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Lew Rockwell interviews Don Adams.

November 2, 2010


Former FBI agent Don Adams helped investigate the Kennedy assassination at the time, and smelled a rat right away. But it was not until 1993 that he knew Oswald was set up by LBJ, Hoover, and the other DC gang members. He has since dedicated his life to telling the truth about this coup d’état.


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Here's the direct link to the Don Adams website:

Don Adams website

Curiously, when I clicked on Mr. Caddy's link to the Rockwell website, my "parental controls" [forgot to turn 'em off] tried to stop access...reason? "Hate"...

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Don "11 SHOTS WERE FIRED" Adams is certainly making the radio rounds. He apparently loves spreading his bullxxxx to a wide audience.

Adams, during a July 28, 2010, interview on WTAM-Radio in Cleveland, was telling all kinds of falsehoods, such as the howler about how Oswald would have had to criss-cross the Book Depository building a total of THREE different times in order to get from the sixth-floor Sniper's Nest to the lunch room on the second floor.

Adams actually seems to think that Oswald had to cross the entire length of the building THREE times -- once to hide the rifle; then another criss-cross to get to the stairs (totally untrue); and then a third crossing of the building in order to reach the lunchroom (also a lie).

Quoting Adams:

"When we talk about Oswald doing the shooting, at the loft [the Sniper's Nest on the sixth floor of the TSBD], he would have ran from the loft after he did the shooting, he ran to the front of the building [it was actually the back of the building, further illustrating that Adams doesn't know what he's talking about] and he hid the weapon in a bunch of cardboard boxes. He then ran across the building and went down four flights of stairs, and then ran across the building to the break room." -- Donald A. Adams; July 28, 2010

Adams also said that he thinks there were "11 shots fired in Dallas" at President Kennedy. Now, if that statement isn't enough to make all reasonable and rational people roll their eyes, then I don't know what would be.

This guy doesn't know the most basic facts about the assassination or Oswald's movements.

More stuff that Adams has wrong (the list is almost endless):

He thinks it was Rufus Youngblood who climbed aboard JFK's car right after the shooting in Dealey Plaza. [Adams, to his credit, did correct that error in a later radio interview.]

He seemed to imply that the original motorcade route would have taken the car down Elm St. through Dallas, instead of Main (at least that's what he said).

He implies that the back of JFK's head is missing in the existing autopsy pictures. Goofy.

He claims that NONE of the Secret Service agents gave any statements to anyone in officialdom. He evidently isn't aware that every SS agent in Kennedy's detail wrote up an official report for the SS files, plus several agents appeared before the WC--e.g., Clint Hill, Roy Kellerman, and Bill Greer.

Adams claims that nobody bothered to even check the bullets that came out of J.D. Tippit's body to see if they could be matched to Oswald's revolver. He thinks it wasn't done at all, despite the testimony of Joe Nicol and Bob Frazier...with Nicol even stating that one of the bullets could be matched to LHO's gun.

He claims that somebody had to approach Jackie Kennedy and ask her to relinquish the piece of JFK's head that she carried to Parkland...instead of Jackie herself voluntarily giving the head piece to Dr. Pepper Jenkins (which, of course, is what happened).

And, of course, we're treated to the usual CT excrement about how Oswald's shooting feat was absolutely impossible, and how it's never been duplicated by anybody on the mortal coil. And then we a goof who calls in the radio show to say that he and his Marine sniper team couldn't come anywhere near Oswald's feat, with the caller saying that he couldn't do it in less than SIXTEEN seconds. And the best his commanding officer could accomplish was TWELVE seconds (Great sniper team there. Irene Ryan of The Beverly Hillbillies could have done it in under ten seconds--easy.)

And there's the usual stuff about how Oswald's rifle was a piece of junk. And the lie about how Oswald didn't kill Tippit either. Etc., etc.

Don Adams, in effect, is clueless.

I guess as long as there are breathing human beings walking the Earth, there will be people who are willing to promote total nonsense regarding the way JFK died, like Don "11 Shots" Adams has been promoting on various radio programs over the last few months.

I will say, though, that Mr. Adams seems like a very nice (and likable) kind of guy. It's just too bad he wants to spread so much misinformation about JFK's murder.


A follow-up: http://groups.google.com/group/alt.conspiracy.jfk/msg/d4da38fc82fc6d21

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I just read your post after offering a similar comment on the Frazier thread. Mine had a bit more vitriol than I would normally give, but I'm very unwell (no excuse, but meh...) and angry. I try desperatley not to sink to that level...

You now what's missing here? The observations of Adams at it's most important point.

Good research: Who What When Were and How.

Milteer was secretly taped, buy an informant, talking about a potential organized hit on Kennedy the week before it happened. When the killing occurred, utilizing some of the same methods Milteer had discussed, the investigation into it by agent Adams was hampered by the higher ups, and, subsequently, way less than adequate. Why?

All the rest, the David concentrates on, is a distraction, and unimportant to his original investigation. I find these allegations against the FBI in a murder case involving the President troubling.

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If you're trying to convince someone of something, then you're going to have to lay down a decent array of facts and then weave them into a coherent story.

Oh, for Pete sake. You've GOT to be kidding with this crap.

LNers offer up nothing BUT "a decent array of facts" and "a coherent story". It's the conspiracy theorists who never (ever) do this. Conspiracists have never once weaved their scenarios together to form anything close to a "coherent story" regarding the vast conspiracy and cover-up that they think existed in JFK's murder.

For example, take the current ultra-silly thread that is going on here about Buell Wesley Frazier:

CTers here are saying that Frazier just invented the paper bag and curtain rod stories out of thin air. But those same CTers fail to ask: If that's so, then why on Earth would Wesley (and Linnie Mae) both say the size of the bag was TOO SMALL to hold the item that was supposed to be inside that bag (Oswald's rifle)?

And if the cops had manufactured the bag on the afternoon of Nov. 22nd, then it's likely they would have placed it in the Sniper's Nest and photographed it, and then pretended it was there when the Nest was discovered. (Do the CTers believe that the cops were evil enough to fake a very important piece of evidence, but they wouldn't go so far as to take a picture of it?)

If you ask me, the lack of a photo of the bag in the Nest probably leads more toward NO COVER-UP on the "bag" issue than it does toward one. It was merely incompetence or just a flat-out oversight on the DPD's part that the bag wasn't photographed in the Nest. Because, IMO, if the bag had truly been "manufactured" by the DPD, the cops would have made sure to go WHOLE HOG with this fabrication and they would have likely made sure they crossed their Ts and dotted every I regarding this "fake" bag; and, hence, we would have a photo of the "fake" bag on the floor in the Sniper's Nest as a result of such manipulation of the evidence.

CTers don't think that way though. They grab for the "conspiracy" brass ring (always in piecemeal fashion) and never put the pieces back together in any coherent or sensible manner. It's been that was for decades. And it always will be. And that's because the theorists' piecemeal fantasies about conspiracy are just that -- fantasies -- with no semblance of credibility or coherence (or internal logic) whatsoever.

Another very good example (IMO) is:

Why on this Earth would J. Edgar Hoover -- of ALL people on the planet -- want to frame an INNOCENT Lee Harvey Oswald for both Kennedy's and Tippit's murders? It's ridiculous from the get-go.


Because Hoover was the Director of the ONE federal agency which KNEW LEE OSWALD WAS IN DALLAS PRIOR TO THE ASSASSINATION.

To think that Hoover (of all people) would be trying to send Oswald to the gallows is beyond silly. It's hilarious. If anything, Hoover would have been bending over backwards to try and CLEAR Oswald of the two murder charges.

Because by clearing him of the charges, it would also (in effect) be removing the big, ugly black eye that Hoover's Bureau had on its collective face after the assassination (with many people pointing a finger of blame at Hoover's boys--and James P. Hosty in particular--for not keeping better tabs on Mr. Oswald prior to November 22).

Would you like another example of the total disarray (and incoherence) that the conspiracy world has been in for several decades? How about this one (it's my all-time favorite):

I've never once heard a single conspiracy promoter ever ask this very logical question (and I certainly have never heard a logical, reasonable answer to explain it):

If, as so many CTers believe, Lee Oswald was being framed as a lone patsy PRIOR to November 22, 1963, then why in the world did the team of assassins/conspirators decide it was a good idea to try and frame JUST OSWALD by shooting up Dealey Plaza with 2, 3, or 4 gunmen (as many conspiracists believe)?

If just one conspiracy advocate can answer that last question in a reasonable, believable, and logical fashion, that person will be the first to do so.

Of course, such a MULTI-GUN, ONE-PATSY plot is totally ridiculous right from the start. But many, many people believe the assassination was PLANNED in such a cockeyed, screwy manner months prior to November 22nd. I guess the plotters who dreamed up such crackpottery must all have been related to David Copperfield.

For, lacking pure magic and bullet-vanishing wizardry, only an act of God Himself could have rescued such an inane and needlessly reckless assassination plot.

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David, you neglect or are unaware that Peter Dale Scott offered a very reasonable suggestion as to why the plotters fell back on the Lone Patsy scenario. As Tom stated above, Scott suggests there were back up plans in case one scenario fell through. Lee could of been used in an and/or situation.

You could read Deep Politics, and see this yourself, or contact Mr Scott (He's on Facebook) and ask this very question that has you so perplexed.

But you won't, will you. Your minds made up, and it matters not one wit that Scott, Melanson, and Newman have written very good books about Lee's intelligence links. So it isn't Tom's overactive imagination. It's most of us here. That could be terrifying, but I really feel I'm in good company.

Again...why are you here?

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I just read your post after offering a similar comment on the Frazier thread. Mine had a bit more vitriol than I would normally give, but I'm very unwell (no excuse, but meh...) and angry. I try desperatley not to sink to that level...

You now what's missing here? The observations of Adams at it's most important point.

Good research: Who What When Were and How.

Milteer was secretly taped, buy an informant, talking about a potential organized hit on Kennedy the week before it happened. When the killing occurred, utilizing some of the same methods Milteer had discussed, the investigation into it by agent Adams was hampered by the higher ups, and, subsequently, way less than adequate. Why?

All the rest, the David concentrates on, is a distraction, and unimportant to his original investigation. I find these allegations against the FBI in a murder case involving the President troubling.

The very fact that superiors were hindering Adams investigation into the red hot Milteer lead is prima facie evidence of an elite conspiracy to murder John Kennedy. Any non-corrupt law enforcement agency or government would have turning over all stones to investigate the Milteer lead.

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  • 1 year later...

THE FBI & the Assassination of President Kennedy

Billsbooksblog: Two FBI Agents Come Clean on JFK Assassination

Unlike the Secret Service, whose director Chief Rowley thought it unwise to reprimand any of the Secret Service agents over lapses during the assassination, many FBI agents were reprimanded for a variety of reasons.

Now, nearly a half-century later, we have the reports and confessions of a number of agents who not only recognize there were plots and a conspiracy behind what happened at Dealey Plaza, but offer modus operandi and legitimate suspects who were known at the time, but officially covered up.

“From An Office with A High Powered Rifle” – A Report To The Public From An FBI Agent Involved In The Official JFK Assassination Investigation (Trinday, 2012), is former FBI agent Don Adams’ story of his personal investigation of Joseph A. Milteer, a right-wing fanatic who was caught on an informant’s tape saying President Kennedy would be killed “from an office with a high powered rife,” a threat that was kept from Milteer when he was ordered to locate and interrogate Milteer.

Just as FBI agents were kept from informing other agencies of information they collected on those who would become 9/11 hijackers, Don Adams was shocked to learn, after the JFK Act forced the release of many assassination records, that he was kept in the dark at the time he was investigating the assassination. It was only years later that he learned that the man whose case he was assigned had been recorded on tape predicting the murder and how it would be accomplished by a Florida police informant, that his suspect was photographed in Dallas on the day of the assassination, and he later bragged that he was there.

Despite the fact that an FBI document falsely claims that Milteer was at home in George at the time of the assassination, Adams knows he wasn’t because Adams was at Milteer’s house that day looking for him. When Milteer finally arrived at his girlfriend’s home a week later, Adams took him into custody, but was continually frustrated by other FBI agent’s attempts to cover their ass. Adams wasn’t even aware of the extent of the cover-up until he was shown some of the record released under the JFK Act.

When finally shown the transcript of the police informant’s conversation with Milteer, Adams was shocked to read that Milteer not only said the assassination would be accomplished “from an office with a high powered rifle,” but that “they will pick up somebody within hours afterwards…just to throw the public off.”

While working for the FBI in Ohio, Adams became familiar with Leo “Lips” Moceri, who Chauncey Holt, a self-professed tramp, con artists and syndicate accountant first mentioned as being in Dallas at the time of the assassination. While Moceri later disappeared, Adams says that in 1976 he located Moceri’s car in hotel parking lot, and he is sure Moceri is dead because his clothes and golf clubs were covered with blood.

I can identify with Don Adams, and his frustrations, as we are both sons of police detectives. I can understand his desire to make it in the FBI on his own without the benefit of his father’s friendship with Cartha DeLoach, a high ranking FBI official whose name is cc’d on nearly every FBI document related to the assassination.

Like my father, a Camden, NJ detective, Adams had the highest regard for the FBI and was proud he was an agent, serving “Truth, Justice and the American Way,” until he was convinced otherwise by the real evidence, and sadly learned that justice was never served, at least in the case of JFK.

My father had a similar high regard and opinion of the FBI, until a new agent was assigned to the Camden office and he was asked to show him the lay of the land. My dad later told me that after giving the new agent a tour of the high crime areas of the city, he took him out to Garden State Race Track where he pointed out a few organized crime characters and bookies. A few weeks later, one of the bookies complained that the new FBI guy was shaking him down for hundreds of dollars a week, thus changing my dad’s opinion of the FBI.

Those involved in such organized crime operations know who the bad cops are, the ones that will take a bribe, and they call them the “right coppers,” as opposed to the “wrong coppers,” or good cops who won’t take a bribe. Don Adams was a good FBI agent and to the criminals, a “wrong copper,” but he didn’t know who the bad FBI agents were when was working with them, and only later, belatedly figured them out.

High on Adams’ list today is J. Edgar Hoover himself, of whom he says, “If one looks clearly at the entire window concerning the assassination and asks what one major player could influence the investigation, the answer would have to be J. Edgar Hoover. I do not make that powerful statement lightly. Nonetheless, I have come to believe that it was the actions of the director of the FBI that facilitated the cover-up.”

After serving in the backwaters of Georgia, where he was handed the Milteer case, until it was covered up, Don Adams was assigned to the Dallas FBI office, where he had the opportunity to meet some of the other agents involved in the “investigation” of the president’s murder, including J. Gordon Shanklin and Robert Gemberling.

Their names are well known to JFK assassination researchers since Shanklin was in charge of the Dallas FBI office and he assigned Gemberling to investigate all the leads that came in after the assassination. After they both retired, Gemberling took exception to an interview Adams gave to a local Ohio newspaper, going on the record against the lone gunman theory promoted by Gemberling. Both men exchanged long letters. Then Adams attempted to straighten out some of the misconceptions Gemberling flouted in an article in the (Nov. 2003) issue of Grapevine, the official publication of retired FBI agents. But the editor would not publish Adam’s rebuttal.

“I knew that nothing would change his beliefs,” Adams writes, “not even evidence that should have at least made him question the veracity of his investigation. I have come to believe that Gemberling could not be dissuaded because he was following LBJ and FBI Director Hoover’s directive that Oswald had to be the shooter. Gemberling wrote of the outstanding work done by the FBI agents in this investigation and how proud he was of their work. But that work was tainted by corruption from above….There are too many witness statements from too many different people that contradicts the official findings.”

While the editors of the official FBI publication wouldn’t publish Don Adams rebuttal of the official findings and conclusions, Kris Millegan, publisher at TrinDay has no such reservations. Millegan gets personally involved in each book he publishes, and notes that, “There is much to learn from Adams’ story: connivance, deceit, and distraction by federal officials both before and after the assassination to deflect inquiry from its natural course and affect its outcome. And there is something there.”

There certainly is something there. Adams himself concludes, “As the 50th anniversary of this great tragedy approaches, it is time to begin again. Americans and people around the world have the right to know as much of the truth as can be learned.”


M. Wesley Swearingen, a 25 year veteran of the FBI had to self-publish his own book, “To Kill A President” – Finally – An Ex-FBI Agent rips aside the Veil of secrecy that Killed JFK.

Swearingen, who faithfully served the bureau for a quarter of a century, eventually “came clean” and in an earlier book, “FBI SECRETS – An Agent’s Expose,” (South End Press, Boston) reported on FBI “corruption and wrongdoing,” including “black bag jobs” - breaking and entering private offices and residences to conduct illegal searchers, and COINTELPRO, the counter-intelligence program that targeted suspects J. Edgar Hoover thought subversive.

Swearingen served in the Chicago FBI office, where Guy Bannister had been the Special Agent In Charge before he ran Lee Harvey Oswald as an agent provocateur in New Orleans.

Chicago is where Swearingen worked closely with William F. Roemer, Jr., a big blow-hard whose book “Roemer: Man Against the Mob,” falsely portrays how he gave the Chicago mob a hard time, when he actually protected their operations, in league with the CIA, to plot the assassination of Fidel Castro and partake in the conspiracy that led to the death of JFK.

When I read in Roemer’s book how he tapped the phones and the cocktail conversations of Sam Giancana, John Rosselli and the crooked cop Richard Cain and others, I realized he was full of it, and Swearingen confirms it.

Swearingen had an informant, an anti-Castro Cuban he calls “Ramon,” who was trained by the CIA at JM/WAVE who told him all about the Chicago mob’s connections to the Cubans, to the CIA and their plans for the Bay of Pigs and to kill Castro and Kennedy.

Cain was shot in the face with a shotgun by a masked gunman in Rose’s Sandwich Shop in Chicago on December 20, 1973, Giancana was killed, shot in the back of the head a few days before he was to testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978, and Rosselli shortly after he testified, turned up in pieces stuffed in a 50 gallon oil drum floating in the Florida bay.

Among the characters in Swearingen’s book are Judith Campbell Exner, girlfriend of Frank Sinatra, JFK and Sam Giancana, who was questioned by the FBI in Swearingen’s apartment, Oliver “Buck” Revell, another FBI official who is also exposed as a blow-hard, and William Sullivan, Hoover’s assistant who was killed in 1978 in a hunting accident.

While there isn’t much documentary evidence to support his version of events, like Don Adams documents published in the appendix of his book, Swearingen’s story rings true, and fits all the facts of the case as I know them.

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