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  1. Do CIA cryptonyms c.1996-2008 use the cold war digraph form?
  2. I can take the side of the critics also: the more yuk-yuk humor, spook-show mannerisms, annoying rock songs, and crushing synthesizer theme music, the less I trust a podcast or care to sit through it. Dallas Action has just enough substance to overcome its faults. Just. It's like Car Talk on NPR - some people tune in for the over-the-top comedy; others (me) get turned off, and turn it off. And God knows I hold no brief against comedy.
  3. David Andrews

    Too Much Static

    After which, a Cuba invasion was studiously avoided, and Cuba was virtually forgotten in the race to make money in the Southeast Asia theater. What would have stopped someone in JFK's inner circle from being the leaker? What would have prevented Angleton?
  4. David Andrews

    Details of Operation Mongoose PHASE 2 from LANSDALE

    To mention, the Dallas Action podcast host that I cited on another thread held up multi-level, stepped planning (similar to the paper presented in DJ's first post) as the reason Harvey and McCone turned on Lansdale and urged Helms to take him out of the loop. Harvey wrote of requisites like Lansdale's that “Under these conditions, units will lack the flexibility and professionalism needed.” This was in response to a 16-point paper of Lansdale's on Mongoose, not the one DJ linked to. For the Dallas Action podcast host, this reaction was a signal that Lansdale was not used in the assassination planning. Helms' written refusal to sideline or remove Lansdale from Mongoose (saying EGL should be handled politically and not bureaucratically) may indicate otherwise. However it fell out, it would be good to look at the Harvey-McCone memo and Helms' response to get a better read on Lansdale's activities, foreign and domestic. Here's the podcast link: https://www.spreaker.com/user/7338953/107-april-8-2017-the-lansdale-deviation
  5. Story in The Guardian today about new documentary on the Dag Hammarskjold plane crash. Bullets involved: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/12/raf-veteran-admitted-killing-un-secretary-general-dag-hammarskjold-in-1961
  6. David Andrews

    Too Much Static

    He was a national security risk to certain persons with their own self-interested view of security: men invested in banking, arms, mining...fruit. We've only been talking about this here for the past umpteen years. And we're only one Trump border wall national emergency from being guillotined in a FEMA camp behind an abandoned Walmart. Welcome, stranger, you're one of us now. Oh, sorry, for a second I thought I was on Deep Politics Forum.
  7. David Andrews

    Too Much Static

    Guilty!
  8. David Andrews

    Too Much Static

    The clothing, last I heard, is at NARA. Photos of researchers examining it have appeared on this Forum. It would be difficult, but, theoretically, you could seek a court order to sample JFK's blood dried into cloth and analyze it for mercury residue as well as you could the dried blood on a watch. Unless there's some sort of caveat statement in The Inheritance that establishes that, for testing mercury residue, the 50-plus-year-old dried blood on a watchband is superior to the same person's blood that dried on some wool blend suit the same day. If the suit evidence could be tampered with in a laboratory - well, so could the watch evidence, even if the watch never left the inheritor's possession. Is it established at all that a random drop of blood from any part of a shooting victim's head would contain frangible bullet residue? Does the book cover these possibilities? Will we next be discussing The Glass Jar: I Saved JFK's Wisdom Teeth?* --------- *Excerpt, from Amazon page Look Inside! feature: It was just a glass jar. A little glass jar. For 75 years it stood in the dust that settled on a shelf in my grandfather's former dental parlor in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The glass jar was nothing to look at. The alcohol inside had dried to a filmy patina. The black plastic cap was cracking with age - and maybe with the tension of having been screwed too tightly in my grandfather's capable hands, over and over again, whenever the contents of the jar started to worry him. The contents were eight tiny molars, removed early in life from the mouth of a rich man's son, who could afford expensive preventative care. Wrapped around the outer circumference of the little jar was one of those file folder tab labels with the red stripe - yellowed, drying and peeling now. I held the little jar up to the sunlight that streamed in with the dust. There, faded, but unmistakably in my grandfather's capable handwriting, were three initials crucial to history: JFK. The little jar that my grandfather had guarded so fiercely was mine now. There were people out there who wouldn't like that, and who would make me pay....
  9. David Andrews

    Too Much Static

    I read every inch of the excerpted material available for free on Amazon. I was not able to compare what I read against the absent end material. I question why, when JFK's blood-soaked clothing is available for investigation at the National Archives, sinister forces with law enforcement and courtrooms at their disposal would go so doggedly after a guy with a few hardened blood drops on a watchband. I've said it before: DNA evidence and other blood evidence has been falsified, destroyed, and lied about in court to prove cases - so why couldn't a job like that be done to disprove any evidence on JFK's watch, instead of hounding some poor bastard who owned it? Hell, they dug up Oswald and "found nothing." On this Forum we have called out David Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller, every Bush under the sun, Henry Cabot Lodge, Averell Harriman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Allen Dulles, Dick Helms, Frank Sturgis and Howard Hunt. All these guys are dead now - no one in power cares about Who or How among the dead. They work triple-time to cover up Why, and that's been discussed here and elsewhere by David Talbot, Jim DiEugenio, and several others.
  10. David Andrews

    Too Much Static

    If the guy who wrote The Inheritance really had something, investigative journalists would be knocking on his door to debunk it.
  11. David Andrews

    Allen Dulles

    The Dulles book ghostwritten by Howard Hunt, goes the legend.
  12. David Andrews

    "The Lansdale Deviation"

    Interesting Dallas Report podcast with minority opinion on Ed Lansdale's involvement in the assassination planning, based on prior CIA internal documents among Helms, Harvey and McCone: https://www.spreaker.com/user/7338953/107-april-8-2017-the-lansdale-deviation On the other hand...if Dealey Plaza was "the blackest of black operations"...then... One question to be considered: Why would Helms claim in a memo that Lansdale was a political fixture at CIA who had to be kept on and worked around, despite his unworkable contributions? Who put and maintained Lansdale in this unassailable position? The podcast cites deputy Defense secretary Roswell Gilpatric for making Lansdale a general. Fletcher Prouty said Dulles urged him to put Lansdale on LeMay's promotions list. But who kept Lansdale above Helms, Harvey and McCone's disapprobation?
  13. David Andrews

    "The Lansdale Deviation"

    Not a bad interpretation. Did you listen to the internal documents as read in the podcast, though?
  14. David Andrews

    TSBD Shooters

    My strong suspicion is that Roger Stone knows only as much as we do. Roger Stone is the tragedy of Roy Cohn come back again as farce.
  15. David Andrews

    TSBD Shooters

    Unless you admit that there were different, uncoordinated shooting teams and positions in Dealey, then I don't see Wallace there at all. If the fingerprint is accurate, he may have been on the sixth floor days earlier, monkeying with book cartons. But in the wide world of period criminal enterprise, it's odd that Wallace's print was the only one appearing in the "sniper's nest." Where's Nestor Izquierdo's prints?
  16. David Andrews

    "The Lansdale Deviation"

    I hear you. But so far Dallas Action podcasts are generally worth suffering through for the gems. And I hate everything, so... Every podcast on conspiracy topics is a tendentiousness crapshoot, anyway..."You never know what you gonna get." One way to outflank the MSM would be to sound as professional as it does. But even the best CT podcast out there is handicapped by crushing synthesizer theme music.
  17. David Andrews

    "The Lansdale Deviation"

    I dunno yet. Prouty claimed that CIA was calling the shots on Lansdale's tenure at Defense. How many serving military officers were ever in line for an ambassadorship? EDIT: Helms' memo responded to Harvey's complaint (seconded by McCone) that Lansdale's plans to augment Operation Mongoose were ungainly and inoperable. Helms noted that Lansdale was useful for work that other CIA leadership would otherwise be tasked with themselves - so it's possible that Helms' recommendation that Lansdale be handled politically and not bureaucratically in future was Helms' indulgence and protection of Lansdale, in case of need. What's interesting is Helms' expression that it was common knowledge among them that Lansdale's position in the Agency was not to be tampered with. Yet Lansdale retires soon...
  18. David Andrews

    This is worrisome for the Web

    The photo taken of Doris Mumford from behind resembles Christina's World, by Andrew Wyeth. https://www.moma.org/collection/works/78455
  19. This was more worthwhile than I thought. Nagell's only in the second half, and the dialogue is Texas-loquacious as all hell, but sometimes review of a subject by others points you to things you'd overlooked.
  20. Nagell had to dodge and weave, and it was in his character to buck as well. He was a sardonic jokester, the refuge of the disillusioned and used. The facts of his predictions remain. He was one species of the quintessential modern man confronted with the absurdity of spy games beyond his powers of reason, leading to fatality for too many people. Howard Hunt, John Martino, David Ferrie, more - these were other species. The most troublesome and infuriating part of Nagell's professions - and of Dick Russel's research - is the refusal, or inability, to define Oswald precisely. That definition is the the key to Nagell's locks.
  21. David Andrews

    Trying to Understand this Bronson Frame

    Mrs. CHARLES HESTER, 2619 Keyhole Street, Irving, Texas, advised that sometime around 12:30 p.m., on November 22, 1963, she and her husband were standing along the street at a place immediately preceding the underpass on Elm Street, where President KENNEDY was shot. Mrs. HESTER advised she heard two loud noises which sounded like gunshots, and she saw president KENNEDY slump in the seat of the car he was riding in. Her husband then grabbed her and shoved her to the ground. Shortly thereafter they went across to the north side of the street on an embankment in an attempt to gain shelter. She stated that she believes she and her husband actually had been in the direct line of fire. She did not see anyone with a gun when the shots were fired and stated she could not furnish any information as to exactly where the shots came from. After the President's car had pulled away from the scene. she and her husband proceeded to their car and left the scene as she was very upset. -- FBI Report 11/25/1963 I find, in recorded eyewitness testimony as well as in my work experience, that not only is witness and memory unreliable, but half the struggle for accuracy is that people are not equipped to describe things well, in proper vocabulary and complete context. Would this description fly in modern investigation? (I'm afraid so): "she and her husband were standing along the street at a place immediately preceding the underpass on Elm Street [...] Shortly thereafter they went across to the north side of the street on an embankment in an attempt to gain shelter." Note that in the FBI versions of both Hesters' statement, the Hesters are placed on the south side of Elm before the shooting. So it is also with the descriptive powers of other DP witnesses and law enforcement.
  22. David Andrews

    Trying to Understand this Bronson Frame

    You are correct, sirs - the Hesters did not appear before the WC. However - for that full Hester feeling, identity questions and government involvement and all - see the extensive discussion in the back threads. Here is the McAdams site listing of the Hesters' statements. http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/wit.htm Hester, Charles 11/22/63 Affidavit, 11/25/63 FBI report Witness at assassination scene. Hester, Mrs. Charles November 25, 1963, FBI report
  23. David Andrews

    Trying to Understand this Bronson Frame

    Just to offer again that in some back thread here, doubt was cast that the "Hester" couple who were seen around the west Pergola bench, and who were photographed on news film from a press car crouching on the center Pergola lawn, with Mr. Hester running to look out the Pergola's back windows, were actually the Hesters who later gave testimony.
  24. David Andrews

    The CIA then and now: Old wine in new bottles

    Would love to see a series on the organizational restructuring of CIA, the change in department titles and repurposing of offices, since the cold war days we all know so well.
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