Response to W. Tracy Parnell
In regards to Tracy Parnell's attempt to debunk Antonio Veciana, defame Gaeton Fonzi and announce Jefferson Morley has "flipped to the conspiracy side," I offer the following.
Parnell betrays his own personal bias by referring to "the ramblings" of Veciana, rather than the testimony of an important witness.
A self-described "guy in pajamas, skeptic and debunker," Parnell refers to his "research," yet he has apparently has not read key works we are talking about - such as Fonzi's Washingtonian article and Phillips autobiography "Nightwatch."
Now that Morley has published Veciana's story in a mainstream media publication like Newsweek, the guy in pajamas has come out of the woodwork in an attempt to debunk Veciana, defame Fonzi and place Morley in the crazy conspiracy camp.
Parnell says that Veciana has "exaggerated his place in history" by simply saying he met his intelligence case officer and the patsy in the assassination of the President in Dallas a few months before the assassination.
What kind of place in history is that?
It's reminiscent of the counter-logic of Oswald accusers who say he killed the president to make his mark in history, when he denied the deed.
"What evidence is there," Parnell asks, "other than Veciana's own assertions?"
The veracity of a human source (HUMIT) is determined, by CIA standards, by the amount of new, significant and verifiable information he provides.
In that regards Veciana gives us plenty - Pan Am Bank, Berlioz Language school, Moa Bay mining, Army Col. Sam Kail, the bazooka attack that led to the arrest of Odio's parents, Pedro Pan and Plan Centaur, all independently confirmed and verified by other sources.
I think it's a good approach to understanding the Dealey Plaza Operation by studying related covert ops such as the Bay of Pigs, Mongoose, JMWAVE, Bayo-Pawley, Huma Bunker raid, etc., and Parnell picks two - the Department store arson and Pedro Pan.
That Veciana was associated at all with the bazooka plot to kill Castro puts him in the middle of the JFK assassination story, and Parnell quotes Gonzalez, who got the Odios arrested by fleeing to their farm, saying that Veciana “ran away,” trying to make him look bad. But that’s when the Castro agents penetrated the plot and began to round up suspects, both Gonzalez and Veciana fled, just as “Bishop” told Veciana to do in the course of his training.
Because he first mentions it in his book, Parnell says Veciana is putting himself into the department store arson, when actually Veciana says he feels guilty because an innocent person was killed.
As for Pedro Pan, the evacuation of children from Cuba that was assisted by the Catholic Church, Parnell cites a court case that ostensibly exonerates the CIA.
But in fact the CIA conduit Catherwood Fund financed the Catholic Welfare Society that paid doctors and nurses to set up medical clinics for Cubans in Florida (and possibly New Orleans and Dallas).
The truck used in the Huma Bunker raid was borrowed from Catholic Welfare friend in New Orleans, and the priest assigned to cater to the needs of the Cuban refugees in Dallas, Father Walter MacChann, took the confession of Sylvia Odio when she told him about Oswald’s visit to her apartment with two Cubans. Father McChan was also an associate of John Martino, who was in on the Bayo-Pawley affair and expressed foreknowledge of the assassination.
But Parnell doesn't want to go there. The court says the CIA has nothing to do with the Catholic Church and that’s okay with him, while the Catholic Church is itself an intelligence agency with thousands of years more experience than the CIA. The church invented the word propaganda, for the propagation of the faith.
Parnell accuses Morley of ignoring the "problems" with Veciana's story in regards to contradictions and dates, but Parnell himself ignores two significant lines of Inquiry that confirm the existence of "Bishop" and support the contention he is David Atlee Phillips, and no one else could be.
Anthony Summers followed up on a lead Veciana provided him, locating and interviewing Veciana's former Havana bank secretary. She confirmed the existence of the "Mr. Bishop," who called Veciana to arrange meetings and she said "Bishop" was associated with a Ms. Prewett. Summers located Virginia Prewett, a NANA reporter who wrote frequently about Alpha 66 activities and she said she knew Veciana, Bishop and Phillips.
While Parnell suspects Veciana embellished his story after reading Phillips' 1977 autobio - Nightwarch, that he apparently hasn't read himself, Veciana began telling his story in March 1976, to both Fonzi and Dick Russell, before Phillips' book was published.
Parnell also points to a CIA agent named Bishop, who did know Veciana, according to the CIA files, but this agent was primarily assigned to the Far East, while "Maurice Bishop" was a Western Hemisphere Division guy. The entire career of David Phillips fits like a glove over the background of "Maurice Bishop," as Veciana described him before "Nightwatch" was published in 1977. And Plan Centaur is the clincher.
Among Veciana's 1976 "ramblings" was Plan Centaur - an unauthorized part of the plot to assassinate Castro in Chile, an event that seriously affected Phillips, Bishop and Veciana and led to the dissolution of their relationship.
Anyone who wants to disassociate David Atlee Phillips from being "Bishop" and Veciana must give an explanation for how Plan Centaur so dramatically affected all three people, other than it is the clincher that certifies David Atlee Phillips as spymaster "Maurice Bishop."