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  1. Keyvan, If you were the original poster, you can also edit the title of your thread. Just click and hold the title for a second or two. It will then let you edit it. I learned that the hard way myself. *grin* Steve Thomas
  2. TEXAS STATE GUARD by William C. Wilkes and Mary M. Standifer https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qqt01 In the 1950s the Signal Corps of the TSGRC embraced 500 radio stations statewide. These provided valuable communications assistance to civil authorities and the Red Cross in times of natural disaster. In 1961, during the Berlin Wall crisis, the Forty-ninth Armored Division and other nondivisional units of the Texas National Guard were called into federal service for a year, leaving seventy-one National Guard armories vacant. The oversight of these armories was consigned to 148 officers and 365 enlisted men in the TSGRC, who were called to active duty and formed into seventy-one Texas State Guard Security Units. The guardsmen served in this capacity until August 10, 1962, when they resumed their TSGRC status. In 1965 the Texas legislature abolished the TSGRC and reestablished the Texas State Guard, with Maj. Gen. John L. Thompson, Jr., as commanding general. Facebook posting by an unknown author. https://www.facebook.com/TexasStateGuard/posts/1576889535692221 “How about a little bit of HISTORY of the Texas State Guard? With the advent of the Cold War, The Texas State Guard Reserve Corps (TSGRC) was given additional duties — those specific to statewide radio communications and civil defense. By 1951, the TSGRC had 50 fixed radio stations and over 100 automobiles throughout the state – almost all were funded at the personal expense of the operators and heavily used during many natural disasters. With the federalization of the Texas National Guard during the Berlin Crisis in 1961, 71 Texas National Guard Armories were left vacant and a great amount of state property unprotected. To address this, elements of the TSGRC were organized as Texas State Guard Security Units. These units were assigned to the 49th Armored Division and the 11014th Transportation Company, manning their respective armories until these units were returned to their state mission one year later.” So, was it 50 stations, or 500 stations? Statement by Colonel John W. Mayo, Chairman of City-County Civil Defense and Disaster Commission at the Dedication of the Emergency Operations Center at Fair Park. http://www.civildefensemuseum.com/fallout/docs/may241961a.jpg This Statement appeared on the Civil Defense and Disaster Commission letter head co-signed by Boise Smith, WRR transmitter Building at Fair Park. WRR was a city-owned radio station. In the Batchelor's Exhibit CE5002 https://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh19/pdf/WH19_Batchelor_Ex_5002.pdf Boise Smith is listed as a Deputy Chief of Police (along with Lumpkin, Stevenson and Batchelor) and as the Director of the Civil Defense and Disaster Commission. As such, he reported directly to Curry. Boise Smith was also linked the 4150th ARSU Army Reserve Training School in Dallas. See this statement by Mayo decrying the artists being displayed at the Art Museum http://washingtonbabylon.com/bunker-command-center-jfk-assassination-merely-worlds-interesting-basement/ "In March of 1955, Col. John W. Mayo, commander of the Dallas Metropolitan Post No. 581 of the American Legion, sent a communication to the Trustees of the Art Museum decrying many of the Museum’s policies and saying that the Post objected ‘to the Museum patronizing and supporting artists … whose political beliefs are dedicated to destroying our way of life." In this same website, it says, " An online exhibit by the Dallas City Hall provides the following historical summary of WRR, the station-of-choice for Dallas-Fort Worth highbrows since 1964, when it switched to an all classical format. Until the departments had their own internal support, WRR supplied and maintained all radio equipment for Police, Fire, Park and Recreation, Water, Public Works, and the former Health Department. At its peak it furnished dispatching services for Dallas County, Cockrell Hill Police Department, and private ambulance services (in the days before 911). WRR discontinued these adjunct services in 1969." Steve Thomas
  3. Paul, It might not make it false, but the flip side is that the truth of the 488th existence cannot be proven just because Crichton said so. http://jfkcountercoup2.blogspot.com/2014/03/acsi-assistant-chief-of-staff-for.html “Brandy served the 1959 session of his annual active duty at the Pentagon in the Office of the Army Chief of Staff, Intelligence (ACSI), working under his first ACSI “Big Brother,” Colonel Bob Roth, in the Collection Division….This duty marked his change from Mobilization Reserve to a career over the next eighteen years of working directly for ACSI, sometimes on active duty, and at other times, after retirement, on a strictly unpaid and voluntary basis. Over that time, the officer to whom he reported at ACSI would change almost every two years. In the ACSI office, continuity was provided by Mrs. Dorothe K. Matlack, a long-time civil servant and chief of the Exploitation Section of the Assistant Chief of Staff-Intelligence (ACSI-CX). Dorothe (pronounced Dorothy) personally knew Brandy and other officers who worked to supply a continuing stream of good quality “humanit,” or human intelligence. Brandy could continue the work of “eyes and ears” that he had begun under Ridgway, knowing that his “Big Brother” in Washington, whoever he would be over time, would receive his reports and that they would at least be considered and reviewed properly. Brandy’s standard operating procedure was to contact only one officer, his “Big Brother” from ACSI, thus protecting himself from possible exposure…” The author of this Countercoup web site really ought to do a better job citing his sources, and giving credit where credit is due. “Meanwhile, he kept in touch with Colonel William Rose at the Pentagon office of the Assistant Chief of Staff-Intelligence. Rose arranged for Brandy to be assigned for training on weekend duties to the 488th Strategic Intelligence Team in Dallas. He contributed to a study of the capability of the Soviet oil fields, working with oil and mining engineer Colonel Jack Crichton, MI and U.S. Army, ret., who was later to explore the oil and gas reserves in the former Soviet Union during the 1990s….” Brandy, Our Man in Acapulco, 1999. p. 158: https://books.google.com/books?id=QLdqgDsVio4C&pg=PA158&lpg=PA158&dq=%22Assistant+Chief+of+Staff+Intelligence%22+Rose&source=bl&ots=_PHl-3whdc&sig=ACfU3U1NwgRrYsqjepWNuegmhCGoRLP3IQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjJrtWDmZDhAhWm2YMKHQ9NBTAQ6AEwAnoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22Assistant%20Chief%20of%20Staff%20Intelligence%22%20Rose&f=false So, was the 488th a Military Intelligence Detachment, or a Strategic Intelligence Team? There is no such thing as a “Strategic Intelligence Team”; at least so far as I have ever seen. I had no idea that this book cost so much. Brandy, Our Man in Acapulco. Used copies run from $700 to over $1,300.00 on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1574410695/ref=sr_1_1_olp?keywords=9781574410693&linkCode=qs&qid=1553067737&s=books&sr=1-1 My impression is that the Assistant Chief of Staff's office was passing the buck in order to get rid of him. Brandstetter contacted Rose for a job, and Rose told him to call Matlock. Matlock told him to call Sam Kail, and Kail suggested he call Crichton. “humanint”? “Big Brother”? “Contacting only one officer to protect himself from possible exposure”? With no paper trail to back it up? To me, that's no better than just plain gossip. As I've said to you before: I've never seen a single piece of paper, of any kind, with the 488th's name on it; and, I've never read someone ever claiming to belong to it. Until that happens, I will remain skeptical. Steve Thomas
  4. Larry, Thanks, but the articles I cited were from 1964, when Crichton was running for Governor.
  5. https://en.wiktionary.org Attributed to various military leaders, including Bernard Montgomery, Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, the quotation has existed in various forms since the Second World War but was fixed in its present form and popularized by the 1987 movie The Princess Bride. “Never fight a land war in Asia”. JFK understood history. Steve Thomas
  6. B.A., The one thing I would caution about is that these newspapers are reading like a press release from somebody. For instance: Longview Texas. April 9, 1964: " Now with the rank of colonel, he is commanding officer of the 488th Military Intelligence Detachment, U. S. Army Reserve." Bryan, Texas. October 15, 1964: (Crichton) “is now Colonel and commanding officer 488th Military Intelligence Department, US Army Reserve”. The articles are six months apart, yet the wording is almost exactly the same. Are they coming from the same source? Steve Thomas
  7. Jim, The one take-away that I took-away (hey, I like that line. I think I'll store it away somewhere), is that the CIA is not a monolith. It's not enough to say, "The CIA did this", or "The CIA did that". I don't think the author or authors of this position paper held the same world view as someone like a George Kennan. The other thing I came away with is the idea that the only thing constant in life is change. If the idea behind JFK's assassination was to maintain U.S. hegemony in the world, it didn't work. U.S. dominance in the world in the 1950's was not the same as the U.S. position in the world in the 1970's. The authors of this paper felt the same way. From page 20: The line about Coca Cola came from the paper itself. (See page 12) I think I agree with the authors when they said that smaller nation-states like Scandanavia, aligned together based on mutual self-interest seem to work the best. (see page 30). They are better able to cope with and adjust to rapidly changing conditions, where change is the only constant in life. I think our Founding Fathers had the right idea of a confederation or republic of states bound together by mutual self-interest. (I kind of like the idea of driving from North Dakota to South Dakota without needing a passport). I agree with you wholeheartedly that Richard Nixon could not have been elected without JFK, RFK and MLK having been eliminated first. But the gain was a short term one. Steve Thomas
  8. David, I'm not sure the CIA thought of it that way. (at least by 1970). From page 20: Steve Thomas
  9. "Hunger and discomfort no longer provide an effective spur to conformity..."
  10. If JFK was assassinated because he was soft on Communism; and to maintain our dominance in world affairs vis a vis post World War II, did it succeed or fail? It all depends on whether you measure success by how many people drink Coca Cola. "The Soviet Union seems to have survived the Chech invasion very well indeed". Read the secret CIA World Situation Report given to Richard Nixon in 1970. https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2019/mar/13/cia-world-report-1970/ Steve Thomas
  11. Check out the Vincent Van Gogh, the Japan, and the Atelier des Lumieres Exposition videos. Now that's a Museum! https://www.atelier-lumieres.com/fr/lieu/histoire-atelier/videos#prettyPhoto Moderators. If you want to take this thread down, that's OK. I understand. Steve Thomas
  12. Longview News-Journal from Longview, Texas April 9, 1964 page 5 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/186118616/ Crichton Blasts 'Police Power Bill During Visit Gets Award attributed widely to the oil and gas publications. Gov. George C. Wallace's heavy vote in the Wisconsin primary Tuesday showed that the people in the North as well as FORT WORTH ... Crichton of Dallas, unopposed candidate for governor, declared Shreveport. He is a committee chairman in the Dallas County Civil defense set up and holds - - publican leaders and others. Crichton said, ' He has been active in Republican circles in Dallas many years, and he occupies downtown offices as an Independent oil executive, and engineer. Crichton was educated at Byrd High School, Shreveport, and was awarded various petroleum and engineering degrees from Wichita Institute of Technology and SMU. His career as a geologist and engineer was interrupted by World War II, in which he served as a field artillery intelligence officer and special agent of the OSS. Now with the rank of colonel, he is commanding officer of the 488th Military Intelligence Detachment, U. S. Army Reserve. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · December 5, 1967 Page 16 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/6092576/ What little is in that abstract reads: DALLAS (API — Col. Jack A.:, Crichton. commanding officer of) the 488th Military Intelligence Detachment, was awarded the Legion of Merit Monday night on' his retirement from the Army- Reserve after 30 years of service. The medal was presented in a ceremony by Col. Robert D. Of-; fer, commander of the VIII U.S. , Army Corps at Austin. An oil man and petroleum consultant, Crichton organized his Reserve unit in 1956 and has been its only commander. The award cited him for "exceptionally outstanding service" as commander and for the preparation of a series of military intelligence studies. (the name of the awarding colonel is garbled in the OCR rendering). Crichton also wrote a book entitled, The Republican-Democrat political campaigns in Texas in 1964 Author: Jack Crichton Publisher: [Texas] : J. Crichton, 2003. Edition/Format: Print book : English Database: WorldCat https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=au%3ACrichton%2C+Jack.&qt=hot_author Someday, I would like to read this book. Steve Thomas
  13. No, Paul. The City of Dallas sold them some property on the E. Northwest Highway and they moved from their headquarters at Love Field. Steve Thomas
  14. Colonel. B.B. Smith (B.B. Smith was also a Deputy Chief of Police of the Dallas P0lice Department and Director of the Civil Defense and Disaster Commission) https://www.aarclibrary.org/publib/jfk/wc/wcvols/wh19/pdf/WH19_Batchelor_Ex_5002.pdf It looks like the 4150th was housed at Love Field up until the City of Dallas donated property on the E. Northwest Hwy to it in 1956. Daily Palmer Rustler October 14, 1954 page 2 https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth782328/m1/2/ The 4992nd U.S. Army Reserve, Control Group (Reinforcement): https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/usar-irr.htm "The Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) consists of soldiers assigned to control groups (Annual Training) and (Reinforcement). These different groups provide for the control and administration of soldiers not assigned to the Selected Reserve (TPU, IMA and AGR). Control group (Annual Training) consists of non-unit Ready Reserve soldiers with a training obligation. They may be assigned to units or required to perform other appropriate training deemed necessary by their career manager. These soldiers must take part in annual training when directed. Control Group (Reinforcement) consists of all other non-unit Ready Reserve soldiers not assigned to other control groups. They may, or may not have completed their military service obligation (MSO) and have no mandatory training requirements. Soldiers credited with three or more years of active duty and who have a remaining MSO are assigned to this Control Group." Steve Thomas
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