Friday, May 3, 2019

Defense Contractors at Dealey Plaza


After years of being closed, boarded up and inaccessible the Dallas Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center - a nuclear proof bunker below the Science Museum at the Texas State Fairgrounds was explored by some inquisitive journalists. This bunker contained emergency communications equipment that I believe was used as the main control center for the Dealey Plaza Operation. The bunker was controlled by Colonel Jack Crichton's 488th U.S. Army Military Intelligence unit. ';[

The first group found Collins radios still intact and in the Operations Room there was a list of Dallas area defense contractors –Texas Instruments, General Dynamics, LTV, Dresser Industries, Bell Helicopter, Halliburton and Collins Radio to name the most significant ones who play into the assassination story.

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As for their connections to the assassination, Jack Ruby had a security clearance to fly in the Texas Instruments experimental plane, one of Ruby's dancers had a car accident in front of the TI gate on the morning of the assassination, and the president of TI was also a director of the Dallas Citizens Council and welcomed JFK at Love Field. General Dynamic had a very big stake in obtaining the TFX111 contract, while the owner of the TSBD was a big stake holder in LTV. Neil Mallon, Bush's good friend, was head of Dresser Industries and the Council on World Affairs, that hired former Nazi and good friend of Allen Dulles Hans B. Gisevius to be their director from their founding in 1950 until 1955. Arthur Young, the inventor of the Bell Helicopter arranged for his step-son Michael Paine to work at the Dallas Bell Helicopter plant as a helicopter designer, where he worked when he became the chief benefactor of the accused assassin. Bell also employed former Nazi general Walter Dornberger to handle security. Dick Chainey's Haliburton made the black bag that contained the "football" that contained the secret codes that permitted the president to launch a nuclear missile strike. Collins Radio is all over the playing board, as I note in my article The Collins Radio Connections to the assassination,. 

[  JFKcountercoup: The Collins Radio Connections to the Assassination of JFK - Updated  ]

They are the industrial part of President Eisenhower’s “Military-Industrial Complex” equation. They experienced spurts of growth during World War II, but then again during the Korean War and especially Vietnam.

A once unpublished manuscript known as “The Torbitt Document,” written by a Texas attorney and insider, is where I first heard of the Defense Industrial Security Command, which I learned is a very real association based in Columbus, Ohio, of all places.

The fact that most of the major defense contractors have permanent headquarters and factories in North Texas is not a coincidence, and can only be comprehended with an understanding of their close relationship with the military bases in Texas – Lackland Air Force Base, Grand Prarie Naval Air Station, Fort Hood and other important installations in the area.

When I interviewed Arthur Young, the inventor of the Bell Helicopter, I asked him why Bell Helicopter relocated their factory to Texas from upstate New York and he said it was for reasons of security.

Once these major defense manufacturers were established in Texas, they realized that they had a dire need for young engineers, and had to go out of state to recruit them until they got together and established their own graduate research center of the Southwest, with Arthur Collins of Collins Radio named one of its early directors.

When they made plans for President Kennedy to visit Texas in late November 1963 they needed an official reason to go there, so Vice President Johnson arranged for JFK to receive an honorary degree from Texas Christian University, much like was done at American University on June 10, 1963, but after it was announced the university board met and rudely and insultingly rescinded the invitation.

A last minute agreement was reached with the Dallas Citizen’s Council, whose annual meeting the President was invited to address even though they were already slated to honor the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest.

Stored at the National Archives II in College Park, Maryland is the bloodstained original copy of the undelivered speech that President Kennedy was to give to the assembled Dallas Citizens Council in which he mentions them and the Research Center of the Southwest in the first lines of his speech.

The speech actually  brings out JFK’s hawkish nature, as he knew he was speaking to these major defense contractors and wanted them to know he was not going to pull the plug on them. “I have spoken at length largely in terms of the deterrence and resistance of aggression and attack. But in today’s world, freedom can be lost without a shot being fired, by ballots as well as bullets….”

It sadly ends on the note, “We, in this country, in this generation, are – by destiny rather than by choice – the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, goodwill toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: ‘except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain’”

While those who planned the Dealey Plaza operation expected LBJ to support them too, and go into Cuba, LBJ balked as he knew that it was an aspect of the Cuban operations that led to JFK’s death, so he wanted to stay clear of Cuba. Instead he let the military invade the Dominican Republic, had the CIA go into the Congo and then gave them their war in Vietnam.

Collins Radio built the microwave relay stations in Southeast Asia with the expectation of large scale military operations in the area, General Dynamics got their TFX111 jet fighter and the Bell Helicopter was adapted for combat operations.

Among the records recently released under the JFK Act is one Collins Radio document that was labeled NBR – Not Believed Relevant – because it deals with the legal taxable income of civilians working for defense contractors at the Joint US-Australian ELINT electronic listening post in the remote Australian outback near Alice Springs. This record documents the close working relationship that existed between the major defense contractors like LTV and Collins Radio.

A yet unexplored aspect of the associations between the defense contractors and the military and CIA is how they cooperated with Operation Paperclip – when former Nazi scientists were relocated to the United States and given jobs with the defense contractors. 

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