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Richard Stetson Morse

Greg Parker

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Some dot points from a biographical sketch of Morse per, "Memorial

Tributes: National Academy of Engineering, Volume 5" (1992)


-Born August 19, 1911 in Abington, Massachusetts - died July 1, 1988 of a

heart attack playing tennis.

-Attended MIT - received BA 1933.

-Did graduate work at the Technische Hochschuke, Munich 1933-34.

-Received honorary degrees in engineering from the Brooklyn Polytechnic

Institute (1959) and a D.Sc from Clark University (1960).

-Worked for Eastman-Kodak on return from Munich until 1940.

-Founded National Research Corporation 1940 to develop new manufacturing

techniques and new products.

-Had early success in vacuum processes for powdered drugs, coating of

optical lenses, dehydration of food without sacrificing taste or vitamins,

and refining metals without impurities.

-Developed new technique for making orange juice concentrate and helped

set up the Minute Maid Corporation.

-Broadening his horizons, became involved with government programs in

chemical, biological and radiological warfare.

-Resigned as president of the National Research Corporation to take up

post as director of research and development for the US Army in 1959 -

later upgraded to a presidential appointment of assistant secretary US

Army for research and development.

-Did not agree with US Defense Dept's downgrading of many US Army

programs, in particular postponing of the Nike Zeus and the awarding of

almost all military space programs to the US Air Force.

-As an ardent Republican, was vocal against the candidacy of JFK leading

to his resignation in 1961. (though not noted in the article, it was actually a month after the BOP)

-Subsequently continued his interest in organising small companies to

exploit new developments and technology, and soon took up a post in the

Alfred P Sloane School of Management within MIT.

-Became involved with the problems of pollution, and the search for

alternative sources of energy leading to a contract with the Dept of

Commerce for research and development. Helped organise the Dept of

Commerce Technical Advisory Board. This led to becoming a govt advisor on

energy and pollution.

-Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1976.

-Served on the Defense Science Board and as as chairman of the Advisory

Board to the US Air Force Systems Command. Also a trustee of the Aerospace

Corporation, a member of the corporation of the Marine Biological

Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Boston Museum

of Science.

-Additionally, a long serving board member of Dresser Industries.


Some additional information not covered above: his work at Eastman-Kodak

included development of microdot and microfilm technology.


It was not only the Nazis who obscured Goldberg's achievements. In 1946,

twenty years after the publication Goldberg's classic paper on microdot

technology (E. Goldberg, 1926), the Reader's Digest published a boastful

article about espionage and microdots signed by J. Edgar Hoover, Director

of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Without mentioning the name

Goldberg, Hoover writes of "the famous Professor Zapp, inventor of the

micro-dot process, at the Technical High School in Dresden." Hoover

apparently conflates Goldberg's achievement and academic appointment with

the name of Walter Zapp, inventor of the Minox subminiature camera, also

used by spies but of a quite different technology and incapable of

producing microdots. An erroneous description of microdot production were

made follows (Hoover, 1946, 3. For discussion of "this concoction of

semitruths and overt disinformation" see White, 1990, 191-195. Reader's

Digest printed Hoover's piece as the lead paper of the April 1 issue.)


Goldberg's microfilm selector was known at the Kodak Research Laboratories

in Rochester, New York, before Kodak funded Bush to construct a "rapid"

microfilm selector. Two leading scientists from the Kodak Research

Laboratories, Samuel Edward Sheppard and Adrian Peter Herman Trivelli,

attended the 1931 Congress, were personal friends of Goldberg, and would

presumably have seen the prototype demonstrated. In 1937, Goldberg's son,

Herbert Goldberg, went to work at the Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories.

In 1938, an employee in the Laboratories, Richard S. Morse, applied for

and later assigned to Eastman Kodak a patent for a refinement of the code

sensing on what is clearly a microfilm selector (Morse, 1942). UNQUOTE


His connections with Dresser industries is also of interest...

The spray gun Robert Webster was hawking to the Soviets was

manufactured by the Rand Development Corporation. The Rand

Development Corporation later became Rand-Ingersoll and Rand-

Dresser... with Rand-Ingersoll selling part of their business to

Devilbiss - a company which also manufactured spray guns

and to which LHO applied for a job... I believe these guns had

an application in the areospace industry, and may have been

used to apply protective coatings developed by the National

Research Corporation.

My interest in Morse started when I came across CE1478


This was an FBI memo based on an interview with John C Jackson

who lived with Jack Ruby from November 1956 to November 1957.

Jackson was employed by the National Research Corporation and

had landed in Dallas to obtain "financial backing for experiments

that he was conducting on degenerative diseases". This I believe

was a euphemism for biological warfare experiments - precisely

the line of work Morse's NRC had become involved in during this

period. Jackson claims the finance fell through, and Ruby, who

struck up a conversation with him in a cafe about 3:00am, offered

to let him stay at his place.

Ruby, during the time Jackson stayed there, tried to find alternative

backers - which is exactly the way Morse did business - using venture

capital. However, it was also the way some covert projects - including

some of the MKULTRA sub-projects, provided an even greater depth

of "plausible deniability" at the same time as muddying the money

trail. At some point, Jackson and Ruby ebven attempted a Minute

Maid type venture with the Jackson invented health drink, Miniron.

His being a common name, this is probably just a coincidence, and

there seems no way of proving otherwise, but a "J Jackson" is listed in

Hulen Exhibit #9 as staying at the YMCA on the same night as LHO on

Oct 15, 1962.


This "John Jackson" btw, should not be confused with the "John Jackson"

who was manager at the Ralph Paul's "Bull-Bar"... his middle initial was


On page 110 of "Who Was Jack Ruby?", Kantor wrote: "The Commisssion

failed to look into an earlier arrest of Jack Ruby by a law officer in Aztec,

New Mexico, in the course of what some Dallas sources believed to be a

narcotics-related trip by Ruby. Ruby was jailed in Aztec, in a remote area

on the north side of the state near the Colorado border, after he was

caught driving an overdue rental car. For Ruby, a devoted city creature,

this foray off the main highways of New Mexico was an unexplained


Amazingly, Kantor, who quoted from the FBI report on John C Jackson

twice in his book (pages 49 and 171), failed to make the connection

from this final paragraph of that report (CE 1478): "Jackson advised

that in 1958, he had been arrested in New Mexico and incarcerated in

the County Jail at Aztec, New Mexico in connection with the rental

of an automobile which he had kept for aperiod of time considerably

in excess of the rental agreement. While incarcerated in Aztec, New

Mexico, Jackson stated that he had been interviewed by an agent of

the FBI in connection with the matter."

On the first page of the report, Jackson told the FBI that he had moved

in with Ruby in November, 1956 and had moved out at the end of 1957 -

and had "had no contact with Ruby since May 1958."

Did the unnamed "Dallas sources" Kantor referred to cause the FBI to

become aware of Jackson? Did this in turn prompt them to ask about

the arrest, leaving out the most salient details ie that Ruby was also

arrested after they were caught in the ovedue rental car, and that this

arrest had led to the discovery of narcotics, followed by a meeting with

an FBI agent?

Another question: were the narcotics for sale, or for Jackson's

MKULTRA-like experiments? Or both?

When Morse quit the NRC for Army R&D directorship, his NRC did continue

to operate out of MIT prior to a serious of takeovers.

Jackson and others incorporated the NRC in Louisiana soon after Morse

left at MIT(but prior to any takeovers of the MIT one). I mention this

only because the digging I have done in this area caused the need for

a "debunking" of it from certain quarters. It was in fact the desire to

debunk this information that led to the discovery of Jackson's involvement

in setting the company up in La. It is held by my detractors on this that

I have never established a direct connection between the NRC

incorporated by Jackson, and the one operated out of MIT by Morse.

I do admit the connection was an assumed one on my part.

I am unable, from where I am, to take this any further. I do however,

continue to believe that Jackson's NRC was part and parcel of Morse's

operation. The type of work being done, and the use of venture capital,

are two reasons for that.

This yet to be released document is another concern:



RECORD NUMBER : 180-10100-10022






TO : [No To]


DATE : 06/15/1978








DATE OF LAST REVIEW : 06/18/1993

COMMENTS : FBI file review 174-12 typed notes. Box #:174.

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CIA drug-smuggling in Dallas and Laredo in '50s and '60s

Peter Fokes
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Here's a little bit of history: In the early sixties when someone wanted to move drugs through Dallas they went to Jack Ruby. Why Ruby? Good question. In D
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Here's a little bit of history:

In the early sixties when someone wanted to move drugs through Dallas
they went to Jack Ruby. Why Ruby? Good question. In Douglas
Valentine's The Strength of the Wolf there is the suggestion that the
1950 Kefauver hearings avoided discussing the drug trade in Dallas
because there was an ongoing CIA drug-smuggling operation involving
the Kuomintang and the US government which passed right through lil
ol' Dallas. Valentine wrote:

"Was it to deflect attention from the Pawley-Cooke mission in Tawain,
which was funded by ultra Texas oilmen, like H.L. Hunt, and which, in
1951, was facilitating the CIA-Kuomintang drug smuggling operation
that entered the US by crossing the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas?"

Does Jack Ruby's involvement with shooting Oswald become more
interesting if it turns out he's got connections with government
officials on one hand and drug dealers on the other? Of course, it
does. So while Lee Oswald was in the USSR playing the role of
"defector", there was another Lee Oswald working with Ruby and other
right-wing anti-Castro groups in New Orleans. And yet the Warren
Commission found Jack Ruby to have been just a patriotic nightclub
owner who wanted to spare Jackie Kennedy the trauma of a trial of Lee
Oswald, her husband's killer.

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Has anyone read The Strength of the Wolf?

Here is a summary on the Google Book page:

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The Strength of the Wolf presents for the first time a definitive
history of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) from its birth in
1930 until its wrenching termination in 1968. Carefully and
extensively documented, the book is based largely on interviews with
former FBN agents, and in this respect The Strength of the Wolf
represents a new chapter in American history, one that introduces a
cast of fabulous characters. Douglas Valentine tells how the FBN's
premier case-making agents penetrated the arcane world of
international drug trafficking and, by uncovering the Establishment's
ties to organized crime, brought about their own demise. As the book
reveals in startling detail, the CIA and FBI were often protecting the
FBN's major targets in the Mafia and the French Corsican underworld.
The CIA and its Nationalist Chinese allies were found to be the
largest drug-trafficking syndicate in the world, but for political and
national security reasons, the FBN was prevented from investigating
this overarching conspiracy.

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And a snippet of a review in Slingshot:

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What is remarkable about this story is that it holds surprises even
for those who consider themselves hardened to the realities of
government skullduggery. For example, the government�s complicity with
various Mafia bosses and their Cuban cohorts make it all but
inevitable for questions to be raised about the intelligence
community�s involvement in the JFK assassination.

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Like to sing?

The Streets of Laredo

"Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin,
Get six pretty maidens to bear up my pall.
Put bunches of roses all over my coffin,
Roses to deaden the sods as they fall."

Jackie holding roses:



Peter Fokes,



At 15 and a half he (LHO) has a problematic SS # and golly the JBS & disgruntled ex-generals cant control that ......only the gov does and that then leads us into the wilderness of mirrors. Some issues just cant be broached like the real OZ or like the TRANSNATIONALLY PROTECTED NARCOTICS TRAFFIC.

Ruby seemed to be a part of said traffic being FBN informant. Ultra deep non-broachable issues like OZ and protected traffic meet at Elm St and yes we then are ,"lost in the Fortean Seas of fertile imagination "(Parker quote).


see link FORBES ...et al (Lansdale info here also)


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