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  1. Larry Hancock

    Who was QJ/WIN

    Paul, I'm sort of lost in this thread and the name is not familiar to me. The CIA station chief in the Congo was Larry Devlin. Point me in the direction of where James Rabney is mentioned in the thread and I might be able to at least make a guess.
  2. Thanks Bart, that's it. I don't have any recollection of his being interviewed further but comments about he, Truly and the officer going into the building and seeing Oswald in the area of a storeroom on the ground floor, only later noticing that he was gone from that location always struck me as pretty interesting.
  3. Ron, my apologies...I'm not talking about Truly but by another TSBD executive who was quoted in the newspaper the following day on Oswald and having seen him near a storage closet near the front entrance. I'm sure someone else will come up with the name and probably a link to the article...after that one article he just seems to fade away. This isjust not nearly as fresh in my memory as it once was...
  4. Disclaimer - my scenario/hypothesis was simply something that made sense to me. It would involve both women seeing Oswald outside the second floor lunchroom, not in it. and it would involve his having gotten a soda in the lunchroom to take downstairs to eat with his lunch. It would also be consistent with multiple people seeing him downstairs in the area of the lunchroom and the front entrance area (not discussing inside vs. outside) as the motorcade was arriving. My supposition would be that knowing Oswald was not upstairs on the sixth floor waiting calmly since noon to take his shot would have been pretty disturbing for those who had seen such things so what they said about it (or didn't) once they thought about it is something I can't second guess. As with all such things its just something that makes sense to me and after talking about it with Bart I thought I'd share it...can't make any claims to offer absolute proof for it.
  5. That's not what I was saying Jim, my thought is that they both saw him with a soda, that he had gotten it to take down to eat with his lunch on the first floor, some time in advance of the appearance of the motorcade. Then one of them, Arnold, saw him near the doorway at the time the motorcade was approaching. She stated that to the FBI so that was not obfuscation. The TSBD superintendent made a similar remark to the press about seeing him in that area. I don't know that the FBI intentionally obfuscated any of their stories, they actually put Arnold's remarks in their report. I don't recall of the superintendent was interviewed by the FBI or not; someone would have to check that.
  6. What seems very possible to me is that Arnold went of her office into the corridor to the water cooler and coming or going saw Oswald in the open area outside the lunchroom which services the corridors, the back stairway which Oswald might well use , the entrance to the lunchroom and of course to the office area. That would have been well before before the motorcade arrived. Later, downstairs she saw him again in the area of the TSBD doorway just as the motorcade arrived...as she told the FBI. That would be essentially the same statement the Supt of the TSBD made to the newspapers the next morning...before he exited the picture. This would make Stanton's remarks about seeing Oswald with a soda, taking it down to the break room where he was going to eat - and where he and the TSBD employees normally ate - very consistent - along with the remarks of the black employees who recalled him there but obviously became afraid to say so and his own description of seeing them there while he was eating. All of this would put Oswald on the first floor and certainly not up on the sixth with his rifle preparing for the arrival of the motorcade. As Bart notes, there will be objections to that, I can't prove it but there are a number of consistencies that suggest it and which also suggest why Arnold, and Stanton might not have wanted to push the issue as the implications of what they had seen became clear.
  7. Larry Hancock

    The KGB and the JFK case

    This feels like a distraction but to answer Steve's question (check SWHT 2010 p. 366-368) Mertz was both actively involved in heroin networks through Canada into the US and at the same time working for SDECE against OAS plots and specifically against Souetre. It appears that his OAS counter intelligence work (which aborted a bomb attack in July, 1961) made him valuable enough for his drug dealing to be ignored (sounds very familiar somehow) inside French intelligence and he was given a pass for a period of time. One of the best books dealing all this is The Heroin Trail: https://www.amazon.com/Heroin-Trail-Newsday-Editors/dp/0451062817/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1528832743&sr=1-1&keywords=the+heroin+trail In contrast Souetre was actively approaching both the CIA and other US agencies in 1963, presenting himself as the "OAS Coordinator for External Affairs". In May of 1963 he offered the CIA a list of Communist penetrations within the French government and was granted special travel access so he could present those claims. There is a good bit more detail on this and sources in SWHT but that's the gist of a very complex relationship where a long time Frency intelligence asset works both CI against OAS and heroin networking while his opponent is engaging in bomb plots and trying to sway the U.S. to support the OAS opposition to Degaulle. The make it even worse, it appears that on occasion that on occasion, with both men being very familiar with each other, Mertz may actually used the name Souetre as an alias.
  8. Larry Hancock

    The KGB and the JFK case

    Steve, I need to revisit SWHT myself so as not to give mis-informaiton from memory but as I recall, they were working at opposites with one actively involved into setting up distribution through Canada into New York and the other actually working on busting that business relationship. As I recall the two men were definite antagonists in several areas at that point in time. I'm off for a few hours now but will look it up an get back on it this afternoon.
  9. Larry Hancock

    The KGB and the JFK case

    Since my remark was only on sources I don't think I was making an argument at all, straw-man or not, so I'll just leave it at that.
  10. Larry Hancock

    The KGB and the JFK case

    I understand Steve but I've been running into so many excerpts from sources which have clear political agendas that I've become sort of obsessive about balance (heck, I even got into an online joust about Tilapia last night). Its sort of humorous that anyone could assert that the DIA, which was only legally created in October 1961, could have had its act together well enough plus have foreign assets in place to control NATO in assassination plots against DeGaulle in 62/63. Your more balanced take on the OAS is certainly one I support, it was more of an anti regime, pro-colonial social network than a unified operational body. There are some great sources on the OAS and its activities in Algeria as well as its abortive military activities. Anyone who has SWHT 2010 might want to check out what I did find on Soutre and Mertz and OAS contacts with the CIA in 1963 as well as what the context of heroin smuggling into Canada - which was part of the picture for both men.
  11. Larry Hancock

    The KGB and the JFK case

    Paul, I would indeed agree that OAS was factionalized. It is a matter of record that one of the main elements of OAS outreach in 1963 was to the CIA and to Angleton in order to promote the view that the regime in Paris was so thoroughly infiltrated by Soviet and communist influence that it was totally untrustworthy. Certainly that was a view that Angleton was eager to accept. That faction of the OAS was interested in gaining legitimacy and traction with the American government, focused on increasing a distance from DeGaulle. My concern was with the much more sweeping long term views in the article Steve posted, not in the specifics you mentioned.
  12. Larry Hancock

    The KGB and the JFK case

    I would respectfully suggest that anything quoted from Global Research be reviewed in terms of their rather obvious political agenda. You an see it on their web site and even in their Wiki overview. https://www.globalresearch.ca/ On the other hand I know some folks love this particular worldview so all I can do is extend a caution on using them as a source...
  13. Larry Hancock

    William Pawley CIA Asset

    David, it goes back well before the CIA when Pawley was picked for a very top level national intelligence review committee, that was under Eisenhower. That committee did a full review of the entire intelligence community and wrote up extensive organizational recommendations which were classified at the very highest levels. Pawley also served as the messenger from Eisenhower to Batista in a last ditch effort to get him to make changes before the Castro revolution. Which all makes it insane that he actually was allowed to go into Cuba on the TILT mission. Years ago I found that document relating the CIA sending technical support to fix a hidden tape recorder at his house, no doubt used in meetings with various exile leaders and factions. I guess it was their equipment so they were the obvious tech support...grin.
  14. Larry Hancock

    Who was QJ/WIN

    Thanks DAvid, that would have been my speculation on Silver - strictly connected to the early days of Harvey's prospecting for candidates in Europe and having noting to do with the executive action that got hidden under ZR/RIFLE or with its application to the new phases of the Castro assassination effort. I very much doubt that Silver was told that at some point the Staff D project had morphed into executive action but then again he must have known about the Lumumba effort so I don't suppose it would have shocked him. That certainly did shock the station chief in the Congo who thought it was political action only until the poison showed up...
  15. Larry Hancock

    Who changed the motorcade route?

    In addition, reserve DPD officers were assigned to stations on Houston and DPD officers did traffic control at the Houston/Elm intersection. The motorcade pilot car was driven that route in advance but as Steve said, it was largely in respect to traffic control. DPD was treating the motorcade as a traffic/crowd control problem and its internal security efforts were primarily focused on the Trade Mart because that is were they anticipated potentially violent demonstrations and confrontations.
  16. Larry Hancock

    Who was QJ/WIN

    From the CIA's web site: https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol-59-no-4/death-in-congo-murdering-patrice-lumumba.html
  17. Larry Hancock

    Who was QJ/WIN

    Paul, not sure about your CYA list but there are a number of CIA documents and officers statements that very specifically talk about efforts to assassinate Lumumba. There are similar documents that very clearly specify that ZRRIFLE was being used as a cover for a Castro assassination effort. And of course since it was a cover, you will find a number of documents relating to Staff D and Harvey's recruiting which focus on burglars, safe crackers etc. With all the information we have and have had for some time now these CIA activities are historically clear (they are discussed in a number of history books outside the JFK literature) - certainly they were known as far back as the Church committee. David's recently posted documents illustrate that. Having said that, I'm not sure that the Church committee actually got everything exactly right or even that the information given them was always chronologically accurate...for example I can't figure out how Arnold Silver fits into ZRRIFLE since it was not set up as a project or crypt until well after the Lumumba activities were done and there is certainly no sign of Arnold in the Castro assassination projects.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Larry Hancock

    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.
  21. Larry Hancock

    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.
  22. Larry Hancock

    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...
  23. Larry Hancock

    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.
  24. Larry Hancock

    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.
  25. Larry Hancock

    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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