Monday, September 17, 2018

H.L. Hunt - Motive and Opportunity - Book Review

H. L. Hunt – Motive & Opportunity - Book Review

This review was previously posted at the web site. 

“H. L. Hunt – Motive & Opportunity – the Means by which H.L. Hunt Influenced the assassinations of JFK, King, Bobby & Hoffa” by John Curington, as told to Mitchel Whittington, with a foreword by Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D. (23 House Publishing, SANA 299-8084

John Curington, based on his personal knowledge, believes that H. L. Hunt was involved in and should be considered a suspect in the assassinations of President Kennedy, RFK, MLK and Jimmy Hoffa. Dr. Wecht concurs in his foreword.  “This book was interesting for many reasons,” Dr. Wecht writes, “not the least of which is that he doesn’t put forward any particular conspiracy theories, as many books on the subject do. Instead, he merely tells his own story and allows the reader to extrapolate what might have happened. This is an incredibly important story because, as John said to me, he is the last man standing from that era.”

Whether a suspect or witness, Hunt was certainly involved in the circumstances of President Kennedy’s death, and while Curington provides motive and opportunity for Hunt to be involved in the other murders, especially as a bag man financing various aspects of the operations that led to their deaths, I will only deal with Hunt’s connections to the murder of the President.

As Wecht says, “In each case, research reveals more questions than answers. In the case of John F. Kennedy, the strange circumstances start almost with the moment of death.” While Curington has intimate personal knowledge of Hunt and his businesses, and Whitington appears to be a good writer and reporter, they apparently are not aware of the numerous associations Hunt had with the JFK assassination, especially those that have already been half-heartedly reported on. Curington could or should be able to easily fill in the gaps pertaining to these associations.

In his favor is the fact that the best witnesses haven’t read the vast published record on the assassination and aren’t aware of the significance of what they know.  For starters, Joe Rossi said that he was looking for Jack Ruby on the afternoon of November 20, two days before the assassination, and tracked him down at Hunt’s office, while another report had Ruby at Hunt’s Mt. Vernon home on Saturday afternoon, the day after the assassination.

The Warren Report says that on the morning before the assassination Jack Ruby drove a young college graduate, Connie Trammell, to Hunt’s office in the Mercantile Bank building, where she had a job interview with Hunt’s son Lamar while Ruby got a money order to pay his Carousel Club rent at the bank. Trammell, in an anniversary newspaper article, is quoted extensively, and she says that meeting took place on the day of the assassination, not the day before. But her job application clearly says it is the 21st, so dates and times do get a little muddy fifty years after they occur.

On the morning of the assassination, while Jim Braden visited the Dallas Parole Office, and was then taken into custody as a suspicious person at the scene of the assassination in the Dal-Tex building, his two associates, who shared a room with Braden at the Cabana Hotel, visited Hunt to discuss oil business, and were probably with Hunt at the time of the assassination. They then suddenly split town, leaving Braden behind.

Curington says he was with Hunt when the motorcade passed their seventh floor window and John Connally looked up and waved to them.  But he does not discuss how Hunt or one of his sons paid for the full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News calling JFK a Traitor.

After the assassination, Hunt had one of his top aides, Paul Rothermel, investigate the assassination, and he reportedly compiled a large file that is not in the public domain, and he is quoted in a number of books. Rothermel told Dick Russell that Hunt had him buy one of the first copies of the Zapruder film, and he claimed he did.

While Curington mentions Rothermel as one of Hunt’s top guys, there is no mention of Ruby’s girl Connie Trammell, Jim Braden and his pals, the Hunt payment of the full-page ad, or what became of Hunt’s files on the assassination, as compiled by Rothermel. Then Rose Cheramie was found dead in the middle of the road in front of Rothermel’s property near Big Sandy, Texas. None of these important issues are mentioned or dealt with by Curington.

Curington does make some important revelations, including the origin of the “Dear Mr. Hunt” letter and the close association Hunt had with General Walker. Curington says that Hunt furnished Walker with background for his speeches, and he sometimes accompanied Hunt to Walker’s home, where someone took a shot at Walker on April 10, 1963. According to Curington, Walker told him and Hunt that Oswald was a suspect in the shooting BEFORE the assassination. “Clearly, the police and possibly even the FBI had Oswald on the radar, at least for that shooting,” says Curington. And if that’s true, it radically alters the official version of events.

Just as significant is Curington’s allegation that the “Dear Mr. Hunt” letter was found in the Hunt company files and therefore was not a Soviet disinformation ploy to implicate E. Howard Hunt in the assassination, as Soviet KGB archivist Valary Mitrokin told the British MI5.  As Curington puts it: “Let me say again that I’m not interested in addressing all of the conspiracy theories surrounding the JFK assassination that involved – or clear – H. L. Hunt. But there has been a lot of discussion and speculation over the years about a letter that Lee Harvey Oswald supposedly wrote to Mr. Hunt, and because that theoretically involves him directly, I thought that I would mention it.

A letter surfaced during the investigation into the Kennedy assassination that simply read: ‘Nov. 8, 1963 Dear Mr. Hunt, I would like information concerdning [sic] my position. I am asking only for information. I am suggesting that we discuss the matter fully before any steps are taken by me or anyone else. Thank You, Lee Harvey Oswald.’ The letter showed up in our interoffice mail system after the assassination, and that in and of itself wasn’t peculiar….and since it did, in fact, involve Mr. Hunt, and did in fact, suggest a meeting with Oswald, we elected to turn it over to the FBI and never saw it again. In private Mr. Hunt did raise the question as to whether Lee Harvey Oswald could be a Life-Line listener, something that I think might have been a concern for him.”

While the Soviet leaders privately concluded that President Kennedy was killed by a domestic security network, a conspiracy that involved rich American oil men like Hunt, KGB archivist and defector to the British Valary Mitrokin said that the KGB manufactured the “Dear Mr. Hunt” letter to implicate Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt. If Curington is correct, and the letter, as the HSCA handwriting experts agreed, was written by the historic Lee Harvey Oswald, then the Mitrokin allegation is false, as the letter concerns H. L. Hunt the oilman and not the CIA officer.

Curington also says that Hunt sent him to the Dallas jail on Saturday to check out the security surrounding Oswald, and after sharing an elevator ride with Oswald and his captors, Curington reported back to Hunt that security was extremely lax. Curington also thinks Hunt’s association with Dallas mob boss Joe Civello had something to do with Ruby shooting Oswald.

While Curington does give a lot of ink to Hunt’s Life -Line radio program, that was broadcast nationwide
and mercilessly attacked JFK – calling his supporters “the mistaken,” he fails to mention that Warren Carroll was the major producer of Life-Line. And it just so happens that Warren Carroll is a former CIA propaganda specialist who wrote the “On Heroism” program that was printed out in a leaflet found on the front seat of Ruby’s car after he shot Oswald. Did Hunt and Carroll’s propaganda influence Ruby?

Another tidbit Curington provides, not knowing its significance, is that Hunt had a Life-Line booth set up at the Texas State Fairgrounds, a hotbed of conspiracy antics, as that’s where Ruby’s friends ran a tent show film “How Hollywood Makes Movies,” that he got his Chicago friend Larry Meyers to invest in. It’s also where Ruby recruited roustabout and former Army sniper Larry Crafard and stripper Joyce McDonald. The Fairgrounds is also where the Dallas Police Department’s Special Services Unit kept their branch office, so their undercover informants didn’t have to report to City Hall. It’s also the location of Jack Crichton’s underground Emergency Communications center, and home of Crichton’s special US Army Intelligence unit. Was Hunt’s Life-Line booth set up in proximity to any of these other shenanigans going on nearby?

In any case, while Curington is convincing in establishing his role as one of Hunt’s top guys, he doesn’t address all of the key issues of the assassination that involve Hunt, information that he should be able to provide. Perhaps he is unaware of these issues, or he wasn’t asked the right questions, something that can and should be rectified.

In his favor, Curington does establish two important facts that could be further explored. For one, he explains how Hunt gave his two sons two professional football teams – The Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Texans – which he owned (with Clint Murchison). Since both teams couldn’t survive in Dallas, one had to go. Hunt had Curington check it out and tell him what the best location would be for the second team.  Curington says he looked at a map of all of the professional football teams, found that Kansas City was the top media market without a team, and that’s where the Texans became the Chiefs. The deal was sealed by a coin toss, resulting in Lamar’s team going to Kansas.

It turns out that the lawyer for Hunt’s partner with the Cowboys, Clint Murcheson, had an office (Henry Baer-Wynne, McKenzie, Jaffe, Tinsley) in the Southland Building, and that same attorney was chosen by Robert Oswald to represent him and Marina when they appeared before the Warren Commission.

That may have something to do with Curington’s confirmation that a few days after the assassination Marina Oswald was delivered to Hunt’s office in a black limo with US government tags. According to Curington, Hunt had the building entirely cleared of his employees before she arrived, and she only stayed for some twenty minutes, but there was no doubt it was her.

Perhaps it had something to do with their mutual lawyer – whose office just happened to be in the same building where Oswald visited for a job interview with deMohrenshcildt’s friend, Sam Ballen, as well as the lobby where Oswald met with Antonio Veciana and David A. Phillips.

In any case, Curington has established his bona fides as a Hunt Oil insider, and he is one of the few “last witnesses standing,” but he doesn’t address some of the major issues of the JFK case involving Hunt that can and should be answered, even at this late date.  Maybe he can still answer some of them if he is asked the right questions, and can come up with more documentation, perhaps as a witness at CAPA’s event in Dallas in November?

William Kelly /
August, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Why All Witnesses are Conspiracy Witnesses

Why All Witnesses Are Conspiracy Witnesses

Some of those who defend the Warren Commission’s conclusion that one man alone was responsible for the murder of President Kennedy, like Professors John McAdams and Ken Rahn, try to divide assassination witnesses into two categories – conspiracy witnesses and non-conspiracy witnesses, when actually all witnesses are conspiracy witnesses.

Because the official version of events can be proven to be wrong, and the assassination actually only happened one way, one of the conspiracy theories must be right, and include all of the known facts.
Roger Craig, Beverly Oliver, and others are always branded “conspiracy” witnesses and their veracity is tarnished, but as examples I will give you a number of so called “non-conspiracy” witnesses, and show how they actually support the conspiracy contention.

Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) superintendent Roy Truly, Dallas motorcycle policeman Marion Baker, Brenner, Eunis and Secret Service agent Clint Hill are often cited as “non-conspiracy” witnesses, when in fact their statements and testimony clearly indicate that one man alone was not responsible for the assassination.

While there are some who dispute the second floor lunchroom encounter, this is based on what those who were there have testified to, what the Warren Commission itself says occurred. 

Immediately after the assassination Truly and Baker ran into the TSBD front door, proceeded to the back of he building and ascended the steps to the second floor. Truly, ahead of Baker, made a sharp left turn at the top of the second floor landing and proceeded to the steps to the third floor while Baker stopped cold in his tracks, drew his pistol and moved towards the second floor lunchroom door where he had seen the head of Lee Harvey Oswald through a two by two foot square window in the door. Opening the door and stopping Oswald from walking away from him, they were joined by Truly, who told Baker Oswald was an employee and gave him a pass, ninety seconds after the last shot was fired.

Baker later testified, at the London Mock Trial, that he saw Oswald  through the window of the closed door, as the door had to be closed for him to see through it.  

If Oswald was the sixth floor sniper he would have had to re-arrange the boxes by the window, dispose of the rifle and descend four flights of stairs in order to be seen by Baker in the second floor lunchroom a minute and a half after the last shots were fired.

But Oswald could not have been the sixth floor sniper if he didn’t descend those steps and go through that door, as the evidence and witnesses testimony clearly indicates.

Oswald didn’t go through that door, but entered the lunchroom through the secretary’s office, the same way he left with a coke in his hand, because if he had Roy Truly, who was a few seconds ahead of Baker, would have seen him, and he didn’t.

While those Warren Commission apologists like the late Gary Mack and Dave Perry often try to “prove” Oswald could have committed the crime, dispose of the rife and descend the steps in less than ninety seconds, they ignore the more pertinent facts, like Truly would have seen him if he had gone through that door just before Baker saw him, and he didn’t, and four people on the steps and landings would have seen him descend the steps, and didn’t.

Baker and Truly, who worked for TSBD owner D. H. Byrd, are often presented as “non-conspiracy” witnesses when their testimony actually exonerate Oswald as being the sixth floor gunman. And after giving Oswald a bye less than two minutes after the shootings, Truly suspiciously called attention to Oswald by placing him on the top of a list of missing employees shortly thereafter, when he gave the list to Police Captain George Lumpkin, who gave only Oswald’s name to homicide Captain Fritz as he was examining the recently found rifle on the sixth floor. As Lumpkin, a US Army Reserve intelligence officer, drove the pilot car in the motorcade, responsible for observing any possible trouble, and pulled to the side of the road at Houston and Elm to tell the traffic policeman there  - and the sixth floor sniper fifty feet above him, that the motorcade was only minutes away.

It is not Oswald who we should be suspicious of, but Roy Truly, his boss D. H. Byrd, and Captain Lumpkin.
Then there’s Howard Brennan, the hard had worker who was one of only two witnesses to actually see the sixth floor sniper fire the rifle, though he said the sniper was standing when he had to be kneeling as he fired. Brennan also told the police that he would recognize the shooter if he ever saw him again, and then failed to notice Oswald as he left the building and passed him as he stood at the bottom of the steps, leaning against a parked police car, when he did notice the black guys who were in the fifth floor window, and pointed them out to the police.

The only other witness who actually saw a man in the window shoot a gun was Amos Eunis, whose short but telling Warren Commission testimony revealed the fact that the man Eunis saw had a very distinguishing “bald spot” on the top of his head that he saw as the man aimed the rifle and fired. That bald spot, to forensic investigators, is like a tattoo, and one not shared by Oswald.

Both Brennan and Eunis described the shooter as wearing light clothes and a white shirt, when Oswald wore brown.

So the two most prominent “non-conspiracy” witnesses in the TSBD, and the only two actual witnesses to a man shooting a rifle, all provide clear and convincing evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of being the lone assassin, was not the sixth floor sniper, did not descend the steps, did not go through the door that Baker saw him behind, and did not kill the President, alone or otherwise.

Another “non-conspiracy” witness – Secret Service Clint Hill, said that he observed the President being shot in the head, and he observed a large – grapefruit sized wound in the back of the President’s head three times – in the car, as he helped remove the president from the car, and after the autopsy. Such a large, softball sized hole in the back of the head was not an entrance wound but clearly a large, blown out exit wound, a wound that could not have been inflicted by a gunman on the sixth floor of the TSBD.

And one of the most cited "non-conspiracy" witnesses, Oswald's brother Robert, is often said to believe his brother killed the president, as it is noted in the trailer at the end of the movie Parkland, Robert wrote a book "Lee" in which the former USMC marksman clearly states that "If Lee did not practice with that rifle in the days and weeks before the assassination he DID NOT take the shots that killed the president and wounded Governor Connally." And Robert wondered why the Warren Commission concluded the rifle was kept in a blanket in the Paine garage until the day of the murder and did not accept the witnesses who said Oswald practiced with the rifle - (because the real Oswald was elsewhere). 

While these critical witnesses – Truly, Baker, Brennan, Enus, Hill and Robert Oswald have all been described and classified as “non-conspiracy” witnesses, their statements and testimony provides clear and convincing evidence that one man alone was not responsible for the assassination, especially if that person is Lee Harvey Oswald. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

CAPA's Last Living Witnesses - The New Saeculum


Old Red Court House - Dallas - 
Site of CAPA Symposium Thursday November 15, 2018 

Shortly after the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) disbanded and locked their records away for fifty years, sometime in the late 1970s, I visited the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in downtown Washington D.C. where I met Mr. Marion Johnson, then responsible for the JFK assassination records that were kept there.

While I was still in my 20s, I had corresponded with Mr. Johnson, requesting records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and he had graciously responded.

But Congress exempted itself from the FOIA, so the HSCA records were out of bounds.

I asked Mr. Johnson why the law stipulated that the Congressional records be kept sealed for 50 years? Why not thirty-five years or seventy-five years?

And he said it was because fifty years was the estimated amount of time it was expected that those mentioned in the documents would be dead.

I said that it was important to talk to those mentioned in the records to verify the truth, and after they were dead, that would be impossible.

How can the law be changed and the records released? I asked.

And Mr. Johnson responded that the only way to do that would be to have Congress pass a new law.

Well that was a tall order, but it inspired me and my friend, college mate and research associate John Judge, to form the Committee for an Open Archives (COA) to lobby Congress to release the HSCA records.

We visited the offices of almost every Congressman and failed to get any response at all, until Oliver Stone made his movie “JFK.”

Stone learned of our efforts and before his movie was complete, invited John and myself to visit him in his DC hotel room one afternoon, and asked us what he could do to help us, other than give us money, as all his money was tied up in the film production.

We had been working closely with other researchers - including Kevin Walsh, Jim Lesar and John Newman at the National Archives and on Capitol Hill and over lunch in the Senate cafeteria one afternoon we had discussed the movie “Executive Action,” also about the assassination of JFK. At the end of that movie in a trailer they mention the mysterious deaths of witnesses, and the London Sunday Times actuary that said the number of deaths exceeded that of probability. 

The HSCA assigned investigator Patricia Orr to review that actuary and she concluded it was wrong, based on bad numbers, but when a Congressman asked her about the unsolved homicides of  Sam Giancana, John Rosselli and the strange deaths of George deMohrenschildt and former FBI official William Sullivan, all of whom died after they were called to testify before the committee, she replied that they were the subjects of a more detailed and intensive investigation. Now that we have the HSCA records, where are the records of those more detailed and intensive investigations? Nowhere to be read, even after Congress was persuaded to release those records. 

Getting a totally disinterested Congress to pass a law to release the assassination records appeared to be an unobtainable task, but we all agreed that if Oliver Stone mentioned the sealed HSCA assassination records at the end of his film it could awake public interest, and Stone agreed. And against all odds, it worked. 

That trailer at the end of his film called attention to the sealed JFK assassination records and stirred up a public reaction that had thousands of citizens ask their representatives in Congress what they were hiding, and forced Congress to react.

But instead of just releasing the HSCA records that we asked for, those lawyers who drafted the JFK Act of 1992 required ALL agencies of government to turn over ALL of their records on the JFK assassination for inclusion in the JFK Records Collection at NARA and to be released in full to the public by October 2017.

Unfortunately that requirement did not include the HSCA records on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., a loophole that had Oliver Stone ask the Congressmen, when he testified at a public hearing, “Do I have to make a movie about the MLK assassination for you to release them too?”

Well, October 2017 has come and gone, and many thousands of JFK assassination records are still being withheld because President George H.W. Bush, when he signed the act into law, added a stipulation that the President – and only the President, could order the continued withholding of records for reasons of national security. And after announcing repeatedly that he was going to release all of the records according to the law, President Trump agreed to delay the full release of the records for three years, at the urging of the FBI, CIA and his chief of staff, former General John Kelly (USMC).

Before the JFK Act of 1992 was unanimously passed by Congress (when have they ever done anything unanimously?), the Committee for an Open Archives joined with Jim Lesar’s Assassinations Archives and Research Center (AARC) and Jim DiEugenio’s CTKA – Citizens for Truth in the Kennedy Assassination, to form COPA – the Coalition On Political Assassinations, which became the principal watchdog over the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), and is mentioned in their final report.

Although COPA, after twenty years of service, was dissolved after the death of John Judge, its last director, former COPA members formed a new group – CAPA – Citizens Against Political Assassinations, which is a national organization of individuals, with the distinguished forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht serving as chairman.

So far we have held a 2017 Sunshine Week Press Conference at the National Press Club (NPC) in Washington D.C. that featured former ARRB chairman Federal Judge John Tunheim, as well as Jim Lesar of the AARC, professor John Newman and journalist Jefferson Morley.

CAPA also co-sponsored a Mock Trial that reviewed the evidence against Lee Harvey Oswald at the South Texas College of Law in Houston in November 2017, a preliminary step in the legal maneuvers being prepared by the CAPA Legal Committee.

Now CAPA is preparing to hold an all day symposium on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Old Red Court House at Dealey Plaza that will present the testimony of living witnesses in the assassination, including doctors, nurses and technicians from Parkland Hospital and Bethesda, as well as witnesses to the assassination, the murder of J.D. Tippit, the arrest of Oswald and other significant witnesses to the related events at Mexico City and JMWAVE.

CAPA also has plans to request a Texas Court of Inquiry that could exonerate Oswald for the murder of the President and Tippit, and conduct an investigative federal grand jury into the assassination and related unsolved cold case homicides and crimes related to the assassination, including destruction of evidence and records and obstruction of justice. 

CAPA is also lobbying Congress to hold public hearings on the JFK Act to determine what became of the missing and destroyed records and the legality of continued withholding of records that were required to be released last year by an act of Congress.

We are also continually monitoring the release of JFK assassination records and searching for the missing records that are known to exist but are not part of the JFK Collection at the NARA, including the original unedited Air Force One radio transmission tapes, the HSCA records of the first chairman of the HSCA Richard Sprague, and other similar records that have simply gone missing.

We are also planning on the establishment of a permanent Washington D.C. based research center, a Think Tank focused strictly on the study of political assassinations, an archive of books and records that will be open to the public and include bunk facilities for visiting researchers and a studio apartment for rotating writers in residence, as envisioned by former AARC director Bernard Festerwald, Jim Lesar, John Judge and others.

In working towards these goals, our next project is the Last Living Witness program in Dallas on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

The assassination of President Kennedy is quickly fading from a Current Event, subject to legal proceedings, to an historical event that we can only reflect on. 

                                          THE NEW SAECULUM 1963 - 2018

As CAPA attorney and co-chair of the CAPA Legal Committee Larry Schnapf, Esq. has said: "A saeculum is a length of time first used by the Etruscans. Originally it meant the period of time from the moment that something happened until the point in time that all the people who had lived at the first moment had died. At that point a new saeculum would start."

"With witnesses and others who lived through the assassination starting to pass with advancing age, we are entering the final phase of the JFK Assassination saeculum. When it ends, so too likely will be the passion to find the truth as the assassination will be relegated to a mere historic event subject to interpretation by historians who as members of the establishment will tend not to question the Warren Commission Report.."

"The CAPA Last Witnesses to the JFK Assassination Saeculum program to be held on November 15th in Dallas is vitally important to pass on the torch to the next generation."

Although the statistics that indicate most of those mentioned in the secret and sealed records would be dead in fifty years, and it has been nearly fifty-five years since the murder of President Kennedy, it is remarkable that so many significant witnesses are still alive.

We have compiled a list of many dozens of such witnesses, some of whom have agreed to attend our symposium in Dallas this November, and we are seeking more.

To support CAPA and our work on these projects and programs please join CAPA ($50 a year dues), volunteer to work with us on one of our committees (PR, Legal, Research) or donate what you can as we now have tax-deductible status.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Did the General Take a Nap?

DID THE GENERAL TAKE A NAP - After Being Informed of the President's Death?

The question of whether General Maxwell Taylor took a nap after being informed of President Kennedy's assassination is reminiscent of Gay Talese's Esquire article "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold."

The idea that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff took a nap appears insignificant, - it's the ramifications that are important, or at least revealing.

General Maxwell Taylor is a major player in the drama - number one in the Great Game Program, and I found it extremely interesting, intriguing - telling, that at the time of the assassination the Joint Chiefs of Staff were meeting at the Pentagon with the West German General Staff.

I wrote: "At the time of the assassination Taylor and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were meeting with the West German General Staff who later reported that they were incredulous at Taylor's response to the assassination - he took a nap."

I had previously reported: "The visiting German generals were a bit perplexed by the reactions of the American chiefs of staff to the news of the assassination. General Maxwell Taylor retired to his office to take a nap, while the others continued the meeting as if nothing had happened."

As this point has become an issue at Jefferson Morley's web site, and was labeled "misleading" by someone who read a book that suggested Taylor responded to the assassination by raising the level of alert, ordered the security of the Kennedy family and prepared for the autopsy, my research reflects otherwise, Taylor did indeed take a nap.

One of Morley's readers - Peter, read a book "Our Vietnam - The War 1954 - 1975" by A. J. Languth in which he says: "Before John Kennedy recalled him to active duty, Taylor had been hired to oversee construction of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan. During that civilian interlude he had taken to napping every day after lunch. When he returned to the Pentagon, Taylor ordered his staff never to disturb him when his door was closed. He had barely stretched out on his sofa when a general disobeyed him and called from the military command center to say the President was dying. Taylor summoned the chiefs to his office to discusss whether this was part of a plot to overthrow the U. S. government. Orders went to the nine ranking commanders around the world to rase their level of readiness."

Another Morley reader responded with a link to a letter General Goodpaster wrote in response to a request for information on the response to the assassination by Mrs. Jodie Elliot and Laura Hansen, who wrote the book November 22, 1963 Ordinary and Extraordinary People Recall Their Reactions When They Heard the News – Gen.  A. J. Goodpaster wrote:

"Dear Mrs. Hansen:….On the personal side, I was then Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was preparing to attend a meeting with a German delegation headed by General Foertsch, the head of their armed forces. During or just after the lunch hour, before the meeting started, we heard an initial report that the President had been shot, that the injury was serious, but that his condition was not known.  As I recall General Maxwell Taylor, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a close friend of the President, received a call from the President’s brother, just before we went into the meeting. While the meeting was in session, word was brought in that the President had died. General Taylor announced this to the group; there was a moment of silence, followed by expressions of sympathy and condolence from the German visitors, and the meeting was brought to a close. Within the Joint Chiefs of Staff organization, we made an immediate check to determine whether the Vice President was safe, and whether there had been attacks against any other high figures in the government.  Also, we quickly transmitted information to commands all around the world of the events that had occurred….."

Just as Colonel Dorman served as General LeMay's adjunct, and Colonel Higgins was General Krulak's assistant, General Goodpaster was Taylor's main man, and he certainly would not disparage his boss by relating what he actually did, - take a nap, as the German General Staff factually reported.

My source isn't a book but an official history of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that reflects the perplexed perspectives of the visiting German generals.

That the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff would take a nap is not something I would make up, and I'm quite confident it is true and not misleading, but what does it mean?

It's not conspiratorial, it's almost incidental, certainly lackadaisical, and clearly reflects the fact that whatever you believe happened in Dallas that day, General Taylor wasn't pulling the strings, or even monitoring the situation.

That Taylor would take a nap at such a critical juncture is the kind of paradoxical lead that Columbo would find intriguing, a loose end and strand of networking thread that if you pull, the whole net comes unraveled.

First off you have to know a little bit about the Joint Chiefs as well as their visiting dignitaries - the West German General Staff.

The Joint Chiefs is composed of the chiefs of staff of each of the branches of the military, - the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, and they are led by a chairman, that makes it a small club, more like a poker game.

They were one short however, because Air Force Chief of Staff General Curtis LeMay was on vacation, ostensibly fishing on a lake in Michigan with his family, and his place at the table was probably filled by his aide Colonel Dorman.

We know this because we can hear Colonel Dorman on the Clifton version of the Air Force One radio transmission tapes. Dorman has an important message he is trying to get to General LeMay, who Dorman says was then on a jet plane flying to DC from Canada.

While some say LeMay was hunkered down in a Command and Control bunker at Sir William Stephenson's "Camp X" in Canada, his family says he was fishing in Michigan and the Canadian air field was the closest to their remote cabin on the lake.

LeMay too is a major player. On September 25, one month earlier, LeMay was acting Chairman when General Taylor was in Vietnam on a special mission for the President. At the September 25th meeting, notes prepared by General Krulak's adjunct Colonel Higgens reflect the fact that they were briefed by CIA officer Desmond FitzGerald on covert intelligence operations being conducted against Cuba.

Although not present, Krulak was reponsible for any military assistance the CIA needed in these operations, so Higgins was there.

The big difference between LeMay and Taylor is their loyalty to the President. LeMay loathed Kennedy for his betrayal of the Cubans at the Bay of Pigs and for discarding the Joint Chief's advice to attack the Soviet missiles in Cuba and negotiating a peaceful resolution instead.

Taylor was a Kennedy loyalist who wrote a book on the changing nature of conflicts, and the need for the military to prepare for a number of small wars simultaniously rather than a major World War III, that would include nuclear combat, an unthinkable strategy.

Kennedy read and liked Taylor's book and after the Joint Chiefs of Staff let him down during the Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK recalled Taylor out of retirement to serve as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and against the traditional rise of the chiefs out of their own ranks.

After not being consulted before the Bay of Pigs, and having their unanamous advice ignored during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and being led by an egotistical Kennedy loyalist like Taylor, there was what they called a "Seven Days in May" atmosphere of tension at the Pentgon.

Based on a novel by Charles W. Bailey and Fletcher Nebel, "Seven Days in May" is a fictional account of a military coup against a liberal president, a book that JFK also read. JFK liked it enough to allow director John Frankenheimer (Birdman of Alcatraz, Manchurian Candidate, Grand Prix) to film scenes at the White House, when he wasn't there, as well as the Pentagon, much to the chagrin of the generals.

With a riviting screen play by Rod Serling ("Twilight Zone") it stars Burt Lancaster as a very convincing General Walker type of commander who tries to engineer a coup, but is thwarted by his suspicious adjunct, a Marine Colonel played by Kurt Douglas.

Out of the coup loop the Marine Colonel becomes suspicious when a singalman tells him about a mutual bet among the Joint Chiefs on the Preakness horse race, and the
singalman is then suddenly transferred to Hawaii.

The colonel tells the President that he thinks the bet is a ruse, a code for a coup.

When JFK was asked if such a military coup was really possible in the United States he said yes, if there was an incident like the Bay of Pigs, and then there was another similar incident like the Cuban Missile Crisis, a third such incident could spark a military coup. "But it won't happen on my watch," he added.

And some believe that the not-so-secret backchannel negotiations between JFK and Castro was the straw that broke the camel's back.

While there are a number of interesting parallels between the fictional "Seven Days in May" and the real life circumstances of the assassination of President Kennedy, as it played out, a few are worthy of mentioning.

Like the singleman with loose lips who was transferred out of the loop in "Seven Days in May," there's the case of Colonel Fletcher Prouty, whose Pentagon office was just down the hall from the Joint Chiefs and adjacent to General Krulak. Prouty, the fictional "Mr. X" in Oliver Stone's "JFK,"  was sent on a mission to Antaritica on what he later came to believe was a diversionay tactic to keep him out of the coup loop.

As with the Joint Chiefs betting on the Preakness as a code for the coup, the CIA's Desmond FitzGerald, who briefed the Joint Chiefs and ran the CIA's covert operations against Cuba, made a $50 bet on the life of Castro that was actually entered into his official record.

At that September 25 meeting FitzGerald told the Joint Chiefs that the CIA had undertaken a "detailed study" of the July 20, 1944 German military plot to kill Hitler that they were going use against Castro.

If that was the case they could have asked for details of that plot from Allen Dulles, his OSS associate Mary Bancroft and their co-conspirator Hans Bernd Gisivious, along with a few of the generals at the Pentagon on November 22, 1963, two of whom were directly involved in the plot and of the few who survived.

And it was those former Nazi German generals who were perplexed that General Taylor's response to the assassination was to take a nap, which is evidence that he too was out of the coup loop, and not pulling the strings of the Dealey Plaza operation.

At the time of the assassination Desmond FitzGerald was having lunch at an exclusive Georgetown club with his assistant who later said that Fitzgerald, as they left, reflected aloud, wondering if his Cubans were involved in the assassination.

Now, we too should be wondering if Desmond FitzGerald's Cubans were invovled in the assassination, and if so, what can be done about it.

I'll wager a bet of my own that they were, and there's nothing we can do.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Someone Talked - Gene Wheaton Reconsidered


It is often said by Warren Commission apologists that if there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy, since no one can keep a secret, someone would have talked.. 

Well someone did talk, but nobody paid much attention.

As Larry Hancock clearly points out in his book "Someone Would Have Talked" (JFK Lancer), John Martino talked, John Roselli talked, David Atlee Phillips talked, Antonio Veciana talked, Bradley Ayers talked, and now, most significantly, Gene Wheaton talked.

While each of the others deserve - in James Jesus Angleton's terminology, a serial of their own, I am currently concentrating on what former investigator Gene Wheaton tells us, even though it comes under the category of hearsay. While hearsay may not be admissible in court at a trial, it is admissible in grand jury hearings, and often leads to more substantive evidence, as Wheaton's story does.

In evaluating Wheaton, I use the CIA's case study that evaluates sources and defectors by considering how much new, significant and verifiable information they provide, especially new names, places and events that are not on the record or in the files. In that regard, Wheaton comes up in spades.

Wheaton first came to my attention in Larry Hancock's book  "Someone Would Have Talked," which I wrote about in my JFKCountercoup blog at the time. I quoted Wheaton extensively, but I failed to follow up on the many leads he provided, something I am trying to do now.

To establish Wheaton's bonfires right off the bat we will begin with excerpts from his obituary:

Funeral Home Memorial Page for:

Milton Gene Wheaton

May 19, 1935 - December 31, 2015 

Milton gene Wheaton passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2015 at the age of 80 at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs after suffering from a traumatic head injury due to a fall at his home in Hemet.

He was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma in a Post Office on an Indian reservation. His parents were Bert and Ruth Wheaton.....

He spent a brilliant career in the military as a criminal investigator, ending his career at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3.

An example of his many accomplishments was when he was awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit from President Nixon for his exceptionally meritorious conduct in his performance as the Narcotics and Smuggling advisor of the U.S. Military Mission with the Imperial Iranian Grandarmerie from May 1971 through July 1973.

He retired from the military on June 30, 1975. After that he spent many years as a private investigator consultant. Then retired and spent the remaining years in Winchester and Hemet, California......

END OBIT Excerpts

Wheaton first came into the public arena when he was mentioned in a footnote to a legal civil suit prepared by attorney Dan Sheen for the Christic Institute against those principles involved in what would become known as the Iran-Contra affair.

Wheaton was an early whistle blower who first took his inside knowledge of the affair to then CIA director William Casey, who did nothing because he was behind it.

Wheaton realized Casey was in on it and when asked why he blew the whistle on them, Wheaton said that Casey and those involved were taking millions of dollars from a foreign terrorist state (Iran) in exchange for US military supplies (missiles) and using the money to finance secret covert operations without the approval of Congress.

While Sheenan's case was dismissed by the judge,  Sheehan was ordered to pay the defendants $900,000 that put the Christic Institute out of business. 

The judge said the charges were based on "frivolous" hearsay, and just how frivolous it was became sensational a few months later when a CIA Contra support plane was shot down and baggage kicker Eugene Hassenfraus was captured alive. Hassenfraus confessed the CIA was behind the operation and had phone numbers on his possession that linked him to ( "Shadow Warrior") Felix Rodriguez, who took pride in tracking down Che Guevera, executing him and taking his Rolex watch.

The Iran-Contra affair then played out on its own in public and behind the scenes, and Wheaton went quiet, for years. Then the JFK Act of 1992 was passed by Congress ordering all of the government records on the assassination of President Kennedy be made public in full by October 2017, something that still hasn't happened.

Wheaton wrote a letter to Judge John Tunheim, the chairman of the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB), establishing himself as a responsible person, and saying he knew of people and records that the Review Board would be interested in, and Tunheim responded favorably.

ARRB staff attorney Ann Buttermer had a telephone conversation with Wheaton, after which she wrote an outside contact report on the details. She then met Wheaton in Washington and got more details, as well as documents and records that Wheaton said supported his story.

According to Buttimer's ARRB outside contact report, Wheaton told her Cuban exiles who were originally trained by the CIA to kill Castro, killed Kennedy instead, considering him a traitor for his failure to support them at the Bay of Pigs. 

Wheaton said that "people above the Cubans wanted JFK killed for other reasons," and that "the matter is not complex, but convoluted."

While there is only the outside contact report of Buttermer's phone conversation with Wheaton, her report on their meeting in Washington is missing, and shortly after their meeting Buttermer suddenly resigned from her job with the Review Board and disappeared. Malcolm Blunt notes that unlike every other ARRB staff member, there is no separate file for Buttermer's papers, though some of her records are scattered among the ARRB files.

Wheaton then faxed the review board, but only received a generic form reply thanking him for contacting them.

Then things went quiet again, at least on the public front, for over a decade, except for English professor John Siskin, who started the JFK Assassination Debate on his Education Forum web site, and kept track of all of the important players, including Gene Wheaton.

Also during this time some determined researchers plowed through the millions of pages of documents at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archives II in College Park, Md., where the JFK Collection is kept. Among the records released under the JFK Act are the records of the ARRB, including Wheaton's letter to Judge Turnham, Ann But termer’s outside contact report on their phone conversation, and the items Wheaton gave Buttermer as supporting records to what he had to say.

If how many new, significant and verifiable names are the barrometor for bonfires, then Wheaton comes clean, as there are many, they are significant, and many have been verified.

Top of the list is Carl Jenkins, who Wheaton says was his close friend, housemate and business associate in National Airlines, one of many CIA front companies that I wrote about back in the 1980s.

[See: CIAir at the story of Ralph Cox and United Overseas Airlines].

As Hancock reported in his book, "Research confirms that beyond a doubt, Carl Jenkins was indeed a senior CIA officer who worked on paramilitary activities in support of the Bay of Pigs project and that by 1963-64 he was indeed directly involved with the AM/WORLD project, with Artime (AMBIDDY) and Quintero (AMJAVA4)."

In a September, 1963 memo Jenkins wrote how the anti-Castro Cuban commandos (he was training at JMWAVE) could, "use abductions and assassinations targeted against Cuban G-2 intelligence informants, agents, officer and foreign Communists to raise the morale of people inside Cuba."

Actually, they were planning, training and preparing to kill Castro; an operation that Wheaton and Jenkins said was redirected to JFK at Dallas.

One of the working hypotheses of this inquiry is that whoever pulled off the Deale Plaza Operation - they were very good, had done such things before and did it again afterwards, as the careers of Carl Jenkins and the Cubans he trained confirm.

Carl Jenkins was a United States Marine Corps (USMC) Captain in Japan, where he possibly crossed paths with Oswald. Wheaton suspects that is where Wheaton recruited Oswald, as they again crossed paths in the summer of 1963 in New Orleans, where Captain Jenkins established a new USMC Active Reserve unit, and became acquainted with mob boss Carlos Marcello.

Jenkins was known as a commando infiltration - exfiltraion specialist, working closely with the anti-Castro Cubans before the Bay of Pigs, and at JMWAVE afterwards. At JMWAVE he trained a team of Cubans who Wheaton named as Raphael "Chi Chi" Quintero, Nester Sanchez, Nestor Pino, Felix Rodriguez, Ricardo Morales, Tony Izquierdo, and others. While we were acquainted with some of these names, like Rodrriguez, others were new.

English professor John Simkin, who was in contact with a CIA media asset who knew Quintero, asked Quintero if Wheaton was correct in his allegations, and Quintero said Wheaton knew part of the story, and if the whole story got out it would be the biggest scandal ever.

Jenkins - and some of his team of Cubans, went on to work other operations - in 1964 Quintero was sent to Europe to meet Rolando Cubella (AMLASH), a significant player in the lead up to the assassination of the president.

They all worked for a time in the Congo, another key place of interest to those following the Dealey Plaza drama. And then Jenkins was sent to the Dominican Republic where the dictator Trujillo was assassinated. In response the CIA also sent David Atlee Phillips as the emergency Chief of Station while LBJ sent in the Marines, just to show the generals he would give them some action when JFK wouldn't.

Another name Wheaton gave out was I. Irving Davidson, who Wheaton described as a middleman, cut-out and fixer, whose clients included Clint Murchison of Dallas, Carlos Marcello of New Orleans and Rafael Trujillo, a client he lost. Oh, yea, Davidson's office mate was Jack Anderson, the muckraking Washington columnist who exposed the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro, a scoop he got from Roselli, probably because of the Davidson connection.

A year before Larry Hancock's book came out, in 2005, Wheaton was located and interviewed on videotape by Hancock and William M. Law, a short but concise tape that was premiered at the 2005 JFK Lancer conference in Dallas. But its significance was not immediately recognized. That tape sat on the shelf for another decade, and only this year (2018) was it posted on line for the world to see.

In it, Wheaton confirms all of the above, explains why he became an Iran-Contra whistle blower - "I'm a cop," and gives us more new names, including that of a Minnesota documentary film maker Matt Ehling, who recorded "hours and hours" of tapes in which he gives more details.

 Another new name is that of one of those CIA small arms and explosive experts who assisted Jenkins in training the Cuban commandos at JMWAVE.

As I listened to the tape I thought Wheaton says the CIA trainer is "Ira" Harper, and could not find anyone by that name, but after I reposted the Wheaton video interview online, a Facebook friend (Pat Dugan) said the name is "I.W." Harper.

And that hit paydirt as "I.W." Harper was, according to a Soldier of Fortune Magazine article, a CIA explosives expert, small arms specialist who also trained Contras in Nicaragua.

While I.W. Harper is the name of a Kentucky whiskey, it's Jewish founder said he named the brand after a horseman he knew, I. W. Harper. It is likely that "I.W." is a nickname applied to the legendary CIA small arms and explosives expert since its not his real name.

There's a photo of Harper in the SOF article, The Wild Bunch, a mission photo of the armed specialists who were then training Contra commandos to fight the leftist Sandinistas in the struggle for power after the fall of the Somoza regime.

Besides Jenkins, Quintero and the Cubans, Davidson and Harper, Gene Wheaton also coughed up the names of others who were in the loop - Bill Bode, Rob Owen, Vaughn Forest and others we have yet to get to.

More to come in Wheton Part 2.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Five Types of Agents


Those who think they know Lee Harvey Oswald as a deranged leftist killer of the President are also fond of saying that no secret government agency would ever use a person like Oswald, a misfit loner, are in error.

Those who say that Oswald killed President Kennedy on his own, without assistance, also say he was a wife-beating loser rather than the master assassin he had to be if he did what they say he did all by himself.

Those who say that have not read Ian Fleming's attributes of a good intelligence agent, David Atlee Phillip's book "Careers in Intelligence," or Allen Dulles' "Crafts of Intelligence."

Each of these veteran spymasters lays out the personality traits needed to be a good spy or espionage agent, and Oswald fits the bill on all counts, in fact he could be the archtypical prototype - possessing all of the necessary qualities and traits mentioned by Fleming, Phillips and Dulles.

I will provide links to both Fleming's attributes and Phillips' "Careers" ASAP, who dive deeper into the details, but want to focus on Dulles for starters.

At the very first meeting of the Warren Commission Commissioner Allen Dulles brought along a copy of a book "American Assassins" by the author of "PT 109," that portrayed American assassins as deranged loners, unlike their more political European counterparts.

Instead Dulles should have passed around copies of his own book, "The Crafts of Intelligence."

In the very beginning of "Crafts of Intelligence" - that some say was ghost written by E. Howard Hunt, and possibly read by Lee Harvey Oswald, Dulles calls attention to one of the oldest books known to the world - Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," specifically on the chapter on the use of secret agents.

Dulles explained that despite the advances in technology and the use of satellite and electronic surveillance, human intelligence (HUMINTEL) was still necessary to determine motives and intentions.

Sun Tzu said there are five types of agents or spys - and when they are all working together it is a network it is called "The Divine Skein" - a u  being a fisherman's net, and the result appearing to the uninitiated as a divine act of God.

The five types of agents -

1) Local - Native - who are inhabidents of the area or theater of operations, who know the local terrain and language and can move about freely.

2) Inside - the most valued of all agents and hardest to recruit as they are situated inside the opposition government, especially its intelligence and security agencies.

3) Doubled - agents are opposition agents who are turned, or defectors.

4) Living - agents are those who get behind the enemy lines and return with valuable information.

5) Expendable - agents are those who are compromised, lost, captured or killed after completing their mission.

In his short life of twenty-some years, Lee Harvey Oswald actually served as each of those types of agents - He was considered doubled when he defected, he became a local native speaking agent inside Russia for two years, became a living agent when he returned home and reported on the situation there, was an inside agent when he got the job at the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD), and was eventually an doomed expendable agent when he was captured and killed while in police custody.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Inside and Outside Men


When General Odom asked former CIA case officer Haveland Smith what makes a good case officer - Smith replied "The Sting!"

Refering to the Hollywood movie staring Robert Redford and Paul Newman that depicted the Big Con confidence games of the early 20th century.

The movie was based on a book The Big Con by Kentucky lingeuist professor David Maurer, whose book was required reading if you took a class in covert operations and psychological warfare taught by Paul Linebarger as described by Joseph Smith in his book. [Portrait of a Cold Warrior].

Maurer learned the secrets of the Big Con from the confidence men themselves while studying their unique slang used to communicate among themselves.

Of the two basic types of Big Con confidence game characters - there are the Outside Men - usually new to the Big Con, Grifters who have graduated through the underworld ranks of what they call Short Con Games - petty thieves, pickpockets, 3 card monti and carnival shell games, who work the streets, markets, bars, restaurants, card parlors and race tracks, looking for easy marks to play against the Big Store in a Big Con game.

Once a good mark is identified he is given the hook and lowdown and taken to the Big Store - which is set up like a betting palor, stock office or boxing ring, depending on the game in play, where he is introduced to the Inside Man, an experienced Big Con confidence man who knows the score.

When U.S. Army Ranger Bradley Ayers was assigned to train anti-Castro Cuban commandos at JMWAVE, he said, "I saw that they had missed no detail in setting up the false front of Zenith Technological Enterprises. There were phoney sales and production charts on the walls and business licenses from the state and federal governments. A notice to salesmen, pinned near the door, advised them of the calling hours for various departments. The crowning touch was a certificate of award from the United Care Givers' Fund to Zenith for outstanding particiipation in its annual fund drive."

There Ayers met the chief of station Ted Shackley and Ayers' immediate boss Gordon Campbell, the head of Maritime Operations, both Inside Men who worked behind a desk inside an office.

As Maurer described them, the Inside Men are "suave, slick, and capable...because of their high intelligence, solid organization, the wide-spread connivance of the law, and the fact that the victim must virtually admit criminal intentions himself if he wishes to relatively few good con men are ever brought to trial."

As Joe Smith quoted Maurer after reading The Big Con, "Big-time confidence games are in reality only carefully rehearsed plays in which every member of the cast EXCEPT THE MARK, knows his part perfectly. The Inside Man is the star of the cast; while the minor participants are competent actors and can learn their lines perfectly, they must look to the Inside Man for their cues; he must not only be a fine actor but a playwright extempore as well. And he must be able to retain the confidence of an intelligent man even after that man has been swindled at his hands."

While the similarities between the Big Store fake gambling palor of The Big Con of the Sting and the false front of the JMWAVE station are readily apparant, the use of the same slang in "Inside Men" and "Outside Men" also holds true.

Ayers himself, without knowledge of Maurer and his study of the language of the con-artists, refers to Gordon Campbell's assistant Karl as his "Outside Man," who delt personally with the Cubans who were also considered "Outside Men."

As Ayers put it: "Outside Agents were American or Cuban CIA employees who were not cleared for entry into the unvercover headquarters. These employees were either too 'hot' because of exposure to exiles or did not have proper clearance. Contact with these persons was always made clandestinely on the outside, using indivually assigned operational cover, in my case, the Paragon Air Service cover."

In some cases - as with Desmond FitzGerald, clearly a swave and sophisticated Inside Man, he rarely  but occassionally met with Outside Men operators in person - but did, as with his meeting with Rolando Cubella (AMLASH). 

And David Atlee Phillips, who went from a very successful Outside Man - case officer and was promoted to an Inside Man - Chief of Cuban Ops. In his book Nightwatch, Phillips recalls the incident when Plan Centaur documents - regarding a plan to kill Castro in Chile, were given to an foreign embassy and the press. The resulting flap, said Phillips, had his superior repremand him, reminding him that he was no longer an "Outside Man" operating on the street, but an "Inside Man," runing operations from behind a desk.

Every agent or operative has a case officer - an Outside Man who works directly with the Cubans, and acts as a "cut out" in intelligence terms, or "buffer" in mob talk, to ensure the Inside Men are not exposed.


Allen Dulles - Director of the CIA

Richard Bissell - Head of CIA Plans/Operations for U2 and Bay of Pigs

Cord Meyer, Jr. - Head of CIA International Organizations Division

Ted Shackley - Chief of JMWAVE

Gordon Campbell - Head of Maritime Operations (until his death in 1962?)

Desmond FitzGerald - Head of CIA Cuban Operations - Chief of Western Hemisphere Division (1964)

David Atlee Phillips - Head of Cuban Operations - later Chief of Westen Hemisphere Division.


Captain Bradely Ayers, USA Ranger

Captain Edward Roderick, USA Ranger - trained Cubans at Point Mary, Key Largo

John "H. I." Harper - CIA explosives expert and small arms trainer of Cubans

William Attwood - JFK's personal representative in the backchannel talks with Cubans at the UN underway at the time of the assassination.

"Karl" (LNU) - Shackley and Gordon Campbell's Outside Man at JMWAVE

Col. Sam Kail - US Military Attache US Embassy Havana.

Dorithie Matlack - ACSI Outside Contacts person, met with deMohrenschildt


For lists of Generals, Colonels, Majors and Captains see Playbook, Program, Players at: