Monday, June 18, 2018

Roselli Chronology File - RIF 157-10014-10236

Rosselli Chronology

Significant JFK Record 157-10014-10236

Released under the John F. Kennedy Assassinations Records Collection Act of 1992
(144 USC 2107)
Case #NW 53244
Date: 06-14-2017
RIF: 157-10014-10236
RECORD SERIES: MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS OF THE CHURCH COMMITTEE
AGENCY NUMBER: 07-M-141



ORIGINATOR: SSCIA - Church Committee
DATE: 1976
PAGES: 46
SUBJECTS:
ANTI-CASTRO ACTIVITIES,
SANTO TRAFFICANTE,
JOHN ROSSELLI,
ORGANIZED CRIME

DOCUMENT TYPE: REPORT
CLASSIFICATIONS: Unclassified
RESTRICTIONS: 1B; 1C
CURRENT STATUS: POSTONED IN FULL  -  Released Redact(ed)
DATE OF LAST REVIEW: 03/21/2000

ROSSELLI: CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

MEMORANDUM
To: Mike Madigan
From: Ed Greissing
Date: Sept. 16, 1976
Subject: Review of CIA documents presented the SCI by Jack Anderson

The documents recently received by this Committee, from Jack Anderson, had previously been reviewed by the Church Committee staff. The documents appear to be a few of those requested for FOIA review by David Belin. It is my understanding, after these documents were declassified, David Belin furnished copies to both David Martin (AP) and Jack Anderson.

The Church Committee was permitted to review the entire Oswald 201 file, the AMLASH file, Garrison files and selected Office of Security files, Garrison files and selected Office of Security files. The Committee primarily concerned itself with the early period of the investigation (November 1963 – October 1964), as it believed the information to be received from this time period to be more relevant in evaluating the performance of the intelligence agencies with respect to their investigation.
Dan Niescher, the Church Committee contact at the CIA, was the individual responsible for the declassification of documents relating to the assassination of President Kennedy. During this declassification process, Dan Niescher consulted the Committee staff to make sure that we were aware of certain documents. In addition, Mr. Kaleras had given the staff unlimited access to all files believed necessary to conduct our investigation.

Yet, the possibility still remains that the staff was not shown everything. The CIA has maintained throughout that the Oswald 201 file was a complete compilation of the material related to the assassination of President Kennedy. However, information relating to who Lee Harvey Oswald was, and what he was doing are not included in their files. The Oswald 201 does not attempt to question Oswald’s connection to both pro-Castro and anti-Castro groups or any of the AMLASH information. The most notable subject missing was information relating to CIA/US Government attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro.

PAGE 5-6: Portions of unnamed testimony.

PAGE 7:

Miami Herald, December 24, (1976)
Trafficante Made Secret Appearance At Senate Investigation, Sources Say
By Ron LaBrecque

Florida’s reputed organized crime boss, Santos Trafficante of Tampa and Miami, made a secret, four-hour October appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions about his role in a CIA assassinations plot, investigation sources have disclosed.

Trafficante, 62, had not previously been questioned by the committee or its staff in the two-year-old investigation of CIA activities.

Of the three Mafia figures involved in the early 1960s plot to kill Cuban Premier Fidel Castro, only Trafficante is still alive. Both Sam Giancana and John Rosselli were murdered within the last `6 months. The murders are unsolved.

Investigators also said that Trafficante had dinner with Rosselli at The Landings, a Fort Lauderdale restaurant, in mid-July, less than two weeks before Rosselli disappeared. Rosselli’s body, stuffed in an oil drum, floated to the surface of Dumfounding Bay the first week of August…….

PAGE 8 – 9 – Repeated PAGES 10-13

Rosselli Probe
By RON LaBRECQUE – Miami Hearld

Sen. Gary Hart (D. Col.) made an unannounced trip to Miami Friday for a private meeting with homicide detectives to underscore the strong interest of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee in the John Rosselli murder investigation and to insure that federal agencies cooperated with local police.

The FBI was ordered into the case last week by Attorney General Edward Levi after pressure from the Senate committee.

“We’re not here to solve the crime,” Hart said, “we want to find out if there is any connection between (Rosselli’s) death and his testimony before our committee.”

[NOTE: They investigated the possible connections between Rosselli’s murder and the similar murder on the same day (July 28) of Eugene M. Carrafa, 37, of Rockville, Md., whose body was found in New York harbor, Carrafa having been strangled and weighted down by anchors, much like Rosselli. Carrafa was an associate of Sam Gancana.]

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MEMORANDUM
To: Rick Inderfurth
From: Mike Madigan
Date: August 13, 1976
Re: Miami Interview

Hart interviews in Miami on Rosselli matter and subpoena for Santos Trafficante, signed by Sen. Baker….need approval of majority of committee….
Detective Wolf and Zatrepallek – Dade County Sheriff’s Office, 305-547-7456 (are the detectives investigating the Rosselli murder for the locals)

PAGE 16 – Repeated – 18 -22

MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD MEMO

– Senate investigator said Rosselli feared for his life because of his testimony.
Michael Madigan
August 13, 1976
……my recollections of the pre-testimony interviews with Mr. John Rosselli prior to Rosselli’s testifying under oath in June of 1975…..Rosselli and his attorneys expressed on numerous occasions fear for the well-being of Rosselli….He was worried about retaliation and particularly worried about his relatives with whom he was living in Florida…..he declined to testify about Giancana (until after Giancana’s death), refused to identify any of the Cubans who were involved in assassination plots, and was reluctant to mention Santo Trafficante by name….Rosselli told the Senator (Baker) he was concerned for his safety and his life and that he was risking his well-being by testifying before the committee….Throughout his testimony Rosselli declined to give his exact address in Florida for reasons of safety. It is also my recollection that Rosselli’s demeanor was visibly affected whenever testimony or interview focused or attempted to focus on Santos Trafficante.

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Newspaper Report

Rosselli’s Body Found in Floating Drum
8/9/76
UNINTELLIGABLE – Ink Runs

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The Washington Merry-Go-Round  THE WASHINGTON POST –Monday, Jan. 18, 1971
By Jack Anderson

6 Attepts to Kill Castro Laid to CIA

Locked in the darkest recesses of the Central Intelligence Agency is the story of six assassination attempts against Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

For 10 years only a few key people have known the terrible secret. They have sworn never to talk. Yet we have learned the details from sources whose credentials are beyond question.

We spoke to John McCone, who headed the CIA at the time of the assassination attempts. He acknowledged the idea had been discussed inside the CIA but insisted it had been “rejected immediately.” He vigorously denied that the CIA had ever participated in any plot on Castro’s life. Asked whether the attempts could have been made with his knowledge, he replied: “It could not have happened.”

We have complete confidence, however, in our sources.

The plot to knock off Castro had been part of the Bay of Pigs operation. The intent was to eliminate the Cuban dictator before the motley invaders landed on the island. Their arrival was expected to touch off a general uprising, which the Communist militia would have had more trouble putting down without the charismatic Castro to lead them.

After the first attempt failed, five more assassination teams were sent to Cuba. The last team reportedly made it to a rooftop within shooting distance of Castro before they were apprehended. This happened around the last of February or first of March, 1963.

Nine months later, President Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald, a fanatic who previously agitated for Castro in New Orleans and had made a mysterious trip to the Cuban embassy in Mexico City.

Among those privy to the CIA conspiracy, there is still a nagging suspicion – unsupported by the Warren Commission findings – that Castro became aware of the U.S. plot upon his life and somehow recruited Oswald to retaliate against President Kennedy.

To set up the Castro assassination, the CIA enlisted Robert Maheu, a former FBI agent with shadowy contacts, who had handled other undercover assignments for the CIA out of his Washington public relations office. He later moved to Las Vegas to head up billionaire Howard Hughes’ Nevada operations.

Maheu recruited John Rosselli, a ruggedly handsome gambler with contacts in both the American and Cuban underworlds, to arrange the assassination. The dapper, hawk-faced Rosselli, formerly married to movie actress June Lang, was a power in the movie industry until his conviction with racketeer Willie Bioff in a million-dollar Hollywood labor shakedown. The CIA assigned two of its most trusted operatives, William Harvey and James (Big Jim) O’Connell, to the hush-hush murder mission. Using phony names, they accompanied Roselli on trips to Miami to line up the assassination teams.
The full story reads like the script of a James Bond movie, complete with secret trysts at glittering Miami Beach hotels and midnight powerboat dashes to secret landing spots on the Cuban coast. Once, Roselli’s boat was shot out from under him.

For the first try, the CIA furnished Roselli with special poison capsules to slip into Castro’s food. The poison was supposed to take three days to act. By the time Castro died, his system would throw off all traces of the poison, so he would appear to be the victim of a natural if mysterious ailment.
Roselli arranged with a Cuban, related to one of Castro’s chefs, to plant the deadly pellets in the dictator’s food. On March 13, 1961, Roselli delivered the capsuls to his contact at Miami Beach’s glamorous Fontainebleau Hotel.

A couple of weeks later, just about the right time for the plot have been carried out, a report came out of Havana that said Castro was ill. But he recovered before the Bay of Pigs invasion on April 17, 1961.

Four more attempts were made on Castro’s life.
Bell-McClure Syndicate

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The Washington Merry-Go-Round THE WASHINGTON POST -  Tuesday, Feb, 19XX
By Jack Anderson

The mystery man whom the Central Intelligence Agency recruited to assassinate Cuba’s Fidel Castro has been laid up in the sick ward of the Los Angeles County jail.

He is handsome, hawk-faced John Roselli, once a dashing figure around Hollywood and Las Vegas, now a gray, 66-year-old inmate with a respiratory ailment.

Confidential FBI files indentify him as “a top Mafia figure” who watched over “the concealed interests in Las Vegas casinos of the Chicago underworld.”

Roselli has admitted to friends that he was a rum runner during the Roaring Twenties. Operating along the East Coast, he learned how to evade Coast Guard cutters and police patrols.

His name later became linked with the biggest names in the Chicago and Los Angeles underworlds. He also developed contacts in the Cuban underworld before Castro took over the Havana gambling casinos.

He had the right background for a hush-hush mission that the CIA was planning in 1961. As part of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the CIA had hoped to knock off Castro and leave Cuba leaderless.

RISKS NECK

Roselli was recruited for the job by Robert Maheu, a former FBI agent, who admitted to us that he had handled uncover assignments for the CIA. He refused, however, to discuss the details. His is the same Maheu, incidently, who is now involved in a legal battle over phantom billionaire Howard Hughes’ Nevada operations.

Roselli was so flattered over being asked to perform a secret mission for the U.S. government that he paid all his expenses out of his own pocket and risked his neck to land the assassination teams on the Cuban coast.

In James Bond fashion, he whispered meetings in Miami Beach hotels with Cubans willing to make an attempt on Castro’s life. Once, he called on Chicago racket boss Sam Giancana to line up a contact. The confidential files report that Giancana had “gambling interests and an interest in the shrimp business in Cuba.” However, the Chicago gangster took no direct part in the assassination plot.

Roselli made midnight dashes to Cuba with his hired assassins in twin powerboats. Once a Cuban patrol ship turned its guns on his darkened boat, tore a hole in the bottom and sank the boat. Roselli was flushed out of the water by the other boat, which escaped into the shadows.

In earlier columns, we reported how the CIA furnished Roselli with deadly poison capsules which he tried through a relative of Castro’s chef to plant in the dictator’s food. Later, marksmen armed with high powered Belgian rifles attempted to infiltrate close enough to gun Castro down.

All told, six assassination attempts were made, the last in the spring of 1963. Through-out this period, Roselli worked under the direct supervision of two secret CIA agents, William Harvey and James (Big Jim) O’Connell.

ROSELLI’S REWARD

The FBI which got wind of the assassination plot, has tried to pump Roselli for information. But he was sworn to silence by the CIA, and up to this moment, he hasn’t broken it.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department, as part of its crackdown on organized crime, tried to nail Roselli. The FBI discovered that his Chicago birth records had been forged, that his name was really Filippo Sacco and that he had come to this country from Italy as a child. He was convicted for failing to register as an alien.

He was also convicted for conspiracy to rig card games at Los Angeles’ exclusive Friar’s Club.
Of Roselli’s own CIA associates, Harvey has now retired to Indianapolis and O’Connell is still on the CIA payroll. Both admitted to us a friendship with Roselli but refused to discuss their CIA activities. Harvey said he had a “high regard” for Roselli and called the Friar’s Club indictment a phony. Roselli’s lawyers are now trying to get clemency for their client, citing our stories about his secret CIA service.

FIREARMS FIASCO

Under pressure from the firearms lobby, the Treasury has failed to enforce a vital section of the 1968 federal firearms act.
The law was passed after the murders of Sen. Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King. It authorizes the Treasury Secretary to require full reports of all firearms and ammunition sales…….

PAGE 27

1975 Jack Anderson Press Release (handwritten)

Typewritten:

Four and a half years ago, I broke a story that is now belatedly rocking Washington. I reported that the Central Intelligence Agency had recruited two Mafia figures, John Roselli and Sam Giancana, to assassinate Cuban Premier Fidel Castro.

I tracked down Roselli and questioned him about the story. He had nothing to say. He promised me, however, that he would give me his exclusive story if he should ever be free to talk.

Yesterday, John Roselli told his story - - first to the Senate Intelligence Committee in secret session, then to me as he had promised four and a half years ago.

Roselli is a dapper, hawk-faced man with a thatch of white hair. He has been disciplined all his life to keep his mouth shut. His Mafia partner Sam Giancana, was slain before Senate investigators could serve him with a subpoena.

So it was obviously painful for Roselli to talk. I promised I would make clear that he revealed no names, except CIA contacts whose identities the Senate already knew.

So here is Roselli’s own account of a real-life “Mission Impossible” - - the attempt to kill Castro. It is a story of cash payments, poison pellets, high-powered rifles and powerboat dashes to Cuba.

The plot against Castro, Roselli said, began in 1960 - - when Dwight Eisenhower was President, Richard Nixon was Vice President and Allen Dulles was the CIA chief.

Roselli was recruited in Los Angeles, he said, by Robert Maheu, then an aide to billionaire Howard Hughes. Previously, Maheu had operated a CIA front in Washington.

According to Roselli, the murdered mobster, Sam Giancana, never became involved in the assassination plot. He knew about it; he may even have suggested a Cuban contact; nothing more.
Roselli identified the CIA project officer, in charge of the Castro assassination, as “Big Jim” O’Connell. Maheu put Rosselli in contact with O’Connell, as Roselli remembers it, in New York City on September 14, 1960.

Thereafter, Roselli flew to Miami and recruited the assassination squads. At first, they plotted to poison Castro. Poison pellets were supplied by the CIA. They were delivered  to the plotters in a Miami hotel room, according to Roselli, by Maheu. He dramatically opened his briefcase, revealing $10,000 in cash and the fatal pellets.

The money was distributed to the Cuban plotters. Roselli swore he never took any money from the CIA, except some incidental expenses. He paid the big expenses, he said, out of his own pocket.
The poison pills were supposed to take three days to work. Supposedly, this would give the poison time to work its way out of Castro’s system before he died, and his death would be attributed to natural causes.

Roselli never found out what happened to the plotters or the pellets. But they tried again later with a stronger dose of poison. Not long afterward, reports reached them that Castro was desperately ill. Roselli doesn’t know whether the illness was caused by the poison or a virus. But Castro survived, and the plotters apparently did not.

Roselli said he also picked up intelligence, which he submitted to the CIA both during the Bay of Pigs planning and later Cuban missile crisis. After the Bay of Pigs, Roselli said, Maheu was cut out of the plot. Thereafter, Roselli reported to a CIA agent named William Harvey.

There were four more assassination attempts, the plotters were smuggled into Cuba with high-powered rifles. The last assassination squad, Roselli heard, made it into Cuba with high-powered rifles. The last assassination squad, Roselli said, made it to a Havana rooftop before they were caught.

This was around March 1, 1963. Then the project was abandoned. Roselli saw Harvey for the last time in June, 1963. Five months later, Lee Harvey Oswald gunned down President Kennedy in Dallas. Oswald had been active in the pro-Castro movement. Shortly before that dreadful day in Dallas, Oswald took a mysterious trip to Mexico where he visited the Cuban embassy. The Warren Commission found no evidence, however, that Oswald was in the hire of Havana.

Yesterday, Rosellli made no apology for his CIA role. U.S. authorities call him a mobster. He regards himself as a patriot.

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THE WASHINTON POST – Sunday, September 12, 1976

The Calculated Rise And Abrupt Descent Of Johnny Roselli
By Rudy Maxa

Until last month, Johnny Roselli lived comfortably with his sister and brother-in-law in a Miami suburb. A friend estimated he earned about $25,000 annually from a gift shop he owned in the lobby of Las Vegas’ Frontier Hotel.

He shrugged last year when his attorney suggested he hire a bodyguard, after the murder of Chicago mobster Sam Giancana, his partner in CIA plots to kill Castro. If anybody wants to kill me at my age, the 71-year-old Roselli said, what difference does it make? So he played golf several times a week, sipped white wine with dinner, and – until somebody decidied Johnny Roselli should wind up in an oil barrel in Miami’s Dumfoundling Bay – considered employment in the new gambling casinos beginning to open in the oil-rich Middle East……

PAGE 35 – REPEAT OF August 13, 1976 Rick Inderfurth – Mike Madigan – memo re: Miami Interviews with Gary Hart.

PAGE 36 -

THE WASHINGTON POST – THURSDAY AUGUST 12, 1976

Who Killed John Roselli? – Editorial

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ROSSELLI CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS

1955 - Meets Maheu at insurance friend’s home.
1960 – Late July / early August. Maheu calls. Working for government. Recruit Rosselli only. Meet Brown Derby, L.A. for lunch. Long talk about project in Cuba. Rosselli wants verification……
2ND meeting, L.A., discuss further details, no discussion of specifics techniques. Plan to meet in N.Y. for verification.
Sept. 14, 1960. First meeting in N.Y. at old Plaza Hotel. Rosselli introduced by Maheu to O’Connell. Rosselli “knew” O’Connell worked for the CIA. Rosselli agrees to work on Cuban project.
Sept. 25, 1960. Maheu and Rosselli travel to Miami to begin making contact with Cubans to be recruited for mission.
(Between Sept. 25 and the Bay of Pigs [April 17], a series of recruitments, meetings and arrangements were made. The following is an outline of events that is not necessarily in chronological order.)
--- Meeting where Maheu is introduced to Trafficanti. Meeting where Maheu is introduced to Giancana. Giancana was, according to Rosselli, to only be a “back up man.” Rosselli states Giancana had nothing to do with the actual operation. Trafficanti was used, according to Rosselli, as a translator.
--- Meeting with O’Connell, Maheu, Rosselli, [note, “and two Admirals to” is crossed out] discuss the Cuban project.
--- Rosselli, in his contact with the Cubans, “invents” the cover story that he represents some Wall Street business interests who want to see Castro eliminated. Rosselli trusts Cubans he has recruited beause they are part of the Bay of Pigs operation.
--- 1st attempt at assassination involved the use of pills. Maheu and Rosselli met with Cuban #1 and #2 (?). Maheu opened up his briefcase and gave pills with instructions for their use to Cuban #1. Maheu also had $10,000 he gave the Cubans for doing the project. Rosselli did not know of the money. Rosselli states he received no remuneration for his work on the project, in fact, he paid out $800 for gas for a speed boat to deliver two or three man parties for guerrilla raids into Cuba.
--- Prior to the Bay of Pigs there was no discussion of using guns to assassinate Castro.
---Rosselli’s cover name was “John Ralston.”
--- At different times, Cuban #1, #2, or #3 would propose different projects. These would range from using plastic explosives to booby trapping Castro’s desk. Rosselli would relay these on to Maheu, who, in turn, would contact the CIA. Most projects were vetoed, but the CIA did supply short wave radio to the Cubans in Florida, to try and make contact with their people in Havana.
--- Eventually, Rosselli felt the project had failed. There was no specific point when it was announced. But, at sometime Rosselli assumed the project, for whatever reason, had not succeeded.

C H R O N O L O G Y

(ALLEGATIONS AND REPORTS OF ANY U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN ASSASSIANTIONS)
DATE                   EVENT OR ITEM                           SOURCE (Where Necessary)

1959                 Richard Bissell becomes DDP  (head of Plans Directorate)

October  1960
Tap on Dan Rowan phone in Las Vegas (allegedly: (a) favor to Giancana, and (b) done by Rosselli)   SOURCE: Date and Rosselli role from Government Oposition paper to Rosselli motion for reduction in sentence, 1971.

1961 Feb.  Lumumba mysteriously killed during Congolese strife.   - Wash. Post & Star contemporaneous accounts. News reports of CIA consideration of Lumumba plot, but claim it was done by others, e.g. Belgians?  Wash. Post 2/6/75 story by Lardener and Greider Tab A

Early 1961     Attempts to kill Castro before Bay of Pigs landing by Rosselli team.-  Jack Anderson 1967, 1971 and 1975 columns; Watergate Helms memcon

April 1961    Bay of Pigs Landing

May 31, 1961  Trujillo assassinated; charge of U.S. involvement – Jack Anderson column (1/19/71) on Smathers conversation with JFK. Agee book (obviously suspect in some respects)

Rest of 1961 and 1962 -  Possibly ongoing efforts to kill Castro by Rosselli team  - last attempt by Rosselli team in 1963, infra.

Sometime in early 1960’s   - RFK quashes prosecution of Giancana for Rowan Las Vegas tap – Watergate memcons on Keeney and Wilson interviews

October 1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis – (date for background reference )

Early 1963  - Rosselli training a team in Miami area -  Wash. Post Greider/ Lardener story, supra., states Army Ranger Capt Ayers saw him.

March 1963 – Rosselli’s last effort to kill Castro – J. Anderson 1971 column

November 1963 – Diem killed in Saigon coup JFK told Smathers later he thought CIA involved – J. Anderson, 1/19/71 column

Colby head of DDP Far East Division at the time. – articles on Colby.

Early 1964 – Howard Hunt and others from Bay of Pigs effort begin plot on another Castro assassination – reported by Tad Szulc in book on Howard Hunt (1974)

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(more on Hunt Castro project)

Assassination alleged to have been planned as part of a smaller invasion effort and preparations were allegedly made in Costa Rica – Szulc, supra

May 1965  - Hunt Castro scheme “aborted when Dominican Republic strife broke out (scheme also allegedly involved McCord, Barker and Sturgis) – Szulc

May 1965 (or later)  As Katzenbach/Helms/LBJ meeting on Dominican Republic ended, LBJ asked Helms if CIA had ever been involved in assassination (of a leader) and Helms said “no.”

1966= CIA poisoning plot against Haitian Pres. Duvalier; bombing place in ’68.  – Anderson col.,. 4/7/75

1967- Rosselli indicted for alien law and interstate gambling crimes (Friars Club card game rigging) – Government Opposition to sentence reduction, suprs.

March 3 1967 – First Anderson column on Rosselli – We don’t have, but Anderson referred to in Hersh NY Times story 3/10/75

In response to Anderson story RFK tells Walinsky and Edelman he shut it off;  - Hersh story, supra.
1968

Rosselli sentenced to 5 years – Government Opposition,

Early 1969 - Asst. Atty Gen Wilson asks for Justice Dept. Rosselli file – Keeney Watergate memcon

1970 - Rosselli goes before grand jury under immunity re: Giancana – Government Opposition, supa

1971- Jan. 18 – First of three Anderson columns.

Jan. 19 – Maheau (scheduled to go before grand jury on Las Vegas skimming) calls AG John Mitchell. – Lenzner memo to Sen. Ervin on Rosselli (and phone )

Same day: Haldeman asks Dean to inquirer into Hughes/O’Brien/Maheu ties

Jan. 27 – Maheu interviewed by Wilson and Peterson on Rosselli matter.

Feb. 1 – Caulfield to Dean memo that Maheu was involved in covert activity for CIA in early 1960’s.
Rosselli files motion for reduction in sentence, citing Anderson stories and presenting memorandum to Court

PAGE 43 REPEAT OF PREVIOUS CHRONOLOGY

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1961   After the Bay of Pigs (April 1961)

Rosselli felt “sorry for the poor bastards left on the beach.” [Crossed out: Rosselli felt indirectly responsible for their deaths since he had encouraged many of them to participate in the invasion.] Two or three weeks after the invasion, Rosselli was contacted in Los Angeles by O’Connnell, a meeting was arranged for at the airport hotel in Miami. Rosselli went there and was introduced to Harvey. O’Connell said Harvey was now in charge of the Cuban project. Harvey told Rosselli he was to cease all contact with Maheu and Giancana. Further, Harvey stated that the government was still interested in using Rosselli for intelligence-gathering operations. Rosselli would report information from the Cubans to Harvey about personalities and events in Cuba. Rosselli would also relay on to his Cuban contacts requests for specific information from the CIA.

Sometimes between the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis [October 1962] Harvey gave Rosselli six poison capsules. Rosselli, in turn, gave them to his Cuban contacts who were to take them to Cuba, where another Cuban or Cubans would use them to assassinate Castro. Rosselli never learned the details of what happened, but the project obviously failed. At one point, Rosselli remembers hearing over the radio hat Castro was very ill. A short time later, he recovered.
Sometime before the Cuban missile crisis, Rosselli arranged, pursuant to Cuban #1 request, for a van loaded with rifles and ammunition to be delivered to Florida. O’Connell and Rosselli watched the Cuban contact pick up the van and return it empty. Rosselli assumed that these guns were going to be used by the two or three-man raiding parties in Cuba to assassinate Castro and overthrow the government.

During the Cuban missile crisis, Rosselli was in Chicago. He contacted Harvey at Harvey’s mother’s home in Indianapolis and left his number in Chicago. Harvey then called him, told him to go to Washington D.C. From Washington, D.C., Rosselli traveled to Florida where he stayed for the duration of the Cuban missile crisis. He, at times, would, through his Cuban contacts, attempt to verify the location of the Russian missiles in Cuba. Rosselli claimed that this had been successful. After the Cuban missile crisis, Harvey called Rosselli and told him to stop all contacts with any and all persons involved in past Cuban missions. Harvey never stated why the missions were being called off.

Rowan Tap

Rosselli said that he understood that Giancana had asked Maheu for a  tap on Dan Rowan. Maheu gave Rosselli two stories. The first was that he was doing Giancana a favor and the second was that there was a real intelligence value in that Maheu was afraid that Giancana or Rowan might be giving out intelligence information that would be of value to enemies of the United States. Rosselli had not heard of the names Dubois or Belotti or Fred Harrison. He admitted that Harvey had discussed the tap with him, but both Harvey and Rosselli were mad that the operation had gone on. Giancana obvioiusly knew about the tap. Maheu did ask Rosselli to get bail money for the two tappers who were caught and thrown in jail. Maheu suggested that Rosselli could get a hotel to turn over the bail money. Finally, Rosselli arranged to have a man with a green carnation in his lapel meet and transfer the bail money. He never received any of this money back. Rosselli claims that he did not know what type of tap went on. He admitted that he had been questioned by the FBI but he gave no answers. Rosselli knew that Mahu had been questioned by the FBI.

Early 1961 – Attempts to kill Castro before Bay of Pigs landing by Rosselli team.

April 1961 – Bay of Pigs Landing

Rest of 1961 and 1962 – Possibly ongoing efforts to Kill Castro by Rosselli team.  Last attempt by Rosselli team in 1963, infra.

Early 1963 – Rosselli training a team in Miami area. Wash. Post Greider/Lardener story, supra., states Army Ranger Capt. Ayres saw him.

March 1963 – Rosselli’s last effort to kill Castro.

Sometime in 1963 – RFK stopped further efforts.

August 9 1976 -  Rosselli’s body discovered in oil drum in Dumfounding Bay, Florida.


Monday, June 11, 2018

JFK Records for Beginners - Rules for Researchers

JFK Research for Beginners - Rules for Researchers  - By Bill Kelly

Deciding to learn about the assassination of President Kennedy has been described as entering “the Rabbit’s Hole,” or entering the “Wilderness of Mirrors,” a vast morass you can’t easily wade through without getting lost or stuck.

Fortunately, and thanks to those who have gone before us, the Rabbit’s Hole and House of Mirrors is well mapped out and a lot easier to navigate than the first generation of researchers found.

Before you begin or even look at the maps, you have to take a pre-requisite linguistics class on the lexicon.

When Jim Fraser, the owner of the Atlantic City Country Club asked me to write the 100 year history of his golf club, I told him that I didn’t play golf or know much about the game, and he said he had two thousand golfers and he needed a researcher and writer. Club golf pro told me that all I had to do was learn the lingo of golf –the lexicon, and the rest would come easy, such as the term ‘birdie’ meant one under par for the hole, a term that had been coined there, and so came my second book “Birth of the Birdie.”

And just as David Maurer, the Kentucky linguist, went into the underworld of criminals to learn their slang terms, and came out with the key to the Big Con confidence games –ala The Sting, in order to understand what happened at Dealey Plaza you have to learn how to read documents, translate codes, and identify aliases with the true name of persons.

Now that many of the most significant JFK assassination records are digitalized on line and can be accessed with a computer connected to the internet, it’s a lot easier to become an armchair detective instead of having to actually go to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), become a research associate, and travel to the Archives II in College Park, Maryland to review a cart of documents that you had requested the day or week before.

The Archives II was funded in 1992 as part of the Congressionally mandated JFK Act, and is one of a number of remote archives, including Presidential Libraries run by the NARA, under Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) David Ferriero. The old, original Archives building, in downtown Washington D.C. (Across the street from the Hard Rock CafĂ©), has the theater where the first Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) hearings were held, and offices, it has a famous statute on the front steps that reads: “The Past Is Prologue,” a Shakespeare quote. The JFK Collection is housed at the Archives II, about fifteen miles north of Washington near the University of Maryland.

The digitalized documents on line are just the tip of the perverbial iceberg, as the JFK Collection at the Archives II also includes the main evidence in the murder of President Kennedy, including the rifle said to have been the murder weapon, the Zapruder Film, and other key elements in the crime.

Besides the hard evidence, films, videos, tape recordings and emails, there are what they call “textural” records, or documents, of which there are over 5 million, most of which have not been scanned and digitalized and put on line, as the most recently released documents were.

Even the textural documents can be broken down into categories – such as index cards, handwritten notes, typewritten reports, memos, cables and transcripts of interviews.

While another set of rules apply to those who actually visit the Archives II, this will be a primer for those who want to review the JFK assassination records that are posted on line, beginning with the NARA web site where they were first posted. The NARA, in ignoring the JFK Act provision that requires the Archivist to provide the public with a guide and index to the JFK Collection, has instead posted a completely useless web site that has not been updated in years, but has been over-rided by three private sites that are much more easily navigated.

Mary Ferrell, a Dallas legal secretary, was one of the first generation of researchers to keep a good record of everything that had to do with the assassination, and she began with index cards on subjects and persons and a very useful chronology file, a collection she sold to a software developer who had researcher Rex Bradford scan and post the most significant records she had and what were released by the NARA.

The MaryFerrell.org web site has been responsible for much of the best new work on the assassination to date.

While the Mary Ferrell site was a lone pioneer, two others have entered the fray, including the good folks at the Blackvault.com, where they copied all of the records from NARA and made a more workable search engine.





Then the Microsoft research team, in order to make a case study of a subject to test their new software application, chose the newly released JFK records and pumped them all through their black box machine and came out with some very interesting results, as one Microsoft engineer put it: “We just ran all the content through, and right away you could see that the CIA, the FBI and even Cuba were involved in all this.”

Now in dealing with textural JFK Assassination documents the first thing you need to know is what they call the “RIF” number – Record Identification Form – that begins with a number – three digits – the first of which relates to the agency of origin – FBI, CIA, State, etc.

For example: 157-10014-10049 is the RIF Record Identification number, with 157 signifying the SSCIA - Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities - AKA the Church Committee is the originator, while 180-10143-10299 is a House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) record as the 180 indicates.

Each RIF page – the first page of every record – will tell you a lot – the agency of origin, the topic, subjects, number of pages – some documents are hundreds of pages long, others just a one page memo, but every record should have a RIF number that you can always refer to, site as a source and easily return to.

Most of the search engines – Mary Ferrell-Blackvault-Microsoft use name or subject traces, as well as the RIF number, so you can type in a name – David Atlee Phillips, John Rosselli, William Harvey, and come up with hundreds of documents you can brouse, or you can review them according to the Subject file, or date.

As James Jesus Angleton told Thomas Powers, one of the first things you do in beginning a Counter-Intelligence investigation is to create a Chronology of relevant events so everything can be more easily understood, and while Mary Ferrell had the best Chronology when she was alive, she has been super seeded by Ira David Wood’s JFK Assassination Chronology –



Besides the RIF numbers, name and subject files and chronology, it is also necessary to learn the language and techniques of what Allen Dulles called The Crafts of Intelligence.

First off there’s the acronyms – abbreviations using the first letter of a title – as in POTUS – President of the United States, and ACSI – Army Chief of Staff for Intelligence, CIA – Central Intelligence Agency, FBI, etc.

Then there are very specific operational terms – as an Agent is a very different person than an intelligence Officer or an intelligence Asset – who can be a willing asset or unwitting asset who does what you want without knowing the full program.

Most CIA Officers are what David Maurer and the Big Con artists call “Inside Men,” who operate from a desk with a telephone and give instructions and directions, and are usually suave and sophisticated – such as Ted Shackley and Desmond Fitzgerald, while the “Outside Men” operate in what they call “In the field,” - on the street, interacting with their agents, operatives and assets – such as David Phillips and William Harvey.

Official Officers and Agents work out of an embassy under cover, while others operate apart from the embassy, under commercial or business cover, usually using an alias and fake identity that will withstand a background check.

When they communicate in memos, cables or letters, they use a crypt code that is only known to them – such as KUBARAK is the crypt code they used for the CIA Headquaters in Langley, Va., while JMWAVE was the code for the largest CIA base in the world at the old South Campus at the University of Miami, Florida.

Peter Dale Scott, Bill Simpich, John Newman, Rex Bradford and Malcolm Blunt have all contributed to the lists of aliases, codes, crypts and ciphers that are used by those involved in the JFK assassination story, so visiting the lists composed so far at MaryFerrell.org will give you a good idea of what you are up against in trying to make sense of some of the more obscure JFK assassination documents.

Mary Ferrell CIA Cryptonyms: https://www.maryferrell.org/php/cryptdb.php

Besides the official NARA JFK Collection web site, and the three searchable data bases, there are other good sources for JFK Assassination records including Baylor University library, JFKFacts.org, JFK Lancer, Kennedys & Kings, Hood College, Sixth Floor Oral History Project, and of course CAPA-US.org.

Join CAPA and become part of our Research Team and share the information we uncover.

Bill Kelly – CAPA Research Coordinator. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

RFK and JFK - Set Up as Marks in a Big Con Sting

RFK and JFK - Set Up as Marks in a Big Con Sting - By Bill Kelly 

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The first Tuesday in June 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, an event that is still being debated as to who was responsible, much like the murder of his brother President John F. Kennedy.

Actually there were a string of political assassinations that are related in that if the murder of Medger Evers was properly investigated and prosecuted, JFK would not have been killed in the same manner, and JFK’s unresolved homicide led directly to the murders of MLK, RFK and Malcolm X.

The assassination of President Kennedy can be shown to have been not only a conspiracy, because the official version of events that begin and end with a deranged lone gunman can be demonstrated to be false, but was a more distinct type of conspiracy – a covert intelligence operation.

While such operations are designed to be deceptive and shield those responsible, and most successful covert intelligence operations go unnoticed, they become clearly visible and embarrassing when they fail, like the Bay of Pigs and Watergate.

The Dealey Plaza operation was not a plot so much as it was a plan, a very distinct plan developed and designed to kill Fidel Castro with a high powered rifle as he rode in an open jeep, a plan that included a psychological warfare cover-story to blame the murder on communists, a plan that was presented to the National Security Council’s Cuban Task Force for approval and was “disapproved by higher authority.”

That plan to kill Castro was then re-directed to the higher authority at Dealey Plaza, and included the framing of Oswald for the crime and the blaming of Castro for the operation that was meant to be seen as a Castro Cuban Communist conspiracy, what Peter Dale Scott calls the “Phase One” scenario.

On the night of the assassination however, as Oswald was being charged with “furthering a communist conspiracy,” the Phase One scenario was replaced with the “Phase Two” cover story of the assassination being the work of a deranged lone nut case – Lee Harvey Oswald.

LBJ himself, holed up with his top aides in his Vice President’s Executive Office Building suite, made the decision not to accept the Phase One Castro Cuban Commie cover story because, as he told Texas authorities, acceptance of it would lead to World War III and 200 million deaths.

LBJ used the same reasoning to convince Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren to lead the Warren Commission, whose report would conclude that one man alone was responsible for what happened at Dealey Plaza. One of the first things Warren did was to arrange for the military to assign an official Pentagon historian to work with him and write the narrative of the Warren Report, and they sent Alfred Goldberg. Warren wanted his report to be readable and Goldberg, who is still alive today, wrote that narrative, as well as the chapter on responding to conspiracy allegations.

Now we need to come up with an alternative narrative, one that explains what really happened rather than just pin the blame on a deranged loner, or Castro Commies.

But it is the very failure of the Phase One Castro Cuban Commie cover story, that is regularly brought back and reissued whenever the Phase Two scenario fades, and reasserts the fact that the intelligence network responsible for the Dealey Plaza operation is still functioning and promoting the idea Castro was behind the murder, as former CIA agents Brien Letell and Robert Baer have done, and Phil Shennon continues to do.

But it wasn’t just Oswald who was framed for the crime as the self-professed Patsy, and Castro, who was to take the blame for the crime he didn’t commit, but JFK and RFK were also set up like Marks in a Big Con Sting.

As John Newman has clearly demonstrated, the half-hearted attempts to kill Castro were half-hearted because Castro had to be alive on November 22, 1963 when he was to be made responsible for killing the President, as the original plan and cover story allowed.

It is the very failure of that aspect of the plan – that gives us insight into those actually responsible for the crime, as former House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) investigator Dan Hardway noticed, almost all of the sources to the false story that Castro directed Oswald and was responsible for the Dealey Plaza operation are all agents or media assets of former CIA officer David Atlee Phillips. Now there aren’t a few of these, but dozens of serials, and each one when tracked back to its origin is clearly part of the same intelligence network Phillips was associated with at that time.

Just as the CIA and Cubans trained at JMWAVE were designing contingency plans to kill Castro – like PATHFINDER for instance, they were frustrated when these plans were “disapproved by higher authority.”

In his book “Intelligence Wars,” Thomas Powers, a 30 year veteran of the Council on Foreign Relations, includes the assassination of President Kennedy as a sensitive subject, but it is clear from the record that JFK was a victim of the intelligence wars and not a deranged loner.

Robert F. Kennedy, the attorney general, was also compromised, blackmailed if you will, so he could not properly respond to his brother’s murder, by branding him as being responsible for the CIA plots to kill Castro, establishing a hypothetical motive for Castro to retaliate.

Powers says there is a “bushel” of evidence that supports the idea that JFK ordered, approved and knew about the CIA plots to kill Castro, but when you look at the evidence closely it is a bushel of bull shit.

Powers writes: “The assassination of John F. Kennedy was one of the great traumatic events in American history, and the possibility that he was guilty of intending what his killer was guilty of doing was more than Kennedy loyalists were willing to admit.”

Powers names Kennedy aide Arthur Schlesinger as one of the Kennedy “loyalists” unwilling to admit that JFK had ordered the murder of Castro, or at least knew of the CIA plans to do so, yet Schlesinger was also unaware of JFK’s backchannel communications with Castro via Lisa Howard, William Attwood and Carlos Lechuga at the United Nations.

It just so happens that Attwood, Kennedy’s former prep school roommate, introduced JFK to Mary Pinchot Meyer, who became JFK’s paramour, and wife of CIA officer Cord Meyer, a major player in the assassination drama. And it is pretty peculiar that Lechuga, a former Cuban ambassador to Mexico, had an affair with Sylvia Duran, the women Oswald dealt with at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City and a primary source of the Castro Cuban Commie Phase One cover story.

When Anthony Summers asked Arthur Schlesinger about the back channel communications between JFK and Castro, that were on-going at the time of JFK’s murder, Schlesinger said that if the anti-Castro Cubans knew about those back channel talks it would have been enough motive for them to kill Kennedy. And it appears that the anti-Castro Cubans were tipped off about the negotiations and were so motivated to kill JFK.

RFK was compromised, as Sam Halpern, Thomas Powers, Joe Califano, Desmond FitsGerald and others have suggested, by his insistence the covert operations against Cuba be intensified, including the plans to kill Castro. But when RFK was told of the CIA-Mafia plots, he put an end to them.

RFK was however, introduced to some of the CIA JMWAVE case officers at a Miami safe house, and was flown by helicopter into a remote Everglades training base where he met with some of the anti-Castro Cubans being trained for infiltration missions into Cuba.

As Powers writes: “On the day his brother was shot to death in Dallas, Texas, Robert F. Kennedy asked the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John McCone, point-blank, if the CIA had been responsible for the murder. It is hard to know which is more remarkable – that Kennedy wasn’t sure of the answer, or that he expected to hear the truth either way. McCone of course, said no, and there is no evidence that Kennedy ever doubted him, but that only narrowed the list of suspects in his mind….(including) Castro himself, who had been marked for death by Kennedy’s government, who knew it, and who had warned that two could play at that game.”

“But behind those suspicions, never resolved, lay a still darker fear in the mind of Robert Kennedy: that he himself, if any of the four had been established as the guilty party, could not have escaped at least some measure of responsibility for arousing and stroking the anger that resulted in his brother’s assassination.”

“When Kennedy after much agonizing broke ranks with the administration over Vietnam, calling the war a ‘horror’ in a Senate speech in March 1967, Johnson was instantly back at him with a poisonous leak to the Washington Post columnist Drew Pearson, who flatly accused Kennedy of masterminding an effort to assassinate Fidel Castro. Had Kennedy’s plan ‘backfired against his late brother’? Pearson wondered. Was it possible the senator had been ‘plagued by the terrible thought that he had helped put into motion terrible forces that indirectly may have brought about his brother’s martyrdom? Some insiders think so.”

“The question must have been a painful one,” Powers wrote, “But guilt was only one of the torments which entered Robert Kennedy’s life with Jack’s assassination. With it also came a fatalism hard to distinguish from despair and the onset of a new spiritual sensitivity as tender as a wound that would not heal…”

Powers wrote a biography of former CIA director Richard Helms, one approved by Helms himself, and he quotes Helms telling Henry Kissinger that the CIA’s “Family Jewels” files are “just the tip of the iceberg,” and that “If they come out, blood will flow. For example, Robert Kennedy personally managed the operation on the assassination of Castro.”

While Powers can’t bother with it, he says that Max Holland and Seymour Hersh “are still on the case,” and they “learned recently the name of the CIA intelligence officer named to serve as liaison with the attorney general during the year in which he continually pressed the CIA for results in getting rid of Castro – a career intelligence officer, now dead, named Charles Ford. According to Ford’s office-mate Sam Halpern, a CIA officer also assigned to Task Force W in the agency’s effort to get rid of Castro, Ford traveled hither and yon about the country on Robert Kennedy’s business, but there public knowledge comes to an end….Whether still-classified CIA files can fill out the story of Ford’s work for Bobby remains unknown but it’s likely, just as it is likely no one will be given free range of the files until many, many additional years have passed, if then.”

In an article Powers wrote for the New York Review of Books in February 1999, he asks us to: “Think of the CIA’s files as the nation’s unconscious. There you may find the evidence, like the gouges on rock where a glacier has passed, of what American leaders really thought, really wanted, and really did – important clues to who we are as a people. Does this eternal battle over access to the files make sense when few still care what happened at the Bay of Pigs? Does it matter whether we are permitted to haul up the last piece of paper to the light of day before letting it rest? There is no right answer, just personal preference: some would rather know, and some would rather not.”

Well now we know, as Charles Ford’s HSCA interviews and his notes of what he did at JMWAVE that year are now public papers among those released by the NARA under the JFK Act, and reflect the following:

Charles Ford was born in Atlantic City, NJ and attended Princeton before joining the Army during WWII and serving as a translator in the Office of Strategic Services. One OSS report has Ford being sent on a mission to China with another OSS officer J. Walton Moore, who would become the CIA Domestic Contacts Division officer in Dallas at the time of the assassination.

After graduating from Princeton Ford would serve most of his CIA career in the office of Training, except for that one year at Task Force W in the CIA basement, working with the Cubans undercover with an alias. When questioned by the HSCA Ford denied that he ever served as an intermediary between RFK and mobsters in the plots to kill Castro, as Hersh, Holland, Halpern and Powers have alleged, but since that doesn’t fit their conspiracy theory you won’t hear it from them.

And now we have the CIA’s assassination files, and can, in Powers words “haul up that last piece of paper to the light of day before letting it rest.”

That record clearly indicates that JFK was not the victim of a deranged lone nut case or a Castro Cuban Commie conspiracy, but was a victim of what Powers calls “Intelligence Wars,” and both JFK and RFK were set up as Marks and killed by the powers that be, truths we will learn before letting them rest.

[Note: I will post the links to some of the records I refer to ASAP, including the OSS report, and Charles Ford's notes. ]