Monday, July 30, 2018

The Tenuous Links

"The records at issue are only tenuously related to the assassination." - Judge McFadden

The tenuous relationship is not so tenuous if you look at these details more closely and recognize the patterns that develop, as well as the repeated references to the Valkyrie plot throughout the JFK assassination narrative.

This tenuous link is the thread that when pulled unravels the strands of an intelligence network - what Sun Tzu called "the Divine Skein," or Godly Net that is only now coming apart at the seams, allowing us to see how it is connected, recognize it for what it is, and study it like the CIA studied the Valkyrie plot.

After establishing the relevance of the failed CIA-Mafia plans to kill Castro to the assassination of President Kennedy, the CIA's 1963 "detailed study" of the Valkyrie operation to use against Castro comes into more clear focus.

Judge McFadden said the assassination of President Kennedy was two assassinations removed from the July 20, 1944 attept to assassinate Hitler, but in fact, he mispoke, as neither Hitler nor Castro were assassinated, only Kennedy was. So the three assassinations blend together as one.

While we still don't have the CIA records of their study, we can and have conducted our own study of the Valkyrie operation to see how it relates to both the failed CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro and the successful assassination of President Kennedy.

In making such a comparative study we can see at least five strategic aspects of the Valkyrie plan that were adopted by the CIA in their contingency planning for operations against Castro, and were an integrel part of the plan to kill President Kennedy, integrel aspects not devised by Lee Harvey Oswald.

They are:

1) The utilization of standard covert operational procedures beginning with the issuing of a code word used to refer to the project. Valkyrie was chosen by Colonel Claus von Staufenberg as the code name for the assassination and coup plan to be used against Hitler, as the Valkyries in Nordic myth are the fairies who fly around the battlefield deciding who lives and who dies. The CIA plots to kill Castro had different names - Project Alfa was one, Pathfinder was another. They also operated on a need to know basis, didn't commit anything to paper so there is no paper trail, and only communicated verbally, as demonstrated in the Higgins Memo.

2) The strategic plan is outlined by the Generals and Colonels, but carried out by "boots on the ground" Home Guard soldiers in Germany, disenchanted Cuban army officers (Lanz, Almedia, Cubella) and the Army National Guard security and Army Reserve intelligence officers in Texas.

3) The operation has two phases, the first phase is actually approved by the intended victim - as the first phase of the Valkyrie plan as approved by Hitler called for the use of the Home Guard troops to seize and protect key buildings and facilities in case of a riot or revolt of the foreign slave laborers in Berlin. The second phase was the assassination of Hitler and putting the Valkyrie plan into action.

In the case of President Kennedy, he was asked to approve the plans to remove Castro from power by any means, including assassination, but some of those specific plans, such as Pathfinder, were "disapproved by higher authority," and then turned on that same higher authority. The "Four Leaves" project involving a secret military communications system, was approved by JFK in a NSAM on October 25, the same day Des Fitzgerald briefed General LeMay and the Joint Chiefs on covert operations against Cuba.

4) Control of communications and news reports is an essential aspect of any coup, as outlined in Edward Lutwak's "Coup d'etat - A Practical Handbook," and as von Staufenberg put it so "only the conspiracy speaks." As for control of the news and communications during the assassination of President Kennedy, the CIA controlled most of the major news organizations under the Mockingbird program, especially the AP and UPI wire services, from which most media organizations, radio and TV received the news reports. The strategic military and Air Force One radio communications were controlled completelly by the Collins Radio relay "Liberty" station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, owned by General LeMay's good friend Arthur Collins.

5) And finally, a key aspect of the plan designed to protect the actual sponsors was to cast blame for the crime on Communists, always convienient in Germany, as well as Oswald and Castro at Dealey Plaza. Even the single reference to the July 20, 1944 plot found among CIA files - the Propaganda Guide on an anniversary of the attack on Hitler, blames Communists for betraying the plan. Even today the CIA's psychological warfare officers and assets like Brien Letell, Bob Bair and Phil Shenon continue to promote the idea that Castro was behind the Dealey Plaza operation.

So there you have five aspects of the Valkyrie plan to kill Hitler that were adapted for use against Castro but diverted to kill JFK in Dallas.

Not so tenuous after all.

Of the five strategic aspects of the Valkyrie plan that were adapted for use against Castro, and redirected to JFK in Dallas, the only part of the plan that wasn't used was the mechanism of death - a bomb. Instead, they  would use snipers with high powered rifles and scopes.

Both Allen Dulles and Hans B. Gisivious were leary about the use of a bomb and were uncertain it would work against Hitler, and they were right.

As an English reader suggested, if the CIA studied the Valkyrie plot to use against Castro, they would also study other historical models of a similar nature - such as the assassination of Archduke Ferdenand in 1917 that sparked World War I, and other WW II assassinations and plans for assassination. Specifically, the assassination of Heidrich and the British plans for assassinating Hitler - Operation Foxley, which they would have shared with the Americans.

In 1944 British SOE (Special Operations Executive) drew up plans to kill Hitler - Operation Foxley, documents kept secret until 1998.

[www.nationalarchives.gov.uk ]

Like the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Hitler that evolved over different phases, Operation Foxley considered using poison in Hitler's coffee or tea before settling on a sniper shooting him from a distance as he walked through a park on the way to a tea house, something he did on a routine, daily basis.

Detailed maps were drawn up of the area, a team of two operatives, dressed in regular German army uniforms, would carry out the mission, with one serving as a decoy and deception while the first class sniper shot and killed Hitler - "One shot, one kill," is the first class sniper's motto.

Operation Foxley was never carried out, as the documents dated 1944 bear out, because strategic planners decided that Hitler was making disasterous decisions and they wanted him to continue doing so.

The British records also note that the assassination of Nazi official Heidrich in Prague by two British SOE trained partisans, was an a military style ambush on a moving motorcade that was set at a tight turn requiring the vehicles to slow down, much like Dealey Plaza. But because the assassination of Heidrich led to the executions of over 5,000 innocent civilians in retaliation, the blowback was too high a price to pay.

A similar number of Germans were executed in the aftermath of the failed Valkyrie attack, including Colonel von Staufenberg, who deposited the bomb, and a number of Generals, including Rommel, who was permitted to kill himself.

No one has been held responsible for the murder of President Kennedy.

Two German generals involved in the conspiracy escaped retaliation, and were in the Pentagon meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time of the assassination of President Kennedy.

Gisivious, with a fake passport sent to him by Allen Dulles and Mary Bancroft, escaped to testify at Nurenberg. When he came to America, as Bancroft translated his manuscript, Gisivioius lived with Tom Braden, then head of the CIA's International Organizations Division. As with other former Nazis who entered the USA under Operation Paperclip, Gisivious moved to Texas to work for a major defense contractor.

On July 20, 1954, Allen Dulles and Gisivioius celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Valkyrie plot over a dinner at a restaurnat in Washington D.C.

It was an anniversary of the Valkyrie plot when the CIA published the Propagandist Guide, that blames Communists for the failure of the plot to kill Hitler, a guide that is redacted in part because they continue to use those techniques today and they must be protected.

While you would think that the CIA would have dozens if not hundreds of records that mention the July 20, 1944 Valkyrie Plot, especially in light of their "detailed study," the total lack of any significant document clearly indicates their files have been purged. 

All matters relted to these issues are missing, records with  only a tenuous link to the assassination of President Kennedy, but it is that tenuous link that is coming unraveled, and books by company assets that blame Castro for killing JFK, and misstaments, wrong rulings and pronouncements by judges in court are not going to stop those disclosures.








Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Relevancy of the CIA-Mafia Plots to Kill Castro

THE CIA-MAFIA, HITLER AND JFK

WHY THE JUDGE IS WRONG ON TWO POINTS IN HIS JULY 17 RULING

 By William Kelly (billkelly3@gmail.com)

“…. the connection between these records and President Kennedy’s assassination are tenuous at best, resting on the Plaintiff’s theory that the Kennedy assassination was motivated by U.S. efforts to assassinate Fidel Castro, efforts that prompted the CIA to study assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler. So this case is two assassinations removed from the assassination of President Kennedy.” – U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden – July 17, 2018

After reading Judge McFadden’s ruling that the CIA completed a lawful search of its records and could not find any trace or references to the “detailed study” they conducted of the German military plot to kill Hitler, I found it hard to believe. Besides the incredulity of the CIA having lost such a study, I was taken aback by two clearly false statements the Judge makes in his ruling.

I don’t know about any of the legal points the D.C. District Court Judge McFadden made in his July 17, 2018 ruling but he is clearly wrong on two key points. He ruled that the CIA fulfilled its legal obligations in response to the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC) request for any CIA records on the July 20, 1944 assassination attempt on Adolph Hitler that the CIA was studying in detail in order to use against Fidel Castro.

In that ruling, Judge McFadden was absolutely wrong when he said the assassination of President Kennedy was “two assassinations removed” from the plot to kill Hitler and the plots to kill Castro since neither Hitler nor Castro were assassinated. Only President Kennedy was killed and the Judge was wrong in his assertion that links between the Hitler plot and the murder of the president “were tenuous, at best.”

THE SIGNIFIANCE OF THE CIA-MAFIA PLOTS TO KILL CASTRO

Before dealing with the less than tenuous ties between the Valkyrie plot and what happened at Dealey Plaza, it is a certifiable fact that the failed CIA-Mafia plots to kill Fidel Castro are intricately linked directly to the assassination of President Kennedy. 

Only Warren Commissioner and former CIA director Allen Dulles knew of the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro, but he didn’t share that information with the rest of the Commission and the facts didn’t become public knowledge until the 1970s.

WARREN COMMISSION ATTORNEY SAMUEL STERN’S HSCA INTERVIEW

Even Warren Commission staff recognized the serious implications of the CIA-Mafia plots and said so to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), as reported in this memo that reads:

Former Warren Commission counsel Sam Stern was interviewed in his Washington Law office on Auguest 22, 1978. Mr. Stern stated that his duties on the Commission involved handling the investigation into Lee Oswald’s background, specifically, the intelligence agencies awareness of Oswald prior to the assassination. Secondly, Stern stated that he had been in charge of evaluating “the efficacy of Presidential protection,” as well as preparing a history of American political assassinations.

Stern stated that had the Commission learned of the CIA-Mafia conspiracies to assassinate Fidel Castro, “we would have gone much more into Cuba, the CIA, and the Mafia. We would have had a whole host of new avenues calling for investigation. And we would have obviously had to develop some new sources of information – other than the agency.”


"I am less certain now than at the time we wrote the Report. Less certain that Oswald acted alone. Actually, I wasn't all that certain at the time. I thought the best evidence supported the final findings, and I agreed with them, but I wasn't tremendously firm or immovable in that, in my own mind. I just thought there were a lot of straws left.....I have become more skeptical about the Warren Commission findings and everything else that is a part of official life, I suppose. Everything has become discredited over the years since 1963. You don’t really believe in things the way you did back then.

Mr. Stern stated that “at the outset we realized that there was no possible way to penetrate any official involvement in a cover-up or conspiracy if there was such complicity.” Stern stated that he and several of his Commission colleagues discussed what they regarded as “the fact that the agencies – the FBI and CIA – could formulate and maintain a cover-up which no one would ever penetrate. We of course did not believe that was so. And I still don’t. But we realized what we were dealing with, in the power of these agencies. Fortunately, we believed they were on our side.”

As Sam Stern has said, if the Warren Commission knew about the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro, “…we would have gone much more into Cuba, the CIA, and the Mafia. We would have had a whole host of new avenues calling for investigation. And we would have obviously had to develop some new sources of information – other than the agency.”

Even Warren Commission apologist Vincent Bugliosi, in his book “Reclaiming History,” leaves himself some wiggle room for conspiracy in saying that if there was one, it involved the Cubans.

The first conspiracy theory advanced by the anti-Castro Cuban DRE – Student Directorate – claimed that Fidel Castro was behind Oswald and the “international communist conspiracy,” which was the original Phase One cover-story designed to protect the operation’s actual sponsors.

When LBJ ordered that Oswald not be charged with being part of a conspiracy, the Phase Two – deranged lone nut scenario was adopted as the official version of events. But the Phase One Castro Cuban Commie story was revived when the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro became public knowledge.

The revival of the Phase One cover story centered on the idea that Castro knew of the CIA-Mafia plots to kill him, as he certainly did, and retaliated, killing JFK before JFK and the CIA could kill him. 

While that motive seems plausible, it is only promoted by assets of CIA officer David Atlee Phillips. More recently the same debunked theory has been revised by former CIA intelligence officers Brian Lettel and Bob Baer, and their media assets like Gus Russo (Brothers in Arms) and most recently by Phil Shenon (A Cruel and Horrible Act).

But that Castro, Oswald and Cuban intelligence were behind the Dealey Plaza operation has been shown to be false, in fact it can be clearly demonstrated that it is a pre-designed and highly orchestrated black propaganda psychological warfare disinformation campaign.

That is not the way the Dealey Plaza operation went down.

The way it really happened, as former FBI agent William Turner, CIA Cuban commando case officer Carl Jenkins and CIA intelligence officer David Atlee Phillips all explained, President Kennedy was killed by a team of anti-Castro Cubans who were paid and trained by the CIA to kill Castro, but changed their target to JFK at Dealey Plaza.

As former intelligence analyst and security specialist Gene Wheaton put it, “it was convoluted but not complicated.”

In a videotaped interview Wheaton said: “The straight story is that there was a CIA fronted program to assassinate Castro, and Carl (Jenkin's) was in charge of training the Cubans in Miami to assassinate Castro and it was paid for by the CIA. They would go fromTexas down to Mexico  to shoot at convertables, set up watermelons up in the back seat – they called it - triangulation shooting team –  in their own words.”

“According to them (Jenkins and Cubans). They were the ones that diverted the Castro funds and training for their own agenda to snuff Kennedy. It was a paid element – and they were CIA people, but they were training to assassinate Castro, but if you are trained to assassinate one man you can assassinate anybody with that same training..  They were using the paid training program – to divert to get Castro – because of his – Cubans, because of imprisonment of those guys, and the failed Bay of Pigs things, and JFK backing off at the last moment on supporting the Bay of Pigs invasion, they were furious, and still are today – those who are still alive.”

In his unpublished novel The AMLASH Legacy, David Atlee Phillips wrote: "I was one of those officers who handled Lee Harvey Oswald... We gave him the mission of killing Fidel Castro in Cuba... 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."

According to Larry Hancock, the author of Someone Would Have Talked, just before his death Phillips told Kevin Walsh, an investigator with the House Select Committee on Assassinations: "My final take on the assassination is there was a conspiracy, likely including American intelligence officers."

So it has been firmly established that the failed CIA-Mafia plots to kill Hitler are intimately entwined with the successful assassination of President Kennedy.

And the murder of the President isn’t “two assassinations removed” from the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler, because neither Hitler nor Castro were assassinated, and all three plots actually merge into one, the one that succeeded at Dealey Plaza.


MORE TO COME 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

CIA Loses Detailed Study of Hitler Plot

CIA Loses Its “Detailed Study “ of Hitler Plots


July 20, 1944 

"I regard this as the best lead we have ever had as to who may have been involved in the assassination of President Kennedy." - Jim Lesar 

Washington D.C., July 20, 2018. Almost seventy-five years to the day after the July 20, 1944 German military plot to kill Adolph Hitler failed, a Washington D.C. District Court judge ruled the CIA fulfilled its legal obligations in failing to find any record whatsoever of their “detailed study” of the plot to use against Fidel Castro.

On July 17, U.S. District Court Judge Trevor N. McFadden ruled in favor of the CIA in its failed search for the records pertaining to the 1963 study, deciding they had conducted an adequate search for records requested by Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) attorney Jim Lesar and the Assassinations Archives and Research Center (AARC).

Lesar's request is primarily based on a clear reference to “the plot to kill Hitler….being studied in detail” as an “historical parallel to the CIA’s then ongoing efforts to overthrow Fidel Castro,” contained in a September 25, 1963 memorandum by Colonel Walter Higgins, adjunct to General Victor Krulak, of the meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

While the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Maxwell Taylor was on a special mission to Vietnam, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Curtis LeMay chaired the meeting that included a briefing by the CIA’s Desmond FitzGerald on CIA covert operations against Cuba, for the purpose of coordinating military support for those actions.

When the Higgins Memo was released under the JFK Act of 1992 and placed in the JFK Collection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), it was scanned and posted at the MaryFerrell.org web site among the assassination records of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. When it came to the attention of FOIA attorney Jim Leasar, director of the AARC, he filed a FOIA request in 2012.

After two official letters from the CIA denying they held any records related to the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler, code named Valkyrie, they relented and claimed those denials were sent accidently, and they did have one document, an anti-communist Propaganda Guide, that refers to the celebrated anniversary of the plot, that it claimed was betrayed by German Communists.

The CIA claimed it searched all of its relevant files without locating a single document or reference, except for the one Propaganda Guide, that they released with redactions even though it was over a half-century old.

The CIA said it even searched their “Operational Files” that are not subject to FOIA inquiry, and questioned their official historian – David Robarge, who noted that the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) files of that July 1944 period were turned over to the NARA. But Lesar requested the CIA records on the “detailed study” of the Hitler assassination plots from September 1963, that should be in the CIA files.

Robarge wrote the official biography of John McCone, who was CIA director at the time of the assassination, a book that is still highly censored and redacted.

The judge ruled that, “Assassination Archives alleges that Exemption 6 (personnel and medical files) does not apply because disclosure of CIA personnel names and telephone numbers are important for sniffing out why administration errors occurred in this case,…” especially since the CIA admits two, not one but two denials of any records were sent out in error by accident.

The judge also took issue with the AARC’s contention that the release of the requested information would “…vindicate the public interest in the John F. Kennedy assassination.”

Judge McFadden, a Trump appointee, discounts this notion saying, “But the connection between these records and President Kennedy’s assassination are tenuous at best, resting on the Plaintiff’s theory that the Kennedy assassination was motivate by U.S. efforts to assassinate Fidel Castro, efforts that prompted the CIA to study assassination attempts on Adolph Hitler. So this case is two assassinations removed from the assassination of President Kennedy.”

Wait a minute, neither Hitler nor Castro were assassinated, so it isn't "two assassinations removed," it is two failed assassinations plots that are directly connected to the assassination of the president, so the judge misspoke.

“And even if I accepted the Plaintiff’s proposition that public interest in the Kennedy assassination is relevant to this case, and relevant to the CIA’s diligence during these search efforts, that interest does not outweigh the privacy interests of CIA personnel in their names and phone numbers. The public’s interest in figuring out why two ‘no-records’ emails were mistakenly sent is miniscule at best….”

“Put simply, President Trump ordered that President Kennedy’s assassination records be released swiftly, ‘with redactions only in the rarest circumstances….As explained above, the records at issue in this case are only tenuously related to President Kennedy’s assassination….”

While I can’t address any of the legal issues, it is apparent that the Judge has but did not read my declaration to the court that outlined in detail the associations between the Valkyrie Plot to kill Hitler and the assassination of President Kennedy, that are not tenuous. 

 JFKcountercoup: Kelly Declaration AARC v. CIA Re: Detailed Study of Hitler Plot

After the ruling Jim Lesar said, “America lost over a million killed and wounded fighting World War II, but the CIA can only find one document related to plots to kill Hitler, even though it was conducting a detailed study of such plots in September 1963 as part of plans to overthrow Castro.  How was such "detailed" study conducted if the CIA had only one document to work with?  Maybe the Tooth Fairy knows.  The CIA appears to have no clue."

Attorney Dan Alcorn, who also worked on the case, said, "It remains a mystery as to what has happened to CIA records documenting its detailed study of the plot to assassinate Hitler in the fall of 1963 to develop a plan to overthrow Fidel Castro."

HIGGINS MEMO AT MARY FERRELL: showDoc.html

HIGGINS MEMO AT JFKCOUNTERCOUP2 - JFKCountercoup2: The Higgins Memo of JCS Meeting of Sept. 25, 1963

JIM LESAR AT NPC - JFKCountercoup2: Jim Lesar - AARC - Panel I & II Presentations

UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE PROGRAM "ALFA" - JFKCountercoup2: UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE PROGRAM "ALFA"

VALKYRIE AT DEALEY PLAZA - JFKcountercoup: Valkyrie At Dealey Plaza - Updated

VALKYRIE AT DP - "The Conspiracy Alone Must Speak" - JFKcountercoup: Valkyrie at Dealey Plaza - "The Conspiracy Alone Must Speak"



AARC v. CIA Re: CIA Detailed Study of Hitler Plot

            UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

ASSASSINATION ARCHIVES AND RESEARCH CENTER, INC. Planintiff, v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, Defendant

Case No. 1:17-cv-00160 (TNM)

Filed 07/17/18

MEMORANDUM OPINION

The Assassination Archives and Research Center challenges the Central Intelligence Agency’s response to its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all records related to the CIA’s research into assassination attempts against Adolf Hitler, plus any records related to the resulting search itself. After a search effort, the CIA found only one non-search-related document, and concluded that any other pertinent documents had likely been given to the National Archives. I conclude that the CIA has met its burden of showing that the search was adequate and that its redactions were proper under FOIA. Accordingly, the CIA’s Motion for Summary Judgment will be granted and Assassination Archives’ Motion for Summary Judgment will be denied. I.

BACKGROUND

 Invoking FOIA and the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Records Act), 44 U.S.C. § 2107 note (1992), Assassination Archives seeks records pertaining to the CIA’s research into plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Compl. ¶ 16. As part of its original FOIA request, the Assassination Archives attached a 1963 memorandum summarizing a Joint Chiefs of Staff briefing, which mentioned that “the plot to kill Hitler” was Case 1:17-cv-00160-TNM Document 28 Filed 07/17/18 Page 1 of 13 2 “being studied in detail,” as a historical parallel to the CIA’s then-ongoing efforts to overthrow Fidel Castro. ECF 1-1 at 7. The first request, sent in August 2012, asked for: (1) “all records on or pertaining to the CIA’s 1963 study of plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler,” and (2) “all records on or pertaining to communications by Allen Dulles regarding plots to assassinate Adol[f] Hitler” during Dulles’s relevant periods of service in the Office of Strategic Services (a precursor to the CIA), or the CIA itself. Compl. Ex. 1, ECF No. 1-1. After the CIA said that no responsive records could be found, Assassination Archives sent an amended request in October 2012. Compl. ¶ 16.

That request sought:

(1) All records on or pertaining to any plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, including, but not limited to, all records in any way reflecting or referencing the CIA’s study in 1963 of plots to assassinate Hitler. . . .
(2) All records on or pertaining to communications by or with Allen Dulles regarding plots to assassinate Adol[f] Hitler during Dulles’s service in the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

(3) All index entries or other records reflecting the search for records responsive to this request in its original or amended form, including search times used with each of the components searched.
Compl. Ex. 2. Assassination Archives again told the CIA, on June 5, 2015, that a search had revealed no responsive records. Compl. ¶ 18. But in November 2015, Assassination Archives received a third response from the CIA stating that the letter was “sent . . . in error” and that the FOIA request was still under review. Id.

After consulting with historical staff about where potentially responsive records might be found, the CIA’s search eventually led to one responsive record: a 69-page Propagandist’s Guide to Communist Dissensions from 1964 (Propagandist’s Guide). Pl.’s Mem. In Support of Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. (Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J.) 8. The CIA produced a redacted version of the Case 1:17-cv-00160-TNM Document 28 Filed 07/17/18 Page 2 of 13 3 Propogandist’s Guide, and redacted versions of five internal communications related to the FOIA searchvitself. Id.

Both parties now seeks summary judgment, urging opposite conclusions as to the adequacy of the CIA’s search, and the legality of its redactions.

II. LEGAL STANDARDS

To prevail on a motion for summary judgment, a movant must show that “there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(a); see also Celotex Corp v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322 (1986). FOIA requires federal agencies to “disclose information to the public upon reasonable request unless the records at issue fall within specifically delineated exemptions.” Judicial Watch, Inc. v. FBI, 522 F.3d 364, 365-66 (D.C. Cir. 2008). Thus, a FOIA defendant is entitled to summary judgment if it shows that there is no genuine dispute about whether “each document that falls within the class requested either has been produced, is unidentifiable or is wholly exempt from the Act’s inspection requirements.” See Weisberg v. Dep’t of Justice, 627 F.2d 365, 368 (D.C. Cir. 1980). Courts decide the “vast majority” of FOIA cases on motions for summary judgment. See Brayton v. Office of United States Trade Rep., 641 F.3d 521, 527 (D.C. Cir. 2011).

To show that any unproduced documents are unidentifiable, a defendant must show “a good faith effort to [] search for the requested records, using methods which can be reasonably expected to produce the information requested.” Oglesby v. Dep’t of the Army, 920 F.2d 57, 68 (D.C. Cir. 1990). In other words, the defendant must “demonstrate beyond material doubt that its search was reasonably calculated to uncover all relevant documents.” Nation Magazine v. Customs Serv., 71 F.3d 885, 890 (D.C. Cir. 1995). The touchstone of the analysis is the reasonableness of the search, not the records produced. Mobley v. CIA, 806 F.3d 568, 583 (D.C. Cir. 2015). An agency may exercise discretion in crafting its search to meet this standard, and Case 1:17-cv-00160-TNM Document 28 Filed 07/17/18 Page 3 of 13 4 does not have to search every system if additional searches are unlikely to produce any marginal return. See Campbell v. Dep’t of Justice, 164 F.3d 20, 28 (D.C. Cir. 1998). 

Searching for records requires “both systemic and case-specific exercises of discretion and administrative judgment and expertise,” and is “hardly an area in which the courts should attempt to micromanage the executive branch.” Schrecker v. Dep’t of Justice, 349 F.3d 657, 662 (D.C. Cir. 2003). To prove the reasonableness of its search, an agency can submit a “reasonably detailed affidavit, setting forth the search terms and the type of search performed, and averring that all files likely to contain responsive materials (if such records exist) were searched.” Oglesby, 920 F.2d at 68. Agency declarations enjoy “a presumption of good faith, which cannot be rebutted by purely speculative claims about the existence and discoverability of other documents.” SafeCard Servs. Inc. v. SEC, 926 F.2d 1197, (D.C. Cir. 1991).

To show that any unproduced documents are exempt from FOIA, an agency may file “affidavits describing the material withheld and the manner in which it falls within the exemption claimed.” King v. Dep’t of Justice, 830 F.2d 210, 217 (D.C. Cir. 1987). Courts review the applicability of FOIA exemptions de novo but give “substantial weight to detailed agency explanations” of national security concerns related to FOIA disclosures. Id. III.

ANALYSIS

The CIA Conducted an Adequate and Reasonable Search

The CIA relies on declarations by Antoinette B. Shiner to establish the adequacy of its search. See Third Supp. Decl. of Antoinette B. Shiner at 2-4, ECF No. 25-1 (3d Supp. Shiner Decl.); Second Supp. Decl. of Antoinette B. Shiner (2d Supp. Shiner Decl.), ECF No. 19-2. Ms. Shiner describes the CIA’s exhaustive search in this manner:

[I]nformation management professionals (“IMS”) conducted searches of the Directorate of Analysis (“DA“); Directorate of 5 Operations (“DO“), including its operational files; the Office of the Director, the Director's Action Center, the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Congressional Affairs, the Center for the Study of Intelligence (which is part of the CIA's Talent Center) and the CIA’s history staff office. These directorates and offices were selected on the basis that they would potentially contain the historical studies and the documentary materials sought by Plaintiffs. For each of these offices, IMS personnel identified the specific database and files that would potentially contain the types of records responsive to Plaintiffs’ request—i.e., the searches included all relevant office databases, Agency share drives, and archival records-for memoranda, correspondence and any other records responsive to the request at issue. Keyword searches . . . were targeted to retrieve records from each database and set of files that contained those terms. In cases where records provided references to additional responsive documents, IMS professionals followed up on those leads and conducted additional searches based on those terms or references. No other offices were deemed likely to maintain responsive documents.

. . . Moreover, Agency personnel consulted with the CIA’s history staff, who are very knowledgeable about the Agency’s holdings with respect to the request’s subject matter. In fact, the Agency’s Chief Historian was personally consulted. He advised on Agency-wide searches and personally conducted searches of history staff files for any reference to studies of anti-Hitler plots dating from the 1963 time frame, as referenced very briefly in the “JCS Memo” or “Higgins Memorandum,” attached to Plaintiffs’ complaint and opposition. The Chief Historian did not locate any additional responsive records (apart from the one document that had already been released to Plaintiffs) and opined that, due to the age of the subject matter and narrow scope of Plaintiffs’ request focusing on anti-Hitler plots, there would not be many responsive documents and anything related to assassination studies would likely be found at the National Archives. Indeed, IMS professionals noted that these types of records have likely been accessioned to the National Archives and Records Administration.
3d Supp. Shiner Decl. at 2-4.

Assassination Archives argues that the CIA did not conduct an adequate search because the CIA should have found records that are connected to “known operations, events and activities.” AARC’s Cross-Mot. 18. Since no records of a Hitler study have been found, Assassination Archives contends that the CIA’s search efforts must have been inadequate. But “the adequacy of a FOIA search is generally determined not by the fruits of the search, but by the appropriateness of the methods used to carry out the search.” Iturralde v. Comptroller of Currency, 315 F.3d 311, 315 (D.C. Cir. 2003). And mere speculation that efforts are insufficient—without any meaningful indication of what else the CIA should have done1—fails to rebut the presumption of good faith accorded to agency declarations. SafeCard Servs. Inc., 926 F.2d at 1201. This is especially so when the documents sought are likely quite old and the CIA’s Chief Historian indicates they would have been handed over to the National Archives. 3d Supp. Shiner Decl. at 4. This explanation is entirely plausible on its face.

 Next, Assassination Archives alleges that the CIA’s no-records letters qualify as “troubling questions as to the conduct of the search.” Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. 19-20. But the CIA admitted that the two letters were sent by administrative error, CIA Reply 12, and the Plaintiff argues that the errors raise “troubling questions” without even mentioning what those questions might be. Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. 20. The Plaintiff also contends that the CIA’s Chief Historian should have himself submitted an affidavit, an “omission” that warrants a deposition by the Assassination Archives. Pl.’s Reply 4. But it is not the duty of this Court to “micro-manage” ……

1 Assassination Archives suggested additional search terms in its opening brief, and was not satisfied when the agency gave detailed examples of the search terms it had used. 3d. Supp. Shiner Decl. at 4-5; Pl.’s Reply 7-8. But the CIA’s search terms are quite exhaustive, including searches of many significant phrases (including “Hitler Assassination,” “1963 assassination study,” and “Dulles files”), as well as those same words individually searched without quotes (plot, Hitler, assassination, Dulles), a method calculated to “ensur[e] the broadest array of responsive hits.” 3d. Supp. Shiner Decl. at 4-5. The Plaintiff’s suggestion that the CIA was delinquent in failing to search phrases like “July 20 plot” and “plot to kill Hitler” ignores the fact that those phrases would duplicate searches the CIA had already performed for “plot” and “Hitler.” See Pl.’s Reply 7-8. And the remaining suggestions—such as “Joint Chiefs meeting September 25, 1963,” and “Castro overthrow,” Pl.’s Reply 7—stray far afield, and into micromanagement of agency efforts.

 …..search efforts (or litigation strategy), particularly when an agency has met its burden of demonstrating a systematic good faith search effort. Schrecker, 349 F.3d at 662. No statutory provision or court precedent requires affidavits from all government employees involved in the search or dictates who among them should be the affiant. I conclude that the presumption of agency good faith stands unrebutted, see SafeCard Servs. Inc., 926 F.2d at 1201, and that the CIA has established the adequacy of its search beyond any genuine dispute.

The CIA Properly Applied FOIA Exemption 1

Exemption 1 applies when criteria laid out in an Executive order authorizes information to be kept secret in the interest of national security, and the information is in fact properly classified pursuant to such order. 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(1); Military Audit Project v. Casey, 656 F.2d 724, 737 (D.C. Cir. 1981). The CIA utilized Exemption 1 to redact parts of the Propagandist’s Guide containing information related to intelligence methods still in use, pursuant to Section 1.4(c) of Executive Order 13526. 2d Supp. Shiner Decl. at ¶¶ 9-11. Executive Order 13526 authorizes original classification authorities to classify information that “could reasonably be expected to cause identifiable or describable damage to the national security.” 75 Fed. Reg. 707, 709 (Dec. 29, 2009). Moreover, the classified information must “pertain[] to” one or more items on an enumerated list, including “intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods, or cryptology.” Id. at 709.

Assassination Archives contends that because the Propagandist’s Guide is more than 50 years old, the redacted information has been automatically declassified under Executive Order 13526. Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. 26-27. But the Order’s 50-year declassification provision only provides for automatic declassification “not later than 3 years from the effective date” of December 29, 2009, if the relevant agency head has not, “[i]n extraordinary cases . . . within 5 years of the onset of automatic declassification, propose[d] to exempt additional specific information from declassification.” See Executive Order 13526, Section 3.3(h)(2). Here, that exact procedure has occurred. The CIA issued a CIA Declassification Guide on September 26, 2012 (less than three years after the relevant Executive Order), with an exemption for “sensitive information that could reveal an intelligence method in active use.” 2d Supp. Shiner Decl. at 5- 6. This Guide was issued under the authority of Director of the CIA, and approved by the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel, as required by Executive Order 13526, Section 3.3(j). Id. at 6 n. 1. Assassination Archives also alleges that the information should not be classified because the title “Propagandist’s Guide” gives away the details of the redacted information. Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. 25, 31. But a mere title does not provide any insight into the CIA’s specific methods. On this record, I find that the information that the CIA redacted from the Guide—namely, information that might reveal an intelligence method still in active use— remains properly classified under Exemption 1, and beyond the reach of FOIA.

The CIA Properly Applied FOIA Exemption 3

Exemption 3 applies to matters that are “specifically exempted from disclosure by [another] statute” if that statute “requires that the matters be withheld from the public in such a manner as to leave no discretion on the issue” or “establishes particular criteria for withholding or refers to particular types of matters to be withheld.” 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3). Section 6 of the Central Intelligence Agency Act (CIA Act) requires that the CIA protect from disclosure “the . . . names, official titles . . . or numbers of personnel employed by the [CIA.]” 50 U.S.C. § 3507. The National Security Act requires the Director of National Intelligence to “protect intelligence Case 1:17-cv-00160-TNM Document 28 Filed 07/17/18 Page 8 of 13 9 sources and methods from unauthorized disclosure.” 50 U.S.C. § 3024(i)(1).2 The CIA invoked the National Security Act as independent authority for redacting intelligence methods from the Propagandist’s Guide, and invoked the CIA Act to withhold the names and phone numbers of the CIA employees that conducted the search. 2d Supp. Shiner Decl. at 7-8.

Assassination Archives argues that the CIA should not have withheld employee names, because the need to get to the bottom of the mistakes made during the FOIA search outweigh any relevant privacy interests. Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. 29. But Exemption 3 is not a balancing test. Instead, “the sole issue for decision is the existence of a relevant statute and the inclusion of withheld material within the statute’s coverage.” Morley, 508 F.3d at 1126. As mandated by statute, the CIA properly used Exemption 3 to withhold the names and phone numbers of the CIA employees who conducted the requested search. 2d Supp. Shiner Decl. 8; 50 U.S.C. § 3507.

Moreover, Assassination Archives challenges application of Exemption 3 to the Propagandist’s Guide, because large portions of the guide are public and it is over 50 years old. Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. 28-29. But again, this claim is irrelevant to the legal issue. Even though large portions of the guide are public, the CIA withheld specific information in order to “protect intelligence sources and methods from unauthorized disclosure.” 50 U.S.C. § 3024(i)(1). Nothing the Plaintiffs have argued undermines this material fact. Thus, the CIA properly applied Exemption 3.

2 Agencies other than the National Security Agency may invoke this provision as grounds for withholding information under Exemption 3. See Larson v. Dep’t of State, 565 F.3d 857, 865 (D.C. Cir. 2009) (accepting CIA invocation).

D. The CIA Properly Applied FOIA Exemption 5

The CIA also redacted parts of internal communications regarding the FOIA search pursuant to FOIA Exemption 5 and the deliberative process privilege. Exemption 5 protects from disclosure “inter-agency and intra-agency memorandums or letters which would not be available by law.” U.S.C. § 552(b)(5). In other words, it covers records that would “normally [be] privileged in the civil discovery context,” NLRB v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 421 U.S. 132, 149 (1975), including the Executive Branch’s deliberative process privilege. Coastal States Gas Corp. v. U.S. Dep’t of Energy, 617 F.2d 854, 862 (D.C. Cir. 1980). This privilege applies when the relevant document is predecisional and deliberative, Access Reports v. Dep’t of Justice, 926 F.2d 1192, 1194 (D.C. Cir. 1991), because otherwise disclosure would undermine performance by discouraging candid discussion. See Dudman Commc’ns Corp. v. Dep’t of Air Force, 815 F.2d 1565, 1568 (D.C. Cir. 1987). The privilege also applies when material is “inextricably intertwined” with deliberative material. See FPL Group, Inc. v. IRS, 698 F.2d 66, 81 (D.D.C. 2010).

The CIA contends that it properly withheld communications between CIA staff that would reveal how internal search methods were decided upon and conducted, as well as materials inextricably intertwined with these communications. 2d. Supp. Shiner Decl. 8-9. Assassination Archives makes the bald assertion, without a citation to the record, that the CIA’s redactions “do not reflect a policy deliberation . . . rather they are factually based records as to what was found or not found.” Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. 31. This unsupported claim fails to rebut the presumption of good faith that I must give to agency affidavits. SafeCard Servs. Inc., 926 F.2d at 1201. I conclude that the CIA properly applied Exemption 5.

E. The CIA Properly Applied FOIA Exemption 6 An agency may use Exemption 6 to protect “personnel and medical files” and files that would constitute a “clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6). If a privacy interest exists, the third party’s privacy interest is weighed against the public interest in disclosure. See ACLU v. Dep’t of Justice, 655 F.3d 1, 6 (D.C. Cir. 2011). The CIA invokes this exemption as an independent basis for withholding the names and phone numbers of agency personnel. 3d Supp. Shiner Decl. at 8-9.

Assassination Archives alleges that Exemption 6 does not apply because disclosure of CIA personnel names and telephone numbers are important for sniffing out why administrative errors occurred in this case, and to vindicate the public interest in the John F. Kennedy assassination. Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. 31-33. But the connection between these records and President Kennedy’s assassination are tenuous at best, resting on the Plaintiff’s theory that the Kennedy assassination was motivated by U.S. efforts to assassinate Fidel Castro, efforts that prompted the CIA to study assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler.

So this case is two assassinations removed from the assassination of President Kennedy. And even if I accepted the Plaintiff’s proposition that public interest in the Kennedy assassination is relevant to this case, and relevant to the CIA’s diligence during these search efforts, that interest does not outweigh the privacy interests of CIA personnel in their names and phone numbers. The public’s interest in figuring out why two “no-records” emails were mistakenly sent is miniscule at best. And the fact that Congress has seen fit make the personal information of CIA staff members statutorily inaccessible also demonstrates the public’s interest in CIA personnel avoiding personal scrutiny for their public service. See 50 U.S.C. § 3507. Accordingly, I conclude that the CIA properly applied Exemption 6.

President Trump’s Order Requires Nothing Further

Assassination Archives also claims that the CIA’s search efforts and redactions are inconsistent with President Trump’s order regarding President Kennedy’s assassination records, as recorded in a White House statement. That statement reads as follows:

STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY ON THE PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATION RECORDS October 26, 2017 . . .

Today, President Donald J. Trump took action to ensure release of the remaining President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records. Accordingly, the National Archives and Records Administration will make approximately 2,800 records available in full for public access today. The remaining records will be released with agency proposed redactions on a rolling basis in the coming weeks. The President has demanded unprecedented transparency from the agencies and directed them to minimize redactions without delay. The National Archives will therefore release more records, with redactions only in the rarest of circumstances, by the deadline of April 26, 2018.

2017 WL 4857002 (White House). The Plaintiff argues that this statement gives added “weight to the public interests at issue in this case,” and contends that the CIA has failed to comply with President Trump’s orders. Pl.’s Mot. Summ. J. 23, 27-28, 30, 33. But this argument fails to comprehend the limited scope of President Trump’s order, and the CIA’s support for its redactions in this case.

Put simply, President Trump ordered that President Kennedy’s assassination records be released swiftly, “with redactions only in the rarest of circumstances.” 2017 WL 4857002. As explained above, the records at issue in this case are only tenuously related to President Kennedy’s assassination. Supra n. 11. President Kennedy’s assassination records are held by National Archives, not by the CIA, and so the President’s order does not even apply to this case. See 44
U.S.C. / 2017 note at Section 4(a)(1) (directing “the National Archives and Records Administration” to establish “a collection of records to be known as the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection”). Even on the generous assumption that CIA studies of Hitler assassination attempts are part of “the remaining President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records” referenced by the White House statement, the order only requires agencies to “minimize redactions without delay.” 2017 WI. 4857002. For all of these reasons given above, I conclude that the CIA conducted a legally adequate search, and has minimized redactions under applicable law.

IV. CONCLUSION

For the forgoing reasons, the CIA’s Motion for Summary Judgment will be granted and the Plantiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment will be denied. A separate order will issue.

Date: July 17, 2018

Signed
TREVOR N. MCFADDEN

United States District Judge 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Going Deep into the Records - Assumptions, False Assumptions and Hypothesis

GOING DEEP - INTO THE JFK ASSASSINATION RECORDS

ASSUMPTIONS, FALSE ASSUMPTIONS, THEORIES AND HYPOTHESIS  




                 CASTRO and JFK - CUBA is the KEY TO THE PLOT 

Besides using standard historical research techniques and a few we have devised, such as the “Negative Template” and “Three Time Hits” procedures, we can continue to narrow the search of the universe of more than 5 million JFK assassination records to identify the most relevant and significant ones by applying a few basic assumptions, disregarding a few false assumptions, adopting some hypothetical theories and devising some direct hypothesis, like scientists do.

TWO FALSE ASSUMPTIONS

Before applying a few basic assumptions, we can disregard two false assumptions that many people have accepted as fact, but when upon closer examination, have been proven false, especially the first false assumption that President Kennedy was killed by one man alone – Lee Harvey Oswald.

ONE MAN ALONE

After the first conspiracy theory was discarded – the Phase One allegation that Fidel Castro Cuban Commies were behind the Dealey Plaza operation, the Phase Two proposal was quickly adopted, that branded Oswald as the lone gunman and pronounced there was no conspiracy, and his murderer Jack Ruby also acted alone, false allegations that required the control of the facts, the destruction of evidence and the manipulation of public opinion through classic psychological warfare techniques.

Since it can be shown, from the evidence, testimony and statements of witnesses, that Oswald was not even on the sixth floor at the time of the shooting – and did not match the description of the only two witnesses who eyeballed the sixth floor sniper – in that he wore a white shirt (Oswald wore brown) and had a very distinctive bald spot on the top of his head, a characteristic not shared by Oswald.

In addition, according to the Warren Report, Oswald was confronted by a Dallas policeman and Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) administrator Roy Truly in the second floor lunchroom ninety seconds after the shooting. In addition he was not seen descending the stairs by two secretaries on the steps, two other employees on the fifth and fourth floor landings, or Truly, who was ahead of the policeman ascending the steps, all of whom would have seen Oswald if he came down the steps in that minute and a half.

For those who still insist that Oswald was the sixth floor sniper, you must read Howard Roffman’s “Presumed Guilty” (that can be read on line at Dave Ratcliff’s Rathouse) or Why Oswald Was Not the Sixth Floor Sniper (JFKCountercoup.blogspot.com)

Complete Book: "PRESUMED GUILTY, How and why the Warren Commission framed Lee Harvey Oswald, A factual account based on the Commission's public and private documents", by Howard Roffman

JFKcountercoup: THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION - WHY OSWALD IS NOT GUILTY

Therefore we can conclude that very basic assumption that Oswald was the sixth floor sniper is false. Oswald was NOT the Sixth Floor Sniper, and that someone can and should be still identified. Like Oswald, he was possibly a TSBD employee or a Dallas policeman who stayed around and fit in with those searching the building. Or he could have been the Dallas sheriff’s officer that Luke Mooney passed on the steps on his way to the sixth floor.

Since we can conclude that Oswald was not the Sixth Floor Sniper then there was most certainly a conspiracy, and of all the conspiracy theories floating around – ONE of them Must be right.

SECOND FALSE ASSUMPTION – WE WILL NEVER KNOW

Those who have tried to promote the lone nut or Castro Cuban Commie cover-stories and realize they will not win the argument or public opinion, always revert to the fall back position that “we will never know,” as Phil Shenon has recently done, and others continually try to do. All without success.
And that’s because we already know that one man alone was not responsible for the crime, and therefore it must have been a conspiracy.

In addition, we will come to know who was responsible for the Dealey Plaza Operation to a legal and moral certainty because of a number of things that are falling in our favor – the first being easy access to computers and the internet. Then there’s the JFK Act that requires the release to the public of all the government’s JFK assassination records, which gives us access to the files and the computerized ability to index, catalog and analyze them, as we are doing now.

We will come to know the total truth of the assassination soon – by continuing to follow these assumptions and hypothesis.

OSWALD – COP – Covert Operative Personality Profile

While Oswald is a controversial character, we can deal with Oswald in a different way however, by recognizing him as fitting  the  Covert Operational Personality (COP) profile, similar to Watergate burglars Frank Florini Sturgis and Eugenio Martinez, soldiers of fortune like Gerry Patrick Hemming, Felix Rodriguez and others who are players in the “Great Game” and  fit the COP profile. They were trained by the military (usually USMC), instructed in a foreign language, traveled abroad, used aliases, codes, ciphers and a Post Office Box to communicate and kept an apartment separate from family, all traits they mutually share as members of the “intelligence community.”

Since Oswald fits the Covert Operational Personality (COP) profile it doesn’t matter what Oswald’s true role was – sniper or patsy, either way, if he had anything to do with the assassination, then whatever occurred at Dealey Plaza was a covert intelligence operation and must be appreciated and approached as one by a Counter-Intelligence CI operation, as we are now conducting.

If that assumption is true, then a number of other corollaries fit in –1) standard covert operational procedures were used that can be recognized, 2) the scene of the operation, especially the Grassy Knoll, Dal-Tex building and Texas School Book Depository were totally controlled, 3) the operation was timed to the minute if not seconds, and 4) the operation was conducted by a very powerful covert operational intelligence network that still exists and today.

RENEGADES or COUP?

If those assumptions and corollaries are true, then the operation was not just a conspiracy and covert operation by what they call “Rogue” agents, it was a coup d’etat and those responsible took over the powers of the presidency and government. This must be the case because the government did not go after those actually responsible as they would have if it was a “Rogue” operation, and gave them a pass.

If that is the case, and it is accepted that the assassination was not only a covert operation but was also a coup, then standard coup d’etat rules and procedures were utilized, as outlined in Edward Lutwak’s book “Coup d’etat – A Practical Handbook,” in which the details of overthrowing a government are outlined, especially the control over communications and the use of deception and propaganda.

If these assumptions are correct, we have limited our suspects to those who controlled the scene, especially the TSBD, those who assumed the powers of the presidency (LBJ-JEH), and those who controlled the communications (Mockingbird and WHCA/Collins Radio).

REATED COVERT OPERATIONS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SAME NETWORK

Another assumption that can be made is that whoever pulled of the Dealey Plaza Operation (DPO) were experienced operators, trained in covert operational procedures, who had conducted similar operations both before and after November 22, 1963.

Other, similar covert operations conducted by the same personnel include Operation SUCCESS in Guatemala (1954), with Lansdale in the Phillipines, with Harvey at the Berlin Tunnel, the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis and operations that came after Dealey Plaza, especially those in the Congo and Southeast Asia.

There are also a few lesser known, minor operations such as the Houma Bunker Raid, the Parrot Jungle incident, the New Orleans training camps, the Venezuelan Arms Cache, the Mexico City story, Syliva Duran and Sylvia Odio incidents, and the failed black propaganda ploy to blame the assassination on Castro Cuban Commies.

Most successful covert operations go unrecognized, are not read about in the newspapers or reported on in the media because they were successful, but when they go wrong, such as the Bay of Pigs and Watergate, they expose entire intelligence networks that were responsible for the operations.
Because the aspect of the Dealey Plaza Operation failed to convince the authorities, the investigators or the general public that Oswald and Cuban Castro Commies were behind the conspiracy, it gives us a window of insight into the responsible intelligence network – and those who promoted the Castro Cuban Commie cause can and have been identified, and the original source for the story determined.

CUBA A KEY

As the Microsoft AI team discovered when they pumped the most recently released digital records on the assassination into their cognitive search engine, two things popped up – Cuba and Nosenko. We will deal with Nosenko and the defectors later, but the focus is certainly on Cuba.

Well we already knew that Cuba was a key, as Kennedy, Oswald and Ruby were all intensely involved in Cuban situations. Cuba was a major preoccupation for President Kennedy and he spent more time on Cuban issues than anything else. Oswald’s open support for Castro, his founding the New Orleans chapter of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPFCC) and Jack Ruby’s travels to Havana to see his gambler friend McWillie, puts JFK, his accused assassin and the guy who murdered the accused all in the Cuban orbit, and Cuba is the key to figuring out how and why JFK was killed.

As Jeff Morley has pointed out at his JFKFacts.org site, that Cuba was a key to understanding what happened at Dealey Plaza was already understood by all serious researchers before Microsoft got involved and made that announcement, but they are just catching up.

I recall the same revelation as I perused the Warren Commission’s 24 volumes of documents, evidence and testimony at the University of Dayton library – many of the most significant documents concerned Cuba and Cubans.

But that Cuban key gives us another lead that we can follow, especially the history of the Cuban revolution, the Castro take-over of Cuban power, and the role Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy and RFK played in dealing with Castro.

CIA- MAFIA PLOTS TO KILL CASTRO

Most significant are the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro, especially the second phase of those plots when William Harvey assumed command and the plans to poison Castro were replaced by bombs, bazookas and high powered rifles.

 If William Turner’s conclusion is correct, and that the assassination of JFK was a CIA and CIA-Mafia plot to kill Castro that was redirected to JFK at Dealey Plaza, then that narrows down the significant records considerably, as JFK was not killed by poison or bombs, but a high powered rifle, so we can focus on those CIA plans that were devised to utilize a high powered rifle to kill Castro while he rode in an open vehicle, as he often did in a jeep.

GENE WHEATON AND THE CIA PLANS TO KILL CASTRO REDIRECTED TO JFK

According to researchers who have investigated him Gene Wheaton: “heard from people involved in the ‘secret war,’ who knew that Cuban exiles were incited to execute President Kennedy. These individuals had their own agendas. The exile shooters considered themselves above all as patriots. They had been trained to assassinate Fidel Castro, but in the end they turned their guns on John Kennedy.”
In a videotaped interview shortly before he died, Wheaton said: “The straight story is that there was a CIA fronted program to assassinate Castro, and Carl (Jenkins) was in charge of training the Cubans in Miami to assassinate Castro, and it was paid for by the CIA. They would go from Texas down to Mexico  to shoot at convertibles, set up watermelons in the back seat – they called it - triangulation shooting team –  in their own words.”
“According to them. They were the ones that diverted the Castro funds and training for their own agenda to snuff Kennedy. It was a paid element – and they were CIA people, but they were training to assassinate Castro. But if you are trained to assassinate one man you can assassinate anybody with that same training. They were using the paid training program to divert from getting Castro (to JFK). Because of the imprisonment of those guys, and the failed Bay of Pigs things, and JFK backing off at the last moment on supporting the Bay of Pigs invasion, they were furious, and still are today – those who are still alive. ”

GENE WHEATON AND THE ARRB

As Larry Hancock has reported: “In October, 1995 Gene Wheaton faxed a communication to John Tunhein, Chairman of the newly organized Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB). Wheaton simply informed Tunheim that he might have some relevant information regarding the Board’s inquiry. Wheaton included a four page personal biography as background, as well as a letter of commendation from the White House, signed by President Nixon, in recognition of Wheaton’s work in the global war against heroin (awarded for his activities while working in Iran).”

“….John Tunheim responded to Wheaton‘s offer of information with a brief letter on October 25, 1995, thanking him for his interest and informing him that a Review Board staff member would be in touch with him. It appears that no further communication was directed to Wheaton until a blanket ARRB notice went out to individuals who had contacted the Board. In response, Wheaton faxed the Board a one page CV he’d prepared for a retired CIA officer whom he describes as a ‘very close friend’ in the 1980’s (February 15, 1996).”

“After receipt of Wheaton’s second communication, Tom Samoluk of the ARRB wrote to Jeremy Gunn in regard to the Wheaton letters. Samoluk pointed out that the Board would need to decide whether or not it should assign an investigator to respond to such correspondence, to evaluate the person’s credibility and value in the Board’s search for documents. He also noted that he would be available to discuss the correspondence and any larger relevant issues.”

“Apparently as a result, ARRB staff member Anne Buttimer was assigned to contact Wheaton. There are records of contact with Wheaton in an April telephone call (Buttimer recorded as a ‘outside contact report’ for that call). Wheaton informed Buttermer that he had no specific documents that would offer information about the conspiracy but that he could produce documents which would substantiate the nature and general activities of the people through he had obtained information about the assassination conspiracy. 

He cited his sources on the assassination as Cuban exiles who had confirmed that exiles originally trained for attacks on Castro had killed JFK, considering him to have been a traitor. He also stated that ‘people above the Cubans wanted JFK killed for other reasons.’ Wheaton concluded with the cryptic remark, ‘the matter is not complex, but it is convoluted.’”

“On May 16, 1996, Buttimer followed up the telephone call with a letter to Wheaton in which she offered to meet with Wheaton should he find himself in the Washington D.C. area. We have also a copy of another letter from Buttimer to Wheaton in which she refers to a personal meeting with him in July 1996, at which time Wheaton delivered additional reference material to Buttimer. Unfortunately no contact report has been found for this meeting.”

“There is no further record of any contact by Buttimer or anyone else from the ARRB with Wheaton. In March, 1998 he again faxed the Board and noted that Buttimer seemed to have departed from the Board. He was never contacted again and only received generic Board news releases. The only response to his effort at follow-up is a very general reply from Eileen Sullivan, Press and Public Affairs Officer. In this “form letter” response, she refers to the Board as having received thousands of leads and suggestions and not being able to link any document releases to information provided by a particular individual. Apart from this generic ‘thank you,’ there is no expression of further interest form the Board. And there was no further record of any comment from Gene Wheaton on the subject….”

CARL JENKINS AND THE CUBAN COMMANDOS

Just as Adele Edisen turns us on to Colonel Dr. Jose Rivera, Wheaton delivers on the names of those who claimed involvement in the assassination – beginning with Carl Jenkins, a paramilitary specialist who ran one of the JMWAVE training bases in Florida, and some of his Cuban agents and operatives – Rafael “Chi Chi” Cuintero, Nester Pino and Felix Rodriguez to name three. Wheaton and Jenkins were best friends and Cuintero was a trained sniper.

“After a long career with the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigations Division, including several years in Vietnam and Iran, Wheaton went to work for the Anaheim (Calif) based autonetics division of Rockwell International in 1976….”

[BK Notes: Rockwell International eventually merged with Collins Radio, which became Rockwell-Collins. ]

Wheaton: “The way I became acquainted with Carl Jenkins is in 1976 three managers of a program in Iran - Rockwell Corporation – who were fronting for the CIA in a program called the IPEX program - they were assassinated in Tehran. Bill Catrell was the program manager and two assistance were machine gunned in the car they were hitching a ride to the office, they were  in the wrong place at the wrong time – August 1976.”

“Research confirms that beyond a doubt, Carl Jenkins was indeed a senior CIA officer who worked on paramilitary activities in support of the Bay of Pigs project and that by 1963-64 he was indeed directly involved with the AM/WORLD project, with Artime (AM/BIDDY) and Quintero (AM/JAVA-4). …It should be noted that these AM/WORLD activities were completely segmented from JM/WAVE and communications from Jenkins and (Henry) Hecksher were not run through JM/WAVE. In fact the AM/WORLD group operated its own facility in Miami (cryptonym ‘LORK’).”

“It appears that Carl Jenkins’ paramilitary activities in support of Cuban operations were exactly as described to Gene Wheaton and exactly as summarized in the Jenkins CV submitted to the ARRB. There is also no doubt that Jenkins was very closely associated with Quintero in this period, as described by Wheaton. There two books in print that also confirm these descriptions of Jenkins.” (p. 488)

“In Death Merchant: The Rise and Fall of Edwin P. Wilson, author Joseph Goulden presents information from the CIA officer who Quintero went to when he became suspicious of an assassination assignment being promoted to Quintero and other exiles by Ed Wilson. The officer….talks about entering the CIA on detached duty from the Marines, being career paramilitary, and running CIA paramilitaries out of JM/WAVE. It seems clear that…was in fact Carl Jenkins.” 

“In his book Manhunt: The Incredible Pursuit of a CIA Agent Turned Terrorist, Peter Maas mentions Carl Jenkins by name as the case officer for Quintero prior to the Bay of Pigs. Quintero was part of an advance team sent in before the invasion by Jenkins. After the landing failed, he hid out in Cuba for six weeks before making his way back to Florida. Afterwards Clines would assume a case officer role for Quintero, who would go on to make a number of sabotage an assassination missions into Cuba.”

DAVID PHILLIP’S AMLASH LEGACY

David Atlee Phillips, in his unpublished manuscript “The AMLASH Legacy,” says that, “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.”

Just before he died David Phillips sat down for a drink with Kevin Walsh, a former Congressional investigator with the House Select Committee on Assassinations and told him, "My final take on the assassination is there was a conspiracy, likely including American intelligence officers."

BILL TURNER

At one of the COPA Conferencces in Dallas, former FBI agent and original JFK assassination investigator Bill Turner said: "We now know to a fairly good degree of certainty what happened at Dealey Plaza. The motives were piling up - the Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the backchannel to Cuba, - the motives were piling up to the point they had to assassinate him. I think its' pretty obvious, with the compilation of the information we have today, that the mechanizm of the crime came out of the alligence between the CIA and the Mafia. They already had an assassination apparatus set up for killing Castro, and they just switched targets and killed Kennedy instead."

WHEATON – PHILLIPS – TURNER – ROSELLI

So there we have three reliable sources – Security specialist Gene Wheaton, CIA officer David Atlee Phillips and former FBI agent Bill Turner all saying that the assassination of President Kennedy was a covert intelligence operation originally designed to kill Fidel Castro but redirected to JFK at Dealey Plaza.

So that narrows the focus on those CIA plans to kill Castro that involved shooting him as a drove by in an open jeep, which brings us to a number of related plots – the bazooka plot to kill Castro that involved both Antonio Veciana, who got away, and Sylvia Odio’s father and mother, who were caught an imprisoned.

Then there was the Hemingway House proposal, that in retrospect, is said to be by Kennedy baiters and accusers, as the best demonstration of RFK’s intentions to kill Castro.

The most likely plan – not a plot, was the Pathfinder contingency plan to shoot Castro that involved AMLASH (Rolando Cubela). The Pathfinder plan was only uncovered because of the four NPIC – National Photo Interpretation Center technicians assigned to JMWAVE who recalled the Pathfinder files being kept in their section of the station rather than in the regular files where they should have been kept.

These and others, similar plans, will be given a close examination, especially the training of anti-Castro Cubans at the JMWAVE bases in Florida, especially the one associated with William Harvey and John Roselli. 

Roselli, like Turner, Wheaton, Jenkins and Phillips, says that one of the CIA trained teams of Cuban commandos who were planning to kill Castro, redirected their target to JFK at Dealey Plaza, the most formidable conspiracy theory yet expressed, one that fits all of the facts and evidence. 


So stay Tuned and follow this trail, as we pursue these assumptions and hypothesis that will lead us to the killers.