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  1. AMHINT and the Assassination of JFK

    As to AMHINT I have a few fugitive thoughts. Clearly Drain had some kind of scenario which involved a kind of Hollywood special Rambo-type of operation involving Rip Robertson. In short, an all-American "executive action" operation. In his interview with Pfeiffer he pleads ignorance of any Agency concpiracy to take out Castro by using the Mafia concurrent with Operation Zapata. (Perhaps "concurrent" was the weasel word here). As you say Drain is head of WH/4 and Cuba is part of the Western Hemisphere, etc., etc. As I recall by 1963 when John Whitten ("Scelso") I believe held that post he was not privy to any assassination programs against Castro. Assuming he is being honest with Pfeiffer (perhaps a giant leap of credulity in this case) then I'd conclude for the following reasons that the CIA was running several separate and independent operations (all on need to know at the very top) to take out Castro and settle the Agency's grudge fight with Castro ignited by the Bay of Pigs disaster. In May 1962 the Kennedys learned for the first time that the CIA was running an assassination operation against Castro. The program involved CIA cooperation with the Mafia (Rosselli, Giancana most prominent figures). When Bobby confronted Sheffield Edwards he was told that this program was a tightly held agency operation involving only six persons; and that the project was never part of Operation Zapata, etc. There were no written documents or memoranda or written agreements, etc. This project had former FBI agent Maheu as the go-between the Agency and the Mafia chieftans, etc. I am not telling you anything new here, I know. Apparantly all this was new to the Kennedys. Apparantly the presdent's pay scale was not high enough to warrant bringing him into the picture. The memo I am familiar with written by Edwards was dated May 15, 1962. As far as I know this was the first time the Kennedys were made aware of the "Executive Action"programs targeted against Castro. In the Edwards memo the good colonel asserted that this CIA-Mafia program was not an integral part of Operation Zapata. A possible conclusion is that at this time the CIA was in a kind of intra-agency competition to settle its grudge fight with Castro and there were independent "need to know" seperate and independent half-ass operations targeting Castro. I'd like to believe that all that patina of super-cool associated with the first generation of spooks was largely Cold War hoopla. A bunch of aging frat boys with self-asserted liscences to kill in an intramural contest to see who could nail Castro's hide to the barn door and bask in Cold War glory for the rest of their days. By 1963 my sense is that Des Fitzgerald and the, what, the Special Affairs Group (no more than 6 heavy breathing members) or something were in exclusive control of the Agency's get-Castro crowd.
  2. James Jesus Angleton

    Newman has done some critical good work on Oswald in the past and I think his reasoning here is nothing to sneeze at. For example, an FBI Hq officer by the name of Marvin Gheesling, a supervisor in Soviet espionage section at FBI HQ, turned off the alarm system on Oswald on October 9, 1963. Had it remained on the Dallas office would have been alerted to warn the Secret Service and Dallas police of Oswald's presence and he would have been placed under observation before JFK came to Dallas. In short, Oswald would have had the best alibi in the world when the shooting went down. Gheesling was one of 17 FBI agents who were disciplined for the Bureau's greatest intelligence failure (or perhaps, second, the other being its boggling the early warning of the Japanese atteck on Pearl Harbor.) That was the failure to alert the Kenendy White House. (I have to add parenthetically, that elements of the Secret Service had to be involved in Dallas by stripping away Kennedy's security. There can be no other explanation considering the serious death threats in November that the government---FBI and SS--knew about and conveniently ignored). Newman was the one who brought Gheesling's name into the literature. The whole Gheesling thing illustrates that those who were involved in the planning and execution of the "Executive Action" against JFK could go behind Hoover's back and hit the right levers to make Dallas possible. There are still over a 1,000 CIA documents related to JFK assassination that will not be released until 2017. That's just a statement of fact. It probably will have no meaning in that any pertinent documents supporting Newman will have been deep sixed. But I applaude Newman and his work on this "The Who Done It" aspect of the case. I am totally convinced that JFK was a victim of the military-industrial-intelligence elements in American society. Shine perishing Republic, shine.
  3. David Kaiser: The Road to Dallas

    Kaiser's book is a vast disappoitment as far as I am concerned. I was somewhat put off by his self-promotion, in that either he or Harvard Press flaunted the work as the first undertaken by a professional historian, etc. using the archival records. I don't know if that is run-way arrogance or just plain naivete about the great body of work on the JFK assassnation he is clearly unaware. He has done some useful work with his book but he simply has no grasp of the forensic evidence. For him to conclude that the "single bullet" theory is bullet-proof sound because the WC and the HSCA so attest is scandalous. It suggests to me that he is innocent of any grasp of the evidence in the case. I think he was one of the first to examine the FBI Mafia records at NARA and then planted his flag on this terra incognita hoping to astound us with his discovery. As far as I can tell his assertion of Oswald's relationship to the underworld rests on Oswald's limited relationship with New Orleans uncle Charles Murret. That's a weak reed to try and build a gestalt around the tragedy of Dallas. Murret had four children--a dentist, a professional ball player, a school teacher, and a Jesuit priest. Hardly a prototype of Tony Saprano. My advice to Kaiser is take a few years and try and master some of the arguments surrounding the evidence in the case.
  4. The Warren Commission

    I see you have a point on LBJ. My sense of the dynamics as they existed immediate post 11/22/63 that Lyndon was hearing from the FBI about a Oswald imposter in Mexico City, etc.... And he was getting an earful about Oswald as a Castro and possible KGB source from McCone via Helms and those CIA knuckle-dragers like Des Fitzgerald along with the unalloyed support for any opportunity to execute SAC's pre-emtive nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, etc. Recall that in 1963 it was SAC and not the president that controlled our nuclear arsenal. The post-1962 Cuban missile crisis introduction of Permissible Action Links giving the president the keys to control of all warheads had not been introduced as of yet. LBJ did'nt know whether he had control over the military and CIA. This was the situation that existed with Kennedy as well. It would have been easy for Johnson to have let the CIA settle its grudge fight with Castro by going along with the myth of Oswald's Red connections and special asset of the Castro government. Of course if the US went ahead in Cuba the Russians would certainly have had to respond in some fashion. The most likely response would have been for Khruschev to move against West Germany. . . . .The rest would have been end of story of the world. I think LBJ "bought off" the JCS by giving them their head in Vietnam ("Rolling Thunder" to begin) and he turned away from Cuba. (Of course the CIA continued its own unauthorized war against Castro). Dave Talbot sets some of this out in most readable fashion in his "Brothers." There is a book due for release by Orbis Press by a James Douglass entitled "JFK and the Unspeakable." I did a little review of this book and I think Douglass does a solid job in laying out all the meta political force field surrounding LBJ as he assumed the presidency. Another excellent source that deals with these very dynamics is Peter Dale Scott's essays in his "Deep Politics II." In any case that's my two cents. It's an essential (maybe existential) question about LBJ and what he faced over that two week period following Dallas. The more dialogue on the question the better. As far as Goldberg (the resident historian w/ the Commission) I only mentioned sparingly. He had no significant influence on the Warren Report as far as I could determine. Warren or Rankin called on him to try and get the F BI to bolster Howard Brennan's description of Oswald as the man in the sniper's nest. Brennan, one of the Commission's most ludicrous and self-subverting witnesses, was the Commission's source of the description of the shooter that allegedly went out over the police radio. Hoover in effect told Rankin to stuff his request. Hoover, miffed at the Commission, left the Commission hanging., It was this official story that allegedly prompted offikce Tippit to stop "Oswald" and was shot and killed for his troubles. The long and short of it all was that Brennan could not have been the source for the police which left the Commission with an embarrassment. That was, the very likely explanation was that the police message re: Oswald's id,came from soneone who was in on putting Oswald in the frame. My own research on Oswald's whereabouts convinces me that at the time of the JFK shooting hee was standing on the front steps of the Texas Depository. He is the man at the exrtreme left at the top of the front steps that we see in Altgeld's famous photo. Oswald in the man in the doorway, not Billy Lovelady.
  5. As far as Goldberg (the resident historian w/ the Commission) I only mentioned sparingly. He had no significant influence on the Warren Report as far as I could determine. Warren or Rankin called on him to try and get the F BI to bolster Howard Brennan's description of Oswald as the man in the sniper's nest. Brennan, one of the Commission's most ludicrous and self-subverting witnesses, was the Commission's source of the description of the shooter that allegedly went out over the police radio. Hoover in effect told Rankin to stuff his request. Hoover, miffed at the Commission, left the Commission hanging., It was this official story that allegedly prompted officer Tippit to stop "Oswald" and was shot and killed for his troubles. The long and short of it all was that Brennan could not have been the source for the police which left the Commission with an embarrassment. That was, the very likely explanation was that the police message re: Oswald's id, came from someone who was in on putting Oswald in the frame. My own research on Oswald's whereabouts convinces me that at the time of the JFK shooting he was standing on the front steps of the Texas Depository. He is the man at the extreme left at the top of the front steps that we see in Altgeld's famous photo. Oswald in the man in the doorway, not Billy Lovelady.
  6. I see you have a point on LBJ. My sense of the dynamics as they existed immediate post 11/22/63 that Lyndon was hearing from the FBI about a Oswald imposter in Mexico City, etc.... And he was getting an earful about Oswald as a Castro and possible KGB source from McCone via Helms and those CIA knuckle-dragers like Des Fitzgerald along with the unalloyed support for any opportunity to execute SAC's pre-emtive nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, etc. Recall that in 1963 it was SAC and not the president that controlled our nuclear arsenal. The post-1962 Cuban missile crisis introduction of Permissible Action Links giving the president the keys to control of all warheads had not been introduced as of yet. LBJ did'nt know whether he had control over the military and CIA. This was the situation that existed with Kennedy as well. It would have been easy for Johnson to have let the CIA settle its grudge fight with Castro by going along with the myth of Oswald's Red connections and special asset of the Castro government. Of course if the US went ahead in Cuba the Russians would certainly have had to respond in some fashion. The most likely response would have been for Khruschev to move against West Germany. . . . .The rest would have been end of story of the world. I think LBJ "bought off" the JCS by giving them their head in Vietnam ("Rolling Thunder" to begin) and he turned away from Cuba. (Of course the CIA continued its own unauthorized war against Castro). Dave Talbot sets some of this out in most readable fashion in his "Brothers." There is a book due for release by Orbis Press by a James Douglass entitled "JFK and the Unspeakable." I did a little review of this book and I think Douglass does a solid job in laying out all the meta political force field surrounding LBJ as he assumed the presidency. Another excellent source that deals with these very dynamics is Peter Dale Scott's essays in his "Deep Politics II." In any case that's my two cents. It's an essential (maybe existential) question about LBJ and what he faced over that two week period following Dallas. The more dialogue on the question the better. As far as Goldberg (the resident historian w/ the Commission) I only mentioned sparingly. He had no significant influence on the Warren Report as far as I could determine. Warren or Rankin called on him to try and get the F BI to bolster Howard Brennan's description of Oswald as the man in the sniper's nest. Brennan, one of the Commission's most ludicrous and self-subverting witnesses, was the Commission's source of the description of the shooter that allegedly went out over the police radio. Hoover in effect told Rankin to stuff his request. Hoover, miffed at the Commission, left the Commission hanging., It was this official story that allegedly prompted offikce Tippit to stop "Oswald" and was shot and killed for his troubles. The long and short of it all was that Brennan could not have been the source for the police which left the Commission with an embarrassment. That was, the very likely explanation was that the police message re: Oswald's id,came from soneone who was in on putting Oswald in the frame. My own research on Oswald's whereabouts convinces me that at the time of the JFK shooting hee was standing on the front steps of the Texas Depository. He is the man at the exrtreme left at the top of the front steps that we see in Altgeld's famous photo. Oswald in the man in the doorway, not Billy Lovelady.
  7. The Warren Commission

    I think the documentary evidence is there to make the case for LBJ's authentic fear that possible nuclear war was a close thing. The info he was getting from Hoover and from the CIA over the assassination weekend was that Oswald or an impostor had been in touch with the KGB's wet acts expert in Mexico City. LBJ was increasingly aware that elements in the government, especially the CIA, were pushing hard for Oswald as a Castro-Soviet asset who just killed JFK. This was then to serve as the opportunity for the US to launch an attack on Cuba and if the Soviets wanted a piece of the action SAC was ready to exercise its long-planed all-out pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia and everything Red. I touch on this a little in BOT. But when LBJ pressured Warren and Russell to join the commission he wasn't just blowing smoke, he really believed that he had two alternatives: to go along with the military/CIA campaign to settle the Cuban problem (and the Cold War) in one fell swoop; or to move quickly with Hoover's help to cover up the truth of Dallas with the mythology of a lone nut explanation. When ole Lyndon threatened Warren that 40,000,000 American deaths were at stake I don't think he was whistling Dixie.
  8. I think the documentary evidence is there to make the case for LBJ's authentic fear that possible nuclear war was a close thing. The info he was getting from Hoover and from the CIA over the assassination weekend was that Oswald or an impostor had been in touch with the KGB's wet acts expert in Mexico City. LBJ was increasingly aware that elements in the government, especially the CIA, were pushing hard for Oswald as a Castro-Soviet asset who just killed JFK. This was then to serve as the opportunity for the US to launch an attack on Cuba and if the Soviets wanted a piece of the action SAC was ready to exercise its long-planed all-out pre-emptive nuclear attack on Russia and everything Red. I touch on this a little in BOT. But when LBJ pressured Warren and Russell to join the commission he wasn't just blowing smoke, he really believed that he had two alternatives: to go along with the military/CIA campaign to settle the Cuban problem (and the Cold War) in one fell swoop; or to move quickly with Hoover's help to cover up the truth of Dallas with the mythology of a lone nut explanation. When ole Lyndon threatened Warren that 40,000,000 American deaths were at stake I don't think he was whistling Dixie.
  9. I have been on a panel or two with Max Holland. In a way Max is the Great White Hope of those elements in our society who want very much that Max's views on the JFK assassination will triumph over all those of us who regard the Warren Report as mythology. Holland invents freely. But he also has done some fine work when it comes to his editing of the LBJ correspondence related to the JFK assassination. He simply refuses to draw the right conclusions from what he lays out. All I can say is that I have done some work on the Commission and there is no way (except tricky and dishonest writing) that he will ever turn that sow's ear of the Warren Commission Report into a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Not possible. The bullet-proof evidence that the Commission Report is a fraud is too easily demonstrated. In any case, that's my story and I am sticking to it.
  10. I must say I have no idea what you mean by "controls." If you can be more explicit I'll try and respond.
  11. I can't say it didn't happen. My sense is however that it was not necessary. Let's be real. It is almost certain that all the men who served on the Commission knew that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy and probably they all had a pretty good idea of the reasons why and what state actors were involved in Dallas. They all were of a mind to come up with a politically safe answer to the crime. That is, tranquilize the body politic into accepting that it was a senseless and random act of a mad man that inconveniently interfered with the workings of our democracy, etc. They all saw it as their role to go ahead with this agreed upon mythology and do their best to make sure that Lyndon received a clear title to the presidency so that the system would no lose the trust of the people and its legitimacy, etc. JFK's problem was that he took on the military-industrial-congressional complex and was searching for an end to the Cold War. As he said, after the Missiloe Crisis was resolved without the US Military solution of nuclear war, he should have chosen that night to go to the theatre. Kennedy knew he was living on borrowed time. And so the rest, as they say, is history as this imperial republic heads for smash up on the rocks of its own mad dreams of empire and world hegemony.
  12. Intriguing hypothesis. I can't say it didn't happen. My sense is however that it was not necessary. Let's be real. It is almost certain that all the men who served on the Commission knew that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy and probably they all had a pretty good idea of the reasons why and what state actors were involved in Dallas. They all were of a mind to come up with a politically safe answer to the crime. That is, tranquilize the body politic into accepting that it was a senseless and random act of a mad man that inconveniently interfered with the workings of our democracy, etc. They all saw it as their role to go ahead with this agreed upon mythology and do their best to make sure that Lyndon received a clear title to the presidency so that the system would no lose the trust of the people and its legitimacy, etc. JFK's problem was that he took on the military-industrial-congressional complex and was searching for an end to the Cold War. As he said, after the Missiloe Crisis was resolved without the US Military solution of nuclear war, he should have chosen that night to go to the theatre. Kennedy knew he was living on borrowed time. And so the rest, as they say, is history as this imperial republic heads for smash up on the rocks of its own mad dreams of empire and world hegemony.
  13. As to CD 1. To clarify there were in effect 2 FBI CD 1s. The one I refer to in "Breach" and a supplementary that came out well after the first appeared. Both are in the public domain. They should be avilable at NARA. We also have them at the Weisberg Archive. The CD 1 I refer to is about 90 pages of text and several volumes of exhibits. My take on the whole enterprise is that it is mostly a diatribe against Oswald. Which, of course, is wholly consistent with the conspiracy to foist on the public a counterfeit explanation of Dallas. A fair indication of the scandalous ineptitude of the FBI Report (which Katzenbach called "sensational") is the description of the shooting in which the report fails to describe all of JFK's wounds and does not even mention Connally. CD 1 should have been in the 26 volumes but because the FBI insisted that there were three shots and three hits the Commission deep sixed it because it contradicted the so-called "single-bullet" theory. . . .On and on it never stops. . . . .This snub infuriated Hoover. It was one of the reasons he launched a secret defamation campaign against the Commission after it published its report. I didn't have this in "Breach" but I hope to include it in the next one I have in the works.
  14. Journalists and the Assassination of JFK

    While it is true that the history profession has exhibited a thin diet where some conspiracies are concerned, yet I would have to say that American historians do more to write about the ugly and disgraceful aspects of our history then is true of any other historians fromm around the world. For example, I thionk it is to our credit that some 60 plus years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki that American historians still write, agonize, and question the decision to lay these terrible weapons on the Japanese.
  15. While it is true that the history profession has exhibited a thin diet where some conspiracies are concerned, yet I would have to say that American historians do more to write about the ugly and disgraceful aspects of our history then is true of any other historians fromm around the world. For example, I thionk it is to our credit that some 60 plus years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki that American historians still write, agonize, and question the decision to lay these terrible weapons on the Japanese.
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