Sunday, March 5, 2023

12 Reasons - With Commentary

 12 Reasons Why Oswald Wasn't the 6th Floor Shooter

JFKcountercoup Thursday, March 24, 2022 

1) There is no evidence Oswald ever bought or owned bullets or ever shot that rifle at any time. 

J. r. Bonner: you buy them with cash and don't get a receipt . i do it all the time till this day .

Frank Badalson   - J.r. Bonner this nonsense of buying bullets...and having to prove someone bought the most ludicrous thought one can have....not surprising he thinks this way. In no case in history has it been required to prove that a suspect bought bullets for their gun that they shot someone with. Absolutely a most profound poorly informed remark.

BK: Well, former FBI agent Bill Turner said that “when investigating hired killings and political assassinations it’s not who pulled the trigger that counts, but who bought the bullets.”

Daniel Girard: There is no evidence he did not either. However, there is a testimony from a Dr Homer Wood stating that he saw Oswald practicing in the Sportdome Gun Range. So, if this story is true, it means that Oswald must have bought bullets somewhere at some time. But then, this is no proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

Girard Also says: There is no evidence he did not either. However, there is a testimony from a Dr Homer Wood stating that he saw Oswald practicing in the Sportdome Gun Range. So, if this story is true, it means that Oswald must have bought bullets somewhere at some time. But then, this is no proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

Vicente S. Velasco  - William Kelly, I read your article and your arguments are weak. Here is a rebuttal for your first five points:  The first point is very weak. As it applied to Oswald, there was no law or regulation that prohibited him from purchasing ammunition. He could buy the ammo from anywhere it was available. There would be no paper records of the purchase unlike that of firearms. He could have just bought it locally and there would be no record thereof.

 2) Oswald's brother Robert wrote in his book - "If Lee did not practice with that rifle in the days and weeks before the assassination he didn't take the shots that killed the president and wounded governor Connally." And the WC says the rifle remained in the blanket in the Paines garage from the time it was brought back from New Orleans until the morning of the assassination, and was never used for practice. 

Daniel Girard: The correct phrase in the book is:” If Lee did not practice with that rifle in the days and weeks before the assassination, then I would say that he didn't take the shots that killed the president and wounded governor Connally.” Robert says this because of the ”eagerness by the Commission to dismiss the one group of witnesses who give us a clear idea of when and where and how Lee learned to use his new rifle with the precision he displayed on November 22”. And the WC has no witness to claim the rifle did not move from the Paines garage before November 22. But then, this is no proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

Vincent Velasco:  Another weak argument. Whether Oswald found time to practice on his rifle is irrelevant. He could have just done some dry-firing on his rifle to work out the kinks, and squeeze off some rounds in some secluded area. Note that he bought the rifle because he wanted to kill General Walker and would not have seen the necessity of using it until he read about the motorcade by the 20th of November. And there was no doubt in Robert Oswald's mind that his brother did it.

 3) Both persons - the only persons to eyeball the package Oswald put in the back seat of Frazers car, Fraser and his sister said the package was too small to contain the rifle, even when broken down. 

Since neither Randle nor Frazier did precisely measure the package and the rifle, it is difficult to ascertain. Randle said the package could have measured “more than 2 feet”. This is quite crude and not explored enough in her testimony. And Frazier “did not pay much attention to it” to be able to measure its length. But then, this is no proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

VV:  Buell Frazier did not pay much attention to the package and accepted Oswald's curtain rod explanation without question. How could he know the exact dimensions of the bag?

 4) When breaking for lunch the floor laying crew raced down on both elevators and Oswald told them to send one back up for him, clearly indicating his intention to return to the lower floors. 

DG: Since both elevators were still on the upper floors after the shooting, this is an indication that Oswald did not use either of them. But then, this is no proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

 5) Shelley saw Oswald on the first floor at 12 noon standing by the telephone, as if waiting for a call. 

DG: This, if true, happened 30 minutes before the shooting, therefore, it is no proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

 6) Oswald said that while reading a newspaper in the Domino Room on the first floor, where his jacket was later found on a window sill, he noticed two black workers walk past who were on the way to the 5th floor. They later testified they did walk past the Dominio Room, so how did Oswald know they went by if he wasn't there? 

DG: The two black workers denied having seen Oswald anywhere after 11:55. So you have the choice between believing Oswald, who pathologically lied during interrogation, or two witnesses who had nothing to gain to lie. And Oswald could have deposited his jacket in the morning. The fact that he did not pick it up after the shots shows how hurried he may have been to leave the building. Still, this is no proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

 7) A secretary said she saw Oswald on the lower floors at 12:15, when people on the street saw a man with a rifle on the 6th floor, a man who could not have been Oswald if he was on the lower floors. 

DG: Mrs Arnold said 12:15, then 12:25. And don’t forget that she said she “caught what she thought of a fleeting glimpse of someone looking like Oswald”. In any case, she was standing outside and had her view to the inside of the building completely blocked by the people standing in the entrance of the TSBD. She likely saw Lovelady because he was wearing a similar pattern-checked shirt. And, even if she saw someone she thought was Oswald at 12:15, this is no proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

8) After watching the motorcade from the curb, TSBD VP Ochis Campbell told a reporter that when reentering the building he saw Oswald standing next to the storage cabinet under the stairs to the second floor.

DG: This is from the New York Herald Tribune article called “Capture: It’s all over now” which contains a mashup of early reports about the assassination (no reporter names mentioned), full of mistakes. And Campbell’s report is in direct contradiction with all his other statements. This cannot be used in trying to establish that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

 9) If Oswald or anyone ran down the back stairs from the 6th floor they would have had to pass Dougherty on the 5th floor landing and the secretaries supervisor on the 4th floor landing, but didn't. 

DG: If Oswald or anyone ran down the back stairs from the 6th floor they would have had to pass Dougherty on the 5th floor landing and the secretaries supervisor on the 4th floor landing, but didn't.

Dougherty’s testimony is so full of hesitations and contradictions, it cannot be considered in any serious analysis of the case. And Styles and Adams testimonies indicate that they went down the stairs later than Oswald may have done. So, this cannot be considered as proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

DG: When DPD officer Baker arrived on the 2nd floor following Roy Truly, he noticed Oswald through the window of the closed door that led to the lunchroom and investigated. If Oswald was the 6th floor shooter and came down those steps, he would have had to go through that door, but didn't or Truly, ahead of Baker would have seen him moments before Baker saw him through the window. But Truly didn't see him because Oswald entered the hallway to the lunchroom from the secretaries office, the same way he left with a coke.

 10) When DPD officer Baker arrived on the 2nd floor following Roy Truly, he noticed Oswald through the window of the closed door that led to the lunchroom and investigated. If Oswald was the 6th floor shooter and came down those steps, he would have had to go through that door, but didn't or Truly, ahead of Baker would have seen him moments before Baker saw him through the window. But Truly didn't see him because Oswald entered the hallway to the lunchroom from the secretaries office, the same way he left with a coke. 

DG: One easier explanation is that Truly did not look in that direction, he was more focussed on going up the stairs. Still, this is no proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.


 11) If Oswald had been the 6th floor gunman, blew the president's head open, ran across the 6th floor, ditched the rifle, ran down the steps in less than 90 seconds, he would have been hyperventilating and out of breath, as Marina said he was an hour after the Walker shooting. But Truly, Baker and a secretary who saw him said Oswald was cool, calm and collected, and not like anyone who just killed someone and ran across a floor and down 4 flights of steps. 

DG: If Oswald had been the 6th floor gunman, blew the president's head open, ran across the 6th floor, ditched the rifle, ran down the steps in less than 90 seconds, he would have been hyperventilating and out of breath, as Marina said he was an hour after the Walker shooting. But Truly, Baker and a secretary who saw him said Oswald was cool, calm and collected, and not like anyone who just killed someone and ran across a floor and down 4 flights of steps.

Numerous people have recreated Oswald’s flight from the sniper’s nest to the 2nd floor lunchroom, taking time to “ditch the rifle” in less than 90 seconds, less than 60 seconds actually. Without running. And none was “out of breath”. This cannot be considered as a proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting because he had plenty of time to get to the lunchroom before Baker saw him.

 12) Both eye witnesses to the 6th floor gunman said he wore a white shirt, while Oswald wore brown. 

DG: Eyewitness testimony is notoriously inaccurate, this has been proven in several experiments involving dozens of people seeing the same event perpetrated by the same individual but could not be unanimous in his description. But then, in plain daylight, if you would happen to look at someone hiding in the shadow of a window and wearing a white T-shirt, this is what would have been visible. But then, eyewitnesses did see a gunman at the window of the 6th floor. It could have been Oswald so this cannot be considered as proof that Oswald .was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

VV  he did wear a white t-shirt . that day . he was arrested with it on

BK: A white undershirt, beneith the brown open colar shirt. So he took the brown shirt off to take the shots, then put it back on while he was running down the steps? That’s Vinnie Travolta dancing around the facts.

 13) Bonus item - Amos Eunis, one eye witnesses, said numerous times in his short WC testimony, that the 6th floor gunman had a very distinctive bald spot, a characteristic not shared with Oswald. 

DG: See previous item 10 about eyewitness testimony. This cannot be considered as proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

 14) Brennan, the other eyewitnesses, told a policeman that if he saw the gunman again he would recognize him. Standing at the bottom of the front stairs next to a police car Brennan saw, recognized an d pointed out to a policeman the black workers from the 5th floor window, who were taken in for questioning. Moments later however, he didn't recognize Oswald as the 6th floor shooter as he walked out the door, went down the steps and walked east on Elm. 

DG: That is because he did not look at him, so simple. Yet, this cannot be considered as proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

 15) Going against those who claim he did it for historical recognition, Oswald denied committing the deed and told his brother not to believe "the so called evidence," and I think we should take that advice.

DG: Yes, we should take advice from everything Oswald has said during his interrogation, should we not? And you seem to forget that Robert Oswald is convinced his brother is guilty. Still, this cannot be considered as proof that Oswald was not on the 6th floor at the time of the shooting.

BK Notes: Those who continue to maintain that Oswald was the lone shooter and there was no conspiracy must resolve each of these items, while if one is correct, Oswald is exonerated. And these are some of the reasons why most people do not believe Oswald was the lone assassin or the assassin at all and was what he claimed to be – a Patsy.

J.r. Bonner

i have limited knowledge

BK: We recognize that.

but i'll give your 12 questions a try .🤣🤣

2. oswald's brother said he did it . there's no evidence he didn't practice with it .

3. frazier said he didn't pay much attention to the package .

true frazier didn't believe the rifle would fit in the package .

4. clearly to have the elevator to go down to escape and not be seen on the stairs .

5. president was shot at 12:30

what he was doing at 12

isn't relevant .

why is this relevant ?

6. he had been working there for months , you do a normal routine . he knew that routine . and he knew they would be there .

7. which secretary are you referring to?

you'll have to be more specific . are you saying the one that saw him with a coke ?

8. how can he be under the cabinet when the dpd saw him in the lunchroom at the coke machine ?

was this after wards?


9. he took the elevator you were crying about

in #4.

10. truly was one the first floor when baker came in

neither could see oswald on the second floor or how he got there .

11. no he wouldn't be out of breath , they've done this several times in re enactments . he had plenty of time .


so i answered yours

let's see if you can answer mine .

who's rifle was found on the sixth floor of the tsbd that day ?

BK: Oswalds

2. was lho an employee

of the tsbd and at work that day ?

BK: Yes

who's palm print was found on the rifle barrel of the found gun on the 6 th floor that day ?

BK: Oswalds

when oswald was arrested what clothing did he have on in his mug shot?

He was arrested with a brown open collar shirt.

brennan saw oswald fire the rifle .

his description was pretty spot on .

BK:  Brennan didn’t ID Oswald.

how did he see oswald if he was in the lunch room?

was he in on the frame up?

why did oswald leave the building and go home and get a pistol

BK: He suspected somethi ng was up. If he knew he would need it why didn’t he take it with him to work?

who was alek hidell ?

BK: One of Oswald’s aliases

who is lee harvey oswald ?

BK: You tell me.

how did the bullets match up to the rifle ?

BK: The shells matched up to the rifle, only the magic bullet and the unspent bullet were left.

how did the casings match up to the rifle?

BK: You mean the shells? They had been run through that chamber at some point in time.

how did the casings match to the pistol ?

BK:  I don’t know.

Why don’t all conspiracy theories come to the same conclusion?

BK: I don’t study silly conspiracy theories, I am trying to resolve a homicide.

why is there 25 different ones and only one ln ?

BK: Because only one of them is correct.


Friday, February 17, 2023


 Foreknowledge & JFK Assassination


Sun Tzu said: “Now the reason the enlightened Prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge.”

“What is called foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits nor from gods. Nor by analogy with past events, nor from calculations. It must be obtained from men who know the enemy situation.” – The Art of War – Chapter XII – Employment of Secret Agents.

One of the hallmarks and “fingerprints of intelligence” that makes the assassination of President Kennedy a covert intelligence operation is the foreknowledge certain people had of the event, and expressing it to others before it occurred.

– Bray – See: Bray v. Bendix trial transcripts re: JEFCOTT.

– Cambridge, England – Telephone call. See: Bowen, Howard.

– Cheramie, Rose – Jack Ruby associate. See: Louisiana State Police (HSCA)

– Dinkin, Eugene B. – American soldier in Germany, claims to have picked up on the assassination plot from Army Security Agency monitor of OAS, the Algerian French Generals, went AOL and tried to inform American ambassador. See : Russell, Dick, TMWKTM.

– Grace, William – “Shortly before the assassination an executive of the Grace Lines was found unconscious in the street. Taken to a hospital, he mumbled that the president was to be shot. He had an appointment with Army Intelligence agents before he was found.” – (Paris Flamonde, The Kennedy Conspiracy). Also : “An executive of the Grace Lines suffered a concussion after coming into contact with an Army Intelligence agent. While in a delirium he said, ‘The President is in danger!…”. [Also NoteLHO wrote to mother/brother he “made reservations on a Grace liner.” ]

– Martinez, Jorge Soto – On Nov. 1, told Lillian Springler at Parrot Jungle in Miami JFK to be killed by “Lee, been to Russia, Mexico.” JSM lived in apartment above Mike McLaney’s garage, former Cuban Customs, worked at Fountainblu Hotel.

– Martino, John – To his wife, on the morning of the assassination (See: Summers, Vanity Fair, SWHT), also Larry Hancock’s “Someone Would Have Talked.”

– Milteer, Joseph – (RIP Feb. 28, 1974) Alias Samuel Steven Story. See: William Agusta Somerset – Agent 88 – undercover conversations. NO, April 63.

– Odio, Syliva – See: Fonzi, Gaeton (HSCA; The Last Investigation)/ Russell, Dick (TMWKTM).

– Oxnard, California telephone call – See: Peter Noyes, Legacy of Doubt.

– Paine, Michael – Was talking about political assassination as JFK was being killed.

– Philbrick, Herbert – See: Jean Hill. Philbrick expressed foreknowledge of the assassination.

– Rivera, Jose, Dr. (Col. USAR) – See: Adele Edisen (ARRB). Rivera not only expressed foreknowledge of JFK’s assassination, but also of his son Patrick’s premature death and that LHO would move into the apartment on Magazine Street, New Orleans before LHO knew.

– Underhill, G. Garrett – See: Turner, William, Ramparts.

Are There CIA Connections To Oswald?

 Are there CIA connections to Lee Oswald? – Part 1


Voice correspondent

Rolf Mowatt–Larssen spent 25 years working for the CIA as an intelligence officer, going undercover and serving in various domestic and international posts, like chief of station in Moscow. His awards include the CIA’s Director’s Award and Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, to name a few.

He hunted moles and hired spies during his career and spoke about his thoughts on the JFK assassination at a Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA) meeting in Dallas. Drawing on years of experience and access to files, he laid out a possible explanation of how Lee Harvey Oswald could have been set up as the assassin of President Kennedy.

Mowatt-Larssen began his presentation, titled “Marked for Assassination: Who Killed JFK?” by asking a question. How could the CIA keep a secret for 56 years? Answering that question he said it’s because as an organization the CIA was not the killer of Kennedy.

However, he said a small group of rogue CIA personnel could have done it and there would be no records of their actions, adding that was the case with several operations he was involved with, no records, not a hint of his actions.

In his scenario, only top CIA people could have been involved due to their experience and competency. A rogue operation would be indistinguishable from a lone gunman to the extent the operation was planned and carried out flawlessly by experts (operations officers) in the craft of intelligence.

Mowatt-Larssen said it all starts with James Angleton, chief of counterintelligence at the time, and the man who would have had the reports coming in on Oswald starting back in 1959 when Oswald defected to Russia.

Solving the mystery involves 4 considerations: motive, access to recruiting Oswald, opportunity to misappropriate CIA sources and the ability to sell the lone gunman cover story. And there is a wild card to consider, as well, he said, that being coincidence.

The motive: the huge failure at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, when Kennedy refused air cover to support the U.S. - driven invading anti-Castro Cubans who were quickly defeated, killed and imprisoned. And the Oct. 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when hawks would again have seen Kennedy as a weak sister, not standing up to the global Communist threat.

Access: the recruiting of Oswald in Dallas (without CIA knowledge). Someone would have had to make a “pitch” to Oswald. Mowatt-Larssen said Oswald was on CIA radar for years because of his 1959 defection to Russia, but it wasn’t until the April 10, 1963, attempt on the life of General Edwin Walker that would have spurred CIA planners into action, because it could have been the beginning of actions used to demonstrate Oswald as a killer.

Oswald’s ctions included coming up with a detailed plan to kill Walker, such things as taking photos of the area and looking into escape routes and a hiding place for his rifle.

Who would have made that pitch, that access agent? There are a couple of possibilities: George DeMohrenschildt who knew Oswald had a rifle, who asked Oswald if he shot at Walker, which shocked Oswald, and who had contacts with CIA for many years.  Or DeMohrenschild’s handler, J. Walton Moore, the CIA chief in Dallas for domestic contacts. (Note: On March 29, 1977, hours after the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) highly regarded investigator Gaeton Fonzi tried to contact DeMohrenschildt, he committed suicide.  Local P.D. called DeMohrenschildt’s death very strange. 

Earlier that day author/researcher, Edward J. Epstein interviewed DeMohrenschildt and has said DeMohrenschildt told him CIA had asked him to keep tabs on Oswald. And in Fonzi’s book, “The Last Investigation,” Fonzi says the HSCA never truly delved into most of the evidence dealing with CIA-Oswald connections).

Oswald, Mowatt-Larssen said, had an ego, was vulnerable and could be blackmailed to the extent that a CIA asset could have told him they knew he shot at Walker, but would keep quiet about it if Oswald would work with him. Mowatt-Larssen noted that like many of his own operations, there would be no record of any of this in CIA documentation.

Shortly after the Walker shooting they would have wanted Oswald out of town, so they sent him to New Orleans. Interestingly, at about this time, DeMohrenschild and Moore also left Dallas. Oswald went to New Orleans with orders to establish anti-Castro connections, which he did with people like Carlos Bringuier, Guy Banister, and David Ferrie who were also CIA connected.

Mowatt-Larssen says at this point, Oswald is not sure of what’s going on, what he’s actually involved with and who’s behind these associations he’s making. He’s distressed and begins to look for a way out. He begins using an alias (A.J. Hidell) and, like DeMohrenschild and Moore, wants out of the country. So he goes to Mexico City to get a visa to travel to Russia via Cuba, but his efforts are thwarted. He’s turned down at both the Russian and Cuban embassies, which are under heavy CIA surveillance with cameras and bugging devices.

So Oswald returns to Dallas, again meets with the CIA access agent (perhaps Maurice Bishop who many, including Fonzi, think is CIA officer David Atlee Phillips) and is re-recruited. It’s explained to him that an escape route is in place for him, a car perhaps just a few blocks away, then a flight out of the country, piloted by Ferrie, a former commercial airline pilot and associate of New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello. Trust us, he’s told. We’ll get you out of Dallas. You’re the gunman at the rear.

As soon as you shoot, leave the rifle and leave the depository with nothing incriminating.

Mowatt-Larssen said there could be a need to eliminate Oswald and here again is where the Mafia comes in. CIA had been working with the Mob for years trying to assassinate Castro and the Mafia would also have knowledge and access to a local nightclub owner, Jack Ruby, to do their bidding.

Killing Kennedy would benefit both the CIA and the Mafia.  

The former CIA officer said when Oswald blurted out at Dallas Police Headquarters that ‘I’m just a patsy,” it shows that he knew he’d been set up and abandoned. Evidence of this is Oswald’s actions after leaving the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD), where just by coincidence, Mowatt-Larssen said, he happened to get a job.

Oswald, who had meticulously planned the Walker shooting, had no exfiltration plan, because he had been told by his handler that a plan was in place for him, but there was no plan in place as Oswald found out after leaving the TSBD.

Mowatt-Larssen sees Oswald as panic-stricken at this point. Here’s a guy who had a meticulous plan to escape the shooting of General Walker, but obviously has no plan after shooting the President. The getaway car is nowhere to be found, so he’s on his own. He first gets on a bus that begins to take him right back to the scene of the crime. So he gets off the bus, gets a taxi and has the driver drop him off blocks from where he lives at 1026 N. Beckley. Arriving a little before 1 p.m., he grabs a jacket and his revolver.

Minutes later he is stopped by DPD officer J.D. Tippit, who he shoots and then runs away, discarding his jacket to again change his appearance. He hides in a darkened theater, wondering what to do next. But his suspicious actions on Jefferson St. were noticed by shoe store worker Johnny Brewer who saw Oswald duck into the alcove of the store when police cars came by and then sees Oswald go into the Texas Theater without buying a ticket, thus police are called to the scene. He’s arrested, pulls a gun on Officer M.N. McDonald and slugs him, in a useless attempt to free himself.

Mowatt-Larssen ends with this note: even if the CIA, as an organization, got wind of all this there is no way they would come forward because it would mean the end of the CIA.

As for clues to learn more, Rolf suggested looking at 3 CIA employees – Jake Esterline - Station Chief of the JMWAVE station in Miami that headed up anti-Castro operations, Charles D. Ford - also involved with anti-Castro Cuban operations) and J. Walton Moore - CIA head in Dallas. “Start with motive, combined with the ability to pull it off,” he said.

“I still believe in the agency and I still believe in our government,” the long time agent said.

Readers may wonder, as I have many times, why would an organization use someone like Oswald for an assassination plot? Oswald, we are told, was a malcontent, a loser, a loner, angry at the U.S. and later the Soviet system of government. Why would a person like that be recruited?

According to author James H. Johnston, in his excellent book, “Murder Inc.; The CIA Under John F. Kennedy,” he was told, while serving as a lawyer for the 1975 Senate Intelligence Committee, by a briefer, that this is “precisely” the kind of person the Soviets used during World War II.

Noting John Barron’s 1974 book, “KGB: The Secret Work of Soviet Secret Agents,” the Soviets searched for people who “were hurt by fate….those suffering from an inferiority complex, craving power and influence….defeated by unfavorable circumstances…..the sense of belonging to an influential powerful organization will give them a feeling of superiority…..for the first time in their lives they will experience a sense of importance.”  

As Johnston points out, the Warren Commission noted that Oswald “was moved by an overriding hostility to his environment. He does not appear to have been able to establish meaningful relationships with other people. He was perpetually discontented with the world around him. He sought for himself a place in history – a role as a ‘great man’.”  To me that sounds like a close match for whom intelligence agencies look for in terms of recruits.

I was impressed with Mowatt-Larssen’s presentation. I disagree on some of his points, but wanted an expert opinion, so I contacted Jefferson Morley, author of 2 highly regarded books that relate to the JFK assassination: “Our Man in Mexico,” and “The Ghost: The Secret Life of Spymaster James Jesus Angleton.” Morley, along with John Newman, author of “Oswald and the CIA,” have worked tirelessly for years to pry information from the CIA by taking the agency to court as well as finding related documents. I attempted to contact Newman without success.

So what about the presentation Mr. Morley? Morley’s thoughts, first noted in “Counterpunch,” January 2020 issue and the Mary Ferrell Foundation website, are that the presentation was compelling. “What he brings to the historical record of JFK’s murder is not new facts, but an original frame of analysis. He sees Dealey Plaza through the eyes of a covert operator.”

Morley spent time with Mowatt-Laurssen after the presentation and has more thoughts to share. “I learned Mowatt-Laurssen embraces the theory that the JFK assassination was the work of rogue CIA officers. Is he advancing some hidden institutional agenda to shape perception of the JFK assassination story?  Maybe, but after spending time with him I have no reason not to take at face value his sincere interest in the JFK story. Certainly no retired CIA officer has ever publically offered an interpretation of Nov. 22, 1963 that is so grounded in tradecraft and the documentary record, and so incriminating of agency personnel.”

Others are not so sure saying Mowatt-Larssen is just the latest CIA attempt at covering up what really took place.

Part 2 .

Within the CIA was James Angleton’s Special Investigations Group (SIG), part of CIA’s Counterintelligence (CI) department. SIG/CI had what’s called a “201” file on Lee Oswald as of Dec. 9, 1960, 3 years before the assassination. That 201 file was opened by Angleton staffer Ann Egerter.  

On May 17, 1978, she was questioned by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA).  During the questioning she explained what a 201 file was, and why such a file would be opened. A 201 was opened on those people who SIG/CI saw as being of an intelligence interest or for some reason under suspicion of being a security risk. And it’s clear in the testimony that SIG/CI gets involved with matters relating to “agency personnel.” Does that include Oswald? Egerter had previously said in a March 31, 1978, interview with the HSCA that the SIG office “spied on spies.”

Was Oswald 1 of those spies?

Why the date of Dec. 9, 1960, for opening a 201 on Oswald?  As far as we know, nothing of significance occurred on that date (he was in Russia at the time). Why wouldn’t a 201 file have been opened on Oswald when he told the American Embassy in Moscow, on Oct. 31, 1959, that he was defecting and was a U.S. Marine with radar secrets he could share? Could it be that CIA knew about Oswald in 1959, but didn’t want other agencies aware of him until Dec. 1960?

The CIA has said the 201 file opening date is as a result of Oswald’s name appearing on a list of defectors that was sent to them by the State Department. But other records show that list was sent to CIA on Oct. 25, 1960.

Therefore it seems possible that SIG, run by Angleton, probably was aware of Oswald before opening the 201 file. CIA saw him as being of intelligence interest. This is confirmed by CIA document 104-10067-10212, dated Nov. 25, 1963, which concludes by saying “…..that we showed operational intelligence interest in the Harvey story.”

On Nov. 3, 1994, authors/researchers Jefferson Morley and John Newman interviewed CIA employee Jane Roman, who worked in the liaison staff of Angleton’s CI staff as a releasing officer. She handled many Oswald-related documents. She told them that she had signed off on a document - an FBI report on Oswald’s Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC) activities in New Orleans - which she knew to be untrue. She also distanced herself from the matter saying she was not in on any “hanky-panky as far as the Cuban situation.” And she made an incredible statement when asked about the issue of an untrue report saying, “Well, to me, it’s indicative of a keen interest in Oswald, held very closely on a need-to-know basis.”

And there is this: a May 23, 1963, report made by Angleton to CIA Deputy Director of Plans (DDP), Richard Helms, and disseminated throughout the intelligence community, the Dept. of State, FBI, U.S. Coast Guard, USIA, Department of Defense and elsewhere (but not the White House). It was about Cuban control and action capabilities covering training of subversive, sabotage and espionage agents in Cuba and the development of Cuban Communism. It describes the types and extent of Cuban government controls of the population in Cuba and summarizes the means by which the Cubans can place its personnel and use those of other countries for pro-Cuban activities. Under a section called “Suppression of travel information,” Angleton talks about travelers who wish to conceal the fact that they have visited Cuba.

The document states, “For such persons the Cuban government issues visas to Cuba on separate paper, so that no mark of entry to Cuba appears in the regular passport. An American citizen, for example, can enter Mexico with a tourist card, not even a passport, and obtain a separate visa to Cuba from the Cuban consulate in Mexico City. He can go to Cuba and return, supplied with a new tourist card obtained in Cuba, without any indication that he has ever been there.” Sound familiar?

Four months later, this is exactly what Lee Harvey Oswald was up to. How would he know how to go about this? When Oswald showed up in Mexico City, stopping at Cuban and Soviet embassies, Mexico City CIA Deputy Chief of Station Allan White told the HSCA that Oswald “became someone of considerable operational interest.”

And the CIA tried to hide things by not allowing the HSCA the opportunity to interview other relevant Mexico City CIA staffers, adding that no such interview is to be arranged and HSCA “should not speak to them even if they were locatable by other means.”

Even before the HSCA’s existence, Angleton testified on Sept. 24, 1975, before the Church Committee on intelligence agencies, saying, “It is inconceivable that a secret intelligence arm of the government has to comply with all overt orders of the government,” thus basically saying CIA withholds information.

Additionally, back in March 1964, DDP Helms told Angleton subordinate Ray Rocca, that Angleton “would prefer to wait out the (Warren) Commission” in terms of supplying documents and interviews. The same was true during the HSCA investigation, as noted in Gaeton Fonzi’s “The Last Investigation,” which gives an example of a staffer’s attempt to get files from the CIA and the run around that followed.

In 1993, Soviet Col. Oleg Nechiporenko, stationed in Mexico City at the time of Oswald’s visit, published a book, “Passport to Assassination.” In that book he talks about Oswald in Mexico City and that Oswald hinted that he was on a secret mission while in Russia back in 1959 to 1962. And, as Oswald left the Russian Embassy, he “raised the collar of his jacket to conceal his face and thus attempt to avoid being clearly photographed.” This strongly suggests Oswald knew of the CIA’s surveillance of the Embassy.

CIA, in 1967, likely because of the Garrison investigation of Clay Shaw in New Orleans, also made plans to counter criticism of the Warren Report, noting that public opinion and critics are increasingly showing a belief that Oswald did not act alone. “This trend of opinion is a matter of concern to the U.S. government, including our organization,” says an April, 1967 CIA document which has a note in the lower right corner saying, “Destroy when no longer needed.”

And there is a document that shows that Warren Commissioner Allen Dulles, former director of CIA and fired by JFK after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, advised the agency on how to respond to Warren Commission requests.

Dulles also, during a Jan. 27, 1964, Commission executive session discussion about agents and handlers, said that records “might not be on paper,” and added that whoever recruited an agent wouldn’t tell, not even under oath.

And there is a letter from HSCA chairman Louis Stokes to the CIA dated Oct. 13, 1978, that complains about CIA not handing over requested documents.

One reason the committee did not receive documents is because the CIA’s liaison to HSCA was the same man, George Joannides, that handled aspects of anti-Castro Cuban operations back in 1963. Thus a conflict of interest, for sure.

This is significant for several reasons. First, because of Joannides firsthand knowledge of 1963 events he would know what not to send the committee. Secondly, he had a strong reason not to assist the committee because it would have opened up a huge can of worms regarding Oswald and those Cuban ops. Thirdly it would show continued CIA deception because Joannides name could have been on the related documents.

Taking all this into account I think it’s clear that a CIA – Oswald connection, at some level, existed from 1959 until Nov. 22, 1963.  If that’s not the case then why are there many documents on Oswald at several government agencies? Why are some documents still being withheld? Why have agency personnel admitted an operational or intelligence interest in Oswald if there was no interest? And why all the obfuscation by the CIA during governmental investigations of Oswald?

A few other tantalizing tidbits: Dallas Mayor Earle Cabell was a CIA contact since 1956. His brother, Gen. Charles Cabell was a CIA deputy director. Among Oswald’s possessions was a small Minox spy camera. Dallas police detective Gus Rose has stated that it was found in Oswald’s sea bag in Ruth Paine’s garage and that the FBI tried to get him to change the record to say it was a Minox light meter.

Right after the shooting in Dallas, Robert Kennedy called CIA and asked if they were involved in his brother’s murder. He also asked CIA Director John McCone and McCone denied it, which one would expect. Robert Kennedy also checked into anti-Castro involvement.

The point being that on Nov. 22, 1963, JFK’s brother/U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy suspected others were involved. Why? In my opinion because RFK was well aware of CIA/Mafia/anti-Castro Cuban operations, he knew their capabilities and their hatred of his brother.

Space does not allow for even more documentation of CIA hindrance of investigations and interest in Oswald, so I end with this: an example of interest in Oswald can be seen in CIA document 104-10051-10167. It’s a 16-page document listing various reports, files and documents about Oswald. In other words, it took 16 pages just to list them all.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

NARA Seeks Check for Classified Docs

 National Archives asks representatives of past six administrations to check for classified documents



The National Archives and Records Administration is asking representatives of the six most recent past presidential administrations to comb through their personal records again to check for any classified or other presidential records, according to the text of a letter obtained by CBS News. 

The request comes after documents with classification markings were found at the private residences of former Vice President Mike Pence, former President Donald Trump and President Joe BidenCNN was first to report the requests from NARA to past presidents and vice presidents. 

The Presidential Records Act, passed during former President Jimmy Carter's administration but not effective until the Reagan administration, outlines requirements for the preservation and turning over of all presidential records upon leaving office. The National Archives is responsible for the storage and safekeeping of those records. Letters were sent to representatives of the Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, H.W. Bush and Reagan administrations. 

"Over the last year there have been several instances reported in the media where records containing classified information and subject to the Presidential Records Act (PRA) have been identified outside of the physical custody of the National Archives and Records Administration," the letters say. "... The responsibility to comply with the PRA does not diminish after the end of an administration. Therefore, we request that you conduct an assessment of any materials held outside of NARA that relate to the Administration for which you serve as a designated representative under the PRA, to determine whether bodies of materials previously assumed to be personal in nature might inadvertently contain Presidential or Vice Presidential records subject to the PRA, whether classified or unclassified."

 The United States National Archives building is shown on October 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES

The most recent revelations of records marked as classified came from Pence, whose team disclosed earlier this week that documents marked classified were found at his Indiana home and turned over to authorities. The documents were among boxes of briefing books and papers dealing with foreign trips, according to two people familiar with the discovery of them. Part of the explanation from one source is that Trump discouraged aides from preparing to move out, so "Pence's aides didn't begin packing until after the Capitol attack." 

This summer, the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump's primary residence at Mar-a-Lago that yielded hundreds of documents marked classified. The National Archives had asked the Justice Department to intervene after multiple requests to turn over documents. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to investigate

The Biden White House has been tight-lipped when asked repeatedly by reporters whether the administration should reform its procedures for classified records, or whether all past former presidents should check their records for any classified documents. 

"I would refer you to the White House Counsel office. I'm just not going to comment on any change of procedure — procedure, how things should move forward," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in the unhelpful phrase that has become all-too familiar to White House journalists. "I would refer you to the White House Counsel's office." 

According to a source familiar with the matter, on Nov. 10, a senior official in the Justice Department National Security Division wrote a letter to Mr. Biden's legal team asking for their cooperation with the department's inquiry into the documents.

The Justice Department official asked specifically that Mr. Biden's legal team secure the materials from the Penn Biden Center and refrain from further reviewing them or moving them, the source said. The official also requested that the Biden team provide the Justice Department formal consent to review the Penn Biden materials and provide a list of other known locations where relevant materials might be stored, per the source.

The source said that the Biden team agreed that they would inform the Justice Department if they learned, or had reason to believe, such records might be in any other location.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate intelligence committee told "Face the Nation" that they needed to access to the documents found in Trump and Mr. Biden's possession. 

"Our job is not to figure out if somebody mishandled those. Our job is to make sure there's not an intelligence compromise," Democratic Senate intelligence committee chair Mark Warner said. "And while the director of national intelligence had been willing to brief us earlier, now that you've got the special counsel, the notion that we're going to be left in limbo and we can't do our job — that just cannot stand."

CBS News has reached out to representatives of former officeholders. 

A source close to former President Obama said they turned over everything to NARA upon Mr. Obama's departure from office. 

Freddy Ford, former President George W. Bush's aide said, "All of our presidential records — classified and unclassified — were turned over to NARA upon leaving the White House." 

Former President Bill Clinton's office said, "All of President Clinton's classified materials were properly turned over to NARA in accordance with the Presidential Records Act." 

A spokesperson for Carter told CBS News they "looked into this" and "no one at The Carter Center, in President Carter's personal office, or the current director of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum recalls any instance of classified documents being found at his home or office."

FBI Director Christopher Wray, at an unrelated press conference on Thursday, said, "We have had for quite a number of years any number of mishandling investigations. That is unfortunately a regular part of our counterintelligence division's and counterintelligence program's work."

— Robert Costa, Arden Farhi and Nancy Cordes contributed to this report. 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Oversight Committee Stacked with Anti-Biden Republicans

Dream Team: Oversight Committee Stacked with Conservative Firebrands

January 17, 2023

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The House Republican Steering Committee on Tuesday selected several conservative firebrands to serve on the Oversight Committee during the 118th Congress, including multiple members who previously had their committee assignments stripped by House Democrats during the previous Congress.

The GOP-led House Oversight Committee will be composed of Reps. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Eric Burlison (R-MO), Byron Donalds (R-FL), Chuck Edwards (R-NC), Russell Fry (R-SC), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Nick Langworthy (R-NY), Jake LaTurner (R-KS), Gary Palmer (R-AL), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Scott Perry (R-PA), Lisa McClain (R-MI), Pete Sessions (R-TX), and William Timmons (R-SC).

“I’m honored to be joining the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability,” Boebert tweeted after the Steering Committee’s selections. “Chairman @RepJamesComer, let’s get to work!”

The Steering Committee selections will have to be approved by a vote from the entire House Republican conference, which “typically approves the Steering Committee’s recommendations,” according to The Hill.

In the weeks leading up to the 118th Congress, Biden’s White House announced they would not co comply with GOP oversight requests until they officially took majority control of the House.

However, Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has recently begun probing President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents after reports that several boxes of White House records from his tenure as vice president were found in multiple locations.

Reps. Green and Gosar’s appointments to the Oversight Committee are significant because both members were stripped of their committee assignments by Democrats during the previous Congress.

House Democrats in February 2021, just one month after she took office, voted to remove Green from her committee assignments amid controversy surrounding her social media activity.

Then, in November 2021, House Democrats voted to remove Gosar from his committee assignments, which included the Oversight Committee, after he posted a controversial anime edited video to his Twitter account.

Along with investigating Biden’s handling of classified documents, the Republican-led Oversight Committee has also pledged to investigate the Biden White House for several things, including the ongoing border and fentanyl crises, the energy crisis, Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Hunter Biden’s business dealings, and the origins of the coronavirus.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The Joint Chiefs of Staff meet with German General Staff 11/22/63

 According to William Manchester in his award winning The Death of a President: November 22-November 25, 1963,

On Friday, November 22 in Washington DC, "Tight security was also enforced in the Pentagon's Gold Room, down the hall from McNamara, where the Joint Chiefs of Staff were in session with the commanders of the West German Bundeswehr [armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany]. General Maxwell Taylor, the Chiefs' elegant, scholarly Chairman, dominated one side of the table; opposite him was General Friedrich A. Foertsch, Inspector General of Bonn's armed forces. Everyone was dressed to the nines—the Germans out of Pflicht [duty], the Americans because they knew the Germans would be that way—and the meeting glittered with gay ribbons and braid. . . .

Simultaneously the Pentagon’s command center sounded a buzzer, awakening General Maxwell Taylor, who was napping in his office between sessions with the Germans. McNamara had a tremendous reputation, and he deserved it. Despite his deep feeling for the President — the emotional side of his personality had been overlooked by the press, but it was very much there — he kept his head and made all the right moves. An ashen- faced aide came in with the bulletin. Jerry Wiesner studied the man’s expression as the secretary read it. Wiesner thought: The Bomb’s been dropped. McNamara quietly handed the slip around — Wiesner felt momentary relief; anything was better than a nuclear holocaust — and then the Secretary acted quickly. Adjourning his conference, he sent Mac Bundy back to the White House in a Defense limousine and conferred with Taylor and the other Joint Chiefs. Over the JCS signature they dispatched a flash warning to every American military base in the world; 

1. Press reports President Kennedy and Governor Connally of Texas shot and critically injured. Both in hospital at Dallas, Texas. No official information yet, will keep you informed. 

 Manchester continues . . . In the Pentagon McNamara and the Joint Chiefs remained vigilant, though after their conference in the Secretary's office the Chiefs decided they should leave sentry duty to subordinate sentinels and rejoin their meeting. General Taylor in particular felt that it was important to present a picture of stability and continuity, that it would be an error to let their visitors from Bonn suspect the depth of the tragedy until more was known. 

At 2:30 he and his colleagues filed back into the Gold Room. He told the Germans briefly that President Kennedy had been injured. General Friedrich Foertsch replied for his comrades that they hoped the injury was not too serious. The Chiefs did not reply, and for the next two hours they put on a singular performance. Aware that the shadow of a new war might fall across the room at any time, they continued the talks about dull military details, commenting on proposals by Generals Wessel and Huekelheim and shuffling papers and directives with steady hands. Even for men with their discipline it was a stony ordeal, and it was especially difficult for Taylor, who had to lead the discussion and whose appointment as Chairman had arisen from his close relationship with the President. As America’s first soldier he would be expected to make the first military decision should war come. Meanwhile he had to sit erect and feign an interest in logistics and combined staff work. At 4:30 the meeting ended on schedule. The Joint Chiefs rose together and faced their rising guests. Taylor said evenly, “I regret to tell you that the President of the United States has been killed.” 

The Germans, bred to stoicism, collapsed in their chairs.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

More on Dr. Fritz Remmler

 Dr. Friedrich Wilhelm "Fritz" Remmler (1890-1972), Hunter & Falconer

Friedrich Remmler was born to a German family Son of a German father and a Swedish mother, Remmler grew up in Finland and developed a passion for hunting at an early age. As a teenager, he acquired and trained a golden eagle for hunting, becoming the first hunter in Finland to do so. This led to the opportunity to hunt on the Kirgiz steppe with the Kazakhs, expert falconers whose eagles took down full-size wolves.

Remmler started to go on the hunting expeditions, through his father’s business contacts, he was invited to a wolf hunt on a Russian estate where the vodka-drenched all-night carousing is more dangerous than the animals.

In his book he skis after lynx in the bitter cold of a Finnish winter, spends a terrifying night adrift on an ice floe while hunting seals, is nearly washed out to sea on an island duck hunt, and meets a mysterious hunter who calls in wolves by howling. Later, running a business that supplies live animals to zoos, Remmler takes on the challenge of trapping live moose in nets. and grew up in the Grand Duchy of Finland, hunting & shooting at every opportunity in what is now Finland, Karelia and Russia. He pursued wolves with borzois as a guest of the Neratovs, ran down lynx, bears & more wolves with famous Finnish huntsmen, hunted seals on ice floes with commercial sealers where he was swept off in an ice storm, surviving only by luck.

He visited Russia's great eagle market at Orenburg, and made innumerable observations on the society around him. After WWI Remmler he ran a business in Finland, collecting wild animals live for zoos and collections around the world, pioneering the safe trapping of elk. Remmler came to Canada from Germany in 1951 and was employed as a gamekeeper for General Motors, where he helped maintain land owned by the automaker on Griffith’s Island on Georgian Bay, near Owen Sound, Ont. He also spent four years working as an officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.Eventually, he and his family emigrated to rural Ontario where he wrote this memoir.

He retired in 1964 but that didn’t mean he had stopped working. He continued to dabble in films, making children’s movies for the National Film Board of Canada, most notably, 1966’s “The Bear and the Mouse”, a variation on a fable by Aesop where mouse comes to the aid of a trapped bear in return for past favour. The bear catches and then frees a mouse; later, the mouse chews an escape route for his trapped friend. He passed away in 1972 as a result of a massive heart attack.

“The Memoirs of a Hunter- Experiences in Finland and Russia, 1904-1930” (published in August 2009.) The book is a true tale of hunting in the frozen wilderness of another time. Friedrich describes his adventures in graphic detail. His words are complemented by illustrations by Russian artist Vadim Gorbatov. Ingmar Remmler was doing a little housecleaning when he came across a hidden gem that had been buried for more than 35 years. It was a 450-page manuscript, written in German, that was completed by his father Friedrich, shortly before he died at 82 years of age in 1972 “I found the manuscript at home,” Ingmar said as he held up the work. “My father had originally written it back in 1972. He submitted it to publisher but they rejected it. They said it was too long.”

It is an astonishing account of hunting, trapping and hawking from a lost manuscript boxed in a cellar for over thirty five years .This is a staggering true-life adventure of deep snow, dark forests and times and places long since claimed by history. Described in graphic detail and illustrated by renowned Russian artist Vadim Gorbatov, this mesmerising account will captivate not only the hunter, but anyone interested in wildlife and the outdoors. This is a fascinating - and perhaps unique - account of a life divided between middle class St. Petersburg, the Russian aristocracy and the vast multinational peasantry.

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