Friday, July 1, 2022

Questions re: Volkmar Schmidt

 Hello Mr. Kelly,

    I am an ordinary citizen just turned 70 so I was 11 when the assassination happened. It has interested me ever since. I have read most books on the lone nut side of things and found those on the conspiracy side of things rather "out there". I am willing to listen but will require proof. This is however not to engender a debate but to ask you some very specific questions regarding Mr. Schmidt. I was very excited to read your interview with him. Largely because, according to the Frontline Documentary he and Oswald connected  at the party in early 63 

    I have always thought that Mr Oswalds motives for killing Kennedy were as follows.

1. His desire to change history and be famous

BK: If this were true he would not have denied committing the crime. You can't get around that. 

2. His idolization of Fidel Castro* and anger at Kennedy regarding his policies directed at Cuba and Castro. 

BK: Oswald was never angry at Kennedy. According to Marina and Ruth and Michael Paine and George deMohrenschildt, he greatly admired JFK. 

3. His anger and resentment at Marina for rejecting him multiple times that Thursday. 

BK: He did not hold anger or resentment against Marina. They had a tempermental relationship that overcame many problems. He had more money at that time than I have most of the time, shared it with Marina, and talked to her about buying shoes for the girls. 

* wanting to name his unborn child Fidel, writing to the FPCC and asking for a photo "suitable for framing would be a nice touch".  Suggesting he hijack an airliner to get to Cuba to fight for Castro. 

BK: These are all tidbits that were developed as part of the very well documented black prop op disinformation campaign, begun before the assassination, to blame the murder on Oswald and Castro. 

   My question to you sir is; In an FBI interview (affidavit)? just a few days after the assassination  Mr. Schmidt disclaimed any knowledge of any disparaging remarks by Oswald about Kennedy in their two hour chat at the party. Why would he lie? 

BK: To save his skin. For the same reason Mr. White refused to deal with the FBI and Dallas Police after seeing the accused assassin in Carl Mather's car near the scene of the murder of his good friend J.D. Tippit,  Mr. Ochus Campbell told a reporter that he saw Oswald on the first floor when he reentered the building immediately after the shooting - they realized, especially after the murder of Oswald, that this was a very serious game and lives were at stake. 

Do you think he was afraid of being blamed for not reporting Oswald, as indeed he blames Mr. De Mohrenschildt ?  

Did you find Mr. Schmidt credible?  

BK: Yes. 

He seemed very sincere and genuine in the candor with which he spoke. (even if he did throw a few people under the bus). 

BK: The key aspects of his conversation with me is the fact that he was raised by German Dr. Keutemeyer, who was associated with two of the German military officers who plotted to kill Hitler in the July 20, 1944 Valkyrie assassination attempt, and used a "reverse psychology" technique taught to him by Keutemeyer on Oswald in discussing Walker, and suggesting that Walker should be killed as Hitler should have been. This was also related to Marina, and on the back of one of the Backyard Photos given to deMohrenschildt, she wrote "Hunter of Fascists! Ha, Ha."  This of course dovetails with the briefing Desmond FitzGerald gave the Joint Chiefs of Staff on September 25, 1963, telling them the CIA was "studying in detail" the July 20, 1944 German military plot to kill Hitler in order to utilize against Castro. When a FOIA request was made to the CIA for that "detailed study," they couldn't find it. 

Did you ever have any follow up with him?

BK: No 

Thank You 

Rick Smoot

Seattle Wa. 

More on Gene Wheaton

 Dear Bill Kelly,

Dear Bill Kelly,

I would like to ask you if you believe that Carl Jenkins plotted the assassination of JFK? I asked John Simkin a while ago and he said that he did. But I am skeptical as to why Gene Wheaton said these things, because how likely is it that Jenkins would ever admit it?

If you are currently researching more into Wheaton, I would love to hear updates on the case, and whether or not it is possible to get to the bottom of it.

Kind Regards,
Henry Yang.
I would like to ask you if you believe that Carl Jenkins plotted the assassination of JFK? I asked John Simkin a while ago and he said that he did. But I am skeptical as to why Gene Wheaton said these things, because how likely is it that Jenkins would ever admit it?

If you are currently researching more into Wheaton, I would love to hear updates on the case, and whether or not it is possible to get to the bottom of it.

Kind Regards,
Henry Yang.


Henry, 

I believe most of what Wheaton says, but Jenkins was only one of a number of top covert operatives who could have arranged the assassination operation at Dealey Plaza. The others are Rip Robertson, William Harvey, Desmond FitzGerald, James Angleton and a few others. Jenkins is a strong suspect however. 

We have documents that support what Wheaton says - that mention Jenkins as being in charge of the JEMWAVE Pathfinder plan to kill Castro with high powered rifle attack as he rode in an open jeep on the way to the duPont estate in Veradero. 

That is the plan I believe was redirected to JFK at Dealey Plaza.

Jenkins said he was out of country at the time, but that could be what Wheaton described as  Diagonese in action.

More on Wheaton and Jenkins coming.

BK

Matt Ehling writes: 

Gentlemen,

At the link is the completed Gene Wheaton research book:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/702c6v0g8nb1vg7/Wheaton%20Book%20r3.pdf?dl=0

I'll be creating a small run of paper copies, and will mail you each a copy.  Bill, I have your address.  Dan, send me a good mailing address when you are back in town.


Thanks, and have a good Fourth.


Matt











Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Conspiracy Theory in America by Lance DeHaven-Smith

Many thanks to Larry Haapanen for calling attention to this fine, academic book by Lance deHaven-Smith.

As we have been deluged with dozens if not hundreds of narratives that belittle conspiracy theories, putting all together in the same basket, as if what happened at Dealey Plaza is similar to UFOs and fake news stories, this book is a fresh and objective look that acknowledges the fact that conspiracies do occur and the Kennedy assassination is one of them.  – BK

Conspiracy Theory in America

Discovering America

By: Lance deHaven-Smith

Narrated by: Bobby Dobbs

https://www.audible.com/pd/Conspiracy-Theory-in-America-Audiobook/B00NMNZVQK

Length: 6 hrs and 39 minsiracy Theory in Amer

https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/dehcon

Asking tough questions and connecting the dots across decades of suspicious events, from the Kennedy assassinations to 9/11 and the anthrax attacks, this book raises crucial questions about the consequences of Americans’ unwillingness to suspect high government officials of criminal wrongdoing.

Ever since the Warren Commission concluded that a lone gunman assassinated President John F. Kennedy, people who doubt that finding have been widely dismissed as conspiracy theorists, despite credible evidence that right-wing elements in the CIA, FBI, and Secret Service - and possibly even senior government officials - were also involved. Why has suspicion of criminal wrongdoing at the highest levels of government been rejected out-of-hand as paranoid thinking akin to superstition?

Lance deHaven-Smith asks tough questions and connects the dots among five decades' worth of suspicious events, including the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, the attempted assassinations of George Wallace and Ronald Reagan, the crimes of Watergate, the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages deal, the disputed presidential elections of 2000 and 2004, the major defense failure of 9/11, and the subsequent anthrax letter attacks.

Sure to spark intense debate about the truthfulness and trustworthiness of our government, Conspiracy Theory in America offers a powerful reminder that a suspicious, even radically suspicious, attitude toward government is crucial to maintaining our democracy.

©2013 University of Texas Press (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

 

A remarkable book that critiques the cynical management of domestic political thought by intelligence agencies in the U.S., particularly the CIA. The phrase “conspiracy theory” is a highly successful tool for preventing dissent, and marginalizing the dissenting authors and texts that do sometimes emerge in spite of such disinformation campaigns. A much-needed corrective to the flood of propaganda published every day by intellectual prostitutes in our country. Check out the author on You Tube.

Critic Reviews

"DeHaven-Smith offers an intriguing take on the origins and implications of conspiracy theories and the paranoid mindset itself in this accessible academic study." ( Publisher's Weekly)

Conspiracy Theory in America is an excellent presentation, logical and well documented." (James Richard Bailey, FiredogLake.com)

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Significance of the Higgins Memo

 The Signifiance of the Higgins Memo.

https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=10246 - relPageId=1&tab=page

http://documents.theblackvault.com/documents/jfk/NARA-July2017/jfk-july_2017_release-formerly_withheld_in_full-3of9/DOCID-32358065.PDF

1) The Higgins Memo - is the Number One Smoking Document released under the JFK Act for the following reasons:

THE KEY paragraph is (13) "He commented that there was nothing new in the propaganda field. However, he felt that there had been great success in getting closer to the military personnel who might break with Castro, and stated that there were at least ten high-level military personnel who are talking with CIA but as yet are not talking to each other, since that degree of confidence has not yet developed. He considers it as a parallel in history, i.e., the plot to kill Hitler, and this plot is being studied in detail to develop an approach.' 

D.C. attorney Jim Lesar, head of the Assassinations Archives and Research Center (AARC) and Dan Alcorn filed an FOIA request for that "detailed study" and the CIA apparently have lost it  

Other items of relevance include: 

a) It concerns a Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting at the Pentagon on a significant date - Sept. 25, 1963 a key time in the JFK Assassination Chronology as it occurs around the same time as some other key events, including:

1- the day Oswald left New Orleans for Mexico City,
2-  the estimated timing of the Odio incident, and
3- Michael Paine's wife Ruth Hyde Paine picks up Marina, the daughter and their belongings - including the rifle, and took them to Texas
4- after visiting Michael's mom - Ruth Forbes Paine Young - Mary Bancroft's close friend.
5-  It is also the day President Kennedy signs NSAM - National Security Action Memorandum on the advice of National Security advisor McGeorge Bundy approving "Four Leaves," - a secret military communications project.
6-  JFK then left on his "Conservation Tour," the first stop being the Northeast Pennsylvania home of the mother of Mary Pinchot Meyer, JFK's paramour who accompanied him.
7-  Oswald's name turns up on the list of those who visited the Tenn. nuclear museum and news cliips of the tour are found in a box at Oswald's rooming house.

8- Richard Case Nagel shot a gun in a bank in El Paso, Texas and waited to get arrested, ostensibly to be in federal custody at the time of the assassination.

So a lot of significant chronological events occurred in that 24 hour span.

b) Because Chef of Staff Gen. Maxwell Taylor was on a special mission to Vietnam, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Curtis LeMay chaired the meeting.

c) The author of the memo - Colonel Walter Higgiins was the adjunct of Gen. Victor Krulak (USMC), the director of the military detachment responsible for providing any assistance requested by the CIA in the course of their covert intelligence operations.

d) Desmond FitzGerald, the CIA officer who briefed the Chiefs on CIA covert operations against Cuba, had replaced William Harvey as chief of Task Force W - the Cuban project based in the basement of CIA HQ, and was the case officer for Dr. Rolando Cubella (AMLASH), a founder of the DRE who the CIA considered their  best bet to fit the disgrunted Cuban military officer who would lead the assassination attempt and coup.

e) Fitzgerald said this adaption of the plot to kill Hitler was considered a part of the Psychological Warfare area, which included David Atlee Phillips, George Joannides and the DRE agents who were arrested with Oswald in New Orleans.

f) LeMay also introduces an Air Force communications officer who had devised a way to influence radio communications that were to be adapted for use against Cuba.

g) The PENDELUM project is mentioned - and described as the code name of the Securitiy net that surrounded the covert Cuban projects they were operating.

h) The NSAM that JFK signed approving "Project Four Leaves" - a military communications system, is only mentioned once - in JFK's daily desk dirary at the JFK Presidential Library.

i) There is also mention of a textual letter that it so secret it could only be read and immediately returned to the messenger. This could possibly be a message from McGeorge Bundy regarding security for the Cuban operations then underway or being considered. 

Morley With Jenkins

 Morley with Jenkins 

'If You Need a Dirty Job Done': Straight Talk from a Marine Vet About a CIA Plot to Assassinate Castro

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2022/06/16/if-you-need-dirty-job-done-straight-talk-marine-vet-about-cia-plot-assassinate-castro.htmlShare

16 Jun 2022

Military.com | By Jefferson Morley

At 95 years of age, Carl Elmer Jenkins is one profane Marine. His mordant memories of serving as a CIA paramilitary trainer in the combat zones of Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and Cuba are salted with F-bombs and S-words about the A-holes he worked for. "What do you really think, sir?" is not a question a visiting reporter needs to ask Carl Jenkins.

I first caught up with Jenkins in April 2021, having been drawn in by his legendary reputation. Over the next year, I wound up spending several days with him, spellbound by his stories. We sat at his dining room table, occasionally taking a break to stand on his patio. He trudged about the house with a cane, complained good-naturedly about the trials of old age, and did not hesitate to answer questions about his role in an infamous CIA plot to assassinate Cuban ruler Fidel Castro that fell apart five decades ago.

Jenkins grew up in a shack without indoor plumbing near Shreveport, Louisiana. After signing up for the Marines at age 17, he served in the Pacific during World War II, rising from private to staff sergeant. Upon his return, he went back to school and graduated from Centenary College. In 1950, he finished first among 372 officers in a Marine Corps training program at Quantico, Virginia. He joined the CIA in 1952 as a survival, evasion, resistance and escape instructor.

Among his first assignments was training small teams for maritime infiltration of Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. Then, he served as chief of a CIA base in Guatemala, where he trained the leaders of Brigade 2506, the U.S.-backed invasion force that was defeated at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba in April 1961. In his bedroom, Jenkins has a plaque from the brigade commending him "for outstanding services beyond the call of duty.

In Vietnam, Jenkins served in Danang, organizing U.S. Special Forces to carry out sabotage attacks on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Later, he served as a top counterinsurgency adviser to governments in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. In 1971, he became chief of a CIA base in southern Laos, where he guided and trained 10,000-plus regular and guerrilla forces, while calling in the occasional B-52 Stratofortress strike. In retirement, he debriefed Cuban militants for the CIA and served as an unpaid consultant to President Ronald Reagan's State Department during the Iran-Contra affair.

"I was one of the handful of people in the agency that was trained and experienced in paramilitary operations," he told me. "I could indeed bring down a government. Or I could protect the government by getting rid of the insurgents. Either way. And the word goes around. 'Hey, if you need a dirty job done, call Jenkins.' And they did. And I went."

Marine Corps veteran Carl Elmer Jenkins served as a CIA paramilitary trainer in the combat zones of Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and Cuba. (Photo courtesy of Carl Elmer Jenkins)

Jenkins still swaggers in his war stories. He recalled how he and his first wife ran a U.S. military guesthouse in Danang while his Vietnamese girlfriend ran a bar across the street. "You never knew who was a communist in that city," he sighed.

But he is no braggart, occasionally waxing doleful about his career in covert action. "I've had maybe three major successes," he muttered, "and a hell of a lot of failures."

I showed Jenkins a file of declassified cables about the AMLASH affair, a notorious CIA plot to kill Castro in the early 1960s. Jenkins' name appeared in dozens of documents. As far as I knew, he was the last living American who participated in a covert operation whose disclosure led to fundamental changes at the CIA.

The revelation of the AMLASH plot in a 1976 report of Senate investigators proved to be a pivotal moment in the CIA's history. Coming directly after the Watergate scandal, the disclosure that the agency had plotted to kill Castro -- on the very day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas -- was a sensational news story, triggering public outrage, conspiratorial suspicions, and multiple investigations.

The CIA saw its secrets laid bare, its budget slashed, its reputation tarnished, and, as a result, congressional oversight of the agency was imposed. While Castro gloated, the agency's public image took a hit that the men and women of Langley have always preferred to downplay, if not bury.

When I showed Jenkins the declassified file, first made public in 2018, he opened up with a colorful choice of words.

"Eisenhower did not want the Bay of Pigs and neither did I," he scoffed, referencing the CIA's ill-fated invasion plan in 1961. "I was chief of base on that f---ing operation." President John F. Kennedy was "a loser," he said, adding his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy was worse. "Everything he touched, turned to s---."

With the paper trail in front of him, Jenkins recalled the plot to kill Castro in fine detail, laying to rest any lingering historical controversy about who actually orchestrated the unsuccessful conspiracy to end the life of the Cuban communist leader who later died of natural causes in 2016 a few months after his 90th birthday.

Richard Helms, the gentlemanly CIA director with a reputation for keeping the darkest of secrets, insisted in his memoir and on Capitol Hill that the AMLASH operation was playing at tilting domestic politics in Cuba by fomenting political opposition.

"It was not an assassination operation," Helms testified under oath to Congress. "It was not designed for that purpose. I think I do know what I'm talking about here."

Historians have tended to take Helms' denials at face value.

"When people wanted to invade Cuba or kill Castro, his attitude was, 'Oh, God,'" Helms' biographer Thomas Powers told Chris Whipple, author of "The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future," a much-lauded 2020 profile of CIA directors.

"He just was so against it all," said wife Cynthia Helms of the plots to kill Castro. "He said to me one day, 'I was never going to do it. We were never going to do it.' But they made his life miserable over it."

Was AMLASH an assassination operation? I asked Jenkins.

"Of course," snorted the retired Marine.

The AMLASH saga began late one night in October 1956 in the Montmartre, Havana's swankiest nightclub. Two young men in the crowd pulled out pistols and shot dead Col. Antonio Blanco Rico, the chief of the Cuban military intelligence service, outside the club's elevators.

One of the gunmen was Rolando Cubela, a medical student at the University of Havana who had taken up arms against the dictatorship of President Fulgencio Batista. After Castro and allied forces ousted Batista in 1959, Cubela assumed a series of senior positions in the new government. As a Catholic and nationalist, Cubela loathed Castro's hard left turn toward one-party socialism.

The CIA men, who knew of Cubela's armed exploits, targeted him for recruitment under the code name AMLASH. (All Cuba operations were identified by the AM diagraph, followed by a chosen noun; Castro was known as AMTHUG).

Helms sent an up-and-coming CIA officer, Nestor Sanchez, to Brazil to take over the handling of Cubela, who continued to have personal access to Castro. Sanchez was handing a poison pen to Cubela in a CIA safehouse in Paris on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Sanchez, who would go on to hold senior positions in the CIA and Pentagon, was "a good friend," Jenkins said.

When Jenkins returned from Vietnam to the Cuba program in early 1964, he was cleared into the AMLASH operation. Sanchez, he explained, was replaced as Cubela's contact by Manuel "Manolo" Artime, a foe of Castro's with a knack for charming U.S. officials. "Manolo was a perpetual juvenile … a guy who loved everybody and just assumed that everybody loved him," Jenkins said.

In our interview, Jenkins reviewed five memos that he wrote about the AMLASH project in 1964, recalling that he had dictated them but never seen the paper copies. Another declassified memo showed that the CIA's National Photographic Interpretation Center supported Jenkins on a "plan to assassinate Castro at the DuPont Varadero Beach Estate, east of Havana. Castro was known to frequent the estate and the plan was to use a high-powered rifle in the attempt."

Jenkins said he voiced doubts about whether Cubela could be trusted. Having trained two former Castro bodyguards for Brigade 2506, "I knew pretty well what his habits were ... what his intimate daily routine was like," Jenkins said. He recalled asking Artime, "Who is this guy and what is he up to? You know, just exactly what are we dealing with here? Is this real or is this a trap of some sort?"

Jenkins' caution was ignored and, when Artime and Cubela met in Madrid in December 1964, Cubela reiterated his demand for a weapon to kill Castro, specifically a Belgian-made FAL rifle.

"The FAL was the NATO rifle," Jenkins explained. "It was easy to get ammunition for it. That was something I could do."

Thanks to Jenkins' arrangements, Artime delivered the weapon to Cubela in Cuba. When Cubela was arrested in March 1966 and charged with plotting to kill Castro, the FAL rifle was found in his possession. Cubela was sentenced to a 25-year jail term, of which he served only half.

Some have speculated that Cubela was a double agent for Castro all along. Castro denied that, and so did Helms. It was just about the only thing the revolutionary and the spymaster ever publicly agreed upon.

"I don't accept the fact that he was working for anybody except Cubela," Jenkins told me.

In any case, Jenkins' first-person account of supplying the murder weapon, corroborated by CIA files, extinguishes Helms' claim that AMLASH was not an assassination conspiracy.

"Just another busted operation," the ex-Marine shrugged. As for Helms, "he was an a--hole as far as I'm concerned," he growled.

-- Jefferson Morley is author of "Scorpions' Dance: The President, The Spymaster, and Watergate" (St. Martin's Press), from which this article is drawn.

Related: American Veteran William Morgan Rose to the Highest Rank in Fidel Castro's Army

Monday, May 23, 2022

CIA Associations with the JFK Assassination

 CIA Associations with the JFK Assassination 

- Valkyrie - the September 25, 1963 minutes of the meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, taken by Gen.V. Krulak's adjunct Colonel Higgins, quotes CIA officer Desmond FitzGerald informing them that the CIA was undertaking a detailed study of the German military July 20, 1944 assassination and coup attempt against Hitler, code named Valkyrie, that was to be adapted for use against Castro. When Jim Lesar filed a FOIA request for that detailed study, the CIA responded that it had no information on it, and the only mention of the July 20 1944 attack is in a 1950s propaganda sheet that attempts to blame the failure of the attack on Communists. 

- Pathfinder - During the Church Committee inquiry, eight technicians of the CIA's National Photo Interpretation Center (NPIC) reported to their boss Dino Brugioni, that they were aware of a CIA plan to kill Castro called Pathfinder, that was to insert commandos with high powered rifles and shoot him as he rode in an open jeep on his way to the Dupont estate in Varadero. The eight NPIC employees said they did basic background work, compiling aerial U2 photos of the area, blueprints, maps etc., and they were surprised that the Pathfinder plan folder was kept in their section of the JMWAVE station rather than in the Operational File where it should have been kept. The CIA responded to a FOIA request for the Pathfinder plan folder by saying they had no knowledge of any plan called Pathfinder. When interviewed by the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), an NIPIC secretary said that Robert F. Kennedy, - then attorney general, personally ordered here to box the NPIC assassination records and have them delivered to the Smithsonian Institute. When asked if she meant NARA, she said no, Smithsonian. When the NARA was asked if the ARRB followed up on this and requested records from the Smithsonian, they said no, there was no follow up. 

- On November 1, 1963, the New York Times reported in a front page story that the CIA raider ship The Rex, docked at Palm Beach, Fla. near President Kennedy's estate, had deposited in Cuba a team of commando sniper-assassins with high powered rifles, who were captured and confessed they were trained by the CIA and their mission was to assassinate Cuban leaders. 

- When George deMohrenschildt left for Haiti, he stopped in New York City where he met with CIA officials at the offices of John Train, who was responsible for CIA companies based in NYC. Did he tell them the single most important pieces of intelligence he had - that Oswald had a rifle and was believed to have taken a shot at General Walker? After leaving New York deMornschildt went to Washington D.C. where he met with Col. Kail and Dorithie Matlock, officers of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (ACSI) - a military intelligence agency run out of the Pentagon. 

- When George deMohrenschildt returned from oil assignments abroad, he reported to his good friend J. Walton Moore, of the CIA's Domestic Contact Service in Dallas. Moore had previously served in the OSS during WWII and OSS records reflect the fact that he was sent on a mission to China with another OSS officer - Charles Ford, who later served as head of the CIA's Training Division, except for one year when he was cross posted to the Operational Division and sent to JMWAVE to serve as RFK's contact there. Ford was also given responsibility for the CIA's copy of the Zapruder film. J. W. Moore also played handball on a routine basis with White Russian refugee Col. Lawrence Orlov, who accompanied deMornschildt when he visited the Oswalds for the first time. 

- The CIA office of Security ran the early plots to kill Fidel Castro that included the Mafia, specifically Sam Giancana, Santo Traficante and John Rosselli. President Kennedy met Judith Cambpell (Exner) through Frank Sinatra, and had an affair with her while she was also seeing Sam Giancana. She claimed she passed documents between the men. When the FBI had a stakeout of her Vegas apartment in 1962, they noticed the apartment was broken into by two young men - the Hale brothers,  twin sons of a high level FBI agent I.F. Hale who left the FBI to become head of security for General Dynamics. The Hale twins went to Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, also attended by Lee Harvey Oswald. When Oswald tried to join the football team, the Hale twins reportedly laughed at him, and shortly after his 17th birthday, Oswald left school to join the USMC. 

MORE TO COME 

















Monday, May 16, 2022

Plan Centaur and Antonio Veciana

 HSCA Volume X (p. 40)…Gaeton Fonzi wrote:

….(134) From August 1968 until June 1972, Veciana worked in La Paz, Bolivia, as a banking advisor to Bolivia’s Central Bank.  (49) His contracts were financed by the U.S. Agency for International Development, (50) and his office was located in the passport division of the American Embassy. (51)

Veciana believed that Bishop was instrumental in his getting the AIR job because he himself was surprised that the Agency would hire a known “terrorist” and anti-Castro activist. (52) The records indicate that Veciana was hired by the Agency even though his application form was never signed. (53)

(135) While suposidely employed as a banking advisor in Bolivia, Veciana actually did very little such work, but instead was engaged mostly in an anti-Castro and anti-Communist activities with Bishop. (54) Among the operations instigated by Bishop at the time was an attempt to assassinate Castro in 1971. (55)

(136) According to Veciana, that aborted assassination attempt eventually led to the dissolution of his relationship with Bishop. (56) Although Bishop directed the operation and provided Veciana with intelligence information, (57) Vecuana himself recruited anti-Castro Cuban associates in Caracas to take part in the attempt. (58) Without his knowledge, Veciana and these associates introduced a new element into the plan, a scheme to blame the assassination on certain Russian agents in Caracas. (59) The associates even produced phony documents and photographs.  (60) When Bishop later found out about this unauthorized part of the scheme, he was extremely upset and accused Veciana of being part of it. (61) Although Veciana told Bishop he had no knowledge of it, Bishop apparently did not believe him and eventually suggested that their relationship be terminated. (62).

(137) On July 26, 1973 Bishop arranged for Veciana to meet him in a parking lot…..At that time Bishop gave Veciana a suitcase…..with $253,000 in cash.

IN HIS BOOK THE NIGHTWATCH – 25 YEARS OF PECULIAR SERVICE (pp. 240-241) David Atlee Phillips wrote:

On a weekend in late July an unnerving cable arrived from Mexico City. A source had reported that a man presented himself to the Chilean embassy – walked in Mexico City. He told a Chilean envoy that he had just defected from the CIA because the agency had been persecuting his family. As bona fides he offered Allende’s ambassador “Plan Centaur,” which he described as CIA’s program to overthrow the Chilean government. He had a number of documents and microfilm in code which, he said, only he could decipher. He offered these secrets in return for safe haven in Santiago.

I went into the office on Sunday morning to read the cable. I was not concerned about the validity of Plan Centaur because I knew it did not exist; I was worried that a disaffected staff officer from my Division was using his general knowledge of our operations to enhance a fabrication. The unidentified walk-in, according to the Mexico City information, was an American black, about thirty-five and slim, who claimed to be an expert in codes and ciphers….But I had an uneasy feeling that I hadn’t heard the last of Plan Centaur.

On Monday morning Abe chastised me gently. Abe, who always describe himself as “a lover not a fighter,” told me I must learn that I was now a manager, not an operator. An officer from our Mexico section should have spent Sunday on duty in the office on the Plan Centaur case. The Division Chief had to delegate even the most intriguing cases and allow others to enjoy the excitement of running operations.

Abe was right. I soon found that 95 percent of my time must be devoted to mundane management matters and only a precious few moments to the more interesting development and direction of operations…..