Saturday, June 1, 2019

HOW JFK WAS KILLED - The MO and the Plans

By William E. Kelly, Jr. / 


Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t the first suspect in the assassination of President Kennedy, but he was the first whose name and basic background was broadcast around the world.

When intelligence analysts from around the world checked their files to see what they had on Lee Harvey Oswald – from the information they had – Civil Air Patrol, USMC, stationed at Atsugi U2 base, trained in the Russian language, defector to the Soviet Union, Fair Play for Cuba Committee, arrest with DRE Cubans, radio debate, visitor to the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico City, attempt to get a visa to Cuba, - it was clearly apparent that whatever happened at Dealey Plaza and whatever the role of Oswald, the event was a covert intelligence operation.

US Army Intelligence officers in Texas had a file on Oswald that indicated he used the alias Alek Hidell, the alias used to purchase the rifle. But those Army files were destroyed and no longer exist.

A few days after the assassination the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) officer in California who investigated Oswald after his defection, wrote a letter to Dallas Police Detective Bentley, who arrested Oswald – informing him that ONI had extensive files on Oswald – files that the Navy claims no longer exist.

As president JFK had made many political enemies in Washington – FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, CIA director Allen Dulles, CIA officer William Harvey and all of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, especially Generals Lemeitzer, Powers and LeMay.

The disagreements and disputes began with the April 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco, when JFK began to distrust the CIA for claiming the invasion would be successful without direct U.S. military action, that JFK refused to provide. Then it all escalated during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when JFK ignored the unanimous advice of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to invade Cuba and negotiated a peaceful resolution instead.

So if the President was killed – not by a deranged lone nut, but his political enemies in Washington, then there should be evidence that supports this among the government records, and there is.

Who did it and how did they do it?  It is easier to answer the latter than the former, though the answer to how leads directly to who was responsible and their motive, as no motive could be attributed to Oswald.


San Francisco attorney Bill Simpich has noted, in order to understand what occurred at Dealey Plaza you must look at it as an operation – a covert intelligence operation, and then all of the pieces begin to fit together.

British Major General Llewellyn W. Atcheriey developed the Modus Operandi - MO - system of maintenance of records and files and devising classifications of types of crimes and criminals. 

In applying Atcheriey's MO System to Dealey Plaza, the choice is pretty easy, and a very definite line in the sand - that is whether the assassination of the President was the result of the actions of one deranged loner, or was it not only a conspiracy but a more very specific covert intelligence action, - a pre-arranged plan that was designed to be deceptive and secret to protect the actual sponsors. If the former, then we can let the psychologists analyize the psychosis of a madman and the assassination would be disconnected to any of the political and historical activities of the day. But if the latter, the murder was connected to the political realities, it therefore can be figured out, as President Kennedy said, “Problems created by men can be solved by men.”


When the Secret Service hired a team of psychologists to profile all of the known historical assailants of presidents, they tried to narrow down the list of potential assassins, but failed to consider one category – the professional covert operational assassins who have a very specific, clear cut profile, one which Oswald sets the mold.

Like Oswald, the covert operational personality (COP) profile is trained by the military (usually USMC), is fluent in more than one language, has a specific technical specialty, communicates with crypts, uses aliases, post office boxes and keeps an apartment separate from their family. A COP has a case officer who directs their covert activities and utilizes standard intelligence procedures, what Allen Dulles calls the “crafts of intelligence.”

Besides Oswald, other well known Covert Operational Personalities COP include Frank Forini Sturgis, Eugenio Martinez, all of the Watergate burglars, Felix Rodriguez, Jerry Patrick Hemming, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, Ed Wilson, Frank Terpil and Antonio Veciana, to name a few.

The Modus Operandi behind the assassination of President Kennedy must be considered a covert intelligence operation because the facts of the case indicate that 1) individuals expressed foreknowledge of the murder; 2) many if not most of the principle characters were trained in covert intelligence operations, utilized tradecraft and had direct intelligence agency/network associations; 3) deception and traceable tradecraft disinformation was utilized; 4) there were, as former Senator Richard Schweiker (R.Pa.) put it, "fingerprints of intelligence" all over the place. 


It isn’t the psychosis of the patsy that is significant, but the psychological warfare aspects of the assassination that provide important leads in the investigation. Evidence that the assassination was the work of a covert intelligence operation is the fact that a black propaganda psychological warfare plan was put into place to blame the assassination on Fidel Castro, the part of the plan that failed.

As Peter Dale Scott, Dan Hardaway, John Newman and Jefferson Morley have all conclusively demonstrated, there was a preconceived plan to blame the assassination on Castro – a part of the plan that failed.[ JFKcountercoup: The Psy-Op that Failed - the Crack in the Dealey Plaza Plan ]

There were dozens of CIA officers, operatives and assets made that claim in the hours, days and weeks after the assassination, and continue to do so today. 

JFKcountercoup: List of Psychwar Black Prop Ops ]

Peter Dale Scott calls this the Phase One aspect of the assassination, which was replaced by Phase Two on the evening of the assassination when LBJ decided that blaming the murder on a Cuban communist conspiracy would eventually not only lead to an invasion of Cuba, as the assassination planers had hoped, but to World War III.  

[JFKcountercoup: The Tipping Point]

LBJ used this excuse same excuse in order to convince Texas authorities not to charge Oswald with “furthering a communist conspiracy,” as Assistant DA Bill Alexander was prepared to do, and as he was encouraged by David Atlee Phillips’s media asset Joseph Goulden. At LBJ’s insistence Oswald was instead charged alone with the murder.

LBJ then used the same excuse of impending WWIII in order to convince Earl Warren and reluctant Congressmen to become commissioners with the predetermined conclusion that one man alone was responsible for the assassination, and there was no conspiracy, especially a Cuban Communist one.

This very distinct psychological warfare operation is still active today as can be seen in the published works of Carlos Bringuier (“Red Friday”), Gus Russo (“Brothers at Arms”), Max Holland (Soviet Disinformation), Brian Letell (“Castro’s Secrets) and Phil Shennon (“A Cruel and Shocking Act”) as well as the History Channel TV programs by Bob Baer (“JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald.”). All of these published and broadcast authors maintain that Oswald was the lone gunman, but that he was motivated to kill Kennedy by Castro or Castro agents. They are also all documented CIA agents or former agents, operatives and media assets except Shenon, whose primary motivation, he says, was sparked by a former Warren Commission attorney. And that he isn’t interested in any other JFK assassination theory other than Castro inspired Oswald.


When former Warren Commission Attorney Sam Stern was interviewed by the HSCA he 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.’”


As former FBI agent Bill Turner said at a COPA Conference years ago: “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.”

Former CIA officer David Atlee Phillips wrote (in the unpublished manuscript AMLASH Legacy) 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.”

In a private conversation with former Congressional investigator Kevin Walsh, Phillips said, “My private opinion is that JFK was done in by a conspiracy, likely including American intelligence officers.”
According to Jack Anderson, Mafia boss John Roselli was recruited by the CIA to assist in their efforts to kill Castro. “Roselli made midnight dashes o Cuba with his hired assassins in twin powerboats. Once a Cuban patrol ship turned its guns on his darkened boat, tore a hole in the bottom and sank the boat. Roselli was flushed out of the water by the other boat, which escaped into the shadows….All told, six assassination attempts were made, the last in the spring of 1963. Through-out this period, Roselli worked under the direct supervision of two secret CIA agents – James “Big Jim” O’Connell and William Harvey.”

Under Harvey, there were four attempts to kill Castro. According to Roselli’s account given to Anderson, “the plotters were smuggled into Cuba with high-powered rifles. The last assassination squad, Roselli said, made it to a Havana rooftop before they were caught.”

Roselli saw Harvey for the last time in June 1963, when Harvey paid for their meals and Florida hotel rooms under a CIA account he controlled labeled “ZRRIFLE,” which was the CIA code for the Castro assassination project.

None of these sources are silly conspiracy freaks but rather former government agents and officials and a mobster who worked at JMWAVE on the plots to kill Castro. All of them were connected to the conspiracy that resulted in the murder of the president. 


After the passage of the JFK Act in 1992, Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) chairman Judge John Tunheim received a letter from Gene Wheaton, a security expert and former head of a CIA propriety airline who had received a presidential commendation for his government work in the middle east. Wheaton talked on the phone with an ARRB attorney and later met her. She reported that 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.” 

In a later filmed interview 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….And they were according to them, they were the ones that diverted the Castro funds and training to snuff Kennedy….They were training to assassinate Castro, but if you are trained to assassinate one person, you can use that training to assassinate anybody with that same training.” 

According to Wheaton, “Chi Chi (Quintero) and Carl Jenkins were in charge of the main team…and I.F. Harper helped train these guys to assassinate Castro. According to them, they just went off and decided to get their revenge on Kennedy for his failure to support the invasion of Cuba. Lee Harvey Oswald was just a stooge…” 

Air Force Major Ralph P. Ganis (USAF Ret.), who purchased the private papers of former Nazi Commando leader Skorzeny, wrote in his book “The Skorzeny Papers” that, “Lee Harvey Oswald was a deception,…maneuvered into position at the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD), set up as the patsy…so his liquidation was necessary to prevent the exposure of the entire network.” 


In determining which of the many CIA-Mafia plan to kill Castro was utilized at Dealey Plaza, we can eliminate all of the early plots to poison Castro, shoot him with a bazooka, taint his diving suit, use exploding sea shells and cigars and instead concentrate on the CIA plans to kill Castro by shooting him in the head with a high powered rifle as he drove by in an open jeep.

Of the CIA plans we know of from the Higgins Memo of the September 25 meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when they were briefed on CIA covert operations against Cuba by Desmond FitzGerald. That meeting was chaired by General LeMay. FitzGerald told them that the CIA was engaged in a detailed study of the German military’s plan to kill Hitler, to be adapted for use against Castro. That is the failed July 20, 1944 explosion at the Wolf’s Lair.


While the CIA claims it cannot find any record of this “detailed study,” we can review that plan ourselves and see how it could be adapted to kill Castro. The plan was given the code name Valkyrie, and we find five strategic aspects of that plan that were adapted to be used against Castro, but instead used to kill JFK in the Dealey Plaza operation.

The Valkyrie plotters used standard covert intelligence operational techniques, they got the victim to approve the plan, they utilized the Home Guard (National Guard in USA) to carry out the street level actions, they controlled key communications, and they would blame the assassination on communists. The only part of the Valkyrie plan that wasn’t to be adapted for use was the bomb, which was replaced with high powered rifles – a more reliable surgical strike to the head.


While the Valkryie plan was basically an overall CIA strategic plan to get disgruntled Cuban military officers to engineer a coup against Castro, as they had done in Vietnam, the more specific tactical contingency was the CIA’s Pathfinder plan to kill Castro with a high powered rifle as he rode in an open jeep. That plan that was considered a contingency plan until it was approved by the National Security Council Special Group (Augmented) and “higher authority” and was practiced over and over, but the records show it was “disapproved by higher authority” (ie. JFK and RFK).




Like the Valkrie records, the CIA says that today it has no records of the Pathfinder plan to kill Castro except for that one document that was misfiled in Frank Sturgis’ CIA file.


This document is an internal CIA memo from a top officer in the National Photo Interpretation Center (NPIC) from 1975, when eight former NPIC employees came forward when they learned that the Church Intelligence Committee was looking into the CIA plots to kill Castro.

These eight former NPIC employees said that they worked at either the CIA’s Task Force W Cuban Desk in the basement of the CIA Headquarters (under William Harvey and Desmond FitzGerald) or at the CIA’s JMWAVE Station (under Ted Shackley).

At JMWAVE the NPIC employees said that they helped prepare photos and maps of the targeted areas in Cuba where the ambush on Castro would take place (Bay of Pigs and Veradero). They were also aware of the details of the Pathfinder plan because the Pathfinder file was kept in the NPIC section of the JMWAVE station instead of the Operational Files where it belonged.

The NPIC employees who were aware of the Pathfinder plan said that the two CIA officers who were responsible for implementing the plan were Rip Robertson and Carl Jenkins.

In response the then head of the CIA’s Operational branch told the NPIC director that he had Jenkins’ file in his hand, but they could find no records of the Pathfinder plan itself.

USMC Captain Carl Jenkins served in Japan was Oswald was there, and was a principal founder of the New Orleans USMC Reserve Unit that still exists today. While Oswald was from New Orleans, his USMC Reserve Unit was based in Illinois – the one that after his defection changed his honorable discharge to “Undesirable.”

Assigned to the CIA Jenkins became a principal trainer of anti-Castro Cubans for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, specifically instructing the “Pathfinders,” who were to go ashore weeks before the invasion to establish contact with local cells of anti-Castro Cubans and set the stage for the invasion.

After the failure of the invasion both Jenkins and Rip Robertson (who went ashore) were both assigned to train anti-Castro Cuban commandos who would conduct maritime infiltration and sabotage missions during Mongoose and afterwards, primarily out of the JMWAVE Miami CIA station.

Among those U.S. military advisors who trained the JMWAVE Cubans during the pivotal summer of 1963 were U.S. Army Ranger (also known as “Pathfinders’) Captain Edward “Rod” Roderick and Captain Bradley Ayers, and a legendary explosives and covert operational tactics trainer named John “I.F.” Harper, whose “I.F.” nickname apparently stems from the name of a pooular Jewish Kentucky burbon and is not his real middle initials.

The only published reference to Harper is a Soldier of Fortune Magazine article on how he helped train the Contras to fight the Nicaraguan Sandinistas in the 1980s, much like he trained the anti-Castro Cuban Pathfinders in Florida twenty years earlier.

From open source records (Soldier of Fortune Magazine), it is apparent that the Pathfinder crew from JMWAVE – continued their operational support of CIA activities. When the JMWAVE base was disbanded during the LBJ administration, some were active in the Congo and Dominican Republic before most of the officials, officers and men were transferred to Southeast Asia. Then, as the SOF article details, they came together under the Oliver North network involved in the Iran-Contra scandal – primarily training the anti-Sandinista/communist Contras in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. 

Solidifying the fact that the intelligence network that was responsible for the operation that led to the death of President Kennedy was still functioning in the 1980s is the fact that Mrs. Ruth Hyde Paine – Michael Paine’s wife and chief benefactor of Marina Oswald – was working the Quaker – Contra connections in Nicaragua at the time.

As this is being written, Ruth Paine, Carl Jenkins and John Harper are all still alive, I have their contact information, and will try to question them about these things.

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1 comment:

Brandon said...

I'm trying to keep as up to date on the Pathfinder teams as possible... and based on Larry Hancock and David Boyland's research, along with a handful of other sources, I end up with the following: Rafael Chi Chi Quintero, Felix Rodriguez, Nestor 'Tony' Izquierdo, Herminio Diaz Garcia, Steve Wilson, Roy Hargraves, Felipe Vidal Santiago, Frank Sturgis, Carlos Hernandez, Antonio Soto, Jorge Navarro, Victor Hernandez, Frank Barnardino, John Koch Gene, Luis Posada and Dick Whatley.

Is this accurate? Are there any names here (specifically the Interpen guys) that can be written off? I know this area is murky, intentionally so, but those names keep coming up. I also see Loran Hall, Lawrence Howard and William Seymour popping up in all the right places around this time. There likely could have been several compartmentalized teams in play, with various responsibilities... but I'm looking exclusively at Dealey Plaza. Is the before mentioned group (maybe minus the Interpen guys) our best guess to date?