THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CIA's HITER PLOT STUDY
It is incredulous that in 1963 the CIA could conduct a “detailed study” of the July 20, 1944 German military plot to kill Hitler, to be adapted for use against Fidel Castro, but today they can find no record of it what so ever among its extensive files. The CIA claimed that it could only find one mention of it at all in all of their records.
Even though there’s no written record of their “detailed study” in the CIA files today, we have come to know a lot about it, and don’t need their study to know how the German military plotted to kill Hitler, and we’ve seen how the same basic plan was used in the attempted assassination of Castro, via Dr. Rolando Cubella (AMLASH), and we can also see how the same procedures were used against President Kennedy.
For starters, the total absence of any record at al on this major historical event, when there should be, and there are distinct references to it in other records (ie. The Higgins Memo), certainly indicates these records have been intentionally purged, and their disappearance validates Professor Peter Dale Scott’s “Negative Template” thesis, that the most significant records no longer exist.
Actually, to one acute observer, who has followed this case since the beginning, there are many good reasons for the CIA to purge it’s files on any mention of the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Hiter, code named “Valkyrie.”
The significance lies in the fact that it isn’t about the failed coup attempt against Hitler, or the failed attempts to kill Castro, or even the successful assassination of President Kennedy, even though we’ve only come to focus on it as it is mentioned in the records released under the JFK Act of 1992, but rather the significance is because the “Valkyrie” plan became the re-useabe template for all political assassinations and coup d’etats the CIA used throughout the world over decades.
To encourage disgruntled military officers to revolt against their leader, assassinate him and take over the government is not an idea unique to the German military during World War II, nor unique to Cuba, where the CIA could identify only 10 military officers disenchanted with Castro, though they didn’t have the confidence to communicate with each other, as the CIA’s Desmond FitzGerald put it to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
That was not a problem with the highest level U.S. military officials in 1963, as the Joint Chiefs of Staff were unanimous in their objections to the President’s policies and leadership.
JFK himself said that a military coup as portrayed in the book (and movie) Seven Days in May was possible, IF there was a Bay of Pigs type of incident, a Cuban Missile Crisis in which the President ignored the advice of his military generals, and then, if there was a third similar type of incident, that could be a trigger to motivate them to take action and move against the President.
And that third similar type of incident was the supposedly secret Backchannel negotiations with Fidel Castro that were on-going at the time of the assassination. JFK’s aide and historian Arthur Schlesinger said that if the anti-Castro Cubans were made aware of those talks, they would have the motive to kill the President. And it seems that the Republican ambassador to Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge told them.
Again however, as our astute observer noted, the CIA files on the Hitler Plot no longer exist, not because of Hitler, Castro or Kennedy, but because that plan – it was a plan, not a plot, that plan has been adapted as a template for re-useable use – and was used in Guatemala, Iran, Vietnam, Cuba, the Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt and at Dallas, as well as many other countries where the US or CIA wanted a friendly and easily manipulated government in place.
The purge of the CIA files on the Valkyrie Hitler Plot is reminiscent of Edward Lutwak’s book “Coup d’etat – A Practical Handbook,” being banned throughout South America, where dictators were afraid the processes described in the book would be used against them, and they were right, just as the CIA is right in that their detailed study of the Hitler Plot would expose their procedures for assassinations and coups throughout the world.
Did the CIA officers responsible for responding to the AARC FOIA request for their “detailed study” of the Hitler Plot recognize that their records must have been purged?
In one of their responses to the AARC request the CIA acknowledged that they asked the official CIA historian David Robarge about the “Hitler Study” records, and he should have known if the records had been removed or destroyed.
The memos, emails and phone call records requested by the AARC that are being withheld under the “deliberative clause” would tell us, and the Supreme Court’s determination on that could have a major impact on all FOIA cases that withheld because of the deliberative clause.
BK NOTES: This will be the last of a series of articles I have posted recently, and I will try to put them in their proper sequence for those who are new to this line of inquiry. I am working on an article on the four major virtual JFK conferences that will take place this November, an important update on the whereabouts of General Curtis LeMay at the time of the assassination, and I will review Dr. Cyril Wecht’s new autobio – The Life and Deaths of Dr. Cyril Wecht that has just been released. Stay Tuned.
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