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  1. Stu and I have covered this a number of times including in our book The Awful Grace of God. First, the reason Milteer's associate was being taped at all is that there was active "sting" in progress targeting individuals suspected of obtaining a rifle for an attack on MLK; if the sting had worked that effort would have led to charges against a number of individuals - so there was law enforcement concern about immediately compromising the sting. However the tip was provided to both the FBI and the Secret Service. Because a reference had been made to Washington DC in regards to the attack, that is where the report went - since Secret Service PRS filed standing threats strictly by location. As to Milteer, the FBI put him under surveillance and did visit some of the individuals who he had named as being likely to kill JFK. That produced nothing but denials, however doing that much ultimately the leaks did compromise the informant who had been working with both Miami PD and the FBI. Long story, details in the book but the incident was certainly not ignored - just handled in standard practice by both agencies, reflecting how poorly the Secret Service was handling threats to the President and how often FBI follow up burned informants and did no real good. Its also worth pointing out that at the same time the FBI was monitoring very active threats from ultra right wing groups to organize rifle attack teams and go after a variety of targets, not just JFK but Supreme Court justices and in particular a list of very wealthy Jews. And in Texas, a specific threat against JFK was reported out of one of those ultra right groups (the NSRP) was given to the Secret Service in advance - out of San Antonio.
  2. In prehistoric times we used a term that still seems appropriate - it was simply the "establishment", regardless of who was in power at a given time. Still seems pretty accurate to me since it implies a primary motive of status quo. As to Matt's second point - absolutely!
  3. Matt and Ron, I did try replying to your posts for several days but for some reason the messages would not register nor could I message either of you direct. I'll be looking forward to your comments during and after reading Matt and Ron, yes I see the events in New Orleans as being key to bringing Oswald into a position where his image could be used in a number of SAS and DRE activities - activities which would have been standard practice and sanctioned. But that made him an obvious candidate for a frame when the Dallas action jelled in October and beyond that allowed some of the same folks who had been using him in sanctioned activities to piggyback him into the conspiracy. Hopefully I spell that out well enough to follow in the book. Which as it turns out is not exactly the end of the research for me that I thought it was (books yes, research no)...turns out there are a couple of leads back from Dallas to Miami that still have some interesting potential.
  4. I'd meditate and center myself but I'm not sure where that would be now..?
  5. Ron, I had a hard disc crash and had to move to a new computer, just now coming back online after two weeks. Actually it was not just Joannidies, there were other DRE case officers over time and Morales himself had been a DRE military case officer. Tipping Point starts with Jeff's great work and expands the focus to other CIA officers including Emilio Rodriquez and even DCS Moore at JMWAVE. Actually expanding that particular contact into Emilo's counter intelligence and CIA's project targeting Lechuga and Sylvia Duran - which involved Emilio with both the UN in NYC and Mexico City - is one of the major new elements in Tipping Point and really helps give a much fuller picture of what SAS / WAVE was doing in and around Oswald. Not to mention what the DRE itself was doing - which is a real revelation. It all begins to show how visible Oswald was in Miami and how easy it was to piggyback a frame onto sanctioned CIA propaganda and counter intelligence projects going on as of October and November.
  6. Well there is certainly a lot in that post to reply to...grin. Let's try to break it down: 1. Ruby did have foreknowledge that something was to happen during the motorcade but certainly not something as sensational and dangerous as the murder of the President...and something that could put him at risk. His role up to the point of Oswald's unplanned capture was relatively minor and very much routine for him, including identification of dirty cops for minor roles. I make the case for that in both SWHT 2010 and Tipping Point. 2. My take is that the recording equipment goes back to 1959 when Ruby was in play as an FBI source - most likely in regard to Cuban gun running. The FBI was most definitely running a sting against gun runners, evidence of that is in the arrest of Robert McKewon and his associates. Whether Ruby contributed anything to that is unknown but his use by the FBI stopped once McKewon's ring was busted. 3. I really don't give any credit to the Jarnigan story, for many reasons including having the conversation in Ruby's club. Ruby was far too cunning to have that sort of conversation in his club (its as stupid as the Oswald/Cuban Embassy conversation story about Oswald taking money to kill JFK). My take is that Jarnigan inserted the Connally aspect into the dialog after the fact simply to a) give some credence to his story and b) to avoid questions about why he would not have reported and obvious threat to the President before hand....as a member of the bar that would have been a given. 4. On the other hand the Luce call is something entirely different and part of some deep follow-on research to Tipping Point that David and I are doing. If it jells it could be very significant but as present is very much a work in progress - and has nothing to do with Ruby.
  7. Its noteworthy that all the sources on Ruby in Vegas were quite positive, and that this was all reported and investigated ....but like much else in regard to Ruby they worked very hard at avoiding it. On a side note and something not brought back up in regard to Ruby in Tipping Point, there is good circumstantial evidence that it was Roselli who made the call to bring in a high powered attorney for Ruby and to cover it up by attributing that (and the funding for the lawyer) to Ruby's brother. That is in SWHT.
  8. I think anything in his his personality file would be interesting, especially if it related to the proposed Phillips CIA TV series. But the most interesting material would be in any operational files involving him as a source or his business operations as covers, especially for broadcasting. That's why I mentioned the Tejuana, which was the first large craft obtained by the CIA for maritime operations in the first Cuba project. It was financed by Phillips contacts in Texas and elsewhere, reworked and armed by the CIA and crewed by individuals that show up around the JFK story, like Bayo. It also transported Felix Rodriquez into Cuba for an abortive rifle attack on Castro. We learned a huge amount about Phillips contacts and activities as well as early anti-Castro activities from the ships operational files...for reference that is in SWHT including an appendix on its owner and in the more recent In Denial.
  9. Actually it depends on what types of files from what agency. The CIA would have a personality file on him and would be larger or smaller according to how much he volunteered any intelligence to them as a corporate source. It he was actively serving as a source it would look like any of the corporate source files we have seen ranging from Trade Mart including Clay Shaw. However there might be a lot more if he and Phillips actually did take their proposal for a TV series on the CIA to the Agency; the CIA is always keep explore that sort of thing and if either man made an approach you can bet it would be documented and evaluated. On the other hand, if McClendon did contribute assets or allow any of this facilities to be used for either covert communications or propaganda broadcasts that might more likely show up in project reports rather than his personality file. As an example we know all about the financial sponsors for the Tejuana (orchestrated by Phillips) but from project and operational files, not personality files. As to the FBI, Hoover was also keen on major media outlets so there actually might have been an FBI security file on McClendon and his operations.
  10. There has been some interest in preparing a more in depth and expanded index for the print version of Tipping Point and one volunteer is already at work on that - but needs help, especially from folks who may already be preparing their own focused lists of persons or places of interest. We would be able to post the expanded index on the MFF site - but of course it would only relate to the book not the serialization. If anyone is interested and would like to volunteer for some work on it just drop me a note at larryjoe@westok.net
  11. Paul, I assume you were responding to Benjamin rather than myself but if it was me I would note that at this point Veciana is not relevant to the conspiracy I detail in Tipping Point and you will not find any mention of him there. Veciana's final and sensational expansion of his CIA role inside Cuba, as deconstructed by John, certainly undermined Vecians's overall credibility. I certainly am rested in how John deals with him in the period following 1960, including Veciana's purported work for USAID and I was hoping he was working on that, not sure about that now from what I've read about John's current directions.
  12. Rex is working on a Kindle version of Tipping Point but Amazon has moved to a new EBook platform and it has been a real challenge for him, he started with an earlier version of their publishing program for EBooks and it turns out they no longer really support it - the Kindle version has been ready for weeks but actually getting it publishing on Amazon has been more than challenging so its hard to estimate the timing at present. I'll try to get an update. As to a guess at the girl (and her brother), yes I could make a guess and both a name and a photo a long time researcher floated several years ago. But I've found no way to truly connect her to Dallas or our key persons of interest. The two would however point back to Miami connections rather than Dallas. At this point the Cuban talking to January is a much more solid prospect for connecting Red Bird to them.
  13. For reference, Wayne January's experiences (based on Matthew's original work with January and my follow on research on the aircraft once we had the tail number) is discussed in more detail in SWHT 2010 if you have that. David Boyan and I also revisited it at length in the Wheaton leads paper, giving a likely identification of the American officer at the airport with the Cuban to pick up the aircraft the week of JFK's visit. In that paper we proposed and examined several possible Cuban pilots as possibilities for the individual who made the remarks to January since that is a key lead. That lead is revisited in Tipping Point and at the moment David and I are working on what may be the final and most likely identification of the Cuban pilot - which if correct will go further to independently lead us directly to the set of individuals involved in the Dallas conspiracy. In all of this its important to recall that January himself approached the FBI, but when interviewed he began with the information about the visit of suspicious people wanting to charter an aircraft, found the FBI only wanted to talk about January's own possible connection to Jack Ruby and like others (Bowers included) shut up when he saw the FBI had its own agenda. It was Matthew Smith's original work with January which gave us the Cuban lead from Red Bird, and when he shared the aircraft tail number with me (made available to him only after January's death by his widow) help from Alan Kent and an FAA employee who asked to remain anonymous that allowed us to trace the aircraft to Houston Air Center and to its final sale to a Mexican airline two years later. Hopefully David and I may be able to close the circle, identify both the American officer and the Cuban pilot to a great deal of certainty and fully develop the lead from January - after something like 30 years of working on it.
  14. Thanks Chuck, actually that is one of the sources I cite in Tipping Point and I think its very revealing in regard to Oswald's actual understanding of what was going on around him and the lack of his knowledge of the forces in play around him. And its important to remember that he was a) not at all stupid and b) very much aware that he would end up on trial. Beyond that, and its just me - I'd trust Lee's remarks over Robert's: "Yes, they are. . . . Junie needs a new pair of shoes." (Robert Oswald told the Warren Commission, "To me his answers were mechanical, and I was not talking to the Lee I knew.")
  15. It does tend to get lost I'm afraid, but the implications of linking detailed knowledge about Oswald to a SAS officer in Miami who was involved with political action and CIA activities targeting Cuban UN personnel in New York as well as Cuban embassy staff in Mexico City seems really significant - especially when Cuban personnel in question at each location were also connected and one of them was Sylvia Duran.
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