Key Elements of the Valkyrie Plot
There were five key elements of the Valkyrie Plot to kill Hitler.
1) The use of standard covert operational procedures, including the use of code words (Valkyrie), operating on a need to know basis, strict lines of authority, etc.
2) Getting the victim to approve the plan and operation - as Von Stauffenberg did get Hitler to approve the Valkyrie plan, that was presented to him as mobilizing the Home Guard in response to a national emergency - the example given was a revolt of the millions of foreign slave laborers in Germany at the time, though the death of Hitler would also trigger it. And Hitler did approve it.
3) The use of the Home Guard as "boots on the ground" to undertake the primary tasks of securing all key government buildings, radio, newspapers and media outlets.
4) Control of all communications and media, as Stauffenberg put it, 'So only the Conspiracy speaks."
5) Blame the assassination on the opposition - in this case the SS and Gestapo.
The only major aspect of the Valkyrie plot that failed was the mechanism of death - the bomb, and that failed for a number of reasons. Those who have studied the July 20, 1944 attack on Hitler have pointed to a number of reasons for the failure.
The first was the moving of the meeting at the last minute from an underground concrete command post with no windows to an above ground, wood clapboard map room. If the meeting was held as planned, everyone in the room would have been killed.
A second reason for the failure was the fact that only one of the two bombs was detonated, and the second bomb not included in the briefcase that contained the bomb. Even without being detonated, the explosion of the first bomb would have set off the second bomb and doubled the extent of the damage. The undetonated bomb was kept in the briefcase of Stauffenberg's assistant and thrown out a car window during their escape.
And a third reason the bomb failed to kill Hitler was because after Stauffenberg placed the case with the bomb next to Hitler, after he left the room another officer moved the case to the other side of a heavy oak leg that supported the map table, which deflected the impact of the bomb from Hitler.
APPLICATION OF THESE PRINCIPLES TO DEALEY PLAZA
These five key aspects of the Valkyrie plot to kill Hitler can be seen at Dealey Plaza.
1) What occurred at Dealey Plaza was a covert intelligence operation, the evidence of which can be found in the fact people had foreknowledge of the plan, covert operational procedures were used, as well as the five key aspects of the Valkyrie plot, that fits like a glove over Dealey Plaza.
The attack on JFK was given a code name, E. Howard Hunt said it was called "The Big Event," Gregory Douglas, a con artist called it Operation Zipper, while I just refer to it as The Dealey Plaza Operation (DPO).
2) Just as Von Staufenberg got Hitler to approve the plan, JFK was asked many times to approve the CIA's plans to assassinate Castro, but he refused. JFK and the National Security Council (NSC) did approve however, violent CIA plans to attack Cuba with CIA trained Cuban commandos in order to affect the Cuban economy. RFK himself was introduced to the JMWAVE CIA officials and some of the commandos who took part in the raids against Cuba, blowing up economic targets, infiltrating men and arms and exfiltrating others.
While some anti-Kennedy baiters insist JFK and RFK approved some of the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro, - the UK Telegraph newspaper recently said that was common knowledge, there are no witnesses or documentary evidence of such approvals. JFK told a number of journalists and close friends that the CIA was trying to get him to approve the assassination of Castro but he balked at such an idea. The Pathfinder plan, in which the CIA trained Cuban commando teams as snipers who were to shoot Castro as he drove by in an open jeep on the way to the DuPont's Xandau estate in Varadaro, as he frequently did, was according to one CIA document "disapproved by higher authority" (aka JFK and RFK). Even Desmond FitzGerald acknowledge he lied to Rolando Cubella (AMLASH) when he told him that RFK had approved the plan to kill Castro.
Even though JFK and RFK did not officially approve the murder of Castro, they did approve many of the commando raids against Cuba, and RFK believed that one of those teams, perhaps even the one he met at the remote JMWAVE base in the Florida Everglades, was responsible for the Dealey Plaza Operation, and according to friends and relatives, RFK felt guilty for his role in the death of his brother.
3) The use of the Home Guard to carry out the tasks on the ground can be seen at Dealey Plaza in the use of the Texas National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves, of which there are many examples. For one, the Pilot Car, a white Ford sedan, a mile in front of the motorcade, was to look for any possible trouble, but didn't observe any. The Pilot Car was driven by Dallas Police Deputy Chief George L. Lumpkin, who was also an U.S. Army Reserve officer. Lumpkin invited his commanding officer Lt. Col. George Whitmeyer to ride along in the middle of the back seat of the car, even though he wasn't known to or approved by the Secret Service.
While they didn't report on all the open windows or the people gathered along the overpasses, as they were supposed to do, Lumpkin did stop the car at the intersection of Houston and Elm to tell the traffic policeman on duty there, as well as the sixth floor sniper above him, that the motorcade was only a few minutes behind them.
After following the limo to Parkland and learning of the death of the President, Lumpkin returned to Dealey Plaza where he met with Texas School Book Depository superintendent Roy Truly. Despite the fact that Truly had seen Oswald in the Second Floor lunchroom a minute and a half after the shooting, and gave him a pass, Truly falsely said Oswald was the only employee missing, and called the administration office and obtained Oswald's address - at Mrs. Paine's house in Irving. Truly told Lumpkin that Oswald was suspiciously missing, and gave Lumpkin Oswald's Irving address as they went to the sixth floor where homicide Capt. Fritz was examining the rifle. Lumpkin gave Fritz Oswald's name and address, and Fritz then walked across the street where he met Sheriff Bill Decker in a short meeting that has never been documented. Fritz then went back to his office and asked a policeman to go out to Irving and get Oswald, but Fritz was told, "No need to Captain, there he sits," arrested as a suspect in the murder of Tippit.
For more on the activitiesof the Texas National Guard and Army Reservists in the assassination see: Colonels at Dealey Plaza.
4) The control of communications was accomplished through a number of means. For one all of the Air Force One, Secret Service and even SAC radios were controlled through the Collins Radio "Liberty" station radio relay center in Cedar Rapids Iowa, because all of the sideband radio used were made and maintained by Collins Radio. Art Collins was a close personal friend and fellow HAM radio operator with General Curtis LeMay, chief of staff of the Air Force. At the time Collins was director of the Texas Graduate Research Center in Dallas that prepared engineers to work for the Dallas area defense contractors - Bell Helicopter, General Dynamics, Collins Radio, etc., that JFK mentions in the first paragraph of his undelivered speech. The White House Communications Agency (WHCA) ran the radios through their temporary radio shack set up at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel suite, and recorded everything, though only a small portion of those tapes have been released.
A second means of control of communications was the Dallas Emergency Communications Command Post, an underground bunker under the Science Museum at the Dallas Fairgrounds. This communications hub, that coordinated communications between authorities and major defense contractors, also utilized Collins Radio sideband radios and could monitor and record all official communications. This communications command post was under the control of US Army Reserve Col. Jack Crichton, commander of the 488th Intelligence unit. Crichton arranged for a Russian translator for Marina when she was first questioned by Dallas police, and half of the Dallas Police Special Services Unit(SSU) policemen were also US Army Reservists under Crichton's command. Because the SSU ran undercover agents, handled drug cases and organized crime, their headquarters was not at City Hall but at the Dallas State Fairgrounds, not far from the Emergency Communications and Command bunker.
A third means of control of communications was through the CIA's operation Mockingbird, in which the owners and producers of all major newspapers, radio, TV and media had pledged cooperation with the CIA. This can be seen in operation when Assistant Dallas District Attorney Bill Alexander was drawing up the charges against Oswald and was being encouraged by Philadelphia Inquirer editor Joe Goulden to charge Oswald with being part of a Communist Conspiracy. Goulden was one of David Atlee Phillips assets and a close personal friend who is now overseeing Phillips' papers. When LBJ, back at his VP office in the Executive Office Building learned of this, he called the Texas Attorney General, and Dallas DA Henry Wade was tracked down at a Dallas restaurant and told to tell Alexander not to charge Oswald with aiding a Communist Conspiracy, as the radio was reporting he was going to do. Wade immediately went back to his office and confronted Alexander and settled the matter.
5) Just as the Valkyrie plan to kill Hitler was going to blame the assassination on SS and Gestapo, the Dealey Plaza Operation called for the assassination of JFK to be blamed on Communists, Oswald and pro-Castro Communists, as Phillips and Goulden attempted to do.
In addition, DPD officer and member of the Special Services Unit and US Army Reserve officer Strickland - sent a report to the US Air Force Strike Command - that JFK had visited a week earlier, informing them that the assassination was a Cuban Communist plot, apparently expecting them to prepare for an attack on Cuba in response to the assassination.
In the days and weeks afterwards, dozens, not one or two but dozens of CIA officials, agents, operatives and media assets attempted to blame the assassination on Castro, what they call an "active measure" that continues today through the efforts of CIA agents Brien Latell and Bob Baer and their media assets like Gus Russo and Phil Shenon, all of whom still promote the discredited attempt to falsely blame Castro for the Dealey Plaza Operation.
So there you have it, the five key aspects of the Valkyrie Plot to kill Hitler that fits like a glove over the Dealey Plaza Operation.