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  1. Douglas Caddy, Thanks responding to my speculation re McCord... and Howard Hunt's blaspheming and later naming of Cord Meyer, ie under LBJ in a schematic diagram of the Big Event. All three seem to have been acolytes Allen Dulles, Meyer of the Covert Action Staff of Directorate of Plans circa 1962-64, and Hunt in the Domestic Operations Division, without an alibi for that fateful day. McCord in Office of Security and in an anti-FPCC op. What about Cord Meyer's actual whereabouts April-November 1963? And what did Mary Pinchot know thereof?
  2. Thanks to all for this stimulating topic. Yes I have and have read Secret Agenda and Spooks, and Douglas Caddy's frank autobiography. And thou UFO/Alien Prescence phenomena are beyond my comprehension, we belittle another's direct experience to the detriment of open discourse. Back to earth, Howard Hunt's late life confessions pointed to LBJ, and puzzlingly Cord Meyer. At the time I posted here that EHH could not lie straight in bed. BUT on reflection, and knowing what we now suspect about McCord, could Hunt been obliquely referring to James McCord = Cord M = McCord? Beyond coinci
  3. Op 40, or the 40 Committee etc etc fail to take up Tosh Plumlee's advice that it refers to "operations" stemming from NSC directive 5412. Deducing from all ops under this rubric, they all deal with exclusion of Communism particularly the Soviet kind from the Western hemishere. Hence the reference to the historic anti Russian slogan "54-40 or Fight", re the latitudinal limit of Russia in NW North America way back when. As such ops fall under that directive they are neither purely CIA, or Pentagon or private but are goal oriented and the goal is of course anti-communism. It is my belief that
  4. Don't forget Ed Clark, the"secret boss of Texas", lawyer for LBJ and the Murchisons, named by LBJ ambassador to Australia in 1966 (when the Pine Gap treaty was negotiated) and later to the Arms Control Agency. I believe he may have made some kind of confession before he died to a crony and medico in his hometown of St Augustine.
  5. Have just heard (on Youtube) - and been impressed by - Major Ralph Ganis' passionate Lancer summary of the motive for the JFK hit, and am rereading the book, sans the supporting pictorial docs. Not by his nominating the Rometsch/Bobby Baker fiasco, but by his reconstruction of the reasoning of what he calls "the National Command structure" in their terrible decision to terminate the JFK presidency, of which CIA, and perhaps Skorzeny, were mere instruments. Hence the continuing power of the coverup. The evidence is there: JFK was in conflict with not just CIA and Joint Chiefs, but
  6. Am also grieved by Hank Albarelli's death. Much admire the passion and dedication to truth and justice his books so eloquently display. Have pre-ordered two copies of Coup, due 12 November according to Amazon.
  7. Just guessing that Lansdale's connection(perhaps even case officer status )with Ngo Dinh Diem was an important factor. Those who got rid of Diem and his brother then had little further use for Lansdale and cleared the decks for all that followed. I believe the CIA station in Saigon was in real flux from mid 1963, with John Richardson and Peer Da Silva holding the fort as the US geared up for war over 1963-64.
  8. Cliff Varnell's argument pillorying Harriman as a mastermind of the JFK assassination falls down thoroughly IMHO by the fact that Harriman was the leading Democrat in those "wise men"; sure an Establishment figure, and with his brother kingpins of BBHarriman, who Jock Whitney, Benno Schmidt(Texas buddy of David Rockefeller) and Prescott Bush worked for, if memory serves me. Dulles, Lodge, McCloy, Earl Warren, Douglas Dillon, et al, were diehard Republicans. JFK's appointment of Lodge and numerous Rockefeller Republicans was his undoubtedly idealistic attempt at bi-partisanship, which sa
  9. Re VN War origins: I seem to recall from research done years ago that Nixon travelled to Asia for Pepsi Cola, as a Mudge Rose client I know not. Also reportedly he met a woman in HK who became a lover. Wasn't there also a source identifying Henry Cabot Lodge as an informant to anti-Castro Cubans of JFK secret back channels to Castro. At the time of my research 1972-75,inspired by PD Scott's chapter in the Gravel edition of PPapers, the Institute of Policy Studies book Washington Plans an Aggressive War, was enlightening and now neglected. And LBJs quote to a General "Get me re-elected and
  10. My personal metaphor re Four Leaves is the five-party UKUSA intelligence-sharing agreement (yeh right) between US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ- the US of course being the stem to which all data flowed. Such a deal involving CIA satellites AND ground stations would serve many purposes, not least to mollify CIA and maybe even Curtis LeMay.
  11. Bill et al, I would be guessing Four Leaves may refer to plans for the Pine Gap ground satellite station near Alice Springs, introduced to Australia's Parliament in I think Dec 1965 as a DARPA project for something like "high altitude space research", but importantly for real time detection of Eurasian missile launches, nuclear tests etc. Pine Gap became important enough to overthrow Whitlam in 1975 when he started asking questions about CIA control of Pine Gap, AND important enough to pull the plug on Nugan Hand, dump Opp Leader Hayden for the more reliable Hawke in l983, so he could once mor
  12. Thanks Jim for a masterful review of The Devil's Chessboard. The truth will out in that those refusing to review the book only serve to confirm its veracity in the public mind. A couple comments--more than deceit, betrayal seems to have been the hallmark of Dulles, starting with his wife, his son, his sister and her Jewish husband, Quaker and Unitarian do-gooders, Europe's Jews, American presidents to name a few. Betrayal - of personal trust and of principles and practices we assume all take for granted. With a good chuckle and puff on the pipe. John Loftus's novel The Witness Tree is a
  13. Jon Tid: Good point but one which I dispute…through his Texas power base in the judiciary and political system, from circa 1948-49 to say the mid 1960s he was "the boss of Texas", but through connections vic Humble Oil, owned by Esso-Exxon, through King Ranch's love-hate relationship with LBJ and huge annual payments($120 mil in c 1965) from Esso-Exxon for many many wells on King Ranch land, through personal ties to people like Benno Schmidt and his close associate David Rockefeller- both in Australia and Texas, I believe Clark wielded a lot of influence.Bob Kleberg had a direct line to Allen
  14. Thanks Douglas Caddy for reviving the alleged involvement of LBJ through Ed Clark….as a young journalist at Adelaide airport in 1965 I spoke briefly with then Ambassador Clark on his familiarisation tour of Aus, no doubt including preliminary visits to the future sites of the Pine Gap/ Nurrungar satellite ground stations, and Murchison's Delhi natural gas project. John Connally also had an interest in a seperate oil pipeline and of corse King Ranch was then Australia's largest non-govt landholder. Later at my first in Lancer conference, a young Texan in the bar at the Love Field Radison Hote
  15. Thanks from Down Under, as this has become a Great Institution
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