Sunday, August 26, 2018

Did the General Take a Nap?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Someone Talked - Gene Wheaton Reconsidered


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

Well someone did talk, but no body paid much attention.

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral Home Memorial Page for:

Milton Gene Wheaton

May 19, 1935 - December 31, 2015 

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

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

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

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

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

END OBIT Excerpts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the meantime, we have 
located the Minnessotta film maker who has hours of tapes of Wheton giving more details on these affairs.

More to come in Wheton Part 2.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Five Types of Agents


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The five types of agents -

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Inside and Outside Men


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Allen Dulles - Director of the CIA

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

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

Ted Shackley - Chief of JMWAVE

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

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

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

Sheffield Edwards


Captain Bradely Ayers, USA Ranger

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

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

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

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

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

Dorithie Matlack - ACSI Outside Contacts person, met with deMohrenschildt

Robert Maheu - Introduced CIA officers to the mobsters.

Jim O'Connell - CIA Case Officer


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