Ron Ecker Posted December 4, 2004 Share Posted December 4, 2004 Tim,The meeting that Helms and McCone attended on the morning of 11/22/63 was with the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. That sounds like a different type of meeting than the one Ruiz-Williams said he attended. As for your point that "the meeting...on the morning of 11/22/63...sounds like a different type of meeting than the one Ruiz-Williams said he attended," I would respond, again quoting the source you cited, Deadly Secrets, pg. 273, that Harry Ruiz-Williams was "Bobby's best-and-brightest choice to lead a renewed effort to get rid of Castro." Tim, I've happened across some more information about the 11/22/63 Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board meeting that Helms and McCone attended, which makes it even less likely that Ruiz-Williams was present. The meeting was not about Cuba, but about the fate of the CIA itself, an issue that Ruiz-Williams or other Cuban exiles would not be involved in. But whether Ruiz-Williams was there or not, this meeting was remarkable. In "The Last Investigation: A Review" by Monte Evans, in The Fourth Decade, v. 1 no. 3, Evans says the following with regard to "the penultimate Washington insider, Clark Clifford" (p. 17): "In his autobiography Counsel to the President, Clifford recalls where he was when he heard President Kennedy was shot. It seems he was chairing a meeting of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, a little-known but awesomely powerful entity; one can liken it to the President's own hand-picked State Department. The subject of that November 22, 1963 PFIAB meeting was how to dismantle and re-structure the CIA in accordance with President Kennedy's desires. Fortunately for CIA, that matter was immediately shelved upon news of the President's passing. In other words, the shots in Dallas weren't fired an hour too soon as far as the CIA's fate was concerned. The monster's hydra-head was actually on the chop block, only to receive a last-moment reprieve in Dallas." I don't recall any record of JFK's intentions regarding the CIA other than his alleged statement to Mike Mansfield or somebody that he wanted to "scatter it to the winds," and an NSAM by which he intended to move covert operations from the CIA to the military. But if the above description of the FIAB meeting is accurate, this is quite extraordinary. For this means that there were two separate gatherings in progress in Washington on 11/22/63 that were dealing with the fate of two of the main suspects in the assassination: the FIAB meeting on the fate of the CIA, and the Don Reynolds hearing on Capitol Hill that could decide the fate of Lyndon Johnson. That's quite a coincidence, and it's tremendous dramatic irony that the murder in Dallas got both the CIA and LBJ off the hook that day in two DC proceedings that never resumed. Ron Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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