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  1. Kirk Ross

    Where Did The Photos Come From?

    Am I missing something? As I read through some of the ongoing discussions I'm having a hard time reconciling the arguments about the photos and xrays in light of the above posting which seems to be corroborated by the information below. Has something turned up since this that convincingly shows the pictures and xrays are the ones originally taken? I searched google using "regis blahut jfk site:educationforum.ipbhost.com" and I don't see anything that would counter it. I mean, I know this doesn't prove that they were tampered with, but it doesn't exactly give them a clean bill of health, either. https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/2018/docid-32269709.pdf and this from the Washington Post House Probing CIA 'Babysitter' Who Rifled Files on JFK By George Lardner Jr. June 28, 1979 The House Intelligence Committee has started an investigation of a CIA officer's snooping last year in the offices of another congressional committee. Members of the Intelligence Committee, which was oversight authority over the CIA, were informed of the inquiry last week by Chairman Edward Boland (D-Mass.). Committee staffers had already interviewed the CIA's director of security, Robert Gambino, about the incident following a report in The Washington Post. The Post, quoting informed sources, reported that the most sensitive files of the House Assassinations Committee had been rifled last summer and fingerprints on them traced to a CIA liason officer assigned to the committee. The assignment, it has since been learned, was made under a CIA program code-named "MH/Child," which sources described as encompassing a variety of so-called "babysitting" chores. The agency dismissed the liaison oofficer in question, Regis T. Blahut, last August and then dropped the matter. In a memo to all CIA employes last week, CIA Director Stansfield Turner took the position that Blahut had "acted alone and out of curiosity." Since then, the CIA has also been insisting that Blahut, who had been employed by the agency's Office of Security, did not rifle the Assassinations Committee's files and did not even enter the safe where the files were kept. However, the agency has refused to say what it thinks did happen, beyond describing it as - in the words of CIA spokesman Herbert Hetu - "something dumb." According to informed sources, the incident took place one afternoon last July after an Assassinations Committee staffer had started inspecting some of the materials in a combination safe reserved for physical evidence of the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. Sources said he took what he wanted and left the room. According to one version, he left the safe door closed but unlocked; according to another, the safe door might have been left slightly ajar. In any case, sources said, when he returned, he found a book of Kennedy autopsy photos inside the safe in obvious disarray. Blahut's fingerprints were found on the inside door or the safe. They were also found on one of the gruesome authopsy photos, which had been taken out of its plastic case, sources said. The plastic case itself had been torn from its notebook binder. The CIA's Hetu, however, declares that Blahut "did not enter the safe to get the notebook."
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    Dirty Tricks: Nixon, Watergate and the CIA

    Thanks, Shane. Great work! I still have a few chapters to go and it's already one of my favorite Watergate books.
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    The KGB and the JFK case

    What have you read that leads you to believe they were only sympathizers? That's a serious question; if it exists, I would like to read it. It seems to contradict what Mangold wrote (Cold Warrior, Chapter 9, The Sapphire Network). If what he wrote is correct, and his bias towards Angleton and Golitsyn was mostly negative, we are not talking about just sympathizers here, are we? They were purportedly at least passing NATO secrets to the KGB. Golitsyn is said to have claimed some NATO files had crossed his desk while he was there (he was able to recall their NATO filing number, if I remember correctly). And there were some much more serious allegations involving the top levels of government prior to that (p. 117). Has this all been de-bunked somewhere? Somewhere besides the publicly available internal CIA studies. How timely. I just bought "Topaz" last night out of interest in it's supposed connection to this subject.
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    The FBI and the Promis affair: part 1

    No, it was "The Secret Team" that I was thinking of. Similar idea, though.
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    Evidence implicates Jack Anderson in Watergate

    According to Hougan in "Secret Agenda" p. 92, it was a Dr. Gunn that they met with. He with a unique skill set. This is in the chapter "Project Mudhen", which makes me dizzy every time I read it. Hunt claims it was Colson's idea and vice versa (p.93). But it, as in so many things in the Watergate and JFK story lines, all leads back to the Office of Security.
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    The FBI and the Promis affair: part 1

    Not really. For some time I have been aware of his connection to the "Promis Affair" and Inslaw. But that context is later and is connected to (many) other conspiracies. I don't recall how he said he came across this case or Standorf, but I seem to remember it was an unusual coincidence. Now, he is coincidentally connected to another historical event involving national security much earlier. In my view, belief in coincidence is overrated. I'm thinking there is more to his background than is publicly available. How would it be possible for Cosalaro to establish this theory about Hunt in the early 70's? All this was top secret back then. I just pulled out "The Octopus", which I haven't read in years. According to that book all the Kennedy/Watergate/Cuba/Fidel was related to "The Octopus" (not that I'm convinced that the book is revealing "The Truth"", but it does make the connection itself). Trying to keep my CT's straight here. Didn't Fletcher Prouty introduce the metaphor of the octopus?
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    Evidence implicates Jack Anderson in Watergate

    In May of last year Mr. Caddy had posted these links: to which I had responded: "Very interesting. But what's the connection to Watergate?" I got no response. But here you have made a connection. I never imagined there could be a connection between Casolaro and Watergate. To find a connection here is quite surprising. Isn't there documentation of Hunt and Liddy meeting in a restaurant with a CIA doctor to discuss how to deal with Anderson's leaks? So Hunt was conspiring to eliminate the leaker he was feeding? How does that make sense? If taken at face value, how does this alter what were the assumed motivations of all involved?
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    James McCord

    Well, I don't know for sure about Lansdale, but Hougan ties both Hunt and McCord to "Second Naval Guerilla" and Barker is mentioned here: https://www.archives.gov/files/research/jfk/releases/docid-32262517.pdf
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    James McCord

    In case you haven't already read it, Jim Hougan describes his very interesting background in chapter one of "Secret Agenda."
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    The FBI and the Promis affair: part 1

    Very interesting. But what's the connection to Watergate?
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    Kirk Ross

    Professionally I'm a software developer. I've been intrigued by this subject since I read Jim Hougan's book when it first came out. Since then I've read quite a few books on this subject and the many subjects that are tangential to it thinking that eventually I would decipher the "true" story. That hasn't happened.