Saturday, December 15, 2018

The San Francisco Summit - Where do we go from here?

December 15, 2018.


The San Francisco Summit - Where do we go from here?

A group of serious JFK assassination researchers met for the second time in San Francisco today - Saturday, December 15, 2018, a summit conference of sorts that may or may not amount to anything.

I think it will because of the caliber of the participants - Dr. Gary Aguilar is the host, providing the conference room at the medical center he is affiliated with, and featuring Professor John Newman, who will give an update on the presentation he made last year on anti-Castro Cuban terrorist Antonio Veciana, who figures into the JFK assassination story in a number of ways, and has been misunderstood in a number of ways, and Professor Newman straightens things out.

Dr. Newman will also revisit his presentation at the Lancer conference in Dallas in November on Samuel Halpern, effectively debunking his orchestration of fake stories attempting to implicate Robert F. Kennedy in the CIA plots to kill Fidel Castro.

Both the Veciana and Halpern stories are covered in Dr. Newman's latest book - Into the Darkness, the third volume of his multi-volume study of the assassination of President Kennedy.

Besides Dr. Aguilar and Professor Newman, other local San Fran luminaries expected to attend include Professor Peter Dale Scott, the dean of assassination researchers, and Paul Hoch, attorneys Patrick McCarthy and Bill Simpich, and David Talbot, who before the summit even occurred, produced a paper as a Joint Ten Points of Agreement Statement that everyone should be able to sign on.

While a final version is being agreed on, and the most celebrated and respected Warren Commission critics are brought on board, it will be publicly released in January 2019, in time for presenting to the incoming Congress.

It may be even be published in full page ads in the New York Times (ala the FPCC), Washington Post, and/or The Wall Street Journal, if someone coughs up the six figures needed to print it.

The final product won't be available until the new year, I did get an advance peak and will be posting them one at a time, energizing new commitments along the way - Ten Days of Christmas - coming to terms with the assassination of President Kennedy.

The Ten Points of Agreement, originating with David Talbot, was done via emails, so that it won't be too much of the discussion at the Summit.

CAPA attorney Larry Schnapf is flying in from New York City on the Red Eye Express just to attend this event, while others from closer by should be there, including Lisa Pease and Jim DiEugenio.

Most of these people have known each other for decades, have been researching and writing about political assassinations, so this brain trust - a new think tank of highly respected researchers and writers, should come up with something substantial.

Where do we go from here? That's the question on the table, and the answer is pretty clear to me.

All of the possibilities must be followed, all of the legal buttons must be pushed, all the American people must be rallied, as they were in the aftermath of Oliver Stone's film "JFK," so Congress can be instigated to act, or react to the failure to enforce the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and JFK Act of 1992.

I don't know what will come out of the San Francisco Summit, but I have high expectations, and as CAPA's co-coordinator of the Research Committee, I am going to try to take this to the limit.

I am going to try to organize a conference call of the top researchers in the country, support the idea of holding a similar East Coast Summit in New York City in early 2019, and attempt to orchestrate a Congressional Briefing on the JFK Act in order to stimulate a Congressional Hearings that would inquire into the destroyed, missing and wrongfully withheld records on the assassination of President Kennedy in the new Congress.

That's a Big Agenda for the new year, but I have a feeling that things are beginning to fall into place, and it all might come together, or maybe it will all fall apart.

Let's wait and see, and it just might be up to you which way it goes.















Friday, December 14, 2018

The Skorzeny Papers - Evidence For the Plot to Kill JFK

The Skorzeny Papers – Evidence For the Plot to Kill JFK, By Major Ralph P. Ganis, USAF, Ret., with an introduction by Dick Russell.  (Hot Books/Skyhorse, NY, 2018)


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“The Warren Commission was not created to find the answer to the JFK murder but to deflect attention away from all intelligence and operational links to the assassination. Witnesses that should have been called were not, others acted as agents of deception. Superfluous and irrelevant data abounds in the documents, obtained by equally worthless witnesses and individuals called to testify. Mountains of documents were created to confuse, mislead, and divert attention away from the true conspiracy that was linked to a covert paramilitary network operating in Dallas and linked to Otto Skorzeny.”  - Major Ralph P. Ganis, USAF, Reserve Retired

By William E. Kelly, Jr.

It’s seldom when researchers from different areas and backgrounds come to the same conclusions at the same time, based on totally different evidence, but that’s what happened when I met Major Ralph P. Ganis USAF (Ret.) at the JFK Lancer conference in Dallas in November.

I opened the conference with a summary of the sealing and release of JFK assassination records by the government and gave a list of my Top Ten records released under the JFK Act. Now I have to expand on those after meeting Maj. Ganis, reading his book The Skorzeny Papers (Skyhorse, 2018) and listening to the fascinating radio interview he did that I transcribed.


It was in the late 1970s at the New York Law School conference on the JFK assassination when I sat in on a lecture by Colonel Fletcher Prouty, who was describing the procedures used in covert intelligence operations, and the differences between assets, operatives, agents and cut-outs, case officers, aliases, code names and safe houses. “You have to understand these things before you can understand what happened at Dealey Plaza,” he said, and it took me a long time, but I got it.

It was only when I began to approach the Dealey Plaza Operation – as I call it – as a covert intelligence operation, that all of the pieces fall into place.

And it was in the 1980s when former FBI agent Bill Turner said at a Dallas COPA conference, “We now know what happened at Dealey Plaza to a fairly good degree of certainty.  The motives were piling up – the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, the two-track back channel to Cuba – the motives were piling up to the point they had to assassinate him. I think it’s now pretty obvious, with the information we have today, that the mechanism of it came out of the alliance between the CIA and the Mafia. They already had an assassination apparatus set up for killing Castro, and they just switched targets and they killed JFK instead.”

Then I listened to and partially transcribed the Gene Wheaton interview (w/ William Law), that had been presented at a Lancer Conference a decade earlier, but one that I had missed until a few months ago, in which Wheaton says that his friends and business associates claimed that one of the plans designed by the CIA to kill Castro had been redirected to JFK in Dallas. And we could trace them – the Cubans and their CIA trainers – some of who are still alive.

Now we have Major Ralph Ganis saying pretty much the same thing – that JFK was killed by a covert intelligence operation that was designed to deceive, Oswald was what he said he was – a patsy, and the real culprits are entwined in the intelligence network that was operational in Dallas at the time of the murder. And says Ganis, he learned this from the private papers of former Nazi commando Otto Skorzeny, that he purchased at auction.

I first learned about Otto Skorzeny while researching the background of American ornithologist James Bond, author of The Birds of the West Indies, a book that Ian Fleming kept on his Jamaican breakfast table. And it was from the author of that book from whom Fleming appropriated the name for his secret agent 007, now the most famous spy in history.

And Ian Fleming’s official biography notes that the British naval commander considered Otto Skorzeny his opposite number in the German military, and indeed both Skorzeny and Fleming directed elite commando units that operated behind lines during World War II.

Then when I read the memo (Higgins Report) of the CIA’s Desmond FitzGerald’s briefing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (on Sept. 25, 1963) informing them that the CIA was “studying in detail” the July 20, 1944 Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler in order to use it against Castro, I began investigating that incident. I learned that the day after they failed to kill him, Hitler had a very public meeting with former Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who Skorzeny and his band of commandos had abducted from his pro-Allied captors in an imaginative glider attack on a mountain castle prison.

In the course of that research I also learned that Skorzeny and his men helped round up and execute some of those co-conspirators involved in the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler, and many were arrested and killed while thousands more were imprisoned.

More recently, while reviewing the last few batches of government records released under the JFK Act I came across one document with redactions, but one redaction had bled through the whiteout so I could barely make out the name of a person I had never heard of – Arnold Silver. I immediately looked him up and learned that he was one of the US Army intelligence officers who had debriefed Skorzeny when he was in the hands of the U.S. military.

My interest in Skorzeny increased even more when I read one of the newly released records that one of the JMWAVE anti-Castro Cuban commandos we have been tracing from the Wheaton names, had contacted Skorzeny in Spain.  These commandos had raided Cuban industrial targets from Florida, and were paid and trained by the CIA to kill Castro. Now I learned that one of them was sent to Europe shortly after the assassination to meet in Spain with Ottor Skorzeny.

So now my interest in Skorzeny has peaked, and I was quite surprised to learn that Major Ralph Ganis purchased Skorzeny’s private papers at auction and Ganis says that they implicate Skorzeny in the assassination of President Kennedy.

While originally incredulous, I now believe Ganis is on to something as Skorzeny adds another big piece to the Dealey Plaza puzzle – the overlapping covert intelligence network that supported the Dealey Plaza Operation.

In the author’s Comments on Sources, Ganis says, “Through the 1950s and 1960s, Skorzeny’s special experience and skills in covert operations were increasingly utilized by the most secret agencies of multiple governments, including the United States. It’s very clear that he enjoyed the confidence of highly-placed western intelligence officials eager to use his special skills in highly classified operations to combat the Communist threat in the Cold War. At an early point, it also became apparent, due to Skorzeny’s business relationships that linked him intimately to Dallas, that there was at least the potential for a link to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”

“This line of research continued to expand dramatically,” Major Ganis writes, “until I was convinced that either Skorzeny was directly involved in the Dallas affair or that those he was connected to were. The hypothesis was confirmed.”

Major Ganis’ new book The Skorzeny Papers, could be a game changer, as he shifts the approach to the assassination of President Kennedy from viewing what happened at Dealey Plaza as the result of deranged loser or a few disgruntled CIA-Mafia-Oil men sitting around conspiring to kill the President. Instead of such a conspiratorial plot, it was a plan, a detailed plan that was already in place and taken off the shelf.

From what we can now understand, this plan was devised, ordered, practiced, carried out and paid for as a very distinct and disciplined covert intelligence operation, and they have left a paper trail that we are following.

In evaluating the bonafides of a source, if supplying new places, events and names that pan  out is the barometer, then Ganis comes through in spades, as his book is full of new names, places and events, that will be delved into.

But the  most important aspect of this book is in redirecting the approach to the crime from that of a typical homicide investigation to that of a counter-intelligence one.

By recognizing what happened at Dealey Plaza as a covert intelligence operation – a covert action conducted by an intelligence network, Ganis narrows the pool of suspects to those who were trained in and practiced such covert black ops, and those who were operating in Dallas at the time of the crime.

If a silly conspiracy theorist had put forth this notation it could be easily dismissed, but Maj. Ganis is a distinguished and respected, retired Air Force officer who has also served through five wars in the Army and Marines. He also had the spare time and savings to purchase, at public auction, the personal papers of former German military commando commander Otto Skorzeny, and the intelligence training to recognize their significance.

Ganis reminds me of Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, the military intelligence officer who was assigned by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to compile a computerized open source data mine they called Able Danger - an operation led him to the militant Arab networks responsible for 9/11, before it occurred. Now Ganis is using the same type of intelligence analysis in retrospect, applying it to what happened at Dealey Plaza.

Ganis, a military historian, knew Skorzeny from his World War II exploits – the freeing of deposed Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and commanding the English speaking Germans, dressed in American Army uniforms who operated behind the lines during the Battle of the Bulge. For that he was tried at Nuremberg, but found not guilty, thanks to the testimony of American intelligence officers who wanted to use Skorzeny in the Cold War.

I knew of Skorzeny’s role in the rounding up some of the co-conspirators of the failed July 20, 1944.
But Ganis was interested in what Skorzeny did after the war, and that’s what led him to Dallas.

Major Ganis was surprised he submitted the best bid for the papers and took custody of them, finding most of them in foreign languages and many copies on carbon paper, so he had to have them transcribed, copied and translated. But as he deciphered them he saw the patterns in the intelligence net that led from Skorzeny’s papers into the heart of the Dealey Plaza Operation that resulted in the murder of President Kennedy. 

One of the oldest books known to man, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War has a chapter devoted to Secret Agents and describes what he called “The Divine Skein,” or “Godly Net,” as a skein is a fisherman’s net. And Sun Tzu’s net, when all five types of secret agents are working simultaneously, it is like key information being pulled in like a net, and what Sun Tzu called “The treasure of the soverign.” To those unfamiliar with the skein, or such covert operations, it seems like a magic trick or of divine origin – hence, the divine net.

And today, thousands of years later, we still use the term “Intelligence Network,” a term that stems from Sun Tzu’s “Divine Skein.”

And now we know JFK's death was not an act of God but an act of man, one that can be solved and understood. 

Whatever you believe happened at Dealey Plaza, and regardless of Lee Harvey Oswald’s role, whether lone gunman or patsy – it doesn’t matter, once the assassination is perceived and recognized as a covert intelligence operation, everything falls into place.

From that very basic realization and verifiable hypothesis, it can also be deduced that the Dealey Plaza Operation (DPO) was in some way connected to Cuba, the plots to kill Castro, and as we have seen, more specifically to the Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler and the Pathfinder plans to kill Castro.

It was the CIA’s plans to topple Castro that led them to Skorzeny, early on – in 1959-60, during the Eisenhower administration, when Operation Tropical was reportedly considered as a contingency plan to capture (or kill) Castro, and utilize the talents of the former German military commando extradonaire to do it.
Operation Tropical, according to the Skorzeny Papers and a single published report, expended millions of dollars and included the training of special commandos over many months, but was not approved by JFK and the National Security Council (NSC) and its leaders distracted, diverted to emergency crisis response in the Congo, precisely where some of the JMWAVE commandos were sent in the months after the assassination of President Kennedy.

While Larry Hancock has noted that the only published reference to Operation Tropical, a copy of which was apparently among The Skorzeny Papers, is from a Latin American newspaper and is probably disinformation and propaganda, I think that’s okay too. Either its real or someone went way out of their way to manufacture a fake but believable news story and get it published, and Skorzeny himself thought it important enough to keep it.

Ganis says there were three distinct aspects to the Dealey Plaza Operation – the Action part – the team of snipers who were led by French assassin Jean Rene Souetre. Then there was the Deception part - that set up Oswald as the patsy. And finally there was the Support part, the intelligence apparatus that took care of communications, safe houses, cover stories, travel, etc. And each aspect of the operation engaged different people, but according to Maj. Ganis, all were connected in some way to Skorzeny’s network, according to The Skorzeny Papers.

In the radio interview Ganis says, “These businesses that are in these papers are Dallas businesses and Dallas personalities. So the earliest businesses association between Otto Skorzeny and these businesses that were intelligence and clandestine cover – starting in 1950-51, were coming out of Dallas. So when the President came into Dallas in 1963 there were businesses that were performing operational cover for an intelligence and clandestine network that included assassinations, years before he ever got there.”

“So Kennedy was killed by an in-house US capability that was managed by Otto Skorzeny. Now I know I must say that when a lot of people jump to the conclusion that Nazis killed the President, and that’s the furthest from the truth. Nazis did not kill Kennedy.”

“The correct way to say it is this - there was an assassination capability inherent and located within one office of the CIA – that was highly compartmented and highly controlled. So, it’s not like the entire CIA was involved. It was literally only one office, and even then, within the office it was probably on a need to know basis… The capability itself, the Executive Action capability itself, I equate in the book to the use of Atomic Weapons. The only way to launch this capability would have been by Executive Order – by the President, or the National Command authority – that level, - the Secretary of Defense, at that level. It was a presidential, national command authority level capability. Somebody at the CIA couldn’t use it. It would even have been impossible for even rogue use. This was a Command and Control situation. A target would be designated. But in other words, to use this capability would have required Executive Approval.”

“So this small office within the CIA – called Staff D. And the guy who ran it was a man named William K. Harvey, during that time period. He managed the program. He managed that program – much like maintaining a nuclear bomber. There are US Air Force personal who man the bomber, and there’s people who maintain the bomber, but they can’t launch the bomber. That comes from the President. The same with this capability.”

And this capability – that can only be activated from the highest executive levels of government, confirms my thesis that elements of the Valkyrie plan to kill Hiltler were used, especially the aspect of that plan that had the victim sign off and actually approve the plan and the operation, as Hitler approved Valkyrie as an emergency measure to call out the Home Guard, and with the CIA seeking JFK’s approval of their plans to kill Castro, especially AMLASH and the Pathfinder Operation.


While Ganis doesn’t get into ballistics, forensics or even bothering to identify the actual assassins, he does provide the basic backdrop, the overall outline of the covert intelligence network operating in Dallas at the time. He also details its history from the end of World War II, and shows how it is all connected by The Skorzeny Papers. 

In his radio interview, Ganis says that the Skorzeny Papers provides the "Cut-Outs" used in the Dealey Plaza Operation, and that if they didn't provide the answers to the assassination of President Kennedy, they are the KEY to understanding it. 

And I agree, they are a key that will open a lot of new doors, shining some light into some dark corridors that some would prefer to leave locked and dark. 

(BK NOTES: I will be going into the names in the Skorzeny Papers in detail ASAP and elaborate further on this line of inquiry. )





Thursday, December 13, 2018

Pathfinder Five


Summary - Analysis – Conclusion – Areas for Continued Research –

 By William E. Kelly

“Facts are not the truth, - they only indicate where truth may lie.” – H.W. Barron (as quoted by Mary Bancroft in “Autobiography of a Spy.”)

I am now convinced more than ever, that we – and I emphasize WE are able to resolve the assassination of President Kennedy to a legal and moral certainty within the next few years, if only the effort is taken.
This can be said with near certainty for a number of reasons that I will elaborate on, but most significantly because of the combination of a number of events. 

For starters we now have the computer and internet at our disposal, as well as a number of knowledgeable, independent researchers and writers who are working together, and their research is complimenting each other’s work and is panning out.

We also have the law on our side – the JFK Act of 1992 that requires the government to provide us with all of the official records on the assassination, many of which are posted on the internet and available on line so you don't have to travel to the Archives to read them. 

In addition, the new House of Representatives, controlled by democrats, should hold open public hearings on the JFK Act to determine who destroyed relevant records, why so many official documents are missing and what became of them.

There is also a new Dallas County District Attorney who appears to be open minded enough to consider the murders of President Kennedy and J.D. Tippit unresolved cold case homicides that can still be solved.

THE GUM SHOE

Joshia “Tink” Thompson, author of Six Seconds in Dallas and Gumshoe, the latter being the story of his 20 years working as a San Francisco private eye in the best Sam Spade tradition. Thompson once said that in all of the thousands of cases he worked on, there came a point in time when a key piece of evidence was discovered that led to the resolution of the case, EXCEPT for the assassination of President Kennedy.
Well my research, after nearly fifty years, is finally panning out, and complimenting the work of my compatriots even though we are working on different subject areas and on different levels.

I find that after running down dead end alleys and banging my head against walls for decades, by backing off and approaching Dealey Plaza from an entirely different direction, it has made all the difference.

COVERT ACTION 

Rather than the spontaneous act of a deranged madman, or a conspiracy by a bunch of rich oil men, mafia goons and renegade CIA types, neither of which fit all of the known facts, we can now look at the assassination for what it was – a covert intelligence operation designed to deceive and provide plausible denial to the actual assassins and their sponsors.

It was a PLAN, not a PLOT. A covert action plan. A contingency plan that was put into action in Dallas.

In the course of evaluating exactly what happened at Dealey Plaza, it is now clear that whatever you believe occurred it must be considered and classified as a covert intelligence operation.

One of the first hallmarks of any covert intelligence operation is secrecy, and every top secret plan is given a code name known only to those involved. 

When I first realized this I never believed we would ever really know what the  actual operators code named it, so I called it The Dealey Plaza Operation (DPO). But now we have Valkyrie and Plathfinder, two covert operational code names for covert plans that were designed to be used against Fidel Castro of Cuba but were re-directed to JFK at Dealey Plaza.

What happened in Dallas was a covert intelligence operational plan that was very close and similar to a number of CIA covert operations directed against Cuba – specifically the Valkyrie Plot to kill Hitler, that the CIA “studied in detail” in order to develop a plan to be used against Castro, and the Pathfinder plan, that was designed to shoot Castro with a high powered rifle as he drove by in an open jeep.

Valkyrie was the overall Strategic Plan to use deception to protect the assassins and take over the government, while Pathfinder was the Tactical Plan using snipers to kill Castro that was used to kill JFK. 

While Pathfinder was “disapproved by higher authority” (National Security Council Special Group Augumented, JFK and RFK), we have on good authority (a CIA case officer and his Cuban commandos) that the Pathfinder plan, or one very similar to it, was originally designed to kill Castro but redirected to JFK at Dealey Plaza. It was a well planned and expertly executed tactical operation that was part of an overall strategic plan based on the CIA’s detailed study of the German military’s plot to kill Hitler.

VALKYRIE

Valkyrie was the code name for the covert German military plan to kill Hitler and take over the German government that failed on July 20, 1944, when Hitler survived the bomb explosion in the Wolf’s Lair headquarters briefing room in Rastenburg.

That plot was “studied in detail” by the CIA to be used against Castro, but instead of using a bomb as the mechanism of death, snipers with high powered rifle were believed to be more efficient and certain, and was the strategy employed by those who re-directed the operation designed to kill Castro to kill President Kennedy in Dallas. 

We first learned about the Valkyrie plan from the Higgins memo of the CIA’s Desmond FitzGerald’s briefing if the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 25, 1963, but we can suspect their “detailed study” of the Valkyrie plan was years in the making.

PATHFINDER

The U.S. Army Rangers are called Pathfinders, and two U.S. Army Ranger Captains - Bradley Ayers and Edward Roderick were assigned to the CIA by USMC General "Brut" Krulak to train the Cuban Commandos at JMWAVE. While Ayers trained the Cubans in small boat maneuvering at Pirate's Lair, Roderick trained the snipers at Point Mary, off Key Largo. 

The original anti-Castro Cuban Pathfinders were the best of the lot sent to Guatemala to train for the Bay of Pigs, and were commanded by US Marine Captain Carl Jenkins, whose specialty was infiltration and exfiltration of commandos while John "I.F" Harper trained the Cubans in explosives and sniper tactics. 

Some of the Cuban Pathfinders at the Bay of Pigs were captured, while some others (Felix Rodriguiz, "Chi Chi" Quintero) escaped and made their way back to Florida. There, they were rained at the remote JMWAVE bases for different missions that were proposed to the National Security Council for consideration. 

William Harvey, head of Task Force W, that oversaw JMWAVE, was considered "America's James Bond," as he was introduced to President Kennedy in the Oval Office. 

Harvey was the case officer for mobster John Rosselli, known as "Colonel Rawlston" around JMWAVE bases, as he was the consultant for "strategy" in the on-going plans developed to kill Fidel Castro and he helped finance and had Harvey supply weapons to the Cuban commando team trained there.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, in October 1962, Harvey anticipated a full fledged invasion of Cuba, as the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended, and sent in the Pathfinder teams. When RFK learned of this, he considered it an unauthorized mission and ordered the Pathfinders called back. So after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and being called back by RFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Pathfinder Cubans were none to happy to learn that the "Pathfinder" operation that they had been training for months - shooting Castro with a high powered rifle as he rode by in an open jeep - had been "Disapproved by higher authority," as the documents put it.

When Harvey was fired by RFK for sending in the Pathfinders, and sent to Italy as CIA Chief of Station, but continued his association with Rosselli.

William Harvey was replaced with Desmond FitzGerald, a Kennedy insider who convinced the Kennedys to approve the CIA covert operations against Cuba and Castro, including terrorist attacks against industrial targets, and personally handled the AMLASH (Cubela) project that included shooting Castro with a high powered rifle. FitzGerald also was the CIA officer responsible for covert operations against Cuba who briefed the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 25, 1963, when he tells them about the CIA's "detailed study" of the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hitler to use against Castro. Colonel Higgins, who wrote the memo, was the adjunct for Gen. Krulak, who was responsible for military support for CIA covert ops. 

We should have first learned of the Pathfinder plan in 1975, when eight technicians employed by the CIA’s National Photo Interpretation Center (NPIC) reported to their boss (Dino Brugioni) that they were involved with the Pathfinder plan at JMWAVE station in Florida, providing photos and maps of the target areas – DuPont’s Xandau estate in Varadaro, on the north shore of Cuba. But the CIA kept a lid on it by keeping the Pathfinder story from the Church Committee and miss-filing it a Frank Sturgis file. 

While the CIA seems to have lost or misplaced their “detailed study” of the Valkyrie plan, as well as any documented trace of Pathfinder, other than what the NPIC technicians told them – we can review the open source material on the July 20, 1944 event for ourselves and see how the CIA adapted it for use against Castro.

We also know a number of participants in the Valkyrie plan who survived and could have been used as sources for the CIA’s detailed study – including Allen Dulles, the OSS man in Swizerland, his assistant Mary Bancroft, and their co-conspirator in the heart of the plot – Hans Bernd Gisivious. Then there is Oswald’s friend Volkmar Schmidt, who brought up the subject of killing Hitler in his lengthly conversation with the accused assassin.

Now we have Otto Skorzeny, who was not a part of the Valkyrie conspiracy, but helped unravel it by rounding up some of the participates for prison or execution. From retired Air Force Maj. Ralph Ganis, who purchased the Skorzeny Papers at auction, we see the overlap of Sknorzeny’s intelligence network and those involved in the Dallas aspects of the assassination.

From the historical record of the plan to kill Hitler we can see some immediate parallels, including the assignment of a code names – Valkyrie – the Norse faries who fly above the battlefield and determine who lives and dies. And then there's Pathfinder - those who take the lead and escort those who come after them. They are also trained in calling in air strikes and as snipers, if a high profile target presents itself. 

There are five specific aspects of the Valkyrie plan to kill Hitler that fit like a glove over the Dealey Plaza Operation. Besides the application of a code name, there's four other aspects of the Valkyrie Plan that were applied to the Dealey Plaza Operation. 

One important aspect of the Valkyrie plan and the Dealey Plaza Operation is getting the victim to sign off on and actually approve the plan. Hitler actually did this as it was presented to him as a contingency plan to put into effect in case of an emergency - such as if the millions of foreign slave labors in Berlin revolted, or the sudden death of the Fuher.

While the CIA presented the National Security Council Special Group and JFK with some twenty covert operational plans against Cuba a month, and only half were approved, they did approve some of the violent, terrorist attacks against Cuban industrial targets designed to hurt the Cuban economy. Some of these plans included the use of high powered rifles, that were smuggled into Cuba in arms shipments. 

A third common attribute between Valkrie and Dealey Plaza was the use of the Home Guard in Germany and the American equilvant – the National Guard or Army Reserves in Dallas. 

The CIA, by its charter, is prohibited from operating domestically within the United States, but not so the Army, and it was the Army National Guard who were called out in Mississippi, at Kent State, Memphis and Chicago during the Democratic National Convention, and it was the Army Reservists who were all over the place, boots on the ground in Dallas. 

As many as half of the Dallas Police Special Services Unit were US Army Reserve officers as well. They were  led by Captain Pat Gannaway, US Army Reserves, and Deputy Chief George Lumkin, driver of the Pilot Car in the motorcade, were part of the Special Services Unit, which was headquartered not at City Hall with the rest of the department, but at the Dallas State Fairgrounds. This was the case so their undercover informants didn't have to be seen at City Hall, but also because the Fairgrounds is the location of Col. Jack Crichton's underground Emergency Communications bunker that could have intercepted the Secret Service channel of the motorcade and the Air Force One radio communications. 

And finally, a distinct part of the Valkyrie plan to kill Hitler that was to be adapted for use against Castro, and redirected to JFK at Dealey Plaza, was the deception part – to blame the assassination on communists.

The only aspect of the Valkyrie plan that wasn’t used in Dallas was the mechanism of death, and instead of a bomb that failed, a high powered rifle with a well trained sniper was used instead.

With the Valkyrie plan used as a basic strategy, and the Pathfinder tactical plan to kill Castro with a high powered rifle as he drove by in an open jeep - it was a plan already in place that was pulled off the shelf at JMWAVE and activated, not to kill Castro but rather JFK.

So starting from the basic assumption that whatever happened at Dealey Plaza was a covert intelligence operation, studying other, similar and related covert intelligence operation, we can outline what emerges as a web of intrigue.

We can overlay the various intelligence networks involved to see a new mosaic, - one that will allow us to perceive in exquisite detail, exactly what happened, what was operational in Dallas at the time, who the participants were, how it was carried out, and what their motivations were.

While we continue to review the official records on the assassination, many of which are still being withheld, and many are missing – including the Valkyrie study and Pathfinder documents, we also recognize that the most significant records are NOT among the records in the JFK Collection at the National Archives and open to the public.

In fact, some of the most significant assassination records are in private hands – Richard Sprague’s House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) records are not in the Archives but were retained by him and are still in his hands.

We also can see that Mrs. Lincoln’s artifacts – including the Oval Office tape recordings of JFK’s meetings and phone conversations, were kept by her, inherited by a private individual, and sold, some privately and some at auction, but they are not open to the public at the National Archives, as they should be.

And now we have The Skorzeny Papers, thanks to Major Ralph Ganis, who recognized their significance, purchased them at auction, analyzed them and wrote about them in his book – with the subtitle – Evidence For the Plot to Kill JFK.  He details how Skorzeny’s post World War II network extended into Dallas and included many of the direct participants in the assassination. (I met Maj.. Ganis in Dallas and my review of his book The Skorzeny Papers will be posted soon, as well as the transcript of an extended radio interview with him). 

Since we now have most of the pieces to the Dealey Plaza puzzle, and can clearly view the covert intelligence networks that carried out the assassination, we have to ask ourselves what Daniel Ellesberg asks – what are we going to do about it? 


As for room for further research, we will be filing new FOIA reqeusts for specific documents we know exist or did exist, try to track down the living witnesses, as we have with Carl Jenkins and John Harper, who we will try to get to talk about their experiences.

There are the eight NPIC techs who are named in the 1975 document, and an association of former NPIC employees and some of the eight may still be alive and could provide further info on Pathfinder. The ARRB should have gotten the CIA personal files of each of those eight NPIC employees, but didn't so we will have to file a FOIA request for them.

In addition, I am going to re-review Larry Hancock's 2018 Lancer presentation on the Wheaton Names, that is chock full of leads that need to be fully explored.

I am also going to footnote the five part Pathfinder series and add photos and links to documents that I will post again when finished.

And now, what are we going to do about it?






Monday, December 3, 2018

George H.W. Bush's Statement on the JFK Act of 1992

When George Herbert Walker Bush (I) signed the JFK Act into law, he added a signing statement that ensured the President of the United States - and only the President maintained the authority and power to continue withholding records for reasons of national security after the October, 2017 date stipulated by the Act for the complete release of all of the records on the assassination in full. He certainly did not anticipate Donald Trump being president, and despite his many tweets saying he would release all of the records, he submitted to the requests by the CIA and his chief of staff General Kelly (USMC) to continue withholding many thousands of records in full and in part. Here's President Bush's statement released with his signature on the JFK Act of October, 1992. 

GEORGE BUSH

41st President of the United States: 1989 ‐ 1993

Statement on Signing the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992


October 26, 1992

Today I am signing into law S. 3006, the "President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992." This legislation provides for the review and, wherever possible, the release of records about the assassination of President Kennedy that have not yet been made public. I fully support the goals of this legislation.

In the minds of many Americans, questions about President Kennedy's assassination remain unresolved. Although the Government already has released many thousands of documents, the existence of additional, undisclosed documents has led to speculation that these materials might shed important new light on the assassination. Because of legitimate historical interest in this tragic event, all documents about the assassination should now be disclosed, except where the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise.
While I am pleased that this legislation avoids the chief constitutional problems raised by earlier versions of the bill considered by the Congress, it still raises several constitutional questions.

First, S. 3006 sets forth the grounds on which the release of documents may be postponed, but this list does not contemplate nondisclosure of executive branch deliberations or law enforcement information of the executive branch (including the entities listed in sections 3(2) (G) through (K)), and it provides only a narrow basis for nondisclosure of national security information.

My authority to protect these categories of information comes from the Constitution and cannot be limited by statute. Although only the most extraordinary circumstances would require postponement of the disclosure of documents for reasons other than those recognized in the bill, I cannot abdicate my (ie. The President’s) constitutional responsibility to take such action when necessary.

The same applies to the provision purporting to give certain congressional committees "access to any records held or created by the Review Board." This provision will be interpreted consistently with my authority under the Constitution to protect confidential executive branch materials and to supervise and guide executive branch officials.

Second, S. 3006 requires the Board to report to the President and the Congress. If the bill were interpreted to require simultaneous reports, S. 3006 would intrude upon the President's authority to supervise subordinate officials in the executive branch. I will construe the provisions to require that the Board report to the President before it reports to the Congress.

Third, the bill purports to set the qualifications for Board members, to require the President to review lists supplied by specified organizations, and to direct the timing of nominations. These provisions conflict with the constitutional division of responsibility between the President and the Congress. The President has the sole power of nomination; the Senate has the sole power of consent.

I note also that S. 3006 provides that, upon request of the Board, courts may enforce subpoenas that the Attorney General has issued at the Board's urging. I sign this bill on the understanding that this provision does not encroach upon the Attorney General's usual, plenary authority to represent the agencies of the United States, including the Board, whenever they appear in court.

S. 3006 will help put to rest the doubts and suspicions about the assassination of President Kennedy. I sign the bill in the hope that it will assist in healing the wounds inflicted on our Nation almost 3 decades ago.

George Bush
The White House,
October 26, 1992.

Note: S. 3006, approved October 26, was assigned Public Law No. 102 - 526. This statement was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 27.

George Bush, Statement on Signing the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/267342