A close look at the 1865 photographs of the crowd witnessing the Second Inaugural speech of Abraham Lincoln reveals that John Wilkes Booth was in attendance. The actor and assassin was not only appearing at Ford’s Theater, but had been meeting with other conspirators at Mary Surratt’s boardinghouse on H street in Northwest Washington.

In 1997, Judge John H. Bayly of the D.C. Superior Court jailed John Edward Hurley, president of the Confederate Memorial Association and director of the Confederate Memorial Hall museum in Washington, for refusing to pay a $30,000 bogus legal bill tendered by Judge Bayly’s friend, attorney Herbert Harmon. Hurley had contended that the bill was actually a part of a political money-laundering scheme involving the Confederate Monument in Arlington National Cemetery.

Hurley had further claimed that a George W. Bush friend and lobbyist, Richard T. Hines, had no proprietary right to have his group, the Jefferson Davis Camp No. 305 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, meet at the Confederate Memorial Hall. The Association’s board had objected to the group’s ties with white supremacist organizations, including the Aryan Nations, the Ku Klux Klan and the National Alliance. Moreover, Hurley had previously objected to the raffling of shotguns at the Hall. He had also objected to a fundraiser that Hines had planned for the Contras in 1986.

After Judge Bayly had jailed Hurley, the board of the museum voted to sell the century-old museum rather than accede to Judge Bayly’s order. Hines then had his group meet at Surratt’s former H Street residence, now a restaurant.

Hurley was puzzled as to how an ongoing 17-year lawsuit against his organization could be so vigorously pursued with apparently unlimited funds for legal bills. According to Hurley, it is now clear that a military intelligence operation had been launched against his organization. He has identified a number of political and military intelligence operatives that had been brought to the Confederate Hall. Among these were Major Andy Messing, who had flown to El Salvador for a parlay with George Bush and his father when his father was vice president. Another was Col. Jeffrey Addicott, a former senior counsel for the U.S. Army’s Special Forces, current director of the Center for Terrorism Law and author of the book “Winning the War on Terror.” Major Messing proudly displayed a picture of himself with the Bushes in El Salvador in 1987, on his website:

But what these high-powered intelligence operatives did not know was that Hurley’s great grandfather William Hurley’s house still stands in Washington, and is directly across the street from the Surratt House.

Hines had his friend and business associate, David Thornton, recently met with the President in the Oval Office. A picture of the event includes Mr. Thornton on the far right. It also demonstrates that the rule of law is no problem for the oligarchy as long as they can retain judges like John H. Bayly on the bench.

Judge Bayly was recently approved for another 15-year term on the D.C. Superior Court despite Hurley’s evidence of corruption that was submitted to the Disabilities and Tenure Commission. The Commission is a group of oligarchs who make sure that none of the financial records of the D.C. judges are available to the public.

Related Link: Center for Terrorism Law

This Hurley house still stands and is directely across the street from the Surratt House


Vicki Heilig salutes the Confederate flag at Arlington National Cemetery.

The illegal fund-raiser by Vicki Heilig. Regulations at Arlington National Cemetery forbid fund-raising or political activities.

Wesley Pruden, Editor in Chief of The Washington Times, salutes the Confederate flag at Arlington National Cemetery.

Gordon Ponsford discusses his restoration work on the Confederate Monument with a Southern dame. Political funding for the restoration has become a national issue.



The president of the D.C.-based Confederate Memorial Association is seeking an investigation of the American Defense Institute’s receipt of a $500,000 political donation.

John Edward Hurley said that the apparent source of the donations was tobacco giant Philip Morris and that it was earmarked to be given to the American Defense Institute, a tax-exempt organization, through the Republican National Committee.

Hurley said that he was especially concerned because a aboard member for the American Defense Institute, Thomas O’Neill, had been a lead attorney in suing the Confederate Memorial Association. O’Neill represents the Confederate Memorial Committee of the District of Columbia which has handled the Arlington National Cemetery Confederate monument restoration. According to Hurley, the committee had laundered what was apparently another $500,000 thorough a Charlotte, North Carolina bank. The funds are now in the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union is Germantown, Maryland.

Judge John H. Bayly of the D.C. Superior Court had quashed a subpoena for the account after he had jailed Hurley for contempt when Hurley challenged the source of the funds.

Another tax-exempt group that has received at least $500,000 from Phil Morris under questionable circumstance is the National Right to Life Committee, according to Hurley.




Dominating the news in the social security debate has been the exposure of the United Seniors of America or USA First as a front group for conservative activists who are driving the debate to privatize social security.

What is less known is that Charlie Jarvis, the president of USA First, was serving as a board member of the Legal Services Corporation in the 1980s when he encouraged an LSC investigator to write a story that a LSC grantee was a “Commie” organization. Jarvis met frequently with the investigator, David A. Williams, to hatch this plan for notoriety.

At that time, Jarvis, Williams and another LSC employee, Lewis Doherty, were working in concert with John H. Bayly, former legal counsel and president of the LSC.

Both Williams and Doherty were the chief plaintiff and witness, respectively, in the 17-year lawsuit against the Confederate Memorial Association.

Lewis Doherty is now listed with the white supremacist and Neo-Nazi National Alliance.



When Judge John H. Bayly was later the presiding judge in the Confederate case,

he denied knowing Williams and Doherty, despite the fact that he had written Senate investigators about both individuals at the time.

Judge Bayly has also been linked to James McClellan, director of the Center for Judicial Studies, who was on the advisor board of the Confederate group and was another

grantee of the Legal Services Corporation .that Judge Bayly has failed to acknowledge.

Judge Bayly was opposed in his effort to be reappointed to another 15-year term on the D. C. Superior Court because of his blatant lies in this regard, and his probable involvement in a polical conspiracy that includes the money laundering of polical contributions.

It is also interesting to note that Jarvis has Art Linkletter serving as chairman of the Unite Seniors of America. Linkletter’s various television shows had been sponsored by the Philadlephia insurance fortune that financed the Alfred E. DeMoss Foundation. Mark DeMoss handled the public relations for Jerry Falwell and Deborah DeMoss served as Senator Jesse Helms’ Central American expert when he was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. DeMoss is married to a former Honduran army officer and candidate for president in Honduras, Rene Fonseca.

The 17-year legal action lawsuit was triggered when Mr. Hurley had objected to a “Freedom Fighter” fundraiser at Confederate Memorial Hall in 1986. The fundraiser was subsequently sponsored at another site by Sophia Casey, widow of the former CIA director, and Max Hugel, his CIA deputy for covert operations.




A Christian Science Monitor story, which included the positive reflection of CMA President John Edward Hurley on how the South had contributed to the advancement of our national image, also included a negative clue that could expose the growing Arlington National Cemetery scandal.

The story quotes a Mr. Hines who brags about firing a Confederate cannon in Arlington Cemetery. Although the story carried no picture, our sources obtained one. Richard Hines has managed the lawsuit against the Confederate Memorial Association.

President Bush denied resuming the practice of sending a presidential wreath to the Confederate ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, saying his two predecessor presidents had sent a wreath. No witnesses could be produced to corroborate this.

No previous president has sent Confederate cannon to the ceremony.

Confederate cannon in Arlington National Cemetery. Figure at left is James Freeman, a federal agent that sued the Confederate Memorial Association.


This White House in Mayesville, South Carolina, is the home of government multi-million-dollar contractor Richard Hines and his wife, Patricia Hines. Mrs. Hines was a Reagan appointee in the White House and is a current Bush appointee to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.


The traditional Confederate Hunt Party of the Confederate Memorial Association entertained hundreds with a special Southern Hospitality.



This is the headquarters of the $250 million Ashbury International Group. This firm is comprised of 10 former Special Forces individuals who specialize in sniper equipment. They are represented in Congress by Richard T. Hines Consulting where . David Thornton is senior vice president.

This appears to be an unlikely headquarters for the $500 million Blue Eagle Industries. David Thornton is Blue Eagle’s CEO.



Reverend Pat Robertson, right, discusses The Blame Game with CMA President John Edward Hurley.

Ernest Furgurson, right, is greeted by Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table President John Edward Hurley, who hosted his speech at the House Agriculture Committee. Furgurson wrote Freedom Rising, a book on Civil War Washington, and Hard Right, a book on a contemporary Southern Strategy.


Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson talks with CMA President John Edward Hurley. Hurley is challenging the awarding of $500 million in no bid set-aside contracts to David Thornton’s Blue Eagle Industries. Secretary Nicholson’s previous appointment was as ambassador to the Vatican.