoff reach out to me to get to what Bulger actually said in more than 70 letters and our 15 hours of conversation? Bulger's story of MKUltra is paramount to understanding the degree to which the CIA would go. And, what of Ted Kaczynski -- only 17 when the CIA destroyed his mind? What of Charles Manson? What of the CIA's connection there?


Bulger's planned murder indicates the government, with the help of the media perhaps, is still trying to control this story. I have proof in letters, and in my visual assessment as a nurse of Bulger's physical deterioration. The government said his health "Improved" and therefore they decided enroute to a medical prison not to send him--but instead sent him immediately, unguarded, to a prison with a violent history.


Guess what? The government lied. Bulger's health could not improve without surgeries. Will Michael Isikoff and Yahoo News sweep this under the rug too? Or, will they be an example of journalistic ethics in leading the way on this story?


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