Monday, November 22, 2021

Hank Albarelli, Jr.'s Coup In Dallas - A Preview

 Coup in Dallas – A Preview

Coup In Dallas – The Decisive Investigation into Who Killed JFK – by H. P. Albarelli, Jr. with a forward by Dick Russell (Skyhorse Press 2021)

We know Hank Albarelli from his fine book “A Terrible Mistake,” about the CIA- LSD laced death of US Army biochemist Dr. Frank Rudolph Olson, and his “A Secret Order – Investigating the High Strangeness and Syncroncity in the Kennedy Assassinaton,” so we can trust him to delve further into the JFK assassination matrix with a background that gives him some insight into the covert world of intelligence.

This book is not an easy read, as Hank Albarelli passed away before it could be finished, and it was to his good forture to have a good team behind him that saw it though to press, including Dick Russell, co-authors Leslie Sharp and Alan Kent, along with graphic artist Pete Sattler and Charles R. Drago, and later cheered on by attorney Steve Rosen, document expert Malcolm Blunt, Stuart Wexler and with the finishing touches made by publisher Tony Lyons.

Without buying everything the book says, I do agree on a number of key elements – the assassination of the President in Dallas was not only a conspiracy but a more specific covert intelligence operation, as well as a coup, because those actually responsible were not investigated and the high level cover-up continues today – in the name of national security and the continued withholding of assassination records.

This book does set the “lay of the land,” and gives deep political background and a bit of history to the multiple characters and corporations that are entwined in the assassination story and their inter-relationships.

I will call this a preview of the book, as I will have to wait to review it more thoroughly after I give the book a second read to fully digest it all, but it is chock full of new information, especially concerning the corporate backdrop of the covert operation that occurred at Dealey Plaza and new names – most notably one with the unlikely name shared with a pirate - Jean Pierre Lafitte.

In the course of Albarelli’s research for the Olson book he used the letters and note books of US Federal Bureau of Narcotics and CIA agent George Hunter White. White led Albarelli to one fascinating character – Jean Pierre Lafitte, who Hank says worked with White out of the CIA’s Bedford Street safehouse in New York’s Greenwich Village. Hank says he later worked closely with CIA’s Counter-Intelligenc chief James Jesus Angleton.

 Albarelli learned that Lafitte was living in New England, but when he got there Lafitte had already died. He did obtin much valuable information from his widow Rene, including limited access to Lafitte’s 1963 datebook. He also learned that Lafitte once lived in New Orleans and was briefly employed by the William Riley Coffee company, where he used the alias “Jean Martin.” Lafitte, Albarelli tells us, was associated with the CIA’s James Jesus Angelton.

Jean Lafitte is described by Albarelli as the “project manger” for “Lancelot,” the code name for the assassination used by Lafitte in his datebook.

Now every covert operation has a code name, we know that for a fact. So far the covert op that left the president dead with a bullet to his head has variously been called Operation Zipper, "the Big Event," and now Lancelot, though I prefer just calling it The Dealey Plaza Operation.

Hank Abarelli had access to two key and unique sources – besides  Jean Lafitte and his datebook, he had access to Otto Skorzen’s private papers, that US Air Force officer Major Ralph Ganis allowed him to review after he purchased them at an internet auction.

After agreeing to assist Ganis in writing a book, and working together for awhile, they decided to each write their own book. I met Ganis in Dallas a few years ago and reviewed his book, The Skorzeny Papers – here:

 [ https://jfkcountercoup.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-skorzeny-papers-evidence-for-plot.html ].

It took awhile for the Skorzeny Papers to be exaimined and understood, and Ganis makes a good case for Skorzeny’s post WWII operations being extended from Madrid and Ireland to Dallas, I don’t think Skorzeny was the strategic mastermind of the Dealey Plaza operation, as Hank does, but he makes a strong case for Lafitte being the “Project Manager,” based mainly on his datebook entries.

We know a lot about Skorzeny’s wartime exploits as a commando pioneer – freeing Italian dictator Beneto Musselini from his mountain top prision in a daring glider attack, and leading the English speaking Germans in American uniforms behind the Allied lines during the Battle of the Buldge. But his post war experiences are lesser known and we must depend on Ganis and Albarelli to fill us in, especially how they are connected to Dallas.

Skorzeny’s role in the JFK assassination has escaped the attention of every researcher, except for Ganis and Albarelli, so we must delve into this line of inquiry much futher.

The same goes for Jean P. Lafitte, for as far as I know this is the first time and place he is mentioned in regard to the assassination of the President, and labeling him the “project manager” certainly requires some convincing.

Like Skorzeny and his wife Ilse, Oswald and Marina, Gordon Novel and his wife Miss New Orleans, and Carl Jenkins and his wife, Lafitte’s wife Rene certainly was knowledgeable about his operations, and told Albaelli some of what she knew:

“Rene clearly remembered Otto Skorzeny: ‘He was imposing; his presence dominated a room, any room.’ Ilse Skorzeny: ‘She was all business. Maby the women behind the man, meaning the brains.’ Lee Harvey Oswald: ‘I only saw him a few times. Pierre didn’t care for him. A confused young man. Pierre always said: He’s desequilibre’.’ Marina Oswald: ‘We felt sorry for her. She had no idea what was going on. He seemed to stick to her like glue but shared noting with her.’ Jean Souetre: ‘Oh, he was very handsome, but a modest person, and very serious about his beliefs.’ Thomas Eli Davis, Jr.: ‘You couldn’t help but like him.’ Charles Willoughby: ‘A dedicated soldier. A life too dedicated, with a sky-is-falling mindset.’”

Of his first book, “A Secret Order,” Albarelli says: it was his “first book-length foray into the JFK assassination. I had been fascinated by what I had learned about Thomas Eli Davis, Jr. I instinctively knew there was far more on Davis’ story and that it was closely connected to the events in Dallas, November 22, 1963. I was also fascinated with certain events in Mexico City concerning Lee Harvey Oswald: a well-known poet and author Elena Garro, her daughter; Warren Broglie at the Hotel Luma and its cast of unsvory characters, seemingly right out of a Bogart film; Charles William Thomas, CIA and State Department employee; and, last but far from least CIA Mexico City asset, Viola June Cobb, with whom I became a very good friend. In fact, June is the godmother of my grandson, Dylan Jackson Albarelli Centellas….”

Here Hank mentions the Hotel Luma, that I first heard of in a book about an American bullfighter in Mexico who came to meet Oswald, something we dont read in official records, and the Luma bartender Warren Broglie, undoubtedly a spy for somebody. Albarelli tells us had previously worked at the Havana Hilton with US Army Reserve (ACSI) Col. Frank Brandsetter, who Hank says was in Dallsa on the day of the assassination at the invitation of Col. Jack Crichton. Then he delves into names associated with the infamous “Twist Party” that Oswald didn’t attend but entire books have been written about.

Fortunately there is an opening chapter entitled “A Roadmap,” that breaks down each chapter into a brief synopsis.

I will only quote from one – the last reference to Pierre Lafitte Datebook – Select Entries and Images.

“The terms and conditions of access to the exclusive collection of private papers of Pierre Lafitte, including the 1963 datebook, impacted the determination of which screenshots from the datebook cold be reproduced for this book. We analyzed the entire collection and determined to prioritize certain of those entries that are highlighted in the narrative. The resulting screenshots, found in Exhibits, should give the reader an idea of the challenges in deciphering the handwriting and interpretation of the meaning of the text. The next challenge was to provide readers sufficient images of the surrounding entries – even those that include context, and to reveal to some extent the day-to-day world of the author of the datebook, the project manager of the assassination, Pierre Lafite. We hope we have successfully met the challenge.”

An example of one such entry in Lafitte’s datebook: “On the wings of murder. The pigeon way for unsuspecting Lee. Clip, clip his wings. – November 9, 1963.”

Before I review any more of Lafitte’s datebook entries, I will enter each Lafitte datebook notation into the Wood JFK Master Chronology, to see if they match up with other entries.

https://www.amazon.com/JFK-Assassination-Chronology-David-Wood-ebook/dp/B005QOUV36    ]

As for the narrative, the book opens with the 1942 assassination of French Vichy Admiral Francois Jean Darlan.

Now I know a little bit about this from the biographies of Ian Fleming, the author of the 007 James Bond novels, as Fleming, as Assistant to the Director of British Naval Intelligence, was parachuted into France during the Nazi invasion with the mission of convincing Admiral Darlan to turn over his French fleet to the British. Fleming failed in this mission, and many British troops were lost in North Africa when they attacked the French fleet there. But Albarelli places the responsibility for the assassination of Darlan on General Donovan and the OSS, when I believe the British he more to do with it, much like they did in training the commandos who killed Nazi official Hydrich in Prague.

Of course before you can even begin to understand the assassinaton of President Kennedy you must at least be familiar with other similar assassinations, like Darlan, Hydrich, and failed attempts at assassination like that of the German military’s  attempt to kill Hitler on July 20, 1944, code named “Valkyrie,” and the failed attempt of the French military to kill Charles deGaul.

As the CIA’s Desmond FitzGerald told the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September 1963, the CIA was engaged in a “detailed study” of the July 20 attempt on Hitler in order to use it against Castro. In my own study of the Valkyrie attempt to kill Hitler, I came up with five different aspects of that plan that were also adapted for use in Dallas that fit like a glove, including the use of the “Home Guard” as they were called in Germany, the National Guard and Army Reseves in the USA. They were the “boots on the ground,” to do the dirty work tasks that had to be done.

Col. Jack Crichton formed the 488th Army Intelligence unit, which he said was composed of about a hundred men, nearly half of which were also members of the Dallas Police Department, including many of whom were involved in key activities related to the assassination.

Now Albarelli tells us that “The 488th annual training in ’63 took place at The Pentagon, one of only two attachments from Texas to be in DC that summer.”

I have been engaged in assisting, part time, in the training of US Army Reserve soldiers and National Guards for the past ten years and I have never, ever heard of any detachment being trained or receiving their annual maneuvers at The Pentagon. It’s just unheard of.

We help train the Reserve troops in scenarios they are likely to face if deployed overseas, and any training at The Pentagon would have had to be in prepartion for an operation they would be expecting to encounter in the near future.

In any case, that is the jist of what’s to come, as I re-read the book with a more eye for detail, but I like the assumptions this book begins with – it was a conspiracy, it was a covert intelligence operation, it was a coup d’etat, and we can figure out how they did it by diasecting the backgrounds of the key characters, their corporate ties and how they operated.

Speaking of diasecting, my next review will be that of Dr. Cyril Wecht’s new book “Diasecting the Asssassination of President Kennedy.”  

I will also be posting a trancript of the CAPA Viritual Conference Program on Gene Wheaton and Carl Jenkins Connections to the JFK Assassination I prepard with the assistance of Matt Ehling, William M. Law and Lee Shephard, as soon as possible.

Stay tuned, there’s more to come.

Billkelly3@gmail.com

Friday, November 19, 2021

Arthur Collins and Curtis LeMay at the Time of the Assassination

 Arthur Collins and Curtis LeMay at the Time of the Assassination 

A presentation prepared for JFK Lancer 2021, but was canceled due to technical problems. 

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General LeMay and Arthur Collins 

Arthur Collins and Curtis LeMay are two of the most interesting characters in the assassination story, were personal friends and are considered by some to be primary suspects.

When Arthur Collins was a teenager from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he built his own radio receiver in his parent’s garage, the only radio capable of picking up the broadcasts from U.S. Navy Admiral Richard Byrd from his remote artic expeditions. Information he dutifully passed on to the U. S. Navy.

Admiral Byrd’s polar expeditions were financed in part by his cousin, Texas oilman D. H. Byrd, the owner of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) at the time of the assassination.

Collins founded his Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids and because of his success with the Navy, was given military contracts that were extended during World War II.

Collins also sold radios to the general public, helping to establish the international network of HAM radio enthusiasts, one of whom was Curtis LeMay.

Curtis LeMay grew up in Ohio, the son of general laborer who moved about frequently , so young Curtis helped put food on the table by hunting and fishing.

Majoring in engineering in college in Columbus, Ohio, LeMay enlisted in the Army ROTC – Reserve Officer Training Corps – so wen he graduated he was a lieutenant in the Army, specializing in the Army Air Corps.

As an 8th Air Force officer during World War II, LeMay was stationed in England where he developed strategies for the American B-17 precision daylight bombing of targets in Europe, that avoided civilian casualitis, but later advocated complete carpet bombing of entire cities to break the moral of the enemy.

After the surrender of the Nazis in Germany LeMay was transferred to the Pacific Theater where he commanded the new B-29 Superfortress bombing of Japanese cities, including the nuclear bombings. 

When the war was over LeMay was made head of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), whose nuclear jet bombers had the motto “Peace is our Profession.”

Probably because of his personal association with Arthur Collins, LeMay had all of the SAC bombers as well as the Executive Air Fleet – that included Air Force One, equipped with Collins sideband radios.

When it was realized that Soviet nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) had a limited range, and when fired over the north pole could not reach the southern states, the government had the major defense contractors move some of their industrial facilities to Texas – including Bell Helicopter, Collins Radio, General Dynamics, etc.

Just as Bell Aircraft relocated their Bell Helicopter division to Texas, where Michael Paine moved to when his step-father Arthur Young, inventor of the Bell Helicopter, arraned for him to work for them.

While keeping his company headquarters in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Art Collins opened a Collins Radio facility in Richardson, Texas, and maintained a hanger at Redbird Airport, the subject of which is Larry Hancock’s talk.

Collins not only manufactured the radios used by the U.S. Air Force and Executive Fleet, but also maintained and serviced them, using their Cedar Rapids based “Liberty” station to relay messages over long distances. The “Liberty” station can be heard dozens of time on the existing Air Force One radio transmission tapes, but Max Holland doesn’t mention it at all in his book on the subject, “The JFK Assassination Tapes.

In Texas Collins and the other major defense contractors discovered they had a hard time recruiting top notch engineers and scientists, and had to recruit them from out of state, so they banded together and established the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest, and Art Collins was named one of the first directors.

When the Dallas university that had invited President Kennedy to give a speech, giving him the excuse to visit Dallas, withdrew their invitation, so a Dallas civic organization that head previously had intended to pay tribute to the Graduate Research Center as part of their annual luncheon at the Trade Mart, decided to invite President Kennedy to address them.

And so, if you read the blood soaked type written undelivered speech JFK kept in his breast pocket, available at the National Archives, you will see that it is addressed to the defense industries and the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest in mentioned in the first paragraph.

Since Arthur Collins was an early director of the Center, he most likely was in the audience at the Trade Mart waiting on the Presient when they got word that he had been shot.

As Edward Lutwack writes in his book – “Coup d'etat – A Practical Handbook,” control of key communications is a key aspect of a coup, and if the assassination or President Kennedy was not just a murder but a coup, then those responsible had to have control of the communications, and Art Collins had that capability.

While Collins as a person does not come across as someone who would support the murder of a President, he did allow his company to be used as a front for CIA cover operations against Cuba, officially leasing the CIA ship the Rex, as the New York Times reported in their November 1, 1963 edition with an article on how the Rex deposited a team of commandos with high powered rifles in Cuba, who were subsequently arrested and paraded before Cuban TV by Fidel Castro.

The New York Times article reported that the Rex was docked in Palm Beach, Florida, not far from the President’s house, was owned by the Somoza Family of Nicaragua, the godfathers of the Bay of Pigs, and was leased to Collins Radio, of Richardson, Texas for electronic research.

There are literally dozens of Collins Radio associations to the asassination that I document in my article The Collins Radio Connections , [  https://jfkcountercoup.blogspot.com/2021/10/the-collins-radio-connections-revisited.html  ] that together plant Collins Radio in the heart of the covert intelligence operation that lead to the death of the President at Dealey Plaza.

And we can surmise that Arthur Collins himself was at the Trade Mart waiting for the President to arrive when news of the assassination effectively ended the luncheon.

As for Curtis LeMay, we have a fairly good idea of where he was at the time of the assassination as well – hunting and fishing in Northern Michigan and Canada.

Thanks to Larry Haapanen for providing the newspaper clippings that document the key facts – on the Friday and Saturday before the assassination General LeMay hosted a conference of Air Force Generals at an AFB in Alabama.

From there we know that LeMay hooked up with television entertainer Arthur Godfrey, a pilot and Air Force Reserve officer whose private plane was a gift from Eastern Airline President Eddie Rickenbacker.

According to a Detroit newspaper article, Godfrey and LeMay refueled in Detroit, where Godfrey talked to the reporter, saying that they were on their way to a Michigan hunting and fishing resort famous for hosting celebrities, naming streets after them.

From there the story gets a bit muddled, as Godfrey flew back to New York to do his show, while LeMay went on to northern Michigan, where his wife’s family owned a lake cabin that he often used.

Others however, have suggested LeMay visited other resorts, one where Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa owned a cabin that LeMay was known to have visited. And LeMay is listed among those guests who received Christmas cards from the resort proprietors.

Tom Lipscomb however, has located yet another possible location LeMay have been at the time of the assassination. Tom is a former mainstream book publisher who had a number of important titles under his belt, including Che’s Diaries, and he is writing a book about the assassination that includes a chapter on Generals LeMay and Lansdale.

Since we know for a fact that LeMay flew out of Wiarton, Canada on an Air Force jet he had summoned, Tom has identified a hunting and fishing resort in an island not far from Wiarton, one owned by Detroit automobile manufacturers.

Although this resort did not have telephone service in 1963, it did have radios including a short wave HAM radio that LeMay could have used to communicate with Art Collins and Andrews AFB. At first LeMay requested that he be picked up in Toronto, but after the small, twin engine AF Executive plane was enroute he redirected it to Wiarton, a former Canadian Air Force base that had a runway capable of handling the small jet.

LeMay was so impressed with the small, efficient Executive jet when he retired he formed a company that leased such Executive jets to CEOs of major companies.

The Wiarton base LeMay left from was less than an hour boat or small plane ride from the island resort Tom has identified. 

From General Clifton’s version of the Air Force One tapes we learn that General LeMay’s aide, Colonel Dorman, was trying to get an urgent message to LeMay, but was having trouble getting it through since all the radios were busy and Air Force One radio traffic took priority. Either the message was edited out from the highly edited Air Force One tapes in existence, or it never got through.

When I first heard Colonel Dorman on the Clifton tapes I looked him up and found he had been killed in action as a fighter pilot, shot down in Vietnam, but his widow lived in Trenton, New Jersey, not far from where I lived. I found her phone number in the public directory and called her, and she confirmed that her husband was Colonel Dorman, LeMay’s aide, and said that she was working at the White House on the day of the assassination. She was working on the historic renovations of the building as directed by the First Lady, and received a phone call from her husband who instructed her to leave immediately and go home, as the President had been shot.

She didn’t go directly home however, but stopped at a churchl to pray. She also introduced me to her son, who did not know what the urgent message was because his father didn’t talk about his work at home. As they lived on General’s Row, Arlington Cemetery was their backyard, and the son said he watched the funeral procession and burial from a unique vantage point – in a tree.

While we still don’t know what the urgent message Dorman tried to convey to LeMay, we do know that LeMay was ordered by Air Force Secretary Eugene Zuckert to land at Andrews AFB, but LeMay disobeyed that order and landed at the National Airport, which placed him in a position to attend the President’s autopsy in Bethesda.

On a final note, possibly of importance, I think that General LeMay’s association with Chicago mobster and Havana and Las Vegas casino boss Charles “Babe” Barron comes into play in regards to the assassination, as Barron was also a General in the U.S. Army Reserves. LeMay’s daughter, in an oral history, noted that Barron was the godfather of her son, and General LeMay always personally picked up Barron at the airport when he visited them, carrying his luggage.

When Jack Ruby’s pal, entertainment reporter Tony Zoppi told the House Select Committee on Assassinations that Barron was a close, personal friend of LeMay, they went looking for Barron and found him visiting LeMay in California.

The close association between Arthur Collins and LeMay is significant in regards to the radio communications, while LeMay’s friendship with Barron may be important as the US Army Reserves were the “boots on the ground” in Dallas, much like the Valkyrie plan to kill Hitler had the Home Army mobilized to do the dirty work.

In closing, I just want to say that I believe that it will not be a mystery forever, but we will eventually learn the details of exactly how President Kennedy was killed, who was responsible and why it happened, as we are very close to the total truth.

Bill Kelly  - billkelly3@gmail.com

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Oliver Stone's JFK Revisited - Through the Looking Glass Previewed

 Oliver Stone’s “JFK Revisited – Through the Looking  is a two hour long non-fictional documentary that details much, but not all, of the evidence and witness testimony that supports the idea of a conspiracy behind the murder of the President.

It will premier domestically tomorrow – Friday, on Showtime and is being packaged as a DVD that will be available sometime early next year.

While Jim diEugenio is given credit as the writer, the original title “Destiny Betrayed” has been removed and relegated to the four hour version of this film that is slated to be released in February.  Jim’s book is based mainly on the New Orleans angles to the assassination, and this program only touches on that aspect, focusing mainly on why most people believe Lee Harvey Oswald was not the lone assassin.

And unlike diEugenio’s usual verbose writing style, this show is a tightly packed, finely edited piece of work that Warren Commission defenders will have a hard time finding something to refute.

Nararated by Donald Sutherland and Whoopie Goldberg, neither of whom make a physical presence in the film but rather provide voice over commentary. Goldberg played the wife of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers  in Rob Reiner’s movie “Ghosts of Mississippi” while Sutherland portrayed “Mr. X,” the mysterious character in “JFK” who advises Jim Garrison on the deep state responsible for the murder, said to be based on Air Force Colonel Fletecher Prouty.

The first fifteen minutes of this film is primarily original news reports that Lone Nutters will have a hard time arguing with, and in fact, they will have a hard time finding fault with any particular item other than the entire conspiracy oriented premesis of the program. Some will say that it is not objective and doesn’t present both sides of the story, but there aren’t two sides to the story when it comes to basic facts of the case.

There is no debate, just as the Warren Report didn’t include evidence and witness testimony that contradicted its findings. Nor does it include any silly conspiracy theories that lone nut defenders can poke holes in.

As the first news reports clearly indicated, the Dallas Police came out and said, “This is the man who killed the President,” and we are supposed to take their word for it?

Walter Cronkite said it best when he asked the questions, “Who actually fired the shots that killed the President, and was there a conspiracy?”

They are the questions this program tries to answer.

Those who do have talking head time are impressive – Brian Edwards keeping track of the trail of evidence and the chain of custody, Dr. David Mantik on how many shots were fired, Dr. Cyril Wecht on the Single Bullet Theory – “Whatever you want, whatever you need, this bullet (#399) will oblige you.”

DPD motorcycle patrolman Marion Baker seeing Oswald in the second floor lunchroom 90 seconds after the last shot, and Barry Ernest on his book “The Girl on the Steps” – Vickie Adams, whose statement that she left the fourth floor within a minute of the last shot and came down the steps not seeing anyone, corroborated by Sandra Styles, who accompanied her and was not called to testify, as well as their supervisor Dorothy Garner, who followed them to the fourth floor landing and stayed there until she saw or heard Baker and Truly come up from the first floor – three witnesses who didn’t see anyone on the stairs. And they don’t bother to mention Dougherty, the TSBD worker who was on the fifth floor landing and didn’t see anyone come down the stairs.

While Warren Commission apologists say it was a matter of moments when these things happened, and it was a Keystone Cops type of situation where they just missed each other, they even timed how long it would take to go from the sixth floor to the second and it could be done in less than 90 seconds. But not mentioned is the fact that patrolman Baker saw Oswald through the window of the closed second floor door that Oswald would have had to go through if he was the sixth floor sniper, but Truly, seconds and a few steps ahead of Baker didn’t see Oswald go through the door as he would have if he did. Oswald entered the lunchroom through the same door he left by, with a coke.

And the only conclusion is the one expressed in this film – Oswald was not even on the sixth floor at the time of the shooting, and was not the man with a rifle in his hand, with a white shirt (Oswald wore brown) and bald spot on the top of his head, an attribute not shared with Oswald.

The parafin test that proves Oswald did not fire a rifle that day is mentioned, and former New York City prosecutor and HSCA attorney Bob Tannenbaum says, “Oswald would not have been convicted on the evidence provided by the Warren Commission.”

There is a short, too short profile of the basic background of Oswald that jumps quickly to his enlistment in the Marines, Atsugi, U2 base etc., defection, and return home, without a proper debriefing, that former Republican Senator Richard Schweiker says, “Smacks of an intelligence relationship,” and a short note on State Department official Otto Otepka, who kept a list of American defectors, noted the large number of former military personal and asked the CIA which ones were real defectors and which ones fake, including Oswald on his list, before the assassination. He was, as Lisa Pease notes, dismissed November 5, 1963, a few weeks before the assassination.

As Jefferson Morley mentions, “Oswald was of intense interest to high level CIA officers for years before the assassination, even reading his mother’s mail.” And the man who kept track of Oswald’s file, James Jesus Angleton, was assigned to be liaison between the CIA and the Warren Commission.

There’s very little in regards to Oswald’s 1963 summer in New Orleans other than the fact that he tried to infiltrate the DRE – and then got into a fight with them passing out Fair Play for Cuba Committee leaflets – sparking Sen. Schweiker to say that he was working as a “double-agent, playing both sides of the fence.”

There’s a short interview with CIA agent William Gaudet, who said he saw Oswald and former FBI agent Guy Bannister together, but doesn’t bother to fill in the details – Gaudet was editor of the CIA financed Latin America Report publication that was financed by the CIA and was next to Oswald in line getting a visa to Mexico at the same time.

Gaudet’s office was in the Clay Shaw’s World Trade Center, where Oswald handed out leaflets, and Dean Andrews is mentioned as having received a phone call from Clay Bertrand to represent Oswald after his arrest, and the fact that over a dozen witnesses are mentioned in government records as having confirmed that Shaw used the alias Bertand. Then there are the CIA’s reports that indicate Shaw was involed in their QKenchant program, whatever that was.

Jeff Morley describes how the DRE Cubans, who immediately tried to blame Castro for the assassination, were run by CIA official George Joannides, who was later brought out of retirement to serve as CIA liaison to the HSCA. When Morley told this to the second counsel to the HSCA G. Robert Blakey he was astonished, and said, “I’ll never believe the CIA again.”

Federal Judge and former Chairman of the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) John Tunheim is seen saying that he showed one document to a CIA official and asked why it should still be withheld, and he responded, “I know there’s reason but I just don’t remember what it is.”

The Secret Service destroyed advance records of the Presidents intended visits to Chicago and Tampa, Florida, and both cases are reviewed and it is discovered an FBI informant named “Lee” correctly said that four Cubans would be in Chicago, and their landlady dropped a dime on them saying they had high powered rifles and map of the parade route. Two were arrested. And another suspect Thomas A. Valle is mentioned, as well as his background that is very similar to Oswald’s that makes one observer conclude “There’s too many they cannot be considered coincidences.”

Former Secret Service Agent Abe Bolden, who was involved in the Chicago investigation, was “railroaded” for trying to blow the whistle on what was going on. And the Tampa plot is also laid out detailing the proposed fall guy who would have been framed as the patsy if the assassination took place there. I arranged for the NARA to obtain the Tampa advance reports from the agent who wrote them. 

The Parkland doctors are mentioned in detail, with Dr. Gary Aguilar discussing what doctors Kenp Clark and Malcolm Perry had to say, and nurse Audrey Bell on how Dr. Perry told her he was being pressured by SS agent Elmer Moore into saying the throat wound could have been an exit wound. Moore later admitted he regretted pressuring Perry and said he was ordered to do so by SS Inspector Kelly.  And Perry later told a fellow doctor that he regretted changing his testimony.

ARRB investigator Doug Horne mentions his interviews with Autopsy photographers, how the photos that exist today are not recognized by the Parkland doctors or the photographer who allegedly took them, and how photos of the brain show by its color that it had been in formaldehyde jar for weeks before the assassination and could not be JFK’s brain. Dr. Mantik shows a document that says that JFK’s brain weighted in at what a normal brain would be, when in fact much of it was shattered by a bullet.

Former Warren Commissioner and later President Gerald Ford, who moved the back wound to the throat to fit the Single Bullet Theory, is quoted as telling a French president that “There was a conspiracy but we were never able to determine by who.”

David Talbot is given some time and uses it to say how Allen Dulles was a fraud, and that everyone, then and now knows, “that powerful forces did it.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. expresses his father’s first impulses were to blame the CIA and anti-Castro Cubans, and how much JFK is loved around the world.

As Oliver Stone concludes, it is “no longer a conspiracy theory, but conspiracy fact.”

And while the film actually tries to convey those facts, my biggest complaint with it is the failure to emphasize the fact that the JFK Act, which owes so much to Oliver Stone and “JFK,” is not being enforced today.

Just as Stone mentioned that the assassination records were still being withheld at the end of his 1992 movie, that stirred up so much public support for the release of the records, he could have done the same thing here, but doesn’t.

Maybe the four hour long version will touch on this but I’m not counting on it.

BillKelly3@gmail.com

Thursday, October 28, 2021

AOTUS and NARA Sued - UPDATED



David S. Ferriero Arhivist of the United States 

 Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) David Ferriero and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) are being sued on civil court over their refusal to release Fierro's letters of recommendations to Presidents Trump and Biden before they decided to continually delay the release of JFK assassination records.

After continually promising to release all of the records, Trump, at the very last minute on the legal deadline October 26th 2017, cow towed to the CIA, his chief of staff Gen. John Kelly USMC and apparently Fierro to continue to withhold records for three years, until October 26, 2021. 

Five days before that deadline, Biden, citing Ferrier's COVID excuse, again delayed their release until Thursday, December 15, 2022, though saying there will be another release this December 15, 2021, and ordering Fierro to digitize the entire JFK Collection at NARA and put it on line.

A group of lawyers have been meeting in conference calls weekly for months, and calling themselves the JFK Act Legal Task Force, filed the first of two legal actions on Monday. 

Larry Schnapf, A NYC environmental attorney, Mark Zaid, who has made a name for himself representing military and intelligence whistle blowers, and assisted by San Francisco defense attorney, prepared the 11 page suit and are preparing another that will be filed in court in November.

While this first suit refers specifically to Fierro's letters to the president, that apparently recommend continued withholding of the records, such internal communications like phone calls, emails and letters that discuss potential action are with held under a deliberative clause, though the lawyers rightfully argue these letters fall under the JFK Act itself and are assassination records.

Preview attachment Schnapf v. NARA Complaint-FILED10.25.21.pdf

The AOTUS is a blogger, who promotes himself as an advocate of openness. 

AOTUS – The Blog of the Archivist of the United States

While I never thought the letters sent to Biden would even be read, Schnapf says the next step is to get Congressional Oversight Hearings, and I agree. It will still be difficult, and we may have to generate the response that Oliver Stone got from his movie JFK in order to get Congress to do anything, but his new documentary Through The Looking Glass may just generate that type of interest. 

Larry Schnapf writes: "Now that Biden has issued his memo, the focus of our campaign is now turning to Congress. We hope to have every senator and representative receive a letter asking them to urge the Senate Homeland Committee or House Oversight committee to hold an oversight hearing on the failure of the executive branch to comply with the JFK Act."  

"To assist this grassroots effort, I have drafted a form of letter that interested persons can use to send to their representative and senators requesting an oversight hearing. In case it is not self-evident, I have placed information about the House and Senate Committees in brackets. Writers should use the senate information in brackets when writing their senators and the House information in brackets when contacting their representative. In other words, when writing a representative, the writer should ask that the representative contact Carolyn Maloney while when writing their Senators, the writer should reference the Senate Homeland Committee."

"Ideally, each person should write three letters: one address to their representative and one to each senator."

Lawrence Schnapf


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Biden Punts JFK Records Release 14 Months

 Biden Punts JFK Records Release 14 Months

From where I am sitting President Biden had three choices, one of which had to be made by Tuesday, October 26, 2021 – he could either release all of the JFK assassination records as required by law, he could kick the can down the road another three years, as Trump did, or he could do what he did when the Families of Victims of 9-11 told him not to bother to come to any anniversary observances unless he released the still censored chapter of the 9-11 Commission Report on the Saudi Arabian connections to the crime.

In the case of the 9-11 he instead decided to issue an executive order calling for an additional study of the Saudi issue, something we expected him to do on the still sealed JFK records.

Instead he blindsided everyone by issuing a formal memorandum for the record last Friday, four days before he was required to act on the issue, and punted another fourteen months, until December 15, 2022, but added a few riders that will eventually work in favor of opening the records. We should have seen this coming as the government routinely releases uncomfortable news late on Friday so it won't go through the regular news cycle, but this one is taking on traction. 

Some key aspects of the new state of affairs are the deadlines – this December 15, 2021 there will be another data dump of records, while the Archivist, the Director of Central Intelligence and other agencies will have until December 15, 2022 to determine exactly what records still need to be redacted or withheld.

And as the law stipulates, but has not been enforced, the agencies will have to acknowledge exactly what is being redacted and withheld and describe the reasons why.

In addition President Biden has ordered the NARA to scan and put the entire JFK Collection on line, similar to what they did with the last few major data dumps, so we can peruse the records from our home computers instead of traveling to College Park, Maryland to read them in person.

As former chairman of the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) said at a CAPA Press Conference at the National Press Club a few years ago, - while he saw no records that convince him of a conspiracy in the assassination, he also saw no records that require being continually withheld for any reason.

The Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) David Ferriero saw things differently after conferring with the directors of various agencies and departments, particularly the CIA, and he wrote recommendations to both President Trump in 2017 and Biden earlier this year, recommendations that are still sealed and being withheld from the public.

The AOTUS Covid excuse, that the mainstream media has jumped on, is also bogus, as while the NARA has been affected, they and the responsible agencies had 25 years to review these records, and they didn’t do it.

There has been a flurry of activity behind the scenes, as CAPA, Lancer, JFKFacts, Mary Ferrell and other groups have been lobbying both Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D. NY), chair of the House Oversight Committee to hold hearings on these issues, and President Biden to just release the records.

Now the effort reverts back to Maloney, who should be persuaded to hold public hearings on the JFK Act within the next year, at least before December 15, 2022.

A group of lawyers led by Larry Schnapf and Mark Zaid, have also drafted legal suits that will be filed this week, requiring the release of the AOTUS recommendations and more records.  Schnapf,  Larry Sabbato and Jeff Morely have a scheduled Press Conference on Wednesday, October 27 to discuss these matters, but that has been postponed until December. 

Another FOIA attorney with outstanding legal cases on the docket, opposes additional civil suits on these issues unless they are well established because when we lose, a precident is established for future cases that will also go against us. 

I will be posting the entire Biden memorandum as well as additional articles and comments from those who are knowledgeable about these things.

October 22, 2021 Memo from the White House: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/10/22/memorandum-for-the-heads-of-executive-departments-and-agencies-on-the-temporary-certification-regarding-disclosure-of-information-in-certain-records-related-to-the-assassination-of-president-john-f-k/

NPR: https://www.npr.org/2021/10/24/1048813624/white-house-delays-release-of-jfk-assassination-records

Bryan Bender:  https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/24/biden-secret-jfk-files-517024

RFK, Jr. and Patrick Check In: https://www.politico.com/amp/news/2021/10/24/jfk-nephews-biden-assassination-records-517049

Loop World News: https://cayman.loopnews.com/content/biden-delays-public-disclosure-some-jfk-assassination-records

Florida News Times:  https://floridanewstimes.com/the-white-house-postpones-the-release-of-the-jfk-assassination-file-to-protect-against-identifiable-harm/364560/

The Blaze Media: https://www.theblaze.

 Legal Insurrection: https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/10/biden-blames-covid-for-decision-to-delay-release-of-jfk-assassination-files/

Memo from the White House Re: JFK Act - October 22, 2021

 THE WHITE HOUSE

The White Hous

BRIEFING ROOM

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on the Temporary Certification Regarding Disclosure of Information in Certain Records Related to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

OCTOBER 22, 2021

STATEMENTS AND RELEASES

Section 1.  Policy.  In the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (44 U.S.C. 2107 note) (the “Act”), the Congress declared that “all Government records concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . . . should be eventually disclosed to enable the public to become fully informed about the history surrounding the assassination.”  The Congress also found that “most of the records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are almost 30 years old, and only in the rarest cases is there any legitimate need for continued protection of such records.”  Almost 30 years since the Act, the profound national tragedy of President Kennedy’s assassination continues to resonate in American history and in the memories of so many Americans who were alive on that terrible day; meanwhile, the need to protect records concerning the assassination has only grown weaker with the passage of time.  It is therefore critical to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency, disclosing all information in records concerning the assassination, except when the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise.

Sec. 2.  Background.  The Act permits the continued postponement of disclosure of information in records concerning President Kennedy’s assassination only when postponement remains necessary to protect against an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.  Since 2018, executive departments and agencies (agencies) have been reviewing under this statutory standard each redaction they have proposed that would result in the continued postponement of full public disclosure.  This year, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been reviewing whether it agrees that each redaction continues to meet the statutory standard.  The Archivist of the United States (Archivist), however, has reported that “unfortunately, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the agencies” and NARA and that NARA “require[s] additional time to engage with the agencies and to conduct research within the larger collection to maximize the amount of information released.”  The Archivist has also noted that “making these decisions is a matter that requires a professional, scholarly, and orderly process; not decisions or releases made in haste.”  The Archivist therefore recommends that the President “temporarily certify the continued withholding of all of the information certified in 2018” and “direct two public releases of the information that has” ultimately “been determined to be appropriate for release to the public,” with one interim release later this year and one more comprehensive release in late 2022.

Sec. 3.  Temporary Certification.  In light of the agencies’ proposals for continued postponement under the statutory standard, the Archivist’s request for an extension of time to engage with the agencies, and the need for an appropriate review and disclosure process, I agree with the Archivist’s recommendation. Temporary continued postponement is necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.  Accordingly, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 5(g)(2)(D) of the Act, I hereby certify that all information within records that agencies have proposed for continued postponement under section 5(g)(2)(D) shall be withheld from full public disclosure until December 15, 2022.

Sec. 4.  Interim Release.  Any information currently withheld from public disclosure that agencies have not proposed for continued postponement shall be reviewed by NARA before December 15, 2021, and shall be publicly released on that date.  Out of respect for the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, such release shall not occur before December 15, 2021.

Sec. 5.  Intensive 1-Year Review.  (a)  Over the next year, agencies proposing continued postponement and NARA shall conduct an intensive review of each remaining redaction to ensure that the United States Government maximizes transparency, disclosing all information in records concerning the assassination, except when the strongest possible reasons counsel otherwise.  This review shall include documents within the assassination records collection designated as “not believed relevant” by the Assassination Records Review Board established under the Act, but nonetheless placed within the collection by the Assassination Records Review Board.
     (b)  Any information that an agency proposes for continued postponement beyond December 15, 2022, shall be limited to the absolute minimum under the statutory standard.  An agency shall not propose to continue redacting information unless the redaction is necessary to protect against an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.  In applying this statutory standard, an agency shall:
           (i)   Accord substantial weight to the public interest in transparency and full disclosure of any record that falls within the scope of the Act; and
           (ii)  Give due consideration that some degree of harm is not grounds for continued postponement unless the degree of harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest.
      (c)  For any record containing information that an agency proposes for continued postponement beyond December 15, 2022, the agency shall provide, no later than December 15, 2021:
           (i)    an unclassified letter, to be signed by the head of the agency, providing a written description of the types of information for which the agency is proposing continued postponement and reasons for which the agency is proposing continued postponement of such information;
           (ii)   an unclassified index identifying for each such record the reasons for which the agency is proposing continued postponement of information in such record; and
           (iii)  a specific proposed date identifying for each such record when the agency reasonably anticipates that continued postponement of information in such record no longer would be necessary or, if that is not possible, a specific proposed date for each such record identifying when the agency would propose to next review again after December 15, 2022, whether the information proposed for continued postponement in such record still satisfies the statutory standard for postponement.
      (d)  NARA shall review each proposed redaction, no later than September 1, 2022, in consultation with:
          (i)    The Department of Defense if the agency proposing the redaction asserts an anticipated harm to the military defense;
          (ii)   The Office of the Director of National Intelligence if the agency proposing the redaction asserts an anticipated harm to intelligence operations;
          (iii)  The Department of Justice if the agency proposing the redaction asserts an anticipated harm to law enforcement; and
           (iv)   The Department of State if the agency proposing the redaction asserts an anticipated harm to the conduct of foreign relations.
      (e)  The relevant consulting agency, as designated pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, shall provide its assessment to NARA as to whether the information proposed for continued postponement satisfies the statutory standard for such postponement.  In reviewing a proposed redaction, NARA or the relevant consulting agency, as designated pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, should consult with the agency that proposed the redaction.
      (f)  If NARA does not agree that a proposed redaction meets the statutory standard for continued postponement, it shall inform the agency that proposed the redaction.  After consultation with NARA, the agency that proposed the redaction may, no later than October 1, 2022:
           (i)   withdraw the proposed redaction; or
           (ii)  refer the decision on continued postponement to the President through the Counsel to the President, accompanied by an explanation of why continued postponement remains necessary to protect against an identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.  
      (g)  If NARA agrees that a proposed redaction meets the asserted statutory standard for continued postponement, the Archivist shall recommend to the President, no later than October 1, 2022, that continued postponement from public disclosure of the information is warranted after December 15, 2022.
      (h)  At the conclusion of the 1-year review, any information still withheld from public disclosure that agencies do not propose for continued postponement beyond December 15, 2022, shall be released to the public on that date.
      (i)  At the conclusion of the 1-year review, each unclassified letter described in subsection (c)(i) of this section and each unclassified index described in subsection (c)(ii) of this section shall be disclosed to the public on December 15, 2022, with any updates made to account for any information initially proposed for continued postponement that is not postponed from public disclosure beyond December 15, 2022.

Sec. 6.  Digitization and Democratization of Records.  (a)  Since the 1990s, more than 250,000 records concerning President Kennedy’s assassination — more than 90 percent of NARA’s collection — have been released in full to the public.  Only a small fraction of the records contains any remaining redactions.  But many records that have been fully disclosed are inaccessible to most members of the public unless they travel to NARA’s location in College Park, Maryland.
      (b)  The Archivist shall issue a plan, no later than December 15, 2021, to digitize and make available online NARA’s entire collection of records concerning President Kennedy’s assassination.
      (c)  The Archivist shall provide additional context online about the records that have been withheld in full under sections 10 and 11 of the Act — primarily documents containing tax-related information of the Internal Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration — that are not subject to the Presidential certification requirement under section 5 of the Act.

Sec. 7.  Publication.  The Archivist is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

                               JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

Monday, October 18, 2021

AARC FOIA - D. H. Byrd, Von Alvensleben and Doolittle

 

D. H. Byrd, Von Alvensleben and Doolittle

David Harold Byrd
D. H. Byrd with Gen. James Doolittle and a dead cat 

Before the JFK Act of 1992 the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was the most popular means of obtaining government documents, especially those related to the assassination of President Kennedy.

The law, passed in 1966, allowed ordinary citizens to request  records from every branch of government, except Congress, that exempted itself.

Now, with the multiple failures to enforce the JFK Act, the FOIA is making a comeback.

Since the death of former Congressional  investigator Harold Weisberg, who made prolific use of the FOIA to accumulate his extensive archive on the assassination (Now available at Hood College ), the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC) has been the predominant source of FOIA requests regarding the assassination.  The AARC has also been known to sue in civil court in order to enforce its requests.

Originaly founded by the late Bernard Festerwald, Jr.,  its work has been carried on by attorney Jim Lesar and supported by a number of able volunteers, and assisted by attorney Dan Alcorn.  [https://aarclibrary.org/about-the-aarc/   ]

Lesar was the lead attorney on Jefferson Morley’s decade long quest to obtain CIA records on their officer George Joannides  – who ran the anti-Castro Cuban Student Directorate (DRE), the organization the accused assassin tried to infiltrate, tangled with on the street, was arrested with, and then appeared on a radio debate with two CIA trained psychological warriors.  [  https://aarclibrary.org/update-morley-suit-for-records-on-george-joannides/    ]

More recently Lesar and Alcorn were the lead attorneys on an FOIA request for any CIA records on the July 20,1944 attempted assassination of Hitler by some of his top military officers, an event that CIA officer Desmond FitzGerald told the Joint Chiefs of Staff was being “studied in detail” in order to be adapted against Fidel Castro.

Incredulous at the CIA’s response that they had no records at all, they sued in court and the CIA reluctantly coughed up one propaganda leaflet that attempted to blame the failure of the plot on communists.  [  https://aarclibrary.org/cia-responds-to-aarc-foia-suit-on-cias-1963-study-of-plots-to-assassinate-adolf-hitler/   ]      

Most recently the AARC requested any and all CIA records on D. H. Byrd, the owner of the Texas School Book Depository at the time of the assassination, and his safari partner German aristocrat Barron Werner Von Alvensleben, as well as another hunting partner Gen. James Doolttle.

Besides owning the TSBD, Bryd was also one of the owners of the LTV company that figures in various aspects of the assassination. And with Cord Meyer, Sr, father of Cord Meyer, Jr., Bryd was a founder of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), of which the accused assassin was cadet in New Orleans with Captain David Ferrie. 

Von Alvensleben’s father is the subject of a World War II Office of Strategic Studies (OSS) report that describes him as an “assassination expert.” Von Albvensleben also wrote a monograph that was distributed among the Germans in Africa that praised and supported the German military’s July 20, 1944 attempt to kill Hitler.

Von Alvensleben established a famed park in Portuguese East Africa – Safarilandia, that was frequented by Byrd, and was where he was at the time of the assassination.

It may only be an irony, but Von Alvensleben’s favorite weapon was a 6.5 Manlicher-Schonauer, made by the same company that made the rifle found on the Sixth Floor of the TSBD shortly after the assassination. It was also used by Hemingway and other famous hunters.

Bryd invited Von Alvensleben to Texas where he visited in December, 1963, adding new heads to Byrd’s trophy room in his expansive home. Bryd also had a window removed from the Sixth Floor and placed in his trophy room as well.

While Doolittle is best known for leading the B-24 carrier based bombing raid against Japan not long after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he also gives is name to the Doolittle Report, the findings of his commission’s evaluation of CIA’s covert intelligence operations.

In 1954 President Eisenhower appointed Doolittle to act as Chairman of the committee “to conduct a study of the covert activities of the Central Intelligence Agency.

This commission also included – Mr. William B. Franke, Morris Hadley, William Pawley, and was under the executive direction of Mr. S. Paul Johnston.

This still highly redacted report, completed in only three months, supports CIA covert intelligence operations, encourages their use, advocates a centralized CIA HQ, and was completed in such a short time by the cooperation of the covert operators themselves.

Preview attachment doolittle_report.pdf /REPORT ON THE COVERT ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ]

So the AARC FOIA request includes records on D. H. Bryd, Weiner Von Alvensleben and General Doolittle, not because of his World War II military actions, but because of his chairmanship of the Doolittle Commission on CIA Covert Intelligence Activities.

Apparently the CIA was even less enthusiastic about responding to this request than they were for Joannides or the Hitler Plot, as months after it was sent via certified mail, the CIA claimed it had not received it. When a post office inquiry was made, it was determined that the CIA officer who signed off on acccepting it was “John Smith.”

Well now the CIA has the request, and says that it will respond sometime in February. So after the October 26, deadline for President Biden’s response to enforcment of the JFK Act, and the November 22 anniversary of the assassination events, we can look forward to see what the CIA has to offer on Bryd, Von Alvensleben and Doolittle. And we can look to more frequent use of the FOIA with the increased relaization that the JFK Act will not be properly enforced. Billkelly3@gmail.com

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Patterns and 3 Time Hits

 Patterns and 3x Time Hits – by William Kelly

As an independent researcher focusing on the JFK assassination, at some point I recognized that whatever you believe happened at Dealey Plaza, it was a covert intelligence operation, with psychological warrior attributes and designed to deceive.

How do you begin to determine what happened in such circumstances?

Well, for one you being to read up on such covert intelligence operations, learn their lingo, so you can understand what they are saying and doing and learn the history of past operations.

For another, as American University professor Mrs. Max Holland has suggested, you “look for patterns.”

In reviewing almost every book and document about the assassination that I come across, I have found a few patterns, and developed a research technique that I have shared and will share again – what I call Three Time Hits – 3x Hits.

That is, when I come across a name, place, date or subject in three different divergent areas of the story, I begin a file on that as a unique subject file, and then focus on it and add to that file whatever I can find, and I have found it very use full and successful.

The first item that called my attention to the possibilities of developing this idea into a real research technique was Collins Radio. When I obtained a copy of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) Final Report and supporting volumes of records, I found a number of items that referred to Collins Radio.

Among the supporting volumes is a copy of Lee Harvey Oswald’s best friend in Texas George deMohrenschildt’s manuscript “I’m a Patsy!”

It includes a reference to deMohrenschildt occasionally taking Oswald’s wife Marina to the home of his friend, retired US Navy Admiral Chester Brouton, a former submarine commander. There they sat by Bruton’s pool and had lunch, sometimes cooked on the backyard barbeque that deMornschilits claimed he built. One day Oswald himself showed up and was invited in for lunch, over which deMornschildts asked Bruton to consider giving Oswald a job at the company where Bruton was a high level executive – Collins Radio, of Richardson, Texas. Bruton was working there on developing new communication devices for nuclear submarines.

After all, deMohrenschildt failed to mention, Oswald had worked in a radio factor in Minsk, USSR. But Oswald detested military top brass, and “lifers,” and Bruton was both, so they didn’t get along very well over lunch, and Bruton got the message, so the job opportunity fell by the wayside.

When I first recognized the importance of Bruton and Collins Radio, I found his phone number in the public directory and called him. His daughter answered the phone and said her father had died, and she was there to arrange his effects. 

 I forgot about that incident until I read another chapter in the HSCA volumes called the Wes Wise Allegation, although Wise doesn’t make any allegations, he just followed his reporter’s instincts.

Wes Wise, then a popular TV reporter and later mayor of Dallas, had developed a new witness to the murder of Dallas policeman JD Tippit, an elderly Mr. White, auto mechanic, who saw a suspicious looking car parked behind an Oak Cliff restaurant, a few blocks from the site of the murer of Tippit.

Mr. White didn’t come forward himself, but his boss, the owner of the garage did, when Wes Wise was asked to give a talk about his experiences covering the assattination at the very restaurant Mr. White had seen the suspicious car. Wise then talked to Mr. White, and he identified it as a two toned blue and white 1957 Plymouth. When he walked closer, he got a good look at the driver, who he later identified as the accused assassin of President Kennedy – Lee Harvey Oswald and wrote down the license plate of the car on a piece of paper he later reluctantly gave to Wes Wise.  Mr. White said he didn’t want to get involved and Wise promised him he wouldn’t.

Wise had the FBI trace the license plate number to its owner – Carl Mather, and when the FBI went out to Mather’s house, they saw the Plymouth with the license plate in the driveway, and knocked on the door. Mrs. Mather said the car belonged to her husband, who at the time of the assassination was at work – at Collins Radio.

Where was the car on November 22 , 1963? It was with her husband at Collins Radio, until the afternoon when he returned early from work and they went to visit the home of Mrs. Tippit, the widow of the slane policeman, who was a close personal friend and former neighbor.

Instead of interviewing Mather the FBI harrassed Mr. White, and changed the car from a 57 Plymouth, that Mather owned and White had seen, to a red Ford Falcon.

I then recalled a mention in William Turner’s book on anti-Castro Cuban activities – “The Fish Is Red,” that references a New York Times article. On November 1, 1963 the New York Times front page contained a picture of the CIA raider shop The Rex, which was docked in Palm Beach, Florida, a few blocks from the President’s residence.

According to Fidel Castro, the Rex was used in a terrorist raid against Cuba, depositing commandos who were armed with high-powered rifles with scopes and captured. They were paraded on Cuban TV and confessed that they were trained by the CIA and were sent to Cuba to assassinate Cuban leaders. The New York Times reporter ran a check on The Rex and found that it was owned by the Somoza family of Nicaragaua, sold to the Belcher Oil company of Florida, and leased to the Collins Radio Company of Ricardson, Texas for research purposes.

So now I had three apparently unrelated references to Collins Radio – deMornschildt introducing Osawld to Collins executive Admiral Bruton and requesting he give Oswald a job, the presence of Carl Mather’s car at the scene of the murder of his friend JD Tippit, and his alibi of being at work at Collins Radio, and Collins being a cover for the CIA raider ship Rex.

I then began my file on Collins Radio, which has since developed extensively.

At the time I  began to focus some attention on Collins Radio in the late 1970s, the company had merged with Rockwell International to form Rockwell-Collins, so I wrote to them and requested copies of their company reports to stockholders for 1962-63-64, that was provided and proved quite interesting.

I learned a great deal from those reports, and other open public sources that reinforced my growning belief that Collins Radio was a major institutional player in the assassination, whether or not Art Collins himself was aware of it.

It turns out that Arthur Collins was a Cedar Rapids, Iowa teenager who had built his own short wave radio in his parent’s garage, the only radio able to receive the broadcast reports from polar explorer US Navy Admiral Byrd. Collins dutifully transmitted to Washington, where he would eventually establish his company as a major defense contractor.

 Admiral Byrd was a cousin of wealthy Dallas oil man D. H. Byrd, who helped  finance Admiral Bryd’s explorations, and was also the owner of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) at the time of the assassination.  Byrd was also a founder, in 1941, of the Civil Air Patrol, with Cord Meyer, Sr., the father of CIA official Cord Meyer, Jr., husband of Mary Pinchot Meyer.

Because of his success with intercepting Admiral Byrd’s radio transmission, Art Collins founded a company - Collins Radio that received military contracts that were very lucurative during World War II.

Collins Radios also became popular among the civilian population who became known as HAM radios operator, among them US Air Force General Curtis LeMay. LeMay was an amateur radio buff as well as commander of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), and his developing and close friendship with Collins and use of Collins Radios led to the post-WWII adoption of Collins Radio for use by the entire Strategic Air Command nuclear bomber fleet as well as the Executive Air Fleet that included Air Force One and the CIA’s Voice of America broadcast equipment.

As the Collins Radio annual reports for 1962-63-64 clearly state, Collins not only sold and provided the radios used by SAC bombers and Executive aircraft – including AF1 – but also actively serviced them, utilizing their “Radio Liberty” relay station located at the company headquaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In his book The Making of a President – 1964, Theodore H. White wrote: "There is a tape recording in the archives o the government which best recaptures the sound of the hours as it waited for leadership. It is a recording of all the conversations in the air, monitored by the Signal Corps Midwestern center ‘Liberty,’ between Air Force One in Dallas, the Cabinet plane over the Pacific, and the Joint Chiefs’ Communications Center in Washington….On the flight the party learned that there was no conspiracy, learned the identity of Oswald and his arrest; and the President’s mind turned to the duties of consoling the stricken and guiding the quick."

This "Liberty" station is misidentified on most transcripts of the edited version of the radio transmissions from Air Force One on 11/22/63. "Air Force One, the Presidential airplane, was placed in service in 1962 using communications equipment developed and manufactured by Collins. The aircraft…was modified to meet special requirements…In 1962, the station many remember as "Liberty" was opened and operated from the new communications building….(in Cedar Rapids, Iowa)…Collins had a contract with the Air Force to serve as either the primary communications station or as a backup whenever Air Force One, the presidential aircraft, and other aircraft in the VIP fleet carried cabinet members or high ranking military officers. Over the airwaves the station’s call word was ‘Liberty.’" – From Collins Radio – the First 50 Years.

On the existing Air Force One radio transmission tapes the “Liberty” station is heard dozens of times, transmitting or re-transmitting messages, though it is not mentioned at all in Max Holland’s book The Assassination Tapes.

I suspected Collins independently recorded the Air Force One radio transmissions on 11/22/63, and when I called them the first person to answer said they probably did have them, but then I got a cold shoulder and brushed off from other, more senior executives.

The Collins Radio yearly reports also indicate a few other key elements in the story – that they hired a former Nazi German scientist  under Project Paperclip – Dr. Alex Lipisch, who developed the Delta 1 glider and the ME 160 Komet, the first jet fighter. For Collins he was to develop a design for a new, sleek, shallow water motorized craft that the anti-Castro Cubans could use to attack Cuba, and was later developed by General Dynamics and used in Vietnam as a Swift Boat.

According to the yearly Collins Reports they also received a government grant to study the effects of Parallax, which was described as a distorting of vision of pilots that often led to crashes, and was the title of the Parallax View book by a former OSS officer describing OSS training practices that was made into a film featuring Warren Beaty.

My Collins Radio file got bigger as I learned that:

- In the week before the assassination, a reservation was made at Jack Ruby’s Carousel Club for a large party of Collins Radio employees.

 

- David Ferrie’s telephone records reflect that in the weeks before the assassination he made frequent calls from the New Orleans law office of G. Ray Gill to the Belcher Oil Company of Dallas, Texas, the company that was the listed owner of the Rex.

 

- In 1963 Collins Radio began receiving large military contracts including one for the construction of a microwave communications network in Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam.

- The Dallas P.D. Intelligence Division maintained a paid informant who worked at Collins Radio and reported on fellow employees who appeared suspicious or subversive, including one who was reported to subscribe to the leftist I.F. Stone Weekly.

- In Miami, Florida, a Cuban exile, and former executive of Collins Radio, was murdered, assassinated in a still unsolved homicide.

- The HSCA learned that Carl Mather’s job at Collins Radio included servicing the Executive Air fleet plane used by Vice President Lyndon Johnson.

- After Oswald was murdered while in Dallas police custody by Jack Ruby, his widow Marina P. Oswald married former Collins Radio employee Kenneth Porter.

In addion, after my success with Collins Radio, I also developed the 3 x hits technique to begin files on the Pan Am Bank of Miami, the Civil Air Patrol, Texas Employment Commission, the Defense Language Institute, New Orleans International Trade Mart, the International Rescue Committie, and others, some of which I post as examples at http://JFKCountercoup.blogspot.com