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John Simkin

TFX Scandal and the JFK assassination

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The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence By John Marks and V. Marchetti (Dell, 1974)

….the agency continued its relationship with its"penetrations" of Cuban exile groups – I a way reminiscent of its lingering ties with Eastern European emegre organizations from the early Cold War period. And the CIA kept many of the Bay of Pigs veterans under contract, paying them regular salaries for more than a decade afterward.

8 LINES DELETED

Time after time, the Cuban government would parade CIA-sponsored rebels before television cameras to display them and their equipment to the Cuban public and the world. Often the captives made full confessions of the agency's role I their activities.

Nevertheless, the CIA kept looking for new and better ways to attack the Castro government.

UNDER CONTRACT TO THE AGENCY THE ELECTIC BOAT DIVISION OF GENERAL DYNAMICS AT GROTON, CONNECTICUT DEVELOPED A HIGHLY MANEUVERABLE HIGH-SPEED BOAT DESIGNED FOR USE BY GUERILLA RAIDERS. THE BOAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FASTER THAN ANY SHIP IN THE CUBAN NAVY, AND THEREBY ABLE TO MOVE ARMS AND MEN INTO CUBA AT WILL. THERE WERE NUMEROUS DELAYS IN PUTTING THE BOAT INTO PRODUCTION, HOWEVER, AND NO DELIVERIES WERE MADE UP TO 1967. BY THAT TIME, THE U.S.WAS TOO DEEPLY INVOLVED IN SOUTHEAST ASIA TO THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT A NEW INVASION OF CUBA.THE CIA, THEREFORE, QUIETLY DROPPED THE BOAT PROJECT AND TURNED THE DEVELOPMENT MODEL OVER TO THE U.S.NAVY.

p. 135-136

Emphasis once censored by the CIA.

(Scott, The Dallas Conspiracy, unpublished manuscript, p.XI-3):On April 29, 1963, a $3 million contract was awarded to Collins Radio International Division forconstruction of a radio network in Southeast Asia.

“U.S.military, using personnel from Collins Radio as civilian cover (p. XI-3)….Col.lins, in other words, was one of the many U.S.firms in the covert war business….”

“In Late August 1963 Collin received a subcontract from General Dynamics “to install high-fidelity radio equipment (at $100,000 a plane) in what was then the highly controversial TFX fighter. Collins Radio was financed by Kidder Peabody and by National Aviation, two Wall Street investment firms; T. F. Walkowiez of Panel Two, the Rockefeller representative on the board of National Aviation, also served as a director of the CIA-linked firm ITEK….(p. XI-4 – ITEK developed the camera used on the U2)

The August 1963 Collins/General Dynamics subcontract might be significant in regards to the Rex because of the Gen. Dynamics CIA contract to develop “ a highly maneuverable high-speed boat designed for use by guerilla raiders.”

(See: The CIA & theCult of Intelligence, Marks, Marchetti, Dell, 1974, p. 135-6)

On November 1, 1963 the New York Times published a photo of the Rex, a 174 foot vessel “registered out of Bluefields, Nicaragua, but in fact operating out of West Palm Beach, Florida.”

The Belcher Oil company of Miami bought the Rex from Paragon, a company owned by Luis Somoza. “The dockage for the ship was said to be paid by the Sea Key Shipping Company from a post office box.”

Collins leased the ship for possible ELINT-electronic intelligence activities.

Edited by William Kelly

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The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence By John Marks and V. Marchetti (Dell, 1974)

….the agency continued its relationship with its"penetrations" of Cuban exile groups – I a way reminiscent of its lingering ties with Eastern European emegre organizations from the early Cold War period. And the CIA kept many of the Bay of Pigs veterans under contract, paying them regular salaries for more than a decade afterward.

8 LINES DELETED

Time after time, the Cuban government would parade CIA-sponsored rebels before television cameras to display them and their equipment to the Cuban public and the world. Often the captives made full confessions of the agency's role I their activities.

Nevertheless, the CIA kept looking for new and better ways to attack the Castro government.

UNDER CONTRACT TO THE AGENCY THE ELECTIC BOAT DIVISION OF GENERAL DYNAMICS AT GROTON, CONNECTICUT DEVELOPED A HIGHLY MANEUVERABLE HIGH-SPEED BOAT DESIGNED FOR USE BY GUERILLA RAIDERS. THE BOAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FASTER THAN ANY SHIP IN THE CUBAN NAVY, AND THEREBY ABLE TO MOVE ARMS AND MEN INTO CUBA AT WILL. THERE WERE NUMEROUS DELAYS IN PUTTING THE BOAT INTO PRODUCTION, HOWEVER, AND NO DELIVERIES WERE MADE UP TO 1967. BY THAT TIME, THE U.S.WAS TOO DEEPLY INVOLVED IN SOUTHEAST ASIA TO THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT A NEW INVASION OF CUBA.THE CIA, THEREFORE, QUIETLY DROPPED THE BOAT PROJECT AND TURNED THE DEVELOPMENT MODEL OVER TO THE U.S.NAVY.

p. 135-136

Emphasis once censored by the CIA.

(Scott, The Dallas Conspiracy, unpublished manuscript, p.XI-3):On April 29, 1963, a $3 million contract was awarded to Collins Radio International Division forconstruction of a radio network in Southeast Asia.

"U.S.military, using personnel from Collins Radio as civilian cover (p. XI-3)….Col.lins, in other words, was one of the many U.S.firms in the covert war business…."

"In Late August 1963 Collin received a subcontract from General Dynamics "to install high-fidelity radio equipment (at $100,000 a plane) in what was then the highly controversial TFX fighter. Collins Radio was financed by Kidder Peabody and by National Aviation, two Wall Street investment firms; T. F. Walkowiez of Panel Two, the Rockefeller representative on the board of National Aviation, also served as a director of the CIA-linked firm ITEK….(p. XI-4 – ITEK developed the camera used on the U2)

The August 1963 Collins/General Dynamics subcontract might be significant in regards to the Rex because of the Gen. Dynamics CIA contract to develop " a highly maneuverable high-speed boat designed for use by guerilla raiders."

(See: The CIA & theCult of Intelligence, Marks, Marchetti, Dell, 1974, p. 135-6)

On November 1, 1963 the New York Times published a photo of the Rex, a 174 foot vessel "registered out of Bluefields, Nicaragua, but in fact operating out of West Palm Beach, Florida."

The Belcher Oil company of Miami bought the Rex from Paragon, a company owned by Luis Somoza. "The dockage for the ship was said to be paid by the Sea Key Shipping Company from a post office box."

Collins leased the ship for possible ELINT-electronic intelligence activities.

From CIAir:

Eventually Congress decided to investigate these matters, but when Robert Roussoulet was scheduled to testify before a Congressional committee in 1976, he mysteriously failed to appear, and never did testify.

One CIA director eventually asked the simple question, "How many planes does the CIA own?" But the answer came back that they really didn't know. In fact, one of the CIA airlines had more employees (30,000) than the CIA itself.

On February 5, 1963 the CIA airlines were formally organized under the umbrella of EXCOMAIR – the Executive Committee for Air Proprietary Operations. EXCOMAIR was, "to provide general policy guidance for the management of air propriety projects and review recommendations for approval of air proprietary project actions." Lawrence Houston was appointed chairman of the committee.

In the fall of 1963 Coats Lear was killed by a shotgun blast to the head. Although some suggested it was suicide, others believe he was murdered.

Lear was a law partner in Eugene Zucker's firm, and Zuckert, as Secretary of the Air Force, was involved in the awarding of contracts.

Ed Driscol, the man who handled the administration of many of the MATS contracts at the Pentagon, became Executive Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board after the death of Lear. Later, Driscol became VP at World Airways, one of the companies he funneled MATS contracts to from the Pentagon and CAB.

Driscol was the Director of Transportation under Joseph Imire, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and John H. Rubel, the Asst. Secretary of Defense. With CAB chairman Alan S. Boyd, they effectively ended the competitive bidding for MATS contracts and arbitrarily awarded them to their favorite airlines connected to the CIA and/or Lear & Zuckert.

Ruble, Imire and Driscol all resigned shortly before the death of Lear. While Driscol went on to the CAB and World Airways, Ruble and Imire became Vice President of Litton Industries, a major defense contractor.

Another explanation for Lear's death is provided by Amos Heacock, another independent airline owner put out of business by the CIA, who believes that is a connection between Lear's demise and the assassinationof President Kennedy shortly thereafter.

Heacock believes Lear's law partner, Eugene Zuckert, as Secretary of the Air Force, had something to do with the scheduling of the President's visit to Texas.He may have been responsible for the upkeep of Air Force One and Two, the planes provided for Executive office use by the President, Vice President and the cabinet.

According to this theory, Zuckert, as Secretary of the Air Force, obtained foreknowledge of the assassination, information that was also picked up by Lear. This either drove Lear crazy enough to kill himself, or made him unstableand a threat to those planning to kill the President, so Lear also had to die.

Zuckert, a graduate of Yale University, served as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force from 1947-1952 and was a member of the Atomic Energy Commission from 1952-1954. He left the Nuclear Science and Engineering Corporation of Pittsburgh (no longer listed in the phone book) where he worked from 1960-61, to become Secretary of the Air Force. The NE&E Corp. is described in "Elites in American History" as "a relatively small Pittsburgh based concern which was backed by various financial interests, chief of which was probably New York's Lehman Brothers, a concern with great politico-economic influence."

One of the most important decisions Zuckert made as Air Force Secretary concerned the F-111 jet fighter contract. Although every independent study recommended that the contract be awarded to Boeing, which designed both a less expensive and better performing aircraft, the contract went to General Dynamics.

This decision was made by four men – Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell Gilpatrick, Secretary of the Navy Fred Korth and Air Force Secretary Eugene Zuckert.

Gilpatrick was a former Wall Street law firm of Cravath,Swaine & Moore, and had previously represented General Dynamics, while Korth was president of Continental National Bank of Ft. Worth, Texas. General Dynamic's Ft. Worth Plant eventually received the bulk of the contract.

[William Kelly's research is supported in part by a grant from the Fund For Constitutional Government Investigative Journalism Project.]

Edited by William Kelly

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From The Pentagon – Politics, Profits and Plunder by ClarkR. Mollenhoff. (Pinnacle Books, NY, 1967)

In January, President Eisenhower had submitted a proposedDefense Department budge for fiscal 1962 of $41.8 billion. Within two months,President Kennedy and McNamara had added nearly $2 billion to the request toprovide more money for Polaris-armed submarines, increase research innonnuclear weapons for limited wars and boost personnel in the Army. GeneralMaxwell Taylor became the special military representative of the President, andtook part in planning the defense budge, which soon jumped to $46.7 billion –nearly $5 billion over President Eisenhower’s initial request for fiscal 1962.

While much of the activity was aimed at budge boosting, somebudget slicing was taking place. McNamara ended the nuclear plane program, andmoved into a highly sensitive area by recommending that the development fundsfor the B-70 be cut from $358 million to $220 million.

The controversy this created with General Curtis E. LeMay,the Air Force Chief of Staff, was only a forerunner of the long and bitter dispute that was tosurround the manned bomber. In that first year of McNamara’s reign as Defensechief, the House took the suggestion of general LeMayand boosted the B-70 funds from $220 million to $525 million. And when thewhole defense appropriations was passed by Congress, it included $400 millionfor the B-70 program, and $515 more for the B-58 and B-52 programs.

McNamara retaliated by declaring he would defy the wishes ofCongress and not spend the additional funds; it was his first real clash withthe Air Force enthusiasts in Congress and with General LeMay.

If Robert S. McNamara was lacking in political knowledge,the same could not have been said about the man President Kennedy named asDeputy Defense Secretary. The man was Roswell Leavitt Gilpatrick, a suave New York lawyer with an Ivy League background and yearsof experience in dealing with the military-industrial complex. Like MNamara, hewas graduated Phi Beta Kappa, but unlike McNamara, he was schooled in theoperations and politics of government.

Following graduation from Yale College in 1928 and Yale Law Schoolin 1931, Gilpatrick became a partner in the eminent New York law firm of Cravath, de Gersdorff, Swaine &Wood. He left the first briefly to serve, from 1951 to 1953, as Under Secretaryof the Air Force. He returned to law practice in 1953, represented many bigdefense contractors, became active in Democratic politics, and served aschairman of the board of trustees of the Aerospace Corporation established bythe Air Force during the Eisenhower Administration to conduct studies inconnection with the major missile programs.

Gilpatrick’s Washingtonconnections served him well. In 1958, one of his former Washingtonassociates, Frank Pace, asked him to handle some rather extensive legal workfor the General Dynamics Corporation, which Pace then headed. Pace had servedas Secretary of the Army in the Truman Administration, and had moved out ofhigh government office into a lucrative job with this large defense contractor.His experience as a lawyer for general Dynamics from 1958 to 1961 was only onesegment of the background that made Gilpatrick an important senior partner inthe law firm that by 1961 had become Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

When Gilpatrick became the number two man in the DefenseDepartment in January, 1961, he was regarded as the perfect type to team withMcNamara. Smooth and knowledgeable in the ways of the big defense contractors,he knew the men in Congress who counted where Defense Department problems wereconcerned. The “Bob and Roz” team appeared to be one of the most effectivecombinations created by the Kennedy administration. If McNamara dealtabrasively with the ordinary Senator or Congressman, Roz Gilpatrick with hispersuasive manner could smooth things over. He and his attractive wife gavewonderful parties to cultivate members of the Armed Services and Appropriationscommittees of the Senate and House. He also made an effort to keep a closerelationship with his old friend Senator Stuart Symington, the Missourian whohad been the first Air Force Secretary and who held an important post as amember of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Other members of the top-level Pentagon team appointed byPresident Kennedy were Elvis J. Stahr, Jr., Secretary of the Army; John B.Connally, Jr., Secretary of the Navy; Eugene M. Zuckert, Secretary of the AirForce; General Lyman Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; GeneralCurtis LeMay, Air Force Chief of Staff; and Admiral George Anderson, Chief ofNaval Operations. Probably the most significant appointment was that of GeneralMaxwell D. Taylor as a special military representative of the President at theWhite House – a prelude to moving him to the Pentagon as Chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff. Taylor, strong dissenter from the massive-retaliation theoriesof the Eisenhower Administration, was to be a major figure in new shifts indefense posture.

Stahr, a Rhodes schoar and lawyerwith a distinguished record in the infantry during World War II, seemed most inline with the Kennedy pattern….

The name of John Connally was associated closely with that of Vice PresidentLyndon B. Johnson, and there was no doubt the Fort Worthlawyer owed his appointment as Navy Secretary to his Texaspolitical connection with Johnson. The handsome Texan had been linked with theJohnson political fortunes from the earliest days, and had even riskedinfuriating the Kennedys at the 1960 Democratic National convention byenthusiastically pushing Johnson’s nomination. He further roused their ire byquestioning the physical condition of the then-candidate John Kennedy.Representing the big oil interests of Texasmillionaire Sid Richardson had mad Connally a wealthy man, but he possessed theflexibility to adapt to the pattern of the Ivy League or the Boston Irish.

From the start the McNamara Pentagon was stacked withJohnson men. Cyrus R. Vance, a long-time Johnson protégé, served as generalcounsel for the Department, later became Secretary of the Army and finally wasnamed Deputy Defense Secretary. Solis Horwitz, another Johnson man, wasdirector of organizational and management planning in the Defense Departmentgeneral counsel’s office and was later elevated to the job of AssistantSecretary of Defense for Administration. The Assistant Secretary of Navy wasKenneth E. BeLieu, who had been staff director of Johnson’s Senate PreparednessSubcommittee a few years earlier.

When Connally resigned as Navy Secretary to run hissuccessful campaign for Governor of Texas, another Johnson man moved into theNavy Secretary post – Fred Korth, a Fort Worth bank president who had beendeputy counselor and Assistant Secretary of the Army during the last two yearsof the Truman Administration.

Air Force Secretary Zuckert, a graduate of the Yale Law School,had been an assistant professor and assistant dean of the Harvard GraduateSchool of Business administration when McNamara served on the faculty. Zuckerthad used his talents in law and business administration on a number ofgovernment jobs, including a term as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force from1947 to 1952, and as a Truman appointee to the Atomic Energy Commission in aterm that ran from 1952 to 1054.

General Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,was a holdover, as was General Decker, the Army Chief of Staff. The new man onthe Joint Chiefs of Staff were General LeMay, who had succeeded General ThomasD. White as Air Force Chief of Staff, and Admiral Anderson, who succeededAdmiral Arleigh Burke as Chief of Naval Operations. General LeMay and AdmiralAnderson were expected to be McNamara team men, who would be placated by biggerDefense Department budgets planned by the Kennedy Administration.

Chapter 28 - TheManned Bomber Fuss

General Curtis LeMay and other top Air Force generalsaccepted the fact that the ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads wouldeventually replace the manned bomber as the major deterrent to Communistaggression. But in the early 1960’s, the Air Force Chief of Staff and hissupporters in the Pentagon and in Congress were not willing to accept the viewthat the missiles could be accepted as the ultimate weapons system, and that itwas safe to start a phase out the manned bombers. Major controversy was to ragefor years over the cuts that Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara insisted inmaking in the manned-bomber program.

Defense Secretary McNamara’s dispute with General LeMay andCongress centered on two major areas. First, he wanted to cut back the budgetfor new B-52 and B-58 manned bombers by as much as $500,000,000 a year on thetheory that the Strategic Air Command was strong enough to serve as a deterrentforce unti the missiles could take their place. Second, he was highly skepticalof the need for proceeding with plans for the expensive 2000-miles-an hourB-70, which was planned as the follow-up bomber to take the place of the B-52and the B-58. He saw no sense in proceeding with the B-70, and in his firstyear proposed cutting the B-70 funds from $385 million to $220 million….

The investigation of the Aerospace Corporation demonstratedthat the establishment of a nonprofit corporation to handle research andmanagement jobs for the Pentagon could result in some of the same abuses thathad been found to exist when big business corporations were given too free ahand with the tax money….

General LeMay, as the Air Force Chief of Staff, was theleading opponent of McNamara’s plans to phase out manned bombers and he had theprestige with Congress to make his views count….A bomber could perform manymissions a guided missile could not….(He) declared that even if the missile wasthe ultimate weapon of the future, it was still far from fully developed. Hedeclared it was just plain foolhardy to base national defense plans on a systemthat had not been fully tested….

The House committee declared that the purpose of theextensive report was to make it clear exactly what it meant authorizing $491million for the RS-70 system.

“The Secretary of the Air Force (Zuckert), as an official ofthe executive branch, is directed, ordered, mandated, and required to utilizethe full amount of the $491 million,” the House members declared…The braveposition of the House Armed Services Committee did not last for long. PresidentKennedy asked Chairman Vinson to come to the White House, and prevailed uponthe aging committee chairman to drop the word “direct” and to substitute“authorize.” In exchange, President Kennedy promised that the DefenseDepartment would “restudy” the whole program of the RS-70….

…Secretary of Defense McNamara, by persistent rejection ofthe RS-70 program, managed to downgrade it and kill it off in the face of themost stubborn opposition from General LeMay…President Johnson extended GeneralLeMay’s term as Air Force Chief of Staff for another year, which prevented theblunt-talking champion of the manned bomber from becoming involved in the 1964political campaign. When LeMay retired as Air Force Chief of Staff in January,1965, he had been unable to change McNamara’s plans to phase out the mannedbombers….The Defense Secretary gave the military men no choice; they acceptedthe FB-111 bomber as better than no follow-on bomber at all.

The FB-111, a bomber version of the controversial TFXfighter, had never been intended to be used as a long-range bomber. It lackedrange, load carrying capacity and general performance characteristics needed inany follow-on replacement for the B-58 bombers…

Chapter 29 – THE CONTROVERSIAL TFX

The multibillion dollar TFB warplane contract was the mostcoveted prize the Pentagon ever dangled before bidders. Government spending, itwas estimated, would exceed $6.5 billion – the largest contract for militaryplanes in the nation’s history. The program was planned to include more than1,700 planes for the Navy and Air Force. Such a contract could mean prosperityfor an entire state, and the competition was intense.

Early in 1962, the rivalry for the TFXcontract narrowed down to two major firms. The Boeing Company with headquartersin Seatle, Washington,proposed to build the plane at its plant in Wichita, Kansas. The General Dynamics Corporation’sConvair Division, in Fort Worth, Texas,cooperating with the Grumman Engineering Company of Bethpage, New York, planned to build the Air Forceversion in Texas and the Navyversion in New York…Politicallythe Texas-New York combination backing General Dynamics and Grummanhad a distinct advantage. Texaselectoral votes (24) and New Yorkelectoral votes (45) went to Kennedy in 1960, while Washington’snine electoral votes and the eight Kansasvotes had gone to Republican candidate, Richard Nixon.

Late in the summer of 1962, persistent rumors of Texaspolitical pressure on the TFX contract cameto Senator Jackson. Calling Deputy Defense Secretary Roswell Gilpatrick, hetold him he had heard General Dynamics was certain to receive the contract.Gilpatrick assured him there was nothing to it and that the decision would bemade “strictly on the merits.”

…On November 24, 1962, the blow fell with the Pentagon’s announcement that the TFXcontract would be awarded to General Dynamics…Scoop Jackson rejected the reportthat cost-conscious McNamara would take the second-best plane and pay more for it.He asked Sen. John L. McClellan, chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee onInvestigations, to examine the TFX contract.

The McClellan subcommittee investigators questionedwitnesses, examined documents and established: 1) The four service evaluation didfavor to Boeing, 2) The Boeing price was $100 million lower on the first phaseof the contract, and it might be $415 million lower on the total job, 3) ThePentagon Source Selection Board, composed of top generals and admirals, wasunanimous in its finding that the Boeing plane would be cheaper and better, 4)The only document at the Pentagon that supported the General Dynamics plane wasa five-page memorandum of justification, dated November 21, 1062. It was signedby McNamara; Eugene Zuckert, Secretary of the Air Force; and Fred Korth,Secretary of the Navy. (Gilpatrick also agreed with the award, but hissignature was not necessary because McNamara had signed.)

This document was loaded with errors, according to theinvestigators from the McClellan subcommittee…It was appalling to learn thatMcNamara’s decision to award the contract to General Dynamics could result inwasting $100 million to $415 million on a second-best plane. Republicansderisively dubbed the plane the “LBJ” sine it appeared to hav been peremptorilyawarded to Texas….

General Curtis E. LeMay, the Air Force Chief of Staff,testified that he was not consulted prior to McNamara’s decision to overrulethe Source Selection Board.

“I thought we had such a clear cut and unamimous opinion allup and down the line that I was completely surprised at the decision,” the AirForce Chief declared.

“Did any group, any authority at any level from you down tothe evaluation group ever recommend the General Dynamics plane?” McClellanasked.

“No, sir,” LeMay answered. In all hisexperience he was unable to recall a single instance where the decision of theservice selection board had been rejected by a civilian secretary….

In the Pentagon, Deputy Secretary of Defens RoswellGilpatrick was given the job of implementing the new, tough code ofethics….Ironically, Deputy Defense Secretary Gilpatrick was the firsthigh-ranking Administration official to come under sharp congressionalcriticism in connetion with the new code of ethics. The TFXwarplane contract investigation reaised questions of the “conflicts ofinterest” problem against Gilpatrick and also against Navy Secretary FredKorth…

From 1958 to January, 1961 Gilpatrick was a lawyer for theGeneral Dynamics Corporation…New money was needed to keep General Dynamicsmoving, and Roswell Gilpatrick had a major role in the merger between GeneralDynamics and Material Services Corporation, a Chicago construction firmcontrolled by Colonel Henry Crown, an influential Democratic political figure.Frank Pace and other high officials were Gilpatrick’s personal friends, and theNew York lawyer had an office inthe General Dynamic’s headquarters….

The difficulty of Gilpatrick’s personal role in the TFXaffair certainly made it unlikely that he would be enforcing the new code ofethics on such others as Navy Secretary Fred Korth, who had a similar problem.

Korth, a Fort Worth attorney and bank president , becameNavy Secretary in January, 1962. He succeeded John Connally, another Fort Worth lawyer who resigned to seek the Democraticgubernatorial nomination in Texas.Fred Korth was an enthusiastic booster of his home town and of the GeneralDynamics firm, which had the huge Convair plant in Fort Worth….and the General Dynamics Corporation was one ofthe best customers of Kroth’s Continental National Bank of Fort Worth.

Only three months before Koth became Navy secretary, he hadgiven his personal approval to a $400,000 loan from the Continental NationalBank to the General Dynamics Corportation….When it came time for Korth to makea decision on the TFX contract, the NavySecretary overruled the recommendations of the top admirals and suggested theDefense Secretary aware the contact to General Dynamics….

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Guest Tom Scully

I think it is a mistake to approach the Time-Life "purchase" of the Zapruder film and the TFX scandal as unrelated events. TFX was at the time the most expensive single government contract in the history of the world. Frank Pace and Maurice T. Moore were two of the most trusted Henry Luce associates. It was and is a fact it is impossible to determine the reach and the influence of LCN in our American society, so maybe it was just easier to ignore LCN taint on the FBI, DOJ, Supreme Court, WC, the U.S. presidency, the business community, and of defense contractors.

DID McNAMARA WEEP AT QUIZ?

Chicago Tribune - Mar 23, 1963

"My 12-year-old-son came home from school and asked me, 'When are you going to say to the people you are not a crook?'" McNamara's defense of the contract .

Maybe "Bob" should have been asked by senators during the McClellan inquiry how Patrick Hoy and Henry Crown of General Dynamics could have possibly been cleared for top security clearances by FBI or DOD investigators?

Did Roz Gilpatric knowingly saddle General Dynamics with the assetless shell of a company Atty. Harry Booth, in 1963 exposed LCN financier, Henry Crown's Material Service Corp. to actually be, in exchange for 20 percent of General Dynamics' stock?

Chicago Tribune - Nov 19, 1963

Gilpatric insists that his service with Dynamics dealt almost exclusively with its merger with the Material Service corporation of Chicago....

http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=15323&view=findpost&p=180439

...Crown was to grow up to become the greatest exponent of sand and gravel in the world— virtually

transforming sanitary district sand piles and quarries into gold mines.

"Henry Crown," said Booth, "views the Sanitary District as a small subsidiary of

Material Service Corporation." From the mid 1920s to the early 1940s, Crown purchased nearly 1000

acres of district land through nominees — Benjamin Z. Gould, general counsel of MSC,

and one Clarence R. Serb — without competitive bidding, paying an average of $64 an acre.

These vast holdings, plus another 420 acres held under long-term leases negotiated mostly in the 1950s, literally formed the foundation of MSC. These properties had mountains of earth and rock deposits on their surface (spoil banks rich in limestone used for crushed rock and cement) which were the residue from channel widening and deepening at the turn of the century. They saved MSC the expense of quarrying for years. In his complaint, Booth pointed out that "none of the leases approved by the Trustees authorized Material Service Corporation to engage in excavation of sand, gravel, or other materials from below the surface of the ground. On information and belief Material Service Corporation has engaged in extensive excavating operations and removed enormous quantities of sand, gravel, limestone and other materials from below the surface of the ground which it has sold. . .[obtaining] large revenues . . . and has unjustly and unlawfully enriched itself thereby.

. . . All such acts and operations . . .

are illegal and beyond the power granted . . . under the laws of the State of Illinois. ...

From time to time Material Service Corporation has also been granted sub-leases

and short-term leases also at inadequate rentals as well as buy the right to take other spoil banks at nominal prices. ....

Is it purely coincidence that Pat Hoy's mentor, Ernie Byfield, Jr. was married for nearly thirty years to a woman who shortly after Byfield's death, married the suddenly talkative, 88 year old Robert S. McNamara?

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117920851/

This review was corrected on May 26, 2003.

...Widely admired for his creatively askew approach to unusual material, which sometimes but not always has socio-political currency, Morris was originally promised only an hour of interview time by McNamara and intended to do just a short television piece on the 85-year-old statesman/businessman, who has been interviewed countless times. But McNamara, often considered the architect of the Vietnam War, ended up giving Morris 20 hours, which gave the filmmaker enough not only to cover Vietnam but the entirety of McNamara's life, which began during World War I....

Former US defense chief, 88, gets married - World news -...

msnbc.com - Sep 16, 2004

ASSISI, Italy — Former US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara married Italian-born widow Diana Masieri Byfield in a private ceremony Thursday in St. Francis ...

McNamara career haunted by US role in Vietnam | Reuters

Reuters UK - Jul 6, 2009

"His age just caught up with him," his wife Diana told Reuters. ... at age 88, he married his Italian-born sweetheart, Diana Masieri Byfield in Assisi, Italy.

Only one, oh really?

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Frank Pace Jr. Joins Time Inc. Directors

Hartford Courant - Apr 25, 1960

Frank Pace Jr., chairman ot the board and chief executive officer ot General Dynamics ... A joint announcement from Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief Henry R. Luce and. ...

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Luce Aides: 'No Drastic Changes'; 3 He Picked to Run Empire...

New York Times - Mar 6, 1967

Luce last Monday, the day before he died in Phoenix, Ariz. ... Paul G. Hoffman, Samuel Meek, Maurice T. Moore and Frank Pace Jr. ' Mr. Luce, who was also on .

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Evidence Implies Order Expected by Dynamics

Hartford Courant - Nov 21, 1963

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate probers produced evidence Wednesday that a top executive of the General Dynamics Corp., claimed "reasonably strong indications" far in advance that the firm would win the huge, disputed TFX warplane... tract. Frank Pace, who has since resigned, was named as the . Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell L. Gilpatric, testifying before the Senate Investigations subcommittee, swor he had no idea where Pace could have received such information.

Former Legal Adviser

Gilpatric is a former legal adviser to General Dynamics whose role in the TFX contract negotiations is under senatorial fire. He described Pacej as his close friend. Earlier in the day. Chairman John L. McClellan. D-Ark., told Gilpatric that he should have disqualified himself from having anything to do with the contract award, to avoid any possible allegations of conflict of in-i terest. I The subcommittee is investi-. gation whether favoritism' steered the contract to General Dynamics last December. Gilpatric and others in the Defense Department's civilian command overruled military I evaluations that a rival design and bid by the Boeing Co. of Seattle promised a better, cheaper version. Costly Project

The Pentagon estimates the TFX project will cost between $5 billion and $7.5 billion. This would make it the largest in Pentagon history .

I The subcommittee produced a! document dated "July 1961" in! which Pace, top official of Gen-; eral Dynamics' Fort Worth, \ Tex., division, told its top management: "There are reasonably strong

indications that Fort Worth's proposed -: ration offers the only approach] that can satisfy both Air Force and Navy requirements" for (or the TFX. ! McClellan said this was "a, month and seven days" before the Pentagon had even complet-1 ed a statement of design re-! " Where," he demanded, "was the source of these reasonably strong indications?

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GILPATRIC'S ROLE IN TFX QUESTIONED; McClellan Raises an...

- New York Times - Nov 19, 1963

...The session brought out that ,Mr. Gilpatric was influential in j Continued on Page 17, Column 3 GILPATRIC S ROLE ON TFX QUERIED Continued From Page 1, Col. 2 bringing the General Dynamics account to his law firm, that Maurice Moore, senior partner of the firm, was named to the General Dynamics board of directors one month after the TFX contract was awarded to the company. -Gilpatric's former law firm was named counsel for General Dynamics at the same time. -Gilpatric acknowledged that he spent about onefourth of his time as a lawyer during 2i4 years in the late 1950's handling General Dynamics matters, and GD paid his firm $111000 in legal fees during this same period....."

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The corporate director: a critical evaluation: Volume 222

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allegation of collusive action by pointing out that one of Gilpat- rick's former law partners, Maurice T. Moore, became a director of General Dynamics a month after the Defense Department gave the TFX contract to the corporation...

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New Director Named By General Dynamics

$3.95 - New York Times - Jan 7, 1963

Maurice T. Moore, special counsel to the executive committee of the General Dynamics Corporation's board of directors, has been elected a director of tha ...

TFX Inquiry Gets Hotter

Pay-Per-View - Wall Street Journal - Mar 21, 1963

In the case of General Dynamics. for example, the Cravath tom advises on certain ... Maurice T. Moore of the taw firm said Mr. Gilpatnc hadn't any financial ...

...

McClellan, Gilpatric Clash in TFX...‎ - Chicago Tribune

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TFX Inquiry Seems Ended as McClellan Delays Hearings...

- New York Times - Dec 15, 1963

It now appears likely that Senator McClellan may end the investigation with one or ... Dynamics plans to do most o! the TFX production work) at its Convair .

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Lions in the street: the inside story of the great Wall Street law firms‎ - Page 14

Paul Hoffman - Law - 1973 - 244 pages

Gilpatric himself had an office in General Dynamics' headquarters in Rockefeller Center and had advised the company on its acquisition of Material Services ...

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The Kennedy assassination cover-up revisited

Donald Gibson - 2005 - 294 pages -

McCloy was a friend of Time, Inc.'s President, James A. Linen, and of Time director Paul Hoffman.21 Another of the members of Time's board of directors and another of McCloy's friends was Maurice T. Moore.

Moore was married to Henry Luce's sister and he was a member for decades of the law firm with which McCloy had spent fifteen years, the prestigious Cravath, Swaine & Moore (earlier known as Cravath, Henderson, Leffingwell and de Gersdorff).22 Another member of that firm and a friend and mentor to McCloy was Russell C. Leffingwell,23 who succeeded Thomas Lamont,...

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MAURICE T. MOORRE DIES AT 90; EX-CRAVATH, SWAINE PARTNER

By JOAN COOK (The New York Times); Obituary

June 24, 1986, Tuesday

Maurice T. Moore, a former presiding partner in the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, died Sunday at his apartment in Manhattan. He was 90 years old and also lived in Weston, Conn.

Mr. Moore was associated with the firm from 1920 to 1967 and became presiding partner in 1963.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore became counsel for Time Inc. after the corporation moved its headquarters back to New York from Cleveland in 1927. The magazine was founded by Mr. Moore's brother-in-law, Henry Luce, in 1923.

So, how did we get from this situation:

ON ECONOMICS: -- How Kennedy Assassination Affected Some Stock ...

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Nov 18, 1996 – A postscript for assassination buffs: No individual stood to lose more from the TFX scandal than Chicago investor Henry Crown, who owned 20

To this one? :

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Wedding Bells for Robert McNamara

By Roxanne Roberts

Washington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 8, 2004; Page C01

...."Romantic" is not the first word that comes to mind when referring to Robert McNamara, but the 88-year-old former defense secretary is a dove when it comes to love. McNamara will wed his Italian-born sweetheart, Diana Masieri Byfield, next week in a ceremony in Italy.

This is the second marriage for both. ....

.....Byfield was born in Aviano, Italy, and still has a thick accent, although she came to the United States more than 40 years ago. As a teenager she showed horses and drove rally cars. She was married for more than three decades to Ernest Byfield, a former OSS officer and public relations executive. Byfield has lived for many years on a farm in Middleburg, and is an avid tennis player.

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......So what we've got here is Ernie Byfield Sr. and Jr., hosts of Irv Kupcinet in the Pump Room from 1943 to 1960. All three were close to Patrick Hoy, hired away from Byfield in 1960 by Henry Crown as liason between Crown Hilton General Dynamics Arvey, and the Chicago Syndicate's Sidney Korshak and Gus Alex Sam Giancana and Tony Accardo. Kupcinet's co-columnist is life long Jack Ruby friend, Jimmy Colitz.

Ernie Byfield, Jr. joins the army and the OSS, and is the best man in the 1943 wedding of William HG Fitzgerald, later the senior SMOM in the United States. An usher in that wedding, Oliver W. Hammonds, a WWII army intelligence officer, becomes Jack Crichton's co-director in ARABIAN SHIELD DEVELOPMENT CO. Hammonds' brother-in-law is Chase Manhattan bank director and SMOM Robert W. Flowerree with close ties to Loyola U. in New Orleans......

.......

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Kup's Chicago

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"I know nothing about mixing concrete." "Maybe not," said Crown. "But without being a cook you've •done an excellent job of running the Pump Room." Yielding to Crown's persuasion, Hoy began a new career at the age of forty- six, ..

The Progressive: Volume 35

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Many of them took the stand in behalf of Mr. Hoy's good character, including Lester Crown, president of Material ... Irv Kupcinet, columnist and television talk show moderator, and top executives of Chicago and Los Angeles banks. ..

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Who's who in United States politics and American political almanac

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HOY, Patrick Henry, corp. exec; b. Mpls., Mar. 3, 1914; s. Patrick H. and Mary (Walsh) H.; student U. Minn., 1933-35; m. Betty Bergman, July 1, 1944; children — Patrick Kevin, Christopher Peter, Timothy Hoy. Sales mgr. Commander Larabee Milling Co., Mpls., 1930-40; vp, gen. mgr. Amber Mills, 1940-43; exec. asst. to près. Hotel Sherman, 1946-49, became exec, vp, gen. mgr., 1949, also dir.; exec. asst. to près. Hotels Ambassador, Chicago, 1946-49; became vp Ambassador East, Inc. 1949; près. Hotel Sherman, Inc., and Ambassador East, Inc., Chgo., 1955-60; près. Materials Service Dlv. Gen. Dynamics Corp., Chgo., i960 — , sr. vp parent со., I960 — ; dir. 111. Capital Investment Corp., Ins. City Ufe Co.. United Equity Corp.. Marina City Bank Chgo., Am. City Bank of Los ...

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Late February, 1963:

Sid Korshak is instructed to contact Pat Hoy, General Dynamics V.P. to contact the Hilton and instruct employees there not to cooperate with the investigation.:

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I'm certainly no apologist for the CIA, but I think you'll agree it was not certain lawyers and judges finest moments, and you have to wonder why these men of the law made details like the following, their legacies?

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....It was also developed during the 1961 investigation that Joseph Robert Willens (Howard Willen's father) had, since 1958, resided next door to Tony Accardo, prominent Chicago hoodlum.

....Joseph Robert Willens admitted that Tony Accardo's residence is immediately south of his home in River Forest, Illinois,....and he hopes that the proximity of his residence with that of Accardo eould not cause anyone to believe that he approves of Accardo or any of his associates.

Albert E. Jenner : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Jenner#Controversy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Crown and aarc-fbi504-02_0032_0013

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Record Number: 124-10204-10064

on 04/10/65 Gus Alex and his paramour, Suzanne Fueger, discussed a forthcoming vacation and the fact that the reservations had been made with "VIP Service" by PAT HOY for 4/30/65 or 5/1/65. The location of this vacation was not known. It is noted that HOY is head of Material Service Corporation, the largest supplier..... and a division of General Dynamics. Hoy is extremely socially and politically prominent in the Chicago area..

Tom Clark: aarc-fbi590-10_0006_0011 :..."It would appear Tom Clark provided favorable treatment to the hoodlum element....."

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Roemer, William F. (1995). Accardo: the genuine godfather - Page 104. D.I. Fine NY.

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JAMES DOHERTY (April 11, 1947). "PAROLE PROBERS TO ASK QUIZ OF TEXAS LAWYER". The Chicago Tribune.

Earl Warren: Virginia Warren Daly dies at 80; popular socialite in New York and ...

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Mar 6, 2009 – Rarely quoted in the news media, Mrs. Daly enjoyed traveling the world with hotel magnate Conrad "Connie" Hilton, her daughter said.

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...Earl Warren and his family were close friends of Henry Crown's investment partner, Conrad Hilton, and Warren's daughter, Virginia was formerly involved in a close relationship with Conrad Hilton.[55][56][57][58] The year following the publication of the Warren Report, Earl Warren selected[59] as his Supreme Court law clerk, the son of Paul Ziffren,[60]former California state Democratic party chairman, forced to resign after allegations of Ziffren's organized crime connections were leveled by Earl Warren's friend,[61] Senator William F. Knowland.[62][63][64][65]

"One of the things that was embarrassing and got national coverage was the Reader's Digest article of July, 1960. It was written by Lester Velie and is called, "Paul Ziffren, The Democrats' Man of Mystery." (The author sets forth a very detailed account of "Ziffren 's connections with the underworld and gambling figures of the period,") "[66]

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2/26/62 FBN at LA, Calif, made available information to the effect that at the current time, Paul Ziffren was paying the rent on the apartment occupied by Linda Collings, the girl friend of Sam Giancana, of Chicago.

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...LA-T7 advised that as a result of his particular study, he came to the conclusion that three separate and well defined groups had been systematically investing millions of dollars into California real estate and that in each of the three groups concerned, there were men participating who were directly linked to organized crime, principally the remnants of the AL CAPONE organization. LA-T7 indicated that Ziffren appeared to be involved in each of the investment groups and appeared to be the directing force of each of these operations.

The lawyers and judges, from the ones who worked for Gen. Dyn., Cravath, Time-Life, Henry Crown, to the ones, in a number of cases, the same ones, who served on/worked for the Defense Department, the Warren Commission, and who directed the purchase and the concealment of the Zapruder film, showed not the slightest concern for professional ethics or of avoiding the appearance of impropriety. They obstructed justice to the point that your theory is not even as good as mine. I can present a well supported circumstantial case. It doesn't even matter much if I believe in it, it is damning.

Edited by Tom Scully

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Thanks Tom, This alone is worth the price of admission.

I'd like to read this story if anybody can access it.

- BK

JFKcountercoup

Tom: Ithink it is a mistake to approach the Time-Life "purchase" of theZapruder film and the TFX scandal as unrelated events. TFX was at the time the most expensive singlegovernment contract in the history of the world. Frank Pace and Maurice T.Moore were two of the most trusted Henry Luce associates.

Frank Pace Jr. Joins Time Inc. Directors

The HartfordCourant (1923-1984) - Hartford, Conn.

Date: Apr 25, 1960

Start Page:2

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Text Word Count: 145

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Bill, here is the April 22, 1960 WSJ reporting of Pace's appointment to Time's board, among other changes:

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The changes at Time, Inc. announced in April, 1960 were the final, major management changes during the rest of Luce's lifetime:

NY Times 06 March, 1967 :

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One thing fairly certain is that Luce & Co. drank their own Kool Ade; they were true to their own ideology.

http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf&AD=AD0861302

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Retired Military Officers Employed

by Defense Contractors

..........Defense ......No. of Retired.......No. of Retired

Company ...Position ....Military Officers....Flag Officers

Boeing .....1 ............61 ...................5

General ....2 ...........186 ...................27

Dynamics

Lockheed ...4 ...........171 ...................27

Martin Co. 9 63 9

RCA 15 35 15

General Tire 26 66 11

ITT 30 44 14

[Ref 153:7465]

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The Man Who Built the Missiles

By Walter J. Boyne

Gen. Bernard Schriever not only produced an ICBM force in record time but also led the way to American dominance in space.

Gen. Bernard A. "Bennie" Schriever, unquestionably one of the most important officers in Air Force history, ranks alongside the legendary Hap Arnold and Curtis LeMay in terms of long-term effect upon the service and the nation. Foremost among his many achievements was the development and acquisition in the 1950s and early 1960s of a reliable and operational ICBM force. It was a towering accomplishment-one that helped propel the United States to military dominance in space, as well.

No one doubts Schriever's pivotal role in these two stupendous achievements. In April 1957, his image appeared on the cover of Time magazine, which called him "America's Missileman." His official USAF biography flatly proclaims that Schriever is "the architect of the Air Force's ballistic missile and military space program."...

http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19570401,00.html

Maj. Gen. Bernard Schriever | Apr. 1, 1957

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http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,868210,00.html

CORPORATIONS: Builder of the Atlas

Monday, Jan. 20, 1958(See Cover)

Up from the sands of Florida's Cape Canaveral last week shot the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile with fiery blast and awesome roar. It climbed majestically into a layer of low-hanging clouds, disappeared to the southeast, and a few minutes later plummeted into the ocean 600 miles away—as planned.

Hardly was the Atlas' bright orange tail lost from view when officials rushed to telephones in a concrete blockhouse 750 ft. from the launching pad. Out went the news to the White House, where President Eisenhower replied "good" to word of Atlas' second...

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General Dynamics Names Frank Pace As Chief Executive

New York Times - May 2, 1957

Mr, Hopkins is ill at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Mr, Pace joined General Dynamics in 1953 and was elected vice chairman two years ago ...

22 Passengers Dead After Airplane Crash At Nantucket Airport

Free Lance-Star - Aug 16, 1958

Gordon Dean, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commis sion, ... was named senior vice president' in charge of nuclear energy for General Dynamics Corp(. ...

White House Joins Nation In Tribute To Gordon Dean

The Sun - Aug 17, 1958

Gordon Dean will be long remembered." At the time of his death. Dean was senior vice president in charge of nuclear energy at General Dynamics Corporation ...

Big Team Starts Study Of Crash At Nantucket .

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chief investigator says it will take at least two weeks to discover what caused Fri day night's crash of a Northeast . ... Five teams of CAB investigators are at work today. Counting others from the Civil Aeronautics Authority, the airline, the plane ... of Gordon Dean, former Atomic Energy Com mission chairman, left Nantucket ...

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Page 20

....airport reported the situation to Northeast station manager Tom

Giffin, who radioed the information—but the crew of Flight 258

never acknowledged the transmission.

As taxi driver James Allen told the New Bedford Standard-Times

that night: “[The plane] circled the field. I looked up and it was so

clear that I could see the stars. The plane started coming in. Then all

of a sudden, the weather socked in.”

When word of the crash spread, Nantucketers and vacationers

alike rushed to the scene....

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PERSONNEL: Changes of the Week, Dec. 26, 1960

Monday, Dec. 26, 1960

¶ Thomas G. Lanphier Jr., 45, onetime vice president of General Dynamics' Convair Division, was named president of Fairbanks, Morse & Co., a subsidiary of the Fairbanks Whitney Corp. A World War II fighter pilot (his bag: 15 Japanese aircraft, including one bearing Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto), Lanphier joined Convair in 1954, became key man in long-range planning for Convair's Atlas missile program. But his blunt criticism of the Administration's defense effort and sharp attacks on rival missilemakers provoked General Dynamics Chairman Frank Pace to ease him out. On his own, Lanphier stumped...

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One thing fairly certain is that Luce & Co. drank their own Kool Ade; they were true to their own ideology.

http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf&AD=AD0861302

Page 128:

Retired Military Officers Employed

by Defense Contractors

..........Defense ......No. of Retired.......No. of Retired

Company ...Position ....Military Officers....Flag Officers

Boeing .....1 ............61 ...................5

General ....2 ...........186 ...................27

Dynamics

Lockheed ...4 ...........171 ...................27

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http://www.wingsoverkansas.com/boyne/article.asp?id=1064

The Man Who Built the Missiles

By Walter J. Boyne

Gen. Bernard Schriever not only produced an ICBM force in record time but also led the way to American dominance in space.

Gen. Bernard A. "Bennie" Schriever, unquestionably one of the most important officers in Air Force history, ranks alongside the legendary Hap Arnold and Curtis LeMay in terms of long-term effect upon the service and the nation. Foremost among his many achievements was the development and acquisition in the 1950s and early 1960s of a reliable and operational ICBM force. It was a towering accomplishment-one that helped propel the United States to military dominance in space, as well.

No one doubts Schriever's pivotal role in these two stupendous achievements. In April 1957, his image appeared on the cover of Time magazine, which called him "America's Missileman." His official USAF biography flatly proclaims that Schriever is "the architect of the Air Force's ballistic missile and military space program."...

http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19570401,00.html

Maj. Gen. Bernard Schriever | Apr. 1, 1957

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http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,868210,00.html

CORPORATIONS: Builder of the Atlas

Monday, Jan. 20, 1958(See Cover)

Up from the sands of Florida's Cape Canaveral last week shot the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile with fiery blast and awesome roar. It climbed majestically into a layer of low-hanging clouds, disappeared to the southeast, and a few minutes later plummeted into the ocean 600 miles away—as planned.

Hardly was the Atlas' bright orange tail lost from view when officials rushed to telephones in a concrete blockhouse 750 ft. from the launching pad. Out went the news to the White House, where President Eisenhower replied "good" to word of Atlas' second...

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General Dynamics Names Frank Pace As Chief Executive

New York Times - May 2, 1957

Mr, Hopkins is ill at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Mr, Pace joined General Dynamics in 1953 and was elected vice chairman two years ago ...

22 Passengers Dead After Airplane Crash At Nantucket Airport

Free Lance-Star - Aug 16, 1958

Gordon Dean, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commis sion, ... was named senior vice president' in charge of nuclear energy for General Dynamics Corp(. ...

White House Joins Nation In Tribute To Gordon Dean

The Sun - Aug 17, 1958

Gordon Dean will be long remembered." At the time of his death. Dean was senior vice president in charge of nuclear energy at General Dynamics Corporation ...

Big Team Starts Study Of Crash At Nantucket .

news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat...id...sjid...

chief investigator says it will take at least two weeks to discover what caused Fri day night's crash of a Northeast . ... Five teams of CAB investigators are at work today. Counting others from the Civil Aeronautics Authority, the airline, the plane ... of Gordon Dean, former Atomic Energy Com mission chairman, left Nantucket ...

http://www.nha.org/pdfs/hn/HistoricNanFall08.pdf

Page 20

....airport reported the situation to Northeast station manager Tom

Giffin, who radioed the information—but the crew of Flight 258

never acknowledged the transmission.

As taxi driver James Allen told the New Bedford Standard-Times

that night: “[The plane] circled the field. I looked up and it was so

clear that I could see the stars. The plane started coming in. Then all

of a sudden, the weather socked in.”

When word of the crash spread, Nantucketers and vacationers

alike rushed to the scene....

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,895192,00.html

PERSONNEL: Changes of the Week, Dec. 26, 1960

Monday, Dec. 26, 1960

¶ Thomas G. Lanphier Jr., 45, onetime vice president of General Dynamics' Convair Division, was named president of Fairbanks, Morse & Co., a subsidiary of the Fairbanks Whitney Corp. A World War II fighter pilot (his bag: 15 Japanese aircraft, including one bearing Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto), Lanphier joined Convair in 1954, became key man in long-range planning for Convair's Atlas missile program. But his blunt criticism of the Administration's defense effort and sharp attacks on rival missilemakers provoked General Dynamics Chairman Frank Pace to ease him out. On his own, Lanphier stumped...

In lieu of the complete NY Times obit for Moore, here are a few which present some of the basic facts....

MAURICE T. MOORRE DIES AT 90; EX-CRAVATH, SWAINE PARTNER

By JOAN COOK (The New York Times); Obituary

June 24, 1986, Tuesday

Late City Final Edition, Section A, Page 25, Column 1,325 words

Maurice T. Moore, a former presiding partner in the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, died Sunday at his apartment in Manhattan. He was 90 years old and also lived in Weston, Conn. Mr. Moore was associated with the firm from 1920 to 1967 and became presiding partner in 1963.

end

Boston Globe, The (MA) - June 25, 1986

Deceased Name: MAURICE MOORE , 90 WAS CHAIRMAN OF TIME INC.

NEW YORK -- Maurice T. Moore, former chairman of Time Inc., has died at the age of 90.

Mr. Moore died Sunday in his Manhattan apartment. He also had a home in Weston, Conn.

Mr. Moore worked with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1920 to 1967 and became presiding partner in 1963.

In 1927, the firm became counsel for Time Inc. Mr. Moore, whose brother- in-law, Henry Luce, founded the magazine in 1923, was elected to Time's board of directors in 1939 and remained on it until 1970. He was chairman from 1942 to 1960.

Born in Deport, Texas, Mr. Moore graduated from Trinity University in Texas. He received a master's degree from Columbia University and was a graduate of the Columbia Law School.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Luce, and two sons.

END

San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - June 25, 1986

Deceased Name: Maurice T. Moore

New York

Maurice T. Moore, former chairman of Time Inc. and former presiding partner in the law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore, died Sunday at the age of 90.

Born in Deport, Texas, Moore graduated from Trinity University in Texas and received a law degree from Columbia Law School.

He worked for Cravath, Swaine and Moore from 1920 to 1967. In 1927, the firm became counsel for Time. Moore was elected to Time's board of directors in 1939 and was chairman from 1942 to 1960.

Moore was director of General Dynamics Corp. from 1962 to 1972 and a director of Chemical Bank, the Pennsylvania Glass Sand Corp. and the Studebaker-Packard Corp.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Luce, and two sons.

Associated Press

Good thread.....

A word about Thomas G. Lanphier, Jr.;

I noticed he was credited with the shooting down of Adm. Isoroku Yamomoto's "Betty"

Bomber, which was en route to visiting the Japanese Army around the front lines, think it was near Rabaul, a few months after the Japanese evacuated their troops from Guadalcanal. The American codebreakers [ie PURPLE/MAGIC] were responsible for relaying

the Yamamoto visit to the Allied Commander, I believe it was Admiral "Bull" Halsey, who decided to give the attack on Yamamoto's plane a shot; Lanphier and his fellow flyers were in P-38's specially equipped with extra gas tanks as the flight was something over 600 miles away from the base.....

The point is, to have been selected to be a pilot on such a mission was not something

any ordinary Joe would have been given.....I believe a unifying area of all the cold warriors who intensely disliked JFK was hardened WW II vet's, that had trouble understanding the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction [MAD].

During the Berlin standoff circa 1961, and during the Missile Crisis, the cold warriors, William Harvey on the latter, and a General during the former pushed

too hard, JFK was apparently, regarded by these persons as a lightweight, but they actually were the ones that did not grasp the geopolitical implications of a

military over-reaction to such things whether it was the Sov's or the Cuban's.

Edited by Robert Howard

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/THE-JFK-CASE--OSWALD-AND-by-Bill-Simpich-110814-415.html

The White Russian--A Powerful Cocktail

This is only one part of the series. See other parts at www.Opednews.com.

THE JFK CASE: The Twelve Who Built The Oswald Legend

(Part 6: White Russians Keep An Eye On Oswald In Dallas)

Author, Bill Simpich

By Bill Simpich

(a civil rights attorney and an antiwar activist in the San Francisco Bay Area)

OpEdNews: www.opednews.com

After Oswald returned home from the USSR, George de Mohrenschildt became Legend Maker #9. ....

....

De Mohrenschildt had an extremely deep background with the intelligence community, going back for more than twenty years. His handler appears to have been Thomas Schreyer, identified as "the acting chief" of the Cord Meyer's International Organizations Division [iOD] back in 1956. This means that Schreyer worked very closely with Cord Meyer. [iOD merged in October 1962 with covert action staff.] In April 1963, the Domestic Operations Division asked for traces on de Mohrenschildt, with Schreyer's name provided as the source for any follow-up.

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....De Mohrenschildt's attorney Max Clark had an intelligence background, doubling as an industrial security supervisor at General Dynamics.

When the White Russian community heard about Oswald, they sought out Max Clark's opinion as how they should respond to Oswald. De Mohrenschildt considered Clark to be his lawyer. De Mohrenschildt testified that he thought Clark was connected with the FBI in some way. Clark referred to his interviewing agent Earle Haley as "Earl," and told the Warren Commission that he was familiar with Haley and the FBI from working with them when he worked security at General Dynamics.

"Everyone was discussing that as to whether or not they should (associate with Oswald) especially when he first came back and all of them asked me and I said, "In my mind he is a defector and you know what he is..."

Clark was an industrial security supervisor at the Convair wing of General Dynamics and well-versed in the ways of intelligence. In 1951, Convair had landed the Air Force contract for the first funded ICBM study contract. Max's wife, G ali Clark, was an excellent Russian speaker sought out by Oswald to help his family get situated after their return from the USSR. Her name was in Oswald's address book. ...

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Clark Mollenhoff on LeMay & Zuckert & the TFK Scandal

JFKCountercoup2: LeMay & Zuckert

From The Pentagon –Politics, Profits and Plunder by Clark R. Mollenhoff. (Pinnacle Books, NY,1967) n January, President Eisenhower had submitted a proposed Defense Department budge for fiscal 1962 of $41.8 billion. Within two months, President Kennedy and McNamara had added nearly $2 billion to the request to provide more money for Polaris-armed submarines, increase research in nonnuclear weapons for limited wars and boost personnel in the Army. General Maxwell Taylor became the special military representative of the President, and took part in planning the defense budge, which soon jumped to $46.7 billion –nearly $5 billion over President Eisenhower's initial request for fiscal 1962.

While much of the activity was aimed at budge boosting, some budget slicing was taking place. McNamara ended the nuclear plane program, and moved into a highly sensitive area by recommending that the development funds for the B-70 be cut from $358 million to $220 million.

The controversy this created with General Curtis E. LeMay, the Air Force Chief of Staff, was only a forerunner of the long and bitter dispute that was to surround the manned bomber. In that first year ofMcNamara's reign as Defense chief, the House took the suggestion of general LeMay and boosted the B-70 funds from $220 million to $525 million. And when the whole defense appropriations was passed by Congress, it included $400 million for the B-70 program, and $515 more for the B-58 and B-52 programs.

McNamara retaliated by declaring he would defy the wishes of Congress and not spend the additional funds; it was his first real clash with the Air Force enthusiasts in Congress and with General LeMay.

If Robert S. McNamara was lacking in political knowledge,the same could not have been said about the man President Kennedy named as Deputy Defense Secretary. The man was Roswell Leavitt Gilpatrick, a suave New York lawyer with an Ivy League background and yearsof experience in dealing with the military-industrial complex. Like McNamara, was graduated Phi Beta Kappa, but unlike McNamara, he was schooled in the operations and politics of government.

Following graduation from Yale College in 1928 and Yale Law Schoolin 1931, Gilpatrick became a partner in the eminent New York law firm of Cravath, de Gersdorff, Swaine &Wood. He left the first briefly to serve, from 1951 to 1953, as Under Secretaryof the Air Force. He returned to law practice in 1953, represented many bigdefense contractors, became active in Democratic politics, and served aschairman of the board of trustees of the Aerospace Corporation established bythe Air Force during the Eisenhower Administration to conduct studies inconnection with the major missile programs.

Gilpatrick's Washingtonconnections served him well. In 1958, one of his former Washingtonassociates, Frank Pace, asked him to handle some rather extensive legal workfor the General Dynamics Corporation, which Pace then headed. Pace had servedas Secretary of the Army in the Truman Administration, and had moved out ofhigh government office into a lucrative job with this large defense contractor.His experience as a lawyer for general Dynamics from 1958 to 1961 was only onesegment of the background that made Gilpatrick an important senior partner inthe law firm that by 1961 had become Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

When Gilpatrick became the number two man in the DefenseDepartment in January, 1961, he was regarded as the perfect type to team withMcNamara. Smooth and knowledgeable in the ways of the big defense contractors,he knew the men in Congress who counted where Defense Department problems wereconcerned. The "Bob and Roz" team appeared to be one of the most effectivecombinations created by the Kennedy administration. If McNamara dealtabrasively with the ordinary Senator or Congressman, Roz Gilpatrick with hispersuasive manner could smooth things over. He and his attractive wife gavewonderful parties to cultivate members of the Armed Services and Appropriationscommittees of the Senate and House. He also made an effort to keep a closerelationship with his old friend Senator Stuart Symington, the Missourian whohad been the first Air Force Secretary and who held an important post as amember of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Other members of the top-level Pentagon team appointed byPresident Kennedy were Elvis J. Stahr, Jr., Secretary of the Army; John B.Connally, Jr., Secretary of the Navy; Eugene M. Zuckert, Secretary of the AirForce; General Lyman Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; GeneralCurtis LeMay, Air Force Chief of Staff; and Admiral George Anderson, Chief ofNaval Operations. Probably the most significant appointment was that of GeneralMaxwell D. Taylor as a special military representative of the President at theWhite House – a prelude to moving him to the Pentagon as Chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff. Taylor, strong dissenter from the massive-retaliation theoriesof the Eisenhower Administration, was to be a major figure in new shifts indefense posture.

Stahr, a Rhodes Scholar and lawyer with a distinguishedrecord in the infantry during World War II, seemed most in line with theKennedy pattern….

The name of John Connally was associated closely with that of Vice PresidentLyndon B. Johnson, and there was no doubt the Fort Worthlawyer owed his appointment as Navy Secretary to his Texaspolitical connection with Johnson. The handsome Texan had been linked with theJohnson political fortunes from the earliest days, and had even riskedinfuriating the Kennedys at the 1960 Democratic National convention byenthusiastically pushing Johnson's nomination. He further roused their ire byquestioning the physical condition of the then-candidate John Kennedy.Representing the big oil interests of Texasmillionaire Sid Richardson had mad Connally a wealthy man, but he possessed theflexibility to adapt to the pattern of the Ivy League or the Boston Irish.

From the start the McNamara Pentagon was stacked withJohnson men. Cyrus R. Vance, a long-time Johnson protégé, served as generalcounsel for the Department, later became Secretary of the Army and finally wasnamed Deputy Defense Secretary. Solis Horwitz, another Johnson man, wasdirector of organizational and management planning in the Defense Departmentgeneral counsel's office and was later elevated to the job of AssistantSecretary of Defense for Administration. The Assistant Secretary of Navy wasKenneth E. BeLieu, who had been staff director of Johnson's Senate PreparednessSubcommittee a few years earlier.

When Connally resigned as Navy Secretary to run hissuccessful campaign for Governor of Texas, another Johnson man moved into theNavy Secretary post – Fred Korth, a Fort Worth bank president who had beendeputy counselor and Assistant Secretary of the Army during the last two yearsof the Truman Administration.

Air Force Secretary Zuckert, a graduate of the Yale Law School,had been an assistant professor and assistant dean of the Harvard GraduateSchool of Business administration when McNamara served on the faculty. Zuckerthad used his talents in law and business administration on a number ofgovernment jobs, including a term as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force from1947 to 1952, and as a Truman appointee to the Atomic Energy Commission in aterm that ran from 1952 to 1054.

General Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,was a holdover, as was General Decker, the Army Chief of Staff. The new man onthe Joint Chiefs of Staff were General LeMay, who had succeeded General ThomasD. White as Air Force Chief of Staff, and Admiral Anderson, who succeededAdmiral Arleigh Burke as Chief of Naval Operations. General LeMay and AdmiralAnderson were expected to be McNamara team men, who would be placated by biggerDefense Department budgets planned by the Kennedy Administration.

Chapter 28 - TheManned Bomber Fuss

General Curtis LeMay and other top Air Force generalsaccepted the fact that the ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads wouldeventually replace the manned bomber as the major deterrent to Communistaggression. But in the early 1960's, the Air Force Chief of Staff and hissupporters in the Pentagon and in Congress were not willing to accept the viewthat the missiles could be accepted as the ultimate weapons system, and that itwas safe to start a phase out the manned bombers. Major controversy was to ragefor years over the cuts that Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara insisted inmaking in the manned-bomber program.

Defense Secretary McNamara's dispute with General LeMay andCongress centered on two major areas. First, he wanted to cut back the budgetfor new B-52 and B-58 manned bombers by as much as $500,000,000 a year on thetheory that the Strategic Air Command was strong enough to serve as a deterrentforce until the missiles could take their place. Second, he was highlyskeptical of the need for proceeding with plans for the expensive 2000-miles-anhour B-70, which was planned as the follow-up bomber to take the place of theB-52 and the B-58. He saw no sense in proceeding with the B-70, and in his firstyear proposed cutting the B-70 funds from $385 million to $220 million….

The investigation of the Aerospace Corporation demonstratedthat the establishment of a nonprofit corporation to handle research andmanagement jobs for the Pentagon could result in some of the same abuses thathad been found to exist when big business corporations were given too free ahand with the tax money….

General LeMay, as the Air Force Chief of Staff, was theleading opponent of McNamara's plans to phase out manned bombers and he had theprestige with Congress to make his views count….A bomber could perform manymissions a guided missile could not….(He) declared that even if the missile wasthe ultimate weapon of the future, it was still far from fully developed. Hedeclared it was just plain foolhardy to base national defense plans on a systemthat had not been fully tested….

The House committee declared that the purpose of theextensive report was to make it clear exactly what it meant authorizing $491million for the RS-70 system.

"The Secretary of the Air Force (Zuckert), as an official ofthe executive branch, is directed, ordered, mandated, and required to utilizethe full amount of the $491 million," the House members declared…The braveposition of the House Armed Services Committee did not last for long. PresidentKennedy asked Chairman Vinson to come to the White House, and prevailed uponthe aging committee chairman to drop the word "direct" and to substitute"authorize." In exchange, President Kennedy promised that the DefenseDepartment would "restudy" the whole program of the RS-70….

…Secretary of Defense McNamara, by persistent rejection ofthe RS-70 program, managed to downgrade it and kill it off in the face of themost stubborn opposition from General LeMay…President Johnson extended GeneralLeMay's term as Air Force Chief of Staff for another year, which prevented theblunt-talking champion of the manned bomber from becoming involved in the 1964political campaign. When LeMay retired as Air Force Chief of Staff in January,1965, he had been unable to change McNamara's plans to phase out the mannedbombers….The Defense Secretary gave the military men no choice; they acceptedthe FB-111 bomber as better than no follow-on bomber at all.

The FB-111, a bomber version of the controversial TFXfighter, had never been intended to be used as a long-range bomber. It lackedrange, load carrying capacity and general performance characteristics needed inany follow-on replacement for the B-58 bombers…

Chapter 29 – THE CONTROVERSIAL TFX

The multibillion dollar TFB warplane contract was the mostcoveted prize the Pentagon ever dangled before bidders. Government spending, itwas estimated, would exceed $6.5 billion – the largest contract for militaryplanes in the nation's history. The program was planned to include more than1,700 planes for the Navy and Air Force. Such a contract could mean prosperityfor an entire state, and the competition was intense.

Early in 1962, the rivalry for the TFXcontract narrowed down to two major firms. The Boeing Company with headquartersin Seatle, Washington,proposed to build the plane at its plant in Wichita, Kansas. The General Dynamics Corporation'sConvair Division, in Fort Worth, Texas,cooperating with the Grumman Engineering Company of Bethpage, New York, planned to build the Air Forceversion in Texas and the Navyversion in New York…Politicallythe Texas-New York combination backing General Dynamics and Grummanhad a distinct advantage. Texaselectoral votes (24) and New Yorkelectoral votes (45) went to Kennedy in 1960, while Washington'snine electoral votes and the eight Kansasvotes had gone to Republican candidate, Richard Nixon.

Late in the summer of 1962, persistent rumors of Texaspolitical pressure on the TFX contract cameto Senator Jackson. Calling Deputy Defense Secretary Roswell Gilpatrick, hetold him he had heard General Dynamics was certain to receive the contract.Gilpatrick assured him there was nothing to it and that the decision would bemade "strictly on the merits."

…On November 24, 1962, the blow fell with the Pentagon's announcement that the TFXcontract would be awarded to General Dynamics…Scoop Jackson rejected the reportthat cost-conscious McNamara would take the second-best plane and pay more forit. He asked Sen. John L. McClellan, chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee onInvestigations, to examine the TFX contract.

The McClellan subcommittee investigators questionedwitnesses, examined documents and established: 1) The four service evaluationdid favor to Boeing, 2) The Boeing price was $100 million lower on the firstphase of the contract, and it might be $415 million lower on the total job, 3)The Pentagon Source Selection Board, composed of top generals and admirals, wasunanimous in its finding that the Boeing plane would be cheaper and better, 4)The only document at the Pentagon that supported the General Dynamics plane wasa five-page memorandum of justification, dated November 21, 1062. It was signedby McNamara; Eugene Zuckert, Secretary of the Air Force; and Fred Korth,Secretary of the Navy. (Gilpatrick also agreed with the award, but hissignature was not necessary because McNamara had signed.)

This document was loaded with errors, according to theinvestigators from the McClellan subcommittee…It was appalling to learn thatMcNamara's decision to award the contract to General Dynamics could result inwasting $100 million to $415 million on a second-best plane. Republicansderisively dubbed the plane the "LBJ" sine it appeared to have beenperemptorily awarded to Texas….

General Curtis E. LeMay, the Air Force Chief of Staff,testified that he was not consulted prior to McNamara's decision to overrulethe Source Selection Board.

"I thought we had such a clear cut and unanimous opinion allup and down the line that I was completely surprised at the decision," the AirForce Chief declared.

"Did any group, any authority at any level from you down tothe evaluation group ever recommend the General Dynamics plane?" McClellanasked.

"No, sir," LeMay answered. In all hisexperience he was unable to recall a single instance where the decision of theservice selection board had been rejected by a civilian secretary….

In the Pentagon, Deputy Secretary of Defense RoswellGilpatrick was given the job of implementing the new, tough code ofethics….Ironically, Deputy Defense Secretary Gilpatrick was the firsthigh-ranking Administration official to come under sharp congressionalcriticism in connection with the new code of ethics. The TFXwarplane contract investigation raised questions of the "conflicts of interest"problem against Gilpatrick and also against Navy Secretary Fred Korth…

From 1958 to January, 1961 Gilpatrick was a lawyer for theGeneral Dynamics Corporation…New money was needed to keep General Dynamicsmoving, and Roswell Gilpatrick had a major role in the merger between GeneralDynamics and Material Services Corporation, a Chicago construction firmcontrolled by Colonel Henry Crown, an influential Democratic political figure.Frank Pace and other high officials were Gilpatrick's personal friends, and theNew York lawyer had an office inthe General Dynamic's headquarters….

The difficulty of Gilpatrick's personal role in the TFXaffair certainly made it unlikely that he would be enforcing the new code ofethics on such others as Navy Secretary Fred Korth, who had a similar problem.

Korth, a Fort Worth attorney and bank president, became NavySecretary in January, 1962. He succeeded John Connally, another Fort Worth lawyer who resigned to seek the Democraticgubernatorial nomination in Texas.Fred Korth was an enthusiastic booster of his home town and of the GeneralDynamics firm, which had the huge Convair plant in Fort Worth….and the General Dynamics Corporation was one ofthe best customers of Kroth's Continental National Bank of Fort Worth.

Only three months before Korth became Navy secretary, he hadgiven his personal approval to a $400,000 loan from the Continental NationalBank to the General Dynamics Corporation….When it came time for Korth to make adecision on the TFX contract, the NavySecretary overruled the recommendations of the top admirals and suggested theDefense Secretary aware the contact to General Dynamics….

Edited by William Kelly

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The silence, since this "discussion" is deafening.:

(quote name='Jim DiEugenio' timestamp='1345039085' post='258357']

PS: I won't even reply to RCD. On the subject of Meyer and Crump, he is in love with the sound of his own voice. Maybe Crump decided to take an afternoon swim with his clothes on?

(/quote]

.............Do not think for a moment that this goes unnoticed by Forum members. Such cowardice is beneath you and does this Forum no favors.

A Forum, by the way, started by John Simkin, whom you previously also simple-mindedly attacked in your zeal to crucify Peter Janney. Clearly, you will allow nothing to stand in the way of your vendetta against Janney, even at a cost to yourself. Collateral damage so far includes people who once thought highly of you, your now-tarnished reputation for taking on hard questions, and any pretense of your impartiality, which is the requisite for being considered credible. That you do this on a Forum provided to you by somebody you have personally attacked compounds mendacity with hypocrisy. You have proved yourself unworthy.

(edited to correct typo)

I believe Robert Charles-Dunne has it exactly backwards. What is the purpose

of this forum if it is not a commitment to transparency and to displaying the best and timeliest information available?

John, your free speech policy has permitted (and hopefully encouraged) Jim DiEugenio to become a contributing member here. Do you prefer a membership who will not even acknowledge the problem of your relationship with Peter Janney, given his familial ties and the judgment he has exercised in embracing and pursuing the Leo Damore "CIA assassin of Mary Meyer" "research," members who defend you unceasingly instead of challenging you when it seems appropriate?

....... Damore also said that a figure close to the CIA had told him that Mary's death had been a professional "hit".

Damore's book on Meyer was never published. However, a good friend of mine has the manuscript. He is using this material to help him write a book on Meyer.

http://www.spartacus...k/USAdamore.htm

The "good friend" is Peter Janney. Janney has two first cousins who are daughters of Frank Pace, Jr.

John, have you had any discussion with Janney about his uncle, Frank Pace, Jr.? Can you share anything about Pace you were told by Peter Janney? Was Janney's father, Wistar of the CIA, working with Pace to obtain the TFX contract for General Dynamics and to blunt the threat of the loss of the TFX contract posed by the McClellan Committee investigation?

Do you plan to edit any Spartacus pages mentioning the "work" of Leo Damore related to speculation about the Ray Crump trial witness, William L. Mitchell, or for that matter, about CIA involvement in Meyer's murder? Do you still believe Mitchell is suspect in any way? How could he be, since his background, before and after the murder of Mary Meyer, is adequately documented?

Considering that Frank Pace and Wistar Janney appear to have interacted, and Pace was the chief of General Dynamics who hired Gilpatric to negotiate the purchase of Henry Crown's company and prematurely announced to Fort Worth employees that TFX would be built by them and was a Time, inc. board member close to Henry Luce and had also had a long, close relationship with Fred Korth, Peter Janney's efforts related to his poorly researched book about the murder of Mary Meyer is of lesser value than what Peter could potentially have found and shared about Frank Pace and Wistar Janney? Why did Pace even want to buy Henry Crown's sand and gravel company at such a dear price? What awareness did Pace and Gilpatric have about Henry Crown's, Patrick Hoy's and Conrad Hilton's associations with Chicago Syndicate principals and how was the workaround of Defense Industry security clearances for Crown and General Dynamics V.P. Patrick Hoy accomplished?

Did Frank Pace advise Henry Luce to order Time, Inc. managers to buy (suppress) the Zapruder film?

http://www.spartacus.../JFKjordanE.htm

Dovey Roundtree

.......No newspaper reports identified the true work of her former husband, Cord Meyer. He was described as a government official or an author. A large number of journalists knew that Meyer had been married to a senior CIA officer. They also knew that she had been having an affair with John F. Kennedy. None of this was reported. In fact, the judge, ruled that the private life of Mary Meyer could not be mentioned in court......

(quote)

Georgetown Artist Killed In Robbery .

‎Eugene Register-Guard - Oct 13, 1964

... of an old canal where she often had strolled with Mrs. John Kennedy. ... er wife of Cord Meyer a writer employed by the Central Intelligence Agency. ... (/quote)

Primary Sources

(1) Peter Janney, Mary Pinchot Meyer (29th July, 2007)

The question has been asked who really was "William L. Mitchell," the alleged assassin of Mary Pinchot Meyer? What we know about Mitchell is that the day after the murder, he went to police in Washington and told them that he believed he passed Mary Meyer on the towpath as he was running east back to Key Bridge and she was walking west toward Fletcher's Boat House. Mitchell told police that a black man (who just happened to fit Ray Crump's description - the man who was charged with the murder) was following her about six hundred feet behind her. Mitchell told police that he ran the towpath regularly, worked at the Pentagon, and was a part time teacher at Georgetown University. Mitchell testified at Crump's murder trial in July, 1965, but his testimony was largely discredtied by Crump's attorney, Dovey Roundtree, Esq. who became a legend after getting Crump acquitted.

Mitchell was listed in the DoD directory in the fall of 1964 as "2nd Lt. William L. Mitchell." But then he disappears from the directory in the winter (1965). He shows up at the trial (July, 1965) and tells reporter Roberta Hornig that he is now a full time teacher in the mathmatics department at Georgetown University (GTU). The only problem with this is that there is no record of any "William L. Mitchell" ever teaching at Georgetown. Leo Damore thoroughly researched this in 1991-2. I again researched it a couple of years ago: there is no record of any "William L. Mitchell" teaching in ANY department at GTU.

Mitchell's place of residence was an apartment at "The Virginian" at 1500 Arlington Blvd. in Arlington, Va. Damore researched this address and found evidence that this was a known CIA safehouse. I followed this up two years ago and two former CIA personnel confirmed that it was indeed an agency safehouse, as were certain teaching appointments at GTU.

In my possession are several hours of tape recorded interviews between Damore and Crump's attorney Dovey Roundtree, Esq. (Award winning author Katie McCabe is now finishing the authorized biography of Dovey Rountree). Both Roundtree and Damore talk about Mitchell and how "convenient" his testimony was, and they both suspected his involvement. Mitchell never returned any of Roundtree's calls before the trial, and Damore could never locate him. So, as a last resort, Damore wrote Mitchell a letter and sent it to his last known address, the address given in the court transcript...

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Harvard alumni directory

books.google.com Harvard Alumni Directory (Office), Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard University

MltcheU, WUliam Lockwood, 1500 Arlington Blvd. , Apt. 1022, Arlington, Va. 22209. g62-63

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If I display 1,000 obituaries and other circa 1960's articles will it influence anyone to discount the idea that Janney is to be taken to task for so stridently representing the home address of William L. Mitchell as a "CIA safe house"?

Astronautics & aeronautics: Volume 2

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - 1964 - Snippet view

....WELSH, DR. EDWARD C., Exec. Secy., NASA Hq., Washington, D.C, Home: 1500 Arlington Blvd. , Arlington, Va.

Did Korth Quit, Gross Asks JFK; Iowan Charges Secretary Violated Code of Conduct Sees "Gross Libel" Party on Sequoia Gross Asks Kennedy To Tell If Korth Quit Letter of Thanks Involved in TFX Case Cleared by Justice Quiz Picture in Prospectus

The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973). Washington, D.C.: Oct 22, 1963. pg. A1, 2 pgs

Rep. H.R. Gross (R-Iowa) called upon the Kennedy Administration yesterday to make clear publicly whether Secretary of the Navy Fred Korth retired "or whether he was fired."

KorthPace1955.jpg

A Good Life - Page 130

books.google.com Ben Bradlee - 1996 - 512 pages - Google eBook - Preview

.....This had never happened to me before. The offer came from Frank Pace, then Secretary of the Army, former Budget Bureau Director, and later the young president of General Dynamics. He had never heard of me, but he was married to Wistar Janney's sister, and one night at the Janneys' he mentioned he was looking for a personal assistant/press person, who would travel with him, write speeches, and generally spread the ....

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I think Tom is right; it doesn't matter what you say here as long as you say it within the rules. The value of your posts is determined by other members who will judge it by their own standards. Popular, unpopular, correct, incorrect, truth, lies... we don't determine that. If it is within our rules then your posts can battle it out in the arena with everyone else.

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