Greg Parker Posted July 9, 2005 Share Posted July 9, 2005 This article firstly reiterates the possibility that Lee Harvey Oswald's New York court file ended up with the Senate Subcomittee on Juvenile Delinquency which held hearings in New York City in 1954. Dr Kurian's last day as Clinic Psychiatrist for the Court of Domestic Relations was in March, 1953. On that day, he would interview a southern boy with a bad truancy record; name of Lee Oswald. The file holding the report on this interview went missing. Kurian's boss was Dr Harris Peck. Peck went on to appear as a witness at the Senate hearings. It is my speculation that Peck perused the court files looking for cases which would support the hypothesis of the good senators. Secondly, the article looks at the possibility that Oswald was recruited as an informant through his brother, John Pic, during Pic's service in the Port Security Unit (PSU) of the Coast Guard. The use of child informants hits the headlines periodically - unfortunately most often because of the death of the child. One such case is described here under the heading, Death of Child Informant Leads to Lawsuit: Death of Child InformantPolice, MI and FBI have historically used them. Some police forces still do, albeit under ostensibly tighter safe-guards than once existed - depending on the jurisdiction. The Korean War served as the underlying reason for the formation of the PSU, and it may also have played a part (however indirectly) in bringing the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Deliquency to New York for hearings on comic books. Popular belief among comic "historians" is that the subcommittee was out to get one publisher... William Gaines... and for one purpose... to aid his (more conservative) competitors. But Gaines' FBI file (capioned: Sedition/Internal Security) shows that MI may have lent a hand due to concern over his comics depiction of war. The file actually opens with a MI memo from April '52 stating that his comics were "detrimental to the morale of combat soldiers and emphasizes the horrors, hardships and futility of war". MI wanted the FBI to find out if Gaines' company (EC Comics) was disseminating these comics to those of draft age, or to servicemen, and to ask the Justice Dept if Gaines was violating sedition statutes. The FBI did action the request... two years later, at the time of the subcommittee hearings. During the course of the Korean War, there was also great concern of how US comics were being used for propaganda -- by Communist countries... Gaines appeared to self-destruct when he sat before committee members high as a kite to read a prepared statement and respond to questions. The drug-induced haze and statement however, were courtesy of friend and future FPCC official, Lyle Stuart. Stuart, who had been the one who convinced Gaines to appear in the first place, refused to accompany his friend into that particular den of lions. In the end, the subcommittee, deftly avoiding the "Big Brother" tag which would accompany legislative prohibitions, by working with the industry to establish a self-regulating code which would squeeze Gaines out of business. Section A Item Three of the Comic Code: "Policemen, judges, Government officials and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrepect for established authority." Young Lee was sent to Youth House as a truant who preferred reading comics to going to school... and who, when he did actually attend classes, refused to salute the flag, and generally lacked respect for any authority. On would expect that this refusal to salute the flag, in era of communist hysteria and loyalty oaths, should have raised greater concerns, and led perhaps, to authorities looking into this boys family. After all, isn't it from the parents that for instance, disrectect for ones government usually springs? In fact, earlier cases of such refusal to salute had gone all the way to the Supreme Court. Though these cases involved a failure to salute on religious grounds, they show just how far some would go to enforce "loyalty". In Minersville School District V Gobitis (1940), the court held that compelling students to salute the flag did not violate any religeous freedom. This decision was reversed in 1943 in West Virginia State Board V Barnette. Gaines' comic empire was flattened, but from ground-zero rose a little magazine named MAD. It was a Gaines-saver. I believe Lee had no intention of joining the Marines during his time in NY... nor the Army for that matter (which is what he apparently told staff at Youth House). He idolised Pic. And Pic had plans for joining the USAF. Thus, back in NO, Lee got into astronomy and joined the CAP. At some point, he apparently realised there was no way around entry to USAF without perfect hearing. Oswald's hearing was impaired according to a report from Youth House. He'd also had a mastoidectomy at age 5. He could however, get into the Marines. Hearing requirements for military service: "The Dept. of Defense has minimal fitness standards that must be met in order to enter military service. "Waivers for hearing loss are not granted by USAF, although hearing loss may be waived by other services on very rare occasion. Consideration for waiver of hearing loss depends on the nature of the loss, severity of loss, and the military job that is being sought by the applicant (e.g., someone with hearing loss could not be a pilot, or work in jobs requiring acute hearing). Typically, hearing loss is waived for difficult-to-fill professionalpositions such as physician, nurse, lawyer, etc." "Etc" could of course, include intelligence work. JOHN PIC, JAN 1951 - FEB 1953 Pic was at the Coast Guard Training Station at Groton, Conn for 6 months: Jan 1951 - Jun 1951. Groton had only two types of training which ran for 6 months; Hospital Corpsman and Radioman. www.jacksjoint.com/averypt.htm Since his later career was in USAF hospitals, the former was most likely the training he undertook. Two postings later, from Jan 1952 - Apr 1952, he was landed in the middle of a streptococcal epidemic at US Naval Training Station, Bainbridge Md. The epidemic - one of many hitting the armed forces, was under investigation by Charles Rammelkamp of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB). Given his (probable) prior training as a corpsman, Pic's posting at Bainbridge at that particular time may not have been coincidental or arbitrary. The AFEB had no moral or ethical issue with non-consensual experiments on human subjects as evidenced by the gift of hepititis it bestowed upon severely retarded children between 1956 and 1972. AFEB ExperimentsRammelkamp was on the Board of Directors during this period. Streptococcal A infections were weaponised by the military in the '60s using aerosol spray as the delivery system. Military Bioweapons It was during his next posting with the Port Security Unit (PSU) at Ellis Island (Apr 1952 - Feb 1953) that Marguerite and Lee came to New York and moved in with Pic and his wife, Margie. The PSU was the outgrowth of the an amendment to the Espionage Act signed into law on August 9, 1950 by Truman, and his subsequent issuance of Executive Order 10173. What had been a voluntary program among unions to weed out those under Communist influence, was now involuntary. The PSU worked with the FBI, ONI and their informants to rid the Maritime industry of more workers than any other of the myriad security and loyalty programs in existence at the time. The Navy now admits that information from informants was never checked, and many of those affected, were either innocent, or at the very least, posed no threat to National Security. PSU, FBI and OSI Hunt Subversives on the Waterfront Pic's work on Ellis Island must have kept him busy. It housed an immigration Depot rife with potential for hunters of subversives. By August 1952, the program had screened 500,000 people. Still, he managed to take two weeks off in August 1952 to show his kid brother all the sights of the Big Apple. The 1951 budget was the biggest in US peace-time history with proposed expenditure of 70 billion dollars. Of that amount, 70% would be allocated to security programs. Two programs receiving hugely increased financial injections were the Port Security Program and the "internal security activities of the FBI". 1951 Budget Spending on Security Programs LEE OSWALD, AUG 1952 - JAN 1954 Robert Oswald joined the Marines in July, 1952. A month later, Marguerite took her youngest son and moved to New York City. In 1953, Marguerite confided in her house-keeper, Louise Robertson that she had brought young Lee to New York for "mental tests" at the Jacobi Hospital. Though this was not possible, since the Jacobi Hospital did not officially open until 1955, Robertson could be forgiven if, after 10 years, she named the place which was built onto an existing facility - The Bronx Municiple Hospital - itself part of the Albert Einstein Medical College. Critics and Warren Commission defenders alike have used the FBI statement of Robertson as evidence of Oswald's abnormal psychology. However, there is precious little evidence young Oswald was exhibiting behaviours in Fort Worth that would warrant trekking all the way to New York for "mental tests". Texas did, afterall, have psychiatrists and psychologists. If indeed, this had been the original purpose of the move, then other possibilities regarding such a "need" should be explored. Marguerite would, in 1954, tell Lee's Probation Officer, John Carro, that the move to New York was at the invitation of her eldest son. Report of Robert CaroAs we have seen, John, at the time his mother and brother arrived, was working with the PSU -- a unit of the Coast Guard specifcally set up to rid the Maritime industry of subversive elements, and that in doing so, it worked closely with the FBI and OSI and their thousands of informants. If John had issued the invitation, then it was also he, or his employer, who must have been behind the arrangements of any "mental tests". The very term "mental tests" seems somehow incongruous if this was to be a simple trip to a psychiatrist for evaluation. Researcher Herbert Blenner has suggested the possibility that the testing may have involved parapsychologists from Eastern Europe who, at the time, were studying not what people thought, but how they thought. Their ultimate aim, according to Blenner, was to eradicate the education system of "progressive tendencies" John Pic was questioned by the Warren Commission regarding the claims made by Louise Robertson. Unfortunately, he was bound to answer "no" regardless of whether the claim was true or false, leaving us none the wiser. Mr. JENNER. Did you hear anything to the effect that the reason why your mother and Lee had come to New York had anything to do with Lee's being given some sort of mental tests? Mr. PIC. No, sir Marguerite likewise, was asked a single question on this. Mr. RANKIN. Before you left New York, did you ever tell anybody that you took Lee Oswald to New York so he could have mental tests at the Jacobi Hospital? Mrs. OSWALD. No, sir; never. My child was a normal child -- and while in New York, I explained to you he had a dog with puppies. He had a bicycle. There was nothing abnormal about Lee Oswald. We have been told through the WC that young Lee and John had a falling out in NYC over tension created by (1) Pic's notion that his mother seemed to have come to stay in the apartment permanently and, (2) an alleged threat with a knife made to John's wife, Margie. We are further told that this falling out caused the two brothers to have no meaningful contact until Thanksgiving, 1962. As discussed, Marguerite told John Carro that they came to NY at Pic's invitation. This seems probable in light of the fact that Pic's mother-in-law (whose apartment this was) went to visit a sister just before Marguerite's arrival - thus (barely) creating enough space for mother and son. Marguerite confirmed this in testimony: Mrs.OSWALD. Yes, I do. I am glad you said that. My daughter-in-law was very upset. The very first time we went there--I stated before, and I am glad I said that--that we were not welcome. And immediately it was asked what did we plan to do, as soon as we put our foot in the house.. And I had made it plain to John Edward that I was going to have a place of my own, that we were just coming there to get located. My daughter-in-law resented the fact that her mother--this went on before I got there that her mother had to leave the house and go visit a sister so I could come, John Edward's mother. John, for his part, gave no explanation for his mother's arrival, but based his belief that she intended to stay in the apartment on her bringing, among other possessions, her own TV set. Note however, that Marguerite testified that she'd made it clear that she was staying only long enough "to get located". In any event, how could Marguerite believe it would be POSSIBLE to stay once the mother-in-law returned? Isn't it more likely she brought her possessions simply because she intended to stay in the same city? The story concerning the knife incident also had two different versions. The version prefered by the WC was once again John's. Here was what Marguerite had to say about it: "We were not wanted, sir, from the very beginning. So there was, I think now--it was not a kitchen knife it was a little pocket knife, a child's knife, that Lee had. So she hit Lee. So Lee had the knife-now, I remember this distinctly, because I remember how awful I thought Marjory was about this. Lee had the knife in his hand. He was whittling, because John Edward whittled ships and taught Lee to whittle ships. He puts them in the glass, you know. And he was whittling when this incident occurred. And that is whatit occurred about, because there was scraps of the wood on the floor." If Young Lee was acting as an informant in New York as a result of any influence from Pic, then it might be seen as necessary to put "distance" between them, and later create a context for the apparent lack of contact. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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