Saturday, July 11, 2015

Bill's Best Books on the JFK Assassination

Bills Best Books – on the JFK Assassination

Bill Kelly's Best Books on the Assassination of President Kennedy

The best book on the JFK Assassination has yet to be written – the one that solves the crime to a legal and moral certainty.

In the meantime we have hundreds of books that stand out from the estimated over two thousand books that have been published on the subject of the president's assassination, of which I have selected a dozen or so for each of three categories – the official version of events and mainstream interpretations, critical conspiracy theories, which comprise most of the books familiar to anyone who has an interest in the topic.

There's no particular order, though I would like to see an complete bibliography - the closest I've come across was the House Select Committee's duel bibliographies - one chronologically from the date of publication and the other by author, but that only goes up to 1978, and someone with time on their hands should update those lists to make them worthwhile to researchers. 

A – Official Version
  1. – Warren Report
  2. - Inquest by Edward J. Epstein
  3. - Phil Shennon's A Cruel and Shocking Act 
  4. - Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi
  5. - Lee – by Robert Oswald
  6. - Lee and Marina – Priscilla Johnson McMillan
  7. - Real Answers – Gary Cornwell
  8. - Oswald's Politics – By Gary W. O'Brien
  9. - First Day Evidence - Chief Curry 
  10. - Oswald's Game - Jean Davison  
  11. - Mrs. Paine's Garage - Thomas Mallon 
  12. - Gerald Posner's Case Closed
  13. - Carlos Bringuier - Red Friday 

B – Critical and Conspiratorial

I put Tony Summers' books first because I do think they are the best and most "definitive," and I enjoyed working with him at the Assassination Archives and Research Center when he was researching the Vanity Fair article and updating "Conspiracy" for "Not In Your Lifetime."

The others are in no particular order, though I have grouped together all the Mafia books that I will comment on in more depth later. 
  1. – Anthony Summers' “Conspiracy” and “Not In Your Lifetime”
  2. - Church Committee Reports 
  3. - HSCA Reports 
  4. - Joshia Thompson's - “Six Seconds”
  5. - James Douglas' - “JFK and the Unspeakable”
  6. - David Talbot - “Brothers”
  7. - Jeff Morley - “Our Man in Mexico”
  8. - John Newman - “Oswald and the CIA”
  9. - Larry Hancock - “Someone Would Have Talked”
  10. - Robert Groden - “Absolute Proof”
  11. - Bill Turner – Fish is Red/Rearview Mirror/
  12. - Lamar Waldron and the Mafia Crowd
  13. - Joan Mellen - “Our Man in Haiti”
  14. - Phil Melanson - “Spy Saga”
  15. - Phil Nelson and LBJ “The Mastermind”
  16. - Jim DiEugenio – Lisa Pease's book 
  17. - Dick Russell – On the Trail of the JFK Assassins/ The Man Who Knew Too Much
  18. - Howard Roffman's Presumed Guilty 
  19. - Penn Jones - Forgive My Grief 
  20. - Howard Weisberg - Whitewash 

While both of these categories contain books that go in depth and detail on who they propose killed JFK and why they did it, I have devised a third category of books that are required reading if you want to know how – that's HOW JFK was killed.

At the very first meeting of the Warren Commission Allen Dulles brought with him a copy of a book “The Assassins of American Presidents” (Elek Books, London, 1956) by James Donovan,  who later was the author of PT-109.

In a conversation with other commissioners Dulles called attention to the book and the idea it expressed – that American assassins were, unlike European and Asian assassins, uniquely deranged loners rather than part of a political conspiracy.

As this idea sunk in, Commissioner John J. McCloy, himself a party to many political conspiracies, disagreed and called attention to the fact that others besides John Wilkes Booth were hung for their role in the conspiracy to kill Lincoln, but Dulles persisted in propagating the idea of the deranged lone assassin. Dulles has firmly embraced the alternative Deranged Lone-Nut cover-story even though many in his former agency – the CIA, were still entertaining and promoting the original cover story that pro-Castro Cuban Communists were behind the Dealey Plaza operation.

In Peter Dale Scott's terms, LBJ rejected the “Phase-One” Castro Cuban Committee cover story and instead went with the Deranged Lone Nut alternative in order to avoid war with the Cubans and Soviets, a nuclear war that would cost the lives of millions, an argument he used to enlist Earl Warren and the Warren Commissioners.

Dulles, following LBJ's lead, rejected the original cover story, not because as LBJ put it – it would lead to war, but because what happened at Dealey Plaza, in Dulles' view, could not even be perceived as a covert intelligence operation at all, and had to be viewed as the spontaneous actions of a deranged loner nut - or all of the other on going historical covert operations would be exposed.

Now, a half-century later, those historic covert operations been exposed – Operation Success in Guatemala, the U2, Bay of Pigs, Watergate, MKULTRA, Iran-Contra, etc., and now whatever happened at Dealey Plaza must also be universally viewed as a covert intelligence operation even if it was carried out by one lone wolf assassin.

The book that Dulles should have taken to the first meeting of the Warren Commission is the Sun Tzu, the book that he promotes in his book “The Craft of Intelligence,” even if only to read the chapter on “The Employment of Secret Agents.”

Sun Tzu was a fourth century BC military strategist whose book “The Art of War” emphasized the idea that the army “was the instrument that delivered the coup de grace to an enemy previously made vulnerable. Prior to hostilities, secret agents separated the enemy's allies from him and conducted a variety of clandestine subversive activities. Among their missions were to spread false rumors and misleading information, to corrupt and subvert officials, to create and exacerbate internal discord, and to nurture Fifth Columns. Meanwhile, spies, active at all levels, ascertained the enemy situation.”

Sun Tzu said:

What is called 'foreknowledge' cannot be elicited from spirits, nor from Gods, nor by analogy with past events, nor from calculations. It must be obtained from those who know the situation.

Now there are five sorts of secret agents to be employed. There are native, inside, double, expendable and living.

When those five types of agents are all working simultaneously and no one knows their method of operations they are called 'The Divine Skein' and are the treasure of the sovereign.

(Note: The idea is that information may be gathered in as fish are by pulling on a single cord and so drawing together the various threads of a net.) [And hence the concept of an intelligence network]

    A. Native Agents are those of the enemy country people whom we employ.
    B. Inside Agents are enemy officials whom we employ.
    C. Doubled Agents are enemy agents whom we employ.
    D. Expendable Agents are those of our own spies who are deliberately given fabricated information to pass on to the enemy.
    E. Living Agents are those who return from enemy territory with information.
    If plans relating to secret operations are prematurely divulged the agent and all those to whom he spoke shall be put to death.

    Generally, in the case of armies, you wish to strike, cities you wish to attack, and people you wish to assassinate, you must know the names of the garrison commander, the staff officer, the ushers, gate keepers and body guards. You must instruct your agents to inquire into those matters in minute detail.

So Allen Dulles' “The Crafts of Intelligence” and Sun Tzu's “The Art of War” are two of the books that are required reading to understand how the assassination of JFK was conducted and carried out. 

In his book Dulles' explains how the basic concepts on the employment of secret agents as expressed by Sun Tzu over two thousand years ago are still utilized today, although they have been enhanced and refined, especially by developing technology. 

Dulles also stresses the idea the “crafts” employed by intelligence agents are not unique to the CIA but are utilized by every nation's intelligence agency in the world.

While secret operations pretty much escaped historical and news media attention until recent times, one of the first and best books on the subject is “The Invisible Government” by David Wise and Thomas Ross, that the CIA tried but failed to suppress, and touches on the CIA in Guatemala, Cuba and Iran, and blew the cover of dozens of CIA fronts and assets.
  1. “The Crafts of Intelligence” by Allen Dulles
  2. “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu
  3. “The Invisible Government” by David Wise and Thomas Ross
Then there are a number of books by CIA insiders who give us a remarkably clear view of what they were doing, like David Atlee Phillips' “Nightwatch” - subtitled “Twenty Years of Peculiar Service,” and peculiar it is for giving out so much despite being officially approved by CIA censors.
  1. “Nightwatch” - David Atlee Philolips
Among the non-approved books are Phil Agee “Inside the Company,” Kim Philby's “My Silent War” and Donald Baine's “Candy Jones,” the last of which gives a good account of “Expendable Agents.” Brad Ayers' “The War that Never Was” and “The Zenith Secret.” Since Ayers' was an US Army Ranger captain assigned to the CIA's JMWAVE station to train Cuban commandos in small arms and maritime tactics, he hadn't signed the CIA's employee contract to have all writings for publication approved by the CIA.
  1. Phil Agee -
  2. Kim Philby - “My Silent War”
  3. Donald Baine - “Candy Jones.”
  4. Bradley Ayers - “War that Never Was” and “The Zenith Secret.”
So how convenient was it for the CIA when Ayers' first publisher – Bobbs-Merrell, of Indiana, who maintained an office and had employes at the Texas School Book Depository, hired William Harvey as their legal counsel and had Ayers' book run past legal before they published it. According to Ayers, he didn't know that Harvey, former chief of operations at JMWAVE, left the CIA to work for Bobbs-Merrell and Harvey proof-read his manuscript, but he did notice some major changes – like the elimination of any mention of some of the CIA officers he worked with on the Cuban operations.

Once Ayers learned of Harvey's treachery, he re-wrote the book as “The Zenith Secret” and got a obscure Brooklyn corner store to publish it before retreating back to his remote hunters cabin in the wilderness.

The best of the lot of those books officially approved by the CIA is Joseph Smith's “Portrait of a Cold Warrior,” that details some of the Catherwood's CIA cover activities in the Philippines, the CIA's Cuban operations, the exposure of the Venezuelan Arms Cache as a possible North woods type provocation, and the formal education of a Cold Warrior by Paul Linebarger, the CIA's master propagandist and psych-warrior.

Smith tells us that Linebarger, who trained three generations of Cold Warriors in the crafts of the black arts, as he called them, not only used his own textbook on Propaganda and Psychological Warfare, but also used David Maurer's “The Big Con” as a key reference book.

Maurer was a Kentucky linguist whose study of street slang led him to uncover an underground network of big time confidence men who practiced the type of deception employed in the movie The Sting,
  1. Joseph Smith - “Portrait of a Cold Warrior”
  2. Paul Linebarger - “Propaganda”
  3. David Maurer - “The Big Con”
Maurer's book underlines the importance of language, the words we use and the names we ascribe to things, and how its necessary to understand the unique slang and codes used among those committing criminal enterprises to communicate yet to conceal their activities..

How the CIA does this and how the Big Con confidence men did it are remarkably similar – as both the Big Con and the officers at JMWAVE both utilized “Inside” and “Outside” operators, and each person n the Big Con game had a specific job and purpose.

Even the fake storefronts were employed, like the fake betting joint in the Sting and the false Zenith Technical Services front used at JMWAVE.

And just as David Maurer had to learn the lingo used by the con artists before he could understand the nature of the Big Con and how it works, those who want to understand how the Dealey Plaza operation was planned and conducted must learn the covert language and lingo used by intelligence agents and operatives, and its not that difficult.

“Our Man in Acapulco” is the 12th and final book you must read to understand how JFK was killed a the authorized biography of Col. Frank M. “Brandy” Brandstetter not only shows you how one link in the intelligence net is connected to all of the others, and how all of the good fish are collected together and processed at one place where the intelligence is analyzed.

Brandy, a Dallas Texan, was at the epicenter of things as the manager of the Havana Hilton when Castro made it his headquarters in the early days of the regime.

But Brandy reported not to the CIA, but to Col. William B. Rose at the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence for the US Army Reserves at the Pentagon - 

That just happens to be the same place where other relevant Colonels also reported, including Sam Kail of Havana embassy fame, Jack Crichton, who ran the Dallas CD Shelter and controlled Marina's early testimony, Lawrence Orlov, who visited Oswald with George deMohrenschildt, and Col. George L. Whitmeyer, who led the motorcade in the Pilot Car.

So there you have it – the top dozen books you have on the official version of the assassination, the top twelve critics and conspiracy theories that tell you who killed JFK and why, and the twelve books you need to read if you want to know how JFK was killed.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Max the Hack is Back

Max Holland on Sidney Blumenthal and “Government by Gunplay”

Washington Reloaded  - Mad Max the Highbrow Hack is Back

– Bill Kelly

After Max Holland was given a free press pass to cover the first COPA – Coalition On Political Assassination conference for the Nation, and then totally bashed it, COPA director John Judge told him that whoever is paying him to write such trash could pay his way the next time, and then Holland did the same thing to a conference by the Assassinations Archives Research Center (AARC).

After viciously attacking COPA and the AARC Max is back throwing darts at Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal for being a conspiracy buff for editing a serious anthology on the subject of political assassination.

While we should hear more from Blumenthal when he testifies next week before the Get Hilary Congressional Committee investigating the Benghazi attack. As a former presidential advisor, I would like to know what Blumenthal advised the president about political assassinations when Clinton was appointing the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB).

It would also be interesting to know what Bill Clinton and President Obama discussed when they visited President Kennedy’s grave together on November 20, 2013.

At his Washington Decoded blog Max Holland tries to belittle Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal by
calling him “Grassy Knoll Sid” because he once was associated with the Assassination Information Bureau in Boston and co-edited the anthology “Government by Gunplay,” which includes the work of Peter Dale Scott, William Turner, Jeff Gerth, Carl Oglesby, Jerry Policoff, Phil Agee, Robert Groden, L. Fletcher Prouty and Allard Lowenstein, who himself was assassinated.

As Holland acknowledges, that book is “thoughtful, informed and well written” and contributed to the rational for establishing the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA).  But Holland further describes “Government by Gunplay” as “almost indistinguishable from the slew of Soviet disinformation tracts about the assassination published from the 1960s to the 1980s.”

As a source for this claim Holland cites Armand Moss’s book “Disinformation, Misinformation, and the ‘Conspiracy’ to Kill JFK Exposed” (Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1987), though Holland himself has been the source of some of the disinformation about the assassination, especially his piece “The Lie that Ties the CIA to the JFK Assassination” and his book “The JFK Assassination Tapes,” both of which contain easily disputed propaganda and disinformation that muddies the JFK assassination story.

Holland would have you believe all this conspiracy nonsense is Soviet disinformation, but it is more telling if you look at it closely. Most of the sources for Soviet disinformation about the JFK assassination stem back to one man – Vasili Mitrokhin, a former KGB archivist and defector.

Look at what Mitrokhin says is Soviet disinformation - the Dear Mr. Hunt note, KGB financed books by Thomas Buchanan and Mark Lane, the original European news report on PERMINDEX - an alleged CIA front company Clay Shaw was affiliated with, and the idea the assassination was a conspiracy of Texaa oilmen as promoted by French Intelligence in the book Fairwell America.

Mitrokin established his bonafides by dropping a dime on former NSA clerk Robert Lipka, who at his arrangement said he saw NSA documents that identified JFK's true assassin. As he was being led out a reporter asked what the name was and Lipka replied - Luis Angel Castilo.
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Mitrokin is himself spawning Soviet disinformation, but it isn't the Soviets we have to worry about when it comes to disinformation, it's our own government.

It was not the Soviets who compromised and derailed the HSCA investigation, it was the CIA, which assigned the same agent who worked closely with the anti-Castro Cuban DRE, with which the accused assassin had contact, to scuttle the HSCA investigation.

It is not Blumenthal who is wrong about JFK’s accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald being described as a government agent or about the peculiar details of the murder at Dealey Plaza. It is Holland who is wrong about Oswald being a deranged loner and for promoting the totally discredited idea that “the Warren Commission was an exhaustive investigation carried to its utmost limits.”

At my request Holland attended my October 2013 Air Force One radio tapes presentation at the Wecht Conference in Pittsburgh [  ]

There I mentioned his book "The JFK Assassination Tapes," which intentionally leaves out significant portions of the tape transcripts. Most notably is the absence of the frequent references to “Liberty Station” – the radio relay center at Collins Radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  These references to “Liberty Station” served as the basis for much of my research on Collins Radio that I have posted and published over the years.

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Although not everyone who supports the Warren Commission is a CIA asset or disinformation agent, some can safely be put into the same category as other ostensible journalists whose CIA covers have been blown – Hugh Aynesworth, Priscilla Johnson McMillan and Brian Latell.  As for Holland, he acknowledges receiving financial support from the J. Anthony Lucas Foundation, which replaced the Columbia-Catherwood Award after the Cummins Catherwood’s Foundation was exposed as a CIA conduit for covert action funds by David Wise and Thomas Ross in their book “The Invisible Government.” 

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Holland was also affiliated with the Miller Center in Virginia, where Philip Zelikow worked before he became the Executive Director for the 911 Commission despite apparent conflicts of interest, and it was Zelikow who kept key information from the commissioners and out of their final report. The Miller Center is also associated with the Scrips Howard News Service, a convenient outlet for many CIA and NSA “leaks,” including the March 1980 report that “Castro was going to try to kill President Reagan just like he killed JFK.”

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It is not Soviet disinformation that is keeping the truth about the assassination from being understood, it is the CIA’s major disinformation campaign to blame the assassination on Castro Cuban Commies, the original cover story for the Dealey Plaza operation.  That is also the fallback cover-up position for those, like Holland, once the deranged lone nut scenario is considered untenable, as it clearly has become to most people.

Max and I actually share some common background, both having attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, an attribute we also share with Ruth Hyde Paine, Coretta King and Rod Serling.

We also received research  grant support from the Fund for Constitutional Government Investigative Journalism Project, though my $3,000 I stretched out pales in comparison to the six figures he got from the Lucas-CIA and Knopf advance for a promised 600 page narrative history of the Warren Commission that has yet to see print. With such a hefty budget to work with Holland could afford to have a professional transcribe the Air Force One tapes that he selectively used while I transcribed the tapes myself and posted them on line for anyone to use.

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Another source of Max Holland’s funding for his research, as he himself admits, is the CIA’s Studies in Intelligence Award, as well as the German venetian blind company Hunter-Douglas - now how shady are they?

Max Holland is a highbrow hack who writes what he is paid to write, and he acknowledges who his directors are, which explains why he writes propaganda in such an eloquent and academic style, complete with footnotes.

One of the contributors to the “Government by Gunplay” anthology, Peter Dale Scott, has also responded to Holland’s Washington Decoded blog about Blumenthal.

Peter Dale Scott writes:

Every day, for about twenty years, I have said metta (i.e. wished well) for Max Holland. I do so because of a 19-page review Holland wrote in 1994 of my book Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (Max Holland, “After Thirty Years: Making Sense of the Assassination,” Reviews in American History 22 (1994) 191-209). His “review” was rich in adjectival rebuttal (“bogus,” paranoid,” ”impenetrable”), and closed with a reference to “palpable, cunningly manufactured falsehoods.” It quoted lavishly from many other authors, notably Gerald Posner and Jacob Cohen. But unlike any other review I have ever read in this academic journal, it did not have space in 19 pages for a single quote from my book which he was attacking, let alone a discussion of one.

It has suddenly become relevant again to quote one paragraph of my reply, which for a time was published in the same journal (and is still viewable at

Surely it is gross intellectual cowardice to allege or imply falsehoods without supporting this accusation. One might have thought that in a 19-page attack on my "opaque prose" and "fevered imagination" (p. 191), there would be at least a paragraph dealing with what I had actually written. I can actually find only one dependent clause on the penultimate page, referring to "the fantasy that Kennedy was on the verge of pulling out from South Vietnam" (p. 208). Even this is not very close to what I actually wrote: "that in late 1963 Kennedy had authorized an initial withdrawal of... troops... to be substantially completed by the end of 1965" (Deep Politics, p. 24). I went on to note how "time after time... critics, from Leslie Gelb in the Times to Alexander Cockburn in the Nation, have replaced this verifiable issue of fact by an unverifiable one: whether or not JFK would have pulled the United States out of Vietnam" (pp. 25-26). Holland, a long-time Nation editor, has, you will note, once again resorted to this simple trick of devious substitution.

In the years since, I thought that maybe Holland had changed. His co-edited anthology, The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson: The Kennedy Assassination and the Transfer of Power, was justly characterized by Booklist as ‘a riveting and very important contribution,” one I have made use of myself.
But the old Max is back, with a new adjectival onslaught and accusation of falsehoods. This time his primary target is Sid Blumenthal, Hilary Clinton’s assistant whom he calls ““Grassy Knoll” Sid: Hillary’s Personal Conspiracy Theorist” ( This leads to an attack on Blumenthal’s 1976 co-edited anthology, Government by Gunplay: assassination conspiracy theories from Dallas to today.

Once again, Holland offers a sweeping dismissal without argument. In his words, “The misrepresentations, distortions, and falsehoods that Blumenthal either wrote or associated himself with are so numerous and stupendous they defy listing.”

It is true that this time, in contrast to his 1994 review, the charge of falsehoods is followed by four very brief quotes from the book, the first of which I suspect may be from my own essay there. In Holland’s summary, “Lee Harvey Oswald, ‘supposedly involved’ with the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, was ‘almost certainly a United States intelligence operative.’” (I no longer own the book, but I develop two whole chapters in Deep Politics to substantiating the claim that Oswald was both a government informant and an agent.)

All four of the quotes from the book are claims distasteful to Holland. None can be decisively proven, but by the same token they cannot be decisively disproven; therefore they cannot be considered falsehoods. Most of them, such as the claim that the single-bullet theory is “incredible on its face,” or that the Warren Report was “a whitewash,” would I think elicit more agreement than disagreement among serious students of the case.

I shall continue to say metta for Max Holland – he needs it. But to accuse books of falsehoods without supplying examples is a habit he should get rid of, before someone (it won’t be me) seeks legal remedy.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 10 - 12 Historic Events Commemorated

June 10 - June 12 Historic Events Commemorated - Bill Kelly

June 10th and June 12 don't ring many bells as special dates to remember, or days that will live in infamy, but a few people think them worth commemorating at the places where some significant events took place - JFK's "Peace Speech" at American University and Mary's Cafe in Maple Shade, New Jersey, where MLK was radicalized to make civil rights the focus of his ministry.

It was June 10th 1963 when JFK delivered one of the most I'm portent speeches at the American University graduation commencement ceremony, an outdoor affair with the stage set up at the far west end of the football field, where an historic marker is located today.

JFK chose the time and place to make a major foreign policy speech - "A Strategy of Peace" that would be intensely studied by the Soviets and practically ignored by most Americans for many years. Even the audience seemed unmoved and on the short drive back to the White House JFK asked one of his aides - "Do you think they got it?"

The historical marker is where we started meeting at noon every June 10 for many years, beginning around 1992 in response to a request from the Kennedy family to remember JFK for his administration and policies rather than his death, though November 22, 1963 will be forever engraved on his tombstone and that will be the day most people remember him.

The granite historical marker is engraved with parts of the speech, but to get the full effect you need to read the whole thing or key excerpts that we would read at each little memorial ceremony every June 10.

JFK: "I have, therefore, chosen this time and place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth too rarely perceived. And that is the most important topic on earth: peace. What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, and the kind that enables men and nations to grow, and to hope, and build a better life for their children – not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace in all time."

The reference to a "Pax Americana" was in response to a speech given by Air Force General Curtis LeMay who was a bitter Kennedy foe and wanted to enforce a Pax Americana on the world. 

Commemorating the event started out as one of the events sponsored by the Committee for an Open Archive - a non-profit lobby group co-founded by myself and my old college mate John Judge.

The first one was the best as it featured John Newman, who spoke in a class room for awhile before we went over to the monument.  After taking turns reading parts of the speech and expressing why it's still important in our times, we adjourned for lunch nearby and continued the cultured conversations. Since school now gets out a few weeks earlier, some of us stayed in dorm rooms at the University. 

Then while visiting Dallas Soviet Primier Gorbachev stopped by Dealey Plaza, picked up a copy of Robert Groden's book and then took a tour of the Sixth Floor Museum, where he signed the guest register with a notation referencing the June 10th speech as being an important turning point in the Cold War detente.

Gorbacheve wrote: 

I’ve long been interested in the life of John F. Kennedy. He was certainly a great president of the United States. For us who live in a complicated time of transition of great importance is the vision of John F. Kennedy, his thoughts about peace and about how to live in the world. President Kennedy’s remarks on June 10, 1963 at American University are of even greater importance today than then. Thirty five years ago he already saw what we have come to understand only now. The best memory of this man would be to understand his deeds and thoughts and to translate them in policies and more importance in the life of nations. He looked far ahead and he wanted to change a great deal. Perhaps it is this that is the key to the mystery of the death of President John Kennedy.”

Signed The President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev - October 12, 1998

Some writers and historians even say that the speech was one of the reasons JFK was killed.

John Judge at Historic Marker at American University 

American University is also where John Judge and Col. Fletcher Prouty were featured on a Diane Reame PBS radio talk show that got us a lot of national attention, and was where Judge was a member of a panel of speakers at a small conference on the subject of the movie JFK and movies and politics that was carried nationally by CSPAN. 

While I haven't been there on June 10 in a couple of years, others have continued the tradition, including North Carolina documentary  film maker Randy Benson, who has recorded some of the proceedings that are included in his film on researchers "The Searchers."

And I am sure there will be some people who will stop by the historic marker at American University today and into the futur

MLK at Mary's Cafe 

Two days later - June 12 - and thirteen years earlier - in 1950, divinity student Michael King, Jr. - before he became known as Martin, was driving around with a fellow student and their dates - when they decided to stop for a drink at a road side cafe - Mary's Place - on the clover leaf exit ramp off Rr. 73 and Camden Road in quiet, residential neighborhood of Maple Shade, New Jersey.

The bartender and proprietor Ernest Nichols, a tough German immigrant, refused to serve them, and when they protested he used profanity and fired a gun in the air.

King and company left but went to the police and filed a formal complaint and had Nichols arrested.

On the complaint King and his friend listed their address as 753 Walnut St., Camden, N.J., while the girls with them listed a West Philadelphia address.

Although King obtained the assistance of the Camden NAACP, Nichols got a local attorney who filed a legal brief for Nichols, claiming it wasn't a matter of civil rights or color, but it was after hours when liquor couldn't be sold. 

The case was officially dismissed when four other customers who were called as witnesses - one report says one was a black man and three white Philadelphia college students either failed to appear or refused to testify.

Then all was forgotten until after Michael King became Martin Luther King - icon of the civil rights movement that was changing America and its traditional ways of doing things. When King was called to testify before Congress, a Senator asked him why he made civil rights the major theme of his ministry and King referred to the incident at Mary's Cafe.

Nichols' lawyer later wrote an article about it for the Burlington County Times reflecting on the significance of the incident not only King's life but that of our nation.

When the lawyer died his obituary mentioned the incident at Mary's Place and the attorney's role in it, which caught my attention because I knew of no biography of King that even mentions it, though I have since learned of one. 

One day I drove to the location and found Mary's Place still there, though closed. A sign reported the new owners - the NJ Dept. of lTransportation had plans to demolish it. I took some and looked inside - the bar stools and chairs were upside down and it looked like it had been operating recently as the Morristown Pub.

I then wrote a blog post about it at my White Deer Cafe blog, which got two responses - one from a Philadelphia lawyer - David  Larson, who may have contacted the NJ DOT in an attempt to preserve the building, but they didn't want to hear about it, and the other from Patrick Duff, who first learned of the incident in an archived article "The Bar that Started a Crusade." 

But by the time Duff learned about it the building had been demolished, though Duff has since picked up the ball and has been running with it. Duff obtained a copy of the official complaint from Maple Shade officials that has King's Camden address on it and he paved the way for an historic marker to be placed at the Mary's Place Cafe site, as well as the assistance of a local architectural firm to redesign the area with park benches.

Duff also found news clips that indicate Nichols applied for a liquor license after the incident occurred, indicating he may have been selling liquor illegally without a license when King was there, and he found that Nichols went on to own another bar - Ernie's in Riverside. 

A Philadelphia Tribune news account of the incident reported that one of the women with King was a Philadelphia police officer, and the other was a social worker. 

After meeting with a few reporters and bloggers at the Mary's Place Cafe site on MLK Day in January 2015, Duff shared the official complaint report with the Camden address, - 753 Walnut Street, which I pumped into my phone's GPS map and headed for that location, deep in the rubble of the South Camden ghetto.

There I found the house still standing, part of a side by side duplex that was boarded up, littered with junk  and covered with graffiti, but still solid and restorable.

Duff located the owner and she acknowledged King lived there for about two years when he was a divinity students and she clearly recalled King. She also agreed to allow the house to be restored as a museum and the architects firm agreed to do the necessary design work to have it restored to what it looked like in 1950 when King was there.

But there are still many questions, including what became of the women who accompanied King and are they still alive to give a first hand report of what actually occurred? 

There's also the question of who was Mary? And what became of her?

And how did all of this escape the attention of the historians and biographers who have detailed King's life and death so thoroughly?

We hear all about MLK in Birmingham, Selma and Memphis but there's nothing in the history books or movies about MLK in Camden or at Mary's Cafe (with one exception), where he was radicalized and inspired to champion civil rights as his cause.

Patrick Duff is planing on being at the site of Mary's Cafe at 12:30 pm this Friday, June 12, hold a moment of silence and then hold a press conference to give an update and make some important announcements.

Stay tuned. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Disinformation at Dealey Plaza

Disinformation at Dealey Plaza

In his recent article - A Cruel and Shocking Misinterpretation - [  /  ]     House Select Committee on Assassinations investigator Dan Hardway uses the word “disinformation” to describe what they were questioning CIA officer David Atlee Phillips about when Hardway says- “Initially, the CIA was cooperating....(it was) when we started pushing on investigating the disinformation efforts after the assassination, and realizing that I could tie just about every single disinformation effort directly back to David Attle Phillips that George Joannides got involved.” 

Disinformation is defined as "false or misleading information that is put out by a government or an intelligence agency to influence public opinion" – so if it doesn't stem from a national government intelligence agency then it isn't disinformation.

The specific disinformation efforts Hardway is referring to are the failed attempts to blame what happened at Dealey Plaza on Castro Cuban Communists – dozens of easily charted case studies that are of a very specific type of disinformation known as “Black propaganda,”-  a type specifically defined by the CIA's Paul Linebarger, the former US Army officer and author of the standard textbook "Propaganda."

Any study of psychological warfare and disinformation would have to include the work of Paul Linebarger, a professor at the School for Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University, who also taught the black arts of propaganda and psychological warfare operations to CIA agents, and among his best students were E. Howard Hunt, Ed Lansdale and David Atlee Phillips.

According to Linebarger, “Psychological warfare consists of the application of parts of the science called psychology to the conduct of war; psychological warfare comprises the use of propaganda against the enemy, together with such military operational measures as may supplement the propaganda. Propaganda may be described in turn, as organized persuasion by non-violent means. War itself may be considered to be, among other things, a violent form of persuasion. War is waged against the minds, not the bodies of the enemy.”

“Specifically defined,” says Linebarger, “propaganda consists of the planned use of any form of public or mass produced communication designed to affect the minds and emotions of a given group for a specific public purpose, whether military, economic or political. Military propaganda consists of the planned use of any form of communications designed to affect the minds and emotions of a given enemy, neutral or friendly foreign group for a specific strategic or tactical purpose.”

Linebarger warned his students not to use such techniques against Americans. “I hate to think what would ever happen,” he once said with a prophet’s voice, “if any of you ever got out of this business and got involved in U.S. politics. These kinds of dirty tricks must never be used in internal U.S. politics. The whole system would come apart.” Well, they were used and are being used today, and the whole system did come apart.

Note that if the communication is not planned, it cannot be called propaganda, and if it does not originate from an intelligence agent, agency, service or network, it is not disinformation, as it is classically defined: Deliberately misleading information announced publicly or leaked by a government or especially by an intelligence agency in order to influence public opinion or the government in another nation.
Some of the information that real disinformation agents dish out is classified as “black.”

 According to Ladislas Farago such, “Black Propaganda is a fundamental intelligence operation,…because it never identifies its real source and pretends to originate within or close to the enemy.”

Not one or two but over two dozen examples can be given – the most recent by Phil Sheon in his book “A Cruel and Shocking Act.”

List of over two dozen case studies of the Black Prop Op at Dealey Plaza:

These are the “fingerprints of intelligence” that Sen. Richard Schweiker (R. Pa.) referred to in describing what he learned about the assassination of President Kennedy while serving on the Church Intelligence Committee, the records of which are still sealed to this day.

Two new and important books by Peter Dale Scott (Deep Politics III) and John Newman's “Where Angels Tread Lightly” refer specifically to the black propaganda efforts to blame the assassination on Castro.

Peter Dale Scott:

“In the days after the murders in Dallas, the U.S. Was flooded with dubious stories, most of them swiftly discredited, linking Oswald to either a Cuban or Soviet conspiracy. Those which most preoccupied the FBI and CIA all came out of Mexico. These stories exhibited certain common characteristics.  -  They all came from either directly from an intelligence source, or from someone in the hands of an intelligence agency  -  The Stories changed over time, to support either a pro-conspiratorial hypothesis (“Phase One”) or a rebuttal of this (“Phase Two”).-  The Warren Commission was led to believe that the“Phase One”stories were without basis. In fact a number of unresolved anomalies suggest that behind them was some deeper truth, still not revealed.- In retrospect, these stories should not have been taken seriously. In fact the CIA was able to rely on them, not as a source of truth, but as a source of coercive influence over the rest of the government. It will help us to understand what was going on if we refer to the stories, not as 'information' or even as 'allegations,' but as MANAGED STORIES. To say this leaves open the question of who were the ultimate managers?”

Scott: “I do wish to argue that these managed stories, fleeting and insubstantial though they are, were of central importance in determining the outcome of the Kennedy assassination investigation. In succeeding years, furthermore, the discredited 'Phase-One' stories have been revived to manipulate public opinion, even after the CIA and FBI had agreed on a 'Phase-Two' interpretation of Oswald's movements in Mexico City. In 2013, for example, the discredited Garro story of the twist party was revived in a mainstream book by Philip Shenon.”

Newman: “The plot to assassinate President Kennedy was designed to deceive both people in the government and the public at large.  A convincing trail of evidence was established to make it appear that the Kennedy brothers’ plan to overthrow Castro had been turned around and used against them by Fidel himself, resulting in the assassination of President Kennedy."

“There is an unstated corollary principal in the game of deception that Allen Dulles was kind enough to give us.  Once a “single piece” of a black operation has been compromised, the entire fabric of that operation can potentially unravel.”

You can't understand what happened at Dealey Plaza unless you understand the fundamentals of psychological warfare, disinformation and black propaganda – because that's the part of the Dealey Plaza operational plan that failed, that failed in its contention that Castro Cuban Communists were responsible for the assassination, and because it failed it gives us a good glimpse into the Looking Glass and brings us very close to those who designed the plan, especially the part that failed.

Allen Dulles brought a book with him to the first meeting of the Warren Commission, Donovan's American Assassins, in which the author of PT109 designates most American assassins as looney loners. Instead, he should have shared his own book, "The Crafts of Intelligence," in which he recommends Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," in which the five types of secret agents - Native, Inside, Doubled, Expendable and Living Agents. When all of these agents are work together it is called the "Divine Skein," with a skein being a closely knit net and the Divine Skein a network of spies and the "treasure of the sovereign."

Those who were especially selected by the CIA were trained in psychological warfare by Linebarger, who besides using his own text "Propaganda," also used as a text book David Maurer's "The Big Con," the book that the movie "The Sting" was based on.

Linebarger notes that "security is designed to keep useful information from reaching the enemy, while propaganda operations are designed to get information to him. The term propaganda stems from the name of the department of the Vatican which had the duty of propagating the faith. And Black Propaganda must clearly be labeled as an act of the enemy"

In his book on propaganda Linebarger says that such disinformation, by its very nature, can be identified as such and traced back to its source, using his formula for doing so. Therefore, the real disinformation and propaganda on the assassination can be traced back to its source, which should be very close to those who were actually responsible for the assassination.

Linebarger developed the STASM formula for spot analysis, in which propaganda can be distinguished by the consideration of five elements:

1. Source
2. Time
3. Audience
4. Subject
5. Mission.

According to Linebarger, “This formula works best in the treatment of monitored materials of which the source is known. First point to note is the character of the source — the true source (who really got it out?), the ostensible source (whose name is signed to it?); also the first use source (who used it the first time?) and the second source (who claims merely to be using it as a quotation?). It is soon evident that the mere attribution of source is a job of high magnitude.”

It is apparent that the roots to many of the black propaganda operations related to Dealey Plaza, especially those that try to falsely implicate Castro in the assassination, stem back to David Atlee Phillips, another one of Linebarger’s protégés.

At the time of the assassination, David Phillips was working for the CIA in Mexico City, responsible for monitoring the Cuban and Russian embassies there, as well as keeping tabs on the activities of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC) “in the hemisphere.” In August, 1963, the New Orleans representative of the FPCC, Lee Harvey Oswald, was seen with Phillips, aka “Maurice Bishop,” in the lobby of a Dallas office building, and shortly thereafter Oswald went on his mission to Mexico City.

In the immediate aftermath of the assassination, Phillips interrogated a Nicaraguan intelligence agent who said that he had seen Oswald with Cuban Communists in Mexico City, and though Phillips knew this information was wrong, he promoted it within CIA as plausibly possible, and tried to get other Cubans to confirm Oswald’s false Communist associations.

One of these is from conversations which David Phillips had with Kevin Walsh, a former HSCA staffer who went on to work as a private detective in Washington, DC In a conversation not long before his death, Phillips remarked: "My private opinion is that JFK was done in by a conspiracy, likely including American intelligence officers." - David Atlee Phillips, July 1986.

I was one of the two case officers who handled Lee Harvey Oswald. After working to establish his Marxist bona fides, we gave him the mission of killing Fidel Castro in Cuba. I helped him when he came to Mexico City to obtain a visa, and when he returned to Dallas to wait for it I saw him twice there. We rehearsed the plan many times: In Havana Oswald was to assassinate Castro with a sniper's rifle from the upper floor window of a building on the route where Castro often drove in an open jeep. Whether Oswald was a double-agent or a psycho I'm not sure, and I don't know why he killed Kennedy. But I do know he used precisely the plan we had devised against Castro. Thus the CIA did not anticipate the President's assassination but it was responsible for it. I share that guilt.”

So the precise plan they had devised against Castro was “to assassinate Castro with a sniper’s rifle from the upper floor window of a building on the route where Castro often drove in an open jeep.”

Among these plans we have records of Pathfinder, which we learned from the NPIC staff at JMWAVE where the Patherfinder records were intentionally misfiled, and the so-called Hemingway plot, in which Castro was known to visit Hemingway’s house in Cuba, providing an opportunity to shoot him.

Both cases were probably part of the attempt to adapt the Valkyrie plan for the German military to eliminate Hitler and take over Nazi Germany in July 1944, a plot that used a bomb but failed.

The aspect of the Valkyrie plan that was used at Dealey Plaza was the psychwar disinformation ploy to blame the murder of Hitler on the SS and Gestapo, while the plan adapted for use at Dealey Plaza framed Oswald as the designated patsy and attempted to blame the Dealey Plaza ambush on Castro Cuban Communists.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Is the JFK Assassination Relevant Today?

Is the JFK Assassination Ancient History or a Current Event that's Relevant Today?

Some of the FBI records on the assassination of JFK that have been released.

More than that are still being withheld - over 3500 documents remain withheld in full or over 30,000 pages while another 35,000 documents remain withheld in part, with redactions.

These still sealed JFK Assassination records make it relevant. 

If what happened at Dealey Plaza is ancient history and not relevant today, then why are so many JFK assassination records still being withheld by the government for reasons of national security?

Why does our nation’s security depend on the government keeping the American public from knowing what information is contained in over 3,000 documents – 30,000 pages of records?

John Newman, whose new book “Where Angels Tread Lightly” deals with what we have learned from the release of these records so far, had said that not only Dealey Plaza, but the Archives II is a crime scene, as it has possession of most of the evidence in the murder as well as the relevant government documents that would give us a pretty good picture of what happened at Dealey Plaza if they would only let us read them.

But the clock is ticking, the countdown has begun and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is making preparations for the final release of the last of the still sealed records by October 2017, as the law requires.

The JFK Act remains in effect until that time the Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) informs the President, Congress and the American people that the last JFK assassination record has been released to the public as the JFK Act of 1992 prescribes, and the date is set for October 26, 2017.

Now, over 50 years later, it is in the national interest to release all of these records, but it won’t be easy and won’t be without a fight against the national security state agencies who want many of these records to remain sealed indefinitely - and intend to ask the next president of the United States, whoever he or she may be, to keep them sealed, and only he/she can.

According to the JFK Act, passed by congress and signed by President G. H. W. Bush on October 26, 1992 - only the president can continue the withholding of the records, and only if the “continued postponement is made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or conduct of foreign relations, and the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.”

Will the nation’s security be preserved? Will the government and various agencies survive? Will the heavens fall?

The consequences should not be that catastrophic, but putting the last pieces of the Dealey Plaza puzzle into place will certainly be enlightening, change our perspectives, re-write history and certainly damage the reputation of the agencies of government – CIA – FBI – NSA – WHCA – ONI – Secret Service – who have covered up the truth for the past half-century and should be directly threatened by what’s in the documents.

According to Jeff Morley [ ] – Martha Murphy, of NARA, recently corrected an Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) statement that one percent of the total records in the collection are still being withheld. Since there are over 350,000 documents in the collection that total nearly 4 million pages, they estimated that one percent as 3,000 documents, but have recently obtained a better count. According to Morley, “Murphy acknowledged that she had misplaced the decimal point. The actual figure is 1.1 percent, she said.”

“We currently have documented in the [JFK records] database 3,603 documents withheld in full [out] of a total of 318,866 documents in the database. So that comes to 1.1 percent,” Murphy wrote.

Morley notes that, "While the Assassination Records Review Board, an independent civilian panel, which oversaw the declassification of JFK records in the 1990s, had first used the 1 percent figure, the exact number of documents still off limits to the public was not known until now."

In a second email, Murphy wrote, “we have found five of those documents which were actually released in the collection as redacted,” leaving 3,598 records that remain withheld in full. Murphy stressed the figure would likely change again as archivists compare the data base to the actual records in preparation for their scheduled release in October 2017. The Archives does not yet have an accurate agency by agency breakdown of the withheld records, Murphy said.

According to Morley, "In her April 10 presentation, Murphy made it clear that all withheld information will be released in October 2017, as mandated by the 1992 JFK Records Act, unless the President orders otherwise."

Murphy said that archives staffers are currently perfecting the index because there are errors or missing information in the index as to the status of records and intends to post the released information on the web and then integrate the newly released records into existing files.

According to an FOIA attorney who was present at the NARA public forum, Murphy also stated that 11% of the documents in the collection are partially withheld, meaning they have redactions. 11% of 318,866 documents is 35,075 documents with redactions. So the current numbers are 3,598 documents withheld in full and 35,075 withheld in part. It would be helpful if the Archives would provide page counts and agencies of origin for these categories.

Indeed, it would be helpful if the NARA would but they haven’t and they won’t, and I don’t believe they will post these remaining one-point-one-percenters on line in 2017 because they won’t post the five documents they just located now.

As former House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) investigator Dan Hardway recently told me, “we need an army of researchers with lap tops and scanners to go to the Archives II and scan and post these records as they are released so everyone can read them.”

We are up against a tired National Archives staff, a Congress reluctant to conduct proper oversight, and the government agencies and their staff of attorneys handsomely paid by the taxpayers to keep these records secret, and we must summon up the energy, masses and will to oppose them.

That’s why we have formed a new organization – Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA) that picks up where the organizations that lobbied for the passage of the JFK Act in 1992 left off and to continue the work we began twenty years ago to see the JFK Act to its full completion.

Over the next few years CAPA will be:

-    Correcting the mainstream media spin on political assassinations and secrecy in government;
-    Making political assassinations and government transparency campaign issues in local, state and the national elections;
-    Getting all of the political candidates to support open records and transparency and announce their positions publicly in their campaign platforms;
-    Have each presidential candidate declare their intention whether to release all of the JFK Assassination records or keep them sealed and to pledge their support for open records;
-    Hold a Congressional Briefing in Washington on the JFK Act to focus attention on the destroyed, missing and still withheld records and provide a platform for witnesses to testify;
-    Engage the NARA staff to expedite the release of the records, to post the requested documents on line as they have promised, to update their public index and make their private index available to researchers, work more efficiently with researchers and to see that Congress properly oversees the JFK Act so that is enforced;
-    Engage Congressman on the relevant oversight committees and their Congressional staff to see that the JFK Act is properly enforced, and hold public hearings on the JFK Act on the destroyed, missing and still withheld records and release the MLK HSCA, Church Committee and other relevant records that are still being withheld.

As an association of independent researchers we seek the complete release of all of the remaining JFK Assassination records by October 26, 2017 and we intend to ratchet up our efforts to educate the public, the media and the government as to why it is now in the national interest to have all of these records released.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Narrowing the Search of JFK Assassination Records

Narrowing the Search of JFK Assassination Records 

In his book on the assassination of President Kennedy “A Cruel and Shocking Act,” Philip Shenon says that no one person can read all of the millions of pages of documents that have and are being released under the JFK Records Act, and no one expects anyone to.

Serious journalists like Shenon and historical researchers are expected to read the records that relate to their field of interest and subject matter, and most of the significant records are referenced in books that are basic to understanding the topic at hand, something that Shenon apparently hasn’t done or he would know better.

In adapting similar techniques used by scientists in making new breakthroughs and astronomers in locating other planets in the galaxy to historical archival research I call your attention to a blog post by the Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) David Ferriero, who recently reported on the discovery of thousands of letters and official documents penned by Walt Whitman that had previously escaped the attention of scholars that were sitting on the shelves of the Archives all along.

Whitman scholar Ken Price went to the Archives in search of new records, armed only with the recognition of Whitman’s unique handwriting style that was burned in his brain, and the knowledge that Whitman had worked as a secretary in the Justice Department for a few years during the Civil War. Price expected to find a few documents after searching the relevant records but he was surprised to find some right away, and then more and more, and so far has found thousands of previously unknown Whitman documents that will take Whitman scholars years to read and analyze.

In the same fashion, JFK researchers focus on their area of interest, and if Shenon had bothered, he would have found that besides the Mexico City “Twist Party,” there are literally dozens of similar cases of false reports attempting to link the assassination to Fidel Castro.

I have developed the Three Time Hits technique in which I begin a file on any subject that happens to be mentioned in diverse areas – which called my attention to Collins Radio, the International Rescue Committee, the Pan Am Bank of Miami and the Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler.

In addition, Peter Dale Scott, using his “negative template” thesis focuses on the records being withheld – so they narrow down the search for us by simply refusing to allow us to see certain records. And while they say the amount of documents still being withheld for reasons of national security is less than one percent of all the documents in the JFK Collection, there’s so many still being withheld that they can’t give us a number and tell us how many.

We will learn that figure in a few years, in October 2017 when the JFK Act requires all of the government records on the assassination to be released to the public, and they will narrow the most significant documents down even more when the various agencies request the President of the United States – whoever he or she may be, to continue withholding specific records.

While we will be waiting anxiously for that day to come, we will also ask and require all of the Presidential candidates in the next election to state for the record what they will do – release all of the remaining records or grant the agencies request to keep certain records sealed from the public.

In the meantime, as we peruse the most recently released records, we don’t have to read them all, just the ones that concern us and the ones they didn’t want us to see, but we can focus on a few specific areas of interest – such as the CIA plans to kill Fidel Castro, as those plans have been related to the murder at Dealey Plaza.

As former FBI agent Bill Turner simply put it – “The CIA had plans to kill Fidel Castro but one of those plans was turned around to kill JFK, and pin the blame on Castro.”

But which one of the plans was flipped? It wasn’t one of the more popularized CIA-Mafia plots that were going to utilize poison - it had to be a later plan, one that included killing Castro as JFK was killed - with a high powered rifle as he rode along in an open jeep, as he was known to do.

Watergate burglar Eugene Martinez was a JMWAVE maritime boat captain who said that he personally inserted many commandos into Cuba, “with high powered rifles with scopes that were not going to be used to hunt rabbits.”

One such insertion, made by the CIA raider ship “Rex” deposited a number of commandos into Cuba with high powered rifles on October 31, 1963, and they were captured and confessed to having been trained by the CIA and sent to Cuba to kill Castro.

And from the recently released records we learn there were several such plans, including the use of a bazooka in the plot that involved Syliva Odio’s father Amador Odio, and the Patherfinder plot, that we only learned about because the CIA kept the Patherfinder file in the NPIC safe area of JMWAVE instead of where it should have been filed, and the NPIC technicians knew about it.

They said Patherfinder was a plan to shoot Castro with a high powered rifle as he drove by in an open jeep near the Dupont estate near Havana, where he was known to frequent, but that plan was “disapproved,” which I take to mean that it went through channels to the National Security Council and Cuban Task Force group in Washington and maybe even to JFK or RFK and they “disapproved” it.

Another, similar plan was envisioned after it was learned that Castro visited Mary Hemingway at Hemingway’s house when she was packing his papers and belongings following his suicide, and the idea of trying to kill Castro there was breached to RFK and the Kennedy baiters try to use the “Hemingway plot” as an example of RFK’s knowledge of the plans to kill Castro.

When the CIA’s Desmond Fitzgerald briefed the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 25, 1963 he mentioned they were adapting the Valkyrie plan to kill Hitler to Cuba, and the Valkyrie plan included two Phases, one overt and the other secret, with the overt plan to mobilize the Home Army to put down any revolt by foreign slave laborers in Germany, a plan that was actually approved by Hitler.

The secret Phase 2 part of the plan was to “dispose” of Hitler and blame it on the SS and Gestapo, but the attempt to kill Hitler with a bomb in July 1944 failed to kill him and hundreds, some say thousands of people were rounded up and executed or like General Rommel, permitted to commit suicide. Who says a lot of people can’t keep a secret?

While the bomb didn’t work, attacking a passing motorcade was a successful Modus Operandi in the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which sparked World War I, and by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) in 1942 - Operation Anthropoid to kill Nazi SS Reinhard Heydrich when his car slowed down to make a hair pin turn very similar to the one at Dealey Plaza.

The French OAS also tried to kill President deGaul in a “military style ambush” of his motorcade in 1962, but according to the official report, he was saved by the endurance of his Michelin tires.

Just as in the Valkyrie plot, it appears that the specific plan to kill Castro with a high powered rifle was submitted to the National Security Council and the Cuban Task Force as well as JFK and RFK for approval, but was “disapproved,” but that RFK was personally introduced to some of the JMWAVE CIA officers and anti-Castro Cuban commandos at their training site, so he would have had direct contact with those who were engaged in the plan to kill Castro that was redirected to JFK at Dealey Plaza.

Army Ranger Captain Bradley Ayers, who trained teams of JMWAVE commandos, wrote two books, “The War that Never Was,” that was published by Bobs-Merrell, who kept an office in the Texas School Book Depository. When William Harvey left the CIA as head of the Cuban Task Force he worked for Bobs-Merrell, and personally vetted Ayers’ book, eliminating key elements, some of which were included in Ayers’ second book “The Zenith Secret.”

In the second “Zenith” book, not vetted by the CIA, Ayers recalls meeting RFK twice, once with JMWAVE officials at a CIA safe house on a golf course, and a second time in the field, where RFK was flown in to the Everglades swamp camp to meet his team of commandos in training. Both of these incidents indicate that RFK and JFK were being set up – getting their approval to assassinate Castro, and then flipping the target to JFK at Dealey Plaza, a murder that was to be blamed on Castro, just as the Valkyrie plan was to blame the assassination of Hitler on the SS and Gestapo.

As Professor John Newman said in his talk at the Bethesda conference, and should relate in his new book “Where Angels Tread Lightly,” these plans have multiple levels to them, one visible and the other not so easily discerned, and at some point in time those who decided to kill JFK had to keep Castro from being killed because, as Newman puts it, “Castro had to be alive on November 22” because part of the plan was to blame him for the Dealey Plaza ambush.

So as we consider requesting and reading specific records being released under the JFK Act, we should not only focus on those records of special interest to our research, but also consider the records they have been denying us and will have to release to us by law, and concentrate on the records that have to do with the few CIA plans to kill Fidel Castro with a high-powered rifle, one of which was redirected to JFK at Dealey Plaza.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Valkyrie II at Dealy Plaza

Valkyrie at Dealey Plaza

As a research technique, while reading the HSCA volumes, I began opening files on subjects that came up repeatedly in diverse areas - more than twice - taking Ian Fleming's adage - "First time is happenstance, second time is coincidence, but a third time is enemy action."

That's how I got onto Collins Radio, Pan Am Bank of Miami, Southland Center, International Rescue Committee and now Valkyrie.

In the course of my research the Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler has come up five times - in diverse areas and makes me think I may be on to something.

1) The first time the Valkyre plot came up was in a phone conversation I had with Volkmar Schmidt, who acknowledged that in his February 1963 conversation with Oswald at a party at his house, he mentioned the Valkyrie Plot and suggested to Oswald that General Walker should be assassinated as Hitler should have been. Schmidt said he personally knew some of the participants in the Valkyrie plot.

2) Then I read Mary Bancroft's "Autobiography of a Spy," in which she details her role in Valkyrie - assisting Dr. Hans Bernt Gisevius escape and then translating his memoirs.

3) In late September 1963 Ruth Hyde Paine visited her husband Michael's mother - Ruth Forbes Paine Young, who was Mary Bancroft's close friend and traveling companion to Europe. After leaving the Young's residence near Philadelphia Ruth Paine drove to New Orleans and picked up Marina and the rifle and drove them to Texas while Oswald went to Mexico.

4) On the same day Oswald left New Orleans for Mexico, the CIA's Desmond Fitzgerald briefed the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Gen. LeMay presiding - on covert ops against Cuba that needed military assistance - including a plan to adapt the Valkyrie Plot to use against Castro.
(See Higgins Memo - )

5) The 11/22/63 alibi for the owner of the TSBD - D. H. Byrd was that he was on a hunting safari in Africa with a German "Baron" whose father was reported by OSS X-2 to possibly be an "assassination expert" and after World War II lived with one of the ministers selected for the new government after Hitler's overthrow and was a valuable double agent for OSS in Africa who co-authored a manifesto in support of the Valkyrie plotters.

Now my threshold for bingo was three but here we have five separate cases where the Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler comes up in the course of events surrounding the assassination of JFK.

Also see:

Now these are not six degrees of separation- they are two degrees - and they are not happenstance or coincidence - but clearly enemy action.

Now I just got James Forman's book "Code Name Valkyrie - Count Von Stauffenberg and the plot to kill Hitler"

– that notes:

"The plan had a code name Valkyrie, and it would be developed at two levels with two sets of orders. Officially Valkyrie was a scheme to activate units of the Home Army to seize population centers in case of a rebellion by the foreign slave laborer sin Germany. Behind this facade the plan was to evolve into a complete takeover of the government by the Army.

"Phase One - plan for mobilizing the Reserve Army. Purpose: to crush mutiny of slave laborers.

This part of the plan was submitted through channels and approved by Hitler himself.

"Phase Two - the second, secret plan: Item 1- Disposal of Hitler. Item 2 - Preparation of orders upon Hitler's death...Direct the Reserve Army to undertake the following - Occupy first the city of Berlin...Principle objectives: Imprisonment of key Nazi and SS officials, occupation of vital government buildings, railroad stations and other government centers, especially broadcast stations. Immediate command of the mass media, newspapers, wireless radio - cannot be over stressed. The conspiracy alone must speak. Orders from Hitler's East Prussian HQ must be entirely isolated and contained."

"The conspiracy alone must speak."

Another twist to the Valkyrie plan was a Psychwar aspect to blame the assassination of Hitler on the Gestapo and SS as an excuse to round them up.

Forman says that while Dulles agent Gisevius  supported the coup he was against the bomb plot. He told Von Stauffenberg "I just I have the feeling we'll never succeed. I'm not speaking through fear. But I have a feeling very few of us will be alive this time next year, regardless of what happens with your bomb."

And he was right.

But the adaption of Valkyrie as carried out at Dealey Plaza succeeded.