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  1. My point is confined to the evidence presented. Another American shown to contact the Soviet Embassy on 20 May 1963, is, possibly, only reported 70 days later on 30 July. That's what the presented evidence on this thread indicates as far as I can tell. If there's another case besides Albert Kennedy in May of 1963 to compare with Oswald, lets look at the cables to establish whether the reporting around Oswald was speedy or tardy. Or, if there's evidence Albert Kennedy's case was reported earlier than Oswald's, that would strengthen the implied thesis of this thread that there was an unprecedented delay in reporting Oswald to Washington. Jason
  2. General Walker and Lee Harvey Oswald

    Another green and cream station wagon...Robet McKeown is a Ruby-connected gunrunner (among other interesting pastimes....)
  3. General Walker and Lee Harvey Oswald

    Hi Paul, I'm growing more concerned about the station wagon that Marion Meharg and Deputy Craig saw at Dealey Plaza... From Donald B Thompson, Hear No Evil (2013), pp 522-523:
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    Hi Paul, I think Meharg + Craig taken together present a weight of evidence towards a conclusion that a male ran from the TSBD area into a station wagon in the moments after the assassination. We can forget the Paine station wagon. I might perhaps attribute more weight to this than you because it presents a new angle: now I want witnesses in Oak Cliff who saw a station wagon. Not a taxi cab, not a bus, not a man walking - but a station wagon. Two men in a station wagon, one perhaps dark-skinned....a man getting out of a station wagon. OR --- really, any activity related to a green/white station wagon, such as was a station wagon ever seen in the parking area by the railroad tracks? Or was a green station wagon in some other way noticed around this time? Does someone else in this story drive a station wagon? ....its just another angle.... It may not be Oswald of course, just some other interesting person who wants to escape the TSBD quickly....we can leave it for now, but it's a new lead for me. Jason
  5. Pardon me if we're speaking at cross purposes. First of all, I assume this is a typo, and you meant to type "The June 11 1963 report for 1-31 MAY 1963"... 1. Where is this "June 11 1963 report for 1-31 May 1963" that actually mentions Albert Kennedy's call to the Soviet embassy in Mexico City on 20 May 1963? 2. In sum, my point is that it looks like reports are delayed up to 2 months re: Americans calling the Soviet Embassy, and in any case the report which would otherwise be generated during the assassination timeframe was not unreasonably delayed by more pressing demands from Washington than the production of a routine monthly report. 3. 8 October appears to be when first mention was made of Oswald contacting the Soviet embassy --- it wasn't saved until the routine monthly report, it was reported speedily by the standards of Albert Kennedy's May 20, 1963 contact with the embassy. (it seems from documents we've seen on this thread that Albert Kennedy's contact with the Soviets was reported 70 days later on 30 July...) Jason
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    Hi Paul, Meharg is absent from the JFK research literature I can see. Sure, Meharg is an alcoholic and Deputy Craig presents problematic testimony - but is it really possible they both could come up with a near-duplicate man-escaping-into-a-two-tone-station-wagon story totally by their imagination? 27 NOV 63 FBI teletype - Meharg reports his own wife's license plate and not Ruth Paine's - however, Meharg nails the make and color when Craig calls it a Nash....hmmmm...... versus what Meharg saw in Dealey Plaza:
  7. Hi again David. Is this problematically inconsistent insofar as timing is concerned with the previous example you cite re: ALBERT KENNEDY? In the Albert Kennedy example you provide, May telephone tap activity is documented in a report captioned "JUNE", but actually written on 30July, right? This implication is, as far is I can tell, that September activity attributed to Oswald would appear in the October report, actually expected to be written at the end of November. But is it unreasonable to think that by the end of November 1963 routine monthly reports were suspended for more pressing concerns? Of course, the Albert Kennedy report is in a document nominally describing June activity - but it actually describes MAY activity. So, one thing we know is that there is no rigorous consistency in making sure reports nominally covering a certain month actually reference activity in only that month. The June report talks about things that happen in both May and June. I very well could be missing your point, but it seems to me that reporting activity in January attributed to Oswald in September/October is not so glaringly a big deal. From 22 November on, the fine folks in the Mexico City station had a hurricane of activity and cable traffic, did they not? A routine monthly report getting delayed by a month seems not very suspicious to me. Furthermore, remember we rely on access to documents specifically tagged JFK-related. AFAIK we have no easy way to establish what the routine pattern was for reporting Americans who contact Soviet/Cuban embassies because the other contacts would not be tagged JFK related. There's still a lot more out there, undiscovered. Jason (some specific and general evidence below) 1. From the "June" activity report you provide, which in fact documents May activity. 2. The "June" activity report you provide, which in fact documents May activity, is dated the end of July. 3. A few releases of what I think is the same cable traffic...note dates: 4. From the Lopez Report, p. 80 5. From the Russ Holmes work file: 6. According to HSCA memo:
  8. I did a project for Rex Bradford at the MFF and the History Department at Arizona State. I think perhaps the main tool I used that others may lack is document research software that identifies changes from previously known documents. So I only had to pay close attention to totally new information. In many cases, as you know, the new document release reveals only a few words from previously known but partially redacted documents. Details around the LITAMIL family of informants, are, for instance a big component of the newly released information. So naturally I didn't read in detail every document. Much of the data is repetitive within the new releases and when compared to previous releases, so I skimmed that. Through research software I concentrated on new information in the released documents. I've read around 6000 documents in their entirety and feel like I have a good command, possibly, of all the rest. Thanks for your interest! I'll consider the rest of your reply and answer shortly. Jason
  9. Hi David, THANKS for beginning with evidence instead of speculation. I looked at every 2017 document release and the Mexico City traffic was prominent. One of the main reactions I have to your post is: can you show how other Americans contacting the Cuban or Soviet embassies were handled differently? Jason
  10. General Walker and Lee Harvey Oswald

    Hi Paul, There was at least one other witness that corroborates Deputy Roger Craig's story about Oswald leaving Dealey Plaza. This witness later recanted their story and was painted as an unstable alcoholic; this statement in support of Craig never made it into the WR. Thoughts? What is a viable explanation for how Mr Meharg would make a 14 December report about a man leaving the TSBD in a two-tone station wagon story, other than he saw what Deputy Craig says he saw?
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    Police and Sheriff testimony in the Warren Commission Part 6: Dallas Police Department Inspector J. Herbert Sawyer Inspector Herbert Sawyer, Age 47: 23 years with DPD, has Main St. crowd control duties during presidential motorcade After motorcade passes, Sawyer returns to his car and hears on the radio Sheriff Bill Decker ordering all men to the TSBD Sawyer then hedges a bit and says it may not have been Decker who said TSBD, but the TSBD was mentioned by someone Parks in front of TSBD main entrance, unknown officers tell him shots were fired from here, proceeds in elevator to 5th floor guided by unknown man Joined by "one or two" unknown officers, he sees a storage area on the 5th floor, and an office with female workers present Inspector Sawyer quickly returns to the ground floor and posts 2 officers to guard the front entrance: no one in or out WC attorney Belin directs the discussion towards radio logs; specifically initial broadcasts after 12:28 which call officers to Parkland Hospital, the triple overpass, and the railroad track area adjacent to Dealey Plaza; apparently made by Sheriff Bill Decker Belin gets Sawyer to agree that at 12:31 the radio logs indicate "...the president has been hit;" and at 12:34 no. 136 reports a passer-by who says the shots came from the TSBD 12:34 is seemingly the moment the TSBD is first disseminated to police as a gunman location (by DPD dispatcher? based on what info?) Inspector Sawyer re-affirms that when he arrived at the TSBD, officers told him shots were fired from the 5th floor, but now adds that there was a "reference" to the triple overpass and a broadcast about the railroad track area Sawyer suggests Sgt. Harkness may have gone with him to the 5th floor, via a waiting elevator near the TSBD entrance Belin prompts Sawyer to admit that a radio call at 12:34 + 3 minutes in the elevator and looking around the 5th floor, establishes 12:37 as the earliest moment when he, Sawyer, ordered the building be sealed off However, Inspector Sawyer says a police sergeant told him the TSBD was already sealed off when he arrived, even though Sawyer saw no guards at the front door and people could come and go Sawyer seems to admit that the front door was unguarded until 12:37 at the earliest Inspector Sawyer says he then set up a system for moving up to 50 witnesses to the nearby sheriff's office to get their statements Belin has Sawyer read radio transcripts indicating that Sawyer called for more backup to the TSBD at 12:43-12:45 Belin has Sawyer read radio transcripts indicating Sawyer broadcasts that the wanted man is 5"10, age 30, weight 165, carrying a 30-30 or similar Winchester rifle. Inspector Sawyer says he also made a radio transmission regarding an African American male employee of the TSBD with a criminal record who was "supposed to have been a witness to Oswald being there." Sawyer says a deputy sheriff told him the African American male witness to Oswald as a suspect was himself also a missing TSBD employee Belin and Sawyer agree that between 12:45 and 12:48 DPD headquarters is now broadcasting that "all" information received indicates the TSBD is the source of the shots Sawyer reads a radio transcript indicating that at 1:12, rifle shells were found and that "all indications" are that the shooter had been there for "some time," according to "somebody inside the building" who told Sawyer this information. Belin asks Sawyer where he got the description of the wanted 165 pound man and Sawyer replies this came from a witness who said he saw a rifle barrel sticking out from the 5th or 6th floor Sawyer denies knowing any details of the witness who provided a description of the rifleman; but says he sent this witness to the sheriff's office DPD Inspector Sawyer says "a few" people saw a rifleman, all indicating on an upper floor of the TSBD Sawyer says "very few" people thought there were shots from the overpass among witnesses he encountered Sawyer pinpoints the southeast corner of an upper TSBD floor as where witnesses pointed who said they saw a rifleman Sawyer volunteers that he heard from a DPD officer that there was someone on an upper floor of the building to the east of the TSBD taking a film of the day's events; this man was "taken care of" by Secret Service agent Sorrels Inspector Sawyer volunteers that an African American DPD officer spotted the African American TSBD employee who was wanted for a statement and took him in for questioning Sawyer finally adds that when he heard of the officer shot in Oak Cliff, he "released" 6 officers from Dealey Plaza to help with that CONCERNS: The most apparent value of this testimony is around timing. Do Inspector Sawyer's specific time points support or challenge the sheriff deputies? Murky here is a concern appearing in all the testimony from Dallas peace officers in the area. Sheriff Decker makes a radio call commanding officers to the overpass/railroad area. BUT, Sawyer goes to the TSBD instead. Sawyer claims that shortly after Decker commands officers to the overpass/railroad area, he hears a broadcast from DPD headquarters about the TSBD instead. Is this confirmed by transcripts? Who and why is the TSBD singled out by the DPD, apparently contravening Sheriff Decker's orders? Why does Inspector Sawyer arrive at TSBD and make a cursory check of the 5th floor? Why this particular floor, and why not the 6th floor, 7th floor, or the roof? Is Sawyer making a latter day effort to deny any personal knowledge of 6th floor activities and evidence? Does not mention the presence of Captain Fritz or Sheriff Decker at TSBD. Why? What is the explanation for the description of the 30-30 or similar Winchester? Inspector Sawyer's witness processing seems exceptionally casual - no names and few details are given; he seems to pass on the responsibility for pinpointing witness statements to others and seems little concerned about using immediate witness information to track down the killer. Sawyer is happy to set up a bureaucratic process for witnesses, but doesn't do anything to act on the info the witnesses provided in hopes of catching the criminal(s). Sawyer is very casual and nonchalant when confronted with the possibility the crime has been filmed. Too casual? Sawyer makes a point to emphasize that the overpass/railroad area is not where most witnesses heard shots come from - is this consistent with other testimony? Sawyer makes a point to emphasize that the shooter had "been there a while." Sawyer definitely wants it clear that he was at all times seeking the missing African American employee from the TSBD, who was quickly apprehended. How does Sawyer get info that this man has a police record? (see transcript below) Sawyer is, it seems, the DPD conduit providing the initial 165 pound description of the shooter Again, timing is perhaps the most important evidence Inspector Sawyer gives, i.e. when was TSBD locked down? Sawyer adds a new angle as to how the TSBD got into law enforcement focus. He says this was from a DPD headquarters broadcast - while the sheriff's deputies entirely omit how they came to focus on the TSBD instead of their initial focus on the railyard/overpass area. 1. Radio transcripts indicating Sawyer's interest in a missing African American TSBD employee...who gave him this info? 2. Sawyer applied for the FBI at some point? 3. Dallas Police Deparatment Inspector James Herbert Sawyer at the TSBD: relaxed?
  12. General Walker and Lee Harvey Oswald

    Hi Paul, For me this controversy about Roger Craig brings up another point that is less discussed. Aside from the substantive points Craig makes about the station wagon and identifying Oswald in Frtiz's office; this tells us about the work of the Warren Commission. IF the entire WC staff were programmed from day one to aim for Lone Nut, the Roger Craig issue wouldn't be so obvious. For instance, in Roger Craig's direct testimony to the Warren Commission, he is asked if Sheriff Decker mentioned a bus transfer ticket found on Oswald, which is of course a key factor in refuting Craig's testimony that Oswald left downtown in a Nash Rambler station wagon. Craig says the bus transfer ticket was never mentioned, Sheriff Decker says it was. In fact the question asked of Craig about the transfer ticket is clearly in reference to Decker's December '63 statement to the FBI - which to me shows the WC staff was purposefully investigating inconsistencies and not hiding all the contrary evidence. They could have easily hidden or diminished the Craig issue and not brought up the contradiction between Craig and Decker on the bus transfer ticket: 1. Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Craig in direct testimony to the Warren Commission (summer, 1964) 2. From Oswald's CIA 201 file, the memo of a FBI interview with Dallas County Sheriff Bill Decker a few weeks after the assassination:
  13. General Walker and Lee Harvey Oswald

    Police and Sheriff testimony in the Warren Commission Part 6: Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Roger D Craig Deputy Roger Craig, age 27: 4 years as a deputy sheriff, previously in the army, miscellaneous labor jobs, ran away from home age 12 Around noon on 22 November, Craig is standing at 505 Main near the intersection of Houston Upon hearing shots, Craig rushes up the grass to the railroad tracks area, like fellow sheriff employees Boone, Mooney, Weitzman, & Walthers Moved people out of the rail area Craig finds a girl who thinks the shots came from the grassy knoll area; he brings her back to the sheriff's office to make a statement Deputy Craig hears a boy say he saw a rifle with a scope protruding from the 6th floor of the TSBD about "15 minutes" before the president passed by; the boy thought it was a Secret Service guard WC lawyer Belin suggests this "boy" is Arnold Rowland, accompanied by his wife, Barbara Rowland Craig says it was about 10 minutes after the shots when he was talking to the Rowlands According to Arnold Rowland, the rifle is seen at the 2nd westernmost window of the 6th floor Craig suggests Rowland saw 2 men talking/walking in the 6th floor The interrogation of the Rowlands is handed over to Deputy Sheriff Lemmy Lewis Craig says it is 10-12 minutes after the shooting when he leaves the Rowlands with Lewis Deputy Buddy Walthers or Deputy Lewis tells Craig a bullet struck the south curb of Elm St Craig proceeds to the south curb of Elm St, but doesn't see evidence of a bullet strike About 15 minutes after the shooting, Deputy Craig hears a whistle and sees a man run down the grassy knoll towards Elm St. The unknown man jumps into a white station wagon, proceeding west on Elm under the triple overpass Deputy Craig says the man jumping into the station wagon is in his 20s, 5'8" to 5'9", 140-150 pounds, brown hair The unknown subject running down the grassy knoll was wearing a tan shirt and blue pants The driver of the station wagon had a dark complexion; Deputy Craig though he might be African American The driver of the station wagon who picked up an unknown subject in Dealey Plaza was wearing a white windbreaker, according to Craig Because the station wagon had a built-in luggage rack, Deputy Craig thinks it is a Nash 20 minutes after the shots, Deputy Craig now proceeds to the TSBD, which is now sealed off and guarded "they" were asking for flashlights to search the building; Deputy Craig goes to the sheriff's office to get flashlights, bringing them to the 6th floor (what's going on at the 6th floor while Craig is away? this period is essential) WC lawyer Belin asks Craig why he went to the 6th floor; Craig says "someone said" that's where the shots came from Craig sees empty shell casings on the floor, but was not present when they were found a "couple minutes" previously Deputy Craig sees a sack rolled or crushed up on boxes near the found shell casings Deputies Mooney and Boone are also near Craig, near the shells - along with unknown DPD officers Craig is asked to search the floor and starts in the northeast corner; he is about 8 feet from Deputy Boone when Boone says he found the rifle <<<who seems so sure the rifle will be found on this floor???>>> Deputy Craig has "no idea" what time the rifle was found DPD Captain Fritz and DCSO Deputy Mooney are hanging around the rifle, along with several other unknown officers At this point, Deputy Craig remembers hearing a police officer was shot in oak Cliff Craig says photos were taken of the rifle as found, then the DPD "identification man" picked up the rifle and handed it to Captain Fritz Deputy Craig does not recall any information about a missing employee Craig returns to the sheriff's department office and gives a statement to Rosemary Allen, along with "all the officers" "information was floating around" that DPD was trying to connect the Oak Cliff shooter with the JFK assassination Deputy Craig calls to meet Captain Fritz at DPD headquarters because Craig feels the unknown subject getting into the white station wagon may be connected to the crimes that day Craig meets with Fritz and [Oswald]* in Fritz's office Deputy Craig identifies [Oswald]* as the man he saw getting into a white station wagon shortly after the shooting According to Deputy Craig, DPD Captain Fritz asks Craig "what about the station wagon?" The suspect [Oswald]* interrupts and says "That station wagon belongs to Mrs. Paine. Don't try to tie her into this. She has nothing to do with it." The suspect in Frtiz's office [Oswald]* admits to leaving the scene [Dealey Plaza], according to Craig Deputy Craig then leaves DPD headquarters Deputy Craig offers that "it came up later" that Mrs. Paine has a Nash Rambler wagon with a luggage rack on top; this information was provided by Buddy Walthers Deputy Craig says he talked to no railroad workers around Dealey Plaza WC attorney Belin returns the discussion to the information Deputy Craig obtained from the Rowlands Deputy Craig says the Rowlands saw white men, one possibly wearing khakis, talking to each other on the 6th floor by a window; one had a rifle The Rowlands saw other people on other floors of the TSBD looking out windows, according to Deputy Craig Craig reiterates that the Rowlands saw two men talking on the 2nd to westernmost 6th floor window; then noticed a few minutes later that it was just one man with a rifle Deputy Craig is now shown Exhibits 150, 156 & 157 - and asked to say whether the clothing matches that worn by the man he saw running down the grassy knoll towards the Rambler shortly after the assassination Deputy Craig says the color of clothing he is shown in Exhibits 150, 156 & 157 is slightly similar but not a perfect match to the clothing worn by the man getting into the Nash Rambler Deputy Craig says he never discussed a bus transfer ticket with Sheriff Decker that was found in Oswald's pocket upon arrest Deputy Craig affirms that he "feels like it was" the same man in Fritz's office who he saw running down the grassy knoll to the Nash Rambler. * presumably Oswald is the man sitting in Fritz's office, although this is not made clear in the WC testimony CONCERNS: Deputy Roger Craig offers two points in Warren Commission direct testimony drastically in conflict with the final Warren Report: (I) the placement of a rifleman on the far WEST area of the TSBD 6th floor, and (II) the strong suggestion Oswald escaped Dealey Plaza in Ruth Paine's station wagon Deputy Craig runs to the same area upon hearing the shots as all the other sheriff's deputies - the train track area. Are they in a herd mentality? Or directed there? While Mooney, Boone, and Weitzman leave the railroad track area and go to the TSBD and the 6th floor without explaining why they did so; Craig instead starts interviewing witnesses in Dealey Plaza. He shows up later on the 6th floor, after the shells are found, but before the gun is found. the Rowlands' eyewitness sighting of a rifleman at the TSBD's 6th floor's western windows, reported by Craig, is in direct contradiction to the "sniper's nest" found by Deputy Boone at, the EASTERNMOST windows the Rowlands' eyewitness sighting of 2 men at the TSBD's 6th floor western windows, one with a gun, 10-12 minutes before shots were fired, suggests the shells found by Deputy Mooney are in a different place than the gunman Deputy Craig's retelling of what the Rowlands saw is hearsay. The correct primary source for the alleged facts from the Roawlands is from the Rowlands themselves. Pinpointing the timing of Craig's movements is key to compare with the timing suggested by other deputies on the 6th floor; Craig offers several time check points Deputy Craig's identification of Oswald in Captain Fritz's office is strong, but not perfect If the substance of what the Rowlands said they saw, as repeated by Deputy Craig, is correct - there is a good reason to wonder if the evidence found in the 6th floor is manipulated, probably involving Dallas police & sheriff officers - since they immediately claimed a sniper's nest in the easternmost TSBD 6th floor windows supported by pictures of found shell casings. Craig mentions statements taken by Rosemary Allen which should be compared to WC testimony and other sources There is a small core cadre of police who build the case against Oswald on the 6th floor - Mooney & Boone, possibly also Walthers and Craig Deputy Sheriff Lemmy Lewis should be able to collaborate or cast doubt on Craig's retelling of the Rowlands' story. Overall, Deputy Roger Craig is way out of sync with the other sheriff deputies testimonies, except he does somewhat corroborate how and when the gun was found on the 6th floor Roger Craig in the 1970s: (this YouTube video contradicts his testimony in that to the WC Craig says he arrived on the 6th floor AFTER the shells were discovered - by the 1970s Craig says he and Boone found the spent cartridges; neatly lined up in a row.) Additionally, Craig says he saw a MAUSER stamp on the found rifle, confirmed by constable Seymour Weitzman.
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    Police and Sheriff testimony in the Warren Commission Part 5: Dallas County Sheriff Bill Decker Sheriff Bill Decker, age 66: 14 years experience as sheriff of Dallas County; with previous experience as a deputy and constable since 1924 Testifies primary job is jailer of those serving sentences or those awaiting trial unable to post bond Oddly admits to losing 5 prisoners a few days ago due to staff incompetence Oswald was such a "hot piece of merchandise" that the DPD wanted to transfer him themselves versus the usual custom that the Sheriff's Department handles the transfer "this thing," the assassination, takes places conveniently across the street from Decker's office, meaning most witnesses are just walked over to give a statement, according to Decker Decker says "my officers" located the gun and ammunition in the TSBD Suggests Fritz arrived after gun and ammunition found - is this consistent with Boone, Mooney, and Weitzman? Decker is quickly allowed to direct the narrative away from Dealey Plaza and discuss the transfer of Oswald Multiple discussions between Decker and DPD Capt Fritz take place; Fritz is making all the decisions about the transfer Relates an odd incident where international press were briefly locked in a room, which caused them to panic Asks Warren Commission if and when they want to interview Ruby Insists it's no problem getting a court order to move Ruby Admits FBI agent Newsom warned the sheriff's department that Oswald was going to get killed Testimony ends with discussion of previously signed affidavits and other records already submitted to the WC CONCERNS: The US president has been shot and the county sheriff is not asked about this crime. Apart from investigative duties; Decker is an assassination witness. Why is he not asked where the shots came from and other details he remembered in Dealey Plaza? Dallas County Sheriff Bill Decker is not questioned for further details around his activity at Parkland Hospital, nor the activities of his department on 22 November 1963 at the Texas Theater and Ruth Paine's house. What orders did Sheriff Bill Decker give his staff at the time of the assassination? At the time of Oswald's pursuit? What are the details surrounding sheriff department discovery of the weapon and shell casings? This witness was the least examined of any so far; he is allowed to simply tell his story and is asked only a few details about what arrangements were made for transferring Ruby. The death of Kennedy is completely ignored.
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    Ok, Paul, I know you're wanting to move on from my Roy Truly discussion....anyway...I can't find much evidence in Buddy Walther's testimony that matches up in detail with these well known photos by Jim Murray and William Allen. Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Buddy Walthers has the black hat and a cigarette in his mouth - standing in the grassy area between Elm and Main street. IIRC, Walthers admits to being there, but doesn't say much about the activity and people shown in these photos, although this activity is I presume what Liebeler is asking about when Walthers denies picking up a bullet. note time on Hertz sign