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  1. I have researched this - I believe Tad Szulc was misled in the 70s by someone (probably Hunt) - Hunt claimed years later in Cigar Aficionado that he was the temporary station chief in Mexico City in Sept 63. No document supports it - I think it is pure disinformation on his part - I think Hunt misled Szulc back in the day and continued the yarn for the rest of his life because it insulated Win Scott from serious scrutiny until John Armstrong's Harvey and Lee in 2003 and Jeff Morley's biography of Scott - Our Man in Mexico - in 2008. Here is Howard Hunt's succession of posts at the CIA - in 1950, his biographic profile lists him as OPC/Latin America/Ops/COS. OPC was the Office of Policy Coordination - which merged with CIA in the early 50s. The profile shows that he arrived in 1950 with a fair degree of autonomy, and that in 1951 he became OSO deputy chief in Mexico City. He is also listed In 1962 as DDP/CA Staff/COS. From 62-64 his biographic profile shows he worked in DC and then Spain at DODs (Division of Domestic Operations). He had some cover while using the name Edward Hamilton in Washington DC - I don't think the cover had anything to do with Mexico City - during 11/63 he was handling publications and proprietaries like WURABBIT and WUTARDY in DC and (I believe) Spain. David Phillips told investigators that Hunt was the chief of covert action in Mexico City and that he, Phillips, succeeded him - that may have been true in the 1962 period. I think that what is not listed here but found in documents is this:
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    CIA code name research

    On LCHARVEST - the connection is that the imprisoned officers were breaking into the offices of New China News Agency in Cuba and trying to bug it. LCHARVEST was counterintelligence regarding Chinese operations Take a look at STESCALADE for more...
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    Bouhe files

    Bouhe realized he was not the right legend maker for the Oswalds, and passed him over to de Mohrenschildt, saying "All right, George, you carry the ball.": Testimony of George Bouhe, 8 WCH 377. http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?mode=searchResult&absPageId=14785
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    Rafael Molina and John Molina

    Message to Robert Howard - Here is a better copy of the 11/7/62 Ernest Ignacio Aragon memorandum - it is totally legible. Aragon said that he obtained considerable information about the Cubans of a security nature and would pass it on to the head office in DC, who would then spread it to the appropriate agencies.
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    The Tippit Case in the New Millenium

    Here is important evidence on the "`15 minute block of floating time" used to disguise four key events involving Jerry Hill, Tippit and Oswald: Event 1: Assuming that video footage as reviewed by Hasan Yusuf is accurate that places Hill's arrival in Car 207 to the Book Depository as 12:51 - that gives him just four minutes to enter the building, march up to the seventh floor and search up there, work his way down to the 6th floor and "find the hulls". Event 2: See photo 180 by William Allen and photos 304 & 305 by Jim Murray. You can see that both Allen and Murray record police officer Jerry Hill as waving from the 6th floor window at 12:55, not 1:12 as claimed in the Warren Report. (Note that Luke Mooney and Jerry Hill share credit for finding the hulls - depending on who is testifying) Event 3: See Joe McBride's book for the evidence that Tippit was shot at 1:07 or even earlier, not 1:16 or later. Event 4: See John Armstrong's book for the evidence that Oswald arrived at the theater between 1:10-1:15, and was sitting next to Jack Davis as the credits ran no later than 1:20 - and that it was another person who entered the theater at 1:30 or later that caused the cashier to call the Dallas police.
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    Harvey Lee Oswald

    Steve, Two items you may appreciate: 1. I agree with you that we see the Description 5 foot 10, 165 from Marguerite - but I think John Fain and Egerter dreamed it up as spoor for the mole hunt- if you look at Chapter 1 of State Secret, it was the description for Robert Webster! Then it became saddled onto Oswald as well. 2. I agree with you that Harvey Lee Oswald was a military alias - that way they could deny having anything of import in the Lee Harvey Oswald file. Army Intel had a HLO file on11/22/63 - destroyed it without good cause in 1973.
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    The Office that Spied on Its Own Spies

    Mr. Copeland, On the background of Bruce Solie, Pete Bagley and the question of whether Nosenko was a false defector, I defer to Malcolm Blunt and John Newman, who have studied these issues at length - I haven't.
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    The Tippit Case in the New Millenium

    Mr. Copeland, I agree with Jim on Oswald and the handgun in the theater. Unless someone finds the theater witnesses, the only two "neutral" theater patrons that John Armstrong was able to turn up from the records who testified to the WC were George Applin and John Gibson. (A third one, Jack Davis, didn't testify, but stated that Oswald sought out "half" of the seven or eight patrons on the main floor looking for somebody.) No model of clarity, Applin "guessed" that the arm he saw waving around a handgun was Oswald's. Gibson was clear that Oswald had a gun in his hand, but he is the only person I know who saw him waving it in the "aisle". I think the "wrong group" of cops were the ones who initially found Oswald, and I doubt they lied about Oswald finding a gun - Hill and his posse flipped when they realized Oswald was not in the balcony. Hill had called the dispatcher ahead to make sure that Oswald's location was in the balcony. Some of it is subjective - to me, the only reason Oswald would risk going home was to protect himself with his handgun. If he had been planning to kill the President, he would have brought his handgun with him. John Armstrong and others have done a good job showing there is no reliable chain of custody on the revolver, just like there is none for the rifle.
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    The Tippit Case in the New Millenium

    This is what I believe on this matter. And I implied it in the article. I do not think that the two wallets are the same. And I think someone from the DPD, maybe Croy, brought the wallet to the Tippit scene. To me that seems to fit the evidence the best. Because as both Simpich and Armstrong have written, no one saw a wallet on the street pavement. And unlike the unreliable Bugliosi BS, it was not TIppit's wallet. To me, those factors would seem to indicate that it was not on the ground. Also, I do not believe that anyone carries three wallets. So Bill, I guess what you are saying is that there really is no proof that the Hidell card was in the wallet that Bentley took from Oswald. If that is the case, then it suggests that the one at the Tippit scene did not totally disappear. Is that what you think? That is exactly what I think. I think there were two wallets. Ask Officer Robert Barrett, he will tell you that Westbrook identified the wallet at the Tippit murder scene as containing the ID of both Oswald and Hidell. He is still alive. Go to the youtube site to hear him explain it in his own words. A reprint of the WFAA news story reveals that Barrett has described the notion that the Oswald ID was in his wallet found in his pocket at the Texas Theatre by Officer Paul Bentley as "hogwash". "Bcmarshall" at Jeff Morley's website discussed this matter with Bob Barrett on a number of occasions, and discusses Barrett's observations regarding the wallet. Let me also state some other things Armstrong emailed me about: 1. If Burroughs is correct about when he saw Oswald, there is no way on earth Oswald could have been at the scene of the TIppit murder. And I think Bill agrees with this since he is suggesting that someone picked up LHO and drove him there. I agree. Burroughs is corroborated by a second witness, Jack Davis, who said that Oswald came over and sat next to him as the opening credits for the movie were beginning to roll at 1:20 pm. Westbrook and his friends made a list of all the theater patrons, and then lost that list! We are still looking for most of those patrons - an excellent project to be taken up. Back issues of the Dallas papers might be very valuable for this purpose. 2. Why did so many people know of TIppit in that area when it was not really his area? I think Joe would say that his girlfriend lived around there. Joe's book shows that Tippit was known in Oak Cliff, and at the Top Ten Record store in particular where Tippit ran in and made a frantic phone call just minutes before his death. 3. If Oswald was not at the scene then did Tippit stop his car in front of that driveway because the car Holan saw was there? I don't know that story. 4. Does Croy's car show up in any photos? None that I know of. 5. Is it credible that neither Croy nor Westbrook knew the names of the witnesses who gave them either the wallet or the jacket? Even though Westbrook said he got the item from a fellow cop. it's absolutely incredible. Jerry Hill got his information from similar, anonymous witnesses. 6. Was Westbrook the first cop at the Texas Theater? This is what journalist Ewell said. All I know is that he got there quick. He led his boys in from the door near the movie screen, while Hill led his posse from the balcony. The man looking a lot like Oswald entered without buying a ticket at 1:35 and went straight up to the balcony. Hill made up a story that Oswald tried to fire a revolver at an officer - the FBI labeled Hill as a xxxx before the Warren Commission. Oswald was lucky to get out of their alive.
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    The Tippit Case in the New Millenium

    Jim, the best way to address this question is in three parts - The first part is whether you think the wallet in evidence that was supposedly found by Bentley is the same one we see in Westbrook's hand at the Tippit murder scene. There are good arguments that they are the same and that they are different - photo evidence is shaky, as usual - one thing that can't be denied is that they are similar. I don't think it matters either way - the similarity illustrates that we are looking at an operation, a plan - especially with Oswald's wallet at Tippit's murder scene, and never reported by Westbrook or any police reports as found on the scene! The second part is whether you think that Oswald made the Hidell card - there is evidence in the record that it was created at JCS, where Oswald worked with various machines that had various printing and photographic capabilities - I think he did as an experiment - as a calling card - to show what he could do. He self-identified as a "photographer". It's not very good - you can see partially erased typing all over it - I think it was an experimental calling card that he kept in his possessions. He certainly didn't use it to buy beer. Somebody knew about it before 11/22, and figured out a way to get possession of it. The third part is that Oswald didn't leave his wallet at the Tippit shooting scene - just like he didn't empty the revolver and scatter the hulls on the ground like the Tippit shooter did in the moments after Tippit was murdered. Both of those events were done to frame Oswald. Oswald was going to the theatre to meet his connection to find out what he should do next in the wake of the President's shooting. He was vulnerable - he knew he was the only Soviet defector to be in the vicinity of the President's shooting. I can't imagine Oswald - or anyone else - would bring a fake ID with him in his wallet on his way to the theater. That ID was to link him to the paper trail of the alleged assassination rifle - ordered in the name of Hidell - and would have millions of people convinced that the Dallas police had got their man. The Hidell ID was reported by Westbrook to Barrett to be inside the wallet that was found at the Tippit murder scene. Barrett is still alive and discusses seeing it - you can see his video on YouTube. and the similarity between the Tippit murder wallet and the wallet in evidence. Paul Bentley is the officer that supposedly found Oswald's wallet in his pocket and found the Hidell card in the wallet as Jerry Hill drove a full team of five arresting officers to the station. Bentley said to author Larry Sneed that the names went over the radio...no record of that. Officer Walker also claimed he removed wallet from Oswald's pants pocket in interrogation room. No Dallas reports by Bentley or any of the five arresting officers mention this Hidell card. Bentley's story is not credible, on any level. Can you believe that Bentley was Dallas' chief polygraph examiner?
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    The Tippit Case in the New Millenium

    In response to Ron's comment: "I've never read of video of Hill leaving the TSBD in car 207."... No, I was referring to HIll arriving at the TSBD with Valentine and police reporter JIm Ewell at 12:51. (Incidentally, Hill was also a police reporter "...with WBAP as a member of their Dallas Bureau, ...working out of an office in the police station here in Dallas," Oswald's landlady said two cops were in car #207 at 1 pm - probably not Hill, maybe Valentine, maybe not, could have been anybody. My bet is that is how Oswald got to the theater. What better way to meet his connection, whatever it was? Theatre manager Butch Burroughs said that he sold him popcorn at 1:15 pm - testimony the Warren Commission was careful not to elicit. (Burroughs interview with Jim Marrs, recounted in Marrs' Crossfire, p. 353). If you believe Johnny Brewer, and I do, someone looking a lot like Oswald entered the theater around 1:35 without paying, in a provocative move designed to bring the police running. After Oswald was arrested and walked out the front door, another man looking a lot like Oswald was ushered out from the balcony. For 20 years, the store proprietor who saw the man leaving the balcony with a police escort was convinced that he had seen the real Oswald.
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    The Tippit Case in the New Millenium

    Paul B. was asking about the background of Hill and Westbrook... Jerry Hill worked at the personnel division. Neither Hill nor his boss Captain Pinky Westbrook had any business being involved in these homicide investigations. Their beat was internal affairs, employment applications, and the like. They knew more about the inside dirt at the Dallas Police Department than anyone else, and specifically the proclivities of the various officers. They knew who they could work with, and who to avoid. Jerry Hill was transferred to assist Westbrook in the personnel division during October 1963. Let me make a few quick points about what Hill and Westbrook did between 12:30-2 pm on 11/22... Jerry Hill came up with the three hulls on the 6th floor, and waved out the window to the troops below. The timing provided by William Allen of the Dallas Times Herald established that it was the eighth shot of his roll. (see below). Allen estimated the time of Hill's wave as 12:55, about fifteen minutes earlier than the official story. Hill's arrival at the DPD was apparently at 12:51, according to a video of the scene (the original link is dead, looking for it...) The video shows that he left in Car No. 207, driven by Patrolman Jim Valentine. If that is accurate, that would mean that Jerry got to the 6th floor in about 4 minutes or so. In Hasan Yusuf's excellent research on this case, he recounts: Readers should keep in mind that according to Donald Willis, in two emails to researcher Tony Pitman, WFAA-TV cameraman Tom Alyea (who filmed DPD officers and Dallas county deputy Sheriffs as they searched the sixth floor of the TSBD) claimed that the spent shell casings were discovered at 12:55 pm... Partial confirmation for Alyea's claim comes from this list of photographs taken in Dealey Plaza on the day of the assassination, in which it is stated that at approximately 12:55 pm, a photograph captured by William Allen of the Dallas Times Herald shows; "Sheriff [is] waving out of sixth floor window [of the TSBD] next to 'the' window." If you agree with the general story that at about 1:00 pm Oswald enters his rooming house for a few minutes, it is worth noting that Car 207 goes by Oswald's place and goes "tit tit", if she was right, that was at least Valentine. CE 2249 shows that "a suggested lead" was to find out who was driving #207 in front of Oswald's home. Westbrook's response was to write in his report that 207 remained at the depository until 3:30 pm that day,. Westbrook's claim should not be blindly accepted.. Between 12:51-1:00 pm, Valentine or another officer had plenty of time to drive Car 207 across the Houston viaduct and reach Oswald's home. Yusuf estimated that the drive was as short as 3 minutes if an officer going 60 mph across the viaduct. 9 minutes would have been no problem. Westbrook wrote in another report dated 12/23/63 that he looked at all the forms and couldn't figure out which car came to LHO's rooming house on North Beckley that day. By 1:25 or so both Hill and Westbrook where at the Tippit crime scene. By 1:40, Westbrook had possession of a wallet supposedly found on the scene by Officer Kenneth Croy - according to FBI officer Bob Barrett, Westbrook told him that the wallet had both Oswald and Hidell's ID in it. In the next thirty minutes, Hill came up with: The custody of the hulls used to shoot Tippit; The custody of the revolver supposedly used to shoot Tippit; Lied - by his own admission 20 years later to Dale Myers - to the Warren Commission about a call to the dispatcher where he claimed the hulls were from an automatic rather than from a 38 special; Lied - according to the FBI - with the claim that LHO fired the revolver while inside the Texas Theatre. My evidence on these final points can be found in an article I wrote in 2015. here. This is a great thread you all have going here - the work Joe McBride and others have done is stellar - it is going to take a small army to resolve all of these issues - don't let anyone disrupt this thread.
  13. I am very pleased to see that new chronos are being done of the original Warren Commission testimony about the Dallas cops and more -- I have done some too over the years - I will review the thread and offer my own thoughts in the days ahead! Just one quick heads-up - did you know that Forrest Sorrels believed that there was more than one gunman - and was friends with Orville Nix - and would meet with him and talk about it at some length - it is in Gayle Nix Jackson's first book. You could call Gayle and ask her more. Bill
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    Felipe Vidal Santiago

    On Exhibit 710, Peter Dale Scott says it was withdrawn from evidence, apparently because it was DPD reports on right-wing extremists in Dallas. Also see: https://www.jfk-assassination.eu/warren/wch/vol4/page194.php
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    Felipe Vidal Santiago

    Good one, Steve! I didn't know that one. Later this month, I will start a thread on VJ Brian.