Thursday, January 28, 2021

Events of January 6, 2021 and November 22, 1963


Some people are looking at the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol as a Deep Political event, in Peter Dale Scott’s classical view, alongside Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy, Watergate, Iran-Contra and 9/11.

While only time will tell, I have an example of what we have learned from the JFK assassination that can be applied to the insurrection and attack on the Capitol, specifically the photo-identification of suspects.

Not only have over 165 of the rioters been identified and arrested, two of them are being charged with conspiracy, a crime that I have never seen prosecuted before. 

The connection arises in the course of my inquiry into the story of the late Dr. Adele Edisen, who first appeared on the scene in an article she wrote from Professor Jerry Rose’s Third/Fourth Decade Journal.

She explained how she was, in the spring of 1963, a graduate research associate in New Orleans with a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH). When she learned that her faculty adviser Dr. Jose Rivera, was to be in attendance at a NIH conference in Atlantic City, she went out of her way to meet him there.  As I had been a reporter in Atlantic City for a number of years I knew people at the Atlantic City Convention Hall (now Boardwalk Hall), and called them to confirm that there had been indeed a NIH conference there at that time.

Dr. Rivera told Edisen that he had been a professor in New Orleans for a number of years and knew some people there. He asked her to stop in Washington D.C. on her return trip home and he would show her the NIH headquarters in Bethesda and give her a tour, and she agreed. Rivera made arrangements for her to stay at a hotel, and while he had previously said she could have dinner at his home with him and his wife, they instead had reservations at a restaurant – Blackie’s House of Beef.

At first I assumed Rivera was from Cuba, but in fact he is from Lima, Peru. When I visited Blackie’s House of Beef with John Judge, we learned from our waiter that the place was popular with a number of Vice Presidents, including Nixon and LBJ, and had a special side door that they used. In walking around the restaurant I noticed pictures on the wall that indicated Blackie had served in a combat unit in Europe during World War II, and strangely, had erected a little memorial to President Kennedy in one of the back dinning rooms.

When Rivera picked her up at her hotel, they encountered an American Army Colonel who Rivera knew, and exchanged pleasantries, after which Rivera mentioned that he had been stationed with the Colonel at a base in Texas, Fort Hood, and that Rivera himself was a Colonel in the US Army Reserves. 

Rivera then told Edisen the Colonel from Texas was engaged in filming and photographing demonstrators in order to identify them.

From my interview with former Dallas TV reporter Wes Wise, the media had cooperated with the Dallas police and Secret Service in supplying them with news photos and film of the mob attack on UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson a few weeks before the association, in order to try to identify the attackers. Still head shots of some of them were made and distributed to Secret Service agents and a Denton Police Department rookie was assigned to attempt to infiltrate the group to determine their intentions for when the President arrived.

Among the photos of the Stevenson suspects distributed to the Secret Service agents at the Trade Mart on November 22, 1963 was one of John Martin, of Louisiana. No, not John Scruggs Martin, the guy who tipped off Jim Garrison about Oswald’s association with Guy Bannister and David Ferrie, but a college student from Northern Louisiana.

At the time of the assassination John W. Rice - the Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of the New Orleans Secret Service office, was in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at a military base near Schreveport, in Northern Louisiana, who was informed of the assassination and sent on a back ground check on John Martin, the student, who he was told was a suspect in the assassination. While Rice spent a few hours on this assignment, when he called the Secret Service office in Dallas to give his report he was told to forget it, they had Lee Harvey Oswald in custody and were no longer interested in Martin.

Adele Edisen then began to have anxiety attacks, because Dr./Col. Rivera had instructed her, when she got back to New Orleans, to call Oswald, and she did. At first she was told there was no one by that name at that number, but when she called back a week later she was told they had just arrived. She mentioned Rivera to Oswald but he said he didn’t know him, or the names of others Rivera had mentioned. Edisen thought that odd because she assumed Oswald was a medical research associate like she was.

In the course of my inquiry into Edisen’s story, everything she said checked out, I even got Rivera’s 800 page military file, everything except the fact Rivera knew Oswald’s Magazine Street address and the phone number of the apartment’s manger a few weeks before Oswald himself knew he would be living there.

According to the Warren Report, on May 9, 1963, Oswald filled out a job application at Reily Coffee Co. at 640 Magazine Street, listing three references – John Murret, his uncle, Sgt. Robert Hidell and Lieut. J. Evans, that the Warren Commission said were “both apparently fictitious names.”

But Oswald did serve with a Hidell in the Marines and he apparently was living in New Orleans that summer. And in the very next paragraph the Warren Report notes that: “Also on May 9, Oswald obtained an apartment at 4905 Magazine Street with the help of Myrtle Evans, who had known him when he was a child.” And Myrtle had a husband, Julian Evans, so neither name was “fictitious,” as the Warren Report proclaimed.

But how did Rivera know Oswald’s Magazine Street address and manager’s phone number two weeks before Oswald himself knew where he would be living?

In retrospect, Edisen believed Rivera drugged and tried to hypnotize her, possibly as part of an MKULTRA mind control experiment, as Rivera was stationed for a time at Fort Detrick, Md., and was associated with the ubiquitious military intelligence network known as ACSI – Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, that reported directly to the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. At one point Rivera laughed and said there were “too many chiefs and not enough Indians,” and instructed her, when she got back to New Orleans, to call Oswald and tell him to “kill the chief,” though she didn’t do that when Oswald denied knowing Rivera.

Rivera also expressed to Edisen foreknowledge of the premature death of the president’s son – Patrick, that Oswald was connected to the Walker shooting, and the assassination itself – wondering what Jackie would do when her husband was dead.

So shortly after the assassination and the arrest of Oswald, Adele Edisen went to the New Orleans office of the Secret Service and was interviewed by SAIC John W. Rice, who was with an FBI agent, Orin Bartlett, who has been described as the FBI’s liason to the Secret Service. She told them what Dr./Col. Rivera had said to her, and she believes her conversation with them was recorded, as Rice kept pushing a button on his desk. At one point Rice got on the phone, ostensibly with someone in Washington D.C., and gave them Rivera’s name. Rice and Bartlett then said they had to leave immediately for Dallas, as Oswald had been shot.

When the Warren Report was released a year later Edisen was surprised there was no mention of Dr./Col. Jose Rivera or his foreknowledge of key events, so she remained silent for a number of years until deciding to write the article for Third/Forth Decade.

Since the Stevenson incident in 1963 and the attempt to identify those involved the state-of-the-art of what they now call facial recognition and biometric identification technology has progressed immensely, and the effort to ID those involved in the attack on the Capitol is based at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Service (CJIS) headquarters in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

As described in Architect Magazine, “A new FBI facility designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) accommodates the future of the federal agency’s largest division, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS). The facility’s purpose is to centralize the research, development, and application of biometric identification technology to serve national security and law enforcement. Located on an existing FBI campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the Biometric Technology Center is the product of a joint effort with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). It allows the CJIS Division, which has one of the largest collections of biometric information in the world, and the U.S. Department of the Army, which has developed military biometrics database systems, to advance the next generation of identification technologies, including DNA, iris, palm print, voice pattern, and facial recognition tools.”

Besides the Stevenson incident, there are a number of other photo identifications that can be made in regard to the assassination of President Kennedy, including the positive ID of the man in Mexico City falsely identified as Oswald, the three tramps, the photo allegedly of Lansdale alongside the tramps, and other Dealey Plaza figures including “Badge Man” and “Prayer Man.”

One of the projects that I will be working on this year is to try to get the FBI’s Biometric Technology Center to take on this project to identify these people.

For FBI Biometric Technology Center see:

For Adele Edisen and Jose Rivea, see:


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1 comment:

Idon't blog, just read said...

I just wanted to add to yer list Bill, the sandy haired alleged Federal Agent shown with Buddy Walthers 10 minutes or so after The Assassination. It's not Robert Barrett, as he had dark hair, and glasses at the time.