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View from the Sniper's Nest

06 March 2014 - 01:37 AM

View from the Sniper's Nest 

 

Embedded with Snipers

 

JFKcountercoup: Dealey Plaza - View from the Sniper's Nest

 

By William Kelly 


The Sniper's Perspective of the Dealey Plaza Operation 

 

“In a free society, counter-espionage is based on the practice most useful for hunting rabbits. Rather than look for the rabbit, one posts oneself in a spot where the rabbit is likely to pass by.” - Alexander Hamilton (as attributed by Allen Dulles)

 

The lead Humvee in the convoy suddenly comes to a hault as it slips under a tree on the edge of town, an empty tin can, hanging from a branch by a thread, dangles in the breeze.

 

To the untrained eye it is an empty tin can hanging from a tree, but to the trained eye it’s a sure sign of danger – a makeshift wind gage, a sniper’s wind gage, indicating a Level 2 or Level 3 sniper is operating in the area and they were about to enter the sniper’s kill zone.

 

When Uncle Sam contacted me for a special mission recently, I answered the call and spent a few weeks in the field helping to train American soldiers, including expert snipers, from whom I learned some things that can be applied to a better understanding of the mechanics of what happened at Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963.

 

Before trying to figure out who the Sixth Floor Sniper was and why he did the things he did, a few things must be understood about the nature of the sniper profession.

 

Not a new idea, the historical development of the sniper as a key surgeon in the course of battle has only been perfected in the last half of the twentieth century.

 

During the Revolutionary War, at the Battle of Brandywine, near Philadelphia, a British sniper had General George Washington in his sights, but decided not to shoot him as he thought it ungentlemanly to do so, thus sparing the life of the man who would be the first president of the American republic.

 

At Saratoga, a few months later, an American sniper with a Kentucky long rifle shot and killed a British general, decisively altering the outcome of not only that battle but the war.

 

On eighteen and nineteenth century war ships, the marines were issued long barrel rifles and placed in high mast nests from where they would shoot select targets during battles, so friendly forces were forced to wear identifying marks on their hats so not to be accidently hit by the marine marksmen.

 

As European gunsmiths refined the rifle and ammo, the abilities of marksmen increased, though applying the weapon for assassination purposes didn’t really become effective until World War II, 
and increased steadily through the Korean War and Vietnam, when the sniper came into his own.

Snipers played pivotal roles on the Russian front during World War II, and refined their abilities in Korea, but it wasn’t until Vietnam (1965-1973) when the Level One sniper came into his own, especially recruited, trained, equipped and sent into the field on specific missions.

 

But it wasn’t until over a century and a half later that a sniper would once again alter America’s destiny and history. 

 

Historically snipers were responsible for killing mobster Bugsy Siegel, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, and the Texas Tower murders, as well as failed attempts to kill Charles deGaul and Fidel Castro.

 

Before the Dealey Plaza analysis begins, for starters, you must understand that there are three categories of snipers. From the Sniper’s Manual (Based on the Canadian Army TTP – Training, Techniques and Procedures.

 

Level One – the Specially Trained Sniper

 

The most dangerous sniper is the one who is individually selected, trained and equipped with an accurate sniper rifle outfitted with a modern scope, night vision device and thermal imager, an expert trained to select key personnel as their target and can hit the bull’s eye accurately at great ranges (1,000+ meters).

 

These snipers are accompanied by a spotter-security aide and are skilled in avoiding detection. This sniper is the most difficult to effectively counter.

 

The Level One sniper doesn't take multiple shots at a target when one shot is all that’s needed. As they say, “One shot one kill,” is their motto.

 

This level sniper is portrayed in the Hollywood movie “The Shooter," which exemplifies the training, discipline, pride and professionalism exhibited by expert snipers at this level.

 

Level Two Snipers

 

Level Two Snipers are trained marksmen, often found in the national armies of the world and commonly utilized in urban combat, equipped with a standard issue weapon and with fair to good field craft skills, he is difficult to detect. May be deployed alone or in teams, with women snipers effective against the Nazis on the Russian front during World War II.

 

The Level Three Sniper

 

The Sixth Floor Sniper, whether it was Lee Harvey Oswald or someone else, would be classified a Level Three Sniper by his weapon – the Mannlicher Carcano, a standard issue Italian weapon, and if Oswald, by his limited US Marine Corps training.

 

As explained to me, a Level One sniper wouldn’t use that weapon and wouldn’t need or take more than one shot. In 1963, a Level One sniper would probably use a state of the art custom weapon and scope, or a prized Winchester Model Since the weapon and MO – modus operandi – identifies the Sixth Floor Sniper as a Level Three Sniper, Level One snipers say the Sixth Floor Sniper probably didn’t take the fatal head shot that killed President Kennedy.

 

There are also indications that the bullet that struck JFK in the head was a different type of bullet than those fired from the Mannlicher Carcano, and that shot was probably taken by a Level One sniper with a different style of weapon, different type of bullet from a different location.

 

From the Sixth Floor sniper’s nest, the best shot was when the target was approaching the window on Houston Street, as it slowed down for the turn onto Elm Street, and from then on the shots get harder, as the target moves from left to right on a downward slope and interference by a tree.

 

The U.S. Army Sniper’s Manual says under Engaging Moving Targets that: “Engaging moving targets not only requires the Sniper to determine the target distance and wind effects on the round, but must also consider the lateral and speed angle of the target, the rounds time of flight, and the placement of a proper level to compensate for both. These added variables increase the chance of a miss. Therefore, the Sniper should engage a moving target when it is the only option.” [www.cybersniper.com]

 

To calculate leads, you take the Time of Flight (in seconds) x (times) target speed (in feet per seconds) which equals = lead (in feet) x (times) .3048 = meters x 1000 = mil. lead divided by range.

Of course familiarity with the weapon and practice shooting at moving targets increases the ability and skill of the shooter, but if Oswald was the Sixth Floor Sniper there is no indication that he ever shot that rifle before, didn’t practice or even purchase ammo for it.

 

As Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother Robert, who was familiar with his shooting abilities said, “If Lee did not spend a considerable amount of time practicing with that rifle in the weeks and months before the assassination, then I would say that Lee did not fire the shots that killed President Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally.” (p. 208, “Lee – A Portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald by his Brother, Coward-McCann, Inc., NY, 1967)

 

For the Fiftieth anniversary of the assassination, the gunsmith at Kline’s in Chicago who placed the scope on Oswald’s rifle was interviewed and quoted in a news article saying that if Oswald used that rifle and scope he was “very lucky,” and the snipers agree.

 

All of the snipers agree that whoever fired those shots with that rifle from the Sixth Floor window he did not use the scope, which was not properly aligned and not necessary at that distance, where the manual sight would be sufficient.

 

While the Sixth Floor sniper didn’t take the best shot from that location, as the nearly stationary target came towards him, the head shot was most probably taken by a Level One Sniper from either in front or behind so there was no lateral movement as the target came towards or was going away from him.

 

From what the Level One snipers tell me, the purpose of the Sixth Floor Sniper was to provide diversion and deception, put ballistic evidence incriminating Oswald into the car while the Level One sniper did what such snipers are trained to do – kill the high priority target (HPT) with one shot.

 

They say the Sixth Floor Sniper, whoever he was, was a Level Three sniper and his standard issue weapon, while capable of firing three shots in the allotted time and get out of three hits on target, was incapable of taking the fatal head shot from that position with that weapon. Not a “lucky” shot, it couldn’t happen. So there must have been a Level One sniper who took the fatal head shot from another location, using a different type of weapon and ammo, and stationed in front of or behind the target.

 

Integral aspects of the Level One sniper attack, the diversion and deception not only ensures the escape of the sniper and his spotter, but also protects the actual sponsors, as one of the reasons for using a sniper to commit an assassination is permit the escape of the shooter and to protect the sponsor.

 

The diversion and deception were needed because there would be limited suspects if a Level One sniper killed the President with only one shot, incriminating those few military and intelligence agencies capable of putting a Level One sniper in the field and taking out the highest priority target in the world without getting caught. The Level Three sniper firing openly at the same time diverted attention from the Level One sniper, expanded the suspect pool in general and incriminated Oswald in particular.

 

In the Marines Oswald’s nickname was “Ozzie Rabbit,” which they said was based on a cartoon character popular at that time, and like Alice goes Through the Looking Glass and into the Rabbit’s Hole to begin her adventure, those who devised the Dealey Plaza operation incorporated Oswald, not as the real assassin or the Sixth Floor sniper, but as the patsy and rabbit that would be set loose to set a false trail and keep the official investigators from the real perpetrators of the crime.

In his book, “A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza,” Craig Roberts concurs saying, “I analyzed the scene as a sniper,….(and concluded)…it would take a minimum of two people shooting. There was little hope that I alone, even if equipped with precision equipment, would be able to duplicate the feat described by the Warren Commission,” so neither could Lee Harvey Oswald, or any Level Three sniper.

 

“I would have never put anyone in the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) with so many locations that were much more advantageous,” Roberts said, “unless I needed a diversion. If I did, it would be a good place for red herrings to be observed by witnesses.”

 

As seen from the street below, the Sixth Floor Sniper, according to all witnesses who saw him, wore a white shirt (Oswald wore brown), and according to one witness (Amos Eunis) who got a clear view of him, the sniper in the window had a very distinctive bald spot on the top of his head, not a physical characteristic shared by Oswald. Like Oswald, the Sixth Floor Sniper probably had good reason to be there, possibly worked in the building or as a subcontractor or delivery person familiar with the area, one who it wouldn’t seem suspicious for other employees to see him there.

 

Just as the dangling tin can was sign indicating there was a sniper operating in the area, there were similar signs of danger before JFK entered Dealey Plaza, but they went unheeded or were intentionally ignored.

 

Of the Dealey Plaza danger signs, a few stand out, especially those who expressed foreknowledge of the assassination, the Walker shooting, the recorded Alpha 66 threat, the Stevenson incident and Umbrella Man.

 

While each of these danger signs should be reviewed in depth, the Umbrella Man was right there at Dealey Plaza, and he admits that his umbrella was intended to be a sign – a silent protest, a signal and message that President Kennedy would recognize and understand – a sign that referred to his father’s isolationist stand at the beginning of World War II, the image of Chamberlain’s umbrella at Munich that represented the failed policy of “appeasement” with the Nazis, which the Umbrella Man (Louis deWitt) implied was JFK’s policy towards communists.  
 

If you Google "Munich," "appeasement" and "JFK" you will read the transcripts of the conversations recorded in the White House Oval Office in October 1962 when Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. LeMay told President Kennedy that his resolution of the crisis without resorting to nuclear war was "like Munich" and an "appeasement" that was America's worst defeat ever. 

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The Umbrella Man's sign may have been the last thing President Kennedy saw before his head was shattered by a bullet fired by a Level One sniper who was not Lee Harvey Oswald. 

 

Nor did he leave immediately, as the Warren Commission Report has Oswald running down four flights of stairs to get to the Second Floor lunchroom in time to be seen there by Dallas Police officer Marion Baker ninety seconds after the last shot. The Sixth Floor Sniper took his time, did not run, and instead, as the photo evidence proves, he moved boxes around, putting one on the window sill that was mistakenly believed to have been used as a gun rest. He was still in the window nearly four to five minutes after the shooting when seen by a secretary from across the street. If not a TSBD employee or contractor, the Sixth Floor Sniper was possibly a police or sheriff’s officer who just stayed nearby and blended in with the other investigators when they began a search of the building. 

 

The sniper’s analysis is that the Sixth Floor, Level Three sniper’s job was to divert and deceive, not to kill, and he did not take the fatal head shot, which was probably taken by a Level One sniper from a location in front of or behind the target, with a different style weapon and type of bullet, one that shattered on impact.

 

This sniper’s analysis is supported by the 1998 report by U.S. Attorney John Orr that indicates the bullet that hit JFK in the head was a different type of bullet than CE399 and other bullets fired from the Mannlicher Carcano rifle found in the TSBD. Orr’s important report convinced the Department of Justice, the FBI, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) to conduct further tests of CE567, bullet fragments from the limo, no mean feat.

 

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Like the snipers, when a veteran deer hunter visited Dealey Plaza he was immediately drawn to the area behind the picket fence on the Grassy Knoll and said that’s where he would set up his deer stand.

 

But a Level One sniper could take that fatal head shot from hundreds of yards away, tucked back in a room away from the window so that no one could see him. Level One snipers are the most difficult to detect and to counter.

 

According to the Canadian Army Sniper Manual, the best way to stop a sniper is for another sniper to kill him. The manual says: “The best way to stop the sniper is to kill the sniper. Let them escape and they will attack someone else, somewhere else.”

 

When under fire the response policy is to keep moving, get out of the Kill Zone as quickly as possible and move in a swerving S or Z pattern, identify the sniper’s location, return fire, maneuver, attack and kill them. “Do not fixate on casualties, kill the sniper!”

 

Although Will Greer, the Secret Service driver was trained in these same procedures he inexplicably slowed down after the first shot and came to almost a complete stop precisely at the moment the head shot was taken. A Protestant Irishman from Northern Ireland, Agent Greer was an Orangeman who belonged to the secret order that fought the IRA and worked closely with the British MI5 and MI6 intelligence agencies.

 

Ian Fleming, in the short story “The Living Daylights,” has 007 assigned to kill a sniper expected to try to shoot a defector running across the no-man’s land at the Berlin Wall, and James Bond is surprised to see through his scope a beautiful women sniper, and he is reprimanded when he only wounds and doesn’t kill her.

 

The President’s security sometimes included counter-sniper snipers. Such precautions were taken a few weeks before Dallas when the President visited Tampa and traveled through the city in a similar motorcade, and over a dozen Tampa Sheriff’s deputies were deployed with rifles on roofs along the motorcade route. But no such precautions were taken in Dallas.

 

It has been alleged (by Penn Jones), that Dallas Deputy Sheriff Weatherford was on the Records Building roof overlooking Dealey Plaza with a rifle at the time of the assassination, and there are published reports he returned fire. But Weatherford’s official statement reflects that he was on the Houston Street sidewalk with other deputies. Weatherford said that he was with Deputy Allan Sweatt, whose statement confirms Weatherford’s story that they ran to the Grassy Knoll before entering the back of the TSBD and searched the building.

 

Weatherford assisted in the search of the sixth floor that discovered the shells and the rifle, but failed to find Oswald’s clipboard, and he also participated in the search of the Paine’s house and garage when the backyard photos were found depicting Oswald holding the murder weapons and communist publications, which was part of the cover-story, a failed black propaganda operation that attempted to blame the assassination on Fidel Castro.

 

Just as the dangling tin can was sign indicating there was a sniper operating in the area, there were similar signs of danger before JFK entered Dealey Plaza, but they went unheeded or were intentionally ignored.

 

Of the Dealey Plaza danger signs, a few stand out, especially those who expressed foreknowledge of the assassination, the Walker shooting, the recorded Alpha 66 threat, the Stevenson incident and Umbrella Man.

 

While each of these danger signs should be reviewed in depth, the Umbrella Man was right there at Dealey Plaza, and he admits that his umbrella was intended to be a sign – a silent protest, a signal and message that President Kennedy would recognize and understand – a sign that referred to his father’s isolationist stand at the beginning of World War II, the image of Chamberlain’s umbrella at Munich that represented the failed policy of “appeasement” with the Nazis, which the Umbrella Man (Louis deWitt) implied was JFK’s policy towards communists.  

 

If you Google "Munich," "appeasement" and "JFK" you will read the transcripts of the conversations recorded in the White House Oval Office in October 1962 when Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. LeMay told President Kennedy that his resolution of the crisis without resorting to nuclear war was "like Munich" and an "appeasement" that was America's worst defeat ever. 

 

The Umbrella Man's sign may have been the last thing President Kennedy saw before his head was shattered by a bullet fired by a Level One sniper who was not Lee Harvey Oswald. 

 

 

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Sports Coat Boy

01 February 2014 - 01:32 AM

Deputy Sheriff Alan Sweatt stated that while standing in front of the entrance to the TSBD he assisted DPD Inspecter Sawyer establish a Command Post and began identifying witnesses that were taken across the street to the Sheriff's office where their statements were taken.

While doing this, around the time Deputy Sheriff Mooney stuck his head out of the sniper's window to announce the discovery of the shells, Sweatt says he was presented with a "boy in a sports coat," who an officer identified as "the boy who shot the President."

Sweatt says the crowd at the scene heard this and began to get unruly, so he had two deputies place him in custody and take him to the Sheriff's office accompanied by a DPD officer to question him.

Has this "Sports Coat Boy" been identified?

Who was the arresting officer and who were the deputies who took him in and the cop who questioned him?

I know somebody must have run this stuff down before.

BK

Charles Hester

01 February 2014 - 01:16 AM

Deputy Sheriff Alan Sweatt stated that a man named "Hester" identified the old Sexton building(TSBD) as where the shots came from.

Charles Hester is listed as a Dealey Plaza witness, but where was he standing, did he give a statement or testify and if so what did he say?

BK

Richard Beymer - Twisting w/Oswald in Mexico City

21 November 2013 - 01:42 AM

Twisting With Oswald

 

http://jfkcountercou...exico-city.html

 

Reading the government documents concerning the assassination of President Kennedy released under the JFK Act of 1992, one is struck by the numbers of records still being withheld for reasons of national security, but there are some tantalizing stories within the documents that have been released, especially those that concern the short trip the accused assassin made to Mexico City a month before the assassination.

 

Those records indicate that while in Mexico City, Oswald tried to get a visa to Cuba from Syliva Duran, a Mexican national who worked at the Cuban embassy there. According to some accounts, Oswald attended a Twist Party at the home of Duran, and may have even been intimate with her, although she denies seeing Oswald outside of the embassy.

 

The stories persisted however, and it was alleged that Oswald was not the only American at Duran’s Twist Party, but an American film actor was also there. While the actor’s name is not mentioned in some of the records, it is mentioned in others that the American actor at the Twist Party with Duran and Oswald was Richard Beymer, a young American film star, who played opposite Natalie Wood in the famously successful movie adaption of West Side Story.

 

Beymer, the records show, was in Mexico to attend a film festival and met Sylvia Doran and according one report that the CIA felt significant enough to cable Washington about, Beymer called the Cuban Embassy and specifically asked for her, so he must have known her, giving some credence to the Twist Party stories.

 

Today, in a telephone interview from his home in Iowa Richard Beymer acknowledges he was there – in Mexico City trying to get a visa to Cuba. And did call the Cuban Embassy and went there to see about getting a visa to Cuba, and may have even dealt with Sylvia Duran, though he doesn’t remember her.

But Beymer is a bit perplexed about the CIA records that mention him, but he says that he very well could have attended a Twist Party, maybe even one with Duran and Lee Harvey Oswald. While it’s certainly possible he says, the timing is a little off.

 

According to a CIA document released among the JFK Assassination records, Beymer telephoned the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City and specifically asked for Sylvia Duran, the Mexican national who had previously dealt with Lee Harvey Oswald when he allegedly went to Mexico City to get a visa to Cuba. 

 

There are also government reports that indicate that while in Mexico City Oswald attended a Twist Party at the home of Duran, a party that included two other Americans, one an American film actor, Richard Beymer.

 

Originally from Iowa, Beyermer moved to California where his acting career included starring roles in The Diary of Anne Frank and West Side Story. Taking a break from acting in 1963, Beymer moved to New York City and began directing advent guard documentary films.

With a friend, Bradley Pierce, who is now a Catholic priest in upstate New York, they went to Mexico City in an attempt to get visas to Cuba. While there, they did indeed attend a film festival that included West Side Story, and visited Alcapulco when they were told there would be a delay in the visas.

 

“We wanted to get to Cuba,” explained Beymer, who would like to set the record straight. “We wanted to get to Cuba, so we called the Cuban Embassy and then went to Mexico City to visit the Cuban Embassy to try to get a visa to Cuba.” While he doesn’t remember her by name, he may have tried to contact Syliva Duran because they were told she could assist them in getting the visa.

 

 “We were young and attracted to beautiful women,” said Beymer, “so if we were invited to a Twist Party we may have gone as a social thing, but I don’t recall too much about that Mexican adventure. It’s like trying to remember a dream.”

 

He does recall however that, “We were in contact with someone at the embassy, and maybe hooked up with people on a personal level, - it would have been something we would have done.”

 

But as Beymer points out, it is a different time frame than when Oswald was said to have been there – September 25- October 1, 1963.

Beymer believes he was there later, after Oswald had left.

 

“We were in an elevator in a Mexico City hotel, and when we got off, there was some commotion, and people asked if we had heard the president had been shot. So if I was there on November 22nd, when Oswald was in Dallas, it’s unlikely we were there at the same time.”

 

Beymer says that he is still making documentary films, and thinks there might be one here.

 

“I was at a Twist Party with Oswald,” could be a catchy title, he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Other Suspects

04 October 2013 - 06:05 PM

OTHER SUSPECTS -

 

Vincent Bugliosi and others have made the claim that there are no other suspects besides Lee Harvey Oswald, and that's certainly not true, as there were and are a number of other suspects in the assassination of President Kennedy.

 

http://jfkcountercou...r-suspects.html

 

1) John Martin. Not the Jack Martin from New Orleans, but John Martin of Northern Louisiana, a eccentric young man who belonged to a religious cult, and was considered an early suspect in the assassination by the Secret Service agents stationed at the Trade Mart. At the time of the assassination they contacted the Special Agent in Charge of New Orleans Secret Service office John W. Rice, who was in the office of special investigations at the USAF base in Schrievport, Rice was ordered to conduct an immediate background check on this John Martin, after which, when he got back to New Orleans, was told to forget it and look into Lee Harvey Oswald. Who was and what happened to this John Martin?

 

2) Joe Molina - worked in the credit dept. of TSBD, member of organization considered subversive so the DPD Special Services Unit - Jack Revil, Capt. Gannaway, et al. raided his home at 2 am on the morning of Sat. Nov. 23, to question Molina and get any subversive materials or evidence they could find in his home.

 

3) The college students who were photographed by newsmen attacking Adlai Stevenson were affiliated with Gen. Walker and were targeted for infiltration by undercover Denton PD officer. THeir photos were handed out to SS agents at Trade Mart and they may have been arrested there. One of them was later charged in the Stevenson incident and went to court.

 

4) James Parrot. On the afternoon of the assassination George H. W. Bush dropped a dime on Parrott, saying that he threatened the president and Bush considered him suspect.

 

5) Ed Lansdale, former CIA USAF PsyOps General, one time head of Mongoose, may have been in Fort Worth hotel the night before the assassination and may have been photographed at Dealey Plaza in the Tramps pictures.

 

6) William Harvey, CIA official, America's James Bond, former head of Task Force W, Johnny Roselli's CIA case officer, CIA COS Rome and after retiring from CIA legal counsel to Bobbs-Merrell book publishers, who maintained an office at the TSBD. First to identify Kim Philby as a KGB double agent.

 

7) James Jesus Angleton, a CIA counter-intelligence officer, handled the CIA's Israel/MOSSAD desk, friend and protégé of MI6/KGB double agent Kim Philby, maintained a separate file on Oswald since defection, and privy to Oswald's shennagans in Mexico City, which effectively blackballed most if not all of the intelligence agencies when the assassination went down and Oswald associated with it, regardless of his role.

 

http://jfkcountercou...r-suspects.html