John M. Newman

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John M. Newman is an American author and retired major in the United States Army.[1] Newman was on the faculty at the University of Maryland from 1995 to 2012, and has been a Political Science professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia since January 2013.[citation needed]


Newman served in the Armed Forces in Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, and China.[2] He served as an attaché in China.[citation needed] He served as executive assistant to the director of the National Security Agency (NSA).[citation needed] He was a faculty member of the University of Maryland, Honors College (1992-2012), and is currently Adjunct Professor of Political Science at James Madison University, where he teaches courses in International Terrorism, Counterterrosm, and America in the 60s.[2]

Newman was a consultant for Oliver Stone's film JFK and can also be seen in the movie as an extra uniformed officer walking down the hallway in a Pentagon scene.[1] He was one of the experts called upon to testify before the JFK Assassination Records Review Board.[3] He has been a critic of the 9/11 Commission Report.[citation needed]


Newman is the author of JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power (1992), Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK (2008) [1995], "Quest for the Kingdom: The Secret Teachings of Jesus in the Light of Yogic Mysticism" (2013), and "Where Angels Tread Lightly: The Assassination of President Kennedy, Volume I" (2015).

JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power[edit]

JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power argues that United States President John F. Kennedy would not have placed combat troops in Vietnam and was preparing to withdraw military advisors by the end of 1965.[4] Leonard Bushkoff wrote: "Newman's vision of warmongering hawks--a group of conspiratorial Washingtonians whose motives he barely examines--is indeed based more on suppositions and innuendoes than evidence. Nevertheless, at another, deeper level, Newman's points are highly persuasive."[1] Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., a former special assistant to Kennedy, called it "the most solid contribution yet" to speculation regarding the course of American history had the President not be assassinated.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Bushkoff, Leonard (February 23, 1992). "If Kennedy Had Lived . . .". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b An Inventory of His Personal Papers (1960-1988) in the John F. Kennedy Library Archived May 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Testimony of John Newman before the Assassination Records Review Board, Boston, Massachusetts, October 11, 1994.
  4. ^ a b Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur (March 29, 1992). "What Would He Have Done?". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 

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