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  1. I have no reason to disbelieve Creighton - however I have also talked to Texans who were in units like this and they have told me that the units were strictly Texas formations, set up for the reasons outlined in my other message. They were probably closer to private military "clubs" than anything else but apparently in some instances they were linked to real Reserve units and I was told some of the fellows were quite shocked when they were called back up for Korea. I don't really know anything about Brandstetter other than what I see about his book on Amazon and I'd have to say I'm more than a little skeptical. I'd have to devote a lot of time before I would accept any of his assertions. As to PDS, I guess I would have to know his citation for that although it seems reasonable enough. Those emergency bunkers were funded and operated at state and city level and were only peripheral assets to COG. For a much more detailed study of this area as well as the concept of COG I would recommend Raven Rock by Garrett Graff, a 2017 book which provides far more detail than PDS's book (which I have read). Its an excellent 500 page exploration of the real world origins and evolution of COG.
  2. I don't know of any official documents for that unit and I suspect the reason for that is that it was not a unit of the DOD/Army but rather something created at State level within Texas. They had and still have a real habit of setting up quasi reserve units of former military personnel in order to give them titles, some pay and a reason to get out and play officer on occasion. Do to social connections they were sometimes "attached" to actual Reserve units as supplemental reserves. But to find their records you would have to locate that parent unit and see if anything had been retained. Anyway that is my best guess; I know folks have searched for records for ages but I don't know of anything that ever turned up except for some newspaper articles mentioning individuals who were noted as being part of the unit.....nothing at all operational. State level units tend to come and go and nobody cares much about retaining files.
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    Canadian believes father took photo of 2nd assassin

    Yes Jim, I'm aware of it and that was the primary source for the Powell story as I recall. That's why I originally included it in my first edition. However a couple of readers very familiar with Dallas raised the issue of visibility and that's when I began to check into it further. Jim Marrs was familiar with this same original claim and had accepted it but then when we began looking into it he couldn't actually verify the line of sight either. And I had no luck myself. Factually it all comes down to finding some corroboration that the prisoners holding area had the proper line of sight; when I went there personally I was taken to a location which did not and the DPD officer escorting us had been with the department throughout that era. Perhaps he was wrong but its one of those things that - as with the story Gary Murr commented on originally - that in the end I could not verify so I ended up taking it out of the book.
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    Canadian believes father took photo of 2nd assassin

    Jim, I wasn't dismissing all the observations, just specifically the Powell/inmates ones. As far as Dillard goes I did my first book with Connie Kritzberg who worked with him and had the opportunity to discuss his memories with him a number of times including immediately following the events of that day. I do think there are a number of witnesses who raise the very real possibility of multiple people in the windows, people who don't fit the official story. On the other hand, its important to challenge witnesses that have "issues", which is what Gary did and what I was attempting.
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    Canadian believes father took photo of 2nd assassin

    Thanks Gary, I thought this was an oldie and a questionable one at that. Another commonly referenced source on people in the sixth floor window may also be questionable: "many inmates on the 5th floor of the County Jail, including Johnny L. Powell who said, “Quite a few of us jail inmates saw two men in the 6th floor window of the Book Depository". I explored that claim with Jim Marrs among others and was told that the holding areas for prisoners in that building did not have a view of the sixth floor of the TSBD. I visited the county jail cells which DPD officers told me were the holding area and those most certainly did not have a view....neither Jim nor I could never confirm if there was another area in use that day which would have offered Powell and others a view so I removed to claim from the 2010 edition of SWHT because I couldn't verify it one way or another...
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    David Morales

    I do have the book and talked extensively with Twyman about it and his research. While de Torres was very likely known to Morales given de Torres's activities in the Cuban exile community and his connections to the Cuban Brigade - and with a Miami detective agency owned by his father, there was nothing concrete to document a closer relationship. You can concretely connect de Torres to some of the Interpen guys including Hargraves as well as Vidal...but connecting him to Morales is purely speculative as far as I know and as far as I discussed with Noel. At least that is my recollection and as much as I "wanted" such a verified connection, I'm pretty sure I would have put anything of that sort into my own writing since I used both Noel and PDS as sources.
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    David Morales

    Ron I did notice that you mentioned PDS and his book and I will be interested in his citation; I have his book and read it a number of times but don't recall anything solid about such an association. And of course his work was very "early days", sort of like that you find in The Fish is Red by Hinckle and Turner. There is lots of good material in both and at the time it was cutting edge. Still, a lot of it had to be pretty speculative; some of it stands the test of time and new information but some doesn't.
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    David Morales

    B.A. - and David, B.A. mentioned Morales being closely associated with Bernardo de Torres. de Torres himself was an both an informant and a suspect in regard to drug smuggling but I have seen nothing which suggests a relationship between de Torres and Morales...if either of you has seen some evidence of that please give a citation, I would be most interested.
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    "The CIA follows the law."

    B.A. this comes from Surprise Attack/2010 and most likely is in NEXUS as well although I'm not absolutely certain about that. It involves a report from a former JM/WAVE officer who was involved in the inquiry. He described it in considerable detail including the types of questions involved, the targets who were either CIA Cuban exile contacts or well to do exiles who might have been involved in the funding or operational activities. The inquiry was conducted by the Cuban Intel Group which at that time was led by Morales's friend who had taken over that group after coming out of deep cover intelligence work in Cuba. The name escapes me at the moment but the reference is in the book. If an actual report was compiled from the work it may never have made it out of the group or out of JM/WAVE. Shackley explicitly stated that his station performed no such investigation related to the assassination but that does not mean a lot in this instance. On the other hand it may have been something done without his knowledge - one way to cover up loose ends would be to see if a local investigation turned up leads that needed to be suppressed to protect those involved.
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    "The CIA follows the law."

    Evan, I was referring to those directly involved in the assassination, not your friends. Actually a number of CIA officers suspected people associated with JM/WAVE and its exile connections. Enough so that an investigation was actually conducted at the station and then the results suppressed.
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    "The CIA follows the law."

    First for Ron, there have actually been a series of agreements between Justice and CIA, Stu and I cover several of them in Shadow Warfare. They often exempt employees from prosecution for illegal behavior - like say murder - if it is part of a sanctioned program (which means officially sanctioned under NSC and Presidential mandate). Others have to do with not reporting illegal actions of surrogates, assets, etc who are being used in sanctioned projects...which has covered a lot of drug and weapons smuggling. Again, we give a number of examples in Shadow Warfare. But again, under the NSC legislation and codes, sanctioned projects and missions were conceived as being a defense of national security and basically no normal moral rules applied...it is viewed as a matter of survival. I go into that even more in my upcoming book Creating Chaos. As for the capture of Che, that was a sanctioned program, as far as his execution, nobody was going to argue the point...it was a dead or alive mission just most anti-ISIS missions are today. For Kirk, I believe the murder of JFK was done by individuals who personally considered him either a traitor or an imminent national security threat and that they acted at their own initiative, they considered themselves anti-Communist patriots above everything else...
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    "The CIA follows the law."

    To really evaluate the statement I recommend reading up on the various pieces of NSC legislation passed in the late 1940's as well as the legal code that goes along with it. You will find that there are a great number of actions which are legal for the CIA and the NSC which would be illegal under civil and even military code. I explore that at length in Shadow Warfare. One of the reasons that so many military operations - by special forces and uniformed military - post 2001 are actually conducted under this code is that they would not be permitted to the military under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Beyond that there are areas under Presidential directives, as the ones issued post-9/11 which are essentially orders without any legal constraints at all. ...and any penalties related to following them can result in pardons by the President - which we saw in Iran Contra and in other instances. So - when CIA officers tell you they are following the law, its most definitely the civil and criminal code you might assume. Which is why they are actually authorized to lie in civil court to protect sources, methods and operational security...even if exposed to perjury charges.
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    David Morales

    Known aliases for Morales include Stanley Zamka and Dr. Menza. There are probably more now, haven't updated my list in awhile.
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    The Tippit Case in the New Millenium

    Indeed it was - and we have some independent verification of his investigation. Two areas he picked out related to Hill and to the subject of the polygraph of Frazier. In interviewing various officers he came across a lot of obfuscation, a number of conflicting statements and overall a denial that a polygraph was ever performed on Frazier - which of course is important since the DPD totally suppressed said polygraph and kept it from the WC. However now we know from an independent FBI document that it was performed, that Frazier was shown the actual bag recovered from the TSBD and that he adamantly denied it was the bag Oswald had that morning. The ramifications of that statement, made just hours after seeing the bag, are serious. The suppression of the polygraph equally so and the verification that the stress O'Toole was recording among the DPD officers, in particular Hill, was very much real because they were covering up something very important. The book and interviews are interesting on the face of it but with confirmation of the reality of the stress it makes it even more important. As I recall another major area of stress was on the origins of Oswald's billfold and what Hill apparently said about it over the radio on the way back to the station. Probably a good time to revisit that book given what we know now.
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    Who was QJ/WIN

    Well I wouldn't want to do that. I would say Craford would be a name I would expect to be pursued by any new investigation so that makes sense to me, it would be something from as early as the WC. The James Earl Ray name would have come out of MLK and Ray's remarks about Raoul - that was a story the HSCA did investigate so no real big surprise there. What is probably more amazing is given the number of names and crypts on that list that they were able to make any progress at all....just think of yourself starting an investigation with that list, a limited number of experienced staff, none of the data resources we have today, a deadline - and knowing you will get no cooperation from the CIA or FBI....whew.