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  1. David Atlee Phillips admitted in passing monitoring the Russians and Cubans when Oswald contacted their embassies, in his posthumously published book Secret Wars Diary (1989). With his sources in the embassies, not to mention the surveillance apparatus in place, Phillips could have easily been observing Oswald in real time - or getting contemporaneous reports. Steve
  2. Paul, George Joannides was a CIA case officer. Assets and agents have case officers. Kent/Gupton may have had a supervisory position over Joannides, but that is not certain. I don't think Kent would be considered Joannides's case officer in any sense. From what is known about JM/WAVE, Joannides likely reported to Helms, Phillips, Ted Shackley, and Dave Morales, depending on the project. Steve
  3. Paul, Thanks for the kind words. I always enjoy your contributions here. You'd think Angleton & Phillips might like each other, both being bright, talented writers, WWII vets, & rising stars in the early Agency years. But somehow, animus crept in. In his bio The Night Watch, Phillips describes Angleton in very unflattering terms. He also wrote that he didn't see or meet Angleton until Phillips was at HQ as Chief of the Western Hemisphere Division in the early 1970's, which is almost assuredly not true. For one, Anne Goodpasture places both of them at a retirement party for their mu
  4. Paul, Those are good observations. Phillips and Angleton did not like each other which can be conclusively verified in several written sources. Such a fallout could be personality differences, or the fact that one of them felt wronged by the other for a legitimate operation surrounding Oswald (say an anti-FPCC operation, which existed) that was later co-opted by another faction or department within the agency. All educated speculation of course and likely impossible to resolve at this date. But who knows? Many thought that the Bishop issue was hopeless and here we are with fresh informati
  5. Larry, I'm seeking Dan Hardway's permission to post further corroboration. Steve
  6. On November 22, 2013, Antonio Veciana confirmed in writing that David Atlee Phillips was the man he knew as Maurice Bishop and who met Oswald in September 1963. Letter below courtesy of Dan Hardway and Marie Fonzi. As Dan Hardway rightly noted today - why didn't Veciana confirm this in 1978 when it could have blown the case wide open? For the nonmembers who can't view attachments, the letter says: --- November 22, 2013 Dear Marie Fonzi: You may publish the following statement from me: "Maurice Bishop, my CIA contact agent was David Atlee Phillips. Phillips or Bishop was the man I saw w
  7. There are a few documents at the National Archives JFK Collection on Harry J. Dean that aren't on www.MaryFerrell.org. There is also one HSCA document on Dean that is "postponed in full". It is a 1977 memo to Robert K. Tanenbaum, chief investigator under Richard Sprague, about an interview with Harry J. Dean (presumably) done by Kenneth Klein, about Dean, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and the FBI. These documents can easily be found searching the online JFK NARA database, using the expert search, for Harry and Dean and "Referred" in the Restrictions box. See http://www.archives.gov/re
  8. Dave, Yes, I read your comment about David Lifton's interview, twice now. I've also read about it elsewhere. I haven't heard the interview, and so I put no stock in it. As well, there are two possible Hurts we know of. The totality of the evidence suggests a call was attempted by Oswald, in my view. I'll remain skeptical about John Hurt's alleged drunk dialing Oswald in jail. Steve
  9. The Raleigh call is credible and worthy of study by anyone interested in Lee H. Oswald, in my view. I have doubts about John Hurt's wife explaining it away that Hurt made a drunken call to Oswald in jail. Call me a skeptic. Here are a few links from Dr. Grover B. Proctor, Jr., who did the deepest investigation in this area: http://www.groverproctor.us/jfk/jfk80.html http://www.groverproctor.us/jfk/jfk-douglass.html Here is an article: http://m.indyweek.com/indyweek/jfk-oswald-and-the-raleigh-connection/Content?oid=3192079 And a few Ed Forum links. There is good stuff within from Jim Ro
  10. "Taney, we're in way over our heads here. And there's no Hogan to protect us." - Cliff Fenton to Robert K. Tanenbaum when Tanenbaum arrived in D.C. to lead the HSCA under Richard Sprague. Fenton was referring to Frank Hogan, a legendary New York City D.A. whom they both worked under. Quote from Robert K. Tanenbaum, J.D., "An Analysis of Government Misconduct: The House Select Committee on Assassinations", Passing the Torch Conference, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. October 18, 2013. Lecture. Cliff Fenton, streetwise and honest detective, pictured below.
  11. Thanks, John. This was a very good talk by Professor Mellen at the Wecht Conference. She is a good researcher and she found a number of interesting details, such as a CIA memo stating that Clay Shaw was a highly paid contract agent for a number of years. And about Donald Denesyla, a CIA operations officer in the Soviet Russia Division, who reviewed a CIA debriefing report on Oswald, which they always denied doing. Worth reading. -- Steve
  12. I found the Wecht Conference as a whole exceptional. Dr. Robert N. McClelland, M.D., was very compelling and credible about what he saw at Parkland from just feet away. Dan Hardway, Esq. and Robert K. Tanenbaum, J.D. gave stunning presentations on how their HSCA street level investigations were stymied and stonewalled at every turn by the very government agencies they were legally charged to examine. Jeff Morley, David Talbot, Jim Lesar, Esq., Joan Mellen, Larry Sabato, and others gave high quality and useful talks on JFK's history, legacy, and too many still classified files, along with ho
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